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EXCEPTIONAL EXPEDITION YACHT Kuril Islands

EXCEPTIONAL EXPEDITION YACHT

The Datcha Tinkoff Collection

8 days

You’ll experience an extraordinarily intense adventure encountering the awesome nature of the Siberian wilderness.

Ski & yacht

Embark aboard the Datcha 77, an incredible ice-breaking yacht, accessing the most remote areas.

Up to 12 people

With its 6 spacious, comfortable cabins, La Datcha 77 can accommodate up to 12 people.

Skking et exploration

From Kamchatka to the North of Japan, aboard the Datcha you’ll discover the Kuril archipelago and ski its most beautiful volcanoes.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

Harmonizing comfort and performance in extreme conditions, the superyacht has a crew of 25 people taking care of every detail.

COMTEMPLATION

A unique, privileged opportunity to observe a huge variety of wildlife in its natural habitat.

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!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!

THE KURIL ARCHIPELAGO: 40 ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Rendez-vous 10,417 km east of Moscow, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean. During these 8 days you’ll be amazed by the majesty of this volcanic archipelago, a land coveted by Japan for more than 70 years.

The Kuril Islands form a chain of volcanic islands stretching more than 1000 km, from the Kamchatka Peninsula to Hokkaido. An extraterrestrial landscape, the volcanoes are carved on a background of ocean and deserted beaches.

This is your opportunity to be a privileged explorer of these wild, virgin islands and immerse yourself in their unique atmosphere. Beautiful ski descents down volcanoes will be just some of the highlights of this unforgettable experience

Your trip

Day 1

In the morning, you’ll arrive on Iturup Island, the largest of the Kuril Archipelago. Here the power of the elements has shaped the landscape. Due to storms off the Sea of Okhotsk, the rocks collapsed, eventually forming fantastic canyons.

A mixture of white pumice and black volcanic sand covers the island, offering a unique black and white landscape.

Once you’re settled on board, brunch will be served followed by a safety briefing and a presentation of the week’s programme by your guide.

In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy your first drop-offs on the volcanoes with beautiful descents of 1500 m of vertical drop.

We set course for the island of Urup during the night.

DAY 2 

As you approach the island of Urup, the Steller sea lions, guardians of the island, will welcome you offshore.

Urup is one of the largest islands in the chain – 120 km long, but it’s nevertheless uninhabited which leaves plenty of room for wildlife (sea otters, seabird colonies and arctic foxes).

2 heliskiing drop-off points are planned today, including the summit of the extinct Broutona volcano.

At the end of this dynamic day, La Datcha will spend the night at Simushir.

DAY 3

We’ll fly over Simushir Island to enjoy the panorama of its 6 volcanoes (3 of which are active).

The dramatic outline of these volcanoes forms 4 mountain ranges, culminating at 1400 m. You’ll have the uncommon opportunity to ski these wild slopes.

Broughton Bay at the northeast end of the island was used as a secret submarine base by the Soviet Navy for 16 years before being closed in 1994. We’ll visit the abandoned village of Kraterny, which was the centre of this military base.

We’ll sail during the night from Simushir to Onekotan.

DAY 4

It’s said that the island of Onekotan has never known more than 5 sunny days in a year… But we’re not here for the sun.  We’ll explore the jewel of this island, the volcano Krenitsyn. 

This volcano’s almost perfectly circular crater stretches over 7 km and in the crater’s centre there’s another 1324 m high volcano which is completely surrounded by the sea.

Weather permitting, we’ll ski these magical volcanic slopes and continue our ski day on another active volcano in the north of Onekotan called Nemo.

We’ll then head to Paramushir.

DAY 5

Paramushir has 3 major volcanoes: Ebeko, Chikurachki and Alaid.

Ebeko is an active stratovolcano with several summit craters culminating at 1,156 m.

Chikurachki, the highest volcano of Paramushir, is also one of the highest of the Great Kuril Range with 1816 m altitude.

But the star is undoubtedly the Alaid volcano, which is constantly growing due to regular eruptions. Alaid, located on Atlasova island, is the highest and northernmost volcano of the Kuril Islands. This jewel proudly stands at an altitude of 2,339 m with its perfect slopes just calling out to be skied.

We won’t resist for long before taking on this lengthy, dazzling descent ending at the ocean’s edge.

DAY 6

Today, we bid farewell to the Kuril Islands, our mind full of the marvelous moments offered by this journey.

Sailing along the Pacific coast, we’ll reach Kamchatka’s shores and spend the next few days heliskiing its slopes, among fjords and volcanoes.

The Datcha will anchor at in Russkaya Bay for the night, in the south-eastern part of the peninsula.

DAY 7

This last day gives us yet another chance to savor the splendor of Kamchatka.

Today we’ll say goodbye to the Fire Peninsula’s incredible treasures: we’ll land on the Avachinsky volcano (2741 m) and ski its spectacular slopes.

Then we’ll cross the Avacha bay to enjoy skiing on the perfect cone of the Vilyuchinsky volcano with its 2,175 m altitude.

We’ll discover the fascinating spectacle of the sulfur fumaroles of Mutnovsky, observing the red and yellow lakes which are continually appearing, forming an incredible palette of colours.

We’ll conquer Koryaksky and its sensationally steep slopes of 35° inclination at the top and 15° to 20° near the bottom.

After this last dose of adrenaline, we’ll arrive at Avacha Bay, welcoming us for our last night in this unbelievably unique place.

DAY 8

The last morning we’ll enjoy brunch on board before disembarking from La Dacha for Petropavlovsk.

We’ll drive you to the airport for your return flight.

A waking dream comes to an end. You’ll be leaving with a multitude of memories you’d never have imagined.

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 five 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 m 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.

Before setting off for Kamchatka, you’ll have to sharpen your edges, wax your bases and get ready to ski “wide and long”. In addition to this bit of advice from Marco, we’ve drawn up a detailed list of things you’ll need to bring.

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • 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

CLOTHING :

  • Hat
  • Gloves (2 pairs)
  • Mittens
  • 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!

MATÉRIEL DE SÉCURITÉ COMPRIS DANS LE TARIF :

  • Sac à dos ABS Airbag (permettant de mettre vêtements supplémentaires ou d’enlever en cas de changements de temps). Vous pourrez également laisser des vêtements dans l’hélicoptère au cours de la journée.
  • Détecteur de Victimes en Avalanches
  • Pelle & sonde

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).

 

FROM GENEVA

OUTWARD

GENEVA (GVA) – MOSCOW (SVO)

Friday

Leave Geneva 1:10 pm –arrive in Moscow at 6:45 pm

MOSCOW (SVO) – PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC)

Saturday

Leave Moscow 5:00 pm –arrive in Petropavlovsk 10:45 am on Sunday

RETURN

PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC) – MOSCOW (SVO)

Sunday

Leave Petropavlovsk 1:25 pm – arrive in Moscow 1:30 pm

MOSCOW (SVO) – GENEVA (GVA)

Sunday

Leave Moscow 6:10 pm –arrive in Geneva 8:50 pm

FROM PARIS

OUTWARD

PARIS (CDG) – MOSCOW (SVO)

Saturday

Leave Paris 9:45 am – arrive in Moscow 3:25 pm

MOSCOW (SVO) – PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC)

Saturday

Leave Moscow 5:00 pm –

arrive in Petropavlovsk 10:45 am on Sunday

RETURN

PETROPAVLOVSK (PKC) – MOSCOW (SVO)

Sunday

Leave Petropavlovsk 1:25 pm – arrive in Moscow 1:30 pm

MOSCOW (SVO) – PARIS (CDG)

Sunday

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 repatriation insurance and provide certification. 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 need a voucher (tourist invitation) which we’ll issue to you, and also provide us with a recent passport photo (less than 3 months old).

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.

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Rate : on request

Dates on request
ON DEMAND

8 days and 7 nights aboard superyacht La Datcha

Access to all yacht amenities – jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, gym…

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 option

Supervision by qualified mountain guides (1 or 2 guides, depending on the chosen option) Safety equipment (backpack ABS Airbag, Avalanche Victim Detector, shovel, probe),

Voucher/invitation (document required for obtaining your visa)

Return air travel from your home to Moscow and from Moscow to Petropavlovsk

  Ski boots

Drinks

Lunches on days we do not fly

Personal expenditure Insurance (contact us for details)

Tips for guides and staff

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