Ski touring on Viluchinsky in Kamchatka

7 days ski touring on the Viluchinsky volcano in Kamchatka during June, looking for the best powder snow with Grigory, ACMG certified mountain guide.




Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period


Type of Trip




    Are you looking to ski un June in the Northern hemisphere? Then Kamchatka is your objective! In fact, it’s amongst the most snowy places on Earth. There can be up to 6 meters of snow come late May! In particular, the Viluchinsky volcano is one of my favourite spots.

    During summer we can find here on average 3 meters of snow, and a cool start of the summer. Corn ski in Kamchatka is perfect until mid-July.

    But you might be too busy already in July, with other more summery activities. Therefore my plan is to take you to the Viluchinsky volcano in June. An amazing ski touring outing to start the summer. The sun warms you up, the snow is still strong, the views are always amazing and the ski terrain is perfect.

    The volcano is located south of the city, near the Viluchinskaya bay. There are many beautiful gullies as well as wide slopes. Besides, the panoramic views from the top will stay engraved in your memory.

    We ski mostly in an Alpine zone. The slopes can be up to 40 degrees. I can adjust the vertical drop depending on the level of the group. On average it’s 1300-1500m.

    Corn is great spring snow, a result of the warm temperatures and the sunshine. The cold and hard morning snow will melt on the surface early in the morning. So by noon there is a beautiful gliding surface. Ski is smooth and soft under these conditions.

    Please get in touch with me if you are interested to come and ski with me in this fantastic place! You can either join an existing group or set up your own. Feel free to contact me, I will be happy to give you more info about the trip. And another fantastic option is ski touring in the Kamchatka peninsula during spring.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1890 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     The price is for a person who joins an open group (see dates). Discounts for private groups are available. Not included in the price: International and domestic airfares, breakfasts and dinners in Petropavlovsk, personal insurance, wine and spirits and personal expenses. Please note that meals in Petropavlovsk are not included.


    • Day 1Petropavlovsk - Snow Valley mountain hotel

      Arriving in Petropavlovsk. Don’t forget to book a window seat, since in good weather the view of the mountain ranges and volcanoes of Kamchatka is magnificent. Then transfer to Snow Valley mountain hotel, by bus and snowmobiles, taking 1:30 h. Accommodation, gear and clothing check and avalanche training. Afterwards some rest time and hot thermal springs.

    • Day 2Viluchinsky volcano

      30 minute snowmobile drive to base of Viluchinsky volcano. Then we set up a camp and enjoy an afternoon ski tour.

    • Day 3 to 6Ski touring on Viluchinsky volcano

      Ski touring on the slopes of the volcano. Depending on snow and weather conditions, we will choose one day to do the volcano ascent.

    • Day 7More ski touring

      Ski touring until afternoon. Then drive to mountain hotel accommodation and some rest time.

    • Day 8Transfer to the airport and departure.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    We will meet in Petropavlovsk.


    * Hotel in Petropavlovsk

    The hotel is situated in the old centre of Petropavlovsk, close to the parks, Avachinskaya bay, historical monuments and the museum. Within 2-3 bus stops there is a good choice of cafés, restaurants and shops. Accommodation is in double rooms and the hotel is equipped with a kitchen which can be used by guests.

    The mountain hotel is 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. The hotel contains several swimming pools with hot thermal water, a banya (bathhouse), restaurant, laundry and other facilities.

    * Winter tent camping

    Our basecamp features a comfortable cooking/dining tent warmed by a gas heater, along with separate 4-season, 2-person sleeping tents.

    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 my guests, who have never experienced winter camping before, tell me 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 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 my guides will be glad to share their knowledge with you.

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    Summer skiing on Two volcanoes

    There is one daily flight from Moscow (SVO) to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC), by Aeroflot. Also, there are few flights from Vladivistok (VVO) and Khabarovsk (KHV), which can work for flights from Asia or Australia. Transfer from airport to Petropavlovsk takes 40-50 minutes.


    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 1890 EURper person


    What People are Saying about Grigory Mintsev

    • 1 review


    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

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