Avachinskiy (or Avacha) Volcano, also known as Avachinskaya Sopka or "Avacha" among Kamchatka residents, is an active volcano. It has a complex, cone-in-cone structure of Somma-Vesuvius type. It is 2741 meters above the sea and belongs to the group of so-called "domestic" volcanoes because of its close location to the city. Avachinskiy Volcano is a spectacular landmark which can be clearly seen from Petropavlovsk on a clear sunny day.
The volcano used to be a lot larger than it is now. But long time ago, a violent eruption reduced the volcano to almost half its original size, to what it is now. A new active cone with beautiful contours stood up from the depths of the Earth although the remains of the old mountain can still be found at the base of the new volcano. About 20 years ago the main crater of the volcano had a perfect funnel shape which was completely filled with lava and covered by a distinctive "cork" following the significant eruption in 1991.
At present time there are numerous active fumaroles on top of the volcano and therefore its surface is always warm. Once you are at the top of Avachinskiy Volcano you can encounter astonishing panoramic views: the Pacific Ocean coast, the city, and Vilyuchinskiy and Mutnovskiy Volcanoes. On the west side there is a majestic Koryakskiy Volcano and on the north side – breathtaking Nalychevo River Valley in front of Zhupanovskiy and Dzenzur volcanoes.
07:15 Departing the Petropavlovsk Hotel towards the volcano by our off-road vehicle.
08:30 Arriving at the camp (start of the treck) near the base of the volcano. Safety instruction.
09:00 Route access. The ascend takes 6 – 8 hours. Snack on the top of the volcano (sandwiches, fruits, nuts and tea).
19:00 Dinner at the base camp (lunch-boxes, sandwiches and tea).
Packing equipment. Departing back towards Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
21:00 Arriving at the Petropavlovsk Hotel.
Backpack (10 liters) for personal belongings;
Wind jacket, hat (e.g. beanie) or cap;
Fleece jacket, warm gloves;
The route or the route schedule can be changed according to the weather conditions, the training level of the group, other external factors. The decision to change the route may be taken by the guide on the place.