«TOLBACHIK VOLCANO CAVES»


TOLBACHIK VOLCANO CAVE area is a very unique place, as the caves are the only ones of their kind, formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. We invite you to join us in our exclusive tour of Kamchatka, this time exploring the exciting environments of Kamchatka underground caves!


Travel period: July-September.

Tour type: Auto/trekking tour.

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights.

Tour group size: 8-16 people.

 

”…Kamchatka is rich with underground caves and tunnels, which is evidenced by frequent earthquakes as well as the soil which is rich with rare minerals.”

G.V. Steller. “Description of Kamchatka” 1755

 

“Everything that we saw, definitely surpassed even the wildest expectations. In places of now extinct lava flows, more than 20 caves of varying sizes and depths were formed: “Beautiful”, “Big”, “Hot” and “Cold” …

“Beautiful” cave ceiling is abundant with colourful stalactites of strange shapes, as well as stalagmites raising up to meet them just as colourful. Unusually beautiful – snow white, lemon-yellow, emerald green, orange.

It’s impossible to describe the sensations and the feelings. We were the first to visit this place, where no human foot stepped before us! What we saw was simply magnificent!

One of the caves was all covered with “snow” coat – white salt crystals. The shape and colour of another cave resembled melted chocolate – a result of clinker lava flowing through. The third cave was like a bear den, lava cooled down in shapes of bear fur tatters…

“Cold” cave impressed us with its size. Even with a lit flair we did not see it’s full size.

Two year on, the extinct lava river, still radiates warmth! You can cook a fish or fried bananas with chocolate on the edge of a crack in the lava flow!

Today, you can safely say that Kamchatka has become richer with spectacular tourist destinations, which require careful treatment and of course, further exploration.

Unimaginable beauty of these caves will reward any caring visitor with unforgettable impressions and memories”

S. Koltsova and A. Bichenko

 

«TOLBACHIK VOLCANO CAVES» TOUR

 

Day 1.

Arriving at the Elizovo airport. Transfer to the hotel. Rest. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 2.

Breakfast.  Travelling towards the base of Tolbachik volcano (12 hours). Lunch in Milkovo settlement. Arriving at the base camp located under “Claw” volcanic cone. Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Толбачик (6) Толбачик (7) Толбачик (22) 

 

Day 3.

Breakfast. Walking towards a cooled down lava flow from the 2012-2013 eruption. Exploring the area. Cave on the lava flow. Visiting the “Nabokov” cone, which erupted in 2012-2013. Exploring the cave with stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch – lunch boxes. Exploring the crack with hot lava. Descending and exploring the “Big” cave. Return to the base camp. Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Толбачик (8) Толбачик, пещера (12) Толбачик, пещера (2) 

 

Day 4.

Breakfast. Departing to view “Beautiful” and “Hot” caves.“Hot” cave has still not cooled down after the latest eruption, so we will not be descending into this cave. Lunch – lunch boxes. Return to base camp, ascending the “Claw” cone. Enjoying the beautiful views towards base camp, cooled down lava flows and near-by volcanoes and cones. Return to the base camp. Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Толбачик, пещера (3) Толбачик, пещера (11) Толбачик (12)

 

Day 5.

Breakfast. Packing up camp and transferring to “Star” cone, eruption of 1974-75. Walking in the “Dead Forest”. Exploring the caves where lava flowed in the 1974-75 eruption. Lunch – lunch boxes. Return to the camp under “Star” cone. Diner. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Толбачик (20) Толбачик (14) Толбачик, пещера (10)

 

Day 6.

Breakfast. Early start towards the old caves of old eruptions. Our route takes us through the “Dead Forest” with peculiar landscapes. Exploring the old caves of Tolbachik, which are thousands of years old. Return to base camp. Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Толбачик, пещера Толбачик, пещера (4) Толбачик, пещера (5)

 

Day 7.

Breakfast. Transfer to Esso settlement. Lunch. Hotel check-in. Rest and swim in thermal pools. Sauna. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 8.

Breakfast. Visiting the ethnographical museum in Esso. Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Lunch in Milkovo. Hotel check in (either in the city or in the Paratunka resort area). Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Эссо, быт, коряки (8) Эссо, быт, коряки (7) Эссо, быт, коряки (5) 

 

Day 9.

Breakfast. Visiting the fish market. Transfer to the airport.

 

Tour price includes:

  • Visa support;
  • Twin-size accommodation with breakfast in Petropavlovsk and Esso;
  • Tent accommodation;
  • Three daily meals along the whole tour;
  • Transportation;
  • Services of the guide;
  • Services of a cook;
  • Use of any group tourist equipment and inventory;
  • Medical insurance.

Tour price DOES NOT include:

  • Alcohol.

Recommended personal gear:

  • Backpack;
  • Trekking shoes;
  • Hooded rain/wind jacked
  • Set of warm clothing (sweater or fleece jacket, pants, socks, hat, gloves);
  • Cap or hat (for sunny days);
  • Sunglasses;
  • Personal hygiene accessories;
  • Towel;
  • Swimming gear (togs, shorts, swimsuit);
  • Mosquito repellent;
  • Sunblock;
  • Sunburn treatment cream/spray;
  • Photo-video equipment;
  • Powerful head torch (no less than 100lm).

 

The company does have sleeping bags, tourist mats and trekking poles available for rent if required.

 

Additional information:

* For cave exploration, please bring clothes which you aren’t worried about being potentially damaged.

** Tour program may be adjusted depending on weather conditions, overall group abilities and other external factors. The decisions in regards to any changes is made by the tour guide.

*** The caves of Tolbachik volcano are one of natural monuments of Kamchatka, so it is strictly forbidden to break off stalactites and any other elements formed as a result of volcanic activity, for souvenir purposes.

 

 

WISHING YOU MANY NEW DISCOVERIES AND A PLEASANT HOLIDAY WITH “RED RIVERS” TOUR COMPANY

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