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Kamchatka Expedition

Kamchatka is a unique land where fire meets ice and one of the world's last unexplored places, known as the 'Land of Volcans'. Join us on an unforgettable trekking adventure discovering a wilderness of stunning bays, boiling geysers, bears and snow-capped volcans, whose alpine meadows and lowland forests support a great diversity of wildlife in one of the world's last and largest natural sanctuaries. On this unique journey we will explore remote regions with inimitable landscapes of outstanding beauty. Discover the spectacular chain of craters of the Mutnovsky and Gorely volcans and explore unique crater lakes as blue and clear as the sky. For those who have been everywhere else to those who just prefer to get well off the beaten path, this trek promises to offer one of the adventures of a lifetime.

Inclusions

20 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 20 dinners
Helicopter and all-terrain vehicle transfers
Western leader & Russian mountain guide
All registrations & permits
All group camping equipment including 2-man tents, mess tent and cooking equipment (sleeping bags or mats are not provided)
Entry fee to the museum
Satellite phone for emergency communication
porterage services: During the trek there will also be trekking crew, including camp hands. Our group camping equipment will be carried to each new campsite. Porters for camp equipment & tents - one person for 2 tourists. Porters for clients personal belongings - one person for 3 tourists.
Hightlights
Opportunities for seeing the Kamchatka Brown
Inimitable landscapes of outstanding beauty
Take in the spectacular chain of craters of the Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes
Enjoy stunning bays, boiling geysers and snow-capped volcanoes
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $11,190
Start Location
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
End Location
Russia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
9 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
12 Aug 201901 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $11,190
10 Aug 202030 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $11,530
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Arrive Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel restaurant. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 2
Briefing with the guide for detailed discussion of the route, checking camp and personal equipment. This day is also used as a standby for the flight in case of unfavorable forecast the next day. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 3
Flight to Ksudach volcano. Along the way we land twice for food, water and petrol drops at Verhne-Opalinskiye springs and Khodutka Hot river. On arrival we make camp on a sandy beach near the hot springs of Lake Kluchev. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the lakeside hot springs. Overnight: tent
Day 4
An excursion around the big crater lakes - Shtyubelya and Klyuchevoye (1000 m). Klyuchevoye Lake has a thermal edge with quite hot water and a warm beach, enjoy a hot spring bath. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 5
Extra day at Ksudach to make a circular trip to a nearby waterfall where cascading falls can be seen coming from the crater. Explore the area around these two lakes, fish for Koho salmon, and climb Lukina Mountain (1900m) to admire the wonderful panorama of volcans beyond. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 6
Start trekking towards Khodutka Volcano. During your trek we observe the effects of the great eruption of 1907, when the entire surrounding woodland was covered by lava. Now this huge territory has little vegetation, making it a good place to observe bears, deer, foxes and rabbits. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 7
Continue trekking along the Tyoplaya River to the Pravaya Khodutka River. (15 km) Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 8
Trek to the camp at the hot lake north of the Khodutka Volcano (Food depot 1). When approaching Khodutka Volcano over the caldera ridge, a magnificent view opens up. In the background: the rocky cones of Khodutka and Priemysh are seen and also the thick forest that you will soon enter. A large green valley stretches out below you; here and there the thin line of the Pravaya Khodutka River sparkles and steams through the trees, leading to the boiling Khodutka Lake which is located in a large green glade in the forest. Hot water from innumerable steam cones forms a small stream. Strong jets from the bottom and banks make this stream a real river 10 meters wide and more than human's height deep. Behind the glade this river flows into a picturesque birch-tree forest and as you continue along the river the gradually water cools allowing you to find a place with just the right bathing temperature for you. A good evening's rest at the base camp. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 9
A day trip climb of Priyemysh Mountain (1226 m) for wonderful picturesque views. Return to the base camp. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 10
Rest and unwind in hot springs or reserve day in case of bad weather. Overnight: tent.
Day 19
Drive to Gorely Volcano (1829 m). A chain of 11 craters across it's peak make for a unique sight. While hiking along a series of secondary craters you will be captivated by the one with the bright blue acid lake. The view of the surrounding peninsula is sure to impress. Overnight: tent.
Day 18
The Mutnovsky Volcano's (2323m) nest of merged craters is perhaps the most beautiful volcanic phenomenon of Kamchatka. The view from its top is magnificent: steep walls surround the vast and deep crater cavity with glittering glaciers split by cracks and torches of fumaroles oscillating far below and drawing a translucent veil over the northern crater. Also visible is the southern crater under its armour of ice and above all this a column of vapour rising from the craggy rim of the active funnel crater. You will be impressed by this perpetually changing natural wonder of steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots and glaciers of this huge volcanic massif. In March 2000 steam blasts rocked one of the craters while within it a glacier began to collapse. A large section of the glacier vanished and a blue acid lake appeared amid the broken ice. Standing on ice you will at the same time feel the hot breath of the earth here. Overnight: tent.
Day 17
Trek to the road junction between east and west directions (5 km), where an all terrain vehicle will pick up the group and transfer to the plateau of Mutnovsky Volcano. Here you will set up your camp. Overnight: tent.
Day 16
Continue your trek along the scenic Levaya Opala River.
Day 11
Trek to the headwaters of the Asacha River. Crossing the Prawaya Chodtka and picturesque plain where bears feed on wild berries and hike around a wetland where a variety of bird life may be seen. Camping in the tundra near Golaya hill. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 14
Trek to Opala River (2nd food depot). A small wooden fishing lodge is situated here. Enjoy fishing and hopefully catch fresh fish for your dinner. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 13
Trek over Zverinny pass (475 m) to the outflow of Podlesny Creek (17 km). This pass is known like a 'bear path', so make sure to keep your eye open to see the bears that are abundant here. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 12
Trek towards the bear pass along Tundrovaya River. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 20
Excursion to the Dachnye hot springs or exploration of the caves of the Gorely Volcano. Journey by road to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight: hotel.
Day 15
Trek to Verhne-Opalinskiye hot springs. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours
Day 21
Drive to the airport for your departure home.