Walking Grades and Fitness
Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individuals own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our grading system. The levels of difficulty are divided into categories B/C/D. Although the trekking is not at great altitude, it occasionally traverses rough terrain and involves some long days and steep climbs.

Grade B walks (Moderate): are for those of any fitness level who are able to traverse moderately hilly terrain. Walking is limited to day excursions from a central location to which you will be transported. These day hikes are normally no more than 6 hours in duration and all walking may be done with no backpack or with a light day pack.
Grade C walks (Strenuous): are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. However, no special physical preparations should be needed. Walking days are normally 6-8 hrs and may involve up to 900m of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days of walking, sometimes at higher altitudes, so stamina is important. However, occasionally rest days in the course of the trek will be included.
Grade D walks (Tough): require that you are very fit and previous trekking experience is strongly recommended. Grade D includes long walks with steep uphill and downhill gradients. There will be some hiking at high altitudes (up to 4000m) and corresponding cold weather conditions. These treks will also involve several long days (up to 8-9 hours) of trekking continuously without a rest day.

#104.Viewing sea mammals and birds on the Komandorsky Islands.
SEASON: June 15th - September 15th
Departure 2008: upon request.
GRADE B.
Group size - up to 8 pax.

Museum on Commander Islands.These are some of Russia’s most exotic islands, and the first of the Aleutians. Home to the naturally unafraid Blue Fox, who will try his best to steal your lunch. Covered with mushrooms and berries and teeming with colonies of sea lions, seals, sea otters and hovering seabirds, this is a truly memorable trip.

The Komandorsky Islands are the most Western of the volcanic Aleutian islands, although they are included in Kamchatka state territory. They consist of two large islands - Bering Island, (named after the famous explorer of the same name who perished and lies buried here), and Medny Island- and several smaller satellites. From Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the islands are generally reached by airplane or helicopter. There are abundant rookeries of sea lions, seals and sea otters; some 7,800 sea mammals inhabit the North rookery of Bering Island from April through November. The bird colonies on the island coasts include seagulls, guillemot, cormorants, and puffins. These islands are carpeted in shaggy rainbow shades of tundra - a boundless heathland that invites the visitor to ramble and discover. You may however, come across dwarf birch or aspen trees.

Beginning in the middle of August the tundra becomes sprinkled with edible mushrooms: white, brown and orange cap boletus. A smorgasbord of berries grow here too - great for snacking on the run. Many different species of salmon (red salmon, pink salmon) fill the rivers and streams of the islands during spawning season; from the middle of June till the middle of October. In Sarannoe Lake on Bering Island you can witness a massive sockeye spawning-ground, which takes place from the middle of July up to the middle of September. Air temperature on the Komandorsky islands in summer is rarely higher than 12 C (55 F), and weather changes are never very far away.

9 DAY ITINERARY

Seal.Day 1. Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Transfer from the airport to a hotel. Preparing for the trip. Welcome dinner in a city restaurant.
Day 2. Drive to the old Even settlement Esso. Accommodation in private apartments. Welcome dinner with private Even folk concert.
Day 3. Helicopter flight to the Komandorsky Islands (Bering Island) over the Kluchevskoy chain of volcanoes and the sea cost of the Kamchatka peninsula and the Pacific ocean. Overnight accommodation is not far from the rookery of wild mammals. Excursion to the Northern seal rookery.
Day 4.
Helicopter flight to the site of the Vitus Bering expedition catastrophe. Excursion to Vitus Bering's grave. View tundra flowers and bushes. Fly to the Buyan Bay and view deposits of the semiprecious stones.
Day 5. Fly to salmon spawning grounds in Sarannoe Lake. View spawning sockey salmon and tundra lakes. Pick mushrooms and berries.
Day 6.
Flight to the Northwest rookery. View sea-lions, seals, sea otters and polar blue foxes. Overnight not far from the rookery.
Day 7.
Fly to Nikolskoe settlement. Excursion to its History/Ethnography museum. Flight to Esso settlement (on the Kamchatkan peninsula) and drive to Milkovo. Overnight accommodation in a private house. Experienced Russian sauna (Banya).
Day 8.
Return to Paratunka resort. Accommodation in hotel.
Sea otter.Day 9.
City tour. Departure.

Cost EUR3400 per person.

Price includes:

  • Full board
  • Double accommodation in hotels in city, Paratunka resort and apartments
  • Tents
  • English-speaking rep at the arrival and departure in the PKC airport 
  • Transfers by coach and helicopter MI-8
  • City tour and museum entrance
  • Guide, interpreter and cook services
  • Komandorsky Reserve fees
  • Visa invitation and visa registration
  • Permits

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