Springs of Kamchatka: walking through Avacha pass
Crossed almost all Russia from west to east, you land in a land of volcanoes, hot springs and extremely hospitable people. We are glad to see you!
You will be met and transferred to a guesthouse.
Our tour prices are not high, and guests are accommodated in double rooms with shared facilities. However, you will find a hot home-cooked meal, and outdoor swimming pool with hot thermal water.
We go to a sightseeing tour of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It has a glorious heroic history. Here, in the years 1854-1855 took place the heroic defense of the eastern borders of the fatherland from the Anglo-French invaders.
Our journey continues to the Pacific Ocean. You experience stunning sensations standing on the shore of the largest and deepest ocean of the planet. Here begins Russia.
Walking along the beach, formed by volcanic black sand, you may give yourself up to romantic dreams, or you can try to take a dip in the icy depths at the edge of the Earth.
We return to the hotel in the evening. Tomorrow we will start our journey.
We wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and move to a camp, which we set under the Avacha pass.
Volcano Avachinsky is active and has a height of 2741 m. It is part of a group of "home" volcanoes in the southern part of East Ridge. The top of the volcano is quite attendance among lovers of mountain tourism, due to its proximity to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the availability of ascending. It takes time about 6-8 hours.
Before hiking to the cone of the volcano, we need to make a training trip. The objections are not accepted, and we storm the hill Camel, which rises directly above us (1200 m).
We stretch our legs very well and explore the area, after that we return to the camp, where we have a delicious dinner. Our evening meal comes to share the company of funny animal - gophers, which called “evrazka” here. Overnight in camp.
We wake up at 06:00. Our third day of the tour “Springs of Kamchatka” begins with breakfast. By the way, the tourists make a meal by turn (duty) with the assistance and under the supervision of a guide (assistant guide).
We gain strength, at 07:00 we start trekking to the summit of Avacha volcano.
Avachinsky volcano was formed by a powerful eruption occurred more than 11,000 years ago, during which has been completely blown the top of the old volcano. In its place there was a caldera with a diameter of several kilometers. Later in this caldera began to grow a new cone, which we can see nowadays.
Time spent on the ascent and descent takes about 10-11 hours.
We go higher and higher and can watch spectacular views, but we recommend to have a telescope (or ski) sticks; they reduce the load on the spine and knee joints.
The guide accompanying the group on the ascent, choose the most optimum pace of movement for all participants. But climbing the volcano is not easy event. Your attitude and fortitude are very important. Good luck and good weather!
With the gradual climbing you will open freedom and vastitude inviting any serious traveler. From the edge of the volcano there is a spectacular view to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. And you stand before the giant neighbor of Avacha - Koryak Volcano!
The last few meters - and we are on the top!
After a little break we explore crater. We will see the lava, like a cork, closing the central part of it. We go to the fumaroles, which very active on the slopes of the volcano. Let's walk along the edge of the crater and can not find words to express all the fantastic beauty of nature around us!
We have a small snack and begin the descent. The descent goes through the slag path. It is not difficult, but you must remember that small slag particles into the shoes can hurt your feet. We recommend taking care of your feet and having high socks.
We are beginning to move to the valley Nalychevo across Avacha pass. There are the hot springs, where we hike about 16 km.
It is a place of incredible beauty. We are surrounded by volcanoes - Avacha, Koryak, Arik, Aag. Vast expanses wonder us where too easy to get lost.
We are tired, but happy, our harmony with the world. Camping. Another night under the stars.
Trekking of this day is 12 km. Our main camping at the waterfall on the river Shumnaya (noisy).
We wade a few rivers. We will choose the best place to cross, that will add some extreme to our journey.
The route of this day goes through a birch forest, unusual for Kamchatka flora. Here it is look like a park. We meet on the trail many beautiful flowers. One of them is Kamchatka endemic "Lady's Slipper".
Here it is the Central cordon. We cross it and set camp at the Yellow River.
Dropped backpacks we go to the bath, the water is just magic!
This day will be devoted to relaxation. We will bath in healing thermal springs, put to our body the thermophiles – alga, which have life-giving forces. Of course, it will take a tour around all the springs and locations.
Наш путь к травертиновому котлу. Травертин – горная порода, образованная минералами карбоната кальция.
Из котла вода попадает в ручей, пересекающий Центральный кордон. Работники парка бережно поддерживают и укрепляют его берега. Иначе, разлившись по окрестностям, он погубит большую часть окружающей растительности.
Has not your taste for adventure been satisfied yet? Today we go to nearby hot springs, which are located on Talovskoye cordon of Nalychevo Natural Park. Path is not long,it takes 4 hours. Excellent trail and beautiful nature will not let us get tired. We set camp near the springs.
This day will be very interesting. We will visit the destroyed crater of the volcano Dzendzur. Along the way, we admire the stream Zelob, going through the hard rock of ancient lava. We will see waterfalls, and of course unreal beautiful volcanic cones - Zhupanovsky, Kronotsky, Karymskii.
In the evening return to the place of our overnight stay - Talovsky cordon.
Return to cordon Nalychevo of Central Park. Recreation.
It's time to go back. Backpacks are packed and the trail leads us to Pinachevsky pass. We across it, and once again experienced the pride ourselves go down to the valley. We set camp for the night.
This is the final day. Our trail time to time passes through thickets shelomaynika. This plant (borshevik) burns the skin during flowering, so it is better to have clothes that cover the body. In few hours of rhythmic movement we will go to the village Pinachevo. The car wait for us. We go to the hotel.
This is a free day. We walk around the city, take a look at the market and buy the red caviar of Kamchatka fish for your friends, visit local craftsmen and buy different crafts and souvenirs made from the leather, bone and wood. It’s time to say good bye!