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Kamchatka - Mountains of Fire and Ice

- volcano expedition to Kamchatka -

Klyuchevskoy volcano in eruption (photo: Martin Rietze)
Klyuchevskoy volcano in eruption (photo: Martin Rietze)
Vilyuchinsky volcano (photo: Marco Fulle)
Vilyuchinsky volcano (photo: Marco Fulle)
S side of Mutnovsky volcano (photo: Marco Fulle)
S side of Mutnovsky volcano (photo: Marco Fulle)
The second and active summit crater of Gorely, with a boiling and acid green lake (photo: Marco Fulle)
The second and active summit crater of Gorely, with a boiling and acid green lake (photo: Marco Fulle)
SW sides of Ostry Tolbachik (3672 m, left) and Plosky Tolbachik (right) at the sunset light. (photo: Marco Fulle)
SW sides of Ostry Tolbachik (3672 m, left) and Plosky Tolbachik (right) at the sunset light. (photo: Marco Fulle)
Sunset at Klyuchevskoy
Sunset at Klyuchevskoy
S side of Mutnovsky volcano (2322 m). On the left, the valley of Mutnaya river cuts the crater (photo: Marco Fulle)
S side of Mutnovsky volcano (2322 m). On the left, the valley of Mutnaya river cuts the crater (photo: Marco Fulle)
Shiveluch volcano with the active lava dome in moonlight (photo: Martin Rietze)
Shiveluch volcano with the active lava dome in moonlight (photo: Martin Rietze)
Kamchatka, with its dramatic landscapes, wild, unspoiled nature and many active volcanoes is a great adventure destination.
NEW: pilot tour 3-19 Sep 2017 - volcano photography - one spot still available!
Based on the experience of the pilot tour in Sep, we plan to repeat the expedition 1-2 per year from summer 2018 on.
  • Helicopter flight to Karymsky
  • The most active volcanoes of Kamchatka: Karymsky, Klyuchevskoi, Shiveluch, Tolbachik, Bezymianny
  • Scenic Mutnovsky volcano
  • Unspoiled nature and spectacular landscapes
  • Small group
  • Adventure
  • Accompanying volcanologist

Tour program (pilot tour Sep 2017)

Note:
The following is a rough schedule of the program as planned. Due to weather, volcanic and other conditions out of our hand, it is possible that the actual program on location will be adapted.
Day 1: Arrival in Petropawlowsk
Arrival in Petropawlowsk, transfer to hotel, dinner and briefing.
Acc.: hotel in Petropawlowsk or Elizovo (D)
Day 2-4: Karymski volcano
Day 2: Flight to Karymsky
D3: Day for Karymsky
D4: Return to Petropawlowsk
Acc.: camp and hotel (B, L, D)
Day 5-6: Mutnowsky volcano
Transfer to Mutnovsky volcano by 4x4, camp. Hikes to the glacier and the crater.
Return to Petropawlowsk.
Acc.: Camp & hotel (B, L, D)
Day 7: D7: Gorely
Visit to Gorely volcano (using 4x4 and short hike)
Day 8-14: Central Kamchatka volcanoes: Shiveluch, Kyluchevskoy, Tolbachik
D8: Transfer to Kozyrevsk village - overnight
D9: Transfer to Klyutchi village - camp in view of Klyuchevskoy volcano
D10: Early morning excursion to best viewpoint of Klyuchevskoy. Later transfer to Shiveluch volcano and camp.
D11: Return to Kozyrevsk village
D12: Transfer to Tolbachik, camp and observation
D13: Hike to Kamchatka's deepest valley and see bears in the tundra
D14: Return to Petropawlowsk
Acc.: camp, basic hostels, hotel (B, L, D)
Day 15: Spare day
Spare day
Acc.: hotel (B, L, D)
Day 16: Optional boat tour
Optional boat tour to Avachinskaya bay. Alternatively, you can end the tour on this day.
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Day 17: Departure
Transfer to airport and departure, end of service, or own extension.
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: KAM_VOL
Tour type: Expedition: adventure - active volcanoes - photography
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 8-12
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights

Dates:

3-18(19) Sep 2017

Price (p.p.): 3910 €  ? 

Included:

  • Invitation to Kamchatka for tourist visa (Russia)
  • Full board during tour incl. drinking water
  • Airport transfers, 4x4 transfers, and helicopter flight to/from Karymsky
  • Camping gear
  • Experienced local expedition guide
  • Accompanying volcanologist and volcano photographer from our team
  • All entry fees

Tour guide:

The tour will be guided by Andrew Nikiforov, mountain and expedition leader from Kamchatka. Andrew has spent many years organizing expeditions in his country for local and foreign groups and companies.
Volcanologist Tom Pfeiffer from our team will also accompany the expedition.
Our expedition leader Andrew Nikiforov

Arrival info:

Usually, Kamchatka is reached via Moscow by Aeroflot.
Airfare is NOT included in the price, but we will help coordinate flight bookings once the expedition is confirmed.

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