Tour to the North: Azabache Lake, Tolbachik and Fishing
Day 1 Meeting at the airport
The plane makes a landing at the airport of Yelizovo town. When walking down a boarding ramp you can see the volcanoes surrounding the town. These are Koryaksky, Avachinsky and Kozelsky volcanoes. After claiming your luggage our guide, who has a nameplate “Kamchatkaland”, meets you at the exit.
Transfer you to the health-resort zone of Paratunka. Accommodation in double rooms. The first day is a day of rest. You can also relax in swimming pool. In the evening when all the travelers arrives at Kamchatka (if the flights are at different time), we will have a meeting, get acquainted, test our travel equipments and discuss our passage of a route in the evening. We advise you to go to bed early.
Day 2 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Klyuchi (settlement), the Kamchatka River
Today our journey to the North begins. We are leaving at 6 am. By that time, you will need to have breakfast and be prepared to go. This day we are going to ride 600 kilometers to Klyuchi. On the way, we will make some stops and also have lunch in the local café of Milkovo (settlement). We will get to the Kamchatka River at about 5 p.m.
The Kamchatka River is the largest river and the richest in fish of the peninsula.
We will get into a boat and it will take us 3 hours to get to the health-resort zone. Our health-resort zone is situated on the bank of the Kamchatka River, nearby with National Park. Accommodation in double rooms. The health-resort zone offers you all the comforts: electricity supply is available, so you can charge your photographic equipments; before going to sleep you can relax in the Russian bathhouse (banya).
Day 3. Boat tour along Azabache Lake
This day is devoted to Azabache Lake tour and its environs.
Azabache Lake is the fourth largest lake of the peninsula and is under special protection. It is situated about 40 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean so every year fishes migrates upstream the Kamchatka River for spawning here. At this moment there are working on the recovery and conservation of blueback salmon population which is strongly exterminated. The ministry of Nature Protection is making every effort to improve the environmental situation so we will be the witnesses to the future changes.
Early morning we will get up, have breakfast and then take a boat trip along the Kamchatka River to the lake. Going by boat we will be able to visit the most interesting river beaches and the banks of the lake, also to find a place with a great number of salmon spawning and, of course, bears-fishers.
After lake sightseeing tour we will go back to the past, when settlers were opening new territories of Kamchatka. Many years ago Nizhnekamchatski ostrog (stockaded town) was situated on the left bank of the Kamchatka River. However Dormition Church of Nizhnekamchatski ostrog survived until our days. This is the only monument of wooden architecture, which passed down to us through hundred years. The church was built in 1737 and was consecrated by clergyman, Ermolai Ivanov on 15th of June, 1741.
Come back to the health-resort zone by evening.
Day 4. Kamchatka river fishing
Fishing. Prepare your tackles and go to fish. We will pootle down the Kamchatka River and its tributaries to find the best fishing points. No one will be left without a trophy! You can catch such fishes as blueback salmon, silver salmon, grayling which you can eat it raw without any danger and also catch many other small fish species there. We cook a dish of your fresh fish catch in the evening.
Day 5. Health resort zone, Klyuchi (settlement),Tolbachik valley
We are leaving the health-resort zone and coming back to Klyichi by the Kamchatka River. Then we will get into an off-road vehicle “Kamaz” and will drive up to the volcanic deserts of Tolbachik volcano. On the way, you can not only see but you can feel how thick forest changes into the bare landscapes of lava.
By evening we will get to Tolbachik valley. This plain was formed by lava which expanded from the foot of Tolbachik volcano to the South-West after its eruption. The plain is surrounded by Tolbachk and Toluda River Valleys. The area of Tolbachik valley has dimensions of 45 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. The height of the Valley is 2000 meters where it joins the volcano, but near the Tolbachik River its height is about 100 meters.
Tolbachik Valley is remarkable for its numerous cones which make people feel small among the giants. We will go to the Kleshnia cone and base a camp. From here we can observe other cones, such as: the cones of the First and the Second North Breaks, Alaid, Vysoky. After dinner we will have the rest. Staying overnight in a tent.
Day 6. Climb of Plosky Tolbachik volcano
Early rising, breakfast and preparation for climbing. Our goal is Plosky Tolbachik volcano.
Permanent activity of the volcano changed it into the conglomerate of lava formations and cinder. The volcano has a flat top which forms the caldera of 3 kilometers in diameter. The caldera was practically filled in the result of numerous eruptions. The glacier was formed by top part of the volcano. There was a small active crater (350 meters in diameter) till 1975, but after the great fissure eruption the part of the volcanic top was collapsed. Therefore the precipice of 1,8 kilometers wide was formed. At first volcanologists were observing a lot of fumaroles and a forming crater lake with amazingly blue color. But this process had not come to an end and now there is no crater and the fumaroles don’t display any activities.
There is a large quantity of the cinder cones which are on the slopes of Plosky Tolbachik and Tolbachik Valley. This is due to the collateral breaks. The first eruption was recorded in 1740 since then there have been a lot of them. The eruptions mainly were a kind of ash. The crater lakes were formed rarely. The most massive eruption happened in 1975 for the entire observation period. It was named as the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption. Just as a result of this dramatic event the cones of the North and South Break, which we will be able to see, were created. The last strong activity was recorded in 2012 and referred to the Fissure Eruption named “50th Anniversary of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology”.
Ascend the top of the volcano will be unforgettable journey for you. On arrival all the tourists must listen to safety briefings. We recommend you to stick those rules which instructor tells you. Climbing will begin after briefings.
After climbing the top, we will have a snack, then take a look around views which are our reward for all our efforts and it remains in our memory forever. This is a beauty the existence of which is just amazing. People arrive here from far away to enjoy it the beauties of nature.
Then we will climb down and return to the camp. After having dinner we will spend a night in the tents.
Day 7. Trips to North break, the cone of the Zvezda (the Star) and Dead forest
After having breakfast we will go by car to the cones of the North Break. The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption had been lasting for a year and a half: from July 1975 to December 1976. As a result it created many different cones, including one of the largest cones, the North Break, and lava fields. Now the cone keeps its activity and you even can hear its “breath”.
You will be able to stand in the immediate vicinity of the volcanic activities. There are fanciful forms of cinder and volcanic bombs and you can also feel sulfur smell. Moreover you will be able to feel the hot ground through your shoes with hard soles. The excursion will take around 4 hours. After climbing down we will have a dinner at the foot of the volcano.The next goal is the cone “Zvezda” (the Star).
The Great eruption destroyed every living thing within a radius of the few kilometers. The forest was burnt: heartwoods were scorched; bushes, herbs were bared. Now this place is named “Dead Forest”.
Before the eruption animals left its places because they feel a future danger thanks to their instincts. The formed lifeless landscape gave an idea to organize a test area for spacecrafts in the time of the Soviet Union. Thus the base was built for testing a moonprobe, and then it was moved to another place. Unfortunately, it is impossible to visit the old base because it was vanished under the lava in the time of the eruption of 2012. But we will be able to visit the lava tubes.
Having watched these impressing places we can return to the camp by evening. After having supper we will spend one more night in the tents.
Day 8. Trips to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
After having breakfast early morning we will go to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It will take us around 10 hours. We will have dinner at the local café of Milkovo settlement as it was in the beginning of our journey. In the late evening we will arrive at our destination. Accommodating in the health-resort zone of Paratunka.
Day 9. A trip to the Khalaktyrsky Beach and historical excursion in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
This day we are going to the west beach of Kamchatka for a walk along the Khalaktyrsky Beach. Water is cold, but there are a lot of people who are willing to enter the water on warm days. This is a very atmospheric place which attracts many visitors despite a long distance from the city. There are such tourist attractions as serf camp, visit-centre, observation rock where alpinists are being trained.
Then we will visit the historical centre of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Our guide will tell you a lot of fascinating things about history of city and customs of indigenous peoples. We will explore some monuments and visit the observation platform. After sightseeing you may return to the resort base, but if you want, you may look around the town and then come back by taxi.
Day 10 Farewell to Kamchatka
Transfer you to the airport with a stop near a statue of bears named as “Russian begins here”.