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  Rafting and fishing tour on the Opala River

Opala River is rich on fish, with all of Kamchatkas salmon species represented, and flows through an uninhabited area. It is situated relatively close to the town Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and surrounded with beautiful landscapes. The river flows through the caldera of the Opala Volcano. There are very high chances to see a Brown Bear. Opala River (length 161 km, surface area 4070 km2) is a large river on the South-Western part of the coast of Kamchatka and plays an important role in the reproduction of the Far-Eastern Salmonides. There are no human settlements along the river banks. Fishing is organised from rafts and river banks. Rafting begins in the middle reach of the river, some 100 km away from the river mouth. The river is 100-200 m wide. The summer temperature of the water is not higher than 5-7C. The rafting goes by two groups of springs: Verkhne-Opal`skie (thermal) and Nizhne-Opal`skie (mineral). One part of the rafting route goes through an old cauldron of the Opala Volcano, 5 km from its slopes. Species that can be observed in Opala River during spawning: King Salmon a few hundred individuals Sockeye Salmon a few thousand individuals Pink Salmon up to 5 million individuals in peak years Chum Salmon more than 55,000 individuals Silver Salmon up to 25,000 individuals There are big numbers of Malma and Rainbow Trout in the river. There is also a small number of sima, Steelhead and East Siberian Char. The spawning sites of the salmon start some 10-12 km from the mouth.

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Volcanoes and Bears of Kamchatka

Being a part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, the unique Kamchatka peninsula encompasses 28 active and over 160 dormant volcanoes, as well as more than 200 curative mineral springs. It is home to largest brown bears in Russia, magnificent Stellers sea eagles and six species of salmon. In summer and autumn, fast running Kamchatka rivers are boiling with hundreds of thousand salmon moving to their spawning grounds. This tour combines visiting the most well known volcanoes of Kamchatka and learning about traditional way of life of local indigenous people. Several days during the trip will be devoted to moderate hiking across rugged volcanic terrain and ascending volcanic craters (the hiking distances are up to 20 kilometers or 12 miles per day).

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Ichinsky volcano Mutnovsky and Goreliy volcanoes

The central part of Kamchatka peninsula being remote from the main roads is still untouched by the human presence and keeps unique mountainous landscapes and volcanic plateaus. We offer this tour to the experienced backpackers who value the charm of pristine nature and prefer to travel in the expedition style. The total length of the trekking part is 150 170 km, but it is designed in the way that travelers will have time for rest and taking pictures. The trekking will start in Esso the indigenous village of reindeer-herders who still keep their traditional reindeer-breeding practices in tundra. The caterpillar off-road vehicle will transfer the travelers to the foot of Ichinsky volcano that is thought to be one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the world. On the way the two food deposits will be made that will allow the travelers to carry food supplies only for three days during the whole trekking part. There will be quite reasonable chances to view brown bears, snow rams, marmots, foxes and a variety of birds in their natural habitat.

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Best Nature Sights of Kamchatka

This tour program is similar with the tour To the Kingdom of Salmon and Bear described above, but does not include a 3-days trekking in the Kosheleva volcano area. The longest field trip will include two days of moderate hiking (up to 1518 kilometers per day).
Financial Support of the League of Nation's Health.