Heli-ski and ski-tour with accomodation on a sailing catamaran
4 skiing days
2 heli-ski days
Sea lion watching
Wild Kamchatka tour is a combination of heli-ski, ski-tour and freeride with accommodation and sailing on a catamaran.
Heli-ski is a very special form of freeride that gives you almost unlimited freedom of movement, which means a possibility to ski down the wildest untouched snowy slopes.
The sea part of the tour entails spending several days in the cosy Russkaya Bay, extending 8 km inland. We will ski and snowboard up- and downhill in spectacular surroundings, sunbathe in the gentle sun and those who wish, can try sea kayaking.
A highlight will be a visit to the sea lion rookery.
Required level of skiing: confident skiing on and off piste with experience in skiing on different types of snow: from powder to ice.
Arrival at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky International Airport. Meeting the team at the airport and transfer to the guest house. Lunch. Meeting the guides. Mountain safety briefing, practical avalanche equipment exercises. Filling out necessary documents. Dinner and rest.
After breakfast, departure for the heli-ski part of the tour. The skiing area is determined by the senior guide and pilot based on the actual weather and snow conditions. Lunch on the Pacific Ocean coast or at the volcano foothills (depending on the skiing area and the actual weather). Return to the hotel. Dinner and rest.
Breakfast. Spare / free day. Additional activities: dog sledding, ski-tour / backcountry, freeride with drop-offs by snowmobile, heli-ski, surfing, etc. Dinner and rest.
Breakfast. Departure to the Nikolaevka heliport to board Mi-8 helicopter. Disembarkation in Russkaya Bay, where “Kosatka” catamaran that will be your home for the next few days, is already waiting for you. Dinner. Overnight on the catamaran.
Breakfast on board. Ski-tour / backcountry to various mountain peaks around Russkaya Bay. Dinner. Sea kayaking. On one of the days of our stay in Russkaya Bay, we will have a mini sailing voyage to Cape Kekurny to see the sea lion rookery.
Transfer to the city
Breakfast. Ski-tour / backcountry (time allowing), packing and flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Check-in at the guest house, dinner and rest.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport with a stop at the fish market and souvenir shop.
We will help you choose a program and book a place
Big thank you to the Kamchatka Freeride Community team for this amazing tour. I hope this is not my last time in Kamchatka. Perhaps I will come here with my family to show them all these landscapes, nature.
I would really like to thank the guys who organised this, the entire Kamchatka Freeride Community team. Special thanks to our cool tour operator, photographers. You do not need to improve anything, stay the same!
I really liked the start of the heli descents. You’re standing at the very top, there’s a steep slope in front of you and... wow, you are jumping. It’s just the best feeling. And after that you slide, ride, carve straight to the very foot of the mountain. It has been a fantastic week. Every day we had some activities. Ski-tour, heli, sailing on the catamaran, kayaking… Just amazing!
This trip is such a great combination of very different activities, it really helps to recharge your batteries. It is an ideal tour for those who want to get to know Kamchatka from the very beginning, to see what’s out there and what is possible. Decide for yourself what you like best, and just recharge your batteries after a hard-working week, month, or whatever amount of work you might have.
Maria (Moscow), 2021
Freeride with snowmobile drop-offs: 1 day
Drop-off to the skiing area and transfer to the starting point of the descent by snowmobiles (w/ passenger sleds). It is a good opportunity not only to freeride, but also to admire the scenery. Ski areas: Vilyuchinsky Pass, Avachinsky Pass, Barkhatnaya Sopka.
from 20 000 rub \ person
Ethnic experience excursion and visit to the sled dog kennel
On this tour, friendly sled dogs will take you on a sled ride. The hosts will introduce you to the customs of the Kamchatka peoples, sing national songs, let you try on ethnic costumes, and prepared traditional dishes for you.
from 6 000 rub \ person
Visit the Vulcanarium Museum
Visit the museum of volcanoes to see and learn about volcanic eruptions, visit a lava cave and touch centuries-old stones.
from 900 rubles \1 hour
Bathing in thermal springs
There are over a hundred hot springs on the peninsula. There are man-made pools with recreation areas or simple public access pools.
from 1 500 rub \ person
List of things
Wind- and waterproof membrane jacket (preferably with insulation)
Comfortable lightweight and quick-dry sports pants that can keep you warm in low temperatures
Fleece jacket or sweater
A pair of t-shirts
Underwear, incl. thermal underwear
Socks (several pairs)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Casual winter shoes
Rubber slippers or runners for moving around the catamaran
Gear and equipment
Alpine skis / snowboard
Ski skins / snowshoes
Ski / snowboard boots
Avalanche backpack (available for rental)
Mask and helmet
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Answers to frequently asked questions
What kind of medical insurance is required?
The insurance must be valid throughout the entire duration of the tour and cover the following: “freeride / off-piste skiing or snowboarding / skiing or snowboarding in non-marked areas”. Merely stating “Mountain skiing” will not suffice! Medical insurance is mandatory for all tour participants.
How is the level of skiing determined in advance?
In the combined group, we can never guarantee a certain level of skiing. We base our judgement on the answers provided by our guests to the following questions: How long have you been skiing? How often? Where do you ski? How can you define your level of skiing? But the answers are always subjective and everyone can interpret the questions differently.<br> <br>
How many guides accompany a group?
Groups up to 4 people – 1 guide; 5 – 9 people – 2 guides; 10 – 15 people – 3 guides; 16 – 19 people – 4 guides.
Why is heli-ski so expensive?
The main cost of a heli-ski tour is the helicopter flight time, bearing in mind that Mi-8 helicopters fly in mountainous terrain and pilots must have a specific flying licence. The more there is flight time on a tour, the more expensive the tour is.<br>
What to do on free days?
We have a variety of additional seasonal activities not included in your main tour. Please contact us for more details.
Is it possible to arrive before the start of the tour?
Yes, you can arrive earlier if you wish. Please let us know when booking a tour, that you are planning to arrive earlier, and we will help you find accommodation and plan your stay.
What is the time difference with Kamchatka?
With Moscow +9 hours (if it is 12:00 in Moscow, it is 21:00 in Kamchatka).<br>
What is the best way to buy airplane tickets to join a tour?
When buying airplane tickets, it is important to consider the time difference between the point of departure and Kamchatka. For example, if your tour starts on 01 April, it means that you need to be in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 01 April. And it means that you need to depart from Moscow, Novosibirsk or Irkutsk on 31 March. From Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin or Blagoveshchensk, you can depart on the same date, provided there is a convenient flight. You can arrive at any hour of the day or night of your tour start date, or earlier. Next-day (after the start date) arrival is not permitted, irrespective of the tour programme. Depending on the weather, the tour schedule may change and you risk missing the start of the tour, which is not refundable. The last date of the tour is the return flight date. You may fly back on this date or any time after. If returning to Moscow, you will land on the same date you departed from Kamchatka. The same applies to other cities in Russia, with a difference of one hour.
What are my additional expenses when in Kamchatka?
Your additional expenses may be alcohol, lunch on a free day, caviar, fish you may buy on the market for yourself or as a souvenir. You will also most likely want to buy presents for yourself and family and friends.
I would like to travel with a partner, but he (she) does not ski. What can you suggest?
We custom-design tours for guests who do not ski or snowboard in accordance with their interests so that they still spend a lot of time with those who do: in the evenings or on certain trips. Many our guests have availed of this option!
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