Kamchatka Photography Expedition

© Denis Budkov

There’s simply no better place on Earth to photograph volcanic landscapes and wildlife than this remote World Heritage listed region.

Stay on the shores of the iconic Kurilskoye Lake and take part in some of the best bear viewings on the peninsula, as the bears gorge themselves during the annual salmon run. Hike some of Kamchatka's active volcanoes for thrilling shots of steaming vents, acid lakes, and smoking craters.

Your aim – to return to "Earth" with images of alien landscapes and wild nature worthy of the pages of National Geographic. This tour will suit the professional and amateur photographers, active and adventurous travellers. We’ll climb several volcanoes during the trip, although all are easy to moderately strenuous hikes, with no special climbing gear involved. The tour involves a mix of hotel stays, camping, off-road driving and trekking, with an average height of 1,200m above sea level.

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Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky

Mixed (hotels, cabins, tents)


Action rating

Group size

14 days / 13 nights


8-12 people

Itinerary View map

Day 1:Welcome to Kamchatka

Official meet and greet at the airport before being transferred to the hotel to prepare for the adventure ahead.

Day 2:6WD journey to Pauzhetka village

Full day’s drive (12 to 14 hours) by 6wd Russian Kamaz to Pauzhetka village. The road runs along the western coast of Kamchatka and includes river fording. In the evening, accommodation for the night in the guest houses.

Day 3:Welcome to Kuril Lake

In the morning, the car will take us to the ferry on the river Ozernaya. The main cargo will be delivered to the cordon Kuril Lake by a boat, the group (with photo-backpacks) will walk 12 km to the cordon on Kuril Lake. Brown bears photo-shooting after lunch.

Day 4-5:Brown Bears Photoshooting

Kurilskoye Lake is without a doubt one of the best places on earth to spot and photograph brown bears in their natural habitat, so the next two days is devoted to observing these mighty mammals as they hunt the salmon that gather here in their millions during the summer months.

Day 6-7:Way back to the city

Transfer back to the Paratunka's hotel same way we arrived to Kuril Lake.

Day 8:Marine trip to the Russkaya Bay

We’ll enjoy the day cruising and discovering the wildlife-rich waters of the Russkaya bay, visitng Starichkov Island - the incredible birds colony. Be prepared to photoshoot killer whales, otters, sea lions and enjoy fresh caught seafood.

Day 9:Mutnovsky volcano

Transfer to the foot of the volcano Mutnovsky. From our base camp we set out to visit two waterfalls and enjoy the views.

Day 10:Climb to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano

Hike from our base camp to the crater of Mutnovsky (2,322m). The brave can climb the crest of the crater for dizzying up-close shots of the volcanic action.

Day 11-12:Gorely volcano

Today’s destination is Gorely (1,829m), one of the most active volcanoes in Kamchatka. From our campsite, the 6WD heads north around the edge of a large lake that lies in the unfilled eastern crescent of the Gorely caldera. From the lake flats, the walk up the huge shield volcano is about 5km, with a steady 750m height gain

Day 13:Optional helicopter tour to the Valley of Geysers

Today we left as a free day (in case of bad weather during our tour), so the choice is yours to either enjoy free day exploring Petropavlovsk at your leisure, or join an optional* scenic helicopter tour to the World Heritage site of the Valley of the Geysers - the only geyser field in Eurasia and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world.

Day 14:Departure hugs

Today marks our final day in Kamchatka. After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport and head home to admire an award-worthy treasure trove of images that capture the strange, savage beauty of the land at the end of the earth – Kamchatka.



  • 3* hotel accommodation in Paratunka village
  • Kurlskoye Lake base camp (tents)
  • Base camp at the foot of Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes (tents)


All meals during the tour


Group airport arrival and departure transfers, all transportation on tour according to the itinerary (coach, 6wd truck-bus, boats)


Local guide pro-photographer, helper, chef, experienced driver, ranger on Kuril Lake

Activities and sights

  • Kurilskoye Lake: brown bears photography
  • Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes: landscape photography
  • Russkaya Bay cruise: marine wildlife photography


  • Russian visa support documents
  • Kuril Lake photography fees
  • Kronotsky Reserve fees and permits

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
09 July - 23 July 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Sold out US $5,245 US $780
23 July - 6 Aug 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Sold out US $5,245 US $780
6 Aug - 20 Aug 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Sold out US $5,245 US $780
27 Aug - 9 Sep 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Limited spaces US $5,245 US $780 Reserve
3 Sep - 17 Sep 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Sold out US $5,245 US $780
14 days
Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky
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