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#115 Adventure Trek to the South of Kamchatka
For 3 weeks your travel is going through many of the highlights of southern Kamchatka area, - wild, severe, extreme and absolutely fantastic! You will for sure be impressed by splendid views from the tops of southern Ksudach, Khodutka, Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes, unique crater lakes as blue and clear as the sky; you will smell an incredible aroma of pine and stone birch, pick up various berries and mushrooms, relax in the thermal rivers and hot springs with bright giant plants and therapeutic effect, and will probably meet kings of Kamchatka brown bear, a lot of foxes, hare, sea eagle etc. However the luxurious vegetation and alpine meadows covered with soft moss will not lull you up, as be ready for numerous river crossings, trekking through the thick cedar and alder bushes, and swamps. Note: each day sleep in tents setting up the new camp each day. We have about 6 to 8 hours trekking a day, and sometimes it is very strenuous as the terrain is undisturbed and can be pretty tough sometimes.
Season: End June – Mid September.
Departure: July 26
Day 1. Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Rest and unwind from travel. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 2. Flight to Ksudach volcano (1hr 20min one way). Along the way we land twice for drops off food, water and petrol: on Verhne-Opalinskiye springs at hydro-geologists’ & on Sopka Ostraya (809 m). Set up a camp. Overnight in tents.
Note: since this day sleep in tents setting up the new camp each day. We have about 6 to 8 hours trekking a day, and sometimes it is very strenuous as the terrain is undisturbed and can be pretty tough sometimes.
Day 3. An excursion around the big crater lakes - Shtyubelya & Klyuchevoye (1000 m). Klyuchevoye lake has a thermal edge with quite hot water and a warm beach, here you can taste your first hot spring bath. Lunch. Flight to the Hot Khodutka river. Bath and relax the rest of the day. Overnight in tents.
Day 4. Start trekking towards Khodutka volcano. Tyoplaya river. Waterfall.
Day 5. Continue trekking along Tyoplaya river.
Day 6. Trekking to Khodutka volcano - Pravaya Khodutka river.
Day 7. Trek to huts hot lake: first depot.
Day 8. Ascent of Khodutka volcano (2089 m) for panoramic views (8 hrs both ways). Depending on the group fit and wish there is an option to climb Priyemysh mountain (1200 m, 6 hrs), where no less picturesque view opens to you.
Day 9. Rest and unwind on hot springs or reserve day in case of bad weather .
Day 10. Rest and unwind on hot springs or reserve day in case of bad weather.
Day 11. Trek from Perevalny creek to a cold spring through the cedar bushes (12 km).
Day 12. Trek to the upper stream of Mezhkholmovy creek (12-14 km).
Day 13. Trek over Zverinny pass (475 m) to the outflow of Podlesny creek (12-14 km). This pass is known like a ‘bear path’ among the tourists, so make sure to keep your eye open to see the bears, that are abundant here.
Day 14. Trek over Zverinny pass (475 m) to the outflow of Podlesny creek (12-14 km). This pass is known like a ‘bear path’ among the tourists, so make sure to keep your eye open to see the bears, that are abundant here.
Day 15. Trek to Vysokaya mt. (20 km) on tundra or forest road.
Day 16. Trek to Gorely volcano (14 km).
Day 17. Ascent of Gorely volcano (1829 m). While hiking along a series of secondary craters you will love the one with the bright blue acid lake in it. The view of the surrounding peninsula is sure too impressive.
Day 18. Drive to the foot of Mutnovsky volcano (8 km by truck), ascent of Mutnovsky (2323 m). Along the way we stop to watch Opasny Canyon (Dangerous Canyon 100 m deep with a waterfall inside). On Mutnovsky you will be impressed by this perpetually changing natural wonder of steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots and glaciers of this huge volcanic massif. In March 2000 steam blasts rocked one of the craters while within it a glacier began to collapse. A large section of the glacier vanished and a blue acid lake appeared amid the broken ice. Standing on ice you will at the same time feel the hot breath of the earth here.
Day 19. Return to PK. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20. Drive to the foot of the Avacha volcano (2,5 – 3 hours by truck along the Sukhaya River) Accommodation in Piyut camp.
Day 21. Today we ascend to the top of active Avacha volcano (since 1737 it has erupted 16 times). The last eruption was recorded in 1992 when the lava flows reached nearly the foothill of Avacha volcano. It is one of the volcano group consisting of 5 mountains: Aag (2187m), Arik (2319m), Koryaksky (3456 m), Avacha (2751 m) and Kozelsky (2190 m) volcanoes. The ascent will take about 6 hours for people with moderate fitness. Drive back to Petropavlovsk (3 hrs by truck). Accommodation in a city hotel.
Day 22. Transfer to air port for departure.
Group size is 10–16. Included are accommodation, full board en route, bed & breakfast in the city, helicopter, all transfers and local transportation, guide, interpreter and cook services, visa invitation and visa registration, permits.
For group of 10 pax the tour cost is 1770 Euro per person For group of 16 pax the tour cost is 1199 Euro per person Single supplement is 97 Euro
Note: We try to stick to the itinerary as close as possible but we reserve the right to change it due to weather or other factors out of our control. In case of bad weather conditions, when it is impossible to fly to the area of Ksudach volcano, you will be offered the following alternative program.