TRIP HELISKI KAMCHATKA - the DACHA KAMCHATKA
The Datcha Tinkoff Collection
HELISKI RUSSIA : EXCLUSIVE ORGANIZER OF THE HELISKI ACTIVITY ON THE DACHA STAYS
The Datcha Tinkoff Collection offers a great and unique offer of stays, on which we are both happy and honored to collaborate.
For many years, we have had the pleasure of guiding Oleg Tinkov, owner of the super yacht expedition La Datcha 77, on the slopes of Kamchatka. A Russian businessman and founder of Tinkoff Bank, Oleg Tinkov has a body-ridted adventure and a particular passion for heliskiing.
So it was only natural that he dreamed and built the luxury icebreaker La Datcha 77, equipped with two B3 Squirrel helicopters ready to take off to explore the most beautiful slopes.
Oleg Tinkov has chosen to trust us to organize and ensure the heliskiing part of the Datcha 77 stays. With his confidence, it is with excitement that we embark on this prestigious adventure!
LA DATCHA 77: LUXURY ACCOMMODATION & EXCITING EXPEDITIONS
Kamchatka is a phenomenal peninsula, beyond your wildest imagination. With its 1200 km from north to south, it’s the size of the UK, Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg combined…and yet, only 300,000 people live there.
The superyacht La Datcha 77 welcomes you on board for 8 unique days. You’ll meander through the snowy fjords of this magical peninsula and explore this land of ice and fire. From the sea, of course, but also from the sky. Thanks to our powerful Squirrel B3, you’ll enjoy its breathtaking landscapes, discover its rich and varied wildlife and take on the challenge to ski the slopes of some of its most beautiful volcanoes.
We’ll meet in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the peninsula’s capital, where a private transfer to the yacht will collect you.
You’ll fall under the spell of the Kozelsky, Avachinksy and Koryaksky volcanoes that surround the city.
The crew of the Dacha will welcome you. Once you’re settled in, your guide will introduce the week’s programme, followed by a briefing on safety procedures. If the weather permits, a flight to a nearby mountain will be organized so that you can enjoy your first ski tour. The day will end with a delicious dinner and you’ll spend your first night at anchor.
After breakfast, La Datcha will sail along the fjords south of the city. These magnificent fjords are home to unique natural monuments and have the advantage of offering protected navigation from wind and storms.
We‘ll enjoy a fantastic, first heliskiing session on the slopes of the Vilyuchinsky volcano, which has a vertical drop of 2100 m and slopes with a 35° incline. From the top of this volcano, you’ll have a fantastic view of several beautiful bays. We’ll spend the evening and night at anchor in one of them, Vilyuchinskaya.
In the morning, La Dacha will continue its cruise southwards. You’ll fly over the wettest area of Kamchatka, a huge caldera which unites 2 active volcanoes: Mutnovsky and Goreliy.
In winter these volcanoes accumulate 20 m of snow. You’ll have an absolutely unforgettable experience skiing in the crater of an active volcano, inside of which a glacier is hidden. At the end of the day, we’ll meet some Steller sea lions and sea otters. We’ll spend the night at anchor in Russkaya Bay.
Cape Shipunsky and Bechevinskaya Bay Today we’ll change direction and sail to the northern part of Kamchatka. Several helicopter drop offs are planned on the summits of the Koryaksy, Avachinsky and Kozelsky volcanoes. Our final destination for this fourth day is Shipunsky Point and the nearby Bechevinka Bay, a former secret base of diesel submarines during the time of the USSR, which then became a ghost town. The Datcha will anchor here for the evening.
We’ll sail to the heart of Kamchatka, along the Pacific coast. Another incredible place awaits us: the Valley of Geysers. It’s one of the most astonishing and unique geyser fields in the world, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dacha will drop anchor on the side of Zhupanovsky and Maly Semyachik for a new heliskiing session. We’ll also enjoy a breathtaking view of the Karymsky volcano, the most active in Kamchatka and one of the most active in the world. For those who wish, a guided tour (trekking or hiking) of the geyser valley can be organized. The Datcha will spend the entire night and in the morning you’ll wake up with a view of some of the most impressive volcanoes of Kamchatka.
Kluchevskaya Sopka consists of 14 volcanoes and more than 400 small volcanic formations and other cones. Today, you’ll ski the slopes of these gorgeous giants. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest active volcano in Europe and Asia, is 7000 years old and 4750 m high. Its neighbor Tolbachik is in reality composed of two volcanoes: one is a flat volcano and the other a steep stratovolcano. In the evening, La Datcha will sail south for five hours to Morzovaya Bay, where we’ll spend the night
For our last full day on board, we’ll combine heliskiing and an XXL, natural spa. We’ll take off to ski Zhupanovsky, a volcano composed of four overlapping stratovolcanoes, considered to be one of the best volcanoes to ski in the whole of Kamchatka.
After a full ski day, we’ll get back in the helicopter to visit the Nalychevo nature park and enjoy a swim in the wild natural springs.
The programme: a hot thermal bath and champagne with a breathtaking view of the snowy peaks. Once you’re relaxed and rejuvenated, we’ll return to Avachinsky Bay for the last dinner on board.
It’s already the end of your exploratory journey of this unparalleled peninsula. The last morning’s brunch will be served on board before disembarking and heading to the airport for your return.
The Datcha 77 is a 77-meter long expedition yacht specially designed to withstand the harshest environments, reaching the most remote destinations safely.
The esteemed luxury yacht construction company Amels and Damen is the architect of this 6 deck icebreaker. This ship is as elegant as it is efficient. The Datcha has its own on-board refueling system, autonomous systems and a unique waste management system, providing the ship up to 40 days of autonomy at sea.
The yacht offers luxurious accommodation, hosting up to 12 guests with 25 crew members. The 6 cabins, including two master staterooms and VIP cabin, offer a comfortable, tasteful and refined environment. The timeless, soft-toned decoration creates a perfectly relaxing atmosphere.
The high windows of the bow’s observation lounge, offer a exceptional 270° view. Wellness is the key word: 2 jacuzzis – including 1 on the top deck, sauna, steam bath, massage room and even a gym with a sea view! More uniquely, the ship has a submersible for 3 people as well as a fully certified diving center.
But without a doubt, the most important distinction of La Datcha is that it’s been designed for heliskiing lovers. The yacht has 2 helicopters (Eurcopter Ecureuil B3) ready to take you to the top of the most stunning slopes, which are just waiting to be explored. The vessel is also equipped with a large storage space for skis, boots and safety equipment.
The helicopters will be single-turbine Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuils or Aérospatiale SA 315B Lamas, which are regularly used for winching, transport, rescue and special operations and, more recently, for heliskiing. These helicopters can carry 5 people (including the guide), as well as the pilot. They were all built recently and meet all current safety standards. They are carefully serviced and maintained according to international procedures.
Flight time: We prefer to base ourselves on the flight time actually flown – unlike traditional heliskiing agencies which charge flight time based on the vertical drop skied.
Not only is our method of calculation more transparent and more in line with the reality of the costs, but it also allows us complete freedom, adapting to the conditions and giving you the opportunity to explore the best sites.
So, a good day offers us 7,000 to 10,000 metres of altitude drop for the cost of about 2 ½ hrs of flight time!
The trip options’ announced flight time is the average flight time during each trip. When the weather prevents us from using all these hours, we’ll refund the hours not flown.
Suitable skis (fat or freeride skis) that have been properly prepared (edges sharpened, freshly waxed, bindings correctly adjusted, etc.) will ensure you get the best from your trip. In addition to this obvious advice, we’ve drawn up a list of things you’ll need to pack.
- Ski boots
- Freeride skis suitable for powder
- (with touring bindings and skins, if you wish)
- Ski poles
- Ski helmet (recommended)
- All-weather ski goggles
- Sunglasses, sun cream, lip salve
- Gloves (2 pairs)
- Gore-Tex trousers and jacket
- Light fleece and thicker fleece (or down jacket)
- Technical base layers
- Ski socks
And don’t forget your swimsuit for the hot springs!
The following details are for informational purposes only. The daily flight schedule with Aeroflot can be found at the link
It’s up to you to choose the company you want to travel with, as well as organise your flight(s). We remind you that your flight details must be communicated to us (for insurance purposes).
GENEVA (GVA)- MOSCOW (SVO)
Leave Geneva 1:10 pm -arrive in Moscow at 6:45 pm
MOSCOW (SVO) – PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC)
Leave Moscow 5:00 pm – arrive in Petropavlovsk 10:45 am on Sunday
PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC) – MOSCOW (SVO)
Leave Petropavlovsk 1:25 pm – arrive in Moscow 1:30 pm
MOSCOW (SVO) – GENEVA (GVA)
Leave Moscow 6:10 pm –arrive in Geneva 8:50 pm
PARIS (CDG) – MOSCOW (SVO)
Leave Paris 9:45 am – arrive in Moscow 3:25 pm
MOSCOW (SVO) – PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC)
Leave Moscow 5:00 pm –arrive in Petropavlovsk 10:45 am on Sunday
PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC) – MOSCOW (SVO)
Leave Petropavlovsk 1:25 pm –
arrive in Moscow 1:30 pm
MOSCOW (SVO) – PARIS (CDG)
Leave Moscow 4:15 pm – arrive in Paris 6:10 pm
NOTE : If you decide to do the entire journey on the Saturday, make sure you have enough time to make your connection (you may have to change terminal for the flight to Petropavlovsk, etc.).
It’s often easier to start the journey on Friday and spend the night in Moscow before heading to Petropavlovsk on Saturday.
Currently, Aeroflot don’t charge extra for ski bags, but you must register your skis at least 36 hours before you leave and confirm you will be taking skis 24 hours before your flight time.
FLYING TIME :
Geneva – Moscow: approx. 3.4 hrs
Moscow – Petropavlosk: approx. 9 hrs
Paris – Moscow: approx. 3.4 hrs
Foreigners wishing to visit Russsia must first obtain a visa.
In order to obtain a tourist visa for Russia, you must hold a valid passport that will be valid for at least six months after the end of your stay. The passport must have two adjacent empty pages to which the Russian visa will be affixed.
You must also have certification of your repatriation insurance. You can take out this policy directly with Heliski Russia. However, it should be noted that most credit cards already include repatriation insurance if you use the card to pay for your flight ticket and your trip.
You’ll also need a voucher (tourist invitation) which we’ll issue to you, as well as a passport photo of less than 3 months old provided by you.
For any further information concerning the administrative procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
As soon as your reservation is confirmed, we’ll send you a Travelers Booklet with all the information you’ll need to organise your trip
RATE: ON REQUEST
|DATES ON REQUEST|
8 days and 7 nights aboard superyacht La Datcha
Access to all yacht amenities – jacuzzi, sauna, steam
Meals on board: breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as
picnics based on local specialties during our days in the mountains
Round trip transfers from/to the airport
12 to 20 hours of flight time depending on the chosen
Supervision by qualified mountain guides (1 or 2 guides, depending on the chosen option)
Voucher/invitation (document required for obtaining your visa)