Nalychevo Nature Park
Established in 1995 the Park covers 287 thousand hectares of the Nalychev river valley which borders two chains of mountains and volcanos. The territory comprises a host of sources of hot and cold mineral water qualified for medical cure. The rich variety of plants and animals, many of them in the Red Book, provided the Park to become a UNESCO Heritage object.
The valley was used by local population from long time ago. In the middle of the XIX century Carl von Ditmar discovered a multitude of debris of abandoned native huts. Till 1952 here existed a settlement. In 1929 scientists found out the medical qualities of water. On 18 August, 1995 the governor of Kamchatka issued an order for organization of the park, supported by 1130 signatures of Kamchatka people. Experts of UNESCO agreed on status of Nature Park on 6 December, 1996.
Flora and fauna
You'll need an automobile connection to the village Pinachevo 20km away from Yelizovo or 25km away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The hiking trail is 40km long and takes 2-3 days. The other option is helicopter that will fly you to the center of the Park.
Getting out of the Arc the trail runs on the hilly terrain and crosses small rivers and springs covered with shilly-shally bridges. At the 18th km there is the Semenovsky Camp with a house for 15 persons to stay overnight and a shelter to prepare food. But know that you may be not the only tourists there. Further on the road climbs onto the Pinachevo Pass (1160 km) and descends in the birch forest on the plain. Each 15km the route is marked with a sign post showing air-line distance. There are also places for fire-camps along the trail.