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7 treasures of the bear state
7 treasures of the bear state

Summer journey to Kamchatka

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7 treasures of the bear state
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
8 y.o.
Group size
to 18 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 July 2020
  • 7 July 2020
  • 19 July 2020
  • 25 July 2020
  • 31 July 2020
End date:
16 July 2020
172 433 RUB

Do you want to observe bears in their natural habitat? Close to the river, filled with fish, going to spawn? See how the bear fishes, catch and cook your own salmon. Join our summer tour to Kamchatka!

Most popular
7 treasures of the bear state
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 8 y.o.
Group size
to 18 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 July 2020
  • 7 July 2020
  • 19 July 2020
  • 25 July 2020
  • 31 July 2020
End date:
16 July 2020
172 433 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Brow bears watching at Kamchatka

Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye, surrounded on all sides by rugged mountains, is one of the major spawning waters of the peninsula. About 120-150 000 sockeye salmon comes here to spawn each year. About 500 brown bears go fishing and feeding before hibernation on the banks of the lake and its tributaries. 

On Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye you can watch bear fishing in quiet and private atmosphere without crowd of tourists and fuss, as it may happen at popular Kuril Lake

During this journey you will:

  • meet Steller's sea eagles, otters, foxes and minks, in addition to bears, which also come to the lake and to the streams to feed on fish
  • take part in salmon fishing
  • participate in the shamanic tea ceremony
  • swim in the different thermal springs
  • visit Esso village called the "Kamchatka Switzerland", where you will get acquainted with the traditions and folk crafts of the indigenous people of Kamchatka

This tour is for those who want to get the most out of Kamchatka in a short amount of time; for those who are used to comfort and aren’t ready to spend the night in a tent

The tour is guaranteed to be organized on all announced dates. It is possible to join only for a part of the tour with an individual program. In individual groups, the start date of the tour is optional. Let the manager know when you are ready to go. In this case the cost of the trip will depend on the number of tour's participants.

 

Photo by our tourist Elad Goldstein

Itinerary

The journey begins with a meeting at the airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where you should travel to on your own. We can help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

 

Depending on the date of arrival, the sequence of the route may change in the opposite direction.

Day 1 Arrival to Kamchatka

After meeting at the airport you will move to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where you will accomodate in the hotel and rest. 

 

Then you will have a meeting with Valery Malakhov who is the follower of Kamchatka shamans. You will take part in a shamanic ceremony and enjoy his playing the Jew's harp. After that will have a farmer's dinner with tasting of Kamchatka wild plants, teas and tinctures. In the evening you will return to the hotel in the city and rest.

Day 2 Valley of Geysers or Avacha Bay

On this day it is possible to go on a helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley — the famous UNESCO world heritage site. 


A boat trip around Avacha Bay is also possible. You will watch the sea bird colonies on Babushkin Kamen Island, Three Brothers Rocks and go out into the Pacific Ocean to Starichkov Island. These two excursions are optional and paid additionally.

 

Tourists who haven't booked the optional tours on this day will be able to walk with a guide through the historical center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, visit the observation points and Khalaktyrsky beach, famous for its black volcanic sand.

 

In the afternoon you will move to Milkovo village. On the way you will stop for dinner in Sokoch village (extra charge). Upon arrival to Milkovo you will stay in a hotel and rest.

Day 3 Flight to the lake Dvuhyurtochnoye

After an early breakfast, you will move to the Kozyrevsk village, from where a 40-minute helicopter flight to the mountain lake Dvuhyurtochnoe will start.

 

During the flight, weather permitting, you can see Shiveluch, Alney and Chashakondzha volcanoes.

 

Upon arrival at the lake you will accomodate at the tourist base, swim in hot springs and walk to the bank of the Dvuhyurtochnaya river to watch the bear fishing.

Day 4 Watching the bears and the course of salmon

You will spend all day at the lake Dvuhyurtochnoye. Bears can be observed in the morning and evening. At night they fish and eat off for the winter, and have a rest in the afternoon. 

 

During the day you will have the opportunity to swim in the hot springs, go salmon fishing on the lake, walk around the base, just relax and chat.

Day 5 Kamchatka Switzerland

After the morning bear watching, you will have a helicopter trip to Kozyrevsk village. During the flight you can enjoy the picruresque ridges of Alney volcano and see the frozen lava flows of the volcano Chashakondzha.


Then you will move to the Esso village, which is called "Kamchatka Switzerland" for its beautiful surrounding landscapes. You will stay in a hotel, swim in the pool with thermal water and visit the aboriginal camp.

Day 6 Local history museum and folk crafts workshops

Sightseeing in Esso is waiting for you today. You will visit the local history museum and folk crafts workshops (bone carving, wood, beading, making shaman tambourines). Get to know the culture of the indigenous people of Kamchatka.

 

Horse riding, rafting and hiking can be aslo arranged on request (extra charge). Today a helicopter tour to the reindeer herders is also possible, if the group is recruited.

Day 7 Thermal springs

After breakfast you will move to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by car. On the way you will stop for a swimming in the healing radon thermal springs.

 

You will stop at Milkovo village to have lunch. Upon arrival to  Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky you will stay at the hotel.

Day 8 Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes

Today you will find an exciting off-road trip to the high plateau located between Avachinsky and Koryak volcanoes. There you will have about 2-3 hours to walk along the volcanoes' slopes and the Camel mountain. You will be able to take wonderful pictures of mountain landscapes

 

Here you can meet with the colonies of ground squirrels. This kind of gophers have already become an implicit symbol of Kamchatka. They are not afraid of people, boldly beg for nuts and even pose for the camera. In the evening you will return to the city, spend the night in the hotel.

Day 9 Active rest

Today you have a free day, and you can choose from a variety of outdoor activities. Make a helicopter tour to the Geyser Valley, if it was not possible in the first days of the tour.

 

You can also take a boat trip on the Pacific ocean and Avacha Bay (5-6 hours) or go on a sea trip to Russkaya Bay (10-12 hours) to watch whales and sea lions. All these excursions are optional and paid additionally.

Day 10 Homecoming

After breakfast, at 9 am you will be taken to the fish market . You can buy here red fish, caviar and crabs. Then you will be taken to the airport to depart home.

Most popular
7 treasures of the bear state
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
8 y.o.
Group size
to 18 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 July 2020
  • 7 July 2020
  • 19 July 2020
  • 25 July 2020
  • 31 July 2020
End date:
16 July 2020
172 433 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

The first and last last three nights you will spend in the "Arsenyev" Hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Each room has a wardrobe, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a safe, one double or two single beds and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available. Please, note, that the hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky may be changed to the similar or higher level.
 
On the second day you will stay at the newly-built "Geologist" Hotel. The double rooms have a toilet and a washbasin, and the shower is in a separate room on the floor.
 
For the bear wathing you will stay at the tourist base on Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye. It consists of six residential wooden houses with double rooms and a large kitchen-dining room. Toilets are outside. There is a bath in the thermal waters, available at any time of the day. The base is located at the foot of the valley, on a huge thermal area with hot springs of various strength.

 

In Esso you will stay at the "Paramushir" Hotel. The double room has a shower, a TV, a refrigerator, a hairdryer, an electric kettle and dishes, and a minibar. You can relax in a Russian bath and swimming pool with natural thermal water.

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Who will be my guide +

During the tour you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide (with an intermediate level of language proficiency). The service of a professional interpreter is optional and is paid additionally (+1000 EURO).

Meals +

Breakfasts at hotels and FB at the base «Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe» are included in the cost of the journey. Lunches and dinners on the moving and in the city hotels tourists pay for their own.

What to bring +
  • a backpack or travelling bag 
  • hiking or trekking boots 
  • a change of footwear (sneakers) 
  • personal care items 
  • a swimsuit and a towel
  • an norak and lightweight down vest 
  • a sweater 
  • a raincoat 
  • sunglasses
  • a headgear 
  • a headlamp 
  • gloves
  • personal first aid kit
  • spray for mosquitoes
Optional helicopter excursion +

On the second or ninth day of the tour, you can take one of the helicopter tours for an additional fee. Flights are carried out by Mi-8 helicopters. Duration of the tour: 6-7 hours. The group consists of 19-23 people, who are always accompanied by a guide. The price of the flight includes hot meals and swimming in natural springs (bring with you a swimsuit, a towel and slippers).

 

1. Geysers Valley

Cost: 630 EURO per person.

 

Highlights of the tour:

  • flying around active volcanoes Karymskiy and Maliy Semyachik
  • visiting the Geysers Valley — it is one of the largest geyser fields in the world. It is considered to be one of the Seven wonders of Russia and a UNESCO world heritage Site.
  • observing the caldera of Uzon volcano — it is a giant hollow formed as a result of an ancient volcano's collapse. Hydrothermal activity is high occured at the bottom of the caldera.
  • swimming in Nalychevsky hot springs


2. Kuril lake

Cost: 600 EURO per person.

 

Highlights of the tour:

  • Kuril lake — every year school of salmon come here to spawn, followed by dozens of brown bears. You will be able to observe them from a distance of only a few meters.
  • the сaldera of Ksudach volcano is a very picturesque place and is considered to be a natural monument
  • swimming in the Khodutkinsky hot springs


If you wish to book a helicopter tour, please inform us at the time of booking or at least 2 weeks in advance. The flight is paid for at the airport, but seats in the helicopter is important to book in advance.

 

Note: in case of bad weather, the helicopter tour will not take place. If it is important for you to get to the Geysers Valley or Kuril lake during your trip to Kamchatka, we recommend to take some reserve days before or after the tour.

 

For the helicopter excursions you should pay on the spot. Please, be assured that you have enough cash in rubles, credit card is not accepted. 

What will the weather be like +

Kamchatka is a mountainous region stretching from the North to the South and surrounded by the waters of the Pacific ocean and the Okhotsk sea. The weather here is changeable, and there is a  special microclimate in different areas.

 

The best months for summer travel are July and August. The average temperature in August is +12°C to +16°C. In the highest parts of the mountains there are glaciers. Rain is possible, as well as snow at high altitudes. In the forest area there are a lot of mosquitoes and midges. In September, it is important to take into account the low temperature and the possibility of frost.

 

You should be ready for all kinds of weather conditions: from summer heat to strong winds with cold autumn rain and frosts.

Booking

Most popular

7 treasures of the bear state

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 8 y.o.
Group size
to 18 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
172 433 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation at hotels and at the base «Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe»

  • breakfasts at hotels, FB at the base «Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe»

  • guide service for the whole tour

  • transportation during the tour (bus, minibus, helicopter to Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe)

  • excursions to the aboriginal camp, visiting the local history museum and the folk crafts workshops

  • entrance tickets to the pools with thermal water

Extra charge:
  • international flights to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

  • accommodation in a single room, except for the base on the lake (+275 EURO per person)

  • lunches and dinners in hotels in the city and on the moving (4-5 EURO in a cafe, 6-9 EURO in a restaurant) 

  • a helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley and Uzon caldera (+630 EURO per person), optionally

  • the boat trip to Avacha Bay (+90 EURO per person), optionally

  • the boat trip to Russkaya Bay (+175 EURO per person), optionally

  • professional English interpreter's service (+1000 EURO)

  • insurance

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation at hotels and at the base «Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe»

  • breakfasts at hotels, FB at the base «Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe»

  • guide service for the whole tour

  • transportation during the tour (bus, minibus, helicopter to Lake Dvuhyurtochnoe)

  • excursions to the aboriginal camp, visiting the local history museum and the folk crafts workshops

  • entrance tickets to the pools with thermal water

  • international flights to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

  • accommodation in a single room, except for the base on the lake (+275 EURO per person)

  • lunches and dinners in hotels in the city and on the moving (4-5 EURO in a cafe, 6-9 EURO in a restaurant) 

  • a helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley and Uzon caldera (+630 EURO per person), optionally

  • the boat trip to Avacha Bay (+90 EURO per person), optionally

  • the boat trip to Russkaya Bay (+175 EURO per person), optionally

  • professional English interpreter's service (+1000 EURO)

  • insurance

7 Jul 2020, Tue — 16 Jul 2020, Thu
172 433 RUB
19 Jul 2020, Sun — 28 Jul 2020, Tue
172 433 RUB
25 Jul 2020, Sat — 3 Aug 2020, Mon
172 433 RUB
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Testimonials

Elad Goldstein
Elad Goldstein 5 Сентября 2019

How can I explain what an amazing place this is, well... I Can't, just can't.

Just every time that I stood next to a bear, I felt like I'm in love!! the adrenalin was up till the roof, the brain sometimes doesn't think (sometimes!) and you just walking on a sunshine (I prefer walking on snow but it's not the sentence).