LEISURE Newsletter, July 2018

This issue is devoted to the mysterious and remote land of Russian Far East - Kamchatka. The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometre peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 270,000 km2. It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500-metre deep Kuril–Kamchatka Trench.
The peninsula has a high density of volcanoes and associated volcanic phenomena, with 19 active volcanoes being included in the six UNESCO World Heritage List.

Volcanoes, hot springs and geysers of this land are regarded as unique nature-geographical phenomenon. Combination of such unique phenomena, surrounding relief and vegetation creates inimitable natural landscapes!
The cultures of ancient peoples, marvelous views of the Valley of Geysers, kilometers of untouched tundra and, of course, different activities from skiing from the tops of volcanoes to sea diving, rafting,the best hunting and fishing in the world attracts people from different countries to this remote part of Russia.
Please fidn the information on different tours in the region as well as our latest Project for private jet US group.

Helen Isaeva

Private Jet Tour for 3 days and 2 nights to Kamchatka Region for the group of 87 persons from United States of America

Traditional national games In late June Travel Russia had a privilege to do a very interesting and challenging project for 87 guests private jet group.

Day 1 - Pimchakh visit on arrival
After landing the guests were taken to traditional village. The guests saw the performance of the groups as well as participate in traditional national games. After this tourists had a tour of the village to learn about every day life and traditions of the Itelmen people.
Lunch in the national village.
Exploration of the way of living and customs of Itelmen on the territory of the national village. Trade show of the national souvenirs.
Traditional national games Traditional Russian ceremony awaited the guests on arrival to the hotels.

Day 2 - Full day Boat excursion in Avacha Bay to "Three brothers" rock formation.
Boarding the ocean yacht and sailing in the Pacific ocean. The way to the island Starichkov goes along the Avacha bay passing the so called ID-card of Kamchatka the rocks "Three Brothers" and lava rock "Devil's finger". The guests can see the rookeries of the sea mammals and bird colonies with tufted puffins, cormorants, pigeon guillemots, and seagulls.

Transfer to the open ocean to island Starichkov.
Fishing Fishing for sea perch, mackerel, halibut, and shellfish with help of special seas rods. Motor boats rides along the rocks with entrances to grottos.
Lunch on board the ship - the cooks team makes the “Ukha” (Russian fish soup). The divers bring from ocean sea delicatessen – crabs, muschels, meerigels – tasting of delicatessen.
On the way back we had a stop to catch some sea fish in the Tikhaya bay.

Day 3 - Lecture on Volcanology and transfer to the Airport.
After breakfast our group went to Volcanology Museum.
The exposition includes the samples of rock formation, models of lava streams, that reflect the atmosphere of nature wonders of the regions.
Every visitor should be able to see what one can see coming up to volcano. All the items can be touched and closely viewed. It is possible to “create clouds, enter the lava cave, see how lava stream comes into being.”

The Valley of Geysers

The Valley of Geysers The Valley of Geysers is a unique natural site located in The Kronotsky Reserve in a vast gorge and Geysernaya river flowing along it. All forms of geothermal activity can be found here within 6 kilometers, including active and pulsing boiling springs, hot lakes, mud pots, and small volcanoes, steam jets, hot fields, and, of course, geysers. The dimension of gryphon of the biggest geyser Velikan (“Giant”) is 3 to 1.5 meters; the blast of water while eruption reaches 30 meters high. The Valley of Geysers is very picturesque, an incredible mosaics is created by multicolored clay, thermophilic algae, and profuse greenery of grasses.

The Valley of GeysersHelicopter Tour to Valley of Geysers.
Fly by private helicopter to Valley of Geysers. View erupting Karimsky volcano, fly around Maly Semyachik volcano with acid crater lake. Excursion to the Valley of the Geysers. Walking tour. Exploring 18 big and small geysers, boiling mud cauldrons. Observe erupting geysers. Observe erupting geysers – Malachite Grotto, Fountain, New Fountain, Giant and others.

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Volcanoes The Kamchatka Peninsula is considered the most volcanic area of the Eurasian continent with many active cones, is also very hyperactive and is also known as the land of fire and ice. The highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka (4,750 m), the largest active volcano in the Northern Hemisphere, while the most striking is Kronotsky, whose perfect cone was said by celebrated volcanologists Robert and Barbara Decker to be a prime candidate for the world's most beautiful volcano.
Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and the highest active volcano of Eurasia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers about 100 kilometres (60 mi) from the Bering Sea. The volcano is part of the natural Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Volcanoes Kronotsky is a major stratovolcano on Kamchatka Peninsula. It has a particularly symmetrical conical shape, comparable to Mount Fuji in Japan and to Mayon Volcano in the Philippines. The summit crater is plugged by a volcanic neck, and the summit itself is ice-capped. Kronotsky is considered to be one of the most scenic volcanos in Kamchatka.


Some Options of excursions in Kamchatka
Volcanoes Walking excursion to the mountain Camel.
The natural monument – "Mountain Verblyud" (Camel) located on the mountain pass between the volcanoes Avachinsky and Koryaksky – is a small rocky massif with two sharp peaks. The mountain was formed during the eruptions of both volcanoes. As a result of earth crust movement and activity of the volcanoes incandescent lava flowed that later became the mount Verblyud.

Ascent of Avachinsky volcano.
We get to the summit along the western slope by the ascending path with the level of difficulty 1A. The ascent to Avachinsky volcano and return to the base camp take as a rule 9 - 12 hours depending of the participants’ physical fitness. The difference of the altitude is almost 1900 m. The most difficult part of the ascent is the last 100 m.
Volcanoes If you feel en route that you are not ready to continue the ascent, our guide’s assistant will take you back to the camp where you may wait for the rest of the group to return.

Lunch on the volcano slope at the altitude of about 2000 m. Climb the young volcanic cinder cone to the crater. Walk around the crater.

From the edge of the crater you will catch the beautiful view of Nalychevo valley, the southern volcanic group and the Pacific coast.

Volcanoes Excursion into the crator of the volcano Mutnovsky.
Excursion around the fumarole zone – observe of the "Falling glacier", pulsating springs, fumarole outlets, mud pots...
The biggest crater of the volcano is located at the altitude of 1600 m, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kamchatka. Thus in order to get into the crater you don't have to climb to the top of the volcano (2323 m). The ascent is rather easy, you walk on the path of a 1A category in a crust fracture.