Join us for an adventure into one of the world’s last unexplored regions. Swoop by helicopter between rumbling prehistoric volcanoes, lush valleys and mountain ranges before venturing into the wild brown bear territory and swimming in remote hot springs; this is a photographer’s dream – to capture images of a remote wilderness abundant with wildlife. Explore scenery that other’s only dream of, a place where adventures begin and road maps end. This is one of the few places on earth not connected to the outside world by a single road. Stay in quaint wooden lodges or camp in the raw wilderness and witness the salmon run as the grizzly’s splash about in the shallows.
Isolation is what makes Kamchatka so remarkable. Home to 30 active volcanoes, 90 geysers and a virtually untouched region of raw geothermal power and the majority of this region is only accessible by chopper.
Day 1 - Arrival
Welcome to Russia! Upon arrival at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome lunch. Transfer to the Volcanology Institute, where you’ll have a brief introduction into the volcanic history and development of Kamchatka. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Lenin Square, St.Peter & St.Paul monument, Nikolskaya Hill, V.Bering monument. (L)
Overnight City Hotel or similar
Day 2 - Kurilskoye Lake
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. You will then be met and transferred to the helipad where you will fly to the Kurilskoye Lake. If weather permits, the helicopter will land in the crater of the Ksudachvlc.
From here, take a short flight to Kurilskoye Lake known for being one of the largest spawning areas in the world. Here there is a small wooden lodge which belongs to the Kronitskiy state preserve that houses toilets, kitchen and communal area. Here you will camp at Istok Point. The camp is surrounded by an electric fence to protect against bears. (B,L,D)
3 nights camping
Day 3 - Bear Watching
From the lodge, an experienced guide will take you to view bears in their natural habitat. Here you’ll have a good chance of taking great, close-up shots of bears fishing for migrating salmon. At Kurilskoe sockeye salmon spawn from spring until early winter and huge Kamchatka brown bears patrol the shoreline. The daily itinerary is flexible but will certainly include a maximum amount of time outdoors viewing bears. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Wildlife Viewing
Spend another day in the outdoors with your guide as you continue to observe Kamchatka’s abundant wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Bears and Hot Springs
Enjoy a walking excursion along the lake-shore, to the tundra, a bear-viewing platform overlooking a salmon-filled river. You’ll see bears fishing just a few steps away from you. In the evening, take a helicopter flight to the city. Stop for a bathe in the thermal hot waters of the Khodutka River. From here, you will transfer to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Overnight City Hotel or similar
Day 6 - Mutnovsky Volcano
Following breakfast at your hotel, drive to the plateau of Mutnovsky volcano. Take an excursion to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano (2323m). Here you will see active fumaroles, mud siphons, mud craters and the mountain lake. The crater of volcano Mutnovsky is one of the most wonderful volcanic phenomena of Kamchatka. Steep walls surround wide and deep crater, with shining glaciers. Ascending takes 7-10 hours. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Volcanoes
Drive to another volcano named Gorely (1829m). Ascend to the top and walk along the coulee (hardened lava-stream), slag fields, and see eight craters with lakes in them. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of the volcano taking in the fantastic panorama: mountain peaks, shores of the Pacific Ocean and the numerous canyons surrounding the area. In the evening, return to your hotel. (B,L,D)
3 nights City Hotel or similar
Day 8 - Starichkov Island
This morning drive to the boat terminal for a chartered six-hour excursion sailing to the “Three Brothers” rocks and to Starichkov Island (without coming ashore). In the summertime, the picturesque shores of the Starichkov Island attract a lot of travellers and divers. If you’re lucky, besides the bird colonies, you will be able to see some sea mammals, including sea otters, seals, and even whales. In the sea, not far from the shore of the island there are Karaulny and Chasovoykekurs (sea rocks which were formed by marine sediments). A pair of sea eagles, registered in the “Red Book of Russian Federation” (the book of rare species) lives on the Karaulnykekur. On board the boat you will be offered a lunch with Ukha, a clear Russian soup made from various fish.
This afternoon, transfer to the “Sled dogs” (aborigine of Kamchatka) – an ethnic centre with a kennel of sled dogs and deer. Enjoy watching a folklore dance whilst having a traditional dinner: shurpa (reindeer soup), grilled salmon, smoked salmon, salmon caviar, caviar halibut, sea cucumber, fern, kelp, vegetables, potato, pancakes, bread, water. Return to your hotel in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - At Leisure
Today is yours at leisure. Should any of your previous activities have been cancelled due to poor weather, you can re-do them today. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Valley of the Geysers. This is a spectacular volcanic landscape where you can witness small eruptions and enjoy hikes through this lunar-like landscape. Please advise if you would like us to add this into your itinerary. (B)
Day 10 - Departure
Enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping and visit the local fish markets before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
- Return airport transfers
- 9 nights accommodation
- Daily breakfast at the hotel, all meals whilst camping
- All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Services of qualified licensed English speaking local guide, mountain guide, cook & driver
- Return helicopter flight to the Kurilskoe Lake
- All necessary permissions & registrations
- International air tickets
- Meals and beverages not mentioned above
- Early check-in and late check out charges from the hotel
- Personal travel insurance
- Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tipping etc
**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* A minimum of 4 adults is required to guarantee this departure.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.