by Andrei Nikiforov, Kamchatka guide from 1992. 46
y.o., speaks English, French.
# Exploration of
volcanoes the most active at the period planned for visiting,
Exploration of volcanoes which are going to erupt (for
# Rafting rivers rarely visited,
Exploration of volcanoes on the Kourils islands,
combinated on Your desire,
# The tour special: ascent
Kliuchevskaya Sopka (4850), one of the most active volcanoes in the
Kamchatka peninsula extends southwest from the mainland for a
distance of about 1207 km (about 750 mi), separating the Sea of
Okhotsk from the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The capital and
chief city is the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. The autonomous
okrug of Koryakia, occupying the northern section of the peninsula,
and the Komandorskiye Islands, situated in the Bering Sea, are
attached to the Kamchatka Oblast for administrative purposes.
peninsula is traversed by two active volcanic mountain ranges
extending from northwest to southeast and set apart by a wide,
level, central area. The highest peak is Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano
in the eastern range, which rises to a height of 4750 m (15,584 ft).
A tundra region, averaging about 655 m (about 2150 ft) above sea
level, forms the western coast of the peninsula, and the eastern
coast is bordered by cliffs. The principal river, the Kamchatka,
empties into the Bering Sea near Ust'-Kamchatsk. Fishing is the
chief industry in this area. Hunting is also of economic importance;
the Kamchatka region has an abundance of animals such as polar bear,
deer, seal, sable, otter, and mountain sheep. Natural resources
include oil, gold, iron, copper, coal, and sulfur. Potatoes,
vegetables, and grain are grown. The inhabitants of Kamchatka
include Koryaks, Kamchadals, Chinese, Koreans, Russians, and Tungus.
Area, about 518,000 sq km (about 200,000 sq mi).
KLIUTCHEVSKAYA SOPKA ASCENT. K.S. Situated in the north part of
the Pacific chain of volcanic activity and on the center of
Kamchatka peninsula, Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest active
volcano on the territory of Europe-Asia. K.S. is only 7 thousends
years old — very short period on the geological scales, and as
measured by the volume of basalts belched it's one of the most
powerful volcanoes in the World. Except 6 hiegh volcanoes around
either extinct or rarely explosive, the plateau calling
«Klyutchevskoy Dol» includes as well Bezymyanny volcano (translated
as «Unnamed»), 2840, well known by it's paroxysmal explosion in 1956
and continually active now. The season recommended: Winter — April,
the beginning of May (ski-tour), Summer — August, September.