Kaluma Travel has teamed up with one of the most trusted and regular off piste guiding companies and Russia’s largest Heli-Ski company to offer you possibly the most unique of heliski experiences available to the ski market. For those that want to take their skiing to the next level and wish to explore new and exciting powder fields this trip to the Russian backcountry is just for you!
With some unexplored terrain and one of the wildest and most remote heli skiing destinations in the world, offering long, long descents and the amazing experience of being able to ski to the beach, into volcanic craters and to remote hot springs, this trip is packed full of fun and adventure.
Heli-Skiing in Russia (Kamchatka)
In the far east of Russia, situated between the Okhtsk Sea to the West and the Bering Sea to the east, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a remote and isolated land that is the size of Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined. At 4,750 metres, Kljutschevskayay is the highest of the peninsula's 200 volcanoes, 29 of which are active - making it the greatest concentration of volcanoes found anywhere on earth.
Its significance as a strategic military base, its low population density, few roads and lack of large-scale development have left the vast majority of the Peninsula untarnished by human hands and allowing for amazing ski exploration!
We can now offer access to these vast and expansive powder fields of the Russian backcountry, with this fantastic package.
The heli-skiing on offer is suitable for first timers or experienced heli-campaigners. With the possibility to ski up to 50kms (in a week) of vertical, to have untracked slopes, with stunning views, surrounded by smoking volcanoes, this really is a trip not to be missed!
With no lifts in view, the helicopter will pick you up directly outside your hotel. A good day will offer you around 7000 - 10000 vertical meters. The heli-time included in the package is the minimum time you will need, even in bad weather. Given the fact that you will usually meet very good weather and excellent snow conditions you have the option to buy more hours on the helicopter.
You can look forward to a breath taking flight above Kamchatka with some of the most amazing scenery you will ever experience. You will be landing on volcanoes up to 3500m high and single routes will take you down more than 2000 vertical meters. It is definitely not unusual to ski corn snow and powder on the same day and even the same run! Stopping off for a dip in thermal pools en route is always an added bonus.
Several guides per group allow for smaller breakout groups so all abilities are catered for and all terrain is covered. All guiding and safety equipment is provided, as is the standard lodge style accommodation and outdoor hot tubs at the hotel for relaxing after a hard day in the powder. The 3 star Hotel Lodge Antarius will be your base. With friendly and attentive staff, this Russian run hotel offers all you need in comfortable and clean accommodation with hearty three-course evening dinners. It has a sauna, thermal pools, massage facilities and internet connections. It is basic, but remote and peaceful.
Flights into Moscow and a one-night stop over are the norm here before flying onto Kamchatka the next day.
See below for the full deal and the travel dates for 2011:
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The cost per person for this fantastic experience is £4,805.00 per person, based on a group of 12 people travelling together. Joining with other groups is also possible, if you are a group of less than 12 pax, we can quote you a price accordingly, depending on other group numbers.
The Deal: 9 day package
- 8 nights in the Hotel Antarius, twin/double rooms, including airport transfers, half board, heli lunches, thermal pools (single room supplements available)
- 8 hrs of helicopter flight time (an average day can use up to 2 hrs, more flight time is available for purchase)
- All safety equipment to include: ABS rucksacks, shovel, probe, avalanche transceivers and small first aid kit
- Daily guiding by 3 fully qualified international mountain guides
Does not include:
- Flights to Moscow or Kamchatka (these can be organised by us, for you)
- Overnight stop in Moscow (this can also be organised for you)
- Visa for Russian entry (we will of course help with invites and vouchers needed for the visa)
- Insurance (essential for visa’s)
- Ski equipment (highly recommended to bring your own
- Extra helicopter hours can be bought on site
- Stopover in Moscow
We fly with twin turbine MI-8 helicopters. All choppers are regularly serviced, and the pilots show years of flying experience especially in this region.
Extra heli time £254 per person per hour
Refunded time for time not used £237 per person per hour