So, on the 3 rafts, we had 21 people, and ALL our gear for the 2 week trip, and all the kitchen and dining setup, so consequently the boats were pretty heavily loaded.
We had another long journey (about 5hrs) to Esso village to experience some of the ‘native’ Even people of Kamchatka, we started by driving through the forest and then to the same interesting river crossing, luckily the last crossing before the lunch break was running late so we managed to catch it.
It looked like a lunar lanscape of volcanic ash/sand and rock with small cones around us and the imposing site of Ostry (sharp) and Plosky (Flat) Tolbachik Volcanoes,
We arrived at the supposedly fantastic hotel with thermal baths, Helios Hotel in Paratunka, another highly innacurate description by the Vision of Kamchatka team, where we said goodbye to some of our group who were returning home.
The morning after the scramble up Mutnovsky Volcano we were looking forward to going up to the top of Gorely Volcano which on paper should be easier, only 1829 metre high
The next day it was time for the first volcano, Mutnovsky (2323 metres high). It is formed of 4 Stratovolcanos joined together and has a double crater
I recently returned from a fairly unique trip amongst my friends certainly, I went to the Russian far east, to Kamchatka, ‘Land of Ice and Fire’