8-day Yacht ski touring along the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East

Join ACMG certified guide Grigory for this unique 8-day Yacht and Ski Touring trip in Kamchatka Russia. Delight in some of the best powder snow whilst you cruise to the next spot on your comfortable catamaran!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Kamchatka

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

May, Jun

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Discover remote, pristine and wild landscapes and be the first to leave tracks

  • Delight in endless powder snow and epic mountain, ocean and glacier views

  • Join enthusiastic, certified and experienced guides with their local knowledge

  • Enjoy the unique transport by yacht and observe amazing marine life

 

Here is a truly unique trip that will see you yachting and ski touring in Russia’s far east region of Kamchatka. Visit remote mountain locations only accessible by boat and ski their endless powder snow!

This trip offers the amazing combination of yachting and ski touring to regions of Kamchatka that are not accessible by road.

We will visit truly wild areas and climb mysterious mountains that not many people have ever set foot on, let alone seen.

Imagine this scenario; you wake up in your comfortable yacht, have a fresh breakfast prepared by the skipper and then skin up to the top of a mountain that looms over you.

Then you spend the afternoon skiing down pristine slopes of powder snow and taking in the ridiculously stunning views over the mountainside, ocean and glaciers.

You ski right down to the oceans edge and hop back in the yacht to enjoy a well earned drink and fresh locally caught fish dinner!

Despite the remote and wild nature to this landscape, myself and my colleague have over ten years of ski touring in this region and will make this trip both safe and thrilling.

Our job will be to locate the best snow and let you choose the best lines, you can be sure to be the first one to leave tracks in the snow!

In addition to all this, the ocean is abundant in sea life and we often have the privelidge of watching sea birds, sea lions, orcas and whales.

You can also get some fishing experience and eat what you catch for a truly satisfying experience.

This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget, sign up now to explore Russia’s amazing far east by yacht and ski tour!

If you’re excited by this then check out this 8-day ski tour on Kozelsky and Viluchinsky Volcano in Kamchatka, summit Kozelsky and enjoy stunning views! Or for somewhere different, join me on this epic 7-day heli-assisted ski tour in the spectacular Caucasus mountains of Svaneti in Georgia!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
3050 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Group equipment
 Not included in price: International and domestic airfares Accommodation in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 1st day. Meals in Petropavlovsk Wine and spirits Travel insurance/travel cancellation insurance
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Petropavlovsk

    Arriving in Petropavlovsk.

    Don’t forget to book a window seat – in good weather the view of the mountain ranges and volcanoes of Kamchatka is magnificent.

    Transfer to your hotel in Petropavlovsk, Meet the guides, gear check, rest time.

  • Day 2Transfer to Yacht

    Early morning transfer to the yacht accommodation.

    Start from the port of Petropavlovsk.

    Depending on location we choose, we might be able to ski this day in the afternoon.

  • Day 3Yachting and Ski Touring

    During the day we can stay in one bay or change the location with quick passage in mid-day.

  • Day 7Return to Petropavlovsk

    Skitouring until late afternoon, making our way back to Petropavlovsk.

    Back on shore in the evening, transfer to your hotel.

  • Day 8Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Petropavlovsk

More info

Program Logistics:

There are two daily flights from Moscow (SVO or VKO) to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC), by Aeroflot and Rossiya.

Also, there are few flights fom Vladivistok (VVO) and Khabarovsk (KHV), which can work for flights from Asia or Australia.

Please, check current flight information on the air-company's websites.

Transfer from airport to Petropavlovsk takes 40-50 minutes.

Meal:

We do our best to make the meals, as well as the skiing, a remarkable part of your trip. We include traditional Kamchatka products, such as fresh fish, seafood, reindeer meat and wild plants. Our chefs are all greatly experienced in cooking and will provide meals that are tasty, healthy and nutritious. There are two hot meals a day and lunch in the mountains (sandwiches,chocolate bars, dried fruits/ nuts).

We don’t serve any alcoholic drinks, but you are welcome to bring a reasonable amount of beer, wine or spirits.

We can accommodate special dietary requirements and food allergies. Our guests are asked to complete a registration form, and mention any dietary needs so we can be fully prepared for your arrival. Please note that all food is purchased before the trip starts and we don't have another opportunity to change the menu during the trip.

Terrain

Most of the time we ski in the Alpine zone. Big, wide fields up to 38-40 degrees steep, classic Alpine couloirs and some nice cruising on a mellow snow fields are all types of terrain you will meet on Kamchatka's mountains and volcanoes.

On an average day the vertical drop is 1200-1500m, but it varies according to the group's abilities.

Skiing

This time of year in Kamchatka, we are mostly looking for corn (spring) skiing. Second only to powder in the "favourite snow conditions" category might just be corn, that delicious grainy Spring snow created by the perfect mix of slope aspect, warm temperature and sunshine. Skiing the Kamchatka corn snow is definitely some of the best Spring skiing on Earth. Hard, cold morning snow melts on the surface with the first light of sun, creating the ideal gliding surface at noon. We find smooth, soft skiing - like skiing powder and carving at the same time.

Weather

Although Kamchatka lies at a similar latitude to Great Britain, cold Arctic winds from Siberia combined with the cold Ohotskoe sea current cover the peninsula in snow from October to late June.

Winter months are known for their low temperatures and strong winds, which is why volcano skiing is not enjoyable then. The Spring months bring more comfortable weather - warmer, but still bringing snowfall which transforms into light powder until the end of April, or even the beginning of May up high.

Where we hold our skitouring programme, the night temperature is usually about 0 degrees Celsius and the daytime temperature is around plus 5-7 in the shade - but it feels significantly warmer in the sun. In general, the weather is identical to conditions in April and May in the Alps. In good weather, the afternoon sun is hot enough to dry gear such as boot liners, gloves etc.

As everywhere, bad weather happens. But generally the weather is stable in May and cyclones don’t last long. In fact last year’s statistics show we were skitouring/splitboarding about 90 percent of the time.

Visa and Insurance

To travel to Russia, most foreign nationals are required to have an Entry Visa to Russia. Russian visas can be obtained at your local Russian Embassy or Consulate. In order to apply for a visa you will need proof of your forthcoming visit to Russia, which will be supplied by Skiing In Kamchatka on receipt of your final payment. Provided all the documents are ready, the process usually takes no more than 3-10 working days for a Russian Tourist Visa. It is also possible to ask special agencies for a full visa service.

We will need copy of your visa in 1 months before arrival. This is official government rule, because of border proximity. So, please apply for visa in advance. But even if you decide to come in a last moment, this question can be solved personally.

Insurance

Being adequately insured is a condition of booking a trip with Skiing in Kamchatka. You must have travel and medical insurance, which covers backcountry skiing (skitouring/splitboarding), ski-mountaineering and helicopter rescue. For your peace of mind and to avoid any financial hardship that an unexpected cancellation could cause, we strongly recommend getting Trip Cancellation insurance.

Time in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - GMT+12

Telephone and Internet

During the yachting, we will not have cell coverage or WiFi. For weather updates and emergency calls we use satellite phone and satellite messengers.

Language

Not many people in Russia speak a foreign language (more likely in big towns, less in the countryside). But people are helpful and will easily understand what you need. The alphabet is Cyrillic so reading can be difficult. If you wish to practice your Russian, we recommend you purchase a phrase-book in advance.

During your trip, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Some of our Ski Guides speak German and French as well, but our general language is English. For private groups, we can try to arrange the guide who speaks your language.

Money

The Russian currency is the Rouble (RUB). No other currencies are accepted for payments. Cards are accepted in most big shops, hotels and restaurants, but this type of payment is still not as wide-spread as in Europe or North America. We strongly recommend that you have enough cash with you for the whole holiday. You can change money in banks (closed on weekends and national holidays) or use an ATM (there are plenty in all towns and cities). You might need some cash during the program (days in Petropavlovsk), take it into consideration.

Moscow transit

There are three international airports in Moscow; Domodedovo (DME), Sheremetyevo (SVO), and Vnukovo (VKO). Depending on your flight plan, you might need to change airports which can be a time consuming. If you do need to change airports, we strongly recommend you allow at least 2 hours for your airport-to-airport transfers.

Gear:

Please service your skis or board before arrival, or bring pocket waxes as there is no ski-service at our base. We have some repair parts and tools to fix most common problems which might arise, but we do not have equipment for hot waxing.

We advise you to carefully read the following list. You will not be able to buy or rent the equipment out here, so do bring everything with you. If you have any questions about equipment or items on (or not on) this list please don’t hesitate to email and ask for advice.

Here is an example of set of clothes that we recommend. You can change it according to your preferences, but be sure that your clothes suit the weather and temperature during your trip.

Clothing:

Weather Layer Top - Gore-Tex/Softshell or other waterproof breathable jacket

Weather Layer Pants - Gore-Tex/Softshell or other waterproof breathable pants

Warm jacket – Down/synthetic

Mid-Insulation Layer Top - Polartec 100 or analogue

Base Layer Top and Bottom, mid or warm – 2 pieces each

Mid weight socks - 2-3 pairs

Hat

Sun cap

Light gloves

Insulated gloves or mittens

Yacht shoes

Ski gear:

Skis or Splitboard

Skins. Glue should be in good condition, renew if necessary.

Touring Boots

Ski crampons

Telescopic Poles

Ski helmet

Binding/Boot/Pole/Skin Repair Kit - tools and parts to fix your personal gear

Avalanche gear:

Transceiver (two antenna minimum), extra batteries.

Probe

Shovel

Personal equipment:

Backpack, 25-30 litres

Duffel, for carrying your stuff on the yacht.

Personal First Aid kit, blister kit

Thermos, 0.5-0.7 litres

Water flask, 1 litre

Sunglasses, plus extra pair (CE rated 3 or 4)

Ski goggles

Headlamp with extra batteries

Personal toiletries, towel.

Sun/Cold and Lip Cream

 

About the Guide

 
 

I am ori­gin­ally from Kamchatka and I have de­voted my time to ex­plor­ing the moun­tains of the re­gion from child­hood. I've been guid­ing in Kamchatka since 1999 and run guid­ing pro­jects, or­gan­ised ava­lanche courses and worked for the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guides As­so­ci­ation (RMGA).

I am one of few Rus­si­ans who par­ti­cip­ated in the Ca­na­dian Moun­tain & Ski Guide Pro­gram, and the first and only Ski Guide in Rus­sia to be cer­ti­fied through the As­so­ci­ation of Ca­na­dian Moun­tain Guides (ACMG Ski Guide).

My travel and guid­ing ex­per­i­ence in­cludes many great des­tin­a­tions, such as Kamchatka, Siber­ia, Cau­cas­us, Ja­pan, South Amer­ica, Canada, In­dia and Ant­arc­tica to name a few. Even though I am based in the Chamonix val­ley now, I spend sev­er­al months each year in Kamchatka and Siberia ski tour­ing and skiing and I be­lieve them to be one of the best moun­tains in the world.

CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 diploma. Avalanche instructor, forecaster and safety consultant. Wilderness First Responder. Mem­ber of the RMGA Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tee, instructor-assistant at the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guide School.

 
 
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