A trip to Avachinsky volcano in Kamchatka
The meeting of the group in the town from 6 till 7 a.m.
Move to the volcano and make a temporary camp at a height of 900 meters.
The start of the ascent from 7 till 9a.m.
Descent from the top and have a dinner
Departure to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksy city at about 7-8 p.m.
Arrival from 9 till10 p.m.
Ascent of Avachinsky volcano
You can see Avachinsky volcano on the horizon from the side of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski city. It is located in the neighborhood of other family volcanoes such as Koryaksky and Kozelsky. You can recognize it from afar, thanks to its cone which hasn’t a sharp shape, but as if it was cut off exactly. The slopes of the massif are shallow as well. It is situated at the centre of the next photo.
As you can see, the distance to our goal is not very long, about 30 kilometers. However, the ascent of the volcano itself is considered as one of the most difficult route in comparison with other popular touristic directions such as trips to Gorely and Mutnovsky volcanoes.
The height of the giant reaches 2741 above sea level, but the large part of ascent is shallow. The most difficult and steep route is just at the top of the volcano where route to the cone begins. You needn’t take special equipments with you. Some tourists use trekking poles for support during the ascent. It takes you about 10-11 hours to ascend and descend the volcano. Therefore we have to go out of the city early in the morning in order that not to return back late at night.
We meet in the city at about 6-7 a.m. The vehicle picks up and moves us to the foot of Avachinsky volcano. We make a temporary camp at height of 900 meters and then we take a look around.
Preparations for the ascent start. Our guide tells you about safety measures and determines hiking speed which is comfortable for every tourist. Anyone may return to the camp at will.
We start at 8 a.m.
The first halt is at a height of 200 meters. We have a snack before conquering the young cone which has an inclination angle of 30 degrees. It isn’t an easy thing to go.
Wow! We have done it. There are terrific views of surrounding areas. You can see Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Avachinsky bay, the Pacific Ocean, Nalychevo valley, Koryaksky and Kozelsky volcanoes from the height of the bird’s flight.
Our journey continues with exploring the crater of the volcano. It has nearly an ideal shape of circle and is filled by a solidified volcanic plug which was formed as a result of the last eruption. Chill wind streams contrast with warmth which is provided through solidified lava.
There are fumaroles emitting warm steams and sulfur gas in some areas. It reminds us that the volcano is still active, but just now it’s dormant for not a long period of time.
Admiring views we can have a snack to gain strength for the road back. The route of the descent occurs at the same way as we ascended. It takes less time.
On our returning to the camp the dinner is waiting for us. We can share our impressions with each other as we feel a lot of emotions.
We decamp at 9 p.m. and go back by our vehicle to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
What do you need to take with you for the trip to Avachinsky volcano:
As a result of the hard and unpredictable weather conditions in Kamchatka, the tours to the volcano last mainly from the end of June to the middle of September. Thus it allows tourists not only to enjoy beauty of nature but also not to encounter insuperable difficulties. For example, the young cone of Avachinsky volcano is ice-covered so the ascent of it requires special skills and use of climbing irons.
Of course, professionals attend you during all the time; they are ready to help you in any current situation. However, you must remember that you need to take with you:
Special clothes (waterproof, comfortable and practical). Especially pay attention to having some warm clothes because it may be warm or even hot on the route, but chill wind is sure to meet you at the height!
Trekking shoes with a hard sole for climbing;
Own medicine chest (if necessary)
Backpack for personal clothes, things and meals.
Dark lens sunglasses
Gaiter for a sand protection (at will)
Telescopic trekking poles ease the strain on the spine.
The main point is a desire and aspiration. Well, of course, you have them, we know it for sure.
You needn’t have a special equipment and professional training for climbing. However, you mustn’t forget about safety measures.
The price of the tour to Avachinsky volcano
We offer you to get known about what the cost includes:
Transfer to the volcano and back to the city
Use of the group equipment in a temporary camp