Kamchatka Stone Torches (13 days)

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Take a 13 days trip to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East of Russia to see a breathtaking view of Kamchatka's landscape which continues to be molded with each century of volatile activity underground. During this tour you will see the most interesting volcanoes of Kamchatka (Karimsky, Mutnovsky, Gorely, Avacha, Plosky Tolbachik, Uzon), the Valley of Geysers, visit the amazing and fascinating «heart» of the Peninsula. During the tour you will admire the beauty of Viluichinsky waterfalls, make a sea trip to the Avacha bay to Three Brothers Rocks and access into the Pacific Ocean to Starichkov Island bird preserve, sea fishing, crabs, fish soup. You will have a unique opportunity to observe flora and fauna of Kamchatka in Tolbachik Dol, the area of Southern Break, Malki hot springs, to hike into the fumarole field of Dachnye termal springs.

Day City Program

1

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Arrival to Kamchatka. Meeting at the airport. Transfer into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (30-40 min). Accommodation in hotel. Rest.

2

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Transfer into Avachinsky airport in Elizovo town (30 min). Helicopter excursion into the Valley of Geysers and Uzon volcano caldera (6 hours total) with flying around active Karymsky volcano crater and Maly Semyachik crater lake. Lunch during excursion. Return into the hotel. Excursion is carried out with fine weather and is paid additionally.

3

Mutnovsky volcano

Drive on a truck into the volcanic plateau at the foot of Mutnovsky volcano (120 km, 4 hours). In passing: Visiting Viluichinsky waterfalls (Hiking 3+3 km, 2 hours). Rest and lunch at the foot of Vilyuchinsky volcano. Set up a tented camp near Mutnovskaya GeoThermalPowerPlant. Evening hike into the fumarole field of Dachnye thermal springs (4 km, 2 hours).

4

Mutnovsky volcano

Foot excursion to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano. The deep crater is surrounded with cliffs. From the eastern side to the very bottom of the crater a glacier descends from the top. Mighty jets of steam and gas are released through glacier cracks. There is a lot of boiling mud pots, fumaroles, and beautiful deposits of burnstone on the crater bottom. Hiking to the crater (6 km, 3 hours). Level difference is about 800 meters. Observation of the crater. (2 hours). Snack (packed lunch). Return into the camp on the same way with observation of a waterfall in Opasny canyon.   Duration 7-8 hours. Overnight in tents.

5

Gorely volcano

Drive to Gorely volcano on a truck (12 km, 0.5 hour). Ascent of Gorely volcano (800 m > 1829 m). Ascend of the volcano is not difficult. The path lies on old lava flows, slag fields. Kekurniks – hardened lava remains of various shapes are very interesting. Ascend takes 3 hours. Level difference is about 900 meters. Snacks on the top. Observation of main craters of the volcano. (1-1.5 hours). The whole trip takes 6-7 hours. Return to the truck on the same way. Dinner. Drive back into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky with visiting of Paratunka hot springs and bathing in a water pool. Accommodation in a hotel.

6

Avacha

Transfer into the boat terminal. Sea trip on a sea motor boat in the Avacha bay to Three Brothers Rocks and access into the Pacific Ocean to Starichkov Island bird preserve. Bird colonies on the coastal cliffs, sea fishing, crabs, fish soup (5 hours). 16.00. Drive to Avacha volcano in volcanic plateau area, between Avacha and Koryaksky volcanoes, located on 900 meters about sea level (50 km, 2.5-3 hours). Accommodation in a tourists’ shelter. Dinner. Overnight in a house (4-8 persons in a room, sleeping bags).

7

Avacha

Ascent of Avacha volcano (2741 m). Ascent on the western slope of the volcano and range like crest of the ancient strato volcano. The remains of the ancient volcano round the young cone as "a collar”. Angle of the slope in pre-top part is 30°. A fine view opens from the top to Zhupanova group of volcanoes, Kozelsky volcano, spaciousness of the Pacific Ocean, Koryaksky volcano massive cone. Snacks on the top, observation of the crater. Return to the camp at the same way. Ascending distance – 8 km. Duration of ascending 6-8 hours; descent takes 3-4 hours. Dinner. Departure to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (2 hours).  Accommodation in a hotel.

8

Kozyrevsk

 Departure into Kozyrevsk settlement in the north direction on the truck (500 hours, 8-10 hours). Lunch on the half way in a café in Milkovo town. Crossing the Kamchatka river by ferry.  Accommodation in a private hotel.

9

Tolbachik Dol

Drive to Tolbachik Dol on a truck (80 km, 4 hour). The climbing path goes along the splendid coniferous forest, bushes, and volcanic desert (lifeless black slag-and-ash lay-outs). Setting up a tent camp in the area of Lunokhodchiks (moon rovers) base. In early 1970-es there were testing of a cosmic robot moon rover in Tolbachic Dol area. Later, when the robot transferred first shots from the Moon, some of them were perfect copies of Kamchatkan landscape, even the appearance of Tolbachic basalt slag looked rather similar to the moon matter. Drive on the truck (10 km) to the cones of Northern Break of the Big Fracture Tolbachic eruption of 1975. Ascend on the second cone. The cone is still “breathing”: the temperature on its top 70 cm under slag layer reaches 400 °С and you can feel breath and heat of the Earth. 

10

Plosky Tolbachik volcano

Drive to Plosky Tolbachik volcano (2.5 km). Ascent of the volcano crater (1300 м > 3085 м) (12 km, 8 - 10 hours). The volcano top is almost perfectly flat; it was formed with a large caldera of 3 km in diameter, filled with layers of lava and ice. In its South-West part there is a large chasm appeared during the eruption of 1975-1976. Crater depth is about 500 meters. It is 1,700 meters in diameter. There are some weak fumaroles on the bottom of it.  Observation of the crater. From the top a magnificent panorama of volcanoes of Klyuchevskaya group and more distant ones, chains and groups of slag cones. Return into the camp.

11

Southern Break

Drive into the area of Southern Break (15 km, 1 hour). Observation of lava flows, lava caves. Excursion into “the dead forest” (4-5 hours). Return into the camp. Dinner. Transfer into Kozyrevsk. Accommodation in a private hotel. Russian banya.

12

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Return into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (660 km, 12 hours) with visiting Malki hot springs. Accommodation in a hotel.

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Visiting fish market. Transfer into the airport. Departure.

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