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Kamchatskie Avialinii Mi-8 To Geyser Valley  
User currently offlinespeedygonzales From Norway, joined Sep 2007, 732 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

After a few months of procrastination, I've finally pulled myself together to post a tripreport from this amazimg trip.

I went on the 'Active Volcanoes of Kamchatka by ATV Truck' with The Lost World this summer:
http://www.travelkamchatka.com/atvtour.htm
I and some others from our group decided to spend some extra mony on a helicopter trip to the Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera on day 2, instead of touring Petropavlovsk, and it was well worth it. This was also my first ever helicopter flight.

Some details:
Price: 25000 RUR
Duration: About 09:00 to 19:30, from pick up to return at the hotel.
Total flying time: About 3 hours.
Flight number: No idea
Aircraft: Mi-8 Passenger, 26 seats.
Registration: RA-22546

When we arrived at Avachinsky Heliport in Yelizovo, Kamchatka's second largest town which also is home to PKC, our guide told us that we had to pass security, and colledted any pocket knives etc. we might have.

Atfer waiting for the clouds to lift for a while, we went to a small bird park next to the heliport.


Kamchatka 2010 028 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 034 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 035 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

We were told that the falcons were threatened due to illegal capture and smuggling to arab countries as hunting falcons.

After we were done watching birds, we got some food, and were waiting for what seemed to be an eternity for the clouds to lift. I walked outside for a while, when I heard the sound of turbines starting, when we suddenly were rushed into the helicopter, with no time to spare. We didn't see anything to any securitycheck.
I managed to snap a picture of this cute little chopper we passed on our way to ours:


Kamchatka 2010 037 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Our helicopter:

Kamchatka 2010 038 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The flight deck:

Kamchatka 2010 039 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The view was amazing with large square windows, and overflying wonderful untouched landscape:

Kamchatka 2010 041 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 045 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 050 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The highlights were the erupting volcano Karimsky:

Kamchatka 2010 051 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 054 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 056 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

And the acid crater lake of Maly Semyachik:

Kamchatka 2010 060 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 061 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The pilots passed the higlights twice, so people seated on both sides could get a good view.

More scenery:

Kamchatka 2010 066 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

While approaching the Valley of Geysers, we could see another Mi-8 already parked on one of the heilpads:

Kamchatka 2010 069 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

We landed in the valley of Geysers after flying for about 1:20.
The landscape in the valley is not as good as it used to be, due to a large mud slide in 2007. Some of the mud is ssen here:

Kamchatka 2010 072 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Our helicopter surrounded by wonderful landscape:

Kamchatka 2010 073 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Though not at its former glory, the Valley of Geysers is a wonderful symphony of colors, steam, bubbling mub and geysers:

Kamchatka 2010 075 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 079 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 081 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 084 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 085 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 086 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The largest geysert erupts every five to eight hours, and we were lucky enough to see an eruption:

Kamchatka 2010 092 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 094 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

This almost looks like the nose of some giant mythical beast:

Kamchatka 2010 100 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Boiling mud:

Kamchatka 2010 104 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

After walking around for a while, we departed for a short flight to Uzon Caldera.

Close-up of the rotor hub:

Kamchatka 2010 105 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Cabin:

Kamchatka 2010 106 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

After landing in Uzon Caldera:

Kamchatka 2010 107 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The lavatory:

Kamchatka 2010 108 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

The caldera is the remains of a large ancient volcano, and is filled with hotsprings and boiling mud:

Kamchatka 2010 110 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 111 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Our visit was cut short due to this guy, a male bear estimated to be four years old by the ranger. The ranger fired flares from his shotgun but that did not scare a curious bear. He only ran away when the helicopter started.

Kamchatka 2010 115 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 119 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 121 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 122 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

After leaving Uzon Caldera, we flew a little over half way back for hot lunch on the Zhupanova River:

Kamchatka 2010 125 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Kamchatka 2010 126 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr

Your's truly:

Kamchatka 2010 127 by Ssppeeeeddyy, on Flickr


Summary:

Comfort: Noisy and a lot of vibrations, but quite good seat. Honestly, who cares about comfort on a trip like this.
In-flight service: Water. Again, who cares. We were sereved a nice hot luch while stopping at Zhupanova River.
View: 11/10, impossible to beat.
Over all experience: 11/10

Conclusion: Quite expensive, but absolutely worth it and highly recomended!


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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17511 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6582 times:

This is probably the best trip report, ever. How did you get to/from Yelizovo? I had no idea Kamchatka was so stunning; I've always wanted to go but assumed it was mostly a dreary, grey flatland.


E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1202 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6505 times:

Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

Wow... Absolutely stunning tripreport! Beautiful pictures and what an amazing journey it must have been. Thanks for sharing it with us!

User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1413 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Wow, congratulations with such a trip!

I'd love to go to Kamchatka as well, I guess I shouldn't wait any longer. So stunning beautiful it's there!

Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6106 times:

Excellent report.

You don't see these sort of reports everyday.



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User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

Thanks Speedy for this fabolous TR!

I've checked out the photos about Kamchatka on your Flickr photostream, and I'm more and more convinced that I should give a look to that wonderful corner of Earth. The TR was really interesting as well, it must have been quite an experience to admire such a glorious scenery from a Mi-8!

How did you get back and from Kamchatka?


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6019 times:
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Very rare TR and congratulations!

Co-incidently, I flown RA-22546 on the almost exact tour in 2006. Looks like the plane is even in a better condition now. We're able to stand behind the cockpit to record video, photo all time.

I would like to know whether you got time and attempt to take pic at PKC (Yelizovo) and which flights you took to/from PKC?

A few RA-22546 photo by me in 2006

Cheers

Sam Chui



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5980 times:

Whoa, that looked like one great day out (albeit, a very expensive one!). I'm meant to be going to Khabarovsk and Yuzhno Sakhalinsk in December, so out in that neck of the woods. I think that it'll be a bit too cold to go up to Kamchatka though.


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User currently offlinespeedygonzales From Norway, joined Sep 2007, 732 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

Thank you for the feedback everyone  
Quoting N178UA (Reply 7):
I would like to know whether you got time and attempt to take pic at PKC (Yelizovo) and which flights you took to/from PKC?

I didn't get much time at PKC to take any pics. I flew Transaero DME-PKC, but would problably chose Aeroflot the next time, as the intereior of their 767s (ex Gulf Air DME-PKC, ex EVA PKC-DME) was really tired.

I will upload more pics to flickr from the rest of the trip in the coming days, so keep watching.

Here's another aviation related photo from my trip to Kamchatka:

This Mi-2 suffered double engine loss due to ash ingestion during the 1975-76 eruption of Plotsky Tolbachik. Our guide said there was no fatalities due to that eruption, so I guess it autorotated to safety.



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User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 4555 times:
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A very exotic TR, thanks for the sharing. Two years ago, Airliner World published a report about this region.

User currently offlinefaucett From Peru, joined Jul 2009, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

W-O-W!!!!!!

Fantastic TR and absolutely amazing pictures!



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