Kamchatka Classics

Trekking the volcanoes of Kamchatka - 11 days

When hiking in the wilderness we stay overnight in camping tents

This tour is made to give travellers the real adventure experience of being inside active volcanoes, among the diverse wildlife, and with the nomad people of this wondrous region. It’s a tour of a lifetime -  trek past acid lakes and smoking craters, and take in breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped mountain peaks. We’ll climb several volcanoes during the trip - easy to moderate hikes with no special climbing gear involved. We’ll travel in Russian 4WD trucks to remote sights of the Kamchatka peninsula, passing the most active volcanic zone of the region. There should be several encounters with marmots, ground squirrels, foxes, and bird life, and if you are lucky enough, you may see brown bears.

 

We guarantee that all activities in this trip are safe and accessible to people of average physical ability. One of the main peculiarities of Kamchatka region is that the most interesting sights involve travelling distances to places where there are no hotels. Therefore, this guided Kamchatka volcano trekking tour involves a mix of camping and hotel stays when possible. It is a true adventure of a lifetime - not be missed - in an incredible part of the world. 

 

The trip includes:

  boat trip along Avacha Bay with fishing, bird watching and, if you are lucky, sightings of whales and killer whales;

  a walk through the fumarole fields of Mutnovsky volcano;

  climbing into the crater of Gorely volcano;

  swimming in thermal springs;

  hiking through the huge lava fields of Tolbachik volcano;

  a walk through the "Dead forest" destroyed by the eruption in 1975;

  acquaintances with the culture and life of the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka;

  rafting and fishing;

 

Optional tours on demand:

  Valley of Geysers, Bears watching at Kurilskoye Lake, and many others

Price 2021

Net rate per person


Group tour (> 10 people)

16 and more   1600 €

14-15 people   1700 

12-13 people   1890 

10-11 people   2070 €


Individual tour (< 10 people)

8-9 people   2240 

6-7 people   2410 

4-5 people   2820 

2-3 people   3230 


Join a group (guaranteed date)

  1600 

Guaranteed Dates 2021:

09.07 - 19.07 / 19.07 - 29.07 / 

27.07 - 06.08 / 08.08 - 18.08 /

20.08 - 30.08


Suppl. + 270 € for Single (where it is technically possible)


Optional excursions

Net rate per person in a mixed group

  Ethnic aboriginal village 110 €; 

  Trekking to Dachnye springs, the "mini Valley of Geysers" (8-10 hours): 115 ;

  Trekking on the ridges of Vachkazhets volcano (7-8 hours): 110 ;

  Trekking to Vilyuchinsky volcano and waterfalls (5-6 hours): 90 ;

  Rafting and fishing on Bystraya river (9-10 hours): 110 €;

 

Helicopter tours (only if the weather conditions allow)

  Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera by helicopter (6-7 hours): 690 ;

  Kurilskoye Lake: bears watching (6-7 hours): 690 €.

 

For a quote, send us a message at: info@incoming-russia.eu

It will be necessary to indicate the exact dates of the tour and the number of participants. Please tell us if you want to have a private tour or you plan to join a group (please, specify one of the guaranteed departure dates from the listed above).

 This program can be edited and adapted to any of your requests


Travel Program

Day 1    Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

→ Overnight stay in hotel (standard double rooms)

→ Dinner

Arrival at the Petropavlovsk airport and transfer to the hotel. Here you’ll have free time to rest or explore the city at your leisure. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the capital of Kamchatka (180,000 citizens) - it is a remote city in a dramatic and beautiful setting. The city was built atop a series of high hills on the Pacific harbour of Avacha Bay and is surrounded by a chain of five towering volcanoes, two of which are still active. In the evening you will meet a guide for a short briefing on a tour ahead.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the capital of Kamchatka
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the capital of Kamchatka

Avacha Bay, the Three Brothers
Avacha Bay, the Three Brothers

Day 2    Avacha bay and Starichkov island

→ Overnight stay in camping tents

 Breakfast in the hotel / Lunch with fresh salmon on the boat / Dinner: camping-style meals

With a twisting coastline cut by numerous smaller bays, Avachinskaya Bay is one of the most picturesque spots in the Kamchatka peninsula. We will enjoy the panorama of the city from boat and go out of Avacha Bay into the Pacific Ocean and head to the Three Brothers rocks. Then we will head to Starichkov Island, a nature reserve in the bay, which abounds in puffins, loons and other forms of waterbird. 

After the boat trip we will transfer by an off-road vehicle to the Mutnovsky volcano where we will set up a base camp and stay overnight in tents.


Day 3    Climbing volcano Mutnovsky

→ Overnight stay in camping tents

 Breakfast and dinner: camping-style meals / Lunch: packed meals for hiking

After breakfast at the camp, we set out for a full day trek up to one of the most active volcanoes of Kamchatka - Mutnovsky (2,322m). Everybody can visit the crater, no need for special physical training. The volcano consists of four craters with a diameter of up to 2 km. During the tour we will observe volcanic activity such as geysers, bubbling pots, fumarole grounds, a gas pillar of 1000 m height, an azure lake and the "Active funnel” crater. The slopes are full of colors from acidic yellow sulfur deposits, black and red mud pools, white steam clouds and sky-blue glaciers. In the evening we return back to camp.

Crater of the active volcano Mutnovsky
Crater of the active volcano Mutnovsky

Active volcano Gorely
Active volcano Gorely

Day 4    Climbing volcano Gorely

→ Overnight stay in guest house (standard double rooms)

 Breakfast: camping-style meals / Lunch:  packed meals for hiking / Dinner in a cafe

The Gorely volcano is an active volcano (1829 m) and is famous for its various craters. Some are filled with acid, some contain fresh water, and all of them are incredibly beautiful. We will see an acidic lake of the active crater, fumaroles (the outputs of sulfur dioxide) and the biggest and most beautiful crater lake of "Blue Lake”. In the evening you'll be transferred to a hotel in Paratunka village. On arrival, we'll check into the hotel, finally take a hot shower and relax in a thermal pool.


Day 5    Flexible schedule for optional tours

→ Overnight stay in a hotel (each room has a private toilet and a sink, but the shower room is for common use)

 Breakfast in the hotel / Light dinner in the hotel / (meals in cafes along the road are self-paid)

The choice is yours to either join one of the optional tours or enjoy a free day relaxing in a thermal bath - optional tours are paid separately. If weather conditions allow, you may choose a helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers, or a helicopter tour to Kurilskoe Lake to view brown bears, or any other day trip on demand. 

In the evening we transfer to the Milkovo village (280 km). Overnight stay in the hotel.

 

Kurilskoe Lake, bears catching salmon
Kurilskoe Lake, bears catching salmon

Kluchevskaya group of volcanoes
Kluchevskaya group of volcanoes

Day 6    Heading to the Tolbachik volcano

→ Overnight stay in camping tents

 Breakfast in the hotel / Lunch: packed meals or camping-style meals / Dinner: camping-style meals

After breakfast we will be transferred by an off-road vehicle to the region of the Klyuchevksaya group of volcanoes (240 km, 6-7 hours). It consists of 13 volcanoes, including 4 active and 9 extinct ones. Along the road if the weather is clear you can enjoy a fantastic view on the highest volcanoes of Kamchatka: Krestovsky (4057m), Ushkovsky (3903m), Klyuchevskoy (4750m) and Kamen (4579m). We will set up a base camp on a slope of the Tolbachik volcanic plateau. Upon arrival we will make an easy acclimatization hike (1.5 hours) along the spurs of the Kleshnia Mountain. Overnight in tents.


Day 7    The lava fields of Tolbachik volcano

→ Overnight stay in camping tents

 Breakfast and dinner: camping-style meals / Lunch: packed meals for hiking

Tolbachik is a volcanic massif located in the east of Kamchatka. It consists of two major volcanoes – Ostry Tolbachik (extinct) (3,682 m) and Plosky Tolbachik (active) (3,140 m). Around them there are dozens of smaller ridges and cones. The lava fields of Tolbachik, a huge river of lava, emerged during the recent 2012-2013 eruptions and looks like landscapes out of Tolkien's Mordor. We will stroll above Tolbachik's solid lava flows of the eruptions, where you can see lava formed into various shapes such as moon slag cones and moon-like sceneries.

The lava fields of Tolbachik
The lava fields of Tolbachik

Tolbachik volcano: cones of the Northern Breakthrough
Tolbachik volcano: cones of the Northern Breakthrough

Day 8    The Northern Breakthrough

→ Overnight stay in camping tents

 Breakfast and dinner: camping-style meals / Lunch: packed meals for hiking

The most notable eruption in Tolbachik's multi-millenial eruptive history occurred in 1975 and is commonly known as "The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption". The eruption created several new cinder cones and, in terms of volume of lava emitted, was Kamchatka's largest basaltic eruption of historic times. We will trek the Northern Breakthrough of this eruption, climb the cones, observe the lava fields and dramatic landscapes left by this recent eruption. In the evening we return back to the camp.


Day 9    The Dead Forest

→ Overnight stay in a hotel (each room has a private toilet and a sink, but the shower room is for common use)

 Breakfast and lunch: camping-style meals / Dinner in the hotel

Today we will trek to the "Dead Forest" - an area that was destroyed by ash clouds during a strong eruption of the Tolbachik volcano in 1975. A large cloud of hot ash covered the nearby forest and destroyed all life. The territory around turned into a burnt desert; the ancient larch trees stand now as skeletons of their former selves. In the afternoon we transfer to the Milkovo village (280 km). On arrival, we'll check in to the hotel, take a hot shower, relax and have free time to explore this old settlement.

 

The Dead Forest of Tolbachik volcanoes
The Dead Forest of Tolbachik volcanoes

Rafting on Bystraya river
Rafting on Bystraya river

Day 10    Ethnographic museum and rafting 

→ Overnight stay in a hotel (standard double room)

 Breakfast and dinner in the hotel / Lunch in a cafe

After breakfast, we will visit the ethnographic museum of aboriginal people of the Kamchatka river valley. Later, we will transfer to the area of the Malki village and depart for a short rafting tour along the Bystraya River (2 to 3 hours). It will be possible  to go fishing along the way. It is likely that you will spot brown bears on the banks of the river when rafting, however this can never be guaranteed. It's also possible to skip rafting and relax in hot springs instead. In the evening we will transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and stay overnight in the hotel. 


Day 11    Departure from Kamchatka

 Breakfast in the hotel 

Today marks our final day in Kamchatka. You will be transferred to the airport for the journey back home. But before leaving we will make a stop at the Petropavlovsk fish market where you can taste and buy delicious caviar, smoked fish and red king crabs. In general, unless you have been to Japan, you have never tried fish and caviar like this. It is of a freshness and purity that can only be found in Kamchatka.

 

 Fish market in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Fish market in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


The price includes:

→   Accommodation according to the program (hotels or camping tents)

→  Meals according to the Travel program (cafes in villages and along the road are self-paid) 

 →  Professional local English-speaking guide along the whole itinerary

→  Excursions and scheduled visits according to the program (except optional tours)

→  Airport arrival and departure transfers

→  All transportation on tour according to the program (cars or buses, off-road vehicles)

  Camping and rafting equipment, except sleeping bag

→  Our 24-hour telephone assistance in English, carried out by our office in Moscow

→  Russian visa support document (voucher)

 

The price does not include:

  Russian visa and visa fees (please see information on Russian visa below)

  Flights to/from Kamchatka

→  Travel insurance

→  Optional excursions and helicopter tours (Valley of Geysers, Kurilskoe Lake, other tour on demand)

  Meals in cafes in villages and along the road which are self paid

→  Alcohol

  Everything not mentioned under "the price includes"

 


Important notes

Accommodation

Kamchatka is one of the world's last unexplored places. And therefore, hotels are not available everywhere especially in the wild parts of the peninsula. Parts of the itinerary devoted to volcano trekking include overnight stay in camping tents. The type of accommodation is highlighted for each day in the program above.

 

Visa

→  2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.

 →  2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online. 

Caution: The Russian Parliament has yet to approve the law that would put into effect the Electronic Visa program of 2021. While it is likely to pass, the hearing on the law is expected soon, therefore please contact us at info@incoming-russia.eu to clarify the current status.

 

General information

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Equipment and Gear

→   Having the right clothing for the season can make a difference between a comfortable and safe trip or a disaster. After you book a trip with us we'll send you our recommendations for clothing and equipment you must have with you.

→   Clothing is important. Please bear in mind that the weather in Kamchatka is unpredictable and it can rain and even snow at any moment. So for summer to fall trips, be sure you have good quality rain pants and a hooded jacket that will cover your warmer underlayers. We suggest subdued colors over bright yellows or oranges especially if you're going on a wildlife-watching trip.