Esso is a village in Kamchatka's central region, 520km north of the capital. It was first established in 1932 at the junction of the rivers Bystraya and Uksichan.


In the language of Even people "Esso" stands for larch-tree. If you enjoy warmer temperatures, August and September are the best-advised months for you to visit. If you prefer cold weather then you may enjoy sightseeing all year long, especially in the winter when local geothermal sources such as the hot springs are most enjoyable. The abundance of hot water has supposedly caused the locals to give the place the nickname "Kamchatka Switzerland". Interestingly enough, hot springs are also used for heating homes in Esso.

Get in

You can get to Esso from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by car or public bus. The journey lasts roughly 10 hours. The road is gravel so you'll need some stamina.

Get around

You will mostly get around by foot, and less so by half-track and helicopter. Dogsleds and horses are a must vehicle here.




Annual dogsledding races Beringia (Берингия): The race is 1980 km long, and is listed in Guinness Book of World Records.


Local souvenirs are abound.


There are several shops.


There are several hotels run by families or small enterprises.

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