Kamchatka eco tours, bear viewing, fishing, skiing, hiking and more

Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Trek

Volcanoes of Kamchatka World Heritage Trek

Dates available:

Total Days: 14 
Group size:  2-10
Activity level 1 2 3 4 5

Trekking, hot springs, volcano ascents, rafting, ethnographic

Visit 2 of the territories that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Volcanoes of Kamchatka” to experience what makes Kamchatka so special.  Ascend Avachinsky Volcano (2741 m), hike into Nalychevo Park, and spend several days enjoying the hot springs, trails and cozy cabins in the park.  Drive deep into Kamchatka on public bus to Esso in the Bystrinsky Nature Park.  Here you will hike, meet the Even aboriginal people, raft the stunningly beautiful Bystraya River, and be charmed by the village atmosphere.


Day 1  Arrival in Kamchatka, transfer 15 minutes drive to guest house at  Bolshakova Street in Yelizovo.  Shared twin room. 

Day 2 Breakfast, transfer to pass between Avachinsky and Koriyakskiy Volcanoes, just inside Nalychevo Nature Park.  Check into hut.  Hike in area. B, L, D

Day 3 700 departure to ascend 2471m Avachinsky Volcano. Not a technical climb, but steep going up/down.  Overnight at hut.  B,L,D.

Day 4-5 Hike 44 km over the north side of the pass down to the center of Nalychevo Nature Park.  Camp en route.  Cabin in park center day 5. B,L,D.

Days 6-7 Overnight in park cabins, day hikes as you wish on the park’s trails.  Enjoy the 3 wild hot springs.  B,L,D.

Day 8-9 Depart park center, hiking 22 km each day crossing the Pinachevo Pass (1409 m).  Camp night 8.  Arrive at park border and transfer to guest house in Yelizovo.  B,L,D.

Day 10 730 breakfast.  900 transfer by car to Yelizovo bus terminal for 930 departure over 600 km to Esso.  Stop en route in Milkovo where you can buy a hot lunch at the local cafe.  Continue driving, with total drive time 8-10 hours, depending on road conditions. Check into guest house.

Day 11 Get acquainted with this charming village of 1500 residents, by visiting the District Museum, and then the Bystrinsky Nature Park Visitor Center.  Walking tour of village. Meals at guest house.  B, L, D.

Day 12 Rafting on Esso Bystraya River. Walk to the Koriyak culture camp Chau Chiv and start a beautiful rafting trip, without any white water.  Includes tea and fish soup prepared on the trip. The rafting ends in Anavgai. Walk to the Even Menedek Culture Center.  On arrival to a warm welcome, see the examples of traditional reindeer herding implements, have an excursion of the camp with explanations about the culture. After wild herbal tea with the hosts, have a master class.  Choose from wood carving, beading, and birch bark weaving.  Drive back to Esso.  B,L,D.

Day 12 Day hike in Bystrinsky Nature Park to see the forests and tundra.   Return to the guest house in Esso.  B,L,D.

Day 13 Early morning departure from Esso on the public bus back to Yelizovo.  Transfer in Yelizovo to the guest house.  Dinner at guest house. B,L,D.

Day 14 Departure day, airport transfer. B

Note:  B= breakfast, L= lunch, D=dinner

Form a group with friends, or join a group we form.

Price includes:  Professional guiding, meals as noted; accommodations; all permits, excursions, fees, documents for visa support and registrations, and emergency insurance. 

Not included:  Transportation to Kamchatka; trip insurance; alcoholic beverages; guide gratuities and personal items.

This trip is rated easy to moderate or 3 category, for people in good physical condition who can carry their personal rucksack to/from Nalychevo Park. For an additional fee we can arrange a porter.  Upon booking we will send you a suggested clothing and equipment list.

Food & hydration
Bring your own quick snacks to be eaten throughout the day.  Be sure to bring a water bottle.

Daytime temperatures in Yelizovo can range between 9 to 20 Celsius at this time of year.


Explore Kamchatka
41 Bolshakova Street
Yelizovo, Kamchatka, Russia 684007
Box 2378, Homer, Alaska 99603
Alaska Business License Number 284949
From within Russia
Mobile 8 984 163 9868
Mobile +7 984 163 9868 from abroad
Email: explorekam@gmail.com

Thanks to Igor Shpilenok Nature Photography for photos on this site