Kamchatka Discovery (13 days)

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Prepare to recalibrate your sense of adventure and create lifelong memories! Kamchatka is scarcely populated but there are few places on earth that feel as alive as the Russian Far East peninsula, where ill-tempered volcanoes loom over bubbling mud pools, hot springs simmer at the base of lava flows, creeping glaciers stand tall on the shoulders of the mountains, and the sea is home to rich marine life.

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Tour Highlights

Kamchatka

Kamchatka is a wild splendor created by Times, Mother Nature and the Ocean. Kamchatka is land of untouched landscapes and the unspoiled nature. Admire its volcanoes, acid lakes and geysers on the fault lines of the Earth and of Time.

The valley of geysers

The Valley of geysers was discovered not long ago - in April, 1941. There are over 20 big geysers in the Valley. Some of them gush forth every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. The wreathes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes and profuse greenery of grasses and trees create an enchanting show.

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Kamchatka's volcanoes have never been bloodthirsty: the natives of Kamchatka can hardly recall eruptions that carried death there. A dark silhouette of volcano against the clean dawning skies does not imply a threat - it is usually a token of nice weather for the people of Kamchatka. The most famous Kamchatka's and he greatest Eurasian volkano is Kluchevskoy. Almost 5000 km of its height was formed by a specific geological "pedestal", a slope of ancient volcano.

Brown Bears

Can you beleive that Kamchatka bears are pragmatic, cowardly and unaggressive? The reason could be their fish "diet" as they much prefer the fish to the meat. It may seem incredible, but the huge predator is a vegetarian for a good few months before the rivers are filled up with fish. In July you can observe an idyllic picture of brown bears grazing like cattle in the forest's and berry fields.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to the Yelizovo Airport and transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski (20 km). Check in at a hotel.

Day 2: The Kluchevskoy Volcano

Ride 500 km in a cross-country vehicle from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the Kozyrevsk village located in the central part of Kamchatka. Enjoy sceneries of the Middle and East mountain ridges, cross the Kamchatka river and visit the Kluchevskoy, the highest summit in the Russian Far East and the biggest volcanic cone in Eurasia. In fact, there are few volcanoes that can compete with this impressive giant! Set a camp next to the Kozyrevsk village. Accommodations are in two-bed tents.

Day 3: The Plosky Tolbachik Volcano

Your groups will be transferred to the foot of the Plosky Tolbachik shield volcano that overlaps with the Ostry Tolbachik stratovolcano and forms the Tolbachik volcanic complex, one of Kamchakta's largest and most active volcanoes. Set a camp and explore surreal and striking views of the area. Witness “the moon sceneries”, boundless slag fields, and the weird shapes of hardened volcanic lava. Touch still warm volcanic rocks, and feel as if being on another planet. This is the very place where in the 1970s the first Soviet space robots "Lunokhod-1" and "Mars Rover-1" were tested confidentially.

Day 4: The Plosky Tolbachik Summit

Put on your hiking shoes for a 5-7 hour climb to the top of the Plosky Tolbachik volcano (3,082 m)! The trail weaves around frozen lava flows and slag fields. From the summit, see a striking panorama of the Kluchevskoy volcano complex and the crater, 500 meters deep and 1700 meters wide. Return to the camp.

Day 5: The Petrefied Forest and Lava Caves

Visit the New Northern cones and walk through a petrified forest formed at the 1975 Great Crack eruption of the Tolbachinsky volcano. Explore the ascending New Tolbachinsky cones (300 meters) and the famous lava caves. Return to the camp.

Day 6: Esso

Transfer to Esso known as "Kamchatka Switzerland", a village in Kamchatka's central region, 520 km north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Check in to a hotel. Rest and relax in nearby thermal hot springs. Interestingly enough, the hot springs are used for heating homes in Esso.

Day 7: Esso (Continued)

Visit the Ethnographic Museum and learn about the culture and life style of the Kamchatka population. Take a walk around the Esso village. Ride back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, check in to a hotel and rest.

Day 8: Bystraya River

Ride 400 km to Bystraya (Malkinskaya) river, set camp on the river bank, rest, and go fishing. Prepare for the next days' rafting adventure.

Day 9: Rafting

Rafting begins! It is not uncommon to see a brown bear on a rafting trip. Fish from a raft and catch a salmon. Accommodations are in two-bed tents.

Day 10: The Malkinsky Hot Springs

At the Malkinsky Hot Springs, our rafting adventure ends. Relax in the thermal mineral water. Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski and check in to your hotel.

Day 11: A Helicopter Ride

A 7-hour helicopter trip to The Valley of Geysers. From above, observe the Karymsky and Maly Semyachik volcanoes. On the way back, your helicopter lands by the hot thermal springs where you can relax. Return to your hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski.

Day 12: Sea Fishing

Take a boat trip along the Avacha Bay and go out to the open ocean. Explore the Starichkov Island and try your luck in sea fishing. While not guaranteed, our tourists are often fortunate enough to see marine life including orcas, seals and sea lions.

Day 13: Fish Market

Visit Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski's Fish marketing and souvenir shops. Transfer to the airport.