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Visit Avachinsky and Koryaksky Volcanoes

Avachinsky (also known as Avacha or Avacha Volcano or Avachinskaya Sopka) is an active stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula. It lies within sight of the capital of Kamchatka Krai, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Together with neighbouring Koryaksky volcano, it has been designated a Decade Volcano, worthy of particular study in light of its history of explosive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.
Avachinsky's last eruption occurred in 2001. This eruption was tiny compared to the volcano's major Volcanic Explosivity Index 4 eruption in 1945.

Koryaksky lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at a point where the Pacific Plate is sliding underneath the Eurasian Plate at about 80 mm/year. A wedge of mantle material lies between the subducting Pacific Plate and the overlying Eurasian Plate is the source of dynamic volcanism over the whole Kamchatka Peninsula.

The volcano has probably been active for tens of thousands of years. Geological records indicate that there have been three major eruptions in the last 10,000 years, at 5500 BC, 1950 BC and 1550 BC. These three eruptions seem to have been mainly effusive, generating extensive lava flows.

We suggest you bring the following:
• Warm clothes (weather can be changeable)
• Suitable walking/ hiking shoes
• Sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Insect Repellent
• Binoculars/ Camera



Picnic Lunch, transfer (pick up and drop off at hotel), services


Alcoholic beverages

Visit Avachinsky and Koryaksky Volcanoes itinerary:

This tour gives us a closer look at the volcanoes and an opportunity to appreciate their beauty.
You will be picked up from your hotel this morning and taken by “off road” vehicle 45 km’s to near the base of these volcanoes. From there you have a couple of options to choose from: a) You can walk to the foot of Koryaksky Volcano. This is a relatively easy walk across the extensive ash plains and lava flows. There are great views of the surrounding area from “the Camel” a small hill. b) Ascent of Avachinsky Volcano (2751 m). Avacha volcano is one of the most active in Kamchatka; it has erupted 16 times since 1737. On the last major eruption was in 1945 and lasted 7 hours during which time about 3 million tons of ash and rock where thrown out of the crater. From the summit there are stunning views of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Elizovo, Avacha river valley and Avacha Bay; Vilyuchinsky, Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes to the south; the valley of the Nalychevo river, Zhupanovsky & Dzenzur volcanoes to the north. The ascent is steep and takes about 6-8 hours but if it is too difficult it is possible to return to the vehicle.



Just Russia Travel offer a number of day excursions in many cities and towns to complement your time in Russia. Choose from rafting, helicopter day trips, Brown Bear viewing, dacha (traditional summer house) visits and much more. These day trips are just a selection of what is available. If you would like a personalised itinerary tailored to your interests for example bird watching, snow sports, history and culture etc please contact our office.