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Kamchatka Natural Parks: South Kamchatsky
September 30, 2018 14:02

The park was founded in 1995. The park in the nomination "Volcanoes of Kamchatka" is included by UNESCO in the list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. 

The main objectives of the park are to limit the types of human economic activity, ensure the preservation of a unique natural complex, conduct scientific and monitoring works, develop balneological, sport and excursion tourism, as well as environmental education.

Location: the park is located in the south-eastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula. In the eastern part it is washed by the Pacific Ocean. Here there are such volcanoes as Vilyuchinsky, Asacha, Mutnovsky, Khodutka, Zheltovsky, Ksudach and Ilinsky. The total area of the park is approximately 490 thousand hectares.

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What to see: beautiful bays and rocky cliffs along the coastline, as well as 7 volcanoes included in the Kamchatka Volcanoes World Heritage site. The most visited tourist sites in the park are the geothermal Mutnovskaya power station and the Mutnovsky volcano, where a natural trail is laid. There are many hot springs here, the most famous of which are Khodutkinsky, Rodnikovy and Zhirovsky. 

The park is a beautiful corner of Kamchatka with a developed natural ecosystem practically unaffected by human activities. The recognized pearls of the park are the crater of the Mutnovsky volcano, the Khodutkin springs and the caldera of the Ksudach volcano.

Mutnovsky volcano is one of the largest volcanoes in Kamchatka, which contains constantly changing landscape objects. Slopes, crater walls, glacial fields and thermal wells are stunning with their beauty. Everyone who has visited the Mutnovsky volcano will never forget the bright pictures of boilers, waterfalls and turquoise thermal lakes.


Ksudach is a complex of calderas with the unique crater lakes of Stubel and Klyuchevoye. Rising to the top of the crater between the lakes is impossible to forget as you have a feeling of a soaring flight over the smooth surface of the pacifying water between the picturesque fractures of the landscape.

Thermal waters of the park are balneological clinics created for people by nature. So it is pleasant to immerse in this warm water  with life-giving complexes of minerals.

The park is very beautiful in winter. Fans of winter sports (snowboarders, alpine skiers) have mastered the slopes of Mutnovsky and Vilyuchinsky volcanoes. Snowmobile drivers are especially attracted by endless white spaces. Athletes and tourists enjoy the active rest and enjoy the stunning views of the snow cover, blue lakes,   fumes of thermal springs and blue Pacific waters.

The coves of the park are inhabited by sea animals and birds. Underwater inhabitants amaze with their species diversity. 

Thermal springs, geysers, volcanoes, lakes, tranquil bays, long beaches, melting glaciers and snow slopes for skiers - all this is the South Kamchatka Nature Park.

The territory of the park: the South Kamchatka Nature Park is located in the south-eastern part of Kamchatka, 60 km away from the regional center, which is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The territory of the park includes the northern and southern clusters. The total area is approximately 490 thousand hectares. From the east, the territory is restricted by the Pacific Ocean. The southern border actually coincides with the border of the South Kamchatka zakaznik, which has federal significance. 

"Chubuka Coast" regional reserve operates  in the park. It which includes five natural monuments. These are the "Mutnovsky Volcano Crater", "Ksudach Volcano Caldera", "Rare landscapes of Vilyuchinsky Volcano", "The Basin of the River Ovrazhya", and "The Thermal Springs of Khodutka Volcano".  Unique landscapes of the park are formed under the influence of volcanic activity, and the constant activity of volcanoes continues to change the landscapes of the park.

How to get there: the territory of the park is not accessible by land transport, except by quadrunners and off-way vehicles. In summer, tourists can reach the Thermal village from Elizovo by car. From here you may travel by off-road vehicle   to the Mutnovskaya GPP.  

Popular hiking routes are laid to the caldera of Ksudach Volcano (it will take 6 days to get there) and Khodunkinsky springs (takes 4 days). Moreover, it is possible to get to the park by helicopter, which will take an hour or 1 hour 15 minutes. Another way to get here is by sea from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Kamchatka Russian National Parks Ecotourism   

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