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Heliskiing Kamchatka

” I prefer to leave tracks where no other tracks lead. I can look back and assess them, which I would not be able to do otherwise, because they would be lost among many others. I want to have control over my life.
That’s why I go my own way, a way not everyone follows.”

– Heini Holzer

 

Those who have experienced the pounding of a Mi-8 helicopter up close, not with an AK-47 in hand, but rather with a pair of awesome powder skis, will gladly recall their quickened heart beat and the butterflies in their stomach. That’s the sensation you get when being picked up directly from the hotel and flown by this impressive airship to the next run in one of the most fascinating parts of the world. That’s when the group presents an odd sight. Everyone has a grin on their face. This is a result of the endorphins constantly being released by the body. In your thoughts, you are already on the next run.

From the rim of an active volcano down to the Pacific coast and through valleys and fjords where the legendary Kamchatka bears roam. After a day’s work, it’s off to the sauna or the natural hot springs. Afterall, one must relax and unwind from this state of natural intoxication. And all this in one of the remotest areas of the world. This is a pure skiing adventure. Heli-skiing Kamchatka style.

Watch the Kamchatka-Heliski Video!

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle enjoy
Risk feel free to tell your partner
Comfort sophisticated

Highlights:

  • fascinating landscapes
  • Summit-to-Sea-Descents
  • Thermal springs to relax after a day of skiing
  • Averlanche safety equipment included
  • Ski-equipment can be organised upon request and availability

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

The following schedule is planned

Day 1: Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski airport (IATA Code: PKC) in Kamchatka, pick up from the airport and 30 minute transfer to the lodge, which will be our base for the next few days. If weather permits we can fly / ski on the same day.

Day 2-7: Heliskiing! The exact runs are determined daily in the morning by the pilot and the mountain guides, depending on weather and snow conditions. Depending on flight destination helicopter picks us up directly from our lodge or short transfer to heliport. After skiing it’s time to chill out and relax at the hot springs or the sauna.

Day 8: Transfer back to Airport. Return journey home.

 

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • 7 nights at the 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast, dinner and packed lunch in the snow
  • WIFI, access to sauna and natural hot pool
  • 6 days (weather and snow conditions permitting) of Heli-skiing with local mountain guide (1 guide per 4 participants, maximum of 12 participants per helicopter)
  • 8 helicopter hours are included; in good conditions 2,5 hours can be skied per day, which is roughly 7.000-10.000 vertical meters.
  • Reimbursement of € 400 per participant per hour not flown due to bad weather (in case the conditions are epic and we want to fly more than in the program, see “Optional at extra charge” below)
  • Safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe, avalanche transceiver)
  • Governmental permits and heliskiing fees
  • All transfers
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

 

help_outline  Optional:

  • The helicopter is at our disposal. If we desire a further flight, so be it. The costs are divided among the participants. Each additional hour of flight amounts to € 450 per person (in case of 12 members).

 

 

highlight_off  Not included:

  • Flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski via Moskau (we can gladly make you an offer – currently a flight from Europe is around €700)
  • Ski equipment
  • Activities that are not part of the program
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Russia (must be obtained by members at Russian embassy in their home country at least 4 weeks before departure, we will provide necessary invitation letter from Russia after booking)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the hotel
  • Tips
  • Single room supplement (€ 350 per person)
  • No refund for vertical meters missed due to absence (late arrival, etc.) or if the participant decides to leave the program prematurely.

 

info  General

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Note: Furtenbach Adventures functions only as agent for this trip. Tour operator: Vertikalny Mir,  Ulitsa Timura Frunze 34, 119034 Moskau, Russland. Tel: +7 (903) 740 0317, Mail: info@vertikalny-mir.com.

 

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Swiss and EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa that has to be obtained by members in their homecountry at the Russian Embassy at least 4 weeks before departure. We will provide russian invitation letter.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

work  Equipment

Check the details under “included Services”. Safety equipment (ABS Airbag, LVS device, shovel, probe) is partly provided. 

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

Heliskiing / Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

 

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in ski touring trips is being in good shape. Train in the months before the trip! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).
The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.