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12 days in Kamchatka. Biking Program

We are happy to invite you to participate in an individual one-week mountain bike program in Kamchatka Peninsula! What is it about? Our experts and local guides have worked out an 11 days' summer program in Kamchatka and have included one week mountain bike trip and one day of trekking into it. Only you and our guides are going on an 11 days' trip to the land of volcanoes. As you already know, there are plenty of active volcanoes in the Far East of Russia and most of them are located here, in Kamchatka Peninsula. Besides this region is famous for its minerals, hot springs and geysers. During the tour you will have a wonderful opportunity to obsrerve Kamchatka's stunning views, to visit its famous hot springs, to see gorgeous waterfalls, geysers activity and many other things that you can find nowhere else but here, in Kamchatka. This trip will be a unique chance for you to discover there are still some wild lands in the world!

A few words about volcanoes… Besides mountain bike trip and trekking we have included 2 days' helicopter sightseeing tour into this program. You will fly to Uzon Volcano area and visit Karimskiy Volcano as well. During this trip you will have an opportunity to see curative mud pools, different types of geysers, thermal pools and thermal hot springs, unique plants and alga. You will find yourself in the center of pure, wild nature. You can see there brown beer and foxes - it is their native place of leaving. Our helicopter will take you to the heart of the volcano - so called "cal'dera". That is some kind of a small platform inside the crater which appears as a result of destruction during previous eruptions. Uzon Volcano is not active at the moment, but from time to time you can still see steam coming from underground. What's more? The tour includes one day climbing program - to Mutnovskiy Active Volcano Crater (2323m). Mutnovskiy Volcano is one of the numerous active volcanoes of the Far East Siberia. It will not take long - climbing to the top of the crater is possible within one day. For that you do not have to be a professional mountaineer - the route is simple but very picturesque!

NB
During one week mountain biking we provide twenty-four-hour accompanying vehicle and radio connection with every group. That will help you feel safe and comfortable. The length of the route is approx. 315 km, 25% - off road. Maximum altitude of Base Camp side - 1000m above the sea level.

Itinerary:

Day 1
  • arrival to Elizovo airport (30km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski)
  • reception at the airport, transfer to "Blue Laguna" hotel complex (Paratunka Village, 30km from the airport)
  • accommodation in "Virginia" hotel - one of the Complex (here you can enjoy thermal pools, picturesque views, etc)
  • dinner, getting acquainted with the guides
  • safety measures instructions, route discussion, etc
  • thermal pools visit
  • free time and rest
Day 2
  • breakfast
  • bus transfer from Paratunka Village to Nadejda Village (40km distance)
  • mountain biking on the route: Nadejda Village - Viluchinskiy Pass (1050m) - Goreliy Pass (800m) - the River Osvistannaya
  • lunch (en route, picnic style)
  • Base Camp on the river bank
  • dinner
Route details
Biking route length - 44km
Drop of altitude - 800 meters
Road characteristics - paving asphalt, earth road, off road

Route description
This day we start our mountain biking trip. The way leads to Viluchinskiy Pass, where you ride on the ground. We ascend up to the pass saddle and see gorgeous Viluchinskiy Volcano with the top of 2175 meters a.s.l. To the north from the top you will find its crater, but not active any more. We go further and see a great waterfall - its grandeur is simply breathtaking. You will be especially enchanted by this route if you are flora and fauna lover, you can enjoy sight of plenty plants and trees, typical of Kamchatka's severe landscapes. After lunch time and a short rest we continue our way - ride down and up to Goreliy Volcano Pass. This volcano is not that high - 1829 meters, but so to say a very sophisticated one. You can see its 11 craters on the top and about 30 craters on the slopes! Then we ride down to the River Osvistannaya where we will set our tent camp for the night.


Day 3
  • breakfast
  • trekking on the route: Mutnovskiy Active Volcano crater (2324m)
  • sightseeing tour "inside the crater"
  • lunch
  • back to the Base Camp
  • dinner
Route details
Trekking route length - 16km (both ways)
Mutnovskiy Volcano altitude - 2324 meters

Route description
The way to the crater takes about 6 hours, so we start early in the morning about 07:00 a.m We go down along the river and then start trekking - uphill. The top of Mutnovskiy Active Volcano is 2324 meters and is located on the eastern side (slope) of the volcano. And on the western part of it there are 2 huge craters, 1.5-2 km in diameter. In the lower part of the crater you can watch steam rising from inside the surface and feel that specific sulphur smell. There is even a river inside - the Volcano River with boiling water and mud pools on its banks. The scenery is just like some stage sets for Star Wars! And if you look up you will see a real active volcano crater - with sulphur depositions and volcanic gases rising up. In 2000 there was a great explosion inside the crater, as a result of which one of its sides collapsed - now we have a hot lake in the middle of the glacier! Hard to imagine, isn't it? If you look down you will see an 80 meters high waterfall rushing down from the crater… After lunch all this splendor is there for you. We guarantee those views will live in your memory long after you come back from the magnificent tour! Enjoy!


Day 4
  • breakfast
  • mountain biking on the route: the Osvistannaya River - Mutnovskaya Geothermal Power Plant (GPP)
  • sightseeing tour to Mutnovskaya GPP
  • lunch
  • sightseeing tour to the waterfalls area
  • back to the Base Camp;
  • dinner
Route details
Biking route length - 44km
Drop of altitude - 800 meters
Road characteristics - off road, earth road, paving asphalt, earth road, off road

Route description This time we invite you to Mutnovskaya Geothermal Power Plant, where you will participate in a sightseeing tour. The plant is located at the bottom of Mutnovskiy Volcano, altitude - 780-800 meters. Mutnovskaya GPP is the first ecologically safe power and thermal station in Kamchatka. After lunch we plan to visit famous waterfalls located nearby. And in the evening - begin our way back to the river, to our Base Camp.


Day 5
  • breakfast
  • mountain biking on the route: the Osvistannaya River - Goreliy Volcano Pass - Tolmachyovskoe Lake
  • lunch (en route)
  • Base Camp on the lake
  • dinner
Route details
Biking route length - 60km
Drop of altitude - 700 meters
Road characteristics - off road, earth road, off road
This day our accompanying vehicle goes directly to the lake and waits for us there

Route description
Tolmachyovskoe Lake was the first one in Kamchatka to be transformed into a reservoir, so now we have Tolmachevskaya Hydro Electric Power Station on the bank. The lake is located on the south of peninsula, which is known for its huge average annual precipitation volume. Nearby you will discover a gorgeous waterfall.


Day 6
  • breakfast
  • mountain biking on the route: Tolmachyovskoe Lake - Apachi Village
  • lunch (en route)
  • the end of the first part of biking tour
  • bus transfer to Paratunka Village, "Virginia" Hotel
  • dinner
Route details
Biking route length - 60km
Drop of altitude - 700 meters
Road characteristics - off road, earth road, paving asphalt

Route description
Apachi Hot Springs consist of 13 pools with different temperature, ranging from +15°C to +72°C. People only started using it before World War 2nd for the purpose of preventive and curative measures.


Day 7
  • breakfast
  • bus transfer to helicopter base
  • departure to Uzon Volcano
  • sightseeing tour - Uzon Volacno
  • lunch
  • helicopter transfer to Karimskiy Volcano area
  • Base Camp on Karimskoe Lake bank, at the bottom of the volcano
  • dinner
Route details
Uzon Volcano - 1617 meters
Karimskiy Volcano - 1540 meters

Route description
So now you have an opportunity to visit unique natural phenomena - caldera. The caldera of Uzon Volcano is about 12x10 km large - there you will find everything volcanoes are famous for. Fumaroles, mud pools and springs, boiling volcano lakes, steaming geysers etc. The sight is just unforgettable! There are about 100 different springs and more then 500 geothermal phenomena. Here is located one of the biggest craters (diameter - 1.65 km!) occupied by a lake. The water in the lake is pure and cold. Only 3 km from it you will find another lake - Bannoe, 30 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. The water in it is hot and rich in sulphur; the temperature is +40° С. They say its healing ptoperties work wonders. We plan to spend the night on the bank of Karimskoe Lake which is located at the bottom of Karimskiy Volcano - one of the most active volcanoes of the region.


Day 8
  • breakfast
  • helicopter transfer to Karimskiy Volcano
  • sightseeing tour - Karimskiy Volcano
  • lunch
  • helicopter transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
  • bus transfer to "Virginia" Hotel
  • dinner.
Route details
Karimskiy Volcano - 1540 meters


Route description
The first part of the day we plan to spend in the caldera of Karimskiy Volcano. At the bottom you will see a lot of hot springs and waterfalls, geysers and thermal pools. On the bank there is Research Volcanological Station. After the sightseeing tour our helicopter will take you back to Petropavlovsk, to "Virginia" Hotel.


Day 9
  • breakfast
  • bus transfer to the earth road leading to the bottom of Avachinskiy Volcano
  • accommodation in the mountain base
  • mountain biking in the area of the base
  • lunch
  • trekking to the Camel Mountain
  • back to the base
  • dinner
Route details
Avachinskiy Volcano - 2741 meters
The Camel Mountain (the Camel Mt) - 1300 meters
Biking route length - 25 km
Drop of altitude - 1000 meters
Road characteristics - earth road

Route description
The way from the road to Avachinskiy Volcano bottom is about 20 km - it is flat and quiet, there used to be a river on that place, but it has gone dry and now only remaining sand reminds us about it. The mountain base is located at 800 meters above the sea level. There are 2 volcanoes nearby - Koryakskiy Volcano (3456m) and Avachinskiy Volcano (2741m). This area is also famous for its rich flora. From the top of the Camel Mountain (1300m) you will have a breathtaking view on the whole valley.


Day 10
  • breakfast
  • mountain biking trip from the mountain base
  • lunch
  • bus transfer to the earth road leading to the oceanfront
  • mountain biking trip to the oceanfront
  • bus transfer to "Virginia" Hotel
  • dinner
Route details
Biking route length - 67 km
Drop of altitude - 800 meters
Road characteristics -earth, sand

Route description
In the early morning you will be pleased with riding along a flat path covered with sand and soil. In the afternoon we will ride along the Pacific Ocean.


Day 11
  • breakfast
  • bus transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
  • lunch
  • sightseeing tour to the folk village
  • bus transfer to the hotel
  • dinner
Route description
Sightseeing tour to the city will help you understand the specific characteristics of the region and local people way of living. You will visit Museum of Kamchatka region, where they have collected a lot of information about nature, history and local people traditions and culture. In the afternoon we will go to the folk village, where you will see traditional houses of the locals (yurt), feel the atmosphere of the past. Besides, you will have time to go to the local seafood market and buy some souvenirs for your friends.


Day 12
  • breakfast
  • departure to the airport (the time depends on the selected flight)
  • departure


Note:
The weather is not that stable in the region of Kamchatka Peninsula and we can change the schedule of the tour according to the weather conditions. Please note, that this is a basic program and it can be prolonged according to the group preference. Helicopter and ship sightseeing tours are also available.


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