Volcanos Aag and Arik belong to the Avacha-Korjakskij group of volcanos, and they bound this group from north-west. In fact, it is possible to talk only about volcano Aag, as Arik seems to be his lateral part. Glacier evolution and strong erosion have influenced the shape of Aag and his lateral conus during centuries.
There are many cirgues and steep gorges on the slopes, and most of them are on the south-west slopes. Although one of the gorge is near the summit of Aag on north-east slope. A talus cone from the summit leads straightforwardly to it, and this is one of the most dangerous part both during the ascending and descending volcano.
A whole Aaag is compouned from three rocks: heavy layer of rock, magma and igneous rock, and finally andesit. However, volcanos are completely inactive now.
Several low-temperature springs occur in the upper part of river Shumnaya in the north-west base of Aag
Flights to Kamchatka are described at other pages for Kamchatka's vulcanos. From Elizovo airport you can simply take a car to the village Pinachevo. You can easily reach the Pinachevo pass from there, and follow to Nalychevo valley or climb up.
Similar to other peaks and volcanos at Kamchatka. You need valid tourist Russian visa, registration at OVIR for all foreigners within three days after you fly in Kamchatka. All of it can be managed through several Kamchatka's travel agencies.
When To Climb
Aag / Arik are accessible over the whole year.
The peak is easily reachable, thus you can start in Elizovo. If you plan climbing also other peaks or trekking around, it is without any problem to set up a tent somewhere there. Just be careful with bears. It is possible to highly recommend thermal hot springs in Nalychevo valley for taking a rest after climbs.
The main routes are on ribs
During the winter you need crampoons, axes, and helmet. If you plan other routes than on the rib, do not forget about ice screws, rope, and other necessary material. For skiing and snowboarding it is necessary to carry avalanche transceiver, snow showel, and snow probe.
"Why do climbers rope themselves together? To Prevent the sensible ones from going home!"