|Area||270 000 km2|
|Highest point||4835 m|
After landing in the capital of bears and volcanoes, we will take you to the hotel so that you can rest from a long flight. Our chef will work with you and will introduce you the dishes based on Kamchatka crab, sea urchins, scallops and red caviar. After lunch, you will change into sportswear and you will be instructed how to drive a kayak — then you will need this knowledge in the Pacific Ocean. Dinner will be served in the cozy hotel restaurant, next to the thermal pool.
|10:00–10:30||Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by Aeroflot flight, meeting by producers of the 211 Company, baggage claim|
|10:30–11:00||Transfer by car Toyota Hiace to the hotel Idealny Kub|
|11:00–11:30||Arrival at the hotel, check-in|
|11:30–13:00||Free time, rest after the flight|
|13:00–14:30||Lunch at the hotel|
|14:30–18:00||Instructing and training on driving a sea kayak on Lake Mikizha near the hotel|
|18:00–19:30||Dinner at the hotel|
The hotel is located 35 kilometers from the airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It is 30 minutes by car. In good weather, along the road you can see five volcanoes — Avachinsky, Arik, Aag, Koryaksky, Kozelsky. Because of the proximity to the city, the locals call them “home volcanoes”.
Two guest houses of the hotel are located on the shores of Lake Mikizha, surrounded by Kamchatka stone birches. Each house has four double rooms with separate toilet and shower. There is a common living room with a seating area and a kitchen with all the necessary equipment. On the terrace there is a swimming pool with thermal water. There is also a barbecue area and a pier on the lake.
Before going to the Pacific Ocean by kayak, the instructor of the Canadian kayaking school will conduct a two-hour training session. On the lake next to the hotel no one will disturb. You will be taught the basics of rowing, moving back and forth, turning and doing the “Eskimo turn” — a 360-degree turn around the axis.
Each participant will receive a kayak, paddle, and a sealed phone case. The water temperature is 12–15 °C, so after training, you will warm in the thermal pool.
In Kamchatka, a helicopter, like a subway in Moscow, is a difficultly replaceable thing. From this day you will make most of the movements by helicopter. The second day will begin with a trip to the secret base of nuclear submarines, to a place that has never been on the maps. After that, you will walk along the Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera — you will see how the planet breathes. On the way from the air, you will watch a couple of active volcanoes and take pictures of a bright turquoise-colored acid lake. In the evening you will get to the wild base, around which there are only hot springs, volcanoes and bears.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the hotel restaurant, preparation for departure|
|10:00–10:30||Transfer to the heliport, landing in a helicopter|
|10:30–11:00||Flight to the town of Bechevinka, on the way, overflying the active volcano Avachinsky|
|11:00–12:00||Walking around the city, inspection of peaceful and military infrastructure facilities|
|12:00–12:30||Flight to the Valley of Geysers, on the way inspection from the air of the active volcano Karymsky and acid lake in the crater of the volcano Maliy Semyachik|
|12:30–14:00||Landing in the Valley of Geysers, a guided walk, observation of geysers eruptions and mud pots|
|15:00–15:30||Landing in a helicopter, flight to the Caldera of the Uzon Volcano|
|15:30–17:00||Landing in the Uzon Caldera, a guided walk, inspection of crater lakes, fumaroles, acid rivers and mud volcanoes|
|17:00–17:30||Flight to the mountain Tourist Base Tumrok|
|17.30–18:00||Landing at the base, check-in|
|18:00–19:30||Rest, free time|
|19:30–21:00||Dinner at the base|
It is Finval, it is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky-54 — there are no and have never been such names on the map of Russia. From 1962 to 1996, the submarine base was located here. The city and the military garrison were classified.
Bechevinka is located 120 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, you can get here only by helicopter or by water across the Pacific Ocean. More than 20 years have passed since its settlement, but in each apartment, there are wallpaper, pasted on newspapers, children's toys, books, furniture, and dishes in the old manner.
The city has bunkers hidden in the hill at the entrance to Bechevinka, several houses, headquarters, barracks, garage, boiler room, warehouses, diesel station, grocery store, school and club. After the base was disbanded, the military and submarines moved closer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — to the Zavoyko Base.
Bechevinka gained tourist popularity after a blog post by Artemy Lebedev in 2009.
Karymsky is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Over the past hundred years, there have been twenty eruptions. Five kilometers from Karymsky there is another volcano — the Academii Nauk, in the caldera of which is Karymskoye Lake, an area of almost 10 km2. In January 1996, there was a simultaneous eruption of two volcanoes.
The eruption began from the top of the crater of the Karymsky Volcano and under the water of the Karymsky Lake. Witnesses observed a continuous release of ash from a crater about a kilometer high. The slopes of the Karymsky Volcano were covered with a layer of ash. In some places ash avalanches reached five hundred meters in length. At the same time, an underwater eruption took place in the Karymsky Lake. The ice of the frozen lake instantly melted, and ten-meter waves appeared on the surface.
During the eruption, the water temperature in the lake rose to 25 °C. The chemical composition of the water changed. From the fresh water it has become slightly mineralized. At the northern shore a crater with a diameter of six hundred and a depth of sixty meters was formed. A few days later a new peninsula with an area of 700 m2 was formed. All living in the lake died. Volcanic activity in this area continues to this day.
The Valley of Geysers is one of the most spectacular geyser fields in the world. If you didn't see the valley of geysers — you weren't in Kamchatka. It is located in the Kronotsky State Biosphere Reserve, 180 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. At an area of 6 km2, about thirty geysers and a hundred hot springs are concentrated. More only in Yellowstone National Park. But unlike Yellowstone, Iceland and New Zealand, the Kamchatka valley is very compact.
The valley was discovered in 1941 by the geologist of the reserve Tatyana Ustinova and her guide Anisifor Krupenin.
During a halt, I was smoking a cigarette and Tatyana Ivanovna was drinking tea with biscuits. Suddenly, on the opposite side of the river steam snorted and a stream of water rushed right at us. We clung to the rocky shore. It was a hot steam. After that, we found a crossing over the river. The water was warm. We measured temperature — it was 28 degrees! We started to find where the fountain came from. We found the gap among the rocks. The water boiled in the depths and gradually filled the cavity. Then, again, streams of water and steam burst ... It was the first geyser found in the Valley.
Anisifor Krupenin, the discoverer of the Valley of Geysers
After landing a staff member of the reserve will meet you. He'll give you all the instructions. From the helipad are laid wooden decks, which connect the observation platforms with views of the main attractions. For safety, you can only move around the valley through them. Some areas overgrown with bright green grass, there can be puddles with boiling water. Places where wormwood grows, on the contrary are safe — the plant takes root only on strong soil. You can go from the wooden path only with the permission of the guide.
Here you can see all the known forms of hydrothermal activity: geysers, thermal springs, mud lakes, boilers and volcanoes. Each geyser in the valley has its own pillar height and periodicity of functioning:
I remember the moment when in 2007 we were shown on TV as a landslide, turned the Valley of Geysers into a mud mash. It was a shame that I did not have time to see this place. I also remember the moment with the joyful faces of scientists, when in 2013 a new mudflow restored all the lost beauty. The need to go to Kamchatka became obvious.
Vladimir Nikolaev, the general producer of the 211 Company
The landslide of 2013 was one of the largest in Russia for the whole history of observations. Approximately this amount of concrete was spent on the construction of the Dam Three Gorges in China — the largest in the world. Despite this, the Valley ecosystem has recovered. Even new geysers and thermal springs have appeared.
For a walk, the reserve allocates two hours. The walk does not require any physical training and special equipment. Often visitors can see bears walking on the slope among the soaring geysers. During the year, the valley is visited by no more than two thousand people.
The Caldera of the Uzon Volcano is one of the largest in Kamchatka. The area is comparable with the area of Paris. Previously, there was a volcano, but after a powerful eruption, it collapsed, the earth sank under it and formed a caldera. The repeated eruption left a funnel with a diameter of one and a half kilometers. Now it is Dalnee Lake.
Caldera is located on the territory of the Kronotsky Reserve, 180 km from the capital of the peninsula. Since 1996 it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are about a hundred hot springs and almost five hundred other hydrothermal manifestations: steam-gas jets, thermal lakes, acid rivers, mud boilers and volcanoes.
Scientists tend to get here because of the bright hydrothermal activity. The water sources contain not only rare minerals and chemical elements, but also bacteria that have adapted to life at a temperature of 98 °C.
Here, the output of the youngest oil on the planet is discovered and the mineral that nowhere else meets the Uzonite.
In the Uzon Caldera there is a lake with a double bottom — Bannoye. At a depth of 28 m there is a crust, breaking through which, scientists have discovered a tank of molten sulfur. The water temperature in the lake is 40 °C and you can swim there. Women note a beneficial effect on the skin, and men increase potency. Another attraction of the caldera is the mud pot Sculptor. Every four seconds it "sculpts" mud 3D-drawings in the form of roses. In 2008, a new geyser was formed in the caldera — Mutniy, with a water column of six meters high.
The nature of the caldera is aggressive: poisonous vapors, hot water everywhere, mud and bears. During the visit, the group will be accompanied by a reserve officer with a rifle. Just as in the Valley of Geysers, there are wooden decks.
Maliy Semyachik is a volcano in the list of natural monuments. In translation from the language of native inhabitants of Kamchatka — itelmen, “semyachik” is stone land. In the crater of volcano there is the Troickoe Lake — a pond of frosty sky color, it is one of the symbols of Kamchatka and the most photographed objects.
The diameter of the lake is six hundred meters, the depth is up to 140 meters, the temperature is 35 °C. The salt content is higher than in the sea. The water has a burning sour taste. The particles of sulfur dissolved in water makes such color of the lake. If you wish, you can go down to the lake but the effect of a luminous azure mirror disappears. It is better to look at it from the helicopter.
One day, volcanologists who examined the lake by a rubber boat, almost died. The acid corroded the aluminum blades of the oars.
The Base Tumrok is located 12 kilometers from the active volcano Kizimen. Only the wild nature is around it — the nearest village Lazo is a hundred kilometers away, and five hundred to Petropavlovsk. The features of the base are swimming pools with thermal water, privacy and surrounding landscapes. There are nine rooms in the cottage from Kamchatka larch. There are six standard, two suites and one family room. Maximum 27 people can be accommodated at the base.
From the additional infrastructure there is a canteen, five comfortable sources with thermal water and one with drinking water, a summer house, a banya, two helipads. There are wooden paths on the territory.
Before the start of this day, you need to sleep well, have a full breakfast and charge the camera 100% — today every place is legendary. You need to be prepared not to miss anything. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Shiveluch, Tolbachik are stone giants, which periodically plunge into fear of every inhabitant of Kamchatka. You will look at them sitting in a safe helicopter, but there is no guarantee that you will not get goose bumps from the power of volcanoes. In addition to this trio, you will see the active volcano Kizimen, and the second largest after Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the Kamen Volcano. At lunchtime you will check in a campsite near the place of testing the first lunar rovers and go cycling along the ash roads of the Dead Forest.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the base, preparation for departure|
|10:00–11:00||Flight to the Klyuchevskaya Group of Volcanoes, on the way, circle over the volcanoes Kizimen, Shiveluch, Klyuchevskoy and Kamen|
|11:00–12:00||Landing and inspection of The Canyon of the River Studenaya|
|12:00–12:30||Flight to Tolbachik Volcano, circle the volcano|
|12:30–13:00||Landing in the area of the Dead Forest, check in a tent camp|
|13:00–14:30||Free time, rest|
|14:30–15:30||Lunch at the camp|
|15:30–19:30||Mountain biking on the roads of the Dead Forest|
|19:30–21:00||Dinner at the camp|
Kizimen is an active volcano. It is located in the Kronotsky Reserve, 265 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It constantly shows signs of activity. The last eruption ended in 2013. Here you can see how gas and steam escape through cracks in the slopes of the volcano. Kizimen is a popular place among travelers who visit the Tumrok springs. At the foot of the volcano, the river Levaya Shchapina flows, in summer people raft on it. For athletes, this route is considered difficult — a strong current, many thresholds and blockages.
An active volcano, 450 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It differs from ordinary volcanoes, in the form of a cone with a crater on the top, by its structure. Shiveluch consists of three displaced bases — an old volcano and young formations connected between themselves by domes and hollows. In the language of the local people, the volcano sounds like “suelich”, which means “smoking mountain”.
The history of observations counts sixty eruptions. In 1964, the volcano threw a column of ash to a height of 15 kilometers — ash fall evenly covered the village of Ust-Kamchatsk with velvety gray powder. As a result of the 2004 eruption, the height of the volcano decreased by 115 meters. The last eruption occurred on March 17, 2019, the volcano threw into the air a column of smoke with a height of 4 kilometers. Even now at night, you can clearly see how hot stones are rolling on the slopes.
Kluchevskaya Sopka is the highest active volcano in Kamchatka — 4,850 meters above sea level. Eruptions occur every three to five years and last from several weeks to six months. It is located 360 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Over the past 260 years, 55 eruptions have been recorded — the last on April 24, 2017. Due to the increased activity of the volcano, the first volcanological station in the USSR was launched at its foot in 1935. It still works. Workers investigate the products of the eruption, predict the activity of volcanoes, looking for ways to use the released energy and heat.
Now technologies allow conducting observations remotely. Volcano video filming and research information are transmitted to the Institute of Volcanology in digital form. Since 1977, Ekaterina Zhdanova, the daughter of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the granddaughter of Joseph Stalin, has been working at this station.
The volcano has ninety side craters, and in activity it is second after Karymsky, but it surpasses it in the power of eruptions. The natives of the peninsula say that in the history of the volcano there was a period of continuous eruption of flame for three years.
For the first time, the volcano was conquered in 1788 by a group of three people led by naval officer Daniel Gauss. The members of the expedition did not have climbing experience, they climbed without guides and special equipment. Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the most visited by tourists-climbers volcano. Here is the largest number of deaths, among other Kamchatka volcanoes, due to the complexity of the slope and non-compliance with safety measures by tourists.
The local legend about the volcano sounds like this: “When God created the world, the volcano was the point where he kept it. When he finished the creation, only this place was left unfinished, so it endlessly erupts."
An extinct volcano 350 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. This is the second highest volcano in Kamchatka after Klyuchevskaya Sopka — the difference is only three hundred meters — 4,585 meters against 4,850.
During the last eruptions, its eastern slope burst. The explosions were so powerful, that they scattered blocks of 5–10 meters in diameter. Ten kilometers from the volcano, geologists discovered a piece of rock torn from a volcano, the size of a five-story building with sixty apartments. Its weight can be compared with the "Shark" — the largest submarine in the world weighing 48,000 tons. This rock is called Ambon Stone and in 1983 it was recognized as a natural monument.
Tolbachik is an array of two volcanoes — Ostry Tolbachik and Plosky Tolbachik. The first is extinct, the second is active. The distance from the volcanoes to the capital of the peninsula is 350 kilometers. You can get there by car or helicopter. The features of this place are frozen lava rivers. In 2012, it was possible to see the movement of viscous hot lava and small eruptions from a distance of 10–20 meters. Due to the fact that it was relatively safe, the locals called them "tourist eruptions".
From the top of Plosky Tolbachik there is a panorama of the Dolina Velikanov — the volcanoes Ostry Tolbachik, Ushkovsky, Krestovsky, Kamen, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Bezymyanny, Ostraya and Ovalnaya Zimina, Malaya and Bolshaya Udina, Shish and Gorniy Zub.
Fifty new minerals were discovered on Tolbachik. After the 2012 eruption, geologists found diamonds of unknown origin in a frozen lava. There is a theory that they were formed under the influence of electrical discharges, high pressure and temperatures. They were identified as the new Tolbachinsky type of diamonds.
At the foot of the volcano there is a Base Lunokhodchikov, it is Leningradskaya. Here there were tests of the world's first Lunar Rover Lunokhod-1 and Marsokhod-1 — the surface and landscapes are similar. Today, at this place, tourists make camps before climbing to Tolbachik.
Dead Forest — buried under volcanic ash, the size of the French city of Bordeaux. It is located at the foot of the Tolbachik Volcano, 350 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The forest became "dead" after the eruption in 1975, which lasted a year and a half. There is nothing alive around, only rare bushes, grass and flowers that began to grow half a century after the disaster. Against the background of a monochrome landscape, they look especially contrast.
Canyon of the River Studenaya at the foot of Ploskiy Tolbachik Volcano is a narrow gorge, punched by a mountain river in the lava. In early summer, when the snow melts, the canyon is filled with water. In August, the water leaves and you can walk along the riverbed, look at the gray, water-polished, walls of the canyon.
Due to the lack of hotels in the area of the Dead Forest, we will arrange autonomous camping. It will consist of double tourist tents, a tent for dining room and a toilet tent. In the dining room, there are tables, chairs, dishes, and kitchen equipment, in the living tents there are modern folding beds and sleeping bags; under a separate tent there is a biotoilet. For lighting and charging gadgets we will install the gas generator.
If you wish, at the travel planning stage, we can make adjustments to the camping equipment. For example, instead of folding beds, we can buy inflatable beds, replace metal dishes with porcelain ones, or install a mobile bath.
Cycling is a good option to explore the surroundings at the foot of the Tolbachik Volcano and the lunar landscapes of the Dead Forest. Walking is tiring, driving is dusty and not so atmospheric. We will prepare for you helmets, protection and mountain bikes of the Canadian brand Norco. The walk will take 3–4 hours before dinner. First, you will be instructed and will pick up equipment, then you will overcome ten kilometers along the slopes and ascents of the slag desert.
It's time to stretch your legs after three days in a helicopter. With the guide you will climb the slope of the Tolbachik volcano — it is famous for the most powerful eruptions on Earth. To make selfies on the moon, our generation is unlikely to be lucky, but here the photos will be as close as possible to the cosmic landscape. We will cook lunch here, on the lava field: sandwiches with caviar, redfish, crabs and taiga tea. You will go down by mountain bikes, have rest in a base camp for a bit, and then you will have dinner soon.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the campsite, preparation for departure|
|10:00–11:00||Transfer by KAMAZ with a passenger kung for inspecting lava flows|
|11:00–14:00||Radial hiking exit to the slope of the Tolbachik Volcano|
|14:00–15:00||Lunch on the lava flow|
|15:00–16:00||The descent by bicycles through the slag fields to the cones LFTE|
|16:00–17:30||Climbing to the cone LFTE|
|17:30–18:00||The descent by bikes through the slag fields to the camping|
|18:00–19:30||Rest after cycling|
|19:30–21:00||Dinner at the camp|
LFTE — Large Fissure Tolbachik Eruption, which began on the morning of July 6, 1975 and lasted a year and a half. By capacity, it included in the top 6 fissure eruptions on Earth. As a result of it, around the Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, two breakthroughs were formed through which lava flowed. Lava flows spilled almost 50 km2 — it can be compared with the area of Karlovy Vary. The eruption led to the formation of a dozen slag cones up to three hundred meters high, accompanied by lightning, Elma Lights and tornadoes. The territory around the volcano turned into a scorched desert, trees, lakes, and rivers dried up. The animals that survived left this place.
In November 2012, at the foot of the Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, a new fissure eruption occurred that changed the surrounding landscape. It was not predicted, and it began unexpectedly. For two weeks from the crack, two lava flows stretched, the first for twenty kilometers, the second for sixteen. Later the rivers of hot lava froze in bizarre forms. Now the landscape looks like the surfaces of other planets.
We will climb to the Cone Kleshnya, where deep cracks formed, from which then the outpouring of liquid lava began. Two streams passed a total of forty kilometers, destroying everything in their way. Having frozen, they formed a landscape, for which tourists come here from all over the world.
In some places you can still feel the "breath of the earth", even fry sausages above the jets of hot gas. The second place we are going to visit is the Cone of Severny Proriv, which was formed at the time of LFTE. From there you can see the place where the first lunar rovers were tested in the 70s of the last century.
“Siberian Paris”, “Podmoskovnaya Venice”, “Sochinskiy Las Vegas” — in Russia we have warm feelings towards our native lands, that we see them not like others. Residents of Esso are no exception, they call their village “Kamchatkaya Switzerland”. Here you will get acquainted with the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka, visit the deer camp and see the life of the Evens. Lunch will be prepared by hereditary reindeer herders — in the menu: meat, herbs, berries and dairy products. Then, you will check-in the hotel with an open-air thermal pool and spend the evening leisurely.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the campsite, preparation for departure|
|10:00–11:00||Flight to the deer camp|
|11:00–14:00||Landing, acquaintance with the life of the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka|
|15:00–16:00||Flight to Esso Village, transfer to Hotel Paramushir Tour, check-in|
|20:00–21:00||Dinner at the hotel restaurant|
The Village Esso is the capital of the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka. Unlike other Kamchatka villages — this one is ideal. Locals are used to work with tourists, so they try to maintain cleanliness and ennoble their life. The features of the place are the reindeer herders' camps, the ethnographic museum and the thermal springs. Thanks to the hot springs, Esso is heated just like the villages of Iceland — the thermal water is simply pumped into the heating system.
The village is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano 520 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It is ten hours by car, two hours by helicopter. About two thousand people live here. From infrastructure, there are school, post office, bank, hotels, kindergarten, sports complex, airfield, bus station, waste recycling plant.
Every year in March, the international sled dog race Beringia starts from Esso. In 1992, the race hit the Guinness Book of Records for the length of the route — 2,044 kilometers. Now, its participants cover 1,100 kilometers in three weeks, which makes it the longest in Eurasia.
Tourists come to Esso for one or two days to get acquainted with the life of the Evens and Koryaks, look at the deer and swim in the pool with thermal water. If you have more time, you can go fishing, climb the observation platform, attend a master class in folk crafts, go hiking to the mountain lake Galyamiki or climb the Olengende Volcano.
Hotel Paramushir Tour is the best accommodation option in the Village of Esso, but not the best in principle. We spend the night here because there is nothing more comfortable within a radius of 500 kilometers. In the closed territory of the hotel there are 32 rooms — in the main building 27, another 5 are detached houses. By equipping all rooms are the same, the difference is only in the size and number of beds.
There is also parking, a sports ground, an outdoor pool with thermal water, a restaurant with fifty seats, a sauna, a barbecue area, a conference room. In winter, there is a skating rink, ski and skate rental is available. Breakfast is included in the price.
After breakfast, you will be taken by helicopter to a place included in the top Kamchatka attractions — Russkaya Bay. On the way, you will watch the Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes. Here you will find sulfur fields, soaring fumaroles, lava caves and a waterfall breaking from the cliff. Upon arrival in the Russkaya, the prepared sailing catamaran will be waiting for you. Kayaking, fishing, self-maneuvering under sail, watching sea lions and killer whales, this is your program for the next two days.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the hotel restaurant, preparation for departure|
|10:00–10:30||Transfer to the heliport|
|10:30–12:00||Flight to Russkaya Bay, on the way overflying the active volcanoes Mutnovsky and Gorely|
|12:00–13:00||Landing in the bay, transfer to the catamaran, check in cabins|
|13:00–14:00||Lunch on board of the catamaran|
|14:00–19:00||Going by catamaran in the open ocean, visiting the rookery of sea lions, sailing, self-control of the ship under sail|
|19:00–21:00||Dinner on the beach, camp bath, overnight in the cabins of the catamaran|
Mutnovsky is the most accessible, and from this the most popular volcano in the south of Kamchatka. It is located a hundred kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. If in this adventure it was not possible to fly by helicopter, we would go here by an SUV. On the way to Mutnovsky, you can see the Vilyuchinsky Volcano, the Vilyuchinsky Waterfall, the active Gorely Volcano.
The features of the volcano are sulfur fields, soaring fumaroles, mud pots, ice caves and Opasny Waterfall. Around the volcano everything boils, smokes — this is one of the largest geothermal fields in the world. If you are lucky, not far from the crater you can meet and feed with cookies tarbagans — black-capped marmots. They are the same locals as the bears.
Climbing Mutnovsky does not require special physical training and equipment. There will be enough tracksuit, comfortable shoes and trekking poles. The hike takes six hours — this is with a picnic and halts. Climbing without a guide is not safe — there are fumarole fields with boiling water around, and no one has canceled bears. You don’t need to worry about it, you can see all the sights from a helicopter.
At the foot of the volcano there is a geothermal power station. Through the wells, the station receives heat, which is converted into 62 MW of electricity. It covers 20% of the needs of the peninsula.
Gorely Volcano is one of the thirty existing giants in Kamchatka. It is located in the south of the peninsula, 70 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It consists of eleven craters, which stretch for three kilometers in a chain and form a ridge. It's best to look at the volcano from the air — In the craters there are lakes that look especially picturesque from a helicopter.
In the crater of Blue Lake there is a lake with blue water, in the crater Activny there is an acid lake with an orange tint, and at the bottom of the crater there is a purple one. The lakes act as indicators of volcano activity. They change color, dry out and change shape depending on Gorely's “state of health”.
On the volcano, 14 lava caves were discovered, ranging in length from 15 to 150 meters. Only 6 are available to visit.
The sailing-motor catamaran KOSATKA is the best option for the cruise that we found in Kamchatka. The vessel is fifteen meters long, eight meters wide, suitable for walks around Avachinskay Bay and for access to the ocean. On the catamaran there are five cabins, three — double, two — triple. Maximum of twelve passengers can be accommodated on board.
All cabins have two latrines with toilets, showers and sinks. Unlike yacht latrines, here they are larger — the size of the catamaran allow.
On Kosatka there is a wide deck, where you can comfortably change your clothes to divers, for fishermen to put the gear or just drink coffee with the whole a team. Also, on the deck there is a hot shower and equipment for filling oxygen tanks is available. For catering on the catamaran, there is a spacious dining room and a galley equipped with dishes.
The draft of the catamaran is 140 centimeters — it is a little, it is possible to approach rocks or to stop in the bays inaccessible to other vessels. The maximum speed of movement is 16 km/h, which, with sufficiently big size and design features of the catamaran, makes pitching minimal. Those who have seasickness will suffer less or will not feel discomfort at all.
During the cruises, a team of three people works on board — a captain, a mechanic and a cook. Sometimes, if space permits, we send another administrator. The navigation period is from mid-April to mid-October.
The business card of Kamchatka, the same as Avachinskaya Sopka and the Valley of Geysers. It is located 70 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the entrance to the bay from the Pacific Ocean. Russkaya is the fiord, jutting into the shore for eight kilometers. The average depth of 26 meters allows and small yachts, and cruise ships to go there.
Until the 1930s, Russkaya was the place of stop for ships during storms, and during World War Two, cargo ships were formed here going to Vladivostok from Canada and the USA. After the war, fishermen used the bay — in this place, they changed the crews and replenished fresh water. For filling water from a six-meter height, pipelines are laid to the shore. Due to the high silver content, the local water kept its taste and freshness for a long time, being in ship tanks.
On the steep cliffs surrounding the Bay, cormorants, gulls and puffins nest and at the exit from the bay, at Cape Kekurny, you can take selfies with a hundred sea lions. Also, bears and whales live here. In Russkaya there is good fishing for flounder, halibut, perch, cod and navaga. Sea urchins and crabs are caught from the bottom.
Today you will need your skills of driving the kayak which you got on the first day. We will provide the necessary equipment for a comfortable transition from Russkaya Bay to the Pacific Ocean. In a few hours you will cover ten kilometers, then you will change to a catamaran, we will keep the course for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. While moving, you can have rest, take pictures, eat and drink, and our captain will show a rookery of sea lions and he will try to trace orcas. In the evening, you will check in the hotel with internet, wine and a pool.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast on the board the catamaran, preparation for the sea crossing into the city|
|10:00–12:30||Exit from the Russkaya Bay by sea kayaks, passing the first part of the route — 10 kilometers|
|12:30–13:00||Transfer to the catamaran|
|13:00–14:00||Lunch on the board the catamaran|
|14:00–19:00||Going to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, watching orcas|
|19:00–20:00||Arrival at the port, transfer to the Hotel Idealny Kub|
|20:00–21:00||Dinner at the hotel|
Avachinskaya Bay is the largest bay in the world. Teachers of geography in the Kamchatka schools tell that in its water area the whole fleet of the planet can hide or the French city of Marseilles can be located. Its area is 215 km2, and it can accept even a passenger liner Queen Mary 2.
On the shore of the bay there are two cities — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vilyuchinsk. The first is the capital of the peninsula, the second is a closed city where the nuclear submarine base is located. The entrance to the bay is between two capes, its width is only three kilometers. A small distance of the gate protects cities and ships from storms in the Pacific Ocean.
A boat trip along the Avachinskaya Bay is interesting for four reasons:
During the week you have seen more than 90% of the local residents of Kamchatka, and the trump cards in our sleeves are not unlimited. You can spend this day relaxing in the thermal pool of the hotel, tasting Kamchatka dishes and gaining strength before a long flight home. If you can not sit, we can arrange a walk around the city or surfing in the ocean. Also, we need this day as reserve — in case of bad weather. Just relax — Kamchatka is not the place where you can fly for the weekend. To be here once in a lifetime is already happiness.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the hotel|
|10:00–20:00||Free time, choice of activities for the day on the spot, lunch at the hotel or in the restaurant to choose from|
|20:00–21:00||Dinner at the hotel|
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You will have breakfast at the hotel, after which a minibus will take you to the airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Along the way, you can once again see the "home" volcanoes. We will also pass through the fish market, where you can choose Kamchatka seafood — crab, caviar, fish, scallop, shrimp. Due to the time difference, the plane arrives in Moscow on the same day and time at which it flies from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
|09:00–10:00||Breakfast at the hotel|
|10:00–11:30||Transfer to the airport through the fish market|
|11:30–13:05||Arrival at the airport, check-in, waiting for departure|
|13:05||Departure to Moscow|
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