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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.

Duration14 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

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

Description

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.

I work together with a group of guides, so if I’m not available, one of my colleagues will guide you.

Accommodation

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

Meeting point

Yelizovo Airport (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Petropavlovsk-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 2: Paratunka - 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 3: Tolbachik 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 4: Sopka "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 5: Sopka "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 6: Pravy 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 7: Waterfall -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 8: Platina 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 9: Lava 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 10: Kopyto 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 11: Esso - 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 12: Transfer 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 13: Petropavlovsk-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 14: Transfer to airport

Transfer to the airport. B/-/-


About the guide

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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, one of my colleagues will guide you!

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


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Prices per person

Group of 2

EUR 3903 each

Group of 3

EUR 2913 each

Group of 4

EUR 2629 each

Group of 5

EUR 2294 each

Group of 6

EUR 2232 each

Group of 7

EUR 2191 each

Group of 8

EUR 2078 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Group of 9: 1895 EUR. Group of 10: 1775 EUR. Group of 11: 1695 EUR. Group of 12: 1625 EUR. 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)


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