TOUR #12 - Avacha River-Esso – Anavgai-Reindeer Herds-Sosnovka Itel’Men Camp-Avacha Bay
Tour Duration: 15 days.
Time of travel : July - September
Recommended Group size: 8-20
Mode of Travel: helicopter, 6WD bus, on feet
The Avacha River
The Esso settlement.
Sosnovka Itel'men Camp
DAY 1. Arrival in Kamchatka.Airport greeting and transfer to hotel in Yelizovo. Check in, have a snack as desired. Your hotel is located in a forested area and there is time to take a walk. In the evening you will enjoy Russian folk music program and a picnic
DAY 2. W alking tour of Yelizovo with our guide, visit the interesting natural history museum in Petropavlovsk and the interesting open market, walk along Avacha River . We return to our hotel for dinner.
DAY 3. After breakfast this morning, depart for Esso. This is a long 10-hour scenic drive over the central Kamchatka mountain range and up into the central valley of the peninsula. Stop for lunch in historic Milkovo a small city located along the banks of the Kamchatka River in the central Kamchatka valley. Continue the drive to the Esso/Anavgai area where you'll have local hospitality in one of the most welcoming villages of Kamchatka , Esso.
DAYS 4-10. Enjoy the Festival at Anavgai. You may start your day with an early morning dip in Esso's huge hot springs-fed swimming pool in the center of the village. Tour the museum in Esso, which offers a fine ethnographic collection and a great way to see the material culture of the Even people who came to the Bystrinsky Region only 150 years ago. We drive to Anavgai for the opening of the festival. Each day during the festival you will drive to/from Esso to Anavgai and participate in the festival activities. Each day will host dances, traditional games, food, story telling, and sharing of cultures.
At an appropriate time (weather dependent) during this week, arrange a scenic helicopter flight to Even reindeer herds in the mountains and tundra above the villages. Spend about 5 hours (depending on weather) with the herders, picnic lunch, and return to Anavgai/Esso.
DAY 11. Drive back to Yelizovo-retrace your route to Yelizovo stopping along the way to take photos, pick some berries, picnic. Arrive in the evening and return to your hotel in Yelizovo.
DAY 12. Visit of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksy for sight seeing and shopping. In the evening a Russian children's folklore ensemble concert at hotel.
DAY 13. Visit Sosnovka Itel'men Camp. Drive to the birch forest camp of the Itel'men people. This program will be with the Nanwalek Dancers as well. This is a place that the Yelizovo area Itel'men are developing to restore and preserve their ties to their ancient culture. The program is informal, mostly a chance for people to visit and to get to know about each other's cultures. Dancers from Kamchatka as well as Nanwalek will share their dances and music. Native Food will be prepared family style over the campfire. Return in the evening to your hotel.
DAY 14. Marine Excursion on Avacha Bay . This will be an all day adventure including a picnic along the shores. Return to Yelizovo and your hotel in late afternoon/evening. And have a great farewell banquet at local restaurant.
DAY 15. Departure