PHOTO Tour IN KAMCHATKA
(KURILE LAKE AND VOLCANOES)
Bears and volcanoes
August 15th - 26th 2021
The Kamchatka region sits at the far east of Russia; nature there is unique. This is a land of active volcanoes, and the territory of bears.

This trip is an exceptionnal opportunity to spend a few days on Kurile lake, one of the few spots on the planet where one can observe bears from up close, a real paradise for animal photographers!

This place is hard to get to, it is a scientists camp within a nature reserve, and can accomodate only one group of photographers at a time: this is the territory of bears, and humans are merely humble visitors. No wonder this is the place which movie makers choose when they want to film bears :)

Also in our program: ice caves, the inside crater of an active volcano, and breathtaking views of volcanoes.


The itinerary:
1
August 15th
Arrival at Petropavlovsk
Arrival and welcome at the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski airport. Dinner together to get acquainted and discuss the program.
Dinner and night at the hotel. The hotel features a thermal swimming pool...



2
August 16th
Transfer to Paujetka
After breakfast, early start towards the village of Paujetka. We'll travel in a confortable all terrain vehicle. The track snakes alongside the ocean to the village, we'll cross rivers.... we can stop to take pictures of the pristine nature. Of course, meetings with bears cannot be excluded. We'll stop for a picnic.
This is a day-long trip.
Dinner and night in a b&b in Paujetka

3
August 17th
Arrival at the lake
In the morning, we travel for an hour to the Oziornaya river. The end of the trip to the camp is either by foot or boat (as an option). Lunch at the camp in the nature reserve on the shores of Kurile Lake. In the afternoon, we go take pictures of the bears.
Dinner and night at the camp
4
August 18th
Sightseeing and photography at the lake
After breakfast, we board the boat which takes us to the spot where we take pictures of the bears. Picnic on the lake shores. A whole day taking pictures.
Dinner and night at the camp.
5
August 19th
Sightseeing and photography at the lake
After breakfast, we board the boat which takes us to the spot where we take pictures of the bears. Picnic on the lake shores. A whole day taking pictures.
Dinner and night at the camp.

6
August 20th
Back to Paujetka
After breakfast, we take pictures of bears not far from the camp. Back to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, we leave the reserve the same way we came, and head back to Paujetka.

Dinner and night in a B&B in Paujetka

7
August 21st
Tranfer to Petropavlovsk
Back to Petropavlovsk the same way we came.

Dinner and night at the hotel. The hotel features a thermal swimming pool

8
August 22nd
Trip to volcanoes
In the morning, we leave for the Mutnovsky and Goreli volcanoes region (70 k away, the trip takes 5 to 6 hours). Several stops on the way for pictures. We set up camp upon arrival, then go take pictures of the ice caves (500 meters from our camp).
After dinner, pictures near the camp.

9
August 23rd
Exploring Moutnovsky volcano
In the morning, the truck leaves us at the beginning of the path leading into the crater of the Moutnovski volcano. We spend 6 to 7 hours in the crater (there are fumaroles, a blue lake). On our way back, we stop for pictures in front of the « Dangerous » canyon. Back to camp.
After dinner, pictures of the sunset, near the camp.

10
August 24th
Climbing Goreli volcano
Optional day, in case of bad weather. On that day, we walk and move our camp to the foot of Goreli volcano, and, depending on weather conditions, decide if we climb the volcano at night to take pictures of the sunrise.
Dinner and night at the camp.

11
August 25th
Climbing the volcano then back to town
Climbing Goreli volcano (if we didn't climb at night). Back to town - several stops for pictures.
Dinner and night at the hotel
12
August 26th
Departure day
Transfer to Petropavlovsk airport, through the fish market
Please note: The program may be modified to take into account weather conditions, the aptitude of the group or any other safety reason.
Kamchatka bears. The beginning.
The land of bears.
PRICE
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4790
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*From 9 participants (11 max)


  • All transfers in the program
  • The services of an english speaking photography guide for the whole trip
  • Hotel and B&B rooms (double or twin)
  • Meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day.
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance fees to natural sites or parks
  • Airline tickets
  • Cancellation and medical insurance
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Alcoholic beverages during meals
  • Expenses incurred during optional activities and personal expenses
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