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Kamchatka. Kluchevskaya sopka

In this section you will find the most objective technical information on the mountain climbing routes. All mountain route descriptions are based on the personal experience of our guides operating these routes. They do not claim for absolute accuracy, evaluation of the complexity of some sections can be subjective and depend on the season. All materials listed in that section are intellectual property and intended for informational purposes only, any commercial use or total or partial reproduction is possible only by written permission of the copyright holder. MCS AlexClimb School of Mountaineering and Rockclimbing takes no responsibility for any consequences of using the information provided on this page. Do not forget that mountain climbing routes can be deadly dangerous regardless of their complexity.

Kluchevskaya Sopka from the North,
1B Russian Grade. Season: June - August (Best time - July-August)

Information intended for informational purposes only. In order to avoid surprises and possible dangers and complications, we recommend to take part in the organized program of the MCS AlexClimb "Kamchatka. Climbing Kluchevskaya Sopka" - by well known route, accompanied by experienced guides. This will significantly increase the probability of success and safety of your climbing in Kamchatka.

The route begins from the Kluchy village, where you can get by bus from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. The bus leaves from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy early in the morning, and it takes about 8 hours to get to Kluchy by bad dusty road. The ticket can be bought on the bus station, the price is about 100 USD.

It is recommended to spent one night in Kluchy, and in the same time with the searching the night quarters (there is a problem with hotels, but if you can speak Russian, you can find lodging in the private house), you should think about getting to the base of Kluchevskaya sopka route which is about 40 km from the village. To do this distance by foot is possible, but is rather extreme: two days of walking by marshy selva with mosquitoes. On the cross-country vehicle it is possible to reach the base of climb in two-three hours. Do not think about any variants such as Russian jeep like "UAZ" or any Japan cars. It is only possible to get there by military kind of vehicle like KAMAZ or URAL. The normal price for this service is from 200 USD one way up to the volcanologists hut. If it is not full - you are lucky. There is a tight door in the hut which rescues you from the worst misfortune of this place - from mosquitoes.

The other problem here is the lack of potable water - if you use some car to get there, bring the water with you as more as possible and leave the surplus in the hut. The same situation is with firewood - bring it from Kluchy village! The volcanologists hut is located at the altitude of 900 meters, Kluchy village is at the sea level.

From this hut on the next day start walking up by a visible trek with no complexities - just walk in the direction of the mountain (if it is visible).

It is important to mark you way by points in GPS, as without visibility (fog, rain) you can have some serious problems with orientation on the route which is nor marked, nor overcrowded.

The camp can be put at the altitude 1800 - 1900 m, there are a lot of convenient places for tents and potable water. By the way, I should say a little about water. It is recommended to have a filter as on the route there is almost impossible to find water without a touch of volcanic ashes.

On the next day put up your camp on one kilometer higher, there are many places for camping at the altitude 2900-3100m. From here the Summit of Kluchevskaya sopka is reachable.

The ascention of the Summit and descent to the Camp normally takes 8-12 hours depending on the physical state of participants, the snow conditions and the weather. There are no technical difficulties on this route, but physically it is really hard because of the very long distance and some climatic features of the region. Typical equipment for climbing Kluchevskaya sopka is: crampons, ski poles, ice axe and helmet. The last is necessary undoubtedly, as well as the route is quite dangerous because of rockfalls. Be very careful and put maximum of your attention upward - look for the rolling stones. The most dangerous time - the moment of the sunrise - the stones begin to fall and not slowed by the snow frozen in the night. As the sun rises, stones becomes more numerous, but they fly much slower - the snow is getting softer and hampers them.

The early start is highly recommended for this route - not later than 4 o'clock in the morning, and the earlier - the better. The descent route is equal to the route of ascent.

Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.