Kamchatka, the land of fire

1ST - 14TH AUGUST 2021
The extraordinary scenery of the Tolbatchik region will immerse you in the atmosphere of an extra-terrestrial world. It is for a reason that during the soviet era, this is where the lunar vehicle was tested. But the eruption of 2012-2013 brought changes to the scenery: an enormous desert of volcanic ashes and rocks, flows of lava hardened in interesting shapes. In some places hot fissures still let us feel very high heat. We'll go explore lava caves, walk on lava rivers, and of course see lots of volcanoes!
The itinerary:
Day 1
Arrival day
Arrival in Petropavlovsk of Kamchatka. Get to accomodation and unpack.Visit Volcanarium museum.Dinner and meeting with group.

Day 2
Trip Petropavlovsk - village of Kozirevsk (470km)
Early departure to north Kamtchatka. This is a 10-12 hours truck trip on a dirt road. About a third of the way, we stop in the village of Sokotch, which is famous in Kamtchatka for its Pirojkis (little stuffed breads), a must eat for those who travel,the north road. At the end of the day, we arrive in the village of Kozirevsk, where we spend the night in a B&B.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Kozirevsk - Kopito hill
In the morning, we cross the forest in our 6x6 truck; when we get to Kopito hill, we leave our driver and start our hike. We walk 8k with our backpacks to our first camp. We are in the valley of the Stoudionaïa river, which streams down from the Klutchevskoy volcano. This is a very special place. On the way, we will see large volcanoes: Kluchevskoy, Kamen, Uchkovsky, Krestovsky, flat Tolbatchik and sharp Tolbatchik.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Across the tundra to the "Plotina" base

Today we walk 15k. On our « Polennitsa » trail, rocks in the shape of wood piles. We cross Besimianny pass (1500 m), and in the evening, we arrive at the foot of Besimianny Volcano (2882 m). We set up our camp, rest, and take pictures of the volcanoes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Climbing the Besimianny volcano
We leave our things at the base camp, and go climb the volcano with light packs. There is almost no trail. The1 climb is not technical, but is somewhat physical (4 to 5 hours climb). Our reward : a magnificent, panoramic view of the volcanoes. We picnic at the summit, take beautiful pictures, and walk back down to our camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Crossing of Tolbatchinsky Pass
We uncamp and walk 15k with our backpacks. On our way, Tolbatchinsky pass, from which we have a beautiful view of the Kloutchevskoy giant. Also hardened lava rivers. In the evening, we set up our camp near a fresh water spring.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7From Tolbatchinsky Pass to camp "Toloud"
Today we walk a lot, but it is easy going, we cross the valley. In this region, we often meet bears. We set up our camp in a beautiful area near a stream.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Camp Toloud - Klechnia Hill
Last hike with backpacks, 10k. we walk around Tolbatchik volcano, and end up on the most revent lava rivers of 2012-2013. We cross the lava (in some places, the heat can still be felt), and set up our camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Climbing Tolbatchik volcano
Not really easy! An 8 hour hike, and 1800 m climb. However, after our days walking with backpacks, climbing with light packs will seem easy :)Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
North eruption fissure and the dead forest
No more walking ! Today, a truck carries us, ans stops at different points in the dead forest (a forest of trees burned by volcanic ashes, ideal for shooting a horror movie on a foggy day :) ) to let us enjoy the beautiful vistas and take pictures. In the afternoon, the truck brings us back to the village of Esso. Rest and hot springs !
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
In Esso
Esso is a small village nested among mountains, which we call the « Switzerland of Kamchatka ». We visit the ethnographic museum, and learn about the live of indigeneous peoples of Kamchatka. In the afternoon, hot springs and folk music concert.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Back to Petropavlovsk
A day of transportation. In the evening, we're back in town. Night at hotel.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Free program
You have the possibility to take a helicopter ride(to lake Kourile to see bears, or to the geysers valley), to go on a boat ride in the pacific ocean, or to do anything you choose to do.
Day 14
Departure day

Transfer to airport, through the fish and souvenirs market. Bye bye Kamchatka!
Please note: The program may be modified to take into account weather conditions, the aptitude of the group or any other safety reason.
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  • All transfers in the program
  • The services of an english speaking guide + a russian guide (in case of large group, a cook) for the whole trip
  • B&B rooms (double or twin)
  • Transportation with 6x6 truck for forest crossings
  • Meals listed in the program (during the active parts, your guides prepare meals)
  • Entrance fees to natural sites or parks, museums
  • Camping equipment (tents, utensils, gas, bear protection gear
  • International flights
  • Visas and insurance
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Alcoholic beverages during meals
  • Expenses incurred during optional activities and personnal expenses
  • Activities during the « free » day (next to last day)
  • Individual room supplement (for night under the tents, individual accomodation is not possible)
  • Personnal equipment: Backpack, sleeping bag, carpet.... Renting is possible. a complete list of necessary equipment will be supplied
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