Ski touring in Kamchatka: 8 days, 2 volcanoes: Kozelsky, Viluchinsky

Join ACMG certified guide Grigory for this unforgettable 8-day Ski Tour trip in Kamchatka Russia. Summit Kozelsky volcano and enjoy some of the best powder snow on offer anywhere!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Kamchatka

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Apr, May

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Summit the wonderful Kozelsky Volcano and take in its spectacular panoramic view

  • Discover the stunning wild beauty of Kamchatka including Viluchinsky volcano

  • Join enthusiastic and highly experienced guides and learn their local knowledge

 

Kamchatka is a remarkable 270,000 km squared km region in far east Russia, full of mountains, lakes, glaciers, forests and more! Despite this trip being late in the season for most places, this area easily registers 3 metres of snow!

Starting from the city of Petropavlovsk, on this trip we will aim to summit Kozelsky volcano and we will also spend time on the fantastic powder snow of Viluchinsky volcano.

Kozelsky is not a technically difficult mountain to climb but is does habour stunning views and great skiing!

If the skies are clear then you will enjoy panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, Avachinskaya bay, several volcanoes and the Shipunsky mountain range – truly breathtaking!

We will practice on Kozelsky initially and then attempt its summit on day 3 or 4 depending on weather conditions.

After Kozelsky we will move to a beautiful valley and our new mountain hotel. We will spend a few days relaxing in the hot springs and making the most of some great corn skiing.

Next up is Viluchinsky volcano, which is simply a must when in Kamchatka due to its deep powder snow on wonderful couloirs and fields!

We will have snow mobiles that will take us to the required elevation for us to then continue by ski tour. This also means we can take the snow mobiles further if conditions are not desirable.

Whilst not a technically hard trip you are required to be of intermediate skiing or snowboarding level with one years ski touring experience. You need to be of a decent level of fitness so enjoy this trip to its fullest!

So if you’re looking for top quality skiing, spectacular vistas and fascinating cultural experiences then sign up now because there are not many opportunities like this available!

If you like the look of this trip then check out this 7-day ski tour on Viluchinsky Volcano in Kamchatka, where we can really explore this amazing mountain thoroughly! Or for somewhere different, join me on this epic 7-day heli assisted ski tour in the wonderful Caucasus mountains of Svaneti in Georgia!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1980 EUR

Group of 2
1980 EUR

Group of 3
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Group of 4
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Group of 5
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Group of 6
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Group of 7
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Group of 8
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Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
 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.

    Meet the guides, gear check, rest time.

  • Day 2Kozelsky Volcano

    Early morning drive to the base of Kozelsky volcano (about an hour), depending on snow conditions, a snowmobile will carry the group and gear, or just our gear.

    An easy tour (about 3 hours) in a birch forest with a nice gully.

    Set up a camp at 700m, avalanche training, skitouring on the nearby slopes.

  • Day 3 to 4Skitouring/Splitboarding and Ascent

    Skitouring/ splitboarding on the slopes of Kozelsky volcano with possible ascend in one day (depending on snow and weather conditions).

    Elevation gain for the summit – 1500 vertical metres.

  • Day 5Hot Springs, Corn Skiing

    Transfer to mountain hotel, in new touring region.

    Luggage is transported by snowmobile.

    Skiing/ snowboarding down to the road (about 1 hour), mostly downhill; transfer by bus to Termalny village (about 2 hours), and 2-hours drive to the mountain hotel “Snow Valley”

    Lunch, rest time – relaxing in hot thermal springs.

  • Day 6 to 7Viluchinsky Volcano

    Skitouring on the slopes of Viluchinsky volcano and surrounding mountains.

    We will use snowmobiles for daily  approach.

  • Day 8Departure

    Sunday: Early morning drive from mountain hotel to the airport for departure.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Accommodation

Mountain hotel Snow Valley

The mountain hotel Snow Valley, situated 10 km from Vilyuchinskiy volcano, and surrounded by mountains. Accommodation is a small chalet with rooms for 4 people and en-suite bathrooms. TWIN or DBL rooms are also available at an extra cost. The hotel contains several outdoor pools with hot thermal water, a banya (traditional Russian bathhouse), restaurant and other facilities.

Winter tent camping.

Our base camp features a comfortable cooking/dining tent warmed by a gas or wooden heater, along with separate 4-season, 2-person sleeping tents. With a heater you will be able to not only warm up if you get cold but also dry the clothes and gear in cloudy days. Toilet is in a separate toilet tent.

In our modern world, with widespread mountain huts, not many people camp in the winter. But for places such as Kamchatka, it is essential as there is no other way to explore the mountains. Many of our guests, who have never experienced winter camping before, tell us it is way easier and more comfortable than they expected. With a spacious, heated dining tent, you have space to comfortably sit, chat with new friends and enjoy your meals in a comfortable and warm atmosphere. With your warm sleeping bag and mat, after a substantial dinner, you will sleep well in your tent and wake up in the morning to the smell of hot coffee from the dining tent. Life in a winter tent camp is probably easier than you imagine! There are several little tips to make life in a winter camp easier, and our guides will be glad to share their knowledge with you.

For private groups, who are keen to skitour on Kozelsky volcano, but can't or don't want to stay in the tent camp, we can organize a daily program, with early morning transfer from Petropavlovsk to Kozelsky volcano foot and snowmobile approach to the slopes. Please, ask us about such a possibility.

Camp food

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 fish, seafood, reindeer meat and wild plants. Our chefs are all greatly experienced in winter tent camp cooking and will provide meals that are tasty, healthy and nutritious.

There are two hot meals a day. Here are some examples of the menu:

- Breakfast: cold breakfast - cereal/muesli with milk or yoghurt; hot breakfast - fried eggs, bacon/sausages, pancakes. Tea, coffee.

- Mountain lunch: Sandwiches,chocolate bars, dried fruits/ nuts.

- Aprés ski: Smoked salmon or other local fish, fruits.

- Dinner: Local salads; dishes with meat or fish; sides (pasta, rice, potatoes); stewed vegetables. And of course, desserts and herbal teas.

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 buy anything or change the menu during the trip.

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Flights:

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.

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 volcanoes.

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

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 a copy of your visa 1 month before arrival. This is an official government rule, because of border proximity. So, please apply for a visa in advance. But even if you decide to come at the 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:

There are 3 mobile operators covering populated areas of Kamchatka. On the Kozelsky volcano area all 3 are available. We will not have WiFi on Kozelsky volcano camp, but you will be able to use mobile internet on your phone. In the area of Vilyuchinsky volcano the best connection is Megafon. Snow Valley hotel has a WiFi. Please, keep in mind, we do not guarantee cellular coverage when we are in the mountains. Our guides always have satellite phones/messenger for emergency use.

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 program (for example – laundry/drinks in Snow Valley hotel), take it into consideration.

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 a 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 – Primaloft or similar

Down/synthetic jacket and overpants warm to minus 10 C., for the camp.

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

Camp winter boots

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

Ski-mountaineering gear (we might need it for the short sections on the volcanoes):

Boot crampons, compatible with your boots. Aluminium or steel, 10/12-points

Ice axe, 55-65 cm.

Lightweight harness (Black Diamond Couloir or analogue)

Carabiner, pear-shaped – 2 pc.

Avalanche gear:

Transceiver (two antenna minimum), extra batteries.

Probe

Shovel

Personal equipment:

Backpack, 25-35 litres

Duffel, for carrying your stuff by snowmobile, water resistant.

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, light synthetic towel.

Sun/Cold and Lip Cream (SPF30 or higher)

Earplugs

Camp gear:

Winter sleeping bag (rated to -10C or warmer). Synthetic is preferable.

Sleeping pad, 4-seasons (R-value of 3.5 or higher).

We provide spacious 2-person tents, dishes and utensils.

If you prefer to sleep alone, or feel you may disturb your neighbour (snoring, etc.), we strongly recommend you bring a 1-person tent or let us know in advance and we will try to provide personal tent for you.

 

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.

 
 


 

 

What People are Saying about Grigory Mintsev

 

Last week I came back from a great week skiing in Siberia! The surroundings and the facilities were amazing! The snow quality was good, although due to the cold (between -30 and -40) the powder snow of 1 meter was pretty slow and quite tough to ski through. As well the tour guide Dimitri did an amazing job and I learned a lot from him. Thanks for organising this wonderful week and the service is great I have to say!
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Rogier
Went on their summer skiing expedition to Viluchinsky Volcano in Kamchatka. Was one of my favorite trips I\'ve been on. Totally professional and excellent logistics. Guiding was top notch. Great communication leading up to the trip. Extremely good value. Thanks to Grigory and Roman for an amazing week!
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Jeff Chim
Amazing skiing in Siberia with guys from \"Skiing in Russia\". Luzhba is very cosy and quiet place somewhere in Siberia. If you look for some new experience in skiing or snowboarding far from civilization - this place is the best choice. Beautiful forest powder runs without any competition with other powder-hunters  We have a week in November! and already Luzhba delivered lots of fresh and wonderful snow. \"Skiing in Russia\" guides organized everything: all transfers, comfortable lodge, amazing meal and main point - interesting and safe skiing. Trip to Siberia is one of you never forget. Sure!
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Kirill Mihalchenko
Had another great trip to Luzbha, Siberia with Grigory and Dmitry! This time we stayed in the new upgraded accommodation with the lovely Dasha cooking us great local meals, made for a very comfortable trip. Had two good storms come through while I was there dropping over a meter of fresh pow so the skiing/riding was on point as well!
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