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.
30 minute snowmobile drive to base of Viluchinsky volcano. Then we set up a camp and enjoy an afternoon ski tour.
Ski touring on the slopes of the volcano. Depending on snow and weather conditions, we will choose one day to do the volcano ascent.
Ski touring until afternoon. Then drive to mountain hotel accommodation and some rest time.
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.
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.
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.
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