The wild nature of Kamchatka
The bears, orcas, whales and volcanos
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02 - 14 July / 01 - 13 September, 2019
13 days
Bears, orcas, volcanoes
Medium level difficulty
from 89.000 RUB
What to expect from the trip?
For those of you who want to get a glimpse of real wild Russian nature we've planned a 12 day trip to Kamchatka, where you'll be able to approach wild animals as close as it's ever going to get, observing them in their natural habitat.
Come along to spend 3 days at the South Kamchatka Federal Reserve near the Kuril lake watching numerous brown bears hunt spawning salmon along with other smaller animals like Kamchatka groundhogs and ground squirrels. It's time to start getting into bird-watching, too – you'll see some species that are unique to the area.
The next part of the tour is just as exciting: we're setting out for a 2 day cruise along the coast of Kamchatka with FEROP research group (Far East Russia Orca Project) to make more shots and watch numerous marine animals. We'll listen to biologists' lectures enjoying our stay at the "Bering" catamaran and then find ourselves swimming among the animals we've just heard so much about. It's a wonderful opportunity to observe orcas in their natural habitat for those who love both animals and science. It's not just orcas, though. We might also see whales as the south-eastern coast of Kamchatka is a place where whale sightings are really frequent. Let alone dozens of sea otters and seals.Finally, you just can't miss a chance to climb Mutnovsky and Avachinskiy volcanoes – the trekking routes we've planned are not difficult and require no special training. The emotions you'll get from it are hard to find words to describe, though.
Itinerary 02 - 14 July, 2019
Day 1 (02 July)
Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, transfer and check in to the hotel in Paratunka. Bathing in hot springs.

NOTE: It's highly recommended to avoid taking naps during daytime to make the time-zone adjustment easier.
Day 2 (03 July)
Trip to Avachinskiy volcano. Watching arctic ground squirrels and groundhogs. Trek to the "camel" mountain. Trek to the top of Avachinskiy volcano.
Day 3 (04 July)
Early off-road transfer to the Pauzhetka village along the Okhotsk sea coast. Dinner. Bathing in thermal pools. Overnight stay at lodges.
Day 4 (05 July)
Off-road transfer to the Ozernaya river, crossing the river. Hiking to the Kuril Lake (13 km), exploring the territory of the South Kamchatka Federal Preserve visiting Kutkhiny Baty rocks (all the belongings will be transferred to our camp by boat). Check in to the cordon territory. Pitching the camp. Excursion to the KamchatNIRO scientific station. Watching bears.
Day 5 (06 July)
Boat tour around the Kuril Lake. Boat transfer to one of the salmon spawn rivers under control of a forester. Bear watching. Lunch with hot tea and snacks. Return to the cordon territory for dinner.
Day 6 (07 July)
Another day of boat touring around the Kuril Lake OR trekking tour to the top of Domashnyaya mountain watching the Kuril lake and Ilyinskiy volcano from afar.
Day 7 (08 July)
Watching bears from the KamchatNIRO scientific station and cardon territory till noon. After 3 pm hiking back to the Ozernaya river. Transfer to Pauzhetka. Dinner. Bathing in hot springs.
Day 8 (09 July)
Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky along the Okhotsk sea coast. Check in at the hotel in Paratunka.
Day 9 (10 July)
Free time. Bathing in thermal pools. Exploring the area.
Day 10 (11 July)
One day trek to the Mutnovsky volcano. Early off-road transfer (3-5 hours) with a stopover near the Viluchinsky waterfall for a great panoramic view. Trek to the crater of the volcano (2-3 hours) enjoying glaciers, rivers, sulfur fields, mud springs, hot springs, fumaroles and rocks along the way. Optional trek to another, active crater and the glacier lake. Descent. Visiting a gigantic waterfall in the Opasny canyon. Transfer and overnight stay at a hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Day 11 (12 July)
Boarding on the catamaran. Visiting Starichkov island, Tri Brata rocks, watching seals, birds. Visiting the Vilyuchinskaya bay and the Green Cape searching for killer whales on the way. Listening to the lecture about killer whales. Overnight stay in the catamaran cabins.
Day 12 (13 July)
Transfer to Cape Kekurny. Snorkeling and free diving with sea lions. Searching for whale sightings. Snorkeling and free diving with orcas and whales. Transfer to the port. Overnight stay at a hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Day 13 (14 July)
Transfer to the airport. Departure.
Itinerary 01 - 13 September, 2019
Day 1 (01 September)
Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and check in to a hotel. Walking around the city, visiting a volcanology museum.

NOTE: It's highly recommended to avoid taking naps during daytime to make the time-zone adjustment easier.
Day 2 (02 September)
Trip to Avachinskiy volcano. Watching arctic ground squirrels and groundhogs. Trek to the "camel" mountain. Trek to the top of Avachinskiy volcano.
Day 3 (03 September)
Boarding on the catamaran. Visiting Starichkov island, Tri Brata rocks, watching seals, birds. Visiting the Vilyuchinskaya bay and the Green Cape searching for killer whales on the way. Listening to the lecture about killer whales. Overnight stay in the catamaran cabins.
Day 4 (04 September)
Transfer to Cape Kekurny. Snorkeling and free diving with sea lions. Searching for whale sightings. Snorkeling and free diving with orcas and whales. Transfer to the port. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 5 (05 September)
Off-road transfer to the Ozernaya river to Pauzhetka. Watching seals, orcas and bald eagles near the mouth of the Opala river. Dinner. Bathing in thermal pools. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 6 (06 September)
Off-road transfer to the Ozernaya river, crossing the river. Hiking to the Kuril Lake (13 km), exploring the territory of the South Kamchatka Federal Preserve visiting Kutkhiny Baty rocks (all the belongings will be transferred to our camp by boat). Check in to the cordon territory. Pitching the camp. Excursion to the KamchatNIRO scientific station. Watching bears.§
Day 7 (07 September)
Boat tour around the Kuril Lake. Boat transfer to one of the salmon spawn rivers under control of a forester. Bear watching. Lunch with hot tea and snacks. Return to the cordon territory for dinner.
Day 8 (08 September)
Another day of boat touring around the Kuril Lake OR trekking tour to the top of Domashnyaya mountain watching the Kuril lake and Ilyinskiy volcano from afar.
Day 9 (09 September)
Watching bears from the KamchatNIRO scientific station and cardon territory till noon. After 3 pm hiking back to the Ozernaya river. Transfer to Pauzhetka. Dinner. Bathing in hot springs. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 10 (10 September)
Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky along the Okhotsk sea coast. Check in at the hotel in Paratunka.
Day 11 (11 September)
Free time. Bathing in thermal pools. Exploring the area.
Day 12 (12 September)
One day trek to the Mutnovsky volcano. Early off-road transfer (3-5 hours) with a stopover near the Viluchinsky waterfall for a great panoramic view. Trek to the crater of the volcano (2-3 hours) enjoying glaciers, rivers, sulfur fields, mud springs, hot springs, fumaroles and rocks along the way. Optional trek to another, active crater and the glacier lake. Descent. Visiting a gigantic waterfall in the Opasny canyon. Transfer and overnight stay at a hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Day 13 (13 September)
Transfer to the airport. Departure.
The cost:

Full programme: 291.000 RUB
Bears only (Kuril lake): 225.000 RUB
Cruise (2 days) + 1 day at volcanoes: 89.000 RUB

The dates:
02 - 14 July / 01 - 13 September, 2019
What's included?
  • accommodation in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Paratunka (double rooms);
  • accommodation and meals on the catamaran;
  • inflatable boat rental fees for a close approach to the animals;
  • all transfers according to the itinerary (including the transfer on a passenger truck to the Kuril Lake and back);
  • cordon territory entrance permit (camping site);
  • meals and accommodation in the Pauzhetka village;
  • meals during the tours to Avacha and Mutnovsky volcano;
  • meals at the Ozerniy cordon, use of electricity;
  • armed forester accompaniment in the reserve.
Additional expenses
  • plain tickets;
  • diving and snorkeling gear other than tanks and weights;
  • health insurance;
  • tent rental fee (about 75$);
  • additional fee for single accommodation (about 55$);
  • chopper transfer from Kuril island if available, upon request (about 380$);
  • meals in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Paratunka.
To-pack list
  • waterproof tent;
  • 0˚C comfort level sleeping bag;
  • sleeping mat;
  • comfortable waterproof shoes 2 sets (trekking boots, sneakers);
  • thermal underwear;
  • flashlight;
  • insect repellent;
  • waterproof pants, jacket;
  • raincoat;
  • hat, woolen socks, gloves, jacket;
  • wetsuit, mask, snorkel, flippers, gloves, socks (also available for rent in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).
Our Additional Programmes


You can extend our adventure-packed programme by going to the Pacific to Khalaktyrsky beach with black volcanic sand or to the incredibly beautiful Vachkazhets Volcano, or by chilling out in hot thermal springs between mountains.

1. The Vachkazhets Volcano
This is a one-day tour to an ancient volcano, one of the most beautiful places on the whole peninsula. You will find out the reason why the volcano is divided into three parts, will visit truly picturesque spots like Takhkoloch Lake, waterfalls, a volcano crater, will meet arctic ground squirrels and touch rock formations that are more than 50 million years old!

The cost: 6 500 roubles a man
The departure time: 10:00 AM
A number of tourists in the group: 4 and more
Age restrictions: at least 8 years old

Included:
  • A transfer;
  • Dinner;
  • Guide services;
  • A permit to visit the National Park;

2. Khalaktyrsky Beach
Do you want to feel the tremendous power of the Pacific Ocean? Do you want to feast your eyes on the endless horizon? Do you want to enjoy the freshest sea air and the darkest and clearest black sand? Then come with us to Khalaktyrsky beach!

The cost: 2 000 roubles a man

Included:
  • A car transfer;
  • A tourist guide's services;

The time of the tour's start: 10:00 AMThe tour duration: 4 — 5 hoursA number of tourists in the group: from 3 to 6Are restrictions: at least 4 years old

3. The Small Geyser Valley
The Small Geyser Valley is a place of the most powerful hot springs of the Mutnovsky hydrothermal basin. Steam boilers bubble at the slopes and vapor jets burst right out of them, a grand boiler churns and a formidable fountain of vapor and water shots up high in the air at the bottom of it all. And all of this happens in the background of a mind-blowing cliffy shore and mountain slopes near the Mutnovsky Volcano.Our stroll around The Small Geyser Valley will take around 2 or 3 hours, which is just enough to savor the grandeur and magnificence of this marvelous place. Fans of exotic will get a chance to reunite with nature by bathing in the hot thermal water. We suggest that after that we make a short drive to a waterfall at the Spokoyny creek and then go down to the place where the most powerful stream of clean spring water falls into the rocky bowels of the ravine.

The total duration of the tour: 10 hours.
The cost: 7 000 roubles

Included:
  • A route transfer;
  • A tourist guide's services;
  • Meals.

Equipment recommendations: hiking medium-height shoes; a warm fleece jacket; a wind- and waterproof jacket; a pair of windproof pants; a winter hat; gloves; sunshades; a sunscreen lotion; a mosquito repellent lotion; photo and video devices.


Helicopter tours:
1. A one-day tour around The Valley of Geysers: The Valley of Geysers, The Lava Pit of the Uzon Volcano, Nalychevsk Hot Springs

1) Flying out of the airport

2) An overflight of the active volcanos Karymsky and Maly SemyachnikThe flight time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. During the flight, the tourists will have an oppurtunity to take a look at two active volcanos out of the windows of the helicopter and take picture of them.

3) A hiking tour at the Valley of Geysers: during the tour you will see an eruption of the Bolshoy geyser and watch how different thermal spots, hot springs and mud pools function. The entire route is floored with wooden paths and steps and is accesible to everyone with no regards for your physical fitness.The duration of the tour is 1 hour and 30 minutes.The flight takes 5-10 minutes.

4) A hiking tour at the lava pit of the Uzon Volcano. The duration of the tour is 50 minutes. The tour takes place at the Estern Thermal Field where you will be able to enjoy different thermal activities and fascinating moon landscapes. The entire route is floored with wooden paths and steps and is accesible to everyone with no regards for your physical fitness. The flight takes 40 minutes.

5) Hot springs bathing. Landing at the nature park Nalychevo and bathing in hot thermal springs the water in whick reaches temperatures of 40 — 45 C (104 — 113 F).The tourists are provided with a dinner: a hot meal, tea, juice.

6) Returning to the airportTravelling time — 20 minutes.


The cost‬: 42 000 roubles a man
Included:
transport services, a qualified tourist guide, a hot meal.

The overall duration of the tour is 6-7 hours. Those who would like to bathe in the hot springs should have their swimming gear on them.

2. The Valley of Geysers + Nalychevo:
This programme has the same schedule as the previous one for the exception of the Uzon Volcano's lava pit.
The cost: 38 000 roubles a man
OUR SHIPS
This is a comfortable motor catamaran «BERING» built by an Australian project.It has excellent sea-going performance and is resistent to rocking and pitching. It is fully equipped with everything vital for a comfortable and safe vacation: 2 separate single- and 3 double-cabins, a wet unit and a hot shower, spacious fore- and after-decks, 2 common table and 2 separate couches. The catamaran is 12 meter long and 6 meter wide, it has 8-10 berths and 2 Mercuri «Verado» engines with 250 HP. A seasoned captain and his team are waiting for you on board.
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