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Trekking volcanoes of Kamchatka

©Photo by Denis Budkov

Trekking Volcanoes tour will get you closer than you ever imagined to the active volcanoes, diverse wildlife and indigenous people of Kamchatka.

Millions of years of volcanic activity have carved Kamchatka into a place of strangely prehistoric, undulating landscapes. Seen from the air, stark lava fields, gaping craters and mountainous tundra contrast with lush forests and shimmering lakes and rivers and the endless blue depths of the Pacific Ocean. Hike up some of Kamchatka’s active volcanoes for thrilling shots of steaming vents, acid lakes and smoking craters, and breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped mountain peaks.

Explore impressive ice caves, stunningly desolate lava fields and the ghosts of forests swallowed up by raging storms of ash. This tour will suit the active and adventurous traveller. We’ll climb several volcanoes during the trip, although all are easy to moderately strenuous hikes, with no special climbing gear involved. The tour involves a mix of hotel stays, camping, off-road driving and trekking, with an average height of 1,200m above sea level.

Start

Finish

Accomodation

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Mixed (hotels, cabins, tents)

Duration

Difficulty Rating

Group size

14 days / 13 nights

     

6-12 people

Itinerary

Day 1:Welcome to Kamchatka

Meet and greet at the Petropavlovsk airport. Transfer to the hotel in Paratunka. Accommodation at the hotel and rest before the great adventure ahead!

Day 2:Transfer to Kluvsky Nature Park

Today we embark on a full day drive by 6wd truck towards Kluchevsky Nature Park. In the evening we will reach Kozyrevsk settlement, here we stay for a night in a very simple but cozy wooden cabins.

Day 3:Tolbachik volcano: lava fields

After short drive from Kozyrevsk we arrive at Kluchevsky Nature Park. Set up our base camp at the foot of Tolbachik volcano, we stroll above its solid lava flows of 2012-2013 eruptions, lava formed various beautiful shapes, many slag cones around, moon-like sceneries.

Day 4:Tolbachik volcano: Dead Forest

Today, we arrive in the "Dead Forest" - area, which was destroyed by Tolbachik volcano eruption in 1975. Thousands of trees were killed instantly by the volcanic ash cloud having a temperature of more than 1000 degrees centigrade.

Day 5:Ascending Tolbachik volcano

Today is dedicated to ascending Plosky Tolbachik volcano. At the top you will be amazed with panorama of Tolbachik Dale and also 50 slag cones, where the famous Holocene eruptions of Tolbachik took place.

Day 6:Reserve day

Reserve day is always a great idea, in case of bad weather. Alternatively visit Alaid and Pinzer craters. Or spend a day close to the camp enjoying sunny weather and looking for gophers and foxes.

Day 7:En route to the village of Esso

Transfer to the settlement of Esso, home to the Evens, one of the 4 indigenous peoples of Kamchatka. Here you'll stay in the hotel with a thermal pool, where you can relax after several days in the wild.

Day 8:Esso village tour

Take a stroll around the village and visit the local museum to immerse in local culture. Enjoy a welcome dinner with Even folk concert.

Day 9:Transfer to Paratunka

The route to the hotel in Paratunka with a pit-stop at Milkovo village. Transfer to the hotel and rest.

Day 10:Russkaya bay cruise

We leave Petropavlovsk sea port early in the morning to embark on a marine adventure in Russkaya Bay.

Day 11:Gorely volcano trekking

Today, we travel to another volcano - Gorely. Here we set up tents camp and ascend Gorely volcano (1,829 m).

Day 12:Mutnovsky volcano trekking

Trekking to the active crater of Mutnovsky volcano (2,322m). On the way back to the base camp, we will enjoy a wonderful 80-meters waterfall in Opasny canyon and majestic ice caves.

Day 13:Journey back to Paratunka

After free morning we are heading back to the hotel in Paratunka. Free time to relax in the thermal pool at the hotel or take a stroll in the area.

Day 14:Departure

It's time to say goodbye to Kamchatka! Transfer to the airport for your departure back home. For those who craving more adventures, we suggest to prolong you tour for one more day and embark on an optional scenic helicopter tour to Kuril Lake for brown bear watching.

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 3* hotel accommodation in Paratunka and Esso villages
  • base camps (tents) on  the slope of Tolbachik and Mutnovsky volcanoes

Meals

Full board (B,L,D)

Transportation

Airport arrival and departure group transfers, all transportation on tour (coach, 6wd truck, boat)

Guides

Local English-speaking guide, helper, chef, experienced drivers

Activities and sights

All activities indicated in the itinerary (except optional helicopter flight to Kuril Lake

Other

Russian tourist visa support documents

*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, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
8 Aug - 21 Aug 2017
Guaranteed Departures
Limited spaces US $3,760 US $550 Reserve

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