© photo by Denis Budkov
Designed by the famous Russian photographer Denis Budkov, the Kamchatka Photo Expedition takes you deep into the Kingdom of Fire and Ice to some of the most spectacular sights on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Your aim – to return to “earth” with images of alien landscapes and wild nature worthy of the pages of National Geographic. Hike up some of Kamchatka’s active volcanoes for thrilling shots of steaming vents, acid lakes and smoking craters, and breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped mountain peaks. Cast your lens on an otherworldly ice cave, stunningly desolate lava fields and the ghosts of forests swallowed up by raging storms of ash. Stay on the shores of the iconic Kurilskoye Lake and take part in some of the best bear viewing on the peninsula, as the bears gorge themselves during the annual salmon run. There’s simply no better place on earth to photograph volcanic landscapes and wildlife than this remote World Heritage listed region. Whether you’re a budding amateur or a seasoned pro, this very special, very exclusive expedition is the opportunity of a lifetime.
This tour will suit the active and adventurous traveller. 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.
Official meet and greet at the airport before being transferred to the hotel to prepare for the adventure ahead.
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.
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 boat or ATV, and the group (with photo-backpacks), accompanied by the inspector will walk 12 km to the cordon on Kuril Lake. Brown bears photo-shooting after lunch.
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.
Transfer back to the city same way we arrived to Kuril Lake.
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.
Transfer to the foot of the volcano Mutnovsky. From our base camp we set out to visit two waterfalls and enjoy the views.
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.
Today we venture inside the extraordinary, rainbow-hued tunnels of a rarely visited ice cave on the slope of Mutnovsky volcano. If we are lucky and weather permits we will spend our reserve day by trekking into the crater of nearby Gorely volcano.
Leisurely drive back to the city, where we stay in the hotel overnight.
Final farewell and transfer to the airport.
|8 Aug - 20 Aug 2017
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|27 Aug - 9 Sep 2017
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Camping with 56th Parallel means a good night’s rest with warm, comfortable accommodation, high quality gear, and the chance to sleep under the stars in some of the most picturesque wilderness areas. You’ll be provided with tents, bedding and accessories. Campers are accompanied by a guide and a personal cook who’ll prepare tasty meals and snacks made with local produce.
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