Adventure tour to the heart of Kamchatka

This tour is a unique journey into the world of volcanoes, glaciers and bears. It begins near one of the most beautiful Pacific bays and leads us into the overwhelming nature of Kamchatka. With its many active and inactive volcanoes and fascinating landscapes, the peninsula is one of the most impressive places on this planet. We are going to climb 3 volcanoes and enjoy a great view over craters made of ice, fire and colorful lakes. We are going to hike through a diverse plephora of landscapes consisting mostly of frozen lava flows and wild, abundant forests.
Tour-Code: RUS04
Trekking-tour
Nature
11 Days/ 10 Nights
Including the day of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 6-14
Accommodation
4* Hotel, guest houses, tents
Features
Hike up 3 volcanoes, boat trip & rafting, excursion to the "dead forest" & hike to lava fields
meals
Fullboard: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions
Guide
English speaking guide throughout the entire trip

ITINERARY

DAY1
DAY2
DAY3
DAY4
DAY5
DAY6
DAY7
DAY8
DAY9
DAY10
DAY11
INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE
CAN CHILDREN PARTICIPATE?
THE WEATHER
HELICOPTER EXCURSIONS
Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
In the evening, we meet in the hotel lobby for going out to eat. We try the delicious, regional dishes made from fresh fish and discuss our program for the following days.

Overnight at the hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

1st highlight: boat trip to the islands and observation of different sea bird colonies
After breakfast, we will take a boat trip in Avacha Bay, one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the Pacific. We drive to the island "Stone of the Old Woman" with a very rich underwater world and a multitude of underwater grottos. Then we drive past the island "Three Brothers", which consists of 3 large stones protruding from the water in an extraordinary size and shape. Our journey continues to the "island of the silver alke" (russ.: Starichkov), a natural monument, where we can observe huge colonies of different sea birds. Here we meet seals that relax on rocky reefs and, with a bit of luck, we may even see different species of whales. We can take part in fishing later. In addition to Pacific salmon, this bay is inhabited by fish such as the flounder, halibut, perch, lenok and cod. During the lunch break we eat delicious, fresh crab and red fish soup, which are specially cooked by our captain.

2nd highlight: drive towards the Mutnowski and Gorely volcanoes
In the afternoon, we return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. We drive into the picturesque surroundings in the direction of the Mutnowski and Gorely volcanoes. Here we set up our camp and enjoy our dinner by the fire.

Overnight in tents

Highlight: Ascent to the crater of the Mutnowski volcano - full day
After breakfast, we take an off-road vehicle to the starting point, from where our trekking tour to the summit of the Mutnowski volcano (2,322 m) begins. It lasts about 6-8 h with stops for meals in beautiful locations. The ascent to the summit takes several hours and leads over a picturesque path. At the summit, a wonderful view opens up over eternal glaciers, multi-colored rock ledges and huge volcanic fumaroles. There are 2 main craters of the volcano here. One of them consists of ice, a multicolored crater lake and smoking fumaroles on steep slopes. We enjoy our walk in this amazing and incomparable place and hear exciting information about its history. As we walk down, we take a look at an 80 m high waterfall, which is called "the dangerous". It is an unbelievable feeling to see how the stream of wild water falls into a huge gorge. In the evening, we return to the camp and have a dinner.

Overnight in tents
* Please note: 2 people in one tent. No sanitary facilities available. No shower in the camp.
In the beginning of July, when there is still a lot of snow, the path to the crater can be reached from the other side. Therefore, you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat more difficult trek over crusty snow surfaces.
Highlight: Hike up to the Gorely volcano - full day
The goal of today's hike is the summit of the Gorely volcano (1,829 m). Its summit is a hill with a pronounced ridge and a unique chain of extinct and active craters. The largest and most beautiful of them is the "Blue Lake Crater". Here a breathtaking panorama opens up for us: frozen lava, crater lakes and a wonderful view of the other adjacent volcanoes.
In the afternoon, we return to the camp, pack our things and drive to the village of Paratunka, which is known for its warm thermal water. In the hotel, we can swim in the hot medicinal water pool.

Overnight stay in the holiday center "Solnechny"

Highlight: free time - all day
We are happy to offer you a few options for the day. The core of these options is a helicopter flight. When participating, you can choose one of the following options:

Option 1: Excursion to the Valley of the Geysers (russ: Dolina Geiserow), a wonder of Russia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley of the geysers is located in a nature reserve. In this incredible area you can marvel at different forms of hydrothermal activity: hot lakes, steam fountains and more than 200 geysers that invite you to swim. The way to the geysers offers wonderful photo opportunities: We can spot 2 active volcanoes and the boundless forest of Kamchatka.

Option 2
: Excursion to Lake Kurile and observation of the local bears. The Kurilensee is a huge crater lake that was formed around 8,000 years ago (UNESCO World Heritage) and is the largest salmonid spawning site in Eurasia. This, of course, attracts a lot of predators, especially bears. In the season from August to the beginning of September they regularly come to the headwaters of the Osjornaya River to hunt fish. From a lookout tower we can watch the bears hunt and enjoy the beauty of the wonderful area. This tour is an incomparable experience for nature and adventure lovers!

Both excursions last 6-7 h, include lunch and take place with professional English-speaking guides. You can decide on one of the excursions before the trip, but also on site and pay in cash. An excursion costs 48,000 rubles, which is around 520 € (as of January 2021).
For those who want to relax on this day, pools with medicinal water are available.

Overnight stay in the "Sunny" holiday center

Highlight: Drive to the Tolbachik volcano - full day
Our journey continues to the Tolbachik volcano. It belongs to the largest volcanic group in Russia, the Klyuchevskaya volcano with an area of 6,500 km², which is estimated to be several hundred thousand years. There are over 10 extinct volcanoes and around 400 small volcanic formations at this location. The group also includes the highest volcano in Kamchatka - Klyuchevskaya Sopka (4,835 m). On arrival we will set up the camp in the area of the Tolbachik volcano. Here we can see the mind-boggling effects of its eruptions that occurred in 1740, 1975, and 2013.

Overnight in tents
* Please note: 2 people in one tent. No sanitary facilities available. No shower in the camp.
Drive: 240 km, approx. 6-7 hours
Highlight: hike to lava fields - all day
The volcano "Tolbatschik" is today's challenge. The eruption of the volcano in 2012-2013 was one of the most powerful on Kamchatka during the last 100 years.
Strong lava flows flowed about 18 km among the slopes of the snow-capped volcano. Today the area resembles a huge black river that has frozen in incredible shapes. The area around the volcano is covered with black volcanic sand and slag. Such a composition corresponds to 96% of the lunar surface. This fact was the reason that the Soviets tested a lunar vehicle on the surface. We hike through lava flows, climb volcanic cones and can descend into caves formed by the broad lava flows.
At the end of this eventful day we enjoy our dinner, which is cooked over a campfire, and relax in the camp.

Overnight in tents
* Please note: 2 people in a tent. No sanitary facilities available. No shower in the camp.
Highlight: Excursion to the Nordic breakthrough (Russian Severny Proryv) - full day
After breakfast, we go to the Nordic breakthrough, which was created as a result of the Tolbachik volcanic eruption in 1975. It was the largest and, at 72 days, the longest eruption of the 20th century. During the entire time, lava, slag and millions of tons of ash poured out of the cracks, destroying all life for dozens of kilometers. As a result, 3 cinder cones, lava flows and an ash-lava plain with an area of 1,000 km² were formed. During our hike we learn interesting information about the place and look at so-called volcanic bombs. In the evening, we return to the camp and can feed the little ground squirrels. These ground squirrels are a living symbol of Kamchatka. They are not afraid of people at all, bravely beg for nuts and even pose in front of the camera.

Overnight in tents
* Please note: 2 people in one tent. No sanitary facilities available. No shower in the camp.
Highlight: Excursion to the Dead Forest - all day
In the morning, we go on an excursion to a mystical place, the "Dead Forest". There used to be a beautiful forest here, but the eruption of the Tolbachik volcano in 1975 covered the area extensively with lava and ash. As a result, the trees dried up. We walk through the former treetops of this ghost forest on an 11 m high ash layer beneath our feet.
In the afternoon, we return to the camp, pack our luggage and leave the Tolbachik volcano heading south to the village of Milkowo. In the evening, we check into the hotel and enjoy delicious Russian dishes in a local restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel in Milkowo
Drive: 240 km, approx. 6-7 h
1st highlight: visit to the State Museum
Milkowo is one of the oldest settlements in the Kamchatka Region and was founded in the 18th century. In the morning, we visit the State Museum and learn about the history of Kamchatka and the culture of this region.

2nd highlight: rafting on the Bystraja river
We spend our lunch break on the river bank of the village Malka and try delicious salmon dishes. After dinner, a little adventure awaits us. We ride a rubber dinghy along the river Bystraja for about 2.5 h. Our guide will steer our dinghy, in the meanwhile we can relax and even fish later. If we're lucky, we'll see bears hunting for fish on the banks of the river. In the evening, we drive to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and check into the hotel. Today is our last evening in this beautiful place. We enjoy our farewell dinner together in a local restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Drive: 300 km, approx. 5 h
Breakfast at the hotel & transfer to the airport
At the agreed time the driver will wait for you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport.

We see us on your next journey!
• 5 x nights in tents
• 3 x nights in 4 * hotels
• 2 x nights in the "Sunny" holiday center
• 10 x breakfast
• 9 x lunch
• 8 x dinner
• Welcome dinner
• Farewell dinner
• Transfers from & to the airport
• All transfers and excursions with off-road vehicles
• English speaking guide throughout the entire trip
• Rent for tents, dishes, sleeping pads
• Boots, fishing rods and dry bags on day 10
• Cooks (during days 2 - 10)
• Boat trip (5 - 6 h on the first day)
• Rafting along the "Bystraja" river (2-3 h on day 10)
• Flights to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and return
• Sleeping bags
• Not mentioned meals and drinks
• Self-organized excursions
• Insurance
• Tips
• Visa
This tour is suitable for children from 8 years in good physical shape, who love travelling, nature and hiking.

We are happy to offer a 10% discount for children up to 12 years of age.
The best months for summer travel are July and August. In August, the average temperature is around 16 ° C. There are glaciers in the highest parts of the region and the temperature there can be much lower. We would therefore recommend you to take various weather conditions into account: from ice and strong wind to summer heat. You will of course receive a detailed list of the recommended clothing for this trip when you book the tour.
Please keep in mind that the availability of the flights is strongly dependent on the weather and therefore no flight can be guaranteed 100%. In the event of a storm on day 5, it may happen that all helicopter excursions will be canceled. If it is important for you to visit the "Valley of the Geysers" or the Kuril Sea during your trip to Kamchatka, we recommend you to plan reserve days before or after the start of the tour. These excursions can also take place from Vityaz-Aero airport (about 30 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).

DATES & PRICES

We will be glad to prepare this tour on other dates upon your request!