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Description

The program of this trip includes an ascent to the Gorevy volcano, a visit to the Mutnovsky volcano caldera, a small valley of geysers, a hike in the Nalychevo natural park with overcoming the Pinachevsky and Avachinsky passes, an ascent to Avachinsky volcano.

 

 

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Route day by day

Day 1

Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Transfer to the village of Paratunka, accommodation in a tourist complex with a thermal pool, rest after a long flight.

Driving time from the airport to the hotel is 30 minutes.

 

Day 2

We will have breakfast, get ready and set off on a special off-road vehicle (in Russian it is called vahtovka) to the volcanic plateau at the foot of the Gorely volcano. The road itself is very interesting: we will pass at the foot of the Vilyuchinsky volcano, from where you can see a beautiful waterfall, drive a steep serpentine to the pass, then descend into the black desert of the huge caldera of an ancient volcano, where various lava caves have survived. At a certain place, we unload from the car and lightly climb the ridge of the volcano crater to a height of 1829 meters, from where a beautiful panorama and view of the multi-colored lakes in the two craters of the volcano, as well as the Mutnovsky volcanoes on the one side and Opala volcano on the other, opens up. One of the lakes in the crater is fresh, and the second is sour with an unnaturally bright blue tint against the background of rocky cliffs. After inspecting the crater, we go down, cook lunch and rest, and then pack up our things and go on a hike to the caldera of the Mutnovsky volcano, not far from which we set up a tent camp. We prepare dinner and admire the volcanoes against the background of the starry sky (if we are lucky and there will be no clouds).


Driving time from the hotel to the start of the ascent is 2 - 2.5 hours, the distance is 70 km. The time of climbing the volcano (including time on the volcano and descent) is 4-5 hours, hiking time to the camp near Mutnovsky volcano - 3-4 hours, the total walking distance of the day is 21 km.

 

Day 3

In the morning, leaving our things in our tent camp, we go to the caldera of the Mutnovsky volcano. Its crater is quite deep, with high walls, but from the northwest it has a gorge through which you can enter the crater along the path. The Vulkannaya River flows here in the gorge. The river is hidden by a glacier, along which the trail runs. In the volcano's caldera itself, we will see a lot of fumaroles, evaporation from crevices and small cones of native sulfur, a bubbling mud pot, boiling and gushing geysers. And from the eastern walls of the crater, the glacier descends to the very bottom, pushing apart the fumarole field - here there is a struggle between the elements of ice and fire.

After inspecting the volcano, we return to the camp, have a snack and rest, then pack up the camp and walk 14 km. to the Small Valley of Geysers, near which there is a unique geothermal power plant that converts the energy of the volcano's interior into electricity and provides electricity to the two largest cities of Kamchtaki - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Elizovo, as well as villages and enterprises throughout the central part of Kamchatka. Not far from the station we set up tents in a specially designated place.


The time of hiking to caldera Mutnivsky volcano (including time on the volcano and back way) is 4-5 hours, hiking time to the camp near Small Valley of Geysers - 4-5 hours, the total walking distance of the day is 19 km.

Day 4

In the morning, immediately after breakfast, we go light to the Small Valley of Geysers (about 1 km one way), and upon returning to the camp, we collect it and load onto a car, which will come for us in the middle of the day and take us to the recreation center from thermal pools and a good restaurant. Here we relax in the pools and get ready for the second block of the trip.


The distance and time of hiking to Small Valley of Geysers - 2 km., 40 minutes. Drivng time to the recreation center is 2 hours.

 

Day 5

In the morning, after breakfast at the restaurant, which is included in the price of accommodation, we load onto a shift truck that will take us to Pinachevo, from where the GreenPeace ecological trail begins in the Nalychevo Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today we have to overcome the Pinachevsky pass and go down to the park itself, surrounded by volcanoes with snow-white caps, to reach the Semenovsky cordon, located near the Pinachevka river, which is home to char, and also spawns pink salmon, coho salmon and sockeye salmon. This day is dedicated to acquaintance with the rich flora and fauna of Kamchatka, because the trail passes through a beautiful forest of stone birch, typical thickets of tall grass, in which you can often see a bear and other wild animals. Overnight in tents at the cordon.


Drivng time to the point of hike start is 1,5 - 2 hours. Hike distance is 17 km (about 5-6 hours on foot).

 

Day 6

Today, overcoming ravines with fast streams, as well as thickets, we will reach the central cordon. The path is not close - 22 km, but the relief is not very difficult, so it will not be as difficult to walk as on the following days. Here, in specially designated places, we will set up tents and, having had a little rest, we will go to the hot springs, in which it is so pleasant to lie down after difficult days of travel and give rest to a tired body.


Hike distance is 22 km (about 7-8 hours on foot).

 

Day 7

Another hiking crossing over a volcanic plateau with a difficult relief. On the way, we have to overcome deep ravines with scree, heaps of lava, overcome small rivers and streams, and also cross the snowfields, which remain unmelted here until the end of summer. On the way, we are waiting for Aagskie cold springs, where you can drink natural sparkling water. The water is medicinal and extremely useful, but the specific taste does not allow drinking a lot of it.

We will set up a tent camp for rest and spending the night on the bank of one of the streams in a place that seems to us the most even and picturesque. On one side we will have a sunset, and on the other - the bulk of the Koryaksky volcano.


Hike distance is 18-19 km (about 6-8 hours on foot).

Day 8

After breakfast we pack up the camp and go through the lava deserts of old volcanoes to the Avachinsky pass. The ascent is quite steep, but a beautiful view of the Nalychevskaya valley and the volcanoes of Dzendur and Zhupanovsky opens from the pass. In some places, the trail runs through snowy fields and lava rocks, so you have to be careful and safety rules. Having overcome the pass, we go down and arrive at the base camp, from where the ascents to the Avachinsky volcano are made.

This is one of the most difficult days of our hike, but it's too early to relax - tomorrow we will have an equally difficult climb to Avachinsky volcano, so we set up camp, have dinner and go to bed early.


Hike distance is 26 km (about 12 hours on foot).

 

Day 9

A very early rise (no later than 4 am), a quick breakfast and an ascent to the Avachinsky volcano. The way up takes from 4 to 6 hours, the ascent is quite steep in some places, but this is one of the most visited volcanoes in Kamchatka, so there are always a lot of people on the trail. Above, a real delight awaits us: a huge crater with bright red edges, fumaroles and a huge black lava plug last. The crater can be partially bypassed in a circle and admire the breathtaking views of the ocean, the huge volcanic valley, the natural parks of Nalychevo and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, as well as the Koryaksky volcano - a regular rounded shape with a sharp peak and a year-round snow cap.

After descending from the volcano, we collect our camp, sit on a rotational car and go to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. We spend the night in a hotel, which, after all the adventures and hikes in the wild, will seem to us the apogee of civilization and comfort.


Ascent distance - 15 km (way to the top and back ). Time is about 4-6 hours to the top and 3-4 hours back way. Driving time - 2 hours.

Day 10

A spare day in case we have a delay in the hike due to bad weather (which is not uncommon for Kamchaka) or other unforeseen circumstances. If everything goes without incident, on this day those who wish can go on a sea excursion (half a day along Avacha Bay or for a whole day to Russkaya Bay - a picturesque place where you can watch whales, dolphins, sea lions, as well as enjoy seafood that will be caught at sea right in front of you.

Those who do not like boat trips can walk around the city, visit an interesting volcanology museum and a local market with seafood delicacies, or go to Khalakryr beach - an endless beach with black volcanic sand 20 km from the city - about half an hour by taxi one way.

 

Day 11

Farewell day. Someone on this day will fly home and our car will take everyone to the airport, and someone else decides to stay in Kamchtaka in order to make helicopter excursions to the Valley of Geysers or to the Kuril Lake.

 

 

 

Your guide Evgeny Androsov:

 

 

 

Travel info

How much does participation cost

640 USD per person

 

What is included in the price

  • all transfers, shifts,
  • hotel accommodation in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Paratunka 4 nights, including breakfast
  • three camping meals a day - hot breakfasts and dinners, as well as snacks (dry rations) as lunch,
  • general camping equipment (tents, bowlers, burners, gas), as well as a large first aid kit, protection against bears and mosquitoes,
  • registration of passes and permits to the Volcanoes of Kamchatka National Park, environmental fees for the use of recreational resources,
  • invitation for Russian tourist visa,
  • guide's job,
  • group and individual photographs of each participant, taken during the entire trip to professional photographic equipment and provided in electronic form.

What is NOT included in the price

  • air tickets to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and back,
  • meals on the day of arrival and the day of departure, excluding breakfast in hotels,
  • food in cafes and restaurants,
  • medical insurance,
  • visa support and consular fees,
  • boat trip,
  • taxi to Khalaktyrsky beach,
  • helicopter tours,
  • clothing and personal equipment of participants (sleeping bags, rugs, trekking sticks, personal dishes, flashlights, etc.),
  • souvenirs and other personal expenses of the participants,
  • other expenses not specified in the section the price includes

 

How difficult is the trip? Will I be able to withstand these loads? What are the limitations?

This is a high difficulty tour! He needs good physical and moral preparation, good personal hiking clothing and equipment, experience of entry or hiking is desirable.

 

We will walk 15 to 30 km per day. with backpacks, the weight of which for men is 22-25 kg, for women - 15-18 kg. Almost all overnight stays are in tents, often in the rain and strong winds.

 

Recommendations for clothing and equipment

For this tour, you must take with you a set of clothing and equipment as for climbing: a light down jacket, warm hiking pants, good trekking boots (sneakers or boots for easy trekking are excluded! You will be left without legs in them!), A set of thermal underwear, as well as a hat are required , gloves, warm socks, fleece, sunscreen and sunglasses (for climbing volcanoes). In addition, you will definitely need a backpack for 65 - 90 liters, a water-repellent cover for it, a raincoat, a headlamp, a thermos, a mosquito net, a warm sleeping bag (-5 degrees comfort, no less!), A good rug, rubber croc slippers for the transition ford rivers and streams. It is possible to provide you with part of the equipment for use during the tour free of charge - the possibilities and the list of equipment are negotiated and agreed upon in advance. Also, the instructor will certainly advise you on what you DO NOT need to take, so as not to carry excess weight.

Some of the city and travel things can be left for storage during the hike in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and taken back from the hike. It's free!

 

How to participate

  1. If you are interested in this tour, leave a request through the form below or call the indicated numbers, I, Evgeny Androsov or my assistants will tell you in detail about the route and answer all your questions.
  2. To reserve a place, you must make an advance payment of 30% of the cost of the hike / tour if it is more than 45 days before it starts and 50% of the cost if it starts less than 45 days. Prepayment is refundable 45 or more days before the start of the hike / tour and non-refundable, unfortunately, less than 45 days before the start of the hike / tour, if the refund is related to your refusal to participate (for any reason). If the hike / tour does not take place due to our fault, due to an unformed group or due to force majeure, the prepayment will be guaranteed to be returned to you in any case.
  3. The instructor reserves the right to deny participation to any person if he sees that the person is not physically or mentally ready for the trip. On the route, the instructor has the right to interrupt the movement of the group and stop the hike in case of danger of further progress, as well as for health reasons of one or more participants. These circumstances refer to force majeure, no refund for the trip or other financial compensation is provided.
  4. If you change your mind / lose the opportunity to participate in the hike, please let us know as soon as possible, as transport and food for the entire hike are purchased , are calculated and distributed based on each participant in the trip.

 

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