Mountain bike, off-road and hiking program “Northern traditions”
“Northern Traditions” it’s an author’s tour from Kamchatka freeride community, made in format of bike - camp.
Why it’s “northern”? Because we are going north from region’s capital. Main points of this trip: Evens’ village called Esso (Evens - one of Kamchatka’s aboriginal habitants) and area of “maximum volcanic activity” - Tolbachik volcano.
Lava flows that didn’t cooled down yet, moon - like landscapes and other “delights” of recent eruptions. Why it’s “traditions”? Because we have been there for two years in a row, to get further from ocean and coastline areas, to feel serenity and greatness of a Central Kamchatka.
Group: 10 PAX
Cost (one person): from 175 000 rubles
Dates: September 7 -17th of 2019
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. Night stay in the guest house in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
Early departure for Tolbachik settlement by a comfortable off-road car (10-12 hours; 560 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;
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. Overnight stay in the tent camp.
The Tolbachinskiy dale is a magnificent place that will let you feel like visiting another planet! Two powerful eruptions (in 1975 and in 2012), both lasting for about a year, rocked the peninsula and changed the relief. Today the place is perfect for the science - fiction filming. A vast slag desert stretches out for many kilometers. It is covered with young volcanic cones and 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 by foot). In some places lava flows still emit the warmth and at night they glow brightly! 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.
A quick ride to the Dimchikan camp (2-3 hours, 9 km). Esso is situated on the territory of the Bystrinskiy nature park so in the proximity there are several camps to visit. One popular destination is the Ikar lake. People usually go there by car or by foot – we are going by 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 and stay overnight in the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel in Esso.
In the afternoon we are going to pack up and start our return trip to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (8-10 hours; 525 km). Night stay in the guesthouse 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:
- 6-hour helicopter trip to the Valley of Geysers
- 6-hour helicopter trip to the Kuril lake
- sea trip
- kayaking trip
- ride to the Khalatyrka beach
- off-road trip to one of the home volcanoes
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;
Renting of the bike and a set of protection.
Not included in the total cost:
Plane tickets to Kamchatka;
Rent of the personal sleeping bag;
Lunches in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy;
Optional program on Day 9;
Expenses caused by bad weather conditions, personal and general equipment damage, illnesses and traumas or other force-majeures.