Kamchatka Expedition

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Discover one of the world's last unexplored destinations


Duration: 21 Days
Starts in: Russia
Group Size: 9-16

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Arrive Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Arrive Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel restaurant. Overnight: Hotel.

Exploration preparation

Briefing with the guide for detailed discussion of the route, checking camp and personal equipment. This day is also used as a standby for the flight in case of unfavorable forecast the next day. Overnight: Hotel.

Fly to Ksudach Volcano (1hr 20min)

Flight to Ksudach volcano. Along the way we land twice for food, water and petrol drops at Verhne-Opalinskiye springs and Khodutka Hot river. On arrival we make camp on a sandy beach near the hot springs of Lake Kluchevoe. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the lakeside hot springs. Overnight: tent

Excursion to Shtyubelya and Klyuchevoye crater lakes

An excursion around the big crater lakes - Shtyubelya and Klyuchevoye (1000 m). Klyuchevoye Lake has a thermal edge with quite hot water and a warm beach, enjoy a hot spring bath. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Shtyubelya and Klyuchevoye crater lakes

Extra day at Ksudach to make a circular trip to a nearby waterfall where cascading falls can be seen coming from the crater. Explore the area around these two lakes, fish for Koho salmon, and climb Lukina Mountain (1900m) to admire the wonderful panorama of volcanoes beyond. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trekking to Khodutka Volcano (18km)

Start trekking towards Khodutka Volcano. During your trek we observe the effects of the great eruption of 1907, when the entire surrounding woodland was covered by lava. Now this huge territory has little vegetation, making it a good place to observe bears, deer, foxes and rabbits. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trekking the Tyoplaya to Pravaya Khodutka River (15km)

Continue trekking along the Tyoplaya River to the Pravaya Khodutka River. (15 km) Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trek to Khodutka Volcano (12 km)

Trek to the camp at the hot lake north of the Khodutka Volcano (Food depot 1). When approaching Khodutka Volcano over the caldera ridge, a magnificent view opens up. In the background: the rocky cones of Khodutka and Priemysh are seen and also the thick forest that you will soon enter. A large green valley stretches out below you; here and there the thin line of the Pravaya Khodutka River sparkles and steams through the trees, leading to the boiling Khodutka Lake which is located in a large green glade in the forest. Hot water from innumerable steam cones forms a small stream. Strong jets from the bottom and banks make this stream a real river 10 meters wide and more than human's height deep. Behind the glade this river flows into a picturesque birch-tree forest and as you continue along the river the gradually water cools allowing you to find a place with just the right bathing temperature for you. A good evening's rest at the base camp. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Priyemysh Mountain

A day trip climb of Priyemysh Mountain (1226 m) for wonderful picturesque views. Return to the base camp. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Rest Day

Rest and unwind in hot springs or reserve day in case of bad weather. Overnight: tent.

Trek to the headwaters of the Asacha River (18 km)

Trek to the headwaters of the Asacha River. Crossing the Prawaya Chodoetka and picturesque plain where bears feed on wild berries and hike around a wetland where a variety of bird life may be seen. Camping in the tundra near Golaya hill. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Tundrovaya River (15 km)

Trek towards the bear pass along Tundrovaya River. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trek over Zverinny pass (17 km)

Trek over Zverinny pass (475 m) to the outflow of Podlesny Creek (17 km). This pass is known like a ‘bear path’, so make sure to keep your eye open to see the bears that are abundant here. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trek to Opala River (15 km)

Trek to Opala River (2nd food depot). A small wooden fishing lodge is situated here. Enjoy fishing and hopefully catch fresh fish for your dinner. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trekking to Verhne-Opalinskiye hot springs (10 - 12 km)

Trek to Verhne-Opalinskiye hot springs. Overnight: tent. Trekking: 6 to 8 hours

Trek to Levaya Opala River (18km)

Continue your trek along the scenic Levaya Opala River.

Transfer to Mutnovsky volcano

Trek to the road junction between east and west directions (5 km), where an all terrain vehicle will pick up the group and transfer to the plateau of Mutnovsky Volcano. Here you will set up your camp. Overnight: tent.

Excursions to the craters of Mutnovsky

The Mutnovsky Volcano's (2323m) nest of merged craters is perhaps the most beautiful volcanic phenomenon of Kamchatka. The view from its top is magnificent: steep walls surround the vast and deep crater cavity with glittering glaciers split by cracks and torches of fumaroles oscillating far below and drawing a translucent veil over the northern crater. Also visible is the southern crater under its armour of ice and above all this a column of vapour rising from the craggy rim of the active funnel crater. You will be impressed by this perpetually changing natural wonder of steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots and glaciers of this huge volcanic massif. In March 2000 steam blasts rocked one of the craters while within it a glacier began to collapse. A large section of the glacier vanished and a blue acid lake appeared amid the broken ice. Standing on ice you will at the same time feel the hot breath of the earth here. Overnight: tent.

Gorely Volcano

Drive to Gorely Volcano (1829 m). A chain of 11 craters across it's peak make for a unique sight. While hiking along a series of secondary craters you will be captivated by the one with the bright blue acid lake. The view of the surrounding peninsula is sure to impress. Overnight: tent.

Excursion to the Dachnye hot springs

Excursion to the Dachnye hot springs or exploration of the caves of the Gorely Volcano. Journey by road to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight: hotel.

Depart Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Drive to the airport for your departure home.

Additional Information

Kamchatka is a unique land where fire meets ice and one of the world's last unexplored places, known as the 'Land of Volcanoes'. Join us on an unforgettable trekking adventure discovering a wilderness of stunning bays, boiling geysers, bears and snow-capped volcanoes, whose alpine meadows and lowland forests support a great diversity of wildlife in one of the world's last and largest natural sanctuaries. On this unique journey we will explore remote regions with inimitable landscapes of outstanding beauty. Discover the spectacular chain of craters of the Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes and explore unique crater lakes as blue and clear as the sky. For those who have been everywhere else to those who just prefer to get well off the beaten path, this trek promises to offer one of the adventures of a lifetime.


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