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SAKHALIN – KUNASHIR
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SAKHALIN – KUNASHIR

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Day 1 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 

Arriving in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. 
City-tour. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 2 Cape "Velican" 

Breakfast
Departure to the Cape "Velican" (tour time 12:00 – 20:00)
Cape "Velican" is a natural monument, one of the most beautiful and amazing sea coasts of Sakhalin. Bizarre rocks, in the outlines of which someone sees a lion coming out of the sea, someone mysterious castle, and someone the head of the giant hero, dozing off at the water's edge, rise along the coast from Cape Ptichhiy to Cape Velican. Amaze by their grandeur of the stone arch, created by the greatest architect of Nature. On the cliff tops and arches bustle of noisy gulls, proudly scurry cormorants and Swifts. Along a narrow strip of sandy beach stretches fir-fir forests on the sea terrace, where the Christmas trees carefully hiding from the cold sea wind, "turning" to the sea of Okhotsk "back". And here you can watch one of the most amazing natural phenomena – spawning course of Pacific salmon, namely pink salmon. 
Lunch (lunch-box).
Transfer to the city.

Day 3 Rock "Frog"

Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk-p. Vestochka-rocky outlier "Frog" - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (southern part of Sakhalin island)
09:00 - Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
09:30 - Departure to the route, 30 minutes (12 km) by transport to the village Vestochka, then departure to the route on foot.

It is believed that the area of Vestochka is the energy center of Sakhalin. Rock "Frog" - the unique nature of the age of 70 million years, a very unusual energy place. The ecological path to the foot of the mountain takes about 20 minutes. Next, a short, but steep climb to the outlier "Frog", which takes 20-30 minutes. From the top offers an amazing landscape and in good weather you can see the Gulf of Aniva, lake Tunaicha and Changeable. You will see the magic stones in the form of the Sphinx, "Solar" and "lunar" clearing stones "questions and answers" and can swim in the "energy" the river Iicca

13:30 - Snack (lunch-box)
14:00 - Departure to the city.
14:30 - arrival. Free time

 

Day 4 Bay "Tikhaya" – volcano "Magotan"

Breakfast at hotel
Walking along the Bay Quiet, where your can see a rock formation created by mother Nature: rock-arch "Magic window", stone "Elephant" and the island is Zametny.

Lunch (lunch-box).

The Pugachev mud volcano (Magotan) is the second largest volcano of its kind on the island. It looks like a group of mud circles (large Central and two small). All three are perfectly visible from satellite images. In fact, under heterogeneous vegetation hides a field with a diameter of 4 km. At its core and is the main mud field. The surface is flat and only slightly raised to the center. There is practically no anomaly in the ring of vegetation. On vast grassy marshes grows a huge number of herbs, flowers and miraculously clinging to the oversaturated moisture soil of trees. Several interesting plants grow on the volcano, including the Zvelev pike, which is found exclusively in the Sakhalin region.

Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Day 5 Yuzhno-Kurilsk

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport.

Departure to Yuzhno-Kurilsk (departure time will be published in March 2019!)

Arrival in Yuzhno-Kurilsk (Kunashir island). Transfer to the hotel "Iceberg". Accommodation in double rooms with facilities on the block.

Walk along the coast, sightseeing of the coast: kekura "Devil's finger", "Devil's gate". Dinner at the cafe. Visiting the hot springs "Hot beach".

 

Day 6 Mendeleev volcano

Breakfast.

A visit to the fumarole fields of Mendeleev volcano (the route is of medium difficulty). Active volcano in the southern part of the island of Kunashir named after the outstanding Russian chemist D. I. Mendeleev in 1946.

Complex stratovolcano with Central extrusion dome. The altitude of 886 m (according to other sources — 888 m). The cone of the volcano is surrounded by a vast Caldera, which was formed as a result of the destruction of the cone of an ancient volcano. Steam-gas emissions and enhancement of fumarole activity in 1880, 1901, 1946, 1977

There are many fumaroles and hot springs on the slopes of the volcano, the surface of the slopes is covered with coniferous-broad-leaved forests with thick undergrowth of Kuril bamboo and cedar elfin. There is a place of rest "Hot beach" at the foot of the volcano, where water from volcanic springs is used as natural healing baths. The state natural monument was given to it in 1983. Mendeleev volcano belongs to the specially protected natural areas and is a complex regional natural monument with a total area of 30 000 hectares (category III according to classification).

Walk along the coast, exploring the coast: caccuri "devil's finger", "devil's gate". 

Lunch in nature (lunch-box)

Dinner in cafe.

Day 7 Caldera of Golovnina volcano, Boiling lake, Hot lake

Breakfast

Departure to the route by transport up to 43 km, then walk 8 km in one direction. Inspection of the Golovnin volcano Caldera, lakes Boiling and Hot. Swimming in the lake Hot (swimming is prohibited in the Boiling lake).
Golovnin Caldera (Caldera - a cauldron with steep slopes and a flat bottom, formed as a result of the failure of the top of the volcano). The diameter of the Caldera on the crest of more than four kilometers. You can imagine the force of the explosion occurred here during the eruption of the volcano. Inside the Caldera at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level there are two lakes: Boiling and Hot. Jet of hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide gases of the Solfatara, the emission of hot water, thick vapor and an ever-changing color of the water create an impressive picture. Lunch in nature (lunch-box).

Dinner at the cafe.

Day 8 hot springs "Stolbovskie"

Breakfast. Dearture to the nature trail and mud, therapeutic hot springs "Stolbovskie". (Movement by car, then on foot, on the beach 40 minutes).

Ecological path. The flora of the island is rich and includes species common from subtropics to Northern latitudes. Along the forest path there is a thick hedge of white and stone birch, gray trunks of a velvet tree, Rowan, Sakhalin fir with whitish trunks. On the slope up glows blue needles Ayan spruce. The eyes stop on the trunk with red band, conducted by caring human hands. This is a warning: caution – the Magnolia! Highly to sunlight raised it the branches with large leaves at the time of flowering, the aroma of its large white flowers spread all around. (tour duration 7-8 hours) Route of medium complexity: Cape Columnar Cape "Columnar" - a unique place where the natural stone blocks "red square" is replaced by views of stone pencils, weighing 40 tons and deep-sea fjords. Bizarre rocks in which you hear the sound of organ music, the true thousand-year monuments... Because they were the first areas of the earth that emerged from the depths of the ocean and preserved almost intact to our era.

Lunch (lunch-box).

Dinner at the cafe

Day 9 Yuzhno-Kurilsk

Breakfast. Visiting the Museum of Yuzhno-Kurilsk. Transfer to airport.

Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.

Day 10 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Breakfast. Transfer to airport.

Overview

Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk –  Cape "Velican" – Rock "Frog" – Bay "Tikhaya" – volcano "Magotan"– Yuzhno-Kurilsk – Mendeleev volcano – Caldera of Golovnina volcano, Boiling lake, Hot lake – hot springs "Stolbovskie" – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Number of Days: 10 days / 9 nights

Group: min. 2 people.

Schedule

Tour dates in 2019: 11.08, 25.08, 8.09, 22.09

Fees

Tour price per person, USD:

with Russian-speaking guide:

½DBL – 1270

SNGL – 1515

with English-speaking guide:

on request 

* Tour price can change without prior notice.

* The operator reserves the right to substitute hotels in the program to other relevant category. The order of the excursions can also be changed.

* The guide-wire, all the services and hotels are confirmed at time of booking.

Fees include

Price included:

- Transfer according to program;

- Accommodation in hotel Pasific Plaza 4* in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;

- Accommodation in hotel Iceberg on Kunashir island;

- Support for instructors or guides-conductors on the routes;

- Accident insurance;

- Execution of on check-point Kunashir;

- Laissez-passer in the Kuril reserve.

Fees exclude

Additional charges:

- English-speaking guide;

- Flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back;

- Flight to Yuzhno-Kurilsk.

Travel tips

Sports and adventure tourism routes of the Sakhalin area involves physical activity, and a number of areas (eg, climbing a volcano) require good physical fitness, as well as the availability of the right clothes, shoes and other items listed below.

Also, be sure to get vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis!

List of needed items:

Headgear (lightweight hat for sun protection)

Sport Sandals (Daubney sports sandals, firmly seated on the leg, which can comfortably walk on water and rocks)

Trainers (trekking, with a thick corrugated soles, preferably with a water-repellent + removable dry shoes)

Towel (small travel towel various needs)

Sunscreen (SPF (the SPF) of at least 30 units).

Photographic

Backpack (small backpack for day hikes (your hands should be free!) For the transportation of water, photographic, swimwear, etc.)

Warm clothing (jacket, sweater and warm clothes like)

Jacket (wind and comfortable WATERPROOF jacket)

Bathing suit (bathing suit and swimming trunks for men)

Means from mosquitoesGloves (x / cotton gloves to protect your hands from small works).

Shirt or jacket with long sleeves (light clothing with long sleeves necessary for the ascent of the Mendeleev volcano, not to cut yourself on the bamboo and, at the same time, do not suffer in hot weather)

First-aid kit (travel kit with first aid and personal hygiene)

Fishing gear (for avid fishermen desired to have their fishing gear)

Map

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Yuzhno-Kuril'sk

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