Travel to Kamchatka: Adventure Tour

Kamchatka. Eruption of Karymskiy volcano

Adventure tour: Kamchatka. The Kamchatka river and the Klyuchevskoy volcano

Adventure tour: Kamchatka. It is Autumn in Kamchatka. Red currant grows in volcanic slag

Adventure tour: Kamchatka. The Viluchinsky volcano

Adventure tour: Kamchatka. The Karymskiy volcano

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My Travel to Kamchatka: volcanoes, fumaroles, geysers and fishing. Photos and story

Kamchatka: volcano



Kamchatka is an unique land. The land of volcanoes and geysers, sea lions and bears, salmon's caviar and the wildlife - this is Kamchatka. Active volcanoes produce enormous columns of steam and ash, hot sulfur fumaroles hiss by steam,  geysers explode, streams purling, and you feel - this land is living.

For years, I wanted to travel to Kamchatka, and now I go there! Kamchatka - it's wonderful!
The itinerary is: Petropavlovsk-city, the capital of Kamchatka - a boat trip to Avacha Bay - transition to Tolbachik volcanoes

- camp at the volcanologists base near volcanoes Ostryy Tolbachik and Ploskiy Tolbachik - Radial hikes - move to Esso - rafting and fishing - move to Mutnovsky volcano - Climb to Gorely volkano and Mutnovsky volcano - move to the camp close to Avachinsky volcano - travel to Valley of Geysers.
20 days, September.

Today is warm, sunny day. I am surprised that there are no mosquitoes.
Kamchatka. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Avacha Bay
These are two volcanoes not far off Avacha Bay - Avacha and Viluchinsky volcanoes.

The first day of the travel. We are moving towards volcanoes - first there was an asphalt road, then mound. We have a good, very good car. After Kozyrevsk the road is about this:
Kamchatka. The road to Tolbachik volkano

It is a normal good road. Mushrooms grow around the road - aspen, boletus, and any berries: cranberries, blueberries, shiksha, even red currant.

A base of volcanologists near Tolbachik volcanoes - log house with an appropriate label and LEDs around the helipad.
Kamchatka. A base of volcanologists near Tolbachik volcanoes
Abandoned moose antlers lie in front of the house, a little eaten by wild beasts. The Waterfall river flows close to the house.

Kamchatka. Here it is, cowberry.
Here it is, cowberry. It is early September - good time for travel to Kamchatka. The berries are ripe, the land around is bright - the moss is red and orange, various ripe berries are blue, red, and the grass is still green. Cedar branches lie on the ground - the bumps are edible too (pine nuts).

Our guides set up a camp: unload things from the car, put up a tent for dining room, foldable furniture, backpacks, food and beer. In the evening we are drinking excellent Kamchatka beer with great view to the volcan Tolbachik.
Kamchatka. Our base camp near Tolbachiks volcanoes
Our base camp near Pointed and Flat Tolbachik volcanoes

The next day of our travel. The first radial access - to "the stone fingers." I am not good enough walker, but climbed back and forth properly. Next day - according to plan - climbing to Flat Tolbachik, for the day. However, "tomorrow" - one of the rare days when the weather is not allowed to rise closer to the volcano - it is raining, fog, wind. We drank beer and walked around the neighborhood.

There are some interesting things near the camp:
Kamchatka. Ex bear
Ex bear

Then we went to the young volcanic cones, the slag fields, in dead forest - it was strewn with slag and burned during the last eruption of Flat Tolbachik. Landscapes are "Martian".

That someone joked:
Kamchatka. The slag field
It is the slag field - the dead land.

Here it is - the dead forest. In conjunction with the sun and haze it looks mysterious. Crow's not croak, there are not of living beings except for tourists.

Here strewn wreckage of the helicopter MI-2, which once unsuccessfully has flied up or landed.
Kamchatka. The dead forest

There was many volcanic cones around, and we climbed on a couple of them.
It smells of sulfur, the earth is warm, our feet sink into the slag to the ankle. It is comfortably to move out down with these cones - like skiing.

That's a view down from one of the cones - our car is so small at the bottom. And Sharp Tolbachik is in the background.
Kamchatka. A view down from one of the volcanoes
That's a view down from one of the cones.

Invisible haze in the air make the photos a little hazy.
Here are typical: the streams flowing from the volcano when snow is melting make such traces.
Kamchatka. The streams flowing from the volcano make such traces
It's like the feet of dinosaurs.

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