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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 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...

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Climate and relief

Kamchatka weather is very changeable and sometimes unpredictable. Abundant precipitation and rushes of wind happen not infrequently. Fogs are often and they become the main obstruction for sightseeing. Take into account that sharp change of weather is typical for Kamchatka. Summer tourist season lasts from Julу to October...

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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. These are mostly off-road...

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Level of difficulty

All tours suggested by our company 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. 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 in the part Cost. In general, the tour will be held if this number of participants is gathered. As a rule maximal number of participants does not exceed 12 people. It is necessary for providing optimal-safety movement along the route. The number of participant in the group can be individually...

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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 all transfers by vehicle and helicopter, accommodation in hotel, recreation base and huts, services of a guide, a cook and porters (in trekking-tours), visa support and also services of providing common tourist outfit...

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Personal outfit

See below the list of recommended outfit and belongings that is necessary for a tourist during travelling over Kamchatka: Rucksack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, trekking poles, headlamp, trekking boots, jacket and pant Gore-Tex, warm jacket, light down jacket or vest, T-shirt long sleeve, light pants, light thermal underwear, hat and gloves, bucket hat or cap...

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Safety and evacuation

Guide that accompany the group have first aid kit, GPS, and also satellite telephone that is used only 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...

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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 staff 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 unearthly landscape in the region of Tolbachik volcano or all the beauty of the famous Kuril lake

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

Kamchatka weather is very changeable and sometimes unpredictable. Abundant precipitation and rushes of wind happen not infrequently. Fogs are often and they become the main obstruction for sightseeing. Take into account that sharp change of weather is typical for Kamchatka.

Summer tourist season lasts from Julу 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 1000 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 company 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 Kronotsky Reserve, near Karymsky and Maly Semyachik 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.

Level of difficulty

All tours* suggested by our company 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. The excursions are arranged with the use of automobiles and helicopters, and pedestrian tours do not take much strength.

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: long automobile transfers along forestry and gravel road of bad quality, moving along route may be complicated by unfavorable climatic conditions. Travelers can ascent of the volcanoes and it must be specified in advance. Climbing volcanoes is not technically difficult, but it demands physical efforts and take from 5 to 12 hours. They pass through territories with great elevation changes but along touristic paths. Accommodation during tour is in hotels, recreation bases and huts. Overnights in the tent camp are admitted only in those places where comfortable accommodation is not possible.

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 staff of the company. Weight of common load per person may be from 3 to 6 kilograms or 2-4 kg if porters participate in the tour. All participants of the tour take part in tent setting. The basis of daily ration is composed of sublimate products of high quality. Overnights are mainly in tents.

*except for the tour Climbing the Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants in the group is stated for each tour in the part Cost. In general, the tour will be held if this number of participants is gathered. As a rule maximal number of participants does not exceed 12 people. It is necessary for providing optimal-safety movement along the route.

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 all transfers by vehicle and helicopter, accommodation in hotel, recreation base and huts, services of a guide, a cook and porters (in trekking-tours), visa support and also services of providing common tourist outfit (tents, kitchen equipment, etc.).

Tour cost does not include: air ticket to Kamchatka and back, personal outfit and belongings, accident medical insurance 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 detailed information in the part Cost.

Personal outfit

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

  • Rucksack (foк trekking-tours minimum 70L)
  • Sleeping bag (approximate t-regime Comfort -5°C)
  • Sleeping mat (mat for tent overnight)
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking boots
  • Jacket Gore-Tex
  • Pant Gore-Tex
  • Warm jacket (type polartec/fleece etc.)
  • Light down jacket or vest
  • T-shirt long sleeve
  • Light pants
  • Light thermal underwear
  • Hat and gloves (type polartec/fleece/merino etc.)
  • Bucket hat or cap
  • Mosquito net for bucket hat or cap and repellents*
  • Sandals or Crocs (for crossing rivers and rivulets and stopping-places on the route)
  • Sunglasses and sun-protection cream
  • Rain poncho (optional)
  • Thermal Bottle 0,5÷0,7L (optional)
  • *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

Guide that accompany the group have first aid kit, GPS, and also satellite telephone that is used only 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 National Reserve/Park by him/her
  • refusal to perform the requirements of a guide or staff the National Reserve/Park
  • 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

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