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Bucket list journey to Kamchatka
Bucket list journey to Kamchatka

The route from the South to the North of the Kamchatka Peninsula

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Bucket list journey to Kamchatka
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Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
8 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 18 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
3 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
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Bears roam along the coast in search of fish, Steller sea eagles soar in the sky and killer whales occasionally jump out of the cornflower water of Avacha Bay. Discover the centuries-old giant volcanoes and quite «young» dwarf cones, the lively Bystry river valley and the scorched «dead wood».

Most popular
Bucket list journey to Kamchatka
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 8 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 18 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
3 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
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Experiences you'll have

Trekking the volcanoes and rafting on Kamchatka

In this trip to Kamchatka we have collected the best places and activities. You will visit the active volcanoes Mutnovsky and Gorely and the most intense volcanic area in Russia. You will see the consequences of the volcano Tolbachinsky eruption in 2013 and walk through the «dead fores».

 

You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of the Kamchatka's indigenous people, visiting the Ethnographic Museum of the Kamchatka river valley' inhabitants. Also you will to swim in the healing waters of thermal springs, raft on the Bystry river during which you can fish and watch the wildlife of Kamchatka. You will see local birds, salmon, and possibly even brown bears. If desired, you can also go by helicopter to the famous Geysers valley or observe the life of bears on the Kuril lake.

Tours starting at 16.07.2019, 27.07.2019, 07.08.2019, 18.08.2019 and 29.08.2019 lasts for 14 days. Please take it into account when buying tickets. 

It's possible to join only for a part of the tour with an individual program. The sequence of the tour passage can be changed. In individual groups, the start date of the tour is optional. Let the manager know when you are ready to go.

 

Photos by Dmitry Chistoprudov

Itinerary

The journey begins with a meeting at the airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, which you must travel to on your own. We can help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

Day 1 Arrival to Kamchatka

After meeting at the airport you will move to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where you will accomodate in the hotel and rest. Then you can walk around the city. You will have dinner with the guide at 8 p.m. and discuss the program.

Day 2 Boat trip to Avacha Bay

Today you will enjoy a boat trip to the Avacha Bay. You will see sea bird rookeries on Babushkin Kamen (Old Woman’s Stone) Island and Tri Brata (Three Brothers) Island. Go out to the Pacific ocean to Starichkov Island, where you will watch the largest sea bird rookery in Kamchatka. Most likely you will meet with the dolphins, sea lions and killer whales. You will participate in sea fishing, after which you will have a lunch.

 

After the sea excursion will move to the Mutnovsky volcano area. Here will set up a camp, have dinner and spend the night in tents.

Day 3 Trekking to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano

You will climb to the crater of the Mutnovsky volcano (2323 m high). Observe the active fumaroles, mud siphons, and a mountain lake. The Mutnovsky crater is the one of the most outstanding volcanic phenomena in Kamchatka. The steep slopes surround the wide and deep cavity of the crater with gleaming glaciers, crushed cracks and boiling fumaroles.

 

Trekking will take approximately 8 hours. Then you will return to the camp and rest. 

Day 4 Trekking the volcano Gorely

Today you will visit another active volcano Gorely (1829 m high), moving past the lava flows and cinder fields, observing 3 craters with volcanic lakes.

 

Trekking will take approximately 6 hours, after that you will move to the Paratunka recreation base. You will check in and swim in the thermal pools. 

Day 5 Optional day

On this day it is possible to go on a helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley and Uzon Caldera with walking around Geyser Valley and having lunch outdoors. Also you can visit Kuril lake watching the bears. The excursions are paid additionally.

In the evening you will go to Malka village. Setting the camp and swimming in the hot springs. Spend the night in tents. 

Day 6 Volcanoes Sharp and Flat Tolbachik

After breakfast you will go to the Klyuchevskaya volcano group area. On the way there will be a stop for lunch in the cafe in Milkovo village.

 

Then you will move to the area of Sharp and Flat Tolbachik volcanoes. On the way in clear weather you will observe the spectacular views of the highest volcanoes of Kamchatka: Krestovsky (4 057 m), Ushkovsky (3 903 m), Klyuchevskaya (4 750 m), Stone (4 579 m), flat (3 082 m) and Sharp Tolbachik (3 672 m).

 

Upon arrival you will organize a tent camp, have dinner and relax.

Day 7 Observing the consequences of the 2013’s eruption

The eruption of the volcano Flat Tolbachik in 2012-2013 became one of the most powerful on Kamchatka in the last hundred years. Two fractured breakthroughs formed at the southern slope. Powerful lava flows passed through the snow-covered volcano's slopes for about 18 km.

 

Today you will observe the the consequences of the 2013 eruption — see the young cone, caves made by the wide lava flows, the stone sculptures and the heaps of hardened lava. 

Day 8 South and North breakthrough

After breakfast you will go to the North and South breakthroughs. You climb on Tolbachinsky cones, representing the volcanoes in miniature. Their height is 100-200 meters.


After you return to the camp, spend the night in tents.

Day 9 Dead Forest and old Milkovo village

In the first half of the day you will take a walk through the Dead forest – a huge area destroyed by slag and ash eruptions in 1975.

 

After you will move to Milkovo village, located on the banks of the Kamchatka river. It was founded in the XVIII century on the island of Itelmen – the indigenous people of Kamchatka.

 

Here you will stay in the hotel, and you have free time to walk through one of the oldest settlements of the Kamchatka region. You can visit the observation point, which offers panoramic views of the village, the Kamchatka river and volcanoes.

Day 10 Rafting

After breakfast there will be an excursion to the Ethnographic museum of the Kamchatka river valley's inhabitants. You will have lunch in the cafe and then move to Malka village by car.

 

From here your three-day rafting on the Bystraya river will begin. You will enjoy the wildlife of Kamchatka, fishing. In the evening you will make a stop to choose a place to stay and set up camp. Have dinner, spend the night in tents on the bank of the river.

Day 11 Passage of rapids

Your rafting continues, and today you will pass two rapids. You can go fishing, pick mushrooms and berries, watch the seagulls and wild ducks. If you are lucky, you will even see a bear or a Steller's sea eagle. You will spend the night in tents on the river bank.

Day 12 Finishing of rafting

Today you will pass one more rapid and finish your rafting. Then you will go back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by car, where you will stay at the hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 13 Homecoming

Transfer to fish market at 9 a.m. Then you will be taken to airport. 

Most popular
Bucket list journey to Kamchatka
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
8 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 18 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
3 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
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Accommodation during the trip

The first and last night of the tour you will spend at Petropavlovsk Hotel 3* or Geyser Hotel 3*. Double rooms are equipped with modern furniture, TV, refrigerator and a private bathroom.

 

On the 4th day of the trip you will stay at the Solnechnaja Tourist base, located at the Paratunka resort area. On the 9th day you will stay at the Geologist Hotel, located in Milkovo village. The double rooms have a toilet and washbasin, and the shower is in a separate room on the floor.

 

During the trips to the volcanoes of Kamchatka, as well as during the days of rafting on the Bystraya river, you will spend the night in tents.

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Who will be my guide +

During the tour you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide (with an intermediate level of language proficiency). The service of a professional interpreter is optional and is paid additionally (+110 EURO per day).

 

Before the beginning of the active part of the route guides will conduct safety training. In the event of unforeseen minor injuries conductors have a first aid kit.

 

Meals +

During the journey all meals are provided. On the active part food will be cooked on a gas stove or over a fire. You will also have the option of being instructed by a chef if you wish.

 

In the stowed menu, there are a variety of salads, soups, oatmeal, pasta, buckwheat, rice, potatoes, vegetables, sausage, cheese, meat, mayonnaise, ketchup, tea, coffee, butter, sugar, fruits, cakes, cookies, and candy bread. The water will be taken from streams or rivers. Hiking dishes will be provided.
 

During the stays in hotels and recreation centers, breakfasts will be at the place of accommodation.
 

Lunch in the cafe at the Milkovo village is not included in the cost of the program; you will need to pay for yourself (6th and 10th days).

Can I take part +

The program involves physical activities associated with trekking and climbing up a volcano. All climbing occurs in the first half of the day. 

 

Please let us know at the time of booking of any chronic diseases or contraindications to participate in the journey with physical activity and overnight in the field.

What to bring +
  • a backpack or travelling bag 
  • a sleeping bag
  • hiking or trekking boots 
  • a change of footwear (sneakers) 
  • personal care items 
  • a swimsuit and a towel
  • an anorak & lightweight down vest 
  • a sweater 
  • a raincoat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • a headgear 
  • a headlamp 
  • gloves 
  • trekking poles
  • personal first aid kit
  • mosquito spray
Can children take part +

Children from 8 years old can participate in this tour. Children 8-12 years old are given a 10% discount.

What will the weather be like +

Kamchatka is a mountainous region stretching from the North to the South and surrounded by the waters of the Pacific ocean and the Okhotsk sea. The weather here is changeable, and there is a  special microclimate in different areas.

 

The best months for summer travel are July and August. The average temperature in August is +12°C to +16°C. In the highest parts of the mountains there are glaciers. Rain is possible, as well as snow at high altitudes. In the forest area there are a lot of mosquitoes and midges. In September, it is important to take into account the low temperature and the possibility of frost.

Optional helicopter excursions +

We offer you an optional helicopter excursions:

  • to the Geysers Valley (+620 EURO per person)
  • to Kuril Lake (+590 EURO per person)

 

For the helicopter excursions you should pay on the spot. Please, be assured that you have enough cash in rubles, credit card is not accepted. 

 

Helicopter flights might be conducted only under favorable weather conditions and if a group is gathered. Helicopter trip to Kuril Lake is not guaranteed in June and July because bears usually come in August. If it is not possible to have helicopter excursion the day schedule of the tour will be changed or you will be offered to have alternative program. The alternative program is included in the main price of the tour.

Booking

Most popular

Bucket list journey to Kamchatka

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 8 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 18 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

8 nights
3 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
128 000 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation in the hotels (DBL) and at the base

  • FB during the whole tour except lunch in Milkovo

  • guide and cook service on the whole tour

  • necessary tourist equipment (tents, dishes, rafts etc.)

  • transport service

  • a boat trip

Extra charge:
  • international flights

  • accommodation in a single room at hotel and at the base (+215 EURO per person)

  • the helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley and Uzon caldera (+620 EURO per person, optionally) 

  • the helicopter excursion to Kuril lake with bears watching (+590 EURO per person, optionally)

  • lunches in Milkovo on the 6th and 10 th days (+2-4 EURO per person)

  • rental of a sleeping bag (+3 EURO per person per day)

  • insurance

  • professional English interpreter's service (+110 EURO per day)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation in the hotels (DBL) and at the base

  • FB during the whole tour except lunch in Milkovo

  • guide and cook service on the whole tour

  • necessary tourist equipment (tents, dishes, rafts etc.)

  • transport service

  • a boat trip

  • international flights

  • accommodation in a single room at hotel and at the base (+215 EURO per person)

  • the helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley and Uzon caldera (+620 EURO per person, optionally) 

  • the helicopter excursion to Kuril lake with bears watching (+590 EURO per person, optionally)

  • lunches in Milkovo on the 6th and 10 th days (+2-4 EURO per person)

  • rental of a sleeping bag (+3 EURO per person per day)

  • insurance

  • professional English interpreter's service (+110 EURO per day)

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