Volcanoes of Kamchatka
In this multi-day tour to the volcanoes of Kamchatka you ascend to all the most popular and famous peaks in the peninsula: Gorely, Mutnovsky Tobachik. You will enjou of a multi-day trip. According to the degree of difficulty it is the middle difficulty level of the route. It includes 3 nights in a hotel and we spend 10 nights in a tent under the stars. This year we decided to organize exclusive group consisting of only six people.
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 guest house. 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.
Our journey has just begun! We go to a sightseeing tour of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and say hello to the great Pacific Ocean. Our city is located on the coast of the most beautiful bay in the world - Avachinskaya. It has a glorious heroic history. These legendary names - Behring, Krasheninnikov, La Perouse tell us about it!
Our journey continues to the Pacific Ocean. You experiens 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.
We leave the hotel and go on a long journey to the Klyuchevskoy group volcanoes located in the central part of the peninsula. We have to see the volcanoes such as Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Stone, Bezymanniy (Unnamed) group of Tolbachik volcanoes, Zimin, Udin, Krestovsky Ushkovsky, Kizimen.
Today we will cover a distance more than 490 kilometers to the village Kozirevsk, we cross the river Studenaya.
The road will be difficult. We will go by a special road transport, which is called "vahtovka."
In the evening we will get to the area of Big Tolbachik Crest Eruption (BTCE), which was happened here in 1975-1976.
We'll see how nature can change after disasters.
We will spend the night in a tent camp in the "dead forest". This area is near the North and South crest breaks Tolbachik fissure.
Today we explore the suburbs: hiking in the footsteps of past eruptions, visit the lava caves, walk through the dead forest near the ancient destroyed volcano Zvezda (Star). Also we see the effects of new Tolbachik crest eruption of 2012-2013.
We walk through the "lunar landscape".
Flat Tolbachik eruption does not relate to the type of classical summit eruption. During such eruption huge volumes of smoke and ash ejected from the crater to several kilometers. The eruption of this volcano is fissure and characterized by a large number of lava. Such eruptions are also called touristical, in that the photogenic lava flows attract the big number of tourists. During fissure eruption it’s possible to fly up quite close to the volcano by helicopter.
Here we have placed some photos with views of the volcanic eruption in the summer of 2013. This magnificent demonstration of a natural phenomenon had been about a year. Hundreds of tourists visited Tolbachik at this time. But it was ended unexpectedly. Now we can see only the consequences of this grand phenomenon are enormous lava flows spread out for dozens of kilometers.
We return to the camp in the evening.
Ascending to the top of the the volcano Flat Tolbachik, the height is more than 3000 meters above sea level.
Tolbachik (Tolbachik volcano, Tuluach) - a volcanic massif in the east of the Kamchatka Peninsula, referring to the Klyuchevskoy group of volcanoes. This place is formed from two fused stratovolcanoes. This is extinct Ostry Tolbachik with destroyed top (3682 m) and the active volcano Flat Tolbachik (3140 m).
A magnificent view greeted us.
Local guides and experienced travelers find that climbing route on the Flat Tolbachik is simple.
The climbing equipment is not necessary, however, climbing a Flat Tolbachik requires some physical training. Climbing at the top takes 6-8 hours, to descend from it takes 4-5 hours.
The trailway to the top goes through the hardened lava flows and sites of crash the volcanic bombs. The slope of the volcano is flat. There are small glaciers on the way.
In the evening we’ll back to the camp.
Today we will walk about 12 kilometers: get around volcanoes of Tolbachik group from the East and open your eyes to the great view of Flat Tolbachik volcanoes and Udine, volcanic desert.
Camping under the pass Tolud.
Today we cover a distance 12 km, go through the Tolud pass along the grassy trail,. We breathe the mountain air and admire the surroundings.
We break camp under the pass Tolbachinsky.
Go through the pass Tolbachinsky, there we have a great view of the volcanoes Kamen (Stone), Bezymanniy (Unnamed) and Ushkovsky. Overnight at slag crater Jupiter.
Go to the cinder cones Mars and Jupiter, Mountain Polennitza.
Mountain Polennitza is a monument of nature, and the area is listed as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage.
Mountain as if specially made from basalt bricks. The name came from that. It considered that it formed by cooling lava, which is so bizarre and split the rock on "logs".
We leave the camp and go around a group of Tolbachik volcanoes. Cross the river Studenaya.
If the riverbed is dry, we explore the canyon.
We set camp near a Baraniy creek. Today we walk about 12 kilometers
Before lunch we walk to the meadow of edelweiss and Baranja rock.
Baranja rock is a rock on the southwestern slopes of the volcano.
Before the evening we do a short hike (8 km) to the mountain Kopito (hoof). We spend the night here.
We return to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city. The path takes a whole day. Tired but happy, we are check in a hotel.
Gorely volcano is located at 75 km from the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city. As our drivers say, there are not roads in Kamchatka, but only directions. That’s why we will use the convenient special transport. These machines can go along the bad roads.Travel time is about 4 hours.
Gorely (Burnt) is active volcano. The height of the volcano is 1829 meters. Hiking is not difficult. Therefore, the ascent to the top is a great opportunity to stretch your legs. The trail lies between the old, frozen bizarre figures, lava flows and cinder fields. It can't take eyes off the surrounding landscape.
Gorely volcano has several cones and about 11 craters. There are two "Active" craters, which are more interesting for tourists. The volcanic activity continues here now. We also visit “Blue lake”.
We will go along the edge of both craters. Climbing up on a point of absolute tops and, of course, we will take pictures and admire the beautiful views.
The descent also requires some skill, so it is better to have a telescopic stick for that.
A hot dinner will wait for you then overnight under the incredible big stars.
Early wake up and breakfast.
We are waiting for the ascent to one of the most beautiful volcanoes of Kamchatka – Mutnovsky. Its height is 2323 meters. It is acting volcano. The way to the crater is not difficult and goes through the rift formed in the wall of the crater.
It’s take a short hike and we see a unique show - active fumaroles, boiling mud pots, colorful glaciers, sliding along the walls of the crater. Here you need to be very careful. It is necessary to adhere to the existing trails, a guide will tell you about them and do not come close to the hot springs, which are everywhere and really dangerous. Here you feel the breath of the Earth!
In the crater originatesThe River “Volcano” starts from here, it streams through the lava rocks, and three kilometers below the spectacular waterfall breaks down to a height of 80 meters.
You will enjoy the great vision of the canyon, called Ovrag Opasniy (Dangerous Ravine) and the waterfall. You must see it!
Late in the evening back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Walking around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, visiting the fish market. Farewell at the airport