Autumn tour to Kamchatka “Golden Paths”
Day 1 Meeting at the airport and accommodation
On flying up to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky you can see that there is already snow on the most distant volcanoes. This is the first sign of winter. After walking down a boarding ramp, breathing unique Kamchatka air, you go for claiming your luggage. We hope that you make a careful study of our recommendations on packing for this trip. Our guide, who has a nameplate “Kamchatkaland”, meets you at the airport, takes a group together and places you in the bus seats.
Move to the resort-zone. We do our best to provide rooms of resort-zone with all comforts and, of course, with an outdoor swimming pool. After long flight you have a possibility to acclimatize and recover your strength taking bath in mineral water of hot springs. Overnight in the resort-zone.
Day 2 Tour to Vachkazhez volcano and waterfalls + Ozerki hot springs
At the first day of our Kamchatka autumn tour we go to the region of Vachkazhez Old Mountain. This place attracts by its rare and colorful plants, small waterfalls, rivers and lakes. An off-road vehicle transfer us to the lake located at the foot of Vachkazhez. After getting safety instruction we begin our walk around the lake. Going up higher we get to the most wonderful waterfall in the area. It drops merrily and noisily into a small hollow. The road leads us to the circus of the mountain range. We walk around, admire and snap photos of views. While returning back by another road we can see a couple of small cascade waterfalls.
The best end of our trekking tour is bathing in the healing water of “Zelenovsky Ozerki” health complex. It has a unique mineral composition of water and distinguishes from the thermal water of Paratunka zone and in addition includes a lot of minerals and mineral salts. A big swimming pool and ten smaller baths are located in the territory. The temperature of water is regulated by the visitors using pool hoses on which hot water is brought from the main spring. After taking hot baths someone who wishes can dip in the spring cold lake which is also located in the territory.
Day 3 A boat travel to Starichkov Island in autumn
After getting up early and having a breakfast in a café we go to the passenger seaport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city. Taking a boat we begin our excursion around Avachinskay bay.
You can perceive Kamchatka in a new way from a shipboard. The sheer cliffs lead to the edge of the shore, fishing and military vessels are in the roads and we are accompanied with loud seagulls and albatrosses’ yells.
A guide tells us about historical events of Avachinskay bay, for example, how the city was settled and he doesn’t forget to tell you about the heroic defense from an Anglo-French fleet. We have a short stop near the Tri Brata (Three Brothers) Rocks which are calling card of the Bay, then we pass by Devil’s Finger rock which is sticking ominously out of water and we go out of the “gate” into Avachinsky bay.
The boat goes slowly along the shore, revealing new views and then, after some time we reach the goal of our excursion - Starichkov Island. Being at anchor we can catch fish using the simple tackles there, but at the same time a guide-diver catches for us such sea treasures as urchins, starfishes and seashells. Have a snack during short stop.
Starichkov Island is a protected area where seabird nest in a great number: there are more than ten thousands. These are cormorants, seagulls, murrelets and a lot of other ones. Their yells can be heard in the whole area. The debarkation is prohibited there because the island is declared as a protected zone not to disturb life process of bird nesting. Seals often have a rest on the cliffs besides birds. They are calm to tourists, probably, they have already got accustomed. We also don’t worry them. After exploring island we are on the way back to the city. Return to the resort-zone.
Day 4 The foot of Avachinsky volcano. Climbing the Extrusive rock Camel. A trip to Mayachny cape. The observation desk of Tri Brata (“Three Brothers”)
Morning departure of from resort-zone and in a couple of hours we approach to the foot of Avachinsky volcano. Ascending the peak of Avachisky volcano should be only attempted by professionals with special gears in this season. The other program, which is prepared for us, consists of having surrounding tour at the foot of Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes and watching consequences of ancient eruptions of Avachinsky Sopka. We make the simple ascent of extrusive rock Camel.
The next trip to Mayachny cape waits for us. This is an extreme point of the shoreline of Avachinskay bay so-called “gates”. Now working lighthouse is located there. The wonderful panoramic view of the whole water area of Avachinsky bay and Viluchinsky volcano is opened from the observation desk - “Tri Brata” (Three brothers). We return to resort-zone by evening.
Day 5 Sled dog village of “Snow Dogs”. Acquaintance with the ethnic culture of Kamchatka
Go to acquaintance with life and ceremonies of native smaller peoples of Kamchatka. Our tour includes visiting the Andrey and Anastasiia Semashkin’s village of sled dogs. They are repeated winners of “Beringia” race. Everyone can independently cope with famous dogsleds. A delicious dinner of the national dishes, stories about culture and life of smaller peoples of Kamchatka, having a photo session when you are put deerskin shirts on are waiting for you here. The last part of this tour is the performance of ensemble “Koritev” which is a famous creative team in Kamchatka’s territory.
Day 6 Dachny Hot Springs – autumn tour
Kamchatka is a region of contemporary active volcanism. Thanks to this factor there are a lot of hot mineral springs. Dachny hot springs are located at the foot of Skalistaya Sopka, on spurs of Mutnovsky Volcano, in the southern part of the peninsula. We go up to the pass at the foot of Viluchinsky volcano during the route. We make a stop to view an opening natural panorama. If the weather is clear we will have views of the main volcanoes of the south group: Mutnovsky, Gorely, Asacha and also such “family” volcanoes as Koryaksky and Avachinsky.
Our next stop is Mutnovsky Power Station. Our excursion starts there. After 30 minutes’ ascending we have an opportunity to see pulsating springs and such thermal manifestation as bubbling mudpots, stream flows, warm lakes and hot springs. Dachny Hot Springs is the best opportunity to feel the breath of “living” Kamchatka ground.
Day 7 A city sightseeing tour, a visit Volcanarium museum, a trip to the Khalaktyrsky Beach and a visit the fish market
Now you know about history of the city which is situated on the eastern part of Russia. This is the only Russian seaport which has an exit into the ocean. Just that geographical feature provided its historical and economic development. All the famous participants of round-the-world expeditions were the visitors of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city.
We start going from the observation desk and then we walk around the important historical monuments. We walk up the Nikolskaya Sopka, visit the famous «Maksutova battery», see a monument to Vitus Bering, navigator, and many others. We visit a new interactive “Volcanarium” museum where you know about volcanoes and processes of the contemporary volcanism in Kamchatka. This museum was opened by a famous Kamchatka volcanologist, Sergey Samoylenko.
The next stop is Khalaktyrsky Beach. The beach is formed by volcanic grits and has an extent of about 30 kilometers. A trip to the beach is a wonderful moment for us because freshness and primordial energy of the Pacific Ocean take you a lot of life power that you can feel it for a long time. The beach has been a place for surfer over the past few years. This type of sport activities becomes popular in Kamchatka each year. There is the All-Russian stage of surfing championship in September. Especially, people are shocked by the fact that surging competitions also take place in winter there.
Walking along the shoreline, we return back to the city and go to the fish market. Don’t forget about your family and friends who are at home and wait from you the presents. There is a large choice of sea delicacies and famous Kamchatkan caviar with different salting. The grains of caviar are large, all for your taste. You can sample all the types! Don’t miss this opportunity!;) You can put your purchases into the refrigerator and they don’t go bad.
Day 8 Preparations, transfer to the airport, farewell and departure.
Well, our tourist trip to Kamchatka comes to an end. Snap our photo on memory about Kamchatka and then we go to the airport. Do we have a goodbye hug?
See you later, dear friends.