VOLCANOES OF KAMCHATKA
3 guaranteed groups:
The 1st group Jul 26-Aug 05.2021; 6 spots available;
The 2nd group Aug. 08-18.2021, 6 spots available;
The 3rd group Aug. 20-30.2021, 10 spots available;
WHO IS THE TOUR FOR?
First of all, it's for people who are in love with life – new emotions and new discoveries... It's for those who would like to see the beauty of our big country with one's own eyes. Also, for those who value the company of like-minded friends living brightly and boldly. And of course, if you like holding a camera in your hands you'll have lots of reasons to do it during our programme. And our guide will take pleasure to teach you how to have photos making your friends and colleagues really jealous.
But even if you aren't a devoted photo camera user you won't feel bored with us. Don't even mention being bored... You'll be toooootally carried away: to see the "Martian" landscapes of Kamchatka, to take a walk along the hot stones which are breathing with the Earth heat, to visit a crater of an active volcano... Haven't you been dreaming of such an adventure?
"Can we take our children with us?"
"You simply have to!"
With their eyes wide-open, they will forever hold, deep in their hearts, the impressions of this trip having been a genuine adventure for the both of you. A night in a tent, a walk to a volcano, a ride in a real off-roader... Will any of your child's classmates be able to make a more interesting speech or write a more interesting essay "My Summer Holidays"?
Read our description to go into detail or ask your own questions! We're waiting for them...
And, of course, for you!!!
Kamchatka is an attractive and unrealizable dream of many travellers, a distant and magical part of a vast country, a land heated by the breath of dozing volcanoes and hot springs gushing from under your feet. We invite you to visit this amazing region at the very end of summer and in early autumn when nature generously spreads a carpet of gold and purple colours and the rapid rivers are filled with herds of salmon going to spawn.
We will visit the foot of Tolbachik, climb up to the top of active volcanic cones, we will see the highest active volcano on the Eurasian continent, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, and Mutnovsky Volcano, find and explore ice caves at its foot, visit the Dead Forest and welcome the sun in the crater of Gorely Volcano.
The format of the trip is expeditionary. This means that we're going to drive all-wheel terrain vehicles based on KAMAZ, ZIL or GAZ cars. Passenger compartments of these cars are equipped with comfortable seats and you will be able to recharge your electronic devices, cameras and drones from the onboard network on our way.
We will organize a very comfortable overnight stay in the expedition tent camp with a shower and a toilet. There will be a large dining tent equipped with tables and chairs where our expedition cook will prepare delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The camp will have a generator running every day.
The places of our destination are 500 or more kilometers away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. There are no hotels or guesthouses there, not at all. This format will allow us to save time on moving and get acquainted with the wild nature of Kamchatka and feel closer its severe beauty .
At the beginning, at the middle and the end of the route there will be stops at a hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky where you will take a break between active and busy days of our expedition.
We will walk without our big bags along all radial tracks from the base camp to the most beautiful locations, and our mountain guides will carry thermoses and light snacks. If you want to take a bottle of water or a camera make sure to bring a small backpack or a comfortable handbag from home.
Well? Still have questions? Just drop us a couple of words via WhatsApp or Viber +79857737282
It's no sense trying to express the delight that you'll experience when meeting Kamchatka. However, we will draw the veil and show you a short video filmed by our guide in Kamchatka in August, 2019. You will manage to see all the places from the movie during the trip, except for Lake Kurilsky and its bears.
By the way, at our camp sites you will be able to watch young single bears or even whole families with cubs, from a distance of 300-400 meters. At 0:13-0:16 in our video a mother bear with two babies is slowly walking, 300 meters away from our camp site. Although bears are curious by nature, they don't dare to approach camp sites closer than 200-300 meters. In this case, it might be nice to bring binoculars or a drone.
Day 1. Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The airport code is PKC. (Be careful when buying tickets: all direct flights from Moscow depart, as a rule, in the evening, and arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the morning or in the afternoon next day.) Meeting at the airport, check-in at the hotel. Rest after the flight. During the welcome dinner we will discuss our future route in detail. (//D)
Day 2. The expedition begins with a looooong journey (more than 500 kilometers) towards our base camp at Tolbachik. This night we're going to stay in a small village, Kozyrevsk, so as not to set up our camp in the dark. Lunch on the way in a local cafe. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Setting up camp on the black lava fields near Tolbachik Volcano. A radial hike to the lava fields. An evening excursion to the lava fields. (B/L/D)
Day 4. We will welcome this morning sun on a field of black lava sand and green moss. The field is covered with volcanic formations and lava "bombs" (pieces of solidified lava of spherical shape that have flown out of the mouth of Tolbachik Volcano during its eruption). After breakfast we'll set out for the Dead Forest – one of the most dramatic places in Kamchatka. The Dead Forest is thousands of dead larch trees covered with hot volcanic ash for several meters which happened in 1976 during the eruption of Tolbachik. We will see the sunset from the cone of the active volcano. The walk up to the top of the cone will be about 600 meters long with a vertical climb of about 100 meters. (B/L/D)
Day 5. Getting up in the dark as we're going to take an hour and a half ascent to the Red Cone. We will walk about two kilometers with an elevation gain of 350 meters. The Red Cone was named so for the rich color of volcanic sand on its slopes. Breakfast in the camp, rest. Evening shooting at one of our favorite locations. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Packing up camp. We will spend the whole day travelling towards Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Check-in at the hotel. Rest. (B/L/D)
Day 7. Our next goal is a group of volcanoes Mutnovsky and Gorely. And Mutnovsky is one of the active volcanoes. Setting up camp, lunch. An evening outing in search of ice caves. Yes, you've heard it right – we'll search for ice caves ourselves. Every year the hot volcano breath melts last year's snowclusters and the glacier in the volcano crater. The melting ice rushes down the slopes into the valley, grinding bizarre tunnels and caves in the remaining clusters of snow. The location and the size of these caves change each year depending on the amount of snow in the winter and the summer temperatures. But we know where to find them)))! (B/L/D)
Day 8. Immediately after breakfast we're going to walk along a radial route to the crater of Mutnovsky Volcano. It will take us about 2-2,5 hours walking slowly. The crater is full of pits of sulfurous discharge and steaming mud baths. If you want to see a real Martian landscape you should come here, to the crater of Mutnovsky Volcano. Tired but happy, we'll return to the camp after lunch. Rest, dinner, lights out. (B/L/D)
Day 9. Morning ascent to the crater of Gorely Volcano. Gorely Volcano has long been cold and is not active. But its alien look, with a blue glacial lake in the bowl of its crater is truly unique. Return to the camp. Breakfast, packing up camp and departure towards Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. (B/L/D)
Day 10. After breakfast we will leave for the port to take a trip onboard an ocean yacht around Russian Bay. This little sea voyage will take all day. You will see a rookery of seals and sea birds, and if we are lucky we will watch killer whales. We will have a light morning breakfast and a substantial lunch of freshly caught fish onboard the yacht. If you are likely to be seasick make sure to bring pills. A stop at the seafood market on the way from the port. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a restaurant. (B/L/D)
Day 11. Our expedition is finishing. There will be a group transfer to the airport by 11-12 a. m. See you again, Kamchatka!!! (B//)
The climate and the weather at the end of summer can express themselves both by a number of warm sunny days and by many cyclones. The average daily temperature may stay around +20°C but there may also be cold spells up to +5 +10°C, and that is not uncommon.
You should prepare yourself and your clothes for temperatures around +10 - +25°C but at night temperatures can drop down to 0°C or even to light frosts. We have warm sleeping bags in store in such case but a set of thermal underwear will be mandatory for you.
Attention! In 2020 Klyuchevskaya Sopka Volcano began to show signs of another seismic activity, since 2016. Scientists are closely monitoring the volcano and expect an imminent transition to an active phase of eruption. And if this happens during our expedition we reserve the right to make changes to the program in order to be able to observe the lava flow and the active phase of Klyuchevskaya Sopka eruption from a safe distance.
An eruption with outpouring from the top crater red-hot lava is an amazingly beautiful sight. A starry night, not a cloud in the sky, you are standing at a safe distance, at the foot of the volcano, watching lava flowing out of the crater. Now it comes out in a steady stream, then you can see a red-hot piece the size of a bus flying along the steep slopes. The absolute silence is broken by an even distant rumble of the eruption, as if you can feel a slightest trembling of the earth under your feet.
We can't predict these events 100%, but we're surely ready to travel to the best and safest places to watch this rare phenomenon.
Take a look at what it was like in autumn of 2016.
THE TRAVEL COST INCLUDES:
- Group transfer on arrival and on departure from Elizovo Airport (the airport code is PKC);
- Accommodation in a double room while in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
- Managing of the group by two professional guides with many years of experience on the route;
- Work of an expedition cook on the route;
- Meals according to the program (full board meal);
- Rent and fuel for our cars;
- The cost and the registration of permits for staying on the territory of the National Parks;
- Rent of tents and sleeping bags (you may bring your own personal sleeping bag for temperatures of 0-5°C, but in case you use a provided sleeping bag we recommend that you should have a disposable liner-sheet; sleeping bags for hire have been used by other groups before you, so, please, take this into account when making a decision);
- One day sea voyage on an ocean yacht with fishing and sea food lunch on a board;
- Visa support (we will provide a "tourist voucher" (an "invitation letter") for your visa application);
THE TRAVEL COST DOESN'T INCLUDE:
- International airfare to/from Elizovo airport (the airport code is PKC).
- Airport pickup and dropoff;
- Visa fee (if applicable);
- Personal expenses, such as: drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.;
- Travel insurance;
- Single room supplement ($400 USD);
- Alcohol drinks;
Price $2900 USD
Group limit 12 guests;
Your deposit of $1000 USD will hold your place in this trip. Further payment of $1000 USD is due by January 1, 2021. Final payment of $900 USD is due by 8 May, 2021.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the trip is completely filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the trip isn't filled completely you will be refunded according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the trip:
>180 days before the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
A list of photo gear for those who want to shoot:
- A tripod;
- A camera;
- A camera remote control;
- A wide-angle lens 16-35/14-24/15-30 in a full-frame equivalent;
- A standard zoom 24-70/24-105 in a full-frame equivalent;
- A telephoto lens minimum 70-200;
- A drone for photo and video shooting (optional);
A list of necessary camping equipment:
- Trekking boots with a hard fluted sole;
- Light shoes for hotels;
- Slippers or rubber flip-flops for shower;
- A wind- and water-proof jacket (preferably with a membrane and a hood);
- Trekking trousers;
- A raincoat (recommended, in case of bad weather);
- A fleece or knitted hat, wind-proof;
- A fleece jacket;
- Fleece gloves;
- Thermal underwear in case of cold weather;
- A headlamp and batteries for it;
- Repellents and an anti-mosquito grid for the face;
- Personal toiletries;
- A camping pillow;
- Rubber boots if you want to visit ice caves.
- a disposable liner-sheet ( provided sleeping bags have been used by other groups before you, so, please, take this into account when making a decision);
- Seasick pills;
Well? Still have questions? Just drop us a couple of words via WhatsApp or Viber +79857737282
Vladimir Kushnarev, mastermind and organizer of the ADVENTURETIME project, photographer, contest winner and prize-winner of international competitions.
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest in “night landscape” section;
First place, the National Geographic 2017, Contest “Planet Summer”;
First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
Third place, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
Second place, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017;
The winner of International photo contest of The Russian Geographic Society 2018;
Gold medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2019;
Third place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest 2020;
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