Flight to Moscow.
Arrival in Moscow, transfer and visit of the city. Visit of the Kremlin, the Red Square and the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed (external visit). Free time for lunch.
* Possibility to replace the visit of Moscow with a morning of rest at the hotel (optional). Around 15:30, transfer to the airport for the flight to Petropavlovsk.
Arrival at Elizovo Airport – Petropavlovsk. Transfer to the north of the peninsula. Baths in hot springs located on our way. This 300 km trip is approximately 5 hours drive (without stops) Homestay, traditional dinner and bania session (Russian sauna)
We continue our journey (220 km, 35 of forest track, 7:00), cross the Kamchatka River, reach the village of Kozirevsk and take a path to go to install our camp at the foot of the huge volcanoes of Kamchatka. The tents mounted, we go for a ride in search of bears. Night under tent
Beautiful hike on the day (about twenty km / altitude 500 m.), With the aim of a surprising canyon, there are real gems hidden in this very wild nature. An exceptional panorama opens up to us, volcanoes of more than 4000 meters of altitude, fumaroles, glaciers, lava flows and fields of lava covered with vegetation, waterfalls. During our trek in these immense mountain tundras, we will have a good chance to observe the brown bear of Kamchatka. Night under tent.
Trek to a green cone, using the Bear Trail (15 km / 800 m elevation). Picnic in grandiose scenery, on the flanks of the highest volcanoes of Kamchatka. Return to camp and descent to the village of Kozirevsk, Night and bania homestay.
Departure at dawn to reach in the early afternoon a lunar landscape, site of our next playground, at the foot of Tolbachik volcano. Night under tent.
From November 2012 to September 2013, a magnificent eruption reshaped the flanks of Tolbachik volcano. Forty years ago, a fantastic eruption took place in this area. A huge crack appeared, and cones from 200 to 300 m. of altitude were formed. Those of the North zone and those of the South. This process lasted nearly a year and a half and was followed day by day by teams of volcanologists. The fallout of ash and slag ravaged this place, decimating entire forests and covering huge tundras, a place of grazing for reindeer breeding. It is in this extraordinary place, that we will walk, discover the cones north (few km / 200 m of uneven), lava tunnels, plunge us in the heart of this petrified forest, and hiking on the slopes of the volcano Ploski Tolbatchik (5 to 6 hours of walking on the new lava flows, vertical drop 800 m.) Night in a tent. A last ride on the cones and we take our truck to go down to the village of Kozirevsk. Bania, dinner and a good night’s rest in a homestay.
Transfer by truck to the south of the peninsula and its active volcanoes. Picnic stop at the edge of a river. According to our progress, we spend the night in a shelter at 3:00 on the road of the volcano Goreli, where we install the camp at the foot of this same volcano. Night in a shelter or tent.
First objective, the ascent of Goreli volcano (1824 m.). Placed in the middle of an immense caldera, this volcano offers many volcanic curiosities off the trails, that our guide will make you discover. The discovery of the different craters at the summit finish remains a fascinating moment, an unforgettable palette of mineral colors, visible volcanic structures and two very different craters, lined with a green lake for the first and pierced by an incandescent mouth, where huge volutes of gas and steam escape. For the second 6 hours of walking largely on a well-marked path. Elevation + 800 meters. The next day, climb to the crater of Mutnovski volcano (2323m). This hike starting from the camp, takes us through the tundra or a desert of volcanic sand, the crossing of talwegs and firn, to discover a beautiful canyon, gateway to the interior of this volcano. This is one of the best known and most amazing parts of Kamchatka, a perfect example of solfatara. Pots of mud, mouths of sulfur, fumaroles, and geysers stand side by side with hanging glaciers, colored by the deposits of clay that the swirling wind comes to deposit. 6 hour hike. Nights under tent.
Transfer to Avatcha Volcano Refuge. We take advantage of the hot springs on the road to take a good bath. Night in a shelter.
Beautiful wild hike on the slopes of volcanoes Avatcha and Koriakski (5 hours of walking, 10 km, 600 m of altitude difference) Night in a refuge.
Return to Petropavlovsk, free afternoon to visit the city and do some shopping. Possibility of optional programs, boat ride on Avatcha Bay, helicopter flight to the Geyser Valley, Lake Kurile or a private flight over active volcanoes. Night at the hotel.
Departure for the airport, return flight in the middle of the day, arrival in the early evening in France.
|20/09/2019 to 05/10/2019|
We will stay in lodges and tents for the duration of the trip.
Kamchatka is an isolated land in the far east of Russia. Displacements are complicated and subject to weather conditions. The hikes take place on land in the middle of nature, most often without a path, and it can happen that we have to cross rivers. You must therefore have all the traditional hiking equipment with good shoes. You must also plan to protect yourself against mosquitoes. The walking time will be approximately 3 to 5 hours per day.
Outings are daily subject to bad weather. The program given here is only indicative, it can be modified because of incidents and local problems, and can be arranged by the guides for any security requirement according to the weather conditions of the moment and the participants.
During the whole trip we will move in a private vehicle.
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