Kamchatka is a unique place. It is a land of erupting volcanoes and the ocean raging all year round. Across time zones, from all over the world, thousands of tourists fly to Kamchatka to see and experience our “hot” land and its volcanoes under the snow, feel the power of the icy ocean, bask in thermal springs and touch the region’s wild nature, dozing under the snow.
Arrival. Meeting at the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky International Airport. Transfer to the guest house in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Check-in. Free time, dinner and rest.
After breakfast we have an excursion by snowmobiles to the Avachinsky Pass sandwiched between two active volcanoes – Avachinsky (2,741 m) and Koryaksky (3,456 m). We will get there by snowmobile with a passenger sled. Weather permitting, we will then climb extrusion Mount Camel at the foothills of the two volcanoes. Panoramic views from its peak over Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes, the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yelizovo are simply mesmerising. After the descent, we will have a delicious lunch. Return to the city. Dinner and rest.
After breakfast we will again leave on snowmobiles and head towards the foothills of Vilyuchinsky Volcano (2,173 m) and climb the mountain serpentine road to the Vilyuchinsky Pass (1,100 m). From here you will have before your eyes a stunning view over the surrounding landscape. We will take a walk on the observation area guarded by three statues of gamuls (mountain spirits according a local belief) and we will then head to the frozen Vilyuchinsky Waterfall. Turbulent water streams in winter (from November to May) turn into blue ice, forming a giant ice block. On the way back, we will stop for a swim in a thermal pool. Return to the city. Dinner and rest.
After breakfast we will leave by snowmobiles (with a passenger sleds) to Cape Mayachny, where Avacha Bay and the endless Pacific Ocean meet. We will drive along the coast, indented with small bays, and will make a stop at the observation area to see the Three Brothers rock islets that according to a local legend protect Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky from tsunamis. Another attraction on the route is the Petropavlovsky Lighthouse, called the grandfather of lighthouses in the Far East of Russia, because it was built in the first half of the 19th century and is still in operation. We will go down to the shore of a small but picturesque bay, where we will have lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Return to the city. Dinner and rest.
Visit the museum of volcanoes to see and learn about volcanic eruptions, visit a lava cave and touch centuries-old stones.
Freeride with snowmobile drop-offs: 1 day
from 20 000 rub/person / 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.
List of things
Wind- and waterproof membrane jacket (preferably with insulation)
Warm waterproof shoes
Mittens / gloves
Hat / buff
Fleece and thermal underwear
Mask / goggles
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Porridge (millet, oatmeal, rice, corn) with dried apricots and raisins or fruit. Hot sandwiches (with crab meat or ham and cheese). Fried eggs with bacon and fresh salad. Omelette with crab and fresh vegetables. Toast with red fish. Cottage cheese casserole. Pancakes with red caviar.
A broth made from two types of halibut (white halibut and blue halibut). Fern soup. Red fish “ukha” soup. Deer-meat borscht. Creamy crab soup.
Blue halibut baked in sauce and lemon. Cod baked with vegetables. Salmon with crab and cream cheese. Venison fried with potatoes. Salmon cutlets with creamy sauce.
“Kamchatsky” salad with squid, cucumber and red caviar. Lightly salted salmon with fresh cucumber and quinoa. Olivier venison salad. Salad with opilio crab, fresh tomato and iceberg lettuce. Salad with Olyutorskaya herring and mustard dressing. Kamchatka fern with oil.
Answers to frequently asked questions
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 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.
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.