Have you ever dreamed to visit a unique and unexplored place so different from all the others?
The place where fire-breathing volcanoes erupt on the background of white glaciers, hot springs are mixing with rivers icy waters, where the fascinating landscapes, unspoiled nature and clean mountain air, and ancient traditions are interwoven with the present time.
There is a place – a small peninsula in the Russian Far East, ready to accept anyone who wants to discover its secrets.
Travel period: July – September
The tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
The group size: 6-20 persons.
Accommodation: Single room (BB).
Tour price: $ 1950 per person
The tour schedule:
1st day – Arrival.
2nd day – Helicopter trip to the Kuril Lake.
3rd day – The Bystraya river rafting and fishing with visiting the Malkinskiye hot springs.
4th day – The Vilyuchinskiy pass.
5th day – Mutnovskiy volcano climbing.
6th day – Goreliy volcano climbing.
8th day – Departure.
Landing at the Yelizovo airport. The guide-interpreter meets tourists with a plate of “Red Rivers.” Baggage claim takes about 20-30 minutes. Boarding the bus.
Lunch at a restaurant.
Transfer to the hotel located in the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy city. The road takes about 30-40 minutes. Check in at the hotel, rest, acclimatization. Dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.
THE HELICOPTER TRIP TO THE KURIL LAKE
WITH A STOPOVER AT THE KSUDACH VOLCANO AND THE KHODUTKA HOT SPRINGS (6 HOURS)
Breakfast and transfer to heliport.
The day program includes a flight to the Kuril Lake (about 45 minutes), a boat trip around the lake to see the bears fishing places, and a walk with rangers to TINRO scientific base for photographing bears (about 2.5 hours).
The Kuril Lake – a unique place, where it is possible to watch Kamchatka bears catchingsalmon. There is the biggest population of brown bears and the largest sockeye spawning place on the peninsula. The Kuril Lake is located in the southern part of the peninsula on the territory of South Kamchatka Sanctuary and it is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On one side of the lake, there is the gorgeous Ilyinskiy volcano; and in the center of the lake, there is a rocky island “Heart of Alaid” resembling a heart in shape. On the islands in the middle of the lake, there is one of the biggest colonies of the Pacific seagulls in the fresh waters.
Lunch and short flight to Ksudach volcano with a stop for about 30 minutes. This volcano is famous for its unique crater lakes. Flight to the Khodutka river area, bathing in hot springs.
Return to heliport, transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
THE BYSTRAYA RIVER RAFTING AND FISHING
WITH VISITING THE MALKINSKIYE HOT SPRINGS
Departing from the hotel to the Bystraya River (about 150 km, 2 hours). On the way, there will be a short stop and rest in the Sokochi settlement, which is famous for its delicious cakes.
Arriving to the river, lunch (fish soup). Preparation for rafting.
The Bystraya River (Malkynskaya) is the right stream tributary of the Bolshaya River; it is an ordinary mountain river. The river has three easy rapids, flows among picturesque forests and mountains and among small islandsin the lower course of river. It is possible to see chinook salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, char, grayling, and rainbow trout coming to spawn in the river. The Bystraya River is the perfect place for fishing both for amateurs and for professionals.
During the rafting, you will have a chance to enjoy a unique and untouched world of the peninsula and relax, allowing the river tocarry you downstream.
This tour is appropriate for any tourist including children from 9-10 years. 16 ft. rafts, which are used for rafting all around the world and our experienced guides, are guarantee of your safety and comfort.
As you are on the final leg of the rafting tour, you are going to visit the wild Malkinskiye hot springs. The rest and bathing in natural hot springs will help to refresh you and make you feel better. Here you can find several natural pools filled with thermal water of different “heat” and choose the one that suits you best.
Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.
TRANSFER TO MUTNOVSKIY VOLCANO. THE VILYUCHINSKIY PASS
Going towards the Vilyuchinskiy pass is about 3-4 hours. On the pass, you will enjoy an amazing view of the Paratunka river valley and Vilyuchinskiy, Mutnovskiy and Goreliy volcanoes. In a good weather, it is possible to observe the southern group of volcanoes from the pass. The top of Vilyuchinskiy volcano covered with snow and glaciers almost all the summer; that is why some people poetically call it “the white pearl of Kamchatka”.
On the pass, you will notice a great number of flowers – some kinds of the alpine flora, blossoming period of one flower changing on others that is why it seems to be spring all the time on the pass.
The lunch and preparation for hiking to the waterfall. There is a roaring 30-meter waterfall on one of the slopes of Vilyuchinskiy volcano. It appeared in the result of glaciers melting and the waterfall is especially beautiful and powerful in the middle of summer in the period of active snow melting. From a great height huge mass of water makes its way through the snowfield and flows down to the valley. The walk to the waterfall takes about 3-4 hours.
Return to the car, having snack.
Stop in the evening, setting up the camp. Dinner.
Overnight in tents.
MUTNOVSKIY VOLCANO CLIMBING
The Mutnovskiy volcano – is one of the most active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. As the volcano shape is unusual, everyone can make a climb to the crater and see all of its activities with their own eyes.
The crater of the volcano is of particular interest. These are small mud volcanoes, acid pools, hissing fumaroles, surrounded by bright yellow collars of sulfur crystals, hot boiling mud caldrons, boiling lakes and small geysers. Fantastic volcanic landscape impresses everyone who climbs the volcano.
Arrival to the foot of the volcano, setting up the camp. Having snack (tea, coffee, sandwiches, sweets), preparation for the ascending, checking equipment. Start ascending. The Mutnovskiy volcano impresses by the track that is going through the crack inside the volcano. The ascent takes about 3-4 hours.
Return to the camp, dinner. Free time.
Overnight in tents.
GORELIY VOLCANO ASCENDING
Breakfast and preparation for Goreliy (Burnt) volcano ascending.
At the first sight, it is difficult to distinguish active Goreliy volcano from the mountain massif, but it is considered to be as a unique collection of various craters located on the top of the volcano. Each crater on the volcano top has its own characteristics, and together they create a unique ensemble.
The final of the climb is the largest and most beautiful volcano crater filled with the turquoise acid lake.
Once it was a shield volcano with a diameter of the foot about 30 km. The central part of it fell down forming huge caldera and after that eruptions occurred in few craters appearing on its bottom. Remains of an old volcano caldera surrounded by a low ridge.
It is not difficult to ascent the volcano; the track passes through old lava flows and slag fields. There it is possible to see kekurniki – frozen lava outcrops of different shapes. The ascending takes 5-6 hours (approximately 900 m height difference). During the ascending, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Mutnovskiy and Vilyuchinskiy volcanoes, and from the top, you can see the “domestic” volcanoes and the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy city (if the weather permits).
Descending and going back to the car, dinner. Returning to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
THE ETHNIC PROGRAM IN THE KAMCHATKA SLED DOG KENNEL “SNOW DOGS”
WITH VISITING THE “OZERKI” HOT SPRINGS
Departure from the hotel to the sled dogs kennel “Snow Dogs”. There you can get to know about the natives of Kamchatka, their culture, traditions and lifestyle. During the excursion, you will be able to see and take part in traditional dances and games, to take photos in their national clothes, to be acquainted with the inhabitants of the kennel: sled dogs, prizewinners and winners of the dog sledding race and reindeer that you will be able to feed.
Having lunch when the excursion is over. You will try Russian and native’s traditional cuisine, such as Ukha (fish soup) or Shurpa (vegetable soup with deer meat), tea from growing wild herbs and cakes.
After visiting the kennel – you will go to “Zelenovskie” hot springs, the place where you can relax in the hot radon baths famous for their healing qualities. There is a cold natural lake next to the baths and the brave one can try to bathe in the lake cold water and then in hot springs.
Transfer to the hotel. Dinner.
Overnight in the hotel.
Before going to the airport visiting the fish market and souvenir shop.
Transfer to the airport.
The price includes:
- Visa support;
- Single room in a hotel with breakfast (BB);
- Three-daily meals;
- Transfers according the program;
- The guide work on the active part of the route;
- Cooks services on the active part of the route;
- Use of group touristic equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags etc.);
- An excursion program;
- Permitting documents for visiting preserved territories;
- Helicopter trip to the Kuril Lake;
- Accident insurance.
The price DOES NOT include:
- Alcoholic beverages;
- Any additional tours above the programme.
We recommend you to have personal equipment:
- Backpack (20-30 liters);
- Trekking shoes;
- Water- and windproof clothes;
- A set of warm clothes (sweater, warm trousers, socks, hat, gloves);
- Head protection from the sun;
- Accessories for personal hygiene;
- Bathing suit;
- Insect repellent / spray;
- Photo and video equipment.
The route or the route schedule can be changed according to the weather conditions, the training level of the group, other external factors. The decision to change the route may be taken by the guide on the place.
WISHING YOU MANY DISCOVERIES AND PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
WITH THE RED RIVERS TOUR COMPANY!