14-day Trek around the Tolbachik volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia)

Go on an incredible 14-day trek around the Tolbachik Volcano in the remote Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East, along local IFMGA-certified guide Ivan.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

14 days

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Join an epic trek into the remote wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula

  • Discover surreal volcanic landscapes, lava fields, deserts and local villages

  • Immerse yourself into untouched nature along an experienced local guide

 

The remote Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East is a rugged territory, boasting spectacular volcanic landscapes. This 14-day trekking expedition takes you to discover the most amazing places, hiking along pristine wilderness around the Tolbachik volcano.

Also known as “the land of fire and ice”, the Kamchatka Peninsula has a high density of volcanoes, with 19 active ones. During these days, you will be amazed by otherworldly scenery: volcanic craters, lava fields and desertic landscapes, but we will also visit local villages and a cultural museum in the city.

Please note that this trek can only be done during the summer months: from June 15 to September 15.

On the first day, we will pick you up at the Yelizovo Airport, in the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city and transfer to your accommodation. On the second day, a car will take us to the Kozyrevsk village, to get ready for the star of our trek.

Along the way, you will be staying at hotels in the city, and in huts and camps while trekking. On this epic hiking tour you will have the possibility of watching eruptions of the Tolbachik volcano, to hike along the “Dead Forest” – an area of trees that was burnt to ashes during a volcanic eruption in 1975. ,

You will also see the Studeynaya river canyon, a beautiful edelweiss meadow, the Barany’s rock and the picturesque national village of Esso, surrounded by evergreen forests and mountains. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime-trek! So if you want to discover this unique territory, just send me a request and book your trip! I will be happy to take you on this unique hiking tour in the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
6850 EUR

Group of 2
3425 EUR

Group of 3
2445 EUR

Group of 4
2095 EUR

Group of 5
1875 EUR

Group of 6
1595 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 The price includes: accommodation in hotels and huts; car transfer along the entire route; transfers from and to airport; all meals (except when you are staying at the hotels of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky or Paratunka.); all camping gear (kitchen equipment); group support services on the route (guide); visa support. // The tour price does not include: helicopter excursion to the Kuril lake (630 EUR for one person) - Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera (650 EUR for one person); Ascent to Avacha Volcano or Gorely Volcano (150 EUR for one person) - Rafting on the Bystraya-Esso river (100 EUR for one person)
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - Transfer from Yelizovo airport

    Meeting at the Yelizovo Airport, located in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city. Transfer and accommodation at the recreation base of Paratunka or at a Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky hotel.

  • Day 2Paratunka - Kozyrevsk

    Car transfer (500 km) from Paratunka to Kozyrevsk settlement, 8-9 hours trip. Accommodation at the guesthouse of the settlement or in huts. Breakfast (B)/Lunch (L)/Dinner (D).

  • Day 3Tolbachik Volcano - Camp 1

    Car transfer (about 5 hours) by a cross-country vehicle to the foot of Tolbachik volcano where we can see bright red volcanic cones, lava flows of odd form, scoria field and areas covered with burned-out forest. The rare landscape of this area makes an impression of supernatural scenery.
    Watching about 2 of the cones of the “North Break”, destroyed by burning hot ashes outburst, resulting from the powerful eruption of 1975-76. Then walking (about 2-3 hours) to the “Dead Forest” and tent camp setting (Camp 1). Overnight staying. B/L/D

  • Day 4Sopka "Kleshnya" - Plosky Tolbachik volcano

    Car transfer (about 40 min) to Sopka “Kleshnya” and ascent (about 6 hours) to the volcano Plosky Tolbachik. The ascent to crater of Plosky Tolbachik takes about 6 hours. We will see craters – 0,5 hours and descend (4-5 hours). Return to Camp 1. Overnight staying in tents. B/L/D

  • Day 5Sopka "Kleshnya" - Tolud base - Camp 2

    Automobile transfer (about 40 min) to Sopka “Kleshnya”. Hiking tour  of about 2-3 hours, watching of the cones, lava flows and caves formed as a result of the grandiose eruption of 2012-13. Then walking (3-4 hours) to the Tolud base. The path is not difficult and it is 9 km-long, but you need to cross the lava streams of 2012-13. Tent camp setting (Camp 2) near the Tolud base (940 m). B/L/D

  • Day 6Pravy Tolbachik river - Camp 3

    Hiking (7-8 hours) to the Pravy Tolbachik river. The trail runs through the Tolud mountain pass (1330 m) that is situated between the Ploskiy Tolbachik volcano (3085 m) and Bolshaya Udina (2943 m). Today we will be walking about 15 km over tough terrain. Tent camp setting (Camp 3). B/L/D

  • Day 7Waterfall -Jupiter crater - Camp 4

    Hiking (3-4 hours) to the waterfall near the Jupiter crater, crossing the Tolbachinskiy mountain pass (1470 m) that is situated between the Ploskiy Tolbachik (“Plain Tolbachik”) (3085 m) and Ovalnaya Zimina (3081 m) volcanoes. When the weather is good, a magnificent panorama with the view of almost all (10 of 14) volcanoes of the Klyuchevskaya group opens up from the mountain pass. Tent camp setting (Camp 4).
    B/L/D

  • Day 8Platina volcano base - Bazymyannyt volcano - Camp 4

    Radial walk to the Platina volcanologists base (1430 m) that is situated at the foot of Bezymyanny (“Nameless”) volcano. The passage runs through low mountain passes: Jupiter (1470 m) and Bezymyanny (1480 m). Viewing of Polennitsa (“Woodpile”) mountain that is composed of separate basaltic posts. Returning to Camp 4. B/L/D

  • Day 9Lava areas - Studienaya river - Camp 5

    Walking (5-6 hours) to lava areas along the Studienaya river. Tent camp (Camp 5) is situated near a picturesque canyon. Observing the Studyenaya river canyon and enjoying the view of an edelweiss meadow. B/L/D

  • Day 10Kopyto hill - Esso village

    Hiking (about 3 hours) to the  Kopyto hill and when drive (about 5 hours) to the Esso village, situated in the caldera of an ancient extinct volcano at the juncture of two rivers. Its distinctiveness, picturesque surroundings, coniferous forest, healing hot springs and vivifying air attract tourists from all over the world. Accommodation at the guesthouse of the settlement. Huts
    B/L/D

  • Day 11Esso - Hiking - Possible rafting

    Visiting the National Ethnographic Museum and private house of countrymen in Esso. Surroundings observing excursion.
    Depending on the group desires, we can go rafting (about 5-6 hours) on the Bystraya river. Huts. B/L/D

  • Day 12Transfer to Paratunka

    Car transfer (about 8 hours) and accommodation at the recreation base of Paratunka or at the hotel of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Hotel. B/L/–

  • Day 13Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Sightseen tour around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, souvenir shopping and visting fish market. In the evening, return to the hotel.
    This day may be used for:
    Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera; Helicopter excursion to the to the Kurile Lake;
    Ascent to Avacha Volcano;
    Ascent to Gorely Volcano.
    Excursion to the coast of Pacific Ocean. Hotel. B/-/-

  • Day 14Transfer to airport

    Transfer to the airport. B/-/-

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Advanced

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Yelizovo Airport (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city)

Accommodation

3 nights in a Hotel; 3 nights in Huts; 7 nights in tents, Camp sites

 

About the Guide

 
 

I'm an IFMGA-certified guide and have been guiding for the past 15 years.

I got the chance to do beautiful ascents like the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Mont Cook, McKinley, 7000m Peaks in ex-USSR, technical climbing In the Caucasus, new climbing routes in the USA, ski-touring in Alps, Russia etc.

I'm an expert in the Elbrus region. I know every corner of it and will be happy to guide you to the summit, at 5.642m high, skiing or walking.
Please get in touch with me and let's leave together for a wonderful adventure in the incredible Caucasus mountain range!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available, either Nikolay or Victor will guide you!

My favorite saying: "We will either find a way, or make one".

 
 

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What People are Saying about Ivan Moshnikov

 

This was my second trip together with Ivan Moshnikov. It\'s safe to say that everbody in our group absolutely loved it. We had a great time in Russia and it was an absolut blast. Even though we were not able to experience \"true Mamay snorking powder\" we still skied perfect snow for 7 days in a row. I threw my mobile in a corner in the first day and did not pick it up until 8 wonderfull days filled with skiing, amazing food, going to sauna and enyoing wonderfull company. However, if you a looking for a super lonely place, Mamay is probably not the right choice. The valley gets visited frequently by locals and other tourists. Still, there is enough place for everybody I think. 10/10 I will definitly come again. Many thanks to Yulia, Roma and Stepan!
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Maximilian Siller
It was a great adventure! I got answer to the few questions I have prior my departure and the support to get the required document. Once in Irkutsk we met with Ivan and depart to Mamay Valley where we had unbelievable snow. Days with snow where enjoyed in the forest with unbelievable amount of powder and days with sun were enjoyed higher up on the ridges where we could enjoy nice views, untouched snow and 5***** powder! I would repeat over and over again. The hut is really cosy and we have all what we need for a week of adventures. The sauna is a good think to do in the evenings before great dinners.
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Valero Lopez
The skitouring in Mamay as coordinated by Ivan was absolutely fantastic! Our guide Roman Romanov did a brilliant job in finding the best snow and runs, taking all of our needs into account and was very professional. The hut was really cozy, the food delicious and the sauna after skiing were the ideal finish to the perfect ski day!
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Irina Hotz
It was great to be with Ivan. Above all, I came through him in an area that I otherwise would not have been able to travel. He really took good care of everything and I learned a lot. DychTau is a mountain that demands a lot from the beginning to the end!
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