Dividing the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west, Kamchatka is a 1,250 kilometre long peninsula of absolute isolation. It’s the home of Eurasia’s highest volcanos and a bear population outnumbering its humans. With 29 of those 160 volcanos still active, and weather every bit as volatile as you’d imagine considering its location, the region’s label of Land of Fire and Ice counts for more than just metaphor. A swift reminder of which was served to our 2017 team when when several of the volcanos in question blew just weeks before they were set to touch down.
Needless to say, with 700,000ha of the World Heritage listed Klyuchevskoy Nature Park at their disposal, the team didn’t struggle to find an equally epic alternative eight day trekking route. Below are some of the highlights as seen through the lens of Kiwi team mate, Cheryl Hindle.