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Any tour of Kamchatka has its unique peculiarities that are connected primarily with severe climatic conditions on the peninsula, challenging relief, the inaccessibility of most of sights, substandard infrastructure and other not unimportant aspects. Information in this section will help you to form a clear view of the place that you intend to visit and to understand what items are included in the cost of the tour, what criteria we use to determine their difficulty, what kind of outfit is necessary for the trip.

About Kamchatka

Kamchatka is considered one of the most unique and beautiful places on our planet. Its nature is preserved in its natural and original form, such as it was millions of years ago. Kamchatka is fascinating for its wildlife, space landscapes, the beauty of the majestic volcanoes and geysers spouting ...

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Climate and relief

It is necessary to take into account that Kamchatka weather is very changeable and sometimes unpredictable. Abundant precipitation and rushes of wind happen not infrequently. Fogs are very often, they become the main obstruction for sightseeing and passing the route in scheduled time...

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Transportation

Most part of tour routes run through inaccessible and remote from civilization places with total absence of any infrastructure. Transportation to the place of tour execution can account to high percentage of tour cost because it is carried out by a helicopter or by automobiles that are equipped for transportation on the local challenging relief...

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Level of difficulty

All basic tours suggested by our firm are not extreme and are divided into easy, moderate and demanding levels for convenience. It is not necessary for participants of easy tours to have special physical fitness. Most of the excursions are arranged with the use of automobiles and helicopters, and pedestrian tours do not take much strength...

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Number of participants

Minimum number of participants in the group is stated for each tour presented on this website. In general, the tour will be held if this number of participants is gathered. As a rule minimal number of participants in trekking does not exceed 12 people...

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Accommodation

Hotel infrastructure on Kamchatka is developed not well enough that’s why offers during summer season are limited and very often it is difficult to make a reservation in real-time. It is necessary to take this fact into account when you plan your vacation. If you intend to solve this matter independently without recommendations of our firm officers...

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Tour cost

Tour price is indicated per one person and is calculated on the basis of minimum number of participants in the tour. As a rule it includes transfer, accommodation in recreation base/camping site/hotel, accident medical insurance, transportation to the place of tour and back, services of a guide, a cook and porters, and also services of providing...

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Personal belongings and outfit

See below the list of recommended belongings and outfit that is necessary for a tourist during travelling over Kamchatka...

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Safety and evacuation

The officers of the firm that accompany the group have first aid kit necessary for the first-aid treatment, GPS, and also satellite telephone that is used for organizational arrangements and operative communication in case of emergency. In case of emergency connected with the health of a tour participant, evacuation from the route is carried out at the expense of insurance company...

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Matters related to the organization of tours according to your wish, their cost and number of participants in the group, can be settled individually. We will do our best to make your journey over the most beautiful places of Kamchatka lively and unforgettable for the rest of your life.

In conclusion we want to call your attention once more to the fact that tours over Kamchatka are mainly run through mountain terrain far from civilization, in the regions with high volcanic activity, where severe weather conditions are possible. In this respect some changes in schedule and its duration are possible. You need to have good physical training, corresponding mood, flexible attitude towards possible changes and kindness in respect of other participants of the tour and officers that accompany the group on the route.

About Kamchatka

Kamchatka is rightfully considered to be one of the most unique and beautiful places on our planet. Kamchatka nature is reserved in its natural and original state as it was millions of years ago. It fascinates by its wildlife, cosmic landscapes, beauty of majestic volcanoes and spouting geysers. Here you can see acid lakes in the craters, generous flows of solidified lava, consequences of disastrous eruptions and large volcanic calderas. Kamchatka varied landscape, alpine meadows, mountain rivers full of fish and healing thermal springs attract tourist from all over the world. However there is no mass tourism on Kamchatka and there are many places where one can travel for a long time without meeting people. 

This peninsula is called fiery for a reason, there are about 300 volcanoes on Kamchatka, 30 of them are active. Specifically owing to volcanoes Kamchatka is quite another planet and not any photo can convey the ambrosian landscape in the region of Tolbachik volcano or all the beauty of the famous Valley of Geysers. 

Kamchatka is one of the largest peninsulas in the world and the greater part of it is taken up by natural parks and conservation areas. Almost all of them are known as Word Heritage sites of UNESCO.

Climate and relief

It is necessary to take into account that Kamchatka weather is very changeable and sometimes unpredictable. Abundant precipitation and rushes of wind happen not infrequently. Fogs are very often, they become the main obstruction for sightseeing and passing the route in scheduled time.    

Take into account that sharp change of weather is typical for Kamchatka. Summer tourist season lasts from June to October. It may be quite cold in autumn months, it snows in the highland regions and that impedes to ascent of the volcanoes.    

Kamchatka landscape is mostly mountainous. It is very various and unusual because of high volcanic and seismic activity, severe climate, geographical location of the peninsula and other factors. Highland begins above 700 meters, tundra vegetation prevails there. Relief in the regions of high volcanic activity is constantly changing. 

Almost all the routes that are suggested by our firm run through mountain and cross-country terrain.

Transportation

Most part of tour routes run through inaccessible and remote from civilization places with total absence of any infrastructure.

Transportation to the place of tour execution can account to high percentage of tour cost because it is carried out by a helicopter or by automobiles that are equipped for transportation on the local challenging relief. These are mostly off-road vehicles that are intended for transportation in complex road conditions and across country. The transportation of tourists to the place of most tour execution is possible only in such vehicles. However the routes that run through Kronotskiy conservation area, near Karymskiy, Malyi Semyachik (“Small Semyachik”) and Ksudach volcanoes, are accessible only with the use of helicopters. Prices for these tours are much higher because of necessity to use helicopters for transportation. At that, the time of waiting for helicopter can be delayed up to several days in case of bad weather. That’s why if you wish to buy a tour with helicopter transportation we recommend you to place it in the beginning of your journey over Kamchatka and/or to foresee more reserve days in your travelling.

Level of difficulty

All basic tours suggested by our firm are not extreme and are divided into easy, moderate and demanding levels for convenience.

It is not necessary for participants of easy tours to have special physical fitness. Most of the excursions are arranged with the use of automobiles and helicopters, and pedestrian tours do not take much strength. Travelers can ascent of the volcanoes at their wish and it must be specified in advance. Accommodation during tour is in hotels, recreation camps and specially equipped touristic houses. Overnights in the tent camp are admitted only in those places where comfortable accommodation is not possible.

It is not necessary to have an experience in trekking or any special skills for passing the route of moderate category tours, but the participants must be ready for some difficulties. Pedestrian walks and volcanoes ascensions take from 4 to 7 hours a day. They pass through territories with great elevation changes but along touristic paths. Ascent of volcanoes is not technically difficult, but it demands physical efforts. Moving along route may be complicated by unfavorable climatic conditions. In some tour the participants carry not only their personal belongings but also food products and common touristic outfit (gas cylinders, cooking vessels and so on). At that the total weight of common load does not exceed 5 kilograms per person. Most of overnights take place in touristic camps and more rarely in two-men tents.

Demanding level tours are intended for people who have a vast experience in trekking. Pedestrian walks constitute the greater part of route. They may take more than 7 hours a day and pass through cross-country territory with great elevation changes, in unfavorable weather conditions and absence of touristic paths. The participants must have very good physical fitness and endurance. Ascensions of some volcanoes are dangerous because of high volcanic activity. All common outfit and food products are equally distributed among all participants of the tour including officers of the firm. Weight of common load per person may be from 5 to 10 kilograms. All participants of the tour take part in cooking and tent setting. The basis of daily ration is composed of sublimate products of high quality. The meal with high-caloric products is provided during ascent: chocolate, muesli, candy sticks, nuts, raisins, cheese, sausage, bacon, smoked meat and so on. Overnights are mainly in tents.

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants in the group is stated for each tour presented on this website. In general, the tour will be held if this number of participants is gathered.

As a rule minimal number of participants in trekking does not exceed 12 people. It is necessary for providing optimal-safety movement along the route. The number of participants in automobile and helicopter tours is restricted by the vehicle capacity (maximal load of helicopter MI-8 is 22 people, maximal load of automobile KAMAZ is 24 people).

The number of participant in the group can be individually decided for each tour that is interesting for you.

Accommodation

Hotel infrastructure on Kamchatka is developed not well enough that’s why offers during summer season are limited and very often it is difficult to make a reservation in real-time. It is necessary to take this fact into account when you plan your vacation. If you intend to solve this matter independently without recommendations of our firm officers, first of all it is necessary to define your priorities. If the main thing is the accessibility to the places of excursion beginning, related services (shops, restaurants, night clubs, city sights), you’d better choose the hotel in regional center - the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. If the main thing for you is comfort, silence and calm rest with hot pool, the best place for you is Paratunka resort zone. If you intend to economize on accommodation you’d better choose guest houses in the vicinity of Yelizovo - the second largest population center of the peninsula.

All hotels of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (as of 2013) occupy buildings that remained since USSR, hotel room capacity remained the same, in most cases only cosmetic repair has been done. Standard set - two beds, bedside-table, table with chairs, TV-set, shower-bath, toilet and not a meter of free space. In spite of declared “three stars” the level of service in most of them is far from accepted standards. Nevertheless, the prices in hotels are very high.

There are many so-called “recreation bases” in Paratunka resort zone that is situated in 50 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Actually these are former Pioneer camps or departmental sanatoriums equipped for tourists’ accommodation. But there are also modern hotels that can be classified as four-stars - commodious rooms, pleasant furnishing, nice cooking. These include the following hotels: Antarius, Belkamtur and Arbat. When booking rooms in other recreation bases one should take into account that Paratunka is the resting place of local population that’s why there is the probability to be in the adjacent room with drunken company on the weekends. At the same time every recreation base or hotel here, even the cheapest, can boast of presence of one or several pools with thermal water.

Guest houses in Yelozovo are the variant for those who does not pay much attention at the inconvenience. Usually they are not very expensive and situated in the suburban partnerships. In other words, these are former private summer houses that further were adapted for tourists’ accommodation. Toilet outside the house and greenhouse with tomatoes onsite is a common thing.

For our part we can recommend you to choose the program of your vacation at first and only after that to think about accommodation according to chosen route. Or you can apply for help of our travel agency officer. We provide services in consultation, choice and booking the hotel for any period free of charge for clients who had ordered any tour.

For more information about hotels, recreation bases, huts and tens see more Accommodation

Tour cost

Tour price is indicated per one person and is calculated on the basis of minimum number of participants in the tour. As a rule it includes transfer, accommodation in recreation base/camping site/hotel, accident medical insurance, transportation to the place of tour and back, services of a guide, a cook and porters, and also services of providing common tourist outfit (two-men tents, gas-jets, gas cylinders and so on).

Tour cost does not include: air ticket to Kamchatka and back for any of participants, his necessary personal outfit, for foreign citizens – visa support, and also extra expenses that are not covered by the program of the tour.

After you have chosen one or another tour, you will get additional information on its cost.

Personal belongings and outfit

See below the list of recommended belongings and outfit that is necessary for a tourist during travelling over Kamchatka:

- Rucksack;
- Sleeping bag (approximate t regime +3o (comfort);
- Sleeping mat (mat for tent overnight);
- Telescope-type trekking poles;
- Trekking boots;
- Jacket (to protect from rain and wind);
- Trousers (to protect from rain and wind);
- Warm jacket (polartec or fleece type);
- Rain poncho;
- Hat, gloves;
- Light thermal underwear;
- Sandals or other rational footwear for stopping-places;
- Dishware (a plate, a cup, a spoon);
- Sunglasses and sun-protection cream;
- Flashlight;
- Personal first aid kit (emplastrum is necessary);
- Mosquito net and repellents (we ask you to pay special attention at this point, the absence of these things can essentially complicate your tour over Kamchatka!).

Safety and evacuation

The officers of the firm that accompany the group have first aid kit necessary for the first-aid treatment, GPS, and also satellite telephone that is used for organizational arrangements and operative communication in case of emergency. In case of emergency connected with the health of a tour participant, evacuation from the route is carried out at the expense of insurance company.

The evacuation at the expense of a tourist is carried out in the following cases:

- violation of rules of being in the reserved zone by him/her;
- refusal to perform the requirements of a guide and/or firm officers;
- unreasonable refusal to follow the route or lack of fitness;
- if his/her actions impede other participants from following the route;
- voluntary wish of a tourist to cancel the tour.

Prior to tour every participant gets safety instructions and rules of conduct in the tour and is responsible for their compliance.