Let's Journey to the End of the World: The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia

Kamchatka Krai, Russia

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Highlights

Remote, starkly beautiful and full of active volcanos, Kamchatka is one of the last great frontiers on earth - and it's towering peaks and virgin wilderness calls out to adventurous spirits. Come with us for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure as we explore the eastern reaches of the Russian Federation.
 Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaWondering bears are a common sight. Photo by lusika33 / CC BY 3.0

At a glance, this is what we will be experiencing:



  • The Rare opportunity to see first-hand the destruction wrought by volcanic eruptions

  • Venture to a place where few others have gone and admire the unseen beauty of this remote wilderness 

  • Geysers shooting water in the air as the smell of sulphur prickles our noses at the UNESCO world heritage site Volcanos of Kamchatka 

  • Immersion in Russian culture in the Soviet-era city of Petropavlovsk

  • The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go camping at the foot of a volcano

  • Soak in rejuvenating hot springs as we ease our muscles in water that was warmed deep within the earth

  • Enjoy tasty local cuisines such as fresh snow crab, salmon, and red caviar

  • Trek through calderas and over recently hardened lava flows and truly set foot where no one else has before

  • Unique and plentiful local wildlife (even bears are a common sight!)

  • Tour in beautiful Avachinsky bay by boat, as we marvel at the towering cliffs and breathtaking snow-capped peaks 



Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaThree hikers walking through the moon-like landscape around volcano Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia. Photo by kuhnmi / CC BY 2.0

The Kamchatka peninsula is located on the far eastern edge of Russia and is home to over 160 active volcanos - one of the largest concentrations of volcanos on earth. This trip is a rare opportunity to see first-hand the destructive power of volcanos as we trek over hardened lava flows and admire the breathtaking vistas created by volcanic eruptions over millions of years.

Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaFox going for an early morning stroll on the Avachinsky volcano. Phooto by kuhnmi / CC BY 2.0

Due to the small human population, wildlife is able to thrive in Kamchatka. On this trip, we may encounter foxes, bears, rare birds, reindeer, wolves, lynx, sea otters and even whales. Every day of this journey will provide us with opportunities to spot animals and we may even get the change to feed small gophers strait from our hands.

Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaDead forest to the south of Tolbachik volcano with morning frost. Photo by kuhnmi / CC BY 2.0

One of the highlights of this trip will surely be a hike through a dead forest. This once lush forest was reduced to charred stumps during recent volcanic eruptions. Although the skeletons of trees might us of the destructive power of mother earth - signs of life returning as bits of the green peeking through the ash.

Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaGeysers in UNESCO world heritage site Volcanoes of Kamchatka. Photo by Zarmel / CC BY-SA 3.0

Of course, Kamchatka is most well known for its volcanoes and geothermal activity. We will visit the small Valley of Geysers, part of the UNESCO world heritage site. After we arrive we will be rewarded with fumaroles, guisers, boiling pools of mud and steam escaping from deep below the earth. Kamchatka is a particularly active part of the Pacific "ring of fire" and is full of rare and interesting geothermal phenomena.


Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaSoaking in Nalychevo Park hot springs. Photo by Jeske / CC BY-SA 4.0

Along with the volcanos, Kamchatka is also full of hot springs and we will have more than one opportunity to relax in the rejuvenating water that is warmed deep below the earth's surface. Relaxing in the wilderness with hot water on our bodies and cool air on our faces is like a completely natural spa experience.

Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaTent in the morning sun. Photo by kuhnmi / CC BY 2.0

Camping is the best way to experience the wilderness of Kamchatka. This tour includes a few nights camping, including one at the foot of a volcano! Imagine waking up - having slept the whole night on a lava flow, then waking up to a beautiful sunrise silhouetting above the nearby peaks.


Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaCity ofPetropavlosvskwith volcanos in the background.PhotoBykuhnmi/CC BY 2.0

The Kamchatka peninsula is remote and sparsely populated - in fact, there is only one city - the cold-war era settlement of Petropavlovsk. Travellers say a visit here is like stepping back in time, as it really captures the look and feel of cold-war era Russia. From here, we can also visit the nearby Pacific Ocean where we can breathe the fresh sea air while strolling along Halaktyrsky beach.


Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaCreator of volcano Gorely emitting gases. Photo by kuhnmi / CC BY 2.0


Kamchatka has the highest concentration of volcanos on earth, so each breathtaking visa includes one or two. There is no need to worry - the volcanic activity is closely monitored and we will steer clear of any areas that may be close to eruption. We will visit several volcanos such as Volcano Vachkazhets with waterfalls and a beautiful crystal-clear lake and Plosky Tolbachik volcano with hardened lava flows formed during recent eruptions.


Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaRock formations shot during a boat trip in Avachinsky bay. Photo by By kuhnmi/CC BY 2.0

Go on a boat tour of Avachinsky bay. This bay is framed by impressive cliffs that have been gradually carved away by the relentless pounding of waves. We will tour the most impressive and notable rock formations and marvel at the towering cliffs. If we are lucky we may even catch a glimpse of a whale or other marine wildlife.

 



Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaKamchatka crab and red caviar Photo by Tatters / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kamchatka is a seafood lover's dream. Aside from many varieties of salmon, we will also be able to sample local taimen, trout, caviar, crabs, smelt, grouper and halibut. Not to mention the tasty local beer that is brewed in small batches using the pure mountain water from melting glaciers.


Let's Journey to the End of the World:  The Wilds of Kamchatka, Russia  starting at Kamchatka Krai, RussiaHardened Lava flow

Itinerary

Kamchatka is far off the beaten tourist trail and is not for the faint of heart.  Please note substitutions or alterations in the itinerary may occur if mother nature does not cooperate!

Day 1



  • Arrival to Kamchatka

  • Sightseeing tour of the city of Petropavlovsk

  • Visit Halaktyrsky beach, located on the Pacific Ocean


Day 2



  • Excursion to Camel mountain

  • View Zelenovskie Ozerki hot springs


Day 3



  • Visit the Mini Valley of Geysers

  • Visit to thermal hot pool


Day 4



  • Boat trip in Avachinsky bay to view famous karst rock formations


Day 5



  • Drive to Plosky Tolbachik volcano

  • View hardened lava flows

  • Overnight in a tent at foot of the volcano


Day 6



  • Stroll along a hardened lava flow

  • Climb into a volcanic crater

  • See "dead forest" a forest that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption

  • overnight in wooden guest house with a Russian sauna


Day 7



  • Travel to Malkinskie hot springs

  • Swim in Malkinskie hot springs

  • Overnight in a tent


Day 8



  • Drive to lake Takhkoloch, located in the crater of an ancient volcano

  • Trek through caldera of the volcano

  • View beautiful waterfall

  • Visit another volcanic crater

  • Return to City ot Petropavlovsk


Day 9



  • Visit to the fish market 

  • Return flight to Singapore





Please bring:

A waterproof jacket (warm),
waterproof trousers,
trekking shoes (preferably water resistant),
a sweater,
a moisture-absorbing thermal underwear (jacket, trousers),
shoes (sneakers),
a hat,
cotton gloves,
a small backpack for personal items,
sunglasses,
protective sunblock,
personal first aid kit,
personal hygiene items,
repellent (means of protection from bloodsucking insects).

Camel hill mountan in the evening sun.Photoby kuhnmi /CC by 2.0

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