Kamchatka photo expedition

©Photo by 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.




Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky

Mixed (hotels, cabins, tents)


Difficulty Rating

Group size

14 days / 13 nights


8-12 people


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 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.

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 city 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:Mighty Mutnovsky

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:Photoshooting in the area.

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.

Day 13:Journey back to civilisation

Leisurely drive back to the city, where we stay in the hotel overnight.

Day 14:Departure hugs

Final farewell and transfer to the airport.



  • 3* hotel accommodation in Paratunka village
  • Kurlskoye Lake base camp (tents)
  • Base camp at the foot of Mutnovsky volcano (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 English speaking guide, professional photographer-guide, chef, experienced drivers

Activities and sights

  • Kurilskoye Lake: brown bears photography
  • Mutnovsky volcano and ice caves: landscape photography
  • Russkaya Bay cruise: marine wildlife photography
  • Kuril Lake photography fees
  • Kronotsky Reserve fees and permits


Russian visa support documents

*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. 
8 Aug - 20 Aug 2017
Guaranteed Departures
Sold out US $4,500 N/A
15 Aug - 28 Aug 2017
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,500 N/A Reserve
27 Aug - 9 Sep 2017
Guaranteed Departures
Sold out US $4,500 N/A
27 Aug - 9 Sep 2018
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $4,500 N/A Reserve
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Private Tour
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14 days
Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky
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