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review 8 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were many great moments. Our group seemed to gel very well, and the Russian team were terrific (although admittedly we had to get the first guide removed after day 3). I loved the rafting section, close to the bears and so peaceful. Shame about the rain. The lunar base camp and Dead Forest were extraordinary. Weather precluded a trip to the Valley of the Geysers, instead we helicoptered to Kuril Lake: what a day! The pilot descended into a volcano crater on the return leg. A Russian bath in the second week was most welcome.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The hiking on days 2 and 3 are hard. Be sure to prepare for this and get in shape before the trip. I had to give up on day 2, so missed the fumaroles and boiling mud. Be prepared to complain: we had a Russian couple with us who made sure our first guide got replaced when he proved sub-standard. Wifi is widely available; you will also get a mobile signal almost everywhere! You will pong....there are no washing facilities at the camp sites (except a river, of course). Take toilet roll and be ready to 'go' in the bushes. The longest without a wash is 3 days. Buy snacks when you can: juice, nuts, fruit, etc. You are outdoors all day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Russians made up all of the staff. They were excellent. Sadly, our rubbish was just dumped in the forest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was excellent. Everything was well organised. I would definitely return to the same destination, and on the same itinerary...just got to get some fitness back so I can complete the hiking bits.

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