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.
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.
I work together with a group of guides, so if I’m not available, one of my colleagues will guide you.
3 nights in a Hotel; 3 nights in Huts; 7 nights in tents, Camp sites
Yelizovo Airport (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city)
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.
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).
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
Car transfer (about 8 hours) and accommodation at the recreation base of Paratunka or at the hotel of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Hotel. B/L/–
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/-/-
Transfer to the airport. B/-/-
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".
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!
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.
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!
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!
Vladimir was our guide for summiting of Mount Kazbegi in July, 2019. He was a brilliant guide, as well as champion snow boarder, and I would highly recommend him for anyone planning climbing Kazbegi or Elbrus.
The guide was actually not Ivan Mishnikov but Denis who was a Junior guide with CetNeva. Overall the guide company is really good. Cook and the barrels where I stayed were excellent. Lisa, manager of CetNeva, were attentive and always present to help out. Guide was excellent in skills, just a little shy. Would recommend 100%. Thanks!
MICHAEL B YORMARK
Ivan is a master of his craft. His knowledge, instincts and skills are of the highest quality. He is the best guide I\'ve ever climbed with and when I return to Russia, I\'ll be climbing with him again. Also, his character is also of the highest quality, he is responsible, smart, and incredibly professional in every aspect. When you\'re doing something risky (like climbing a mountain), he\'s the exact person you need with you. I\'d climb with him anywhere, any weather any time of year.
We went to Mt Elbrus ski touring in May and did not summit due to bad weather. If you want to be sure to summit I would suggest you book about 8 days as it takes at least 4 days to get altitude acclimatised to the point you can make an attempt ) and it seems the bad weather systems last about 3 days.... groups submitted the two days prior to us but no one summited for the next three due to 80 kmh winds. In regard to CetNeva, I had some trouble with communications and replies (partly caused at my end) but once that was sorted things went well. Lisa runs the admin side and is good. We did not have Ivan as a guide we had Roman - but Roman was over qualified for us but patient and pleasant despite our lack of skills and never being ready on time.
No info from travel agent essential information about imigration cards, That mens no info that taht cards important ( No Info dont loose them). About transfer from airport was very good. Food excelent. No additional guide for ascenting Elbruss. I had different habit for ascenting. The Guide doesnt like. TIn the Summit ascenting he said that i should keep same style climbing as them. And put all responsibility on me if i wpould refuse contnues ascent to summit. So i this result bad sleep. And did not feel well to make summit ascent. I refuses to go. So that day i am ski touring myself due to arriving Caucasus. Rest was ok. Please return 250 euros . So incomplete mission
Everything was just perfect. Our local Guide Sergey showed us the best spots with really nice descends in amazing powder. His hut was very cute and our cook Tonja did a great job. Everything was just perfect. A dream came true. Thanks Sergey for the perfect guiding.
I had a great time with Ivan at Dychtau! I can definitely recommend this to every climber who wants to experience something different to the alps. You can find yourself in a wonderful place with barely any western tourist and enjoy the astonishing nature and the welcoming local culture. It somehow felt like I was climbing my first REAL mountain... and I loved it! 10/10 would carry 20kg backpacks, play cards with Russian soldiers and go to sauna again :) thanks,
Petur og Inga
Thank you for a great tour and a big adventure to reach Elbrus! You did a great job, leading us all the days!
Hi Ivan, Thank you so much for this expedition! Everyone went home safely. We succeeded with your help. Next time, please come and go to Hokkaido powder!!!!! I am looking forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Aki
It was a once in a lifetime experience! The organisation of the trip was very good and the team excellent - funny, smiling, very welcoming and as well we enjoyed good Russian traditional food. The snow was outstanding – every line, every day - crazy powder snow! The guiding was totally competent, experienced - knowing the area like their own pocket, we felt their passion. I hope the lonely lovely Mamay valley, where you can admire thousands of stars at night (while going to the toilet or cooling off from the sauna :-), will keep its charm and gentle tourism for a long time. The trip was an amazing unforgettable experience.
Our guide was Nikolay (a colleague of Ivan\'s), a wonderful gentle soul whose exploits include Everest and K2...without oxygen! I cannot recommend this trip enough. We went late season and although at times a tad frosty, the mountains made for a spectacular backdrop to all those golden autumnal colours. Massive thumbs up :)
My trip to Mountain Elbrus took place ending October 2016 so the mountain season was ended and the probability of Bad and cold weather was high, anyway I took the risk considering the experience of my guide Nikolay (from Ivan\'s team). The first 2 days on the mountain the weather was sunny and great so we did a great acclimatization, but on the 3rd day the weather change, starting to be very windy and cold and on the following days got worst, specially due to the strong wind it was impossible to try to reach the summit, finally the days were ended and we had to return home leaving Elbrus Summit for another time, you know the mountain phrase: “The mountain always will be waiting there for you as an impassive colossus\". Nikolay logistics was great, all the mountain food was very good, he share with me a lot of his great mountain experience so I learn a lot of very valuable things, and even Nikolay help me on the airport on my trip back to home because on the Mineralnye vody airport nothing is in english. Also the hotel in Terskol was very simple but very nice and the woman owner of the hotel was very gently and nice.
I had the pleasure of having Ivan as a guide on Elbrus this year and he is first class. I would highly recommend using him on any mountain
Ivan simply... \"GUIDED\" us. A beautiful word full of hidden meanings that are discovered while the mountain is revealing its splendor and strength. \"Guiding\" means knowing when to talk and be quiet. When to encourage and warn, when to look into the eyes and convey confidence. In conclusion, \"guiding\" is accompanying with an almost undetectable softness, with an invisible and effective confidence that made us feel safe all the time.
I spent an outstanding week in the region of Elbrus with Ivan. I am ski instructor and came with a mountain guide friend, we enjoyed so much the professionalism, attention, good humor, enthusiasm of Ivan. From the first email exchanges, Ivan was very responsive and answered all my questions. The very good choice of ski touring itineraries for the preparation and acclimatization before the successfully climb of the Elbruz made this trip even more memorable. I will keep this week with Ivan a memory of the first order and eternal. Thank you so much Ivan.
Mr. Suzuki san
I really enjoyed yacht-staying & sky-touring in Norway-Tromso where\'s a fjord-bay in the Arctic Circle. IVAN(my guide) helped me a lot to have a wonderful holiday.
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|
Want a different number of travellers?
- Guiding fee
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Transport during the trip
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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)