Dog sledging to Nalycheva Valley | 11 days
This exciting dog sledging expedition will take us to the centre of the Nalychevo National Park which lies to the north of Petropavlovsk. The park is in a magnificent setting surrounded by the volcanoes, Avachinsky, Koryaksky, Dzen-Dzur, Kozelsky, Aric, Aag, Zhupanovsky, Kupol and Vershinsky. Some of these are still active, with steam and smoke rising from their snow-covered summits.
The valley has many fascinating geothermal areas. We shall travel by dog sledge and spend our days exploring and marvelling at the spectacular scenery and thermal activity. Our nights will be spent in comfortable huts and we shall have plenty of opportunities to enjoy bathing in the hot springs.
Dates: 9-19 March 2014
Price: £4,195 per person
Leader: Local English speaking Russian leader
Key info: Group size: minimum 3, maximum 8
Fiona’s travel tipsTop fact: If you’ve sledged in Russia in winter you’re in an elite club!
Temperature: we should warn that winter dog sledging expeditions are for the hardy as it can be extremely cold!
Take with you: Dried fruit, nuts and chocolate to vary your diet.
Best time to go: June to September for summer adventures, January to March for winter activities.
“Wonderful, beyond expectations, well organised and always a Plan B if Plan A didn’t work out. Lorraine was a superb leader. Pre-departure information was thorough and clear.”
Sue Hynard, Arcturus Kamchatka group, August 2009
“Our local guide, Irina, was great – nothing seemed to be any trouble for her and she always seemed to have ideas about what we could do every day. We really enjoyed her company and felt that our days had good pace and rhythm about them. Irina was knowledgeable about the area and had obviously spent time developing good relationships with local people who took us about on boats and in trucks – we definitely benefited from this. We are keen birdwatchers and saw plenty including sea and great eagles, osprey and divers.”
Mr and Mrs James Nangle, Solovetskis and the White Sea
“It was truly unforgettable and, if anything, exceeded expectations. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
Chris Robb and Karen Murphy, Dog sledging with the reindeer herders and native people