OMEGA PACKAGE : KAMCHATKA WITH A DIFFERENCE
1 group of 10 people – 5 day’s ski touring and 2 days’ heli-skiing with 2 hrs 30 mins’ flying time. A 7-day trip exploring the rich and varied coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, combining some magical ski tours with a little heli-skiing.
This is much more than a holiday; it’s a real adventure…
As soon as you get to Petropavlovsk, we head out to the Omega, the floating basecamp on which we will spend the first four nights (possible to spend every night on the ship). We will then explore some of the bays along the Ring of Fire, sharing the landscape with seals, sea lions, toothed whales and fishing bears. This trip is truly elemental, as we navigate between water, earth and air, but always surrounded by the fire of the volcanoes.
Ski touring and heli-skiing during the same trip.
Another way of discovering the secrets of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
An opportunity to contemplate the varied scenery and see some amazing wildlife up close
• 4 nights in a double cabin aboard the boat nuits
• 3 nights in a 3* hotel twin/ double rooms
• Breakfast lunch and dinner aboard the boat and picnic lunch and snacks during your days on the mountain
• Transfers to and from the airport
• RIB transfers and excursions • 2h30 hours of flight time
• Supervision by three UIAGM or RMGA qualified High Mountain Guides
• Security equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe)
• Voucher/invitation to apply for Russian visa
We can also organize this trip with 6 nights on the boat and 1 night in a 3* hotel.
8200 €/pers (base 10 pers) 8800 €/pers (base 9 pers)
9500 €/pers (base 8 pers)
10 300 €/pers (base 7 pers)
11 400 €/pers (base 6 pers)
12 900 €/pers (base 5 pers)
• Flights to Moscow and transfers to Petropavlovsk
• Visa procedures
• Compulsory cancellation / repatriation insurance
• Standard personal equipment (skis, splitboards, skins, boots, ABS bags, clothing etc.)
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic beverages
A member of our team will be at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport to greet you and escort you to the private bus that will take you to the port. Once everyone is on board the Omega, we head off to Petropavlovsk Bay or Avacha Bay, in the Gulf of Avachinsky, at the southeastern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Avacha Bay contains eastern Russia’s main port and is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. We then sail to the Shipunsky Peninsula, where we will spend the night.
We spend the first skiing day exploring the coast around Morzhovaya Bay.
After skiing up a lovely little mountain, we head down to the beach to clamber around a Japanese ship that ran aground. Then, we use the zodiacs and kayaks to get to Cape Morzhovvy, where we will be able to watch sea otters and sea lions (possible to go diving). At the end of the day we re-join the Omega in Zheleznaya Bay and sail round Shipunsky Point during the night so we wake up the next morning in Bechevinskaya Bay.
Climb Mount Snezhnaya, on the edge of Bechevinskaya Bay and overlooking the ghost town of Bechevinka, a former diesel submarine base that was abandoned in 1996. Lunch on the ship then visit to Bechevinka. During the night, the OMEGA sails south to Russkaya bay.
We start day four with a ski tour in Russkaya Bay (possible to visit Listvenichnaya Point in the zodiacs).
At midday, the MI-8 will pick us up and take us to the top of some great descents on Viliuchinsky Volcano (2173 metres) and Mutnovsky Volcano (2322 metres).
We wake up in Vilyuchinskaya Bay and do a ski tour either here or in Sarannaya Bay. We then sail back to the port of Petropavlovsk, in Avacha Bay. A bus transfer takes us to the comfortable, 3-star Antarius Hotel, where you can relax in the sauna and take a dip in the heated swimming pool.
After a copious breakfast, at around midday we board the helicopter and fly to the top of Avachinsky Volcano (2751 metres) for a long descent down its south face. Today we get up close to the giant Koryasky Volcano (3456 metres), which has dominated the horizon throughout the trip. Additional helicopter drop offs may be possible (not included in the package). Night at the Antarius hotel.
We end the trip with a final day ski touring on the slopes of Sherelshik. That evening, back at the hotel, we get together for the final dinner of the week.
Morning transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Possible changes to the itinerary
The programme outlined above will be followed whenever possible. However, it may be necessary to modify this programme before departure or during your holiday for reasons beyond our control, such as poor weather, dangerous snow conditions, the political situation, flying conditions, flight delays, etc.
A heli-skiing trip is an adventure in which not everything can be foreseen. Despite the care we take in preparing your trip and our extensive knowledge of the country and terrain, we can encounter difficulties. Heliski Russia will always do its best to make your trip unforgettable, but we must also ensure your safety. We will do everything we can to make sure you have a successful holiday and that you go home full of fantastic memories and the desire to ski with us again.
Built in Japan, the OMEGA is 30 metres long and 6 metres wide, and can operate up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. It has two zodiac-type inflatable boats with 40 hp motors for landing passengers on shore. Each boat can carry up to six passengers.
Inside, the OMEGA has six double cabins with large windows, tables and storage cupboards. The three toilets and showers are on the same deck as the cabins. As well as a comfortable lounge with picture windows and a bar with a large, flat-screen TV, the OMEGA has its own restaurant and a small sauna. The kitchen team provides a simple but delicious and copious menu every day.
The helicopters are civil versions of the powerful, twin-turbine MI-8, which is commonly used for winching, transport, rescue and special operations and, more recently, for heli-skiing. Their three-person crews consist of a pilot, a co-pilot and an engineer, in addition to which they can carry around 20 passengers. Most of the helicopters used by private companies were built recently and meet all current safety standards. They are carefully serviced and maintained according to international procedures. Operators frequently provide helicopter services abroad.
Unlike classic heli-ski companies, who bill flying time based on the vertical descent skied, we base our calculations on the actual amount of flying time. This method is not only more transparent and more in line with the true cost, it gives us the opportunity to adapt our programme to conditions and therefore explore the best areas in which to ski.
Hence, a good day will give us 7000 to 10,000 metres of vertical drop for around 2½ hours of flying time. The flying time indicated for each package is the average achieved on each trip. When the weather prevents us from flying all these hours, we will reimburse you the hours we do not fly.