19 days program (2022)
The following is a rough schedule of the program, based on our successful trips during 2017-19 which turned out to be very good. Due to weather, volcanic and other conditions out of our hand, it is possible that the actual program on location will be adapted.
If you are not interested in the additional excursions (Valley of Geysers, Kuril Lake) at the end of the main part of the tour, you can also of course shorten the tour (without no refund in days calculations)
Day 1: Arrival in Kamchatka
Arrival at Elizovo airport (Kamchatka), pickup and transfer to our guesthouse.
Time to relax, enjoy great views. Dinner and briefing in the evening.
Day 2: Flight to Karymsky volcano
Helicopter flight (45 mins) to Karymsky volcano.
Day 3-4: Karymski volcano
2 full days at Karymsky volcano. Observation of volcanic activity, option for short hikes in the area (e.g. to the Akademia Nauk (or Karimskoe) caldera lake, base of the active cone).
Presentation (lectures) about Kamchatka's volcanic activity and volcanic processes, typically given by an accompanying volcanologist from the Institute of Sciences in Petropawlowsk.
Day 5: Half day at Karymsky, scenic helicopter flight back to Elizovo
Half day at Karymsky. Afternoon helicopter flight back to Elizovo.
Day 6-7: Vilyuchinsky, Gorely and Mutnovsky volcanoes
In the morning, we leave in our comfortable 4x4 truck to the southern plateau (4-5 hours total transfer time). Scenic views of Vilyuchinsky volcano, set up camp at Gorely or Mutnovsky volcano (weather etc dependent).
If good weather, we can use the afternoon to climb Gorely volcano with its impressive crater lakes.
Day 8: Half day for Gorely and return to Elizovo
Half of the day can be used to visit other features in the area (e.g. a large lava cave in the vast lava flow fields of Gorely) before we return to our base in Elizovo in the afternoon / evening.
Day 9-16: Central Kamchatka volcanoes: Shiveluch, Klyuchevskoy, Bezymianny, Tolbachik
D9: Transfer to Kozyrevsk village - overnight
D10-11: Transfer to the plateau between Tolbachik to the south and the Klyuchevskoy group to the north. Beautiful forest and tundra, possibility to see bears. Camp.
D12-13: Transfer to Klyutchi village - 2 nights camp in view of Klyuchevskoy volcano, option for hikes to best viewpoints of Klyuchevskoy.
D14: Transfer to Shiveluch volcano and camp.
D15: Return to Kozyrevsk village - overnight
D16: Transfer to Elizovo / Petropavovsk
Day 17: Spare day - optional excursions to Valley of Geysers or Kuril Lake
Spare days with optional excursions (by helicopter, approx 42.000 RUB as of 2019) to Valley of Geysers or Kuril Lake. Please let us know towards the beginning of the trip if you are interested! Both excursions highly depend on weather and are only available if conditions are good, but they are well worth doing!
Day 18: Boat tour in Avachinskay Bay
Boat tour to Avachinskaya bay: scenic views of dramatic coastline and volcanoes, sea animals and birds, fishing and seafood lunch on board.
Afternoon free to visit Petropavlovsk (souvenir shopping, volcano museum etc).
Farewell group dinner with local specialties.
Day 19: Departure
Transfer to airport and departure, end of service, or own extension.
The tour starts and ends at the airport of Petropavlovsk (PKC), usually reached during an overnight domestic flight (7-8 hours) from Moscow.
Due to limited availability of flights on the legs to and from Kamchatka and in order for us to reconfirm a tour early on, you should sign up 9-12 months in advance!
The tour will be guided by Andrej Nikiforov, mountain and expedition leader from Kamchatka. Andrew has spent many years organizing expeditions in his country for local and foreign groups and companies, and also has excellent connections with the scientists from Petropavlovsk's Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
A volcanologist from our team will also accompany the expedition.
Our expedition leader Andrew Nikiforov