Kamchatka Discovery

Kamchatka Discovery

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 13 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax after your long flight. Overnight at Geyser Hotel or similar (D)

Day 2 – Avachinskaya Bay - Mutnovsky Volcano

We take boats into Avachinskaya Bay with excellent opportunities for spotting sea mammals including whales, dolphins and seals. Later we drive to Mutnovsky Volcano, considered the most impressive in the area, and permanently active. Camping overnight. (BLD)

Day 3 – Mutnovsky Volcano
Approximate hiking distance: 12km / Difference in height is about 800m
Approximate hiking time: 6 hours + 2 hours for the observation of the crater

We ascend the crater of Mutnovsky volcano (2322 m), which is one of the most outstanding volcanic phenomena in Kamchatka, with its powerful gas and steam spurts and boiling mud cauldrons. Today our trek will be about 12km and is anticipated to take around 6 hours. Camping overnight. (BLD)

Day 4 – Gorely Volcano
Approximate hiking distance: 10km / Difference in height is about 900m 

Approximate hiking time: 6 hours + 1-1.5 hours for the observation of the crater

Ascend Gorely volcano (1829 m) and view its acid and freshwater crater lakes, before heading to Paratunka to spend the night. Today our trek will be about 10km and is anticipated to take around 6 hours. Overnight at Helios Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 – Paratunka

Today is a free day to relax or take an optional helicopter excursion over the jaw-droppingly impressive Valley of the Geysers. In the evening we transfer to Malki Hot Springs. Camping overnight. (BD)

Day 6 – Great Tolbachik Fissure - Lunokhodchik

Today is a long drive (460km) by 4WD bus towards the Klyuchevskaya volcano group, stopping for lunch in Milkovo settlement (payable locally). We cross the Kamchatka River by ferry and continue off-road to the foothills of one of the most beautiful and majestic volcano ranges – Ploski Tolbachik and Ostry Tolbachik. Camping overnight in tents at Lunokhodchik camp, so called because the first Soviet lunar vehicles were tested here. (BD)

Day 7 – Ploski Tolbachik Volcano
Approximate hiking distance: 25km / Flat itinerary

Approximate hiking time: 10 hours with stops

As a result of the 2013 eruption, the lava flowed underground through caves and tunnels, creating stone sculptures from the hardened lava. Today our trek will be about 25km and is anticipated to take around 10 hours. Camping overnight. (BLD)

Day 8 – Tolbachik region
Approximate hiking distance: 15km / Difference in height is about 100-200m

Approximate hiking time: 4 hours

Travel in an off-road vehicle to the northern cones which are a collection of miniature smoking volcanoes boasting incredible colours. We will also see the Dead Forest which was killed by the ash and stones in 1975. Camping overnight. (BLD)

Day 9 –Milkovo

Take a walk to the ‘dead forest’, which was destroyed by slag and ash eruptions in 1975. Transfer to the village of Milkovo (230km), situated on the bank of the River Kamchatka. Take a walking excursion to one of the oldest Kamchatka settlements, founded by the Even people in the 18th century. Visit the national crafts workshop and enjoy the panoramic outlook from the viewing platform. Overnight at Geolog Hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 10 - Malka settlement

After breakfast, we travel by 6WD bus towards Malka with a stop for lunch in Milkovo (payable locally). On arrival we start the rafting part of the journey that takes place among the mountain ranges. The river Bystraya is rather quiet and has a few gentle rapids, which are safe for total beginners. The camp will be set up on the bank of the river. Dinner will be cooked over the fire. Camping overnight. (BD)

Day 11 – Rafting along the Bystraya River

Today we will continue rafting along the Bystraya River where there is a high probability of seeing bears fishing for salmon. During stops on the banks of the river we can fish (every raft will have 1 fishing rod), as well as picking mushrooms and berries. We may be lucky and see Brown Bears ashore or spot a Steller’s eagle in flight. Dinner will be cooked over the fire. Camping overnight. (BLD)

Day 12 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Enjoy our last morning of rafting along the Bystraya River before transferring back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Overnight in Geyser Hotel or similar (B).

Day 13 - Departure

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport. If there is time on the way we will visit the local fish market.

Please note that the order of this itinerary may change according to departure date. Changes often occur en route due to the nature of travel in these remote areas and this itinerary is only a guideline of the activities possible on each day.