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Kamchatka, Russia: 15-day Guided tour with 3 volcano ascents

Kamchatka
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Bruno, an experienced and friendly IFMGA-certified guide, will lead you on a thrilling adventure involving fire, brimstone, lava, canyons, rivers and the ocean, as you undertake a 15-day guided tour through Kamchatka, Russia, including 3 volcano ascents and a vast array of wildlife to observe.

Group

Kamchatka

15 Days

Sep, Oct

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Ascend three towering and mighty volcanoes!
  • Visit Moscow - one of the truly great cities of the world!
  • Observe animals such as brown bears, reindeer, sea otters and orcas!
  • Visit hot springs, geysers and lava flows!

Description

I invite you to join me on this awe-inspiring expedition around one of the most pristine, unspoiled and over-looked slices of natural paradise on earth, Kamchatka, Russia. Not only do the alluring volcanoes and their associated lava fields, craters and hot springs wow the senses, there are also beautiful forests, rivers, glaciers and waterfalls to admire.

Kamchatka is located in the wild, remote and isolated Far East of Russia, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and a massive 6700km from Moscow! In this region the scenery, landscape and terrain vary wildly, and the wildlife that roam here include brown bears, reindeer, sea otters, whales, orcas, sea lions and numerous bird colonies.

Arriving in Moscow for our first day, we then have a day of exploring this fascinating and historical city, before heading to the airport and catching our flight to Petropavlovsk. From here we head to the North of Kamchatka via some hot springs, and set up camp at the base of one of the towering volcanoes.

The next few days are spent hiking along canyons and mountains, where stunning, sweeping panoramic views of the volcanoes open up to us, alongside visiting glaciers, lava flows and waterfalls. There is also the possibility of observing brown bears around here.

The subsequent few days will take us to the mighty Tolbachik Volcano, which erupted as recently as 40 years ago, covering the area in lava and ash and decimating forests, and here we will walk along new lava flows and discover fascinating lava tunnels.

The last few days are spent in the South of the peninsula, where we will ascend the majestic Goreli and Mutnovski Volcanoes, the evocative colours of the tundras full of geysers, mud pots and glaciers displaying the raw and sheer beauty of the area.

We then head back to Petropavlovsk via the Avatcha and Koriakski Volcanoes, and say our goodbyes after 15 fun-filled and awe-inspiring days.

Very few people get to discover this beautiful part of the world – book now to be part of the few!

For those who are more adventurous, we also offer ski touring in Kamchatka, here!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meet and flight

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.

Day 2: 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)

Day 3: Kozirevsk

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

Day 4: Hike

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.

Day 5: Bear Trail

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.

Day 6: Tolbachik Volcano

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.

Day 7 to 9: Region of Tolbachik Volcano

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.

Day 10: Goreli Volcano

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.

Day 11 to 12: Goreli and Mutnovski

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.

Day 13: Avatcha Volcano Refuge

Transfer to Avatcha Volcano Refuge. We take advantage of the hot springs on the road to take a good bath. Night in a shelter.

Day 14: Hikes

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.

Day 15: Petropavlovsk

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.

Day 16: Finish

Departure for the airport, return flight in the middle of the day, arrival in the early evening in France.

 

Details

Accommodation

We will stay in lodges and tents for the duration of the trip.

More info

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.

Meeting point

Moscow, Russia

About the guide

IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide and member of la Compagnie des Guides de Saint-Gervais (Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, south-eastern of France)

I will be more than happy to guide you in the Alps for mountaineering or ski touring adventures.

I also organise beautiful trips all around the world.

Get in touch with me and let's discuss about a program answering your needs and dreams!

Languages

French | English

Certificates

SNGM

Residence

Domancy, Saint-Gervais


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 2

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 3

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 4

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 5

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 6

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 7

EUR 3918 Each

Group of 8

EUR 3918 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

Price details

Price is per person to join a group of 10.

Price does not include airfares.




 

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