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Esso is a village in Kamchatka's central region, 520km north of the capital. Established in 1932 in a picturesque confluence of river Bystraya and unfreezing river Uksichan.


In the language of the Even people "Esso" stands for larch-tree. If you are a warm-blooded animal, August and September are best months for you to visit. If you are used to cold weather and grew hair, than you may find sightseeings all around the year, especially in winter when the local geothermal sources are most enjoyable. The abundance of hot water has given rise to the local's nickname for the town - "Kamchatka Switzerland". Besides that, hot springs are used for house-heating.

Get in[edit]

From Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by automobile or public bus. The journey used to last 10 hours, but since the road has been paved all the way to Esso, the journey now takes approximately 6-8 hours including an hour-long stop for lunch in Milkovo.

Get around[edit]

Most of all by foot, less by half-track and helicopter. Dogs and horses are a must vehicle.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ethnographic Museum[1] has a vast collection of ethnic clothes, utensils and religious artefacts.
  • Museum of Bear
  • Ethnic music groups performing traditional Koryak, Even and Evenki songs.
  • Bystrinsky Nature Park.[2]
  • Koryak ethnic camp 'Chau-Chiv'
  • Reindeer farms
  • Native common 'Katep' for dog-sledging

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Dog-sledging. The main means of transport in the village.
  • Hot springs bathing. Large and small pools in all seasons.
  • Skijoring competition. Let the pair of dogs drive your ski and compete with all-Kamchatka champions.


Annual dog-sledging races Beringia (Берингия)[3] The race 1980km long is listed in Guiness Book.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Local souvenirs are abound

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe "Alexandra"
  • Cafe "Minutka"
  • Restaurant "Paramushir-tour"

There are a several shops.


There are several hotels run by families or small enterprises.


Get out[edit]

  • A number of travels are offered including day tours to see natural wonders and ethnic curiosities, rafting, horse-riding, extreme tours. Some of the tours are organized in the village, some in Petropavlovsk.
  • Anavgai village and 'Menedek' camp.
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