Giants of Kamchatka – Trekking Active Volcanoes

Hike three volcanoes of Kamchatka just in 7 days.
© Photo by Raffi Maghdessian
If you’re the type of traveller who tends to avoid the well-trodden path in search of one-of-a-kind adventure experiences, this tour is for you.
This 7-day private tour in Kamchatka, Russian Far East, is geared towards the active and adventurous traveller. Your group will climb several volcanoes during the trip, although all are easy to moderately strenuous hikes, with no special climbing gear involved. You will need just a day-backpack for treks, as all main stuff will be transferred by a truck or left at the hotels/camps. This private, guided Kamchatka volcano trekking tour involves a mix of 4 guesthouse nights and 2 nights in tents, some off-road driving and trekking, with an average height of 1,200m above sea level. At the end of the tour, an optional Mi-8 helicopter group flight to the Valley of Geysers is offered to see the biggest geyser field in Eurasia and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world.

GIANTS OF KAMCHATKA TREKKING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Embark on full day trek from base camp to the summit of Mutnovsky (2,322m), one of the world’s most scenically breathtaking volcanic hikes. Feel as if you’re witnessing the earth’s creation as you gaze down from the rim of the crater upon glaciers and mineral lakes and the torches of sulphur spewing fumaroles
  • Trek to the top of Mount Gorely (1,829m), one of the most active volcanoes in Russia. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a rock ledge just below the crater, with magnificent views of the volcanic lake and steaming fumaroles below
  • Ascend Avachisnky volcano (2,751m), located in the neighbourhood of other family volcanoes Koryaksky and Kozelsky, and be amazed by views from the summit

Millions of years of volcanic activity have carved Kamchatka into a place of strangely prehistoric, undulating landscapes. Seen from the air,  gaping craters and mountainous tundra contrast with lush forests and shimmering lakes and rivers and the endless blue depths of the Pacific Ocean. Located at the northernmost edge of the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, the Kamchatka Peninsula juts out dramatically from the northeastern tip of Russia. Thirty active volcanoes in total are scattered across the peninsula.

For hiking enthusiasts, volcanology nuts and those seeking a physical, challenging expedition in one of the world's most remote and pristine natural regions, our Giants of Kamchatka private tour represents an unparalleled Russian adventure travel experience.

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Guest house, tents

Trekking / camping

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

7 days / 6 nights

     

min 4 people

Private tour

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival to Petropavlovsk

Welcome to Kamchatka! You will be met at the airport before transferring to the hotel in Paratunka resort area. Here you’ll have free time to rest and are encouraged to relax after your long flight in the hotel’s spring water pool. Depending on arrival time a city tour of Petropavlovsk can be arranged on this day.

Day 2:Mutnovsky ice caves

Today, we travel to the first volcano in our adventure - Mutnovsky (2,939m). We drive for 180km with a stop at the Vilyuchinsky waterfall. Once we reach our destination we set up a base camp and enjoy a short excursion in the vicinity of the camp. If we are lucky enough, depending on the snow coverage, we will be able to visit an ice cave.

Day 3:Mutnovsky volcano

Near Mutnovsky’s summit is a nest of merged craters, among the most beautiful volcanic phenomenon in Kamchatka.

We hike to the rim of the craters via a crack in the volcano’s side. With a bit of courage, you can climb to the crest of the craters. Standing at the top, at the edge of a deep cavity, gazing down upon glittering glaciers, the torches of sulphur spewing fumaroles far below and the columns of vapour rising from the active funnel crater.

Upon descending, we jump into the cat and moving to the second giant located nearby - Gorely (1,829m), where we set up a base camp.

Day 4:Gorely volcano

From our campsite, the 4/6WD truck heads north around the edge of a large lake that lies in the unfilled eastern crescent of the Gorely caldera. From the lake flats, the walk up the huge shield volcano, we’ll cross a mix of grassy tundra with dwarf willows and bare strips of basaltic lava and lava flow formations.

Our picnic lunch will be laid out on the shelf just below the top. The magnificent panoramic view in front of us looks out over a sudden, vertical descent into the active crater. Over 100m down, a hot acidic lake has active fumaroles around its margin and beneath the surface, thanks to Gorely’s recent steam eruptions.

This evening, we’ll return to Paratunka village to have a hot shower and relax in the hotel.

Day 5:Avachinsky volcano

In the morning we drive to the last giant in our adventure - Avachinsky. To reach the summit involves a climb of nearly 1,800 m. An easier option is to aim to reach the shoulder on the old crater rim, which offers a lovely stretch of scenic walking, and requires a climb of about 1,100 m.

We have a bite on the edge of the crater of the volcano (filled to the brim with hardened black lava after an eruption in 1991) of the volcano while enjoying the magnificent panorama of the Pacific Ocean, Petropavlovsk, Zhupanovsky and Koryaksky Volcanoes, and Nalycheva Valley.

Day 6:Valley of Geysers (optional)

Today the choice is yours to either enjoy a free day exploring Petropavlovsk or Paratunka at your leisure or join an optional* one of the optional excursions. One of them is the scenic helicopter flight to the World Heritage site of the Valley of the Geysers and the crater of the mighty Uzon volcano.

The Valley of Geysers is the only geyser field in Eurasia and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This cluster of around 90 geysers, fumaroles and hot springs in this valley were only discovered in 1941. They lie above the marginal fractures of the oldest Uzon caldera and periodically expel hot water in spectacular jet streams.

Download a detailed itinerary to see a choice of other optional excursions on this day.

Day 7:Departure

It's time to say goodbye to Kamchatka! Transfer to the airport for your departure back home.

Inclusions

Accommodation

Guest house accommodation in Paratunka (4 nights)

Base camps at the slope of volcanoes (2 nights)

Meals

All meals during days 2-6, including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 7

Transportation

Group airport transfers

All transportation on tour according to the itinerary with the professional drivers

Guides

Local licensed guide, English-speaking helper, chef

Other

Russian visa support document (voucher)
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, visa and visa fees, travel insurance, tips

Dates & Prices

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Jul 3 - Jul 9, 2019
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Limited spaces US $3,090 US $550 Reserve
Aug 31 - Sep 06, 2019
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