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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I get to Kamchatka?
2. What is the best time for traveling in Kamchatka?
3. Am I going to see wild nature of Kamchatka?
4. How safe are tours of this sort?
5. Are there any restrictions in health for participation in tours?
6. Are physical and tourist training necessary to take part in a tour?
7. Is it possible to travel individually or only with a group according to a certain program?
8. What is and is not included in the tour price?
9. Are any permits required to visit Kamchatka?
10. Can I travel according to the offered programs individually?
11. Can I join a group that has already been formed?
12. Do I need to have an insurance before the tour?
13. Is it possible to arrive at Kamchatka earlier than the rest of the group or to leave later?
14. Where and how can I join my group if I am later for the beginning of the tour?
15. Is it possible that the planned tour program will be changed or the tour itself will be canceled?
16. Can the tour be paid for after arrival at Kamchatka?
17. I've got some difficulties with buying airline tickets to Kamchatka. Can you help?
18. Am I going to be accompanied during the tour?
19. Does the guide who accompanies me have a first aid kit?
20. How are meals organized during the tour?
21. How do I overnight during the tour?
22. What items do you recommend to have for the tour?
23. Is it possible to cash CCs while in Kamchatka?
24. Can I give tips?
25. What are the means of communication with our group during the trip?
26. I have to keep a certain diet. What can be done when on the route?
27. What are additional expenses I may need money for?
28. What is the price level for food and other goods in Kamctatka?
29. Am I going to have a chance to purchase some Kamchatka's souvenirs and presents?
30. What is 'Paratunka'?
31. Where can I register upon arrival at Kamchatka?
32. Are there any encephalitis mites in Kamchatka?
33. Do I need any certain inoculations before the tour?
34. Where can I leave some of my things if I do not need them for trekking or rafting?
35. I need some additional information. Where can I find it?

Answers to the questions.

1. How can I get to Kamchatka?
There is no railway communication between Kmachatka and other regions of Russia, so the only way to get to the peninsula is by air. The receiving airport is situated 3 kilometers away from Elizovo and 25 kilometers away from Petropavlovsk. Through this airport Kamchatka is connected to other parts of Russia. There are regular flights between Kamchatka and Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Moscow, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, St. Pertersburg and some other cities in foreign countries. Sea navigation between Kamchatka and Vladivostok at the present moment only means cargo shipping.

2. What is the best time for traveling in Kamchatka?
The best time for traveling in Kamchatka in summer is mid July through to mid September. At this time there are almost no restrictions for rafting, trekking and ascending volcanoes. Timing for sport fishing depends on the fish specie you are particularly interested in. For instance, king salmon is available in June, and as for the silver salmon, you will have a chance only after the middle of August. You can anytime get more information about dates for successful fishing for one or another specie - just ask us about it. Ethnographic tours can be held any time of the year. Another good time for visiting Kamchatka is in March - April. At this time you can ski, sledge dog sleds, ascend volcanoes or go down them on skis. Program for each tour says what time is recommended for this one in particular. But this does not mean that this tour cannot be hold in some other time. If you cannot come to Kamchatka during the dates recommended, you will have to tell us about the dates you plan for and we will prepare for you an optimal program, which does not depend much on climatic conditions in this period.

3. Am I going to see wild nature of Kamchatka?
All the tours offered will allow you - in a greater or lesser degree - to see amazing corners of Kamchatka's nature. Kamchatka was veiled from 'outer looks' for such a long time that almost all of its nature has remained in its pristine condition. However, when visiting some certain places you will see the influence of civilization as well. During some parts of the tour you may see some other tourist groups, but nevertheless this will not disturb your peace and safety. You may, which is quite possible, see the best known representative of Kamchatka's wilderness - brown bear - during rafting or when trekking through forest or tundra.

4. How safe are tours of this sort?
Kamchatka is quite a safe place for traveling. However… During any trip around Kamchatka - just like in any other part of the world - there exists a certain risk of a disease or an injury when rafting, trekking or during some other part of the tour. This may be caused by the natural forces, objective and unpredictable factors, as well as person's own negligence. In order to reduce all possible risk, guides prior to the trip speak about possible difficulties and dangers that may occur on the route and instruct how to behave. Tours are often held in faraway places, which may not allow giving special qualified medical treatment right away, but our stuff is ready to apply first aid anytime. They always have a first-aid kit with all medicines necessary and communication devices to call for qualified aid and evacuation. Weather factor is the only thing that may delay required help. Crime level, as compared to other regions of the country, is low. Local people are affable and benevolent. But, anyway, try not to leave your assets without care: nobody is guaranteed from thieves.

5. Are there any restrictions in health for participation in tours?
Some restrictions do exist! If you need permanent doctor's attention and treatment, or if you got any illness that may have a flare-up during your trip to Kamchatka, you should better abstain from taking part in our active tours. In any case, you should only make a decision about a trip after consulting your doctor.

6. Are physical and tourist training necessary to take part in a tour?
Most of our tours are designed in such a way that they are level with any healthy person. These tours do not involve full-weight backpack trekking, but imply one-day trips from a base camp and returning back the same day. Program for each tour describes all days when trekking takes place and average total 'on foot' distance. Almost all of the element of our programs can be quite easily overcome with persons of different ages. However, we should speak about some age limits. We do not recommend that children under 10 years of age and aged persons over 60 take part in our tours. But still this does not mean that persons out of these limits cannot take part in our tours at all. For example, on some certain day one can stay in the base camp and have an easy time. Children can participate accompanied by their parents. To take part in a tour you will not need any special tourist training or crafts such as making fire, putting up a tent, technical climbing and so on. Our stuff will assure your comfort in field conditions. It is a much greater strain for those who take part in many days' extreme expeditions implying longer trekking and ascents of high volcanoes, such as, for instance, Kluchevskoy volcanoes group.

7. Is it possible to travel individually or only with a group according to a certain program?
If you want to have your own program for yourself or your group for a tour in Kamchatka, we will prepare an individual program according to your wishes and interests. A tour of this kind may always be organized for the dates you need. You can travel alone, with your family or with your team accompanied by our representative. The programs on our site are flexible, they can be changed and supplemented according to you wants. If you have already been to Kamchatka and know local conditions, you can suggest us a program you compiled on your own.

8. What is and is not included in the tour price?
The basic services included in a tour's price are:
- All transportation according to the program. If a program implies helicopter or airplane transportations, then these expenses must be paid for according to the prices at the actual time of flight.
- Personal for accompanying on route and in town (except for bearers).
- Processing of permits, licenses, etc., required for proceeding this or that program.
- Providing all necessary equipment for field camp, field kitchen and rafting.
- Three meals a day when on the route (freshly cooked).
- Hotel reservations and accommodation (this does not include additional services provided with hotels: taxi, Laundromat, baggage room, etc.).
- Some certain excursions, museums, exhibitions. We always try to include in our programs a helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers.
If you wish, some of the items mentioned above can be withdrawn from the list and you will have a 'reduced service' program. For example, you can use your own tent, or you do not need a cook, or you want to have your own food supply. The necessary items that are always included are: you are accompanied by our guide and we process al necessary papers for the tour, as we answer for your trip. Lunch and supper to be paid for separately while staying in hotels in Petropavlovsk and in Paratunka.
The tour price does not include:
- Traveler's insurance.
- Beer and alcohol beverages.
- Communication devices (mail, fax, telephone).
- Airline tickets to and from Kamchatka.
In any case, pay attention to what is included and what in not included in the tour price for each program in particular.

9. Are any permits required to visit Kamchatka?
Russian citizens do not need any permits for a trip to Kamchatka. Some pay permits are required for visiting certain areas (preserves, nature parks, etc.). Foreign visitors do not need any special permits either if they arrive in the country according to Russian legislation. However, to visit a few areas foreign visitors need to have a permit from the military. Unfortunately, these areas include some interesting nature sites of Kamchatka's nature. For example: northern slopes of Kluchevskoy volcano, Shiveluch volcano, area eastwards from Mutnovsky volcano, costal zone. Foreign visitors, as well as Russian, need pay permits for visiting certain areas (preserves, nature parks, etc.).

10. Can I travel according to the offered programs individually?
Yes, this is possible! - if you feel like traveling according to one of our programs alone or with your own little group. Or if the dates of your trip do not coincide with any of the dates planned for our groups. But if this is the case, then the tour will cost somewhat more compared to the same one but with a larger group.

11. Can I join a group that has already been formed?
You decided to take part in one of our tours. In this case you should contact us through e-mail and we will check if it is possible for you to join any of the groups or will try to find some other acceptable way for you (according to the program and the dates you like).

12. Do I need to have an insurance before the tour?
You should have on you your personal medical and accident insurance. The insurance must be valid throughout the whole tour. Your insurance must cover:
- medical aid to a tourist;
- recovery for medical expenses in case medical treatment required;
- transportation expenses (evacuation from the place of accident to a hospital , transportation to the place of residence);
- recovery for rehabilitation period;
- lost baggage recovery;
- unforeseen program changes recovery.

13. Is it possible to arrive at Kamchatka earlier than the rest of the group or to leave later?
If you tell us beforehand, we can meet you at the airport, do a hotel reservation for the time you need, and prepare an additional program for the days before the rest of your group arrives. You can also leave Kamchatka some time later that your group, and we will provide you all things necessary: transportation, hotel, program.

14. Where and how can I join my group if I am later for the beginning of the tour?
In case you may not be in time for the beginning of the tour, you should inform us about it right away - by e-mail or telephone: +7 (41522) 94-509, +7 (41522) 92732, +7 (904) 2178264. In some tours, the group starts out on the next day, or sometimes even in two days after arrival. If you manage to arrive no later then 1 p.m. of the next day, than you can manage to join your group and bring down all additional expenses to a minimum. If you are still late even for the next day, we will meet you at the airport anyway, take you to the hotel and you will be able to wait there for a couple of days for you group to return after the first par of the tour.

15. Is it possible that the planned tour program will be changed or the tour itself will be canceled?
Changes in the planned tour program are quite possible. When holding a tour, it is always necessary to consider some factors that may affect the schedule. These factors are, first of all, weather conditions and possible natural force majors, such as sudden eruption of a volcano in whose vicinity the route passes. Sometimes some of decisions of local authorities may change regulations for staying in Kamchatka. However, in the majority of situations all these only may cause changes in the order of the elements of the tour. For example, instead of the helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers planned for today, another excursion, planned for some other day, may be held. And the flight to the Valley of Geysers will be postponed for one or few days. In any case, we do everything possible to successfully accomplish all the elements of the program. All our programs are designed considering possible changes and have backup time. The goal of any possible altering is to accomplish the program as such and to keep you in safety. Even though our programs are level with practically any person's abilities, their successful accomplishing depends a lot on your own being ready to go through possible difficulties of the way. We are always ready to offer you an alternative variant of the program if some of its elements seem to you too tough. The tour may only be canceled due to force major that leaves no chance to hold the planned tour. If this becomes the case, we act according to the agreement between you and us.

16. Can the tour be paid for after arrival at Kamchatka?
Payment terms and conditions are described in the agreement, which is to be concluded before purchasing a tour. Prior to the tour a part of the payment should be done in advanced. The rest of the payment can be done upon arrival at Kamchatka, In this case the payment amount will be 5% higher because of the purchase tax. It is more convenient to transfer the payment to our account.

17. I've got some difficulties with buying airline tickets to Kamchatka. Can you help?


18. Am I going to be accompanied during the tour?
Right upon arrival at Kamchatka, at the airport in Elizovo, our guide will meet you and take to a hotel with rooms reserved for you. The guide will give you all necessary information about the tour and the conditions of your stay in Kamchatka. The guide will also make sure you have got all required equipment and help with possible problems and your plans for the evening. Next day you will meet the personal who will accompany you during the field part of the tour. Personal for a group of 10-15 persons is, as a rule, 2-3 guides and a cook. Number of the personal depends on the features of the tour. In some cases additional people may work with you as well: bearers, interpreter, or an expert for holding some special excursions, for example, an ornithologist or volcanologist. After your return from the route, your town guide will accompany you again and help until you leave Kamchatka. A success of any tour depends on a number of people, whose work, at most, when done properly, is never seen.

19. Does the guide who accompanies me have a first aid kit?
Every group, when traveling out of town, has a first-aid kit. The first aid kit is always in the backpack of one of the guides. The first-aid kit contains medicines necessary to keep a person up until returning back to town. And yet, we strongly advice that you should have on you the medicines you often need or have to take regularly (if any). This may be of great importance for your health. Beside that you should have:
- Mosquito repellent;
- Cough drops;
- Headache pills;
- Sunscreen cream;
- Sticking plaster;
- Cleansing /face/ tissue, toilet tissue, etc.
- Anti-allergic medicine;
- Anti-indigestion medicine.

20. How are meals organized during the tour?
During your stay in hotel in Petropavlovsk, only breakfast is included in the hotel fee. When in a hotel in Paratunka, breakfast and lunch are included in the hotel fee, and sometimes supper as well. If you are having a day's excursion out of town, lunch is cooked with our personal. If lunch time comes during an excursion in town, your guide will take you to a cafe or a restaurant. This kind of lunch is not included in the tour price. Each hotel has a cafe where you can have a snack or supper. When on the route out of town, food is cooked by our cook. Three meals a day out of town, juices, mineral and drinking water are included in the tour price. All meals are cooked from fresh food products. The menu includes both ordinary meals and the ones you will taste for the first time. Our cooks are particularly good at meals from traditional Kamchatka's kitchen. As beer and alcohol beverages are not included in the tour price, you will have an opportunity to buy them separately if you wish.

21. How do I overnight during the tour?
Right upon arrival at Kamchatka and further on according to the program of the tour you are accommodated in a hotel in Petropavlovsk or in Paratunka resort area. Rooms, as a rule, are for two persons each. In some cases the washroom is on the floor, sometimes in the room. When out of town, to overnight in the field, we offer comfortable tents for two persons each, NORMAL brand, produced in Russia. Some tours imply overnight in little villages of Kamchatka. When this is the case, you are accommodated in small home hotels with wonderful kitchen.

22. What items do you recommend to have for the tour?
Unstable weather of the peninsular, significant temperature changes do not allow to confine your clothes and equipment to a minimum. You should consider all possible weather conditions: from swelter to strong cold wind with rain. Get a comfortable sleeping bag . It should be good for sleeping at temperature up to -5°C. If the tour implies ascents of high mountains and overnights at an elevation over 1000 meters, your sleeping bag should be good for temperature as low as -15°C. Another item necessary for sleeping out in the field is a sleeping mat . The length of the sleeping mat has to be about your height. Footwear: the best choice for all tours is special trekking boots made from leather or gortex, with thick firm sole. Your boots should be high enough to fixate your ankle joint; they have to be worn a little, so that your feet feel comfortable. Such boots are good for trekking through rocks, volcanic slag and frozen lava, and for ascending volcanoes. When you go rafting, it is good to have rubber boots or some other kind of waterproof footwear. High rubber boots are only needed for fishing, as you will have to walk in water. Sandals, runners or some light sport like shoes are always good as extra footwear during camping and resting. Gaiters do not allow sand, mud and little rocks inside your boots, they also sometimes protect from water. A long warm water- and windproof coat with a hood, synthetic filling, tight wrists: this is an essential in Kamchatka in any season: during ascents and when in the base camp in bad weather. Water- and windproof sport like trousers , which do not restrict your motions. A light water- and windproof suit . This may also be useful as a device against mosquitoes. A sweater or a sport jacket . A vest . Extra underwear, socks, etc . Gloves : you will need them during ascents, rafting and when temperature drops down. Swim wear. A light raincoat that could cover you with your backpack on. Personal hygienic and toilet articles. A little flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs . Sun glasses : when trekking in the mountains, especially on snow and ice, or rafting, sunlight may give you troubles or even hurt your eyes. Medicines: the ones you can need all of a sudden, such as against head- or stomachache, allergy, etc., or something you may need for regular use. A flask for drinking water or a thermos bottle of up to1liter capacity. Mosquito repellent. Matches or a lighter. Clasp knife. Backpack. Capacity of your backpack should be enough to contain all items mentioned plus some more room if the tour implies a few days' trekking - for food, tent, etc. A 70 liters' backpack will be good enough for most of our tours. It is always convenient to have an extra little backpack for such trips. In most cases, if all items have been chosen correctly, your backpack's weight will not be over 15 kilograms.

23. Is it possible to cash CCs while in Kamchatka?
You can get cash with your CCs in some banks in Kamchatka. Some larger stores also accept CCs. However, you should better check before the tour what CCs in particular can be used in Kamchatka. Foreign currency can be changed into rubles at any time.

24. Can I give tips?
Like everywhere, you can reward the personal, who worked with you with tips.

25. What are the means of communication with our group during the trip?
When out of town, guides have stations that work in USW band for communication between them and town. If the tour is held in a distant area, the guides have a satellite telephone. In case you are expecting some information, we can receive it at our e-mail address or by telephone and pass it to you when you return to town or, if there is a must, we will pass it to you when you are on the route. When you are in town, you can always use a telephone, e-mail or fax. You town guide will help you about it.

26. I have to keep a certain diet. What can be done when on the route?
In this case you should tell about it beforehand, so that our cook was ready to prepare some meals according to your diet.

27. What are additional expenses I may need money for?
You will surely need some cash to pay for lunch and supper when staying in a hotel in Petropavlovsk. Beside that, you may want to buy some souvenirs and book about Kamchatka, snack, beverages, etc. During the tour you may decide to visit some 'off-program' places or take part in additional excursions. You could try to find it out beforehand as it may cause quite significant additional expenses.

28. What is the price level for food and other goods in Kamctatka?
Here are prices (in USD) for some items, which are most frequently purchased by visitors in Kamchatka:
Bread - 0.4-0.5;
Cigarettes - above 0.5
Salmon caviar - above 25 per kilogram;
Smoked salmon - above 5 per kilogram;
Juice - 1-2 per liter;
Beer - above 0.7 per 0.5 litter;
Lunch in a hotel's cafe - up to 7;
Supper in a hotel's cafe - above 7
Films for camera - 3-4
Books about Kamchatka - above 5;
Souvenirs - above 5;
Telephone call to Moscow - 3 to 5 per minute;
Taxi - up to 10 per an hour. br>
Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers - about 350
*In some restaurants prices are much higher.

29. Am I going to have a chance to purchase some Kamchatka's souvenirs and presents?
We always take into consideration that our visitors may wish to buy some souvenirs, etc., so your town guide will surely know about that and choose the most convenient time for shopping. As a rule, this is done at the end of the tour when the major part has been accomplished.

30. What is 'Paratunka'?
Paratunka is a sanatorium and health-resort area, which is situated 300 kilometers off Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Consists of a number of small hotels, sanatoriums, resort complexes for children. It is well known for its numerous thermal springs. Each hotel or a sanatorium in the area has a thermal pool.

31. Where can I register upon arrival at Kamchatka?
Hotel personal will do your registration as you check in. If you do not stay in a hotel but go out of town right upon arrival according to your tour program, we will take care of it.

32. Are there any encephalitis mites in Kamchatka?
There are a few species of mite in the forests of Kamchatka, but no cases of catching encephalitis by humans or animals from mites in Kamchatka are known.

33. Do I need any certain inoculations before the tour?
Regardless of a decision of going to Kamchatka, any person should have necessary inoculations. Speaking about a tour in Kamchatka, we would recommend that you have anti-hepatitis and anti-tetanus inoculations. But make sure that the inoculations are effective and done in the right time as your health may depend on it.

34. Where can I leave some of my things if I do not need them for trekking or rafting?
If you stay in a hotel, then go out of town for a trip and after the trip you return back to the same hotel, you can leave some of your things that you are not going to need in the hotel's left baggage room. If after your return you are going to stay in a different hotel, you should ask your town guide to take care of your things. The guide will take them to our office where they will be kept until you are back. Then the things will be brought to your new hotel. We would recommend having a little extra bag or a backpack with a lock for such cases.

35. I need some additional information. Where can I find it?
If you address us, we will give you all information necessary for traveling in Kamchatka, about our services and any additional information. Contact us by:

Of. 103, 5/1 Tchubarova St.,
Petropavlovsk - Kamchatskiy,
686006, Russia
tel.: +7 (415 22) 927 32,
fax: +7 (415 22) 945 09
e-mail: office@omega-tours.ru



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