where the Earth bares its soul
to Karymsky volcano
is a relatively short and young volcano, the most active one
in Kamchatka. There have been 23 eruptions in this century
only, the latest one started in 1996 and was going on for
two years gradually fading. The eruptions of Karymsky are
accompanied with bursts and throw-outs of ash and bombs going
out from the central crater, with lava effusing. As a rule,
the lavas of Karymsky are so glutinous that the flaming torrents
do not always reach the foot of the volcano. The latest eruption
of the volcano would have been like any other one, but it
was different coinciding with an under-water eruption in the
Karymsky lake that is 6 km away from the volcano. It lasted
no more than 18-20 hours, but that short period included over
100 under-water bursts each accompanied with waves tsunami
15 meters high. The lake was actually boiling. The temperature
went up rapidly, and salt and acid components reached the
concentration that killed all the life in the lake including
the school of "kokani", a lake species of sock-eye
salmon cultivated by ichthyologists in the Karymsky lake.
As a result of this eruption, the Karymsky lake that used
to be ultra-fresh turned into the biggest natural reservoir
of acid water in the world.
days, 3 nights
of difficulty: easy
cost: $2050 per person in a
group of 6.
The price includes: airport transfers, heliflight
expenses, English-speaking guide-scientist, kitchen crew,
all the meals, camping stuff and tents.
Domestic flight (if any) airfare, Russian visa,
over luggage if any, personal expenses, tips and medical insurance
are not included.
experience of watching eruption in action,
of thermal and radon springs and high waterfalls in complete
- rewarding natural
history excursions with science experts,
flight view down to the crater's lake from helicopter.
Transfer from hotel to the helicopter ground. Helicopter flight
to Karymsky volcano (45 min.). Flying above Karymsky volcano
and the Karymsky Lake. Landing in the Karymsky river valley
(5 km from the volcano). Overnight in tents (900 m). Excursion
along the Karymsky valley, observation of thermal and radon
springs and old lava flows of Karymsky volcano - 3 hours.
Excursion to the Karymsky Lake, observation of
thermal springs, swimming in the Karymsky river - 3 hours. Return
to the camp. Lunch. Excursion to the Karymsky riverís waterfalls,
including the highest 30 m waterfall - 2 hours.
Excursion to the Karymsky volcano - 8 hours. Observation
of lava flows and bombs of previous eruptions and Karymsky caldera.
Return to the BC.
Second excursion in the Karymsky river valley, a lecture
about natural history of the volcano. Departure by helicopter
to Petropavlovsk- -Kamchatsky. On the way flying above Maly
Semiachik volcano with acid crater lake. Transfer Airport-Hotel.
"bombing" during eruption
Russia / Neizvedanny Mir Company
Saint Petersburg, Fontanka embankment, 59