Beauty of Southern Kamchatka
Cost of the tour: 60,000-80,000 rubles, depending on group size.
Date of the tour: on request.
After spending all day in the plane, you finally see the Kamchatka Peninsula in the window. The plane circled over the city and land at the airport Yelizovo. Flight from Moscow to Kamchatka, takes 8-9 hours.
Getting off the ladder, majestic landscape immediately appears before the eyes - volcanoes of Kamchatka. Breathing deeply clean air, all go to get the luggage. There we will meet you.
The first point of the route - near the village Paratunka. In this tourist district are also plenty of recreation with outdoor swimming pool, recreation areas and, of course, houses. The water in the pools nice hot and comes from the thermal springs. Here we have placed for the night and spend the rest of the day.
The next day, after recovering from a long flight and jet lag in a magical water of Kamchatka, we wake up early in the morning and we start to look for new adventures.
By bringing things together and perched on cars, moving to the administrative center - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. This is a relatively small city with a population of slightly less than 200 000 people.
Из интересных мест стоит отметить Никольскую сопку с памятниками героям обороны города от англо-французского флота, сквер Свободы, а так же многочисленные памятники известным мореплавателям и путешественникам, среди который были Витус Беринг, Георг Стеллер, Крузенштерн и многие другие.
В центре города, в уютной бухте располагается морской порт, куда мы и направляемся. Здесь нас уже ожидает комфортабельный катер с командой на борту.
Авачинская бухта – одна из самых больших в мире. На ее площади может поместиться весь торговый флот мира. При этом она очень удачно закрыта от океанских штормов перешейком, называемым в народе просто «врата».
Весело врезаясь в волны наш катер пересечет бухту и выйдет в открытое море.
Мы будем проходить такое легендарное место как скалы Три брата, которое несомненно является визитной карточкой этого места. Наш гид расскажет старинную легенду про эти скалы, а так же много других интересных фактов об Авачинской бухте и близлежащих территориях.
The smell of the sea, sea breeze, salt splashes, landscapes of coasts of Kamchatka - this will be our route to the island Starichkov.
The island Starichkov is a protected area. A large number of birds listed in the Red Book nests in its cliffs and nearby kekurs.
We will sail to the island very close, go around it on all sides, and explore all the little coves. Landed on the island is prohibited.
On a relatively small area on the island inhabited thousands of sea birds. Their loud cries initially merge into one big rumor. This island is talking to you.
Right there found their place not only birds, but also other marine animals.
Сделав множество фотографий морских обитателей, мы продолжаем наш маршрут на юг. По пути при очень большом везении мы можем повстречать касаток. Из воды покажутся их черные с белыми пятнами спины Но это бывает крайне редко, как чудо.
Конечной целью сегодняшнего дня является высадка на песчаном пляже в бухте Жировая.
Эта живописная бухта привлекает множество искателей приключений.
We stop for the night near the shore. We set camp and cook will cook us a delicious dinner. Here on the coast, we will meet your first sunset away from civilization.
We wake up with the rising sun and have breakfast with the sound of the surf. Wonderful morning! And it's time to move.
On this day we hike the 12 kilometers to Zhirovski hot springs.
Landscape gradually turns from the coastal into the tundra, and then begins the ascent higher and higher to the mountains. Sea freshness gradually changes to the fragrance of flowers and herbs. On the territory of natural complex Zhirovski grow plants listed in the Red Book, and may even encounter the owners of these places - the bears.
Zhirovsky Bay and ex settlement of fishermen in the past exposed to repeated onslaught of nature. People here lived and worked not easy. In winter it could be avalanches from the mountain, the village was destroyed more than once, and in autumn of 1952 at the shore collapsed giant wave, a tsunami destroyed the entire infrastructure.
Now there are no settlements in that territory.
Zhirovski hot springs, where we keep our way attracted local fishermen and hunters for their healing properties. The water is rich with natural micronutrients, strengthens the body and soul. And yet, it's very nice to splash in the water after a long way.
Close to springs we set up camp and stop for the night.
We get up at dawn. Gathering camp, we hit the road again.
After a few kilometers of walking we reach the plateau of Mutnovsky volcano.
Там нас будет встречать машина высокой проходимости, которой не страшны Камчатские дороги, точнее бездорожье.
Vehicles is created on base of Kamaz and Ural especially for transporting people over long distances on bad roads.
By this comfortable way, we move into the caldera of Gorely volcano.
First, we will take an excursion around lava caves at the foot of the volcano.
The caves themselves are not so deep and long. An interesting fact is that period of formation of these caves over 2,000 years ago. During the eruption of Gorely volcano lava that flowed from the crater, had enough liquid consistency. Therefore, its upper layers rather quickly froze, and lower continued to move. Thus were formed walls of the tube, which eventually took the form of caves.
These grottoes and caves are located on a relatively small area of 1,500 square meters, and there are just about 14 lava caves.
After exploring them we go closer to the base of the volcano and set camp for the night.
We wake up and have breakfast. We gain strength before climbing to the top of Gorely volcano.
The highest point of the volcano is located at an altitude of 1829 meters. Gorely - active volcano. During the last half century, he woke up as much as 7 times. Looking at the volcano - clearly visible lies to the summit the trail. The three hour ascent will take place between the whimsical sculptures of lava from past eruptions. The ascent is not difficult.
If you have brought the telescopic stick, they will help you take the weight off the knee joints, the spine, as well as they act as a support in general.
After overcoming the last is the most difficult line in front of our eyes gaze a spectacular panorama of the surrounding area.
Gorely has as many as 11 craters. In two of them, we will certainly take a look, because they represent the greatest interest for us.
In the first is located a very beautiful crater lake, unnatural blue hue. Water in it with many impurities acid, from here is the same color. This crater is named the "Blue Lake".
The second "Active" crater - still shows its activity. A column of steam rises above its funnel. Everywhere smells of sulfur.
On the edge, we go around the second crater.
After inspection, we make a short rest. Now you can relax, enjoy the views once again the surrounding area and tick another conquered the volcano on your list.
It's time to go down.
The descent takes place easily and quickly. Back at the camp, we pack our things and moves to a mountain Tarbaganya near the Mutnovsky volcano.
Here, at the foot on the volcanic plateau we spend the night. In the mountains coming out of the tent at cloudless night - you can see a myriad of brightly burning and nearby stars. They all merge into one river - the Milky Way. It is also clearly visible. Memories will last a lifetime.
Today we begin the conquest of the second volcano of our tour - Mutnovsky.
This volcano is higher than Gorely and it has 2322 meters. But we are interested in is not the highest point. The greatest interest is the crater Mutnovsky. It is still has an active volcanic processes - smoke fumaroles, boiling mud pots, geysers.
Climbing is also very picturesque and simple.
Passing a narrow path through the snowfields, at last we come to the crater. During the time of the last eruption, walls of the crater were collapsed on one side, and now the treasures of volcanoes become available to anyone who knows the path there.
Once getting inside the crater, it seems that you're in another world, on some distant land. Everything here is so unusual and expressive.
Blue glaciers stepping on rocks shimmer with shades of ocher, dense white steam rising from the golden fumaroles. All the riot of colors merge into a unique picture, worthy of the best museums. And the chief architects of all this scenery - nature and time.
During a visit to the crater of the volcano Mutnovsky need to strictly follow the safety instructions and listen to your guide. At this point, there are no special paths or areas, and all the movements you need to make with caution.
It's time to go back.
In the crater has its origin the Vulkannaya River. It is fueled by the melting of glaciers. Like a merry brook water flowing down the slope of the volcano, and then falls down from a height of almost 80 meters.
On the way back we will visit this waterfall. Upon returning to camp we will have to wait for dinner.
По возвращении в лагерь нас будет ждать ужин.
We move to the Dachny thermal springs. The people are called "Small Valley of Geysers." This is certainly not the valley of geysers, but to bathe in the hot mineral water is nice and good for the body.
After relax we go for a tour to the waterfalls on the creek Teply (warm) and Zhirovaya river.
After touring waterfalls Viljuchinsky we move to the hot springs. The water is up to 42 degrees.
We set up camp for the night near to this place.
Today we take another 2 tours of waterfalls in Kamchatka.
The first point of our route - waterfall on the river quietly. Like a broad stream the water falls from a height of 16 meters. This waterfall can be approached closely and make wonderful pictures.
We move to the foot of Avacha volcano. By barely visible path through the alder thickets, between giant boulders make our way to slope of the volcano. Up the hill, where it starts to snow field, Vilyuchinsky waterfall is already noticeable. The distance is very close. But this is deceptive. Climbing the hill is not a quick process.
But the way is passed, and we're at the final goal of our journey.
We return to our base in Paratunka.
The day we kept in case of bad weather. If we suddenly have to stay in any day, in any case we will have time to explore all the places.
Transfer to airport.