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If you have only a week to get to know Kamchatka, then this program is perfect!
This is the best tour, acceptable and interesting for any age, which does not require special physical training, but at the same time it provides an opportunity to see with your own eyes everything that Kamchatka is 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 smoking fumarole, cross the famous Avacha Bay and go out into the Pacific Ocean, swim past the cliff.


Day 1. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – Paratunka
City tour.
Meeting at the airport in Yelizovo. Group transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in a SPA hotel in the thermal resort area of Paratunka (check-in to the rooms from 14:00).
16:00 – sightseeing tour of the city, "acquaintance" with Kamchatka. Walking tour of the historic city center with a guide: central square, embankment, observation deck.
Visiting an exhibition of Kamchatka producers – fish, caviar and other delicacies and local products.
Transfer to the hotel. Recreation.


Day 2. Boat trip (breakfast, lunch)
In the morning we go for a boat trip on a comfortable boat along Avacha Bay with access to Tikhy ocean (5-6 hours) to the Starichkov island, where you can see Kamchatka from the sea side, 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 – rock , 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 Anthur seal seals. The boat will pass by the Sentinel stone and the Finger (Sentinel) rock – one more unique natural formations in the sea.
Return to the port.
Transfer to the volcanoes Mutnovsky, Gorely (100 km). Setting up the camp. Night in tents.
Tents are always new (change for every 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 will be remembered for a lifetime.


Day 3. Summer springs – waterfall "Calm'' (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Breakfast. Loading into a car (passenger track KAMAZ) and departure to the area of ​​the Mutnovsko-Goreloy group of volcanoes. On the way, stop at the observation deck at the Vilyuchinsky pass. Dacha springs.
Walk with small ascents and descents to Dachny springs (about 1.5 km one way). Red-hot steam roars right out of the ground, enveloping the yellow-red stones and green slopes of the valley. Everything is hissing, whistling, bubbling. There are also seething gray puddles with viscous boiling water, fountains of hot springs, tunnels. At Dacha Springs, there are more than 100 thermal manifestations – boiling boilers, hot springs, large and small steam-gas jets. Dacha springs are sometimes called the Small Valley of Geysers.
Lunch – snack, hot tea. Transfer to the camp site, setting up a tent camp.
Walk to a 16-meter waterfall on the Calm stream.
Return to the camp. Dinner, rest.


Day 4. Mutnovsky volcano – Dangerous canyon (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We start climbing (volcano height 2323 m, rise up 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. ki ''. Two hours on foot 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 wait a little in line to get to the edge of the crater.
Mutnovsky Volcano – the most popular volcano because of the easy ascent 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 pot, boiling and gushing geysers. And from the eastern walls of the crater, a glacier descends to the very bottom, pushing against the fumarole field – here 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.
Lunch – snack, hot tea.
Return to the camp. Recreation. Night in tents.


Day 5. Gorely volcano (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast we leave to Gorely volcano. The way to the summit usually takes no more than 2.5-3 hours, the height of the volcano is 1829 m, the ascent starts 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, for their color the volcano got its name.
Gorely has several craters, of which the most impressive – – these are the craters Blue Lake and Active. 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. Having examined the craters, we go down to the car.
Return to the camp.
Lunch – snack, hot tea. Gathering the camp.
Transfer to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky or the village of Paratunka. Hotel accommodation. Rest.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 6. Free day (breakfast)
Optional excursions on request (for an additional fee , click on the button " Optional Excursions ''):
- helicopter excursion to Kuril Lake (7 hours). Watching brown bear and salmon spawning . On the way back – landing in the caldera of the Ksudach volcano and at the Khodutkinsky hot springs (lunch, swimming). Walking tours to geysers and mud pots . On the way back – landing in the Nalychevo Valley – lunch, bathing in hot springs.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 7. Khalaktyr Black Beach – Avachinsky volcano – Camel Mountain (breakfast, lunch)
Breakfast. Drive an off-road vehicle to the Pacific Ocean coast to Khalaktyrsky beach. Walking along the "black beach" and berry field, watching the surf. The sand on Kamchatka beaches is of volcanic origin, so it has a dark gray color. On the berry along the coastline, you can pick up shiksha, blueberries, scribes.
Transfer to the foot of the Koryak and Avachinsky volcanoes (50 km, 3 hours).
Lunch at the hostel. Fire-breathing guardian of the city – Avachinsky volcano is one of the most active in Kamchatka. The life of the volcano does not stop for a day: constantly puffing fumaroles, yellow sulfur, clouds of gas and steam.
Avachinsky volcano emerged several tens of thousands of years ago, and its regular cone was much higher than the Koryaksky volcano. But gigantic catastrophic explosions blew away its upper part and formed a caldera with a diameter of almost 4 km. About 5 thousand years ago, a new cone began to rise from the bottom of the caldera. The absolute height of the modern cone is 2751 m, relative height 400 – 1000 m.The summit is crowned with a crater. During the last eruption in 1991, the crater funnel was almost completely filled with lava.
Walk to the mountain extrusion 'Camel' with a slight climb. Botanical excursion to the alpine vegetation of the Avachinsky pass. Flowering here begins immediately after the snow melts and continues until new snows. There are rare species of plants introduced to the Red Book. Near the hostel you can hand feed and take pictures of Kamchatka ground squirrels – evrazhek. Return to the hotel in the evening.


Day 8. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – Paratunka (breakfast)
Check-out from the hotel before 12 noon.
Visit to the fish market, souvenir shops.
Transfer to the airport.

Overview

Itinerary: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (city tour)–Paratunka–Boat trip in the pacific–Summer springs–waterfall «Calm»–Mutnovsky volcano–Gorely volcano– Canyon and Dangerous waterfall–Kurilskoye lake / Valley of Geysers (optional)–Khalaktyrsky Black Beach–Avachinsky volcano (without climbing)–Mountain Camel – Paratunka

Days: 8 days / 7 nights

Group: от. 1 pax, max. 14 pax

Accommodation: a hotel at the hot spring, tent

The route provides for 2 nights in tents, this is the only way to get closer to the neighboring volcanoes Mutnovsky and Gorely and visit both with the least discomfort. Because the road leading to them is quite tiresome and worth it, but you will definitely not want to repeat this path twice to spend the night at the base.

Difficulty level : medium

Comfort level: medium

Accommodation: 4 nights in a hotel / recreation center, 2 nights in tents

Hotel accommodation: standard, in hotels in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and / or in hotels in the resort area of ​​Paratunka (50 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ).
Double rooms with private facilities, breakfast at the hotel in Paratunka – « Flamingo », « BelKamTour », « Gudgeon », « Antarius », 'Solar' , " Lagoon ", « Sputnik » , etc.
The specific location 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 the recalculation of the cost of the tour. Your wishes should be indicated in the application when booking. In case of non-standard accommodation, an additional payment for an individual transfer from / to the airport may be charged.
Single tourists are booked with an additional payment for single accommodation in the hotel.
Connection is possible if there is a couple. In this case, no additional payment for single occupancy will be charged.
Attention! Some hotels may charge a deposit for the room. The deposit is left by the TOURIST. It will be refunded upon departure.
Arrivals / departures earlier or later than the tour dates may incur a surcharge for an individual transfer from / to the airport. Resort area " Paratunka '' located 50 km from the cities of Petropavlovsk and Elizovo. 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 stores and cafes nearby.

Placement on the active part of the route (2-4 days) – in a tent camp. 2-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.

Number of tourists in the group group :
We guarantee that the booked tour will take place, even if only one person is recruited!
Standard group 12-14 people.
A boat trip along the Avacha Bay (sea boat) is performed as part of a combined group of up to 12 people.
Helicopter (optional) excursions – as part of a combined group of up to 24 people.

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

ExCourses: Citytour of the main city of the peninsula. Sea voyage along the picturesque shores of the peninsula to the Russkaya Bay. You will see bird colonies if you are lucky – killer whales and sea lions, enjoy freshly caught seafood. Try yourself in sea fishing. Walk along the Pacific Ocean on the beach with black sand.

Free time: Day of arrival; Day 5 – for additional excursions.
On a free day you will have the opportunity to take a helicopter flight to the famous Valley of Geysers or to Lake Kuril – the largest spawning ground for salmon sockeye, where the largest population of Brown Bears (up to 400 individuals!) gathers. If this is not enough for you, you can take a few extra days, and We will organize additional amazing excursions for you.

The program is suitable for tourists of any age, no special physical training is required.

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)




Schedule


Available departure dates in 2022: Jul 12 – Jul 19, Jul 27 – Aug 03, Aug 11 – Aug 18, Aug 26 – Sep 02 


Fees

The price of the tour per pax (without airfare), USD:

½DBL (double occupancy) 1'560
SNGL (single occupancy) 1'780

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

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

Fees include

– hotel accommodation in Paratunka with breakfast: Flamingo, BelKamTur, Krechet, Antarius, "Solar" , "Lagoon" , " Satellite " etc.

– guide services – conductors;

– meals according to the program;

– excursions according to the program;

– transfers according to the program;

– equipment and supplies (tents, rugs, kitchen equipment, dishes, etc.);

– medical insurance (for active recreation);

– necessary permits to visit specially protected natural areas.

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.

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

Fees exclude

- airfare to Kamchatka and return

- meals while staying at the hotel (on the day of arrival, dinner at 4 and 6 day, lunch, dinner at 5 day)

- optional excursions on a free day

- additional hotel accommodation (before and after the trip)

- other additional services

- personal spending, alcoholic beverages

- transfer from / to the airport, if the dates of arrival / departure do not coincide with the dates of the tour, an additional charge is paid: 30 USD one way

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

Travel tips

Personal equipment required for this route:

– backpack for climbing (for 30-45 liters);

– sleeping bag (for comfort temperature from -5 to -10). A sleeping bag can be rented: Alexika, Rock Empire, Campus.
Rental cost – 7 USD / day, rental period – from the day of receipt until the day of returning from the tent camp.
We recommend taking your sleeping bag as a personal item. If you plan to rent, we recommend that you bring your own liner into your sleeping bag.

– comfortable hiking clothes;

– trekking boots with a firm grooved sole and impregnation from getting wet;

– sneakers;

- warm wind and waterproof jacket with a hood;

- warm wind and waterproof pants;

- warm sweater (fleece);

- warm socks;

- warm gloves / mittens;

- warm hat;

- light headgear;

- bath and bathing accessories;

- trekking poles are also available for rent and cost 7 USD. in a day. For long tours, we recommend buying them (cost about 17 USD). You can also buy in Kamchatka, for example, on the day of arrival. On day trips it makes sense to rent trekking poles.

- a seat for sitting on stones and slag;

- headlamp;

- individual first aid kit;

- sunglasses;

- sunscreens;

- remedies for mosquitoes and midges (repellent);

- passport and its copy in a sealed package.

Clothing and equipment: Tourists should pay attention to the preparation of personal equipment (clothing and footwear), since on large sections of climbing routes to the craters of volcanoes, passes and volcanic plateaus during the entire summer period snowfields and, in case of prolonged bad weather, the air temperature at altitudes above 1000 m may drop.
Tourists carry (when loading / unloading a car and setting up a camp) and are responsible for personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag) on ​​their own.
Tourists help, to the best of their ability, the staff in setting up and assembling the camp.
Tourists are NOT involved in cooking.

Map

Optional Excursions

HELICOPTER TOUR TO KURILSKOYE LAKE

Excursion Kuril Lake – volcano Ksudach – Khodutkinsky hot springs (6-7 hours):
1. Transfer from the hotel to the airport
2. Flight to Kuril Lake (1 hour 10 min.).
3. Excursion on the Kuril Lake, visiting the barrier structure of the TINRO scientific station. Observation of spawning salmon and bears (1 hour 30 min.).
4. Flight to the caldera of the Ksudach volcano (20 min.). Excursion to the Ksudach volcano caldera, sightseeing of the vicinity of Klyuchevoy Lake, located in the caldera of the volcano and its hot springs.
5. Lunch (depending on weather conditions, it can be carried out at the Khodutkinsky hot springs) (1 hour).
6. Flight to the Khodutkinsky hot springs (20 min.). Swimming in hot springs (30 min.).
7. Return to the airport (40 min.). Transfer to the hotel.
Price is 700 USD per pax

Departure to the Kuril Lake, landing at Cape Travyanoy or the source of the Ozernaya River, walking tour, observation of salmon, bear fishing.
The largest Kuril Lake – the second largest freshwater lake in Kamchatka, but it has no equal in importance and beauty. The depth of the lake – 316 meters. It was formed more than eight thousand years ago as a result of a powerful eruption, the beginning of which was the emission of white lapillian pumice. It can still be found in abundance on the shore of the lake in the form of balls.
The panorama of the lake is unique. It is surrounded on all sides by the majestic cones of volcanoes. The shores and underwater slopes are steep and rocky. Ancient lake terraces are visible on the slopes of the volcanoes. Islands in the form of peaks rise from the bottom, one of the islands, the triangular rock Alaid. The lake is fed by numerous mountain streams mixed with hot spring waters. One weakly freezing river Ozernaya flows out of it. The largest stock of sockeye salmon in Eurasia enters the lake for spawning. At the height of spawning, at the end of summer, the highest concentration of brown bears in the world is observed in the vicinity of the lake. Other animals willingly eat salmon – fox, river otter.
Flight to Ksudach volcano, landing in the crater of the volcano, excursion.
The entire upper part of Ksudach volcano (1080 m) is occupied by a vast oval-shaped caldera 7x9 km, formed by the strongest eruptions, as a result of which a building was formed of several overlapping intermediate calderas.
Above opens a beautiful panorama that is rare even for Kamchatka, which is rich in scenic views: a kind of caldera with steep rocky slopes sparkles with multicolored rocks – dark, reddish, light yellow.
The bottom of the caldera has a two-stage structure. Dividing into two almost equal parts – the western one is higher, and the eastern one is occupied by lakes. On the border between them, forming a barrier and a ledge at the same time are located: a small, dark-colored massif Lava dome, next to the same massif of light-colored – The soaring ridge and the Shtiubel crater, extreme from the south.
The entire eastern part of the caldera is occupied by two lakes – Key and Stubel. The key has an oblong shape, 4x2 km in size. It is surrounded on almost all sides by steep walls up to 500 meters high. The lake has no open flow, and the water is filtered through a cofferdam separating it from the Shtubelya lake, which is about 2 km long. From this lake, cutting through the caldera ridge, flows the Teplaya River, which forms a waterfall about 10 meters high a kilometer from the source. At the foot of the Soaring Ridge, on the narrow sandy shore of the lake, streams of the Shtiubelevsky hot springs are beating out. Outcrops of oxen with temperatures up to 70 ° C stretch along the coast for 250 m. Ksudach – one of the most exotic objects in Kamchatka, declared a natural monument of landscape and geological nature.
Flight to the Khodutkinsky springs, lunch, swimming in a hot river.
They are located in a vast meadow surrounded by forest. From scattered griffin funnels, hot water is collected in a stream. Strong streams are also beating out at its bottom and along the banks, and the stream turns into a real river about 30 m wide and up to 1.5 m deep. The water temperature in the griffins reaches 80 ° C, but decreases as it flows. A few hundred meters beyond the clearing, the river flows through a birch forest, beautifully framing its slightly soaring surface with green walls. The temperature in the deepest, but already slightly cooled part of the river is about 42-43 ° C in summer. Khodutka springs are a natural monument.
According to its chemical composition, the water is hydrocarbonate-chloride-sodium with high mineralization (0.5 g / l) and with a silicic acid content of up to 90 mg / l.
Return to Elizovo.
Departure for the excursion is carried out from the Avachinsky airport (Elizovo), located 30 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

HELICOPTER TOUR TO THE VALLEY OF GEYSERS

Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and Uzon Volcano (6-7 hours):
1. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Departure from the airport, flying around the active volcanoes Karymsky and Maly Semyachik (flight time – 1 h. 10 min.).
2. Excursion to the Valley of Geysers (1 h. 30 min.). Observation of the eruption of geysers, inspection of the mud pots and pulsating springs of the Valley.
3. Flight to the caldera of the Uzon volcano (10 min.).
4. Excursion to the caldera of the Uzon volcano (1 hour). Inspection of fumarole fields, acid and hot lakes, mud pots and volcanoes of the Eastern thermal field of the caldera.
5. Flight to the Nalychevskaya valley. Dinner. Swimming in the wild hot springs of the Nalychevo Valley (1 hour).
6. Return to the airport (20 min.). Transfer to the hotel.
Price is 700 USD per pax

The world famous Valley of Geysers is located in the center of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in a deep mountain canyon. This unique natural site was discovered in 1941 by geologist T.I. Ustinova. The Valley got its name in honor of 40 geysers and numerous hot springs pouring into the river for 8 kilometers. Each of the geysers is unique and unique. They all have their own names and characteristic features. All known forms of hydrothermal manifestations in nature can be observed in the Valley of Geysers: hot lakes, pulsating boiling springs, steam and gas jets, mud pots and geysers.
The helicopter route to the Valley of Geysers runs over picturesque mountain ranges and gullies, tundra, volcanoes, rivers and lakes, tourists can watch the eruption of the Karymsky volcano and admire the beauty of the turquoise lake of the Maly Semyachik volcano.
A person who first came to the Valley of Geysers is stunned by the fantastic nature of what he saw. The world of the valley is so unreal that it seems that there cannot be anything like it on earth, that all this is happening on some unknown planet. Colors absolutely not typical of earthly landscapes: against the background of bright greenery of dwarf cedar and foliage of trees – brown, red, purple, the color of burnt clay earth. The air is saturated to the limit with steam and the smell of sulfur.
Everything is bubbling, hissing and bubbling around!
In the Valley of Geysers, the guide will acquaint visitors with the rules of conduct on the territory of the reserve. The tour continues along wooden decking paths to the main viewing platforms. The steepest slopes have railings. From the observation platforms, tourists will be able to see and photograph all stages of the eruption of the largest geysers (Giant, Bolshoi, etc.), look into the " Gates of Hell '', admire the cauldrons with red boiling clay.
After 2 hours excursions in the Valley flight to the caldera of the Uzon volcano.
Another unique natural object of the Kronotsky reserve – the caldera of the Uzon volcano is a huge bowl-shaped basin measuring 9 x 12 km, formed on the site of a destroyed volcano 40 thousand years ago.
Uzon amazes with the richness and form of volcanic manifestations – more than a thousand thermal springs of various sizes, shapes and compositions are concentrated here, including hot lakes and boiling boilers.
The total area of ​​thermal fields is 61 thousand square meters. m.
Unlike the Valley of Geysers, the Uzon caldera with numerous hot springs and fumaroles has been known to the local population for a long time. Among the Kamchadals, this unique natural creation was called the " Burning Valley '', the " Floating Land. ''
There are a large number of warm and non-freezing lakes here. The largest of them – warm non-freezing lake Fumarolnoe and cold Central lake, the attraction is the Dalneye maar lake.
As a result of the landslide on 03.06.2007, new touches in the landscape appeared in the Valley: a dammed lake, a bunch of boulders and stones.
carried out from the Avachinsky airport; (Elizovo), located 30 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Yelizovo

Paratunka