Ski touring in Kamchatka: 8 days, 3 volcanoes: Avachinsky, Koryaksky and Viluchinsky

Join ACMG certified guide Grigory for this unbelievable 8-day Ski Tour trip in Kamchatka Russia. Enjoy some of the best powder snow whilst you ski tour on three different volcanoes!

 
 
 

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

 
  • Enjoy amazing ski touring conditions on three separate and stunning volcanoes

  • Discover the awe-inspiring and vast wild beauty of the Kamchatka region

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

 

This is one of our classic Kamchatka ski tours, it will see you carving down the slopes of three separate volcanoes!  Mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, forests and more cover an epic area of 270,000 squared km.

Beginning in Petropavlovsk we will then head to Avachinsky pass, where we will stay in a mountain hut. We will stay here a few days and ski the great slopes of Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes.

If we have good weather you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the Avachinskaya bay, Petropavlovsk city, other volcanoes and the Shipunsky mountain range.

After this we will move south to enjoy some hot springs and some great corn skiing options. Then we will turn our attention to Viluchinsky volcano which one simply cannot miss out on when visiting Kamchatka.

With good weather you will experience phenomonal deep powder snow on steep couloirs and vast open fields. This is not to mention the spectacular views to be had over the Pacific.

From mid-May it is possible to include some additional activities, including sea kayaking, Pacific Ocean surfing and King Salmon fishing.

Although not of a high technical difficulty, to join this trip we do require that you are at least of intermediate skier or snowboarding level. You will need to have one years ski touring experience and be of a decent level of fitness.

This tour is more luxurious than other trips on offer as there will be no winter camping involved and we will stay exclusively in mountain huts and hotels.

Don’t miss out on this chance to ski tour three stunning seperate volcanoes. Sign up now if you want deep powder snow, phenomenal views and fascinating cultural insights!

If this trip has you intruiged then check out this 8-day ski tour on Kozelsky and Viluchinsky Volcano in Kamchatka, summit Kozelsky and enjoy amazing views! 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

 

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 2Avachinsky Volcano

    Early morning drive to the foot of Avachinsky volcano.

    Transfer to the pass by snowcat,  avalanche training and ski touring on the nearby slopes.

  • Day 3Ski Touring / Splitboarding

    Skitouring/ splitboarding on the slopes of Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes.

  • Day 5Thermal Springs and Termalny Village

    Transfer to mountain hotel, in new touring region.

    Transfer by snowcat down to the road, 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 6Viluchinsky Volcano

    Skitouring on the slopes of Viluchinsky volcano and surrounding mountains. We will use snowmobiles for daily  approach.

  • Day 8Departure

    Early morning drive from mountain hotel to the airport and your departure.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Accommodation

Avachinsky pass mountain base:

Mountain base on Avachinsky pass is surrounded by big volcanoes and has a nice view on the valley. Huts are simple, but warm (heated by wooden stoves) and clean. Dining room and Banya are separate buildings. The huts has a capacity for maximum 10 people, but in our programs we limit it with maximum 5 persons per hut, to provide the comfort and more space.

Mountain hotel Snow Valley

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

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Meals:

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 camp cooking and will provide meals that are tasty, healthy and nutritious.

There are three 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, soup.

- 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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 
 
FROM 1980 EURper person
 

 

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