Tour itinerary can be seen below.
Arrive at the airport and transfer to our hotel in Petropavlovsk.
After breakfast we will depart for the base of the volcano, this will be approximately a 4 hour drive. We will stop for lunch before the climb to the crater, which will take around 3 hours. Along the way we will see mud volcanoes and acid pools. Due to the volcanic activity you can sometimes feel the ground rumbling beneath your feet. The descent will take around 90 minutes and we will then make the drive back to the city arriving around 22:00.
After breakfast we have a 3 hour drive to the river. Our guides will steer the inflatable raft as we travel downstream. The water is relatively calm; however, we do travel over some minor rough areas. Our route will go from the Malki settlement to Bolshaya river estuary. Outside the settlements we will get the chance to see truly wild nature. This part of the river is very popular for fishing and we will have time to try this out (equipment included). Chum and Char salmon are common at this time of year.
Wake up early and have breakfast before departing at 07:00. After a 90 minute walk we will come to the foot of the mountain and set up a temporary camp. Having listened to our guides climbing recommendations we will start the ascent. This can be challenging, however, we will hike at an average pace for the comfort of each participant of the group. If you feel that it is impossible to continue ascending, you will always be able to return to the temporary camp.
Although the ascent is not very steep, it is long, usually taking 6-7 hours to get to the top for people of average physical condition.
The length of the cruise is about 10 hours. We will take in the mountainous landscapes as we depart Avacha bay. Along the rocks, we will see Puffins diving into the water and we will make a close pass of Starichkov Island. As it is a wildlife reserve landing there is strictly prohibited. We will approach the island and will be able to view the wildlife (we recommend long lenses and binoculars if you’d like a better view) from the cruise boat. There are usually ringed seals and sea lions dotted around the rocks.
Once we reach Russian Bay, we will have a chance to see Orcas and Whales that come to catch fish here in the summer. Here the anchor will be dropped and then we can partake in some deep sea fishing which the region is well known for (equipment and bait provided). A professional diver on board will drop into the water to collect Sea Urchins from the bottom and then a fish soup of our catch will be put together for lunch as we return to Petropavlovsk.
Today is a free day where we can help to arrange other excursions and expeditions in the region. There is a chance to join helicopter excursions in the area to view the bears hunting for salmon. The schedule for these trips will not be known until closer to the tour, but if possible, a seat in the helicopter will be in the region of $500+ for the day.
Today the tours ends and we will include a transfer to the airport.