Vachkazhets volcano in Kamchatka
To the west of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is Vachkazhets Mountain range, which is part of the South Bystrinsky range. Its distance from the city is relatively not large - only 80 km away. The highest point in this mountain range - Vachkazhets Mountain, which reaches 1556 meters above sea level.
At the moment the volcano Vachkazhets is extinct. During ancient violent eruptions, wearing an explosive character, craters of the volcano destroyed, leaving huge cirques.
Over the millennia of existence, treacherous glaciers were able to reduce its height. It is "their fault" and cirques formed together with smaller cirques, that only added the beauty to the picturesque wild landscape.
Now one of these cirques have a small glacial lake called Tahkoloch.
The eruption divided the mountain range into three parts:
• Summer Transversal.
Their tops formed by the walls of of ex ruined craters connected by narrow mountain isthmus. The mountain peaks are usually covered with snow.
In one of the cirques of the mountain range the small river Tahkoloch originate. Feeding from the glacier, forming waterfalls, it flows through the valley between the mountain Summer Transversal and Vachkazhets. After 18 km it flows into the river Plotnikova. Incidentally, the name of the mountain came from an old word indigenous Itelmen "Uachkagach", which means - "flowing from the stone range".
Another interesting etymological peculiarity lies in the fact that because of the difficulty of reading and perception, as well as writing in the Russian version Itelmen word "Uach" it is quite possible to change to "Vach", which is quite logical, as translated as "stone"!
From the western side of the hill there is a large lake Nachikinskoye. The lake is of glacial origin. During spawning, such fish like sockeye salmon, pink salmon, coho and trout go along the river Plotnikova to the lake. Its goal is to lay the eggs and give life to new offspring.
Who interested in route on Vachkazhets?
The territory of mountain range Vachkazhets will be especially interesting for tourists who want to watch the local bird species, blooming of plants in the summer and skiing in winter. In autumn, it is possible to see the fantastic riot of colors, combined with the magnificent mountain scenery. It fascinates and calms at the same time. The route for walks in the area is not difficult for the unprepared traveler.
The uniqueness of the flora of the mountain Vachkazhets is in gradient of vegetation from shrubs and alpine tundra until mountain meadows and tall grass. You can watch the shimmering emerald carpet of cedar and alder elfin bated breath. At the border of snow shining on the sun, golden and tender pink rhododendrons grow up.
In general, every piece of land - it is a separate world. Forest slopes attracts the eye, carefully covered with a patterned carpet of blue-purple orchid, lady's slipper Yatabe (listed in Red Book), and along the roads and trails, on the lawns nestled delicate flowers Globeflowers Reader. Going deeper into the forest, you will meet with Fritillaria Camschatcensis, violets, rosehip, rowan buzinolistnoy and many other wonderful plants.
You will see the indescribable charm of marshland at this time of year. The area has a summer dress in a blooming Sieversia pyatilepestnaya butterbur and blueberry ... This picture is worthy of a brush of the artist.
Choosing route on Vachkazhets, you have all the chances to meet quite rare mineral formations, which are at the same time remains of the rare in these places "ancestor." In the rocky outcrops it happens to meet minerals such as quartz and opal. Add here is a myriad of old rocks, because they have Paleogene and Neogene age.
In short mountain range Vachkazhets - a paradise for people fond of botany and simply those who want to get to know beautiful nature of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
The road to Vachkazhets as the path to yourself
We can confidently say that the road to Vachkazhets can become an amazing adventure for anyone who wants to learn the secrets of Kamchatka. The severity of the land is combined with tenderness and softness, even some romance. Every moment, every centimeter and even millimeter of distance traveled leaves "aftertaste".