Kamchatka's Tolbachik Volcano - Mars on Earth

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 28th Dec 2018

Tolbachik – is a volcanic complex, located in the Klyuchevskoy Nature Park in Northern Kamchatka. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage site – “Volcanoes of Kamchatka“, the park covers an area of 376,000 ha with Eurasia’s most grand and active Klyuchevksaya group of volcanoes in its centre. It consists of 13 volcanoes, including 4 active and 9 extinct ones. With Kamchatka’s largest river running through it, the park is unique for its dense concentration of giant volcanoes over a relatively small area, attracting scientists, photographers, trekkers and nature lovers from all around the globe.

TOLBACHIK VOLCANO TREKKING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Ascending Plosky Tolbachik volcano (2,850m) across frozen lava flows and slag fields. A picturesque panorama of Klyuchevskaya group of volcanos opens from the top. You will be captivated and mesmerized by the lunar landscapes. No wonder, in this area the Soviet lunar vehicles were tested.
    • Explore the eerily beautiful Dead Forest and solid lava fields beneath Tolbachik volcano. The result of an enormous eruption between 1975 and 1976, the larch trees at the volcanoes foothill have become petrified ghosts of their former selves.
    • Visit Esso village, nestled in a valley and surrounded by mountain ridges and evergreen forests, it is one of the best places to get acquainted with the lives of Kamchatka’s local people. Esso’s gorgeous scenery has led to it being described as the ‘Switzerland of Kamchatka’. It’s a laidback place, populated by about 2,500 people, with hot thermal pools and a network of hiking trails extending into the neighbouring Bystrinsky Nature Park

Staying in a mix of hotels and campgrounds, travelling by 4WD transport, we visit as many unique habitats in the park as possible. Feast your eyes and cameras on the volcanic ranges and lava fields of the Pacific Ring of Fire, untouched swathes of old growth forest and mountain hot springs.

Unusual landscapes of the Tolbachik’s area is the extraterrestrial scenery which is compared indeed with the Mars’ one. Getting to the park is not so easy, but it really worth it!

You’ll have plenty of time to savour the atmosphere of Kamchatka and follow our own interests – wildlife watching, birding, botany, geology, volcanology, photography or trekking. On this tour, there is a day with optional activities available – a helicopter flight over the Valley of Geysers or to Kuril lake for brown bears watching, as well as a day cruise on Avacha Bay to spot seabirds.

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 Kamchatka Volcanoes Trekking tour represents an unparalleled adventure travel experience.

Kamchatka - The Lost World

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 14th Jan 2019
Kamchatka adventure

Discover everything that makes Kamchatka paradise for nature lovers and intrepid adventures whose dream is to wander far from the well-trodden path. Our comprehensive Kamchatka adventure tour takes place over 18 of the most memorable days you’ll ever experience. With almost three weeks to explore the peninsula, this uncommon journey allows you to traverse vast distances to remote lands and explore all the most breathtaking highlights of Russia’s mythical Far East. Staying in a mix of hotels, wooden cabins, and spectacular campgrounds and travelling by helicopter and 4WD, we visit as many unique habitats as possible. Feast your eyes and cameras with the volcanic ranges and lava fields of the Pacific Ring of Fire, untouched swathes of old growth forest, mountain hot springs, majestic coastline and the wind-swept tundra where Kamchatka’s last nomads make their summer camps alongside their reindeer herds.

Kamchatka Adventure in a Lost World Highlights:

  • Fly to Kurilskoye Lake via helicopter. During salmon season, Kuril Lake is one of the few places you can observe brown bears in their natural habitat at close proximity. To get the best chance of heart-stopping close encounters and amazing photos ops, we’ll watch the bears feeding along the shore from a motorboat, as well as on-land from a viewing platform overlooking prime fishing territory
  • Travel cross-country on remote roads to Central Kamchatka, home of the Even and Koryak tribes, the “people of the reindeer”, who set up their summer camps near the village of Esso. You’ll be granted the extraordinary privilege of experiencing traditional nomad life, spending a night camped out with the herders in their tents
  • Embark on a full day trek to the summit of Mutnovsky, a hike containing some of the of the scenically beautiful landscapes in Kamchatka. 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

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Kamchatka's Critters and Craters

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 12th Nov 2018
Kamchatka summer tour

The compressive 15 day Kamchatka summer tour will take you to many of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes and prime wildlife spotting locations on the peninsula, despite the challenges of travelling in a largely undeveloped region defined by vast distances and the virtual absence of sealed roads. We’ll also visit remote Koryak and Evens settlements in Central Kamchatka and be welcomed into the summer camps where they graze their reindeer herds in the tundra. At times exhausting and frequently exhilarating, these unforgettable two weeks in Russia’s Eastern frontier will send you home with a newfound appreciation of the raw power and beauty of Mother Nature and the importance of preserving these last remaining tracts of untouched wilderness.

Best of Kamchatka Summer Tour Highlights

  • Take a breathtakingly scenic flight on a Mi-8 helicopter to Kurilskoye Lake, with a bonus flyover of the summit of Kusdach volcano. With a bit of luck, we’ll land near the summit and walk to the deep blue lake in the crater of the volcano, where’s it is actually possible to swim for short periods in the lake’s ‘hot beach’
  • Spend 2 incredible days among the brown bears of Kuril Lake. As the bears’ only interest is in gorging themselves on the salmon swimming upstream to breed, visitors can observe wild bear families at unbelievably close proximity. We’ll observe the bears both from boats and from a special viewing platform overlooking prime fishing grounds 
  • A Russian Mi-8 helicopter will drop us off at the banks of the Khodutka River to bathe in thermal hot springs. After a relaxing soak, our joy flight continues with a breathtaking pass over the crater of the active Mutnovsky volcano.

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Trekking volcanoes of Kamchatka from North to South

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 8th Nov 2018
Kamchatka Volcano Trekking

This 17-day volcanoes trekking expedition in wildest Kamchatka, Russian Far East is geared towards 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. We’ll travel by 4WD truck to the remote sights of Kamchatka, passing the most active volcanic zone of the peninsula. There should be several encounters with marmots, ground squirrels, foxes, and bird life, and if you are lucky enough, you will see the Brown Bears.

This guided Kamchatka volcano trekking tour involves a mix of mostly camping, some hotel nights, lots of off-road driving and trekking, with an average height of 1,200m above sea level.

Kamchatka Volcanoes Trekking Tour Highlights:

  • Spend a night camped out in log cabins in Klyuchevskoy Nature Park, a World Heritage-listed natural preserve which contains 13 of Eurasia’s most spectacular and active volcanoes at its centre. Enjoy a real Siberian sauna (banya) in the wilderness beneath a stunning night starry sky
  • Visit the eerily beautiful Dead Forest and solid lava fields beneath Tolbachik volcano. The result of an enormous eruption between 1975 and 1976

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