The territory of the nature park includes many tourist sights. On its territory there are numerous trails for entertaining adventures, based on seasonality and skill level.
The existence of nature park began in 1995, when the governor of the Kamchatka region founded three nature parks - Nalychevo, Bystrinsky, South-Kamchatka. Four years later another nature park Kluchevskoi was established.
In 2010 all four areas were included in national institution called The nature park "Kamchatka volcanoes", created to protect unique wild areas. Another goal of the park is development of tourism and recreation. The nature park provides ecological education to citizens and guests of Kamchatka and controls environment condition.
In August 2015 a national experimental biological salmon reserve "Kohl river". Protected areas, located in the nature park, are extremely valuable for our planet. All four nature parks are included in the list of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The Nalychevo claster
The Nalychevo nature park impresses tourists with its variety and beauty. Tourists from all over the world are attracted there by unique flora and fauna, rough rivers, clean lakes, hot springs, mineral springs, and glaciers. Nowadays locals and tourists aim to visit the Avacha mountain pass and the central area of the nature park.
The mountain pass is the most visited sight any time of the year. It is easy to come there from main settlements because it is located relatively close to domestic volcanoes. In winter mountain skiers and snowboarders come to ride mountain slopes. Summer is good for hiking, botanical tours, walking, volcano climbing. In touristic places there are arctic ground squirrels (Kamchatka ground squirrels), which are not afraid of tourists and often approach them for a treat. A nature monument "camel" is a famous sight of the Avacha mountain pass. There are many interesting trails in the central part of the park area. Tourists can walk to Aag springs, the Vershinskoye lake, the Vershinskye springs, Talovsky hot springs, the Dzendzur volcano, and the waterfall in Shumnaya river. A cup-shaped Nalychevo river valley is surrounded by active and extinct volcanoes of the Avacha and Dzendzur-Zhupanovskaya volcano groups. The river valley is rich in mineral springs. The Nalychevo mineral water system exists more than 25 thousand years and includes more than a hundred waters, different by chemical composition and temperature. Medical properties of springs are known since the 19th century.
The seaside area of the park is less visited by tourists. It is perfect for scientific and educational tourism. The Nalychevo lake is the largest lake for salmon spawning in the area. In summer red-necked grebes build nests on the surface of the lake. In the cape area you can sea brown bears, sea mammals, sea and coastal birds, and nesting places of Steller's sea eagle.
Tourist routes of the Nalychevo claster
The South Kamchatka park is one of the most visited areas of the peninsula, though some landscapes, flora and fauna are still insufficiently studied. It is the best destination for tourists who love discovering. Here is the Pacific coast with rocky slopes, quiet bays and endless beaches. Beautiful river valleys Asacha, Hodutka, Vestnik, Zheltaya, Ilyinskaya. Glaciers and virgin snowy slopes of active volcanoes. There are many hot springs in the park area and on its boundaries: Zheltovsky, Asacha, Zhirovsky, Dachnye, Viluchinsk, and Mutnovsky springs. The best known springs are the Khodutka hot springs with the strongest water stream - it is a unique geothermal area and a nature monument.
The territory of the park is a perfect place for both active and calm activities. Hikers and skiers can take a long tour to the "Pacific circle" or take a hike to hot springs and active volcanoes - Ksudach, Khodutka, Mutnovsky. The mountain ridges and volcano slopes are suitable for skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing almost all the year. In Summer tourists with off-road vehicles can visit a magnificent Mutnovsky volcano area. At the foot of the volcano there are areas with geysers and boiling mud pools. There are fumaroles on the crater and waterfalls with melted water. The Mutnovsky volcano produces a great amount of heat, comparable only to the Valley of Geysers. Distant sights can be visited by the a helicopter tour or a cruise. The view during the helicopter flight is amazing: emerald green mountain ridges, white peaks of the volcanoes, sky-blue rivers and lakes, steam of hot springs. Taking a cruise along the eastern shore, you can dive or fish in the bay.
Tourist routes of the South Kamchatka claster.
The Bystrinsky claster.
The Bystrinsky nature park is known for its impressive landscapes of the Sredinny Range and taiga forests with their fauna and unique lifestyle native people. In the park territory there are more than one thousand volcanic formations and more than a hundred volcanoes (including the Ichinsky volcano - the highest and the only active one of the Sredinny Range), more than 400 beautiful mountain lakes with clear water, numerous hot springs, spawning rivers , herds of reindeer.
The Bystrinsky nature park is the only place where indigenous people of the Russian Far East live and preserve their unique lifestyle - koryaks, evens, itelmens. The villages Esso and Anavgai are centers of reservation and development of indigenous people. In the Esso village tourists can visit ethnographic museum to see cultural and domestic belongings of Kamchatka aboriginals, and buy a national souvenir at the exhibition shop. In the Anavgai village there is a cultural outdoor complex "Menedek", where the surroundings of indigenous people are created: there are dwellings, vehicle, cultural and ritual objects.
The most exciting for tourists is visiting traditional celebrations of the natives. In March there are annual traditional sled dog races "Beringia", sled dog races for children "Dulin" and reindeer-breeder`s day. In June they celebrate the Day of the first catch and Even new year "Nurgenek", in June - "Aboriginal day", in September - the day when the Even people came to Bystrinsky area and Harvest day. There are folk bands - "Nulgur", "Nurgenek", "Oryakan". Guides of the nature park created unique tourist routes - volcano climbing, rafting in rapid mountain rivers, horse tours in alpine meadows, swimming in lakes and hot springs, known for their healing properties. The most visited place is the Ikar lake and the Dimchikansky cordon. In winter tourists enjoy mountain skiing.
Tourist routes of the Bystrinsky cluster
The Klychevskoy cluster
The Klychevskoy nature park is one of the most beautiful places in Kamchatka, untouched by the civilization. It is called "The land of ice and fire" - it is a modern volcanism area and the largest glaciation area in the peninsula. On the park area (371 022 ha) there are 13 volcanoes, about 400 slag cones, lava plateaus and plains, and 47 glaciers with the total area 269 square km.
In the nature park mountain skiers can challenge themselves by conquering the hardest peaks and slopes of the Klychevskoy volcano (the highest active volcano in Eurasia), Kamen volcano and Bezymanny volcano. When hiking in this area, mountain climbers visit the largest Kamchatka glaciers - Bogdanovich glacier and Erman glacier (each one is 45 square km). Going round the Ostry Tolbachik and the Plosky Tolbachik, visitors will see unique sights - "sheep" rocks and stone piles, the valley of Leontopodium flowers, and the canyon of the Studenaya river, with basalt spheres stuck in its walls. It is important to know that at noon the canyon gets filled up with muddy river streams, which come from the Bogdanovich glacier.
One of the tourist routes takes guests to the places of recent eruptions. The Big Toblachik Split Eruption in 1975-1976 created some new sights for tourists: Dead wood, lava grottos, slag cones of the South and the North splits, and the canyon of Statues with its fantastic landscape. In November 2012 there was a new strong eruption, named the Tolbachik split eruption. During the eruption, there were strong lava fountains, conjunctions of lava streams, and ash eruption. Many tourists and thrill-seekers arrived to the eruption area to observe the process. Some tourists took photos near lava streams, others cooked food on burning rocks. The relief of the Tolbachik valley has changed: there appeared new areas, built of lava layers up to 15 m high.
Tourist routes of the Kluchevskoy cluster
The Kohl river cluster
The government experimental salmon reserve "The Kohl river" was founded in 2006 to protect and study biodiversity of salmon species and their environment. In August 2015 the salmon reserve was joined to the Nature park Kamchatka Volcanoes due to the decision of the department natural resources and ecology.
The reserve "Kohl river" includes watershed territories of drainage basins - Kohl, Kehta, Kuntovo, located in the western shore of Sobolevo area in Kamchatka. The total reserve area is 220 242 ha, the length of the sea shore - 22 km. 9 species of salmon spawn in reserve`s rivers - chinook salmon, chum salmon, humpback salmon, coho salmon, masu (cherry) salmon, Dolly Varden trout, whitespotted char, rainbow trout . The migrating form of the rainbow trout is also called Kamchatkan rainbow trout, this fish is included in Red List of Threatened Species of Russia, north of the Far East of Russia and Kamchatka.
The reserve has guarding regulations and nature management regulations. The area is divided into functional zones: special guarding zone, buffer guarding zone, regulated nature management zone, recreation zone, and economic zone. The last one allows commercial fishery and fishing factory, and also includes an area for sports fishing, non-commercial fishing.
Visitor center of the nature park "Kamchatka Volcanoes"
Address: Elizovo, Zavoiko street, 33
Phone number: +7 (415 31) 7-39-41, +7-961-963-95-59
Fax: +7 (415 31) 7-24-00
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Visitor center of the nature park "Bystrinsky"
Address: Esso, Lenina street, 8
Phone number: +7 (415 42) 2-14-61