Mountain bike, off-road and hiking program “Northern traditions”
Mountain bike, off-road and hiking program “Northern traditions” – our specially designed bike-camp tour!
Why does the program bear such name? Because we head northwards far from the peninsula’s capital! We aim at reaching and exploring Esso, the Evens settlement, famous worldwide as “a piece of Switzerland” in the Russian Far East, and the Tolbachik volcanoes – one of the “hottest” spots on earth!
We are going to witness lava flows, hardened from the outside and still warm deep inside, moon landscapes and many other traces of true volcanic eruptions that happened not so long ago.
This trip has already become traditional – it is the second time that we leave the Pacific Ocean and the coastal areas to travel right into the heart of Kamchatka’s pristine nature.
Terms: September 7th – 17th, 2019
Group: 10 people
Cost (one person):
from 175 000 rubles
(rent of the bike is paid additionally depending on the bike class and model)
Arrival to Kamchatka. Program coordinators meet the group at the airport in Elizovo town. By comfortable car we go to the guesthouse in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the capital city
(35-40 minutes; 25 km). After checking-in and arranging the equipment, the group might opt for the city MTB freeride. We know some nice riding spots within Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, where riders can check their skills and get acquainted with city views. Overnight stay in the guesthouse in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
Early departure for Kozyrevsk settlement by a comfortable off-road car (8-10 hours; 500 km). On the way we are going to make stops for snacks and lunch in the following places:
• Sokoch village (47 km from Elizovo town) – a place often called “Kamchatka’s Pie Paradise” by locals and tourists. Not hard to guess what Sokoch is famous for;
• Milkovo village (270 km from Elizovo town) – lunch in the local canteen is a must;
• At the crossing over the Kamchatka river – to take
a look at the longest river of the peninsula.
During the journey you will get to know with the distant settlements and enjoy beautiful and rapidly changing landscapes. Over the day you will feel the microclimate shift – from coastal to continental.
In the evening we arrive at the tourist site by the Tolbachik volcanoes. Dinner. Overnight rest in the tents.
The Tolbachinskiy Dale is a magnificent place that will you feel visiting another planet! Two powerful eruptions (in 1975 and in 2012), both lasting for about a year, rocked the peninsula and changed the relief for good. Today the place is perfect for the Star trek filming. A vast slag desert stretches out for many kilometers. It is covered with young volcanic cones and is cut by numerous lava flows that have stiffened in the most intricate shapes.
The Dead Forest is another mysterious place to
go – dry trees thick-sown with slag and ashes.
In the canyon of the neighboring river that dried
up long time ago there are huge basalt stones.
MTB freeride in the given environment turns into
a real adventure, an experience colored by delight and adrenalin.
We are going to start from the Dead Forest (today not 100% dead – there are stubborn green starts
of life that struggle through the thick layer of cinder). Overnight stay in the tent camp.
During these two days we are going to visit the lava flow of the Northern cones (1975-1976 eruption), have a ride across slag fields (we will get on top either by car or on foot). In some places lava flows still emit the warmth and at night they glow brightly! After this experience ordinary bike trails will seem really boring for you. Dinner. Overnight stay in the tent camp.
Early departure for Esso settlement by GAZ-66 (5 hours; 160 km).
Esso is a nice small village in the very heart of Kamchatka famous for its thermal water pools and views that remind of Switzerland. By the way, Esso is a center of reindeer breeding, so local cafes and restaurants will surprise you with the tastiest dishes cooked from juicy deer meat.
One popular destination is the Ikar lake. People usually go there by car or on foot – we opt for bikes (2-3 hours; 8 km). During the ride we are going to see several monuments connected with the cultural heritage of Kamchatka’s aborigines – Evens, Itelmens and Koryaks. There are several observation platforms to admire the beautiful lake that appeared as a result of the glacier activity. Then we will return to Esso by bikes. By the way, Esso is a center of reindeer breeding, so local cafes and restaurants will surprise you with the tastiest dishes cooked from juicy reindeer. Dinner. Overnight stay in the hotel in Esso.
Breakfast. Return trip to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (8-10 hours; 525 km). Overnight stay in the guesthouse / host-hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
An extra day in case of bad weather or a chill-out day in the city. Optionally we can offer you the following activities:
• A 6-hour helicopter trip to the Valley of Geysers;
• A 6-hour helicopter trip to the Kuril lake;
• A kayaking trip;
• Surfing, etc.
Final day. We will take you to the airport in Elizovo via the fish market and souvenir shops. Departure from Kamchatka.
Included in the total cost:
Meeting at the airport; all transfers during the program (including transfer to the airport on the final day);
Breakfasts and dinners in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy;
Full board during the trip to Kozyrevsk, Tolbachik, Esso and back (except for eating in the road cafes in Sokoch and Milkovo);
Guides and cook services;
Camp equipment (gas-jets, dishes, tents. etc);
Preparing the documents necessary for entering the Klyuchevskoy and Bystrinskiy nature parks;
Processing of documents necessary for migratory services and Federal Security Service in Russia;
Not included in the total cost:
Plane tickets to Kamchatka;
Rent of the personal sleeping bag;
Lunches in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy;
Extra activities on free days;
Expenses caused by bad weather conditions, personal and general equipment damage, illnesses and traumas or other force-majeures.
Other expenses concerned with the program planning and arranging
The calculation of the cost in currency different from rubles depends on the course of exchange in a day of money order.