7 or 12 days’ freeride and backcountry skiing tour in Kamchatka
Day 1. Meet at the airport.
You’re landing in Kamchatka surrounded by white snowcapped volcanoes. Our guide, Igor Germanovich, meets you at the airport located in Elizovo city.
We take seats in a comfortable microbus and directly go to the fish market where you can observe prices, taste and even buy some famous Kamchatka delicacies.
We’ll have a lunch in café on our way to Nachiki village situated about 43 kilometers from Elizovo city. There the comfortable health resort with double rooms, supper and hot thermal water are waiting for you.
Day 2. A trip to Bannye hot springs.
We’ll be gathered near snowmobiles for a trip to Bannye hot springs at 12:00PM. Before leaving the hotel you’ll have a breakfast and prepare your backpack (you may deposit unnecessary belongings in the hotel storage until we return back).
Our group will go on a trip to Bolshie Bannye hot springs at 13:00PM. The distance of the route is 25 kilometers; it takes about 2 hours to reach this place. Anyone who wishes may be towed behind snowmobile on ski or snowboard and of course they’ll enjoy this trip.
The route lies along such the scenic and wild places as frozen Lake Nachikinsky, passes with their slopes and rises, the Bannye river to the lodge in the valley. Accommodate in rooms where there is the bunk beds.
After having a substantial snack we’ll listen to safety instructions for freeride. A supper, hot water swimming pool and sound sleep will be waiting for us in the evening.
Day 3. Skiing on Yagodnaya mount.
We’ll get up at 7:00AM and we’ll begin our day from bathing in the swimming pool: where water makes us vigorous and wakeful. After having a substantial breakfast we’ll prepare for a tour during 30 minutes and go on a ski-tour to Yagodnaya mount which is a height of 1246 meters above sea level. By tradition we’ll have a snack at the top of the mount.
Go downhill to the camp along the known trail.
Rest and bathing. The composition of Bannye hot spring water is healing for knee joint and other organs as well.
Day 4. Backcountry Suchugan mount.
We’ll get up at 7:00AM, bath and have a breakfast.
We go on a tour to Suchugan mount which is a height of 1118 meters above sea level. We’ll have a snack at the top then ride downhill along unridden terrain.
If we have enough time and the group is ready we’ll make more ascents thus of course we may ride downhill more times. Anyone who wishes may have a rest at resort base or soaking in hot springs.
Day 5. A snowmobile drop-off to the ridge of Halzan.
This day is devoted to snowmobile riding to the ridges of Halzan, Balaganchik. Again after having a snack at the top we’ll go skiing or snowboarding. Skiing and snowboarding along those slopes which are available for snowmobile.
Day 6. Return back to Nachiki health resort.
We’ll start to return back from the area of hot springs at 13:00PM; on our way back we may enjoy snow sceneries of Kamchatka. We have a stop for a snack on the frozen lake and finally we’ll come back to Nachikinsky health resort.
Day 7. Transfer to the airport or the next step of our ski-tour which is Zerkalnaya mount.
We’ll say goodbye to the tour participants who have only one week’s vacation. They’ll be transferred to the airport, on the way they’ll visit a fish market.
With the other tour participants we’ll make an ascent to the mount called Zerkalnaya which is a height of 936 meters and situated near the health resort. We’ll go skiing and snowboarding from the slope and make ascent from different sides a couple of times but it depends on our strengths and health capability.
Day 8. Freeride on Vachkazhets volcano.
The meeting point is near snowmobiles at 10:00AM. So, we'll go on a tour to Vachakazhets volcano. The mountain has several peaks which are height of 1417 m., 1500 m. as well as 1556 m. We’ll look around the sights surrounded us and we’ll try to reach one of the tops but it depends on weather conditions.
Day 9. Zelenovsky ozerki thermal complex.
We’ll meet near microbus at 11:00AM. We’ll go the relaxing Zelenovsky ozerki hydrosulfuric springs where water temperature reaches 35-38 °C. The complex has ten bathes filled with radon and hydrosulphuric water as well as the cold lake where you may dive in after bathing in hot springs. After realizing that today is winter and snow have covered the streets your feelings will be incredible.
After bathing we’ll go to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and we’ll accommodate in the city hotel.
Day 10. Moroznaya mount ski resort.
We’ll pick you up and transfer to Moroznaya mount ski base at 10:00AM. There is a ski-lift (the only one in Kamchatka) and 5 downhill on the territory. The longest run is 2050 meters and the height difference is 523 meters. There are some places for skiing and snowboarding outside of the run it lies along the forest but it’s enough extreme.
After going skiing or snowboarding we’ll return to the hotel. We’ll organize only transfer for tour participants on that day.
Day 11. The Pacific Ocean.
We’ll get up and have a breakfast at 9:00 AM. We’ll spend this day rather quietly. The mounts are the mountains but we have the Ocean as well! The area of the ocean is more than all the land area. It is an unforgivable mistake if you visit Kamchatka but not see the ocean!
We’ll go to Khalaktyrsky beach. The distance is 22 kilometers; it takes about 50 minutes to reach it. The beach lies along the shore about 30 kilometers. If you get lucky you may see the big black waves: at first they fascinate you then it cunningly attacks; you may try to escape but it doesn't always work. So, your boots are wet but you are happy like child.
After having a snack on the shore of the Ocean then we’ll go to a fish market to spend our money on souvenirs, fish, caviar and crabs. If we have enough time we’ll visit the city downtown as well.
Day 12. Transfer to the airport.
Transfer to the airport. Farewell, tears, promises to fly back to Kamchatka but may be in the summer or in the winter again because there are a lot of paths and peaks which we didn’t reach together!