Exploring Russia’s Kamchatka: Land of Fire and Ice

Have you ever dreamed of trekking to the summit of an active volcano? Or dreamed of visiting a pristine wilderness left mostly untouched by the hand of man? Well, if  this sounds like your kind of adventure, then join us on a journey to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.                                                                                                Kamchatka is a stunning mountain paradise and one of the most isolated regions in the world. The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometer long peninsula in the far east of Russia. There are more than 160 volcanoes on the peninsula, 29 of which are active. The main attractions of Kamchatka are volcanic calderas, stone sculpture “parks” and lakes in craters, geysers, and mineral springs, all in pristine condition. The volcanoes of Kamchatka are a World Heritage Site. 

Off Trail Travel, in partnership with the Colorado Mountain Club, is leading an adventure travel trip to Kamchatka August 18 through September 3, 2011.

Supported by 4/6WD bus, this tour passes through the most active volcanic zone of the peninsula and along a high-mountain (1000 meters above sea level) plateau, surrounded by 9 of the Kamchatka’s highest volcanoes. You will have an opportunity to walk through the ash-cinder plain that from the Northern vent eruption, formed only 20 years ago. We will climb three volcanoes, all of which are still active. There will be plenty of wildlife: marmots, foxes, Stellar Eagles and multiple possibilities to see the legendary Kamchatka Brown Bear.

We will have opportunities to learn about the local and indigenous peoples of Kamchatka. We will meet the Evens people in the settlement of Esso,  where we will be entertained with an Even Folk Concert. On our last day, will be the guests of a local farmer at his yurt for dinner and some lively Russian folk music and locally-made vodka.

Here’s a great article my wife wrote about Kamchatka for the Colorado Mountain Club’s Trail and Timberline Magazine:

Kamchaka Trail and Timberline Article

If you’d like more information on this exciting journey to Kamchatka, contact me at offtrailtravel@comcast.net and I’ll email you a trip packet that includes a detailed itinerary and other useful information. We hope you can join us on this unique adventure.

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About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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