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The kingdom of brown bears

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© photo by Denis Budkov

Kamchatka is a land of giants, prehistoric patchwork of stark lava fields, gaping craters and mountainous tundra, contrasted against lush forests, shimmering lakes and rivers and the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The two most potent symbols of Kamchatka’s untamed nature and grandeur – its enormous brown bears and towering volcanoes – are the subjects of this eye-opening adventure into the Far Eastern frontier.

With no roads or railways connecting it to the outside world, Kamchatka is a haven for wildlife. The Kingdom of the Brown Bears Kamchatka tour will get you closer than you ever imagined to the wild inhabitants of the peninsula. 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. After Kurilskoye Lake, spot marine life on pristine Avacha Bay, and get a glimpse into the thrilling world of volcanologists on the plateau of Mutnovsky and Gorely Volcanoes. Finally, you’ll explore the incredible mountain setting of the Kamchatkan capital of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksy, or opt to take an awe-inspiring helicopter flight north of peninsula to visit the famous Valley of Geysers.

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Hello Kamchatka

Day 1: Hello Kamchatka

Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. From the airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Paratunka.

Kurilskoye Lake by Helicopter

Day 2: Kurilskoye Lake by Helicopter

Morning flight by MI-8 helicopter to Kurilskoye Lake, with a stopover at the Ksudach Volcano. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to enjoy excursions along the lake’s pumice rock beach, where you’ll be briefed about the next day’s activities.

In the land of the Brown bears

Day 3-4: In the land of the Brown bears

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.

Bathing in thermal springs

Day 5: Bathing in thermal springs

Our afternoon MI-8 helicopter flight will drop us off on the banks of the Khodutka River for a bathe in the thermal hot water springs, and then one more flight to the Mutnovsky Volcano plateau.

Mutnovsky Volcano trek

Day 6: Mutnovsky Volcano trek

After breakfast at the camp, we set out for a full day trek up the Mutnovsky volcano. With two options for the walk depending on the group’s ability.

Gorely Volcano Trek

Day 7: Gorely Volcano Trek

Today’s challenge takes us to Mount Gorely, one of the most active volcanoes in Kamchatka. Evening, transfer back to the city.

Avacha bay cruise

Day 8: Avacha bay cruise

We’ll enjoy the day cruising and discovering the wildlife-rich waters of the Avacha bay, visitng Starichkov Island - the incredible birds colony.

Optional excursions day

Day 9: Optional excursions day

Today the choice is yours to either enjoy free day exploring Petropavlovsk at your leisure, or join an optional scenic helicopter flight to the World Heritage site of the Valley of the Geysers and the crater of the mighty Uzon volcano.

Departure

Day 10: Departure

Today marks our final day in the Kingdom of the Brown Bears. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

  • What's included

  • Group airport transfers
  • Transportation according to the program
  • Accommodation in the hotel, lodges and base camps
  • Camping equipment (except sleeping bags, mats and cutlery)
  • All experiences detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Chef and helper
  • Permits and Kronotsky Nature Reserve fees
  • Russian visa support letter
  • Not included

  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursion to Valley of Geysers
  • Individual transfers
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22 Jul - 31 Jul 2017
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Mixed accommodation

On this tour you'll stay for 4 nights in a hotel in Paratunka, 3 night in a lodge on Kurilskoye Lake and will stay in a base camp on volcanoes plateau for 2 nights in VauDe tents. *please note, the accommodation is very basic and very limited in Kamchatka, do not expect western standards and stars rating, though we chose best accommodation possible.

Hotel Complex Petropavlovsk

Situated in the heart of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, this smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi in public area. Additionally, gift shops/newsstands and a front-desk safe are onsite. All 70 rooms offer free WiFi, refrigerators, and TVs with cable channels. Showers, phones, and free toiletries are among the other amenities that guests will find.

Lodge on Kurilskoye Lake

A small and very basic lodge is 2-storeyed wooden building, with 2 bunk rooms of 8 people each on the second floor. A dining room and shower/WC are situated on the first floor. A "wrap around" deck affords a gorgeous view of Kurilskoye Lake and surrounding mountains. Electricity and hot shower available in lodge from 7PM till 11PM daily.

Bel-Kam-Tour hotel Kamchatka

Bel-Kam-Tour Hotel Kamchatka is located in the village of Paratunka (a 40 minute drive from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky), renowned for its healing hot springs and clean mountain air. The hotel offers a choice of rooms that provide everything needed for a comfortable stay. Rooms are equipped with all the amenities you'd expect from a modern hotel.

Camping

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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Trip Details

  • Trip Name: The kingdom of brown bears
  • Trip Code: KMC002
  • Trip Style: Moderate
  • Type: Scheduled ?
  • Duration: 10 days/9 nights
  • Arrival city: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Departure city: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Places visited: Kamchatka
  • Group size: 6-16 people
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