kamchatka scenes of wild grandeur, aboriginal people and...
Olympia-Reisen-Sibir tour operator 630102, Kirova str, 86, Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia.
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Olessia Varnavidou (ITA) [email protected]
KAMCHATKA: Scenes of wild grandeur, aboriginal people and northern seafood
Kamchatka is without any exaggeration, one of the most spectacular regions in Russia, a unique land where fire meets ice. The main attractions of Kamchatka are volcanic calderas, stone sculpture “parks” and lakes in their craters, geysers and mineral springs, all in pristine condition. It occupies the area of 470,000 sq. km, which equals the size of France, Belgium and Luxembourg combined. Kamchatka is one of five major geothermal areas in the world, making it a main link in the Earth's "Ring of Fire". With more than 200 volcanoes, 30 of them active, Kamchatka is a prime spot of study for the world's volcanologists. Volcanoes and volcanic peaks, cyclones and underground heat created here a mixture of twenty climate zones and a great variety of flora and fauna.
Kamchatka was born of fire and has never seen quiet - its history is one of continuous, violent rebirth. The native peoples of Kamchatka are intimately familiar with this history. They have always feared the peninsula's volcanoes, whose peaks they believed to be inhabited by mountain spirits. Despite its great size, the peninsula is home to just 400,000. As such, the peninsula is vastly uninhabited wilderness. While Kamchatka was shrouded in military secrecy, its animal population was left to flourish. Some of the largest grizzly bears in the world roam Kamchatka's interior, while tens of millions of salmon invade its undammed streams and rivers each summer, just as they have for thousands of years.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, foreign tourists have been permitted for the first time in over half a century to visit Kamchatka, one of the most mysterious regions of the former Soviet empire.
We welcome you to this lifetime-experience trip to get to know this unique land by your own eyes!
Join-in EXCURSION tour in 2016 (from 1 pax)
Guaranteed departure dates for 2016: July, 3,10,17,24,31 August, 7,14,21,28
Day 1 – Arrival in PKC. Meeting at the airport, transfer to a hotel in Paratunka or PKC. Accommodation. Free time. Rest and bathing in hot thermal water swimming pool (in case of the hotel in Paratunka).
Day 2 – Breakfast at hotel. Optional tour – helicopter trip to the Valley of Geysers. The Valley of Geysers is by right called the Pearl of Kamchatka. There is no other place which can be compared to the Kamchatka Valley of Geysers according to the majesty of the sight and the number of gushing geysers situated on a rather small territory. The unique nature of the Valley attracts tourists from all over the world. The Uzon Caldera is a gigantic caldera 12 km in diameter which is a unique place of the modern volcanism. Its uniqueness is in a large diversity of hydrothermal activity: mineral lakes, powerful steams of vapour coming from hot springs, mud volcanoes in miniature.
Transfer to the helicopter pad. Check-in, boarding. Departure for the Valley of Geysers with flight over the active volcanoes Karymsky and Maly Semyachik (flight time 1h 15 min). Landing in the Valley of Geysers. 10 minute rest. 1.5 hour excursion in the Valley. Flight to the Uzon caldera (flight time 5-7 min). 1 hour excursion in the caldera. Flight to the Zhupanova river (flight time 40 min), hot meal, bathing in hot thermal springs. Return to the helicopter pad (flight time 35 min). Transfer to the hotel. Other optional trips are possible or free time. Optional tour – helicopter trip to the Kurilskoye lake. Kurilskoye is a unique beautiful lake located on the territory of the Yuzhno-Kamchatsky Preserve in the south of the peninsula. The lake has a volcanic nature. Two impressive volcano cones (Kambalniy and Ilinskiy) that frame the lake create a captivating view.
The Kurilskoe Lake is famous for being one of the largest salmon spawning areas in Kamchatka and Eurasia. Earlier amount of the fish coming into the lake for spawning reached 6 million species. Spawning lasts from August till November. At this time one can see a lot of small & big animals appearing along the lakeshore. Fish also attracts Kamchatka huge brown bears. Nearby the lake a special safe viewing tower is built for tourists to observe the astonishing scenes of bears fishing in their natural habitat. On your way back the helicopter will land at the Khodutka hot springs where you can have lunch, rest and bathe. Transfer to the helicopter pad. Check-in, boarding. Departure for the Kurilskoye lake with landing in the Ksudach volcano crater (flight time 1h 10 min). Landing at the Kurilskoye lake. 10 minute rest. 1.5 hour excursion to observe brown bear. Lunch. Flight to the Khodutka hot springs, bathing. Return to the helicopter pad. Transfer to the hotel. Optional tour – excursion to Kainyran ethnic centre. «Kainyran» is an ethnic style village which introduces you to the culture of the native Kamchatka people (Koryaks, Itelmens and others). It is situated on an open field at the lake shore where you have a picturesque view of the Koryakskiy and Avachinskiy volcanoes. Here the guests will listen to the stories about Kamchatka natives, watch traditional dances and learn some of the dancing moves. You can also take pictures in traditional costumes, learn about the Kamchatka natives’ lifestyle, taste hot fish soup (oukha) in the open air.
Transfer to the ethnic village. Excursion at the centre (meeting the Kamchatka natives, dance concert, lunch). Transfer to the hotel. Day 3 – Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by car to the sea port of PKC. A boat trip along the Avachinskaya bay to the Pacific Ocean and the Starichkov island. Lunch on board the vessel. The Avachinskaya bay is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Its twisting coastline is cut by numerous small bays. Two spawning rivers flow into the bay. 32 species of fish inhabit its waters. Practically all the year round we can find here several species of sole, greenling, bullhead and halibut. Sea birds are rather numerous in the area. One can see seals in the bays situated at the entrance to the Avachinskaya bay. The seals are not afraid of people
and let them approach rather close. Among big mammals one can find killer-whales. The waters of the Avachinskaya bay are rich in natural gifts – sea urchins and crabs. The Starichkov Island is situated about 10 km (5,5 miles) from the entrance to the Avachinskaya bay. It got its name after small sea birds that nest there (Puffins). The Starichkov Island is a nature reserve on water which abounds in puffins, loons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Several nests of Steller’s Sea Eagle and a seal harem are situated on the island. City sightseeing tour after the boat trip. Visit of the Kamchatka museum of local lore, the view point of PKC, the city centre, a gift shop, a market. Transfer to the airport. 21:30 - Flight to Anchorage. Day 4 – Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the foothill of the Avachinskiy volcano by an all-terrain vehicle (about 2 hours). Arrival at the base camp, lunch, safety instructions before ascending the volcano. All tours to the Avachinskiy volcano start from the “Kamchatintour” base camp situated at 890 m above sea level. The distance between PKC and the base camp is about 50 km. The 2-days programme with ascending the volcano includes the training ascent of the Camel mountain which is necessary for the guide to distinguish between the groups’ physical capabilities, to give you safety instructions and advise you on the choice of the clothes and footwear to mount the volcano. The Avachinskiy volcano (2751 m) is one of the most active volcanoes in Kamchatka often called “home volcano” among its people. Its crater is filled with hardened lava above which you can see rising clouds of fumaroles. The ascent is not very difficult and doesn’t require special equipment. The time for ascending and returning to the base camp is 9 hours for “average” groups. Boxed lunch while the ascending, return to the base camp, dinner, return to the hotel. Day 5 - Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the Bystraya river (about 2 hours). Lunch in a tent camp. River floating with “catch-and-release” fishing (2,5 – 3 hours). The Bystraya river, the second longest river in Kamchatka, flows along the southern slopes of the Sredinniy Ridge (MiddleRidge). It plays an important role in reproducing Pacific salmon. King salmon, Red salmon, Humpback salmon, Silver salmon and Sima spawn in the waters of the Bystraya river. Pacific Char and East Siberian Char are found here in great quantities as well as Grayling, Rainbow Trout and Atlantic salmon. Experienced guides and inflatable rafts are at your disposal.
Transfer to the Malkinskiye hot thermal springs. Bathing in the springs.
The Malkinskiye hot thermal springs are situated in the valley of the Bystraya river, at a great thermal territory of underground natural springs. Hot thermal water runs to small basins situated near the cold creeks. This is a great place for bathing and rest in the open air.
Return to the hotel.
Day 6 – Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the Mountain Vachkazhets (about 80 km from PKC). Trekking to the mountain cirque with visit to the lake and waterfall.
The mountain-mass and its environs are one of the most beautiful places on the primordial Kamchatka peninsula. In ancient times, Vachkazhets was a one-cone volcano. But as a result of a strong eruption, it exploded and divided into three main parts: Mt. Letnyaya Poperechnaya (1420 m), Mt. Vachkazhtsy (1600 m) and Mt. Vachkazhets itself. In the area of Mt. Letnyaya Poperechnaya, there are still two large volcanic cirques that are probably the remains of the crater of the ancient large volcano.
Lunch – picnic. Then transfer to Ozerki radon hot springs, bathing. Return to the hotel.
Day 7 – Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by all-terrain vehicle to the Mutnovskaya geothermal power station (about 3 hours). Trekking to the Dachniye hot thermal springs. The Dachniye springs are sometimes called a Valley of Geysers in miniature. They are situated at the foothill of the Mutnovskiy volcano, at the edge of a huge intermountain area – the modern central part of the Mutnovskiy geothermal deposit. The springs are situated in the ravine with steep walls. On its left slope there are several warm spots, rising steam, bubbling caldrons. At the bottom, on the ledge of the right slope a big bubbling caldron emits powerful steams of vapour. A bit higher there is a powerful vapour-water fountain. In the riverbed of a hot stream a large basin where one can take a warm bath is naturally formed. Lunch – picnic during the trekking. Transfer to the Spokoiniy (Quiet) creek (about 30 minutes). Visit of the waterfall (the height is about 40 m). Return to the hotel. Day 8 – Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
meals according to the programme
transfers according to the programme
excursions according to the programme (except Day 2)
bathing in swimming-pools (except Ozerki)
dinners at the hotel
optional excursions on Day 2: Helicopter tour to the Valley of Geysers + Uzon Caldera + Zhupanova river – EUR 700 / USD 800 per 1 person (in case of a group of 18 pax); Helicopter trip to Kuril lake - EUR 600 / USD 700 per 1 person
Excursion to Kainyran ethnic village EUR 95 / USD 125 per 1 person + transfer Attention! Final prices for helicopter trips will be determined in May, 2016.
List of necessary things to bring:
a small backpack for trekking and ascending (for personal things) strong boots and special trekking shoes (not trainers) a waterproof jacket with a hood sports trousers a cap and a warm hat mittens or gloves for trekking and ascending sun glasses a flask or a plastic bottle for drinking water during trekking and ascending sun cream with UV protection anti-mosquito spray a second set of underwear and necessary things (for a two-day trip to the Avachinskiy volcano) chap stick photo and video cameras other things – at your discretion
Date Time Programme
Sun Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
1 Transfer to hotel
Mon 09:00 Breakfast in hotel
2 Optional tour: Helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley & Uzon Caldera*
09:30 Transfer to helicopter pad
10:30-16:00 Helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley & Uzon Caldera with lunch
16:00-17:00 Transfer to hotel
OR Optional tour: Helicopter excursion to Kuril lake*
09:30 Transfer to helicopter pad
10:30-16:00 Helicopter excursion to Kuril lake, Ksudach volcano and Khodutka hot springs with lunch
16:00-17:00 Transfer to hotel
OR Optional tour: Excursion to Kainyran ethnic village
11:30-12:30 Transfer to Kainyran ethnic village
12:30-15:30 Excursion to the dog kennel, meeting Kamchatka natives, native dances concert, photo taking. Lunch.
15:30-16:30 Return to hotel
Tue 06:00 Breakfast in hotel
3 Boat trip to Starichkov island, city tour
06:30-07:30 Transfer to sea port
08:00-13:30 Excursion round Avacha bay and to Starichkov Island with sea fishing. Lunch on board.
14:00-15:00 Excursion in Local Lore Museum
15:00-17:00 City-sightseeing, visit to free market and gift shops
17:00-18:00 Return to hotel
Wed 06:00 Breakfast in hotel
4 Avachinskiy volcano**
6:30-8:30 Transfer to the Avacha volcano foothill
09:00 Start ascending Avacha volcano. Boxed lunch en route.
Dinner at Avacha base camp after return
about 21:00 Transfer to hotel
Thur 09:00 Breakfast in hotel
5 Rafting at Bystraya river + Malki hot springs
10:00-12:00 Transfer to Bystraya River
12:30-13:30 Lunch in Bystraya Base camp
13:30-16:30 Rafting and fishing at Bystraya River
16:30-17:00 Transfer to Malki Hot Springs
17:00-18:00 Bathing in hot springs
18:00-19:30 Transfer to hotel
Fri 08:00 Breakfast in hotel
6 Vachkazhets mountain mass + radon hot springs Ozerki
09:00-11:00 Transfer to Vachkazhets mountain foothill
11:00-15:00 Trekking to mountain cirque
15:00-16:00 Boxed lunch en route
16:00-17:00 Transfer to radon hot springs
17:00-18:00 Bathe in the swimming-pool (entrance fee paid on spot)
16:00-18:00 Return to hotel
Sat 07:00 Breakfast in hotel
7 Dachniye hot springs
08:00-11:00 Transfer to Mutnovskaya Geothermal station
11:00-13:00 Trekking to Dachnye Hot springs (no bathing)
13:00-13:30 Transfer to Spokoyny Waterfall
13:30-14:30 Boxed lunch en route
14:30-15:30 Trekking to Spokoiny Waterfall
15:30-18:30 Return to hotel
Sun Breakfast in hotel
8 Transfer to airport
*The departure time from the hotel and for the flight can be shifted according to weather conditions. **In case of bad weather or poor group physical condition ascending the Avachinskiy volcano can be changed to trekking to
the Camel mountain (1 100m above sea level).