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Discover Kamchatka: Trip To Khalaktyrsky Beach
May 5, 2015 01:32


Khalaktyrsky beach stands out among all the sights of attraction of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and its surroundings: it is a place that should be visited.

None of the wonders of Kamchatka produce such a strong and clear impression that you have reached the end of the world. Khalaktyrka is precisely the end of the world. Decayed basalt rock, a band of black titaniferous magnetite sand, and then - only the rumbling Pacific Ocean. The road to the beach will only strengthen this impression.

Khalaktyrsky beach is officially a part of Petropavlovsk, but actually it is a wilderness far from the city, it is not even easy to get here by car. The road to Khalaktyrka is no shorter than the road to Elizovo, besides it has many forks, so it is very easy to get lost without a map or a guide. The complexity of walking routes is limited only by the imagination of a guide and the point of the 20-kilometer beach where he/she plans to bring tourists. It is necessary to prepare the trip seriously.

There’s no food and water on site - unless you collect mussels at low tide. There is almost no cellular communication. Several pairs of socks and a warm sweater may also be useful (even if weather forecasters promise a 25 C heat), as well as a mosquito repellent, better take more than enough. We also recommend you to grab a tent or at least a sleeping bag:  essentially, Khalaktyrka is one of “weekend routes”, but you can overrate your strength.



Pacific Ocean is not generally suitable for swimming - the water is cold, the waves are huge. The residents of Kamchatka, however, swim here. If you want to follow them, check the tide schedule (it is printed in all local newspapers). Sometimes it is unsafe even to just go in the ocean during low tide, not to mention swimming: each year the ebb takes several lives.

On the other hand, walking on the beach is better at low tide: the steep cliffs begin just behind the sand, and if you miscalculate the time, you can fall into the trap, if the tide starts. If you decide to go on Khalaktyrka overnight, take the firing liquid: fins, the plenty of which are scattered on the beach, burn long and hot, but it is difficult to set them on fire.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Kamchatka     

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