Walking across the whole of the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula, from north to south a vast volcanic peninsula in Russia’s Far East, the visitor has an amazing chance to experience several different climatic zones along the journey.
From brown bears fishing to the heat of the lava under the Tolbachik Volcano. This special territory can be hiked with no special preparation. You just need to be able to walk with a rucksack for five to six hours, covering 15 to 20 kilometres per day.
Helicopters usually drop you off at the Valley of Geysers. Part of the route along the Dvukhyurtochnaya River can be completed by raft. To a large extent though, the trip depends on how much time you have and, of course, the weather. The must-do items are as follows:
- Tolbachik consists of two volcanoes. One, the Plosky (“flat”) Tolbachik (the other: Ostry, “sharp”), is the most active volcanic region in Russia. On foot, you can avoid the new volcano cones that were formed in 1975, and descend through the “dead forest”, land disembowelled by the eruption.
- Lake Dvukh Yurtochnoye, a blue mirror gleaming in the green valley, famous for attracting bears, who like to fish there. At night they catch and eat salmon, and in the day they catch Z’s under the shade instead.
- Mutnovsky is like taking a walk on the Moon. The rules are simple: don’t breathe in too much hydrogen sulphide or touch the fumaroles (vents which emit dangerous gases) — steep walls, twinkling glaciers, and deep smoking craters.
The main settlement of the peninsula and the capital of Kamchatka Region is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The city is located on the southeastern shore of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Petropavlovsk’s streets wind around green volcanic hills where city residents still pick berries and mushrooms. Covered with white snow, the peaks of Koryaksky, Avachinsky and Kozelsky volcanoes rise over them. And there are eternal moorage ribbons going along the Avacha Bay.
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