Kamchatka Tours & Travel | August 2021

15 Days
Category:
  • Kronotsky-Nature-Reserve-on-Kamchatka-Peninsula
  • Bistraya River Kamchatka
  • Mount-Kronovsky-volcano-Kamchatka
  • Kamchatka-Vocano-crater
  • Kamchatka Nalychevo National Park
  • Kamchatka-Nalychevo-National-Park-lodge
  • Kamchatka-Bear-sitting-Kurilskoye-Lake
  • russia-kamchatka-brown-bear
  • Kamchatka-Kronotsky-Reserve
  • Geyser-valley-Kamchatka
  • Kamchatka-Helicopter-landing
  • Kamchatka-Bear-Kurilskoye-Lake
  • Kamchatka-Drive-to-Mutnovsky-Base-Camp
  • Kamchatka-Church-Khabarovsk-Eastern-Russia
  • Kamchatka-Arctic-dog
  • Kamchatka-squirrel

Kamchatka is one of Russia’s least explored, but most scenically spectacular regions. The peninsula is traversed by two active volcanic ranges with 20 or more volcanoes, many of them still active. Home to the largest volume of salmon on the planet, a vast array of wildlife including brown bears and pristine forests and lakes, Kamchatka is a wilderness like no other. Come and see this ultimate adventure destination on one of our Kamchatka tours before the world catches on!  

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Spotting brown bears on Kurilskoye Lake
  2. Helicopter transfers as your main method of transport
  3. Drifting down the Bistraya River in a raft while fishing
  4. The amazing Valley of the Geysers
  5. Boat trip into the Avancha Bay
  6. Nalychevo National Park wilderness stay
DEPARTURE DATE
16 August 2021
DURATION 15 days
TOUR COST $14,390
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$1,190 Additional * see note
INCLUDED
Economy international airfares ex Syd/Mel
Internal flights as per itinerary
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
Experienced English speaking local tour guide
Escorted by an Australian host (subject to minimum number of 10 clients)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Tours depart with minimum of 4 clients
  • No more than 16 clients on any trip
  • Land only packages available
  • Tour extensions – before or after tour extensions can be arranged on your behalf
  • Business or premium economy flights can be arranged at an additional cost if available
  • To book and reserve your place on a tour, a deposit of $500 and a completed booking form is required

* Note:  Nalychevo National Park lodge rooms must be shared

Kamchatka, one of Russia’s least explored but most scenically spectacular regions, is one of the few places left in the world whose name is unknown to most travellers. A peninsula in North-east Asia, separated from the Russian mainland by the Okhotsk Sea on the west and bordered by the Bering Sea on the east, it is 1,200km long and at its widest about 450km.
The peninsula is traversed by two active volcanic ranges in which there are over 160 volcanoes in varying stages of activity, with 20 or more being amongst the world’s most volatile. Thermal activity deep below the surface produces numerous hot springs, heated rivers, and geysers. We will visit the most impressive of these, the “Valley of the Geysers” in Kronotsky National Park, discovered in 1941. Here the variety of volcanic phenomena to be seen is exceptional. The largest geyser, “Velikan”, is equal to Yellowstone’s “Old Faithful” hurling a column of steam and boiling water fifty metres into the air. Hundreds of others sporadically blast steam, mud and rainbow coloured water heavenwards.

The capital city and administrative headquarters of Petropavlovsk sprawl over the hills and sits in the valleys surrounding Avancha Bay, one of the largest and best-protected harbours in the world. Just 30km to the east the three “domestic” volcanic peaks of Koryaksky, Avachinsky, and Kozelsky tower majestically above the city. Away from the volcanoes, Kamchatka is covered by large areas of mixed forests and plains of giant grasses, home to a vast array of wildlife, including brown bears and sable. The sable, a small dark-brown furred carnivorous mammal, has long been a valued currency in Russia. With the 18th century, fur traders came religion, settlers, and disease, which had disastrous results for the native populations, both animal and human. Kamchatka came late to the Russian Empire. It was annexed by the Cossacks in 1697. In the following forty years the native inhabitants were reduced from some 150,000 to only 10,000. Today, native people make up about 2% of the population. After WWII the peninsula took on new strategic importance. It became a base for military airfields and home to Soviet nuclear submarines. No foreigners were allowed anywhere near. Fortunately that all changed in 1990 and today tourists are being actively sought by a fledgling tourist industry.

Importantly, this trip requires a certain level of fitness to complete all of the activities. It is not essential for everyone to take part in all activities but as this is a wilderness environment, we cannot guarantee supervised entertainment for those not taking part in the core activity. We will try to be as flexible with options as possible.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Spotting brown bears in Lake Kurile
  2. Helicopter transfers as your main method of transport
  3. Drifting down the Bistraya River in a raft while fishing
  4. The amazing Valley of the Geysers
  5. Boat trip into the Avancha Bay
  6. Nalychevo National Park wilderness stay