This special trip is devoted to observing the huge Kamchatka brown bears in natural habitat. Travelling to locations like Kurilskoye Lake in time for the annual salmon spawning will coincide with large aggregations of brown bears to feed. Travelling all over Kamchatka you will see the huge caldera and two lakes on the Ksudach volcano and the active volcanoes of Gorely and Mutnovsky. In between visiting these volcanoes, walking amongst fishing bears and cruising the Avacha Bar and North West Pacific in search of whales, seals and many sea birds, you can enjoy swimming in the biggest of Kamchatkas hot springs, located at the foot of Khodutka volcano. Combining wildlife, natural history, incredible destinations such as the amazing Geyser Valley and the old Russian city of Petropavlovsk, you will get a real sense of adventure in this rarely visited area.
Find the Largest Eagle in the World
Whale Watching Trip in the North Pacific
Hiking Through Geyser Valley
Orcas, Dolphins & Humpback Whales
Suberp Views of Kamchatka
Ascend the Summit of Avachinsky
Stellers Sea Eagle
Pacific White-sided Dolphin
Tour Dates: 02/08/2020 – 11/08/2020
Duration: 9 nights
Type / Focus: Bears & Volcanoes
On arrival in Elizovo Airport you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your accommodation, level – 3* hotel (Hotel Geyzer) for a briefing and your welcome to Russia evening meal.
Volcanoes & Kurilskoye Lake
This morning you will be taking by helicopter to Ksudach volcano (1.2 hours) passing Viluchinsky, Mutnovsky, Gorely, Asacha, Khodutka volcanoes which is one of the most spectacular helicopter journeys in the world. You will hike around the caldera before having the opportunity to take visit the hot springs of Kurilskoye Lake. From here you will be transferred by a short flight to your accommodation, level – tourist base dormitory (Mys Travyanoj). For the rest of the day there are special viewing points you may visit for watching brown bears around the lake.
Today you will spend the day around Kamchatkas second largest lake where millions of salmon come here to spawn. This brings with it loads of predators and ospreys, eagles, merganser, otters, foxes, stoats, wolverines and of course bears can be seen. The population of bears is so vast here that they are thought to be more bears here than there are people. Your evening meal will be served at your accommodation, level – tourist base dormitory (Mys Travyanoj).
Today you will take a short helicopter ride to Khodutka volcano (20mins) and from here visit the hot Khodutkinskoye Lake, the small lake gives rise to a 30m wide hot river where you can have a swim and enjoy the lovely hot water. After exploring this incredible place and taking in some of the sites around the hot lake and volcano you will take a flight back to your accommodation, level 3* Resort (Helios) at Paratunka Hot Springs.
Today you will have a choice of how you want to see Avachinsky volcano. You can either take an off-road journey to Avachinsky volcano and walk around the base. However you do have the chance to ascend the volcano and this will require an early start from Petropavlovsk; but once you get to the edge of the volcano a stunning view of Kamchatka can be seen including Petropavlovsk, Kamchatski, Elizovo valley, valley of Avacha river and Avacha Bay as well as the volcanoes of Vilyuchinsky, Mutnovsky, Gorely, Zhupanovsky, Dzenzur as well as the massive cone of Koryak to the west. The ascent will take around 6-8 hours and may be difficult to some travellers. After spending the day around this stunning volcano you will be transferred back to the accommodation, level 3* Resort (Helios) for your well deserved evening meal.
Valley of the Geysers
This morning you will be taken by helicopter to the magnificent Valley of Geysers. Along the way you will have great views of the Karymsky and Maly Semyachik volcanoes. Once you arrive you will have a walk through the valley; the valley has over 20 of the largest geysers in the world. Some erupt every 10-12 mins whilst some every 4-5 hours! The wreathes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes, hot water streaming along them and profuse greenery of grasses and trees create an enchanting spectacle and one you will enjoy whilst having lunch in the valley. As the evening draws in you will be transferred back to your accommodation, level – 3* Resort (Helios).
Today you will be taken by 4×4 to Mutnovsky volcano and walk around the amazing Dachnue hot springs. The volcano is exceptional and offers great photo opportunities. This active volcano and the fumaroles are clearly visible and the boiling lakes in the crater make you feel like your on the surface of another world. Once again you will be transferred back to your accommodation, level – 3* Resort (Helios) in time for your evening meal.
Today you will have a wonderful trip along the Avacha Bay, this extensive deep closed bay is a treasure trove of wildlife. Here you will visit the sea bird rookeries on Babushkin Kamen Island, Tri Brata Island and Starichkov Island in the Pacific Ocean. The sea birds include red-faced cormorants, Pacific gulls, kittiwakes, Pacific and spectacled guillemots, slender-billed murres, puffins and ipatki. The hundreds and thousands of sea birds are great to watch and most impressive of all are the huge Stellers sea eagles (the largest eagles in the world). Other than sea birds there is a great chance of seeing dolphins, orcas, sea lions, sea otters and other marine mammals such as the massive humpback whale. Once you have come back to shore you will be transferred back to your accommodation, level – 3* Resort (Helios) in time for your evening meal.
Malkinskie Hot Springs
Today will be a relaxing day as you take in the far east of Russia one last time with a visit to Malkinskie hot springs and have a nice hot bath! Your evening meal will once again be served at your accommodation, level – 3* Resort (Helios).
After breakfast you will be taken to a local fish market and have the chance of buying souveniers before being transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please be aware that these dates are not confirmed as of yet and can be changed
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in Kamchatka is usually pretty warm in August with an average temperature of around 20 degrees C. The skies are usually clear with little rain as well. However going higher up volcanoes can mean a decrease in temperature and rain is not unheard of in August.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private vehicle to be driven by a local guide for transfers when needed. All helicopter and plane transfers are also included in the price.
All our excursions including guided walks, whale watching, helicopter trips and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be a mix of warm and light clothes, including at least one warm Parker, fleece, woolly hat, pair of gloves, scarf and long trousers, thermal socks and other cold weather gear can be useful during the evenings and nights. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Insect repellent is not essential but handy. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and polarised sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day especially when we spend time on the water.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend KLM as a good airline for flights to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. One of the best websites to search for the best fares for these flights is www.odopo.co.uk; who are IATA accredited this is a link direct to their site. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Russia. These are only obtainable in advance from your local embassy. The easiest way to find information is by visiting http://visitrussia.org.uk (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site). A tourist visa costs around £115 for a single entry visa which is valid for 30 days, however things change so please check out the website above for more information.
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Russia, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Russia as soon as you have decided on this trip.
There is a small risk of altitude sickness during this trip (if you wish to ascend some of the volcanoes). This can affect everyone and anyone and has no bearing on physical fitness, even if you have not suffered before you may now and if you have suffered in the past you may not on this trip. We take all precautions including many acclimatisation days so please speak to your GP to get more information.
B. Cloutier, Vancouver
Dave & Emyl, Manchester