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