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VOLCANOES, GEYSERS, CRABS AND BEARS

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VOLCANOES, GEYSERS, CRABS AND BEARS


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This is the most optimal tour, acceptable and interesting for any age, does not require special physical training, but at the same time presents the opportunity to see with your own eyes all that what is Kamchatka famous for – not only admire the majesty of the hills from afar, but look into the craters of two active volcanoes characteristic of the region, bypass geysers and look into the mouth of a steaming fumarole, cross the famous Avacha Bay and go to the Pacific Ocean, swim past the Three Brothers cliff, enjoying the taste of freshly caught crabs and sea urchins , raft along a calm picturesque river along the wild shores, admiring the pristine untouched nature far from civilization and watching the fishing of bears in close but safe proximity to them, get to know Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and swim in the Paratunka thermal pool.


Day 1. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Meeting at the airport, transfer and hotel accommodation.
On this day, you can independently see the historical center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, walk along the Embankment, walk along Nikolskaya Sopka, visit the Maksutov battery and other objects of the city's history.


Day 2. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – Boat trip – Avacha Bay – Pacific Ocean – Crabs and sea urchins – Khalaktyrsky beach (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the morning we go for a boat trip on a comfortable boat along Avacha Bay with access to the Pacific Ocean (5-6 hours) to Starichkov island, where you can to see Kamchatka from the sea, get acquainted with sea animals, go fishing for pleasure and taste seafood – freshly caught Kamchatka crabs and sea urchins . Lunch on the boat – fish soup from Kamchatka fish. The boat will cross the Avacha Bay, round the main attraction – a unique natural monument – Three Brothers rock, will go out into the vastness of the ocean and head to the Starichkov island, which is home to a great variety of birds included in the Red Book of Kamchatka Krai. Inspection of bird colonies. On the reefs around the island, there are seals and Anthura seal seals. The boat will pass by the Sentry stone and the Finger rock (Sentinel) – another unique natural formations in the sea.
After the sea excursion we go to Khalaktyrsky beach, where huge waves of the open Pacific Ocean, black sand of an endlessly long beach await us, where the feeling that you are on the edge of the earth, where it begins Russia. The water in the ocean is not warm, but you can always wet your feet, but the most courageous can swim.
In the evening we return to the hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, dinner on this day on our own.
If you know that you can get seasick at sea (or in transport), then purchase drugs for motion sickness (for example, Dramina) in advance and take it according to the instructions before starting the boat trip.


Day 3. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – rafting on the Bystraya river – bears (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the morning we go to the Bystraya (Malkinskaya) river to the place where the rafting starts, the guides prepare rafts, equipment and start rafting along one of the most major rivers of Kamchatka with its picturesque banks. Loach fishing (spinning rod and boots will be given to those who wish). Off-road vehicle 'Vakhtovka' will make his way through the impenetrable thicket to the river bank, we will load personal belongings into boats. The river is calm, the rafting is not sports, an ordinary river walk, and everyone can do it, including children, and a couple of small rapids will only add impressions. And, most importantly, we sail through completely wild places with pristine nature, where there are no roads or villages, but only bear trails.
Throughout the entire rafting, not a single person, not a single car or even a hunting lodge will be encountered. You will only occasionally see individual bears or bears with cubs , admire how skillfully they fish and swim across the river. The guides have the skills and equipment to scare off wild animals.
Overnight in tents on the river bank. The tents are always new (change for each season), guides will help you set up your tent and make a fire. For dinner, a large tent will be set up, where the chefs will prepare fish soup and set a large table with pancakes with caviar and red fish. Evening gatherings by the fire. These evenings in the wilderness in a good company with delicious food hundreds of kilometers from civilization will be remembered for a lifetime.


Day 4. Rafting on the Bystraya River (breakfast , lunch, dinner) (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the morning we get back on the water and continue rafting, enjoying the picturesque views of the hills, overgrown with cedar and alder trees dwarf dwarf. Fishing. Overnight in tents on the bank of the river.
The common property and property of tourists is transported by car and boats, you do not need to carry anything. Tents are double, with a vestibule, new tents are purchased for the season, which are issued at the camp site along with a rug. The dining room is set up by the staff in a separate large full-length tent, a large table is set with local traditional dishes, the food is prepared by the chefs, and they wash the dishes. Toilet – in a special tent. In the evening – common fire. An additional bonus for spending the night in a tent – an opportunity to see an unusually beautiful sunset in Kamchatka in the evening.


Day 5. Rafting on the Bystraya river – Paratunka (breakfast, lunch)
In the morning we get back on the water and before lunch we come to the place where the rafting ends, where a car meets us. The guides collect equipment and move to a hotel in the resort area of ​​Paratunka, swimming in the pool with thermal water (constantly + 37C).


Day 6. Paratunka – Vilyuchinsky volcano – Vilyuchinsky pass – Small Valley of Geysers (Natural hot springs) (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
In the morning after breakfast we leave for the Mutnovka area. The road is very interesting: we will pass at the very foot of the Vilyuchinsky volcano, then along a steep serpentine to the Vilyuchinsky pass, from where impressive views open. Having descended from the pass to the mountain plateau, we check into a tourist center located near the lake in a picturesque place.
After lunch we leave for the Mutnovskaya geothermal power plant (generating electricity from the energy of natural warm sources), next to which is the Small Valley of Geysers (Dachnye Hot sources). Here, along the mountain stream, many hot springs and fumaroles are gushing out of the ground. Those who wish can take a bath in the blue clay bath.
Returning to the hostel. Dinner, bonfire, guitar.
It should be borne in mind that currently there is no infrastructure outside of the settlements in Kamchatka. Therefore, in order to have time to climb the volcano and descend from it, it is necessary to stop for the night at its foot either before the ascent, or after, to which on dirt roads or along dry mountain rivers in summer, you need to get to it by an off-road car from Paratunka or Petropavlovsk Kamchatka half a day. Travelers can choose between spending the night in a tent in the open air or at a camp site with a minimum of amenities (several people per room, sleeping in sleeping bags on bunk beds, shared toilet, but there is a kitchen and dining room with a fireplace), which are sometimes referred to here as " shelters ''. or 'hostels'.


Day 7. Mutnovsky volcano – geysers and fumaroles – Dangerous canyon and volcano (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We drive to the Mutnovsky volcano along a difficult road. We begin our ascent (the height of the volcano is 2323 m, ascent to 1650 m, about 1.5-2 hours). Rather, this ascent can be called a walk through very picturesque places, which are a kind of " visiting card '' Kamchatka.
Mutnovsky Volcano is a natural monument, which is located partly on the territory of the South Kamchatka Natural Park, which was included in 1996 in the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage List in the nomination " Volcanoes of Kamchatka ''. Two hours of walking along the trail without steep elevation changes, at the end of which you will have the opportunity to look into the smoking crater of the volcano and, what is important, sit " on horseback '' on its edge. Unlike rafting, there will be a lot of people here, you may even have to queue a little to get to the edge of the crater.
Mutnovsky Volcano – the most popular volcano because of the easy climbing accessible to people of all ages and the interesting vivid spectacular views during the ascent. The crater of the Mutnovsky volcano itself is quite deep, with high walls, but from the north-west it has a rift, where the Vulkannaya River flows. The river is hidden by a glacier, along which the trail passes. If we are lucky, we will meet real faults – deep cracks in the ice. Along the path to the crater, we will see a lot of fumaroles smoking from crevices and small cones of native sulfur, a bubbling mud boiler, boiling and gushing geysers. And from the eastern walls of the crater to the very bottom, a glacier descends, pressing on the fumarole field – there is a struggle between the elements of ice and fire. In terms of beauty and uniqueness, this place is in no way inferior to the famous Valley of Geysers!
On the way back, another spectacle awaits us: the Vulkannaya River falls from a height of 80 meters into the Dangerous canyon with a powerful waterfall.
In the evening we return to the mountain camp for the night.


Day 8. Gorely volcano – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast we drive to Gorely volcano. The way to the top usually takes no more than 2.5-3 hours, the height of the volcano is 1829 m, the beginning of the ascent is from about 1000 m).
The path to the top is a little more difficult than on the Mutnovsky volcano, but here a completely different landscape opens up in front of the traveler, formed by black slag and flows of black lava, behind them The color of the volcano got its name.
Gorely has several craters, the most impressive of which is – these are the Blue Lake and Active craters. Both craters are funnels with steep walls. The first crater is the largest and lives up to its name – at the bottom there is a lake of bright blue color. In Aktivny crater there is a small acidic lake of turquoise color with a greenish tint, along the shores of which they " smoke '' powerful fumaroles.
After inspecting the craters, we go down to the car and stop by the camp site for lunch, after which we move to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, check into a hotel.


Day 9. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (breakfast)
Check-out from the hotel before 12 noon.
Transfer to the airport.
Along the way – visiting the fish market, souvenir shops.


Overview

Itinerary: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky–Boat trip–Avacha Bay–Pacific Ocean–Crabs and sea urchins–Khalaktyrsky beach–rafting on the Bystraya river–bears–Rafting on the Bystraya River (breakfast , lunch, dinner)–Rafting on the Bystraya river–Paratunka–Vilyuchinsky volcano–Vilyuchinsky pass–Small Valley of Geysers (Natural hot springs)–Mutnovsky volcano–geysers and fumaroles–Dangerous canyon and volcano–Gorely volcano–Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Days: 9 days / 8 nights

Group: от. 1 pax, max. 14 pax

Accommodation: 3, a hotel at the hot spring, tent, hostel

Visa: citizens of 58 states that hold all types of passports are eligible for visa-free entrance to Russia for a period up to 14 days (you can see the list on the official website), citizens of the 52 countries will be able to obtain a single e-visa of up to 16 days (you can see the list on the official website)

Difficulty level: low

Comfort level: medium

Accommodation: 3 nights in a hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 1 night in a sanatorium in Paratunka, 2 nights in a hostel, 2 nights in tents

Climbing:
Gorely volcano (1829 m) – South Kamchatka Natural Park;
Mutnovsky volcano (2323 m) – South Kamchatka Natural Park;

Rafting: Along the Bystraya river – 2.5 days, the length of the rafting is about 80 km.

Excursions: Boat trip along Avacha Bay – 6 hours, fishing, seafood delicacies. City tour. 'Black Beach'

Free time: Day of arrival.

Accommodation in hotels: standard, in hotels in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and / or in hotels of the resort area of ​​Paratunka (50 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ).
Double rooms with private facilities, breakfast at the hotel.
In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy – hotel « Krasintsev », « Arseniev » etc.
In Paratunka – « Flamingo », « Helios » etc.
The specific place of accommodation is determined by the TOUR OPERATOR, depending on the accommodation of the rest of the tourists in the group and the availability of rooms in hotels.
The TOURIST can be provided with accommodation of his choice, if possible, with a recalculation of the cost of the tour. Your wishes should be indicated in the application when booking. In case of non-standard accommodation, a surcharge may be charged for an individual transfer from / to the airport.
We mainly accommodate in double rooms. Tourists who come one by one with double occupancy are accommodated together with another participant in our tour (man to man, woman to woman). If it was not possible to combine, then the tourist was lucky – he will be alone in the room, no additional payment is required.
Attention! Some hotels may charge a deposit for the room. The deposit is left by the TOURIST. Upon departure, it will be returned.
When arriving / departing earlier or later than the tour dates, a surcharge may be charged for an individual transfer from / to the airport.
Paratunka resort area; located 50 km from the cities of Petropavlovsk and Yelizovo. Regular buses run between these points throughout the day. All hotels in Paratunka have open-air hot thermal pools with healing properties. There are grocery magicians nearby Azines and cafes.

Accommodation in the area of ​​Gorely and Mutnovsky volcanoes – at the hostel. Heated houses, several people per room, sleeping in sleeping bags on bunk beds, shared toilet.
Rafting – in the campground . Two-person tents Tramp Lair 2, Lair 3 (3-person), foam mats (cushions) are provided. We recommend taking your own sleeping bag as a personal item. Sleeping bags for hire: Alexika, Rock Empire, Campus (15 USD).

Number of tourists in the group group:
Standard group of 12-14 people.
The boat trip is performed as part of a combined group of up to 24 people.

There are many Bears in Kamchatka and tourists often see them, especially on rafting. In the vast majority of cases, bears keep their distance from humans. Their food is fish, berries, mushrooms, roots. Sometimes there are bears begging for food waste at the places of mass camps. The guides always have the following means for such cases: hand flares, a hunter's signal, pepper gas against bears.

Rafting takes place in an area far from civilization, and there are approaches to the river only at the beginning and end of the rafting. Therefore, the rafting takes a long time, without haste, it is not physically tiring.

The sequence of the route may vary depending on the arrival date.




Schedule



Available departure dates in 2024: нет


Fees

The price of the tour per pax (without airfare), USD:
½DBL (double accommodation)82,800
SNGL (single accommodation)103,500

10% discount for children under 14 years old.

We place mainly in double rooms. Tourists who come one at a time are accommodated together with another participant in our tour (man to man, woman to woman). If it was not possible to combine, then the tourist will be alone in the room, no additional payment is required.

If a tourist wants to be alone in the room (or in the half of the block number), then an additional payment is required. Single accommodation is possible in hotels in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, in Paratunka.

Special payment schedule: 10% – at booking, 90% – 30 days prior to arrival.

Payment schedule: 5% – at booking, 95% – 15 or 30 days prior to arrival.

Payment methods:
- bank transfer in USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, AED, ILS, DKK etc.
- credit/debit card online on our website

Fees include

- accommodation:
hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky:
hotel « Arseniev » 3
hotel « Krasintsev » 3

hotel in the area of ​​the village Paratunka:
recreation center « Flamingo »
recreation center « Helios »

- meals according to the program

- transport services under the program (on volcanoes, high-cross-country buses such as Kamaz, Ural, Zil, Gaz-66)

- group equipment (tents, tent mats, kitchen equipment, etc.)

- services of tour guides

- transfers according to the program

- all excursions according to the program

- swimming in the pool (when staying in Paratunka)

- necessary permits to visit specially protected natural areas

- the language of excursions is Russian but the guides speak English.

The place of residence is determined by the Travel Company, taking into account the wishes of the tourist, subject to the availability of free places in the indicated accommodation places or in similar ones.

Fees exclude

- airfare to Kamchatka and return

- food in the city (lunches and dinners)

- optional excursions;

- additional hotel accommodation (before and after the trip)

- other additional services

- personal spending, alcoholic beverages

- personal English/Spanish guide: 90 USD per required day.

Travel tips

Personal equipment and equipment required

- a sleeping bag (you can rent it from us, but you must agree in advance, the cost is 15 USD, in which case we recommend bringing an insert for a sleeping bag);

- hoba (foam harness);

- trekking boots (must be waterproof);

- replaceable shoes (sneakers, sneakers);

- sandals or slates;

- wind jacket (membrane and with a hood);

- raincoat or "raincoat" suit (just not polyethylene, as this will quickly tear);

- rubber waders for rafting (optional – we give out rubber shoe covers, but fishermen should have boots);

- pressurized alloy bag (optional – we issue large pressurized bags);

- spinning (optional – several spinning rods are issued per group);

- warm clothing (preferably fleece);

- light hat, gloves;

- small backpack for climbing;

- trekking poles (telescopic poles fold very compactly and can be easily brought with you);

- sunglasses;

- sunscreen;

- swimwear;

- personal first aid kit;

- personal hygiene items;

- mosquito repellent;

- flashlight (preferably headlamp).

Do not bring suitcases, as a suitcase on wheels will not fit into a sealed alloy bag. Convenient with large backpacks or gym bags.

If you arrive 1-2 days earlier, you will also be met at the airport. If you are leaving later than the scheduled end date of the tour, then our transfer to the airport will not be available, and in this case we will deduct 7 USD from the tour price and recommend using a taxi.

Map

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Yelizovo

Paratunka