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Photography tour «Bears and Salmon»

Destination: Kamchatka
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
10 Days
July
Highlights
  • Animal observation and wildlife photography
  • Fishing for salmon
  • Esso, the Even village (a local ethnic group in Kamchatka) and its magnificent Ethnographic Museum
  • Bathing in the hot springs
  • The Avacha Bay with its various wildlife
  • The world famous Valley of Geysers with more than 29 geysers
  • Panoramic views of Kamchatka volcanoes
Tour Overview

If you don’t imagine your life without camera and the main aim of your travel is to make rare and good photos, this Kamchatka tour is special for you! We call your attention to the Photography tour «Bears and Salmon». During this tour, you will surely make photo that takes its well-deserved position in your collection.

Firstly, you will get acquaintance with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, will walk along the Pacific Ocean bay and visit the breeding-ground of sea-lions. Then you will admire the panoramic views of the most famous volcanoes of the Kamchatka peninsula: Avachinsky, Koryaksky volcanoes and Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano group. After that you will go to the Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye that is considered as the true brown bears region. During the spawning season of salmon, you can make photos of fishing bears at close, but safe range. Moreover, there are a lot of Steller's sea eagles.

For guarantying to you a good shot, we have included 5 day near the lake. There you can make photos every morning and every evening just sitting on the shore. During the day, when bears have rest , you can have a real rest too – you have possibility to bathe in the thermal hot springs, go fishing or just walk around.

Don’t miss your chance to make your best shot that will reflect your vision of Kamchatka with the main symbols of the peninsula: volcanoes, brown bears and lakes and rivers rich in fish!

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski et Pacific Ocean bay
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
  • Day 2
    Kamchatka volcanoes and departure to the Milkovo village
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski — Milkovo village
  • Day 3
    Mountain lake and hot springs
    Milkovo village — Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
  • Day 4
    Bears watching
    Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
  • Day 5
    Salmon fishing
    Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
  • Day 6
    Bears life in the salmon land
    Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
  • Day 7
    Kamchatka's Swiss
    Esso village
  • Day 8
    Return to Petropavlovsk
    Esso village — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 9
    Free day
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 10
    End of the rpogramme
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
  • 11:00
    Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
    Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski - the capital of the region is one of the oldest cities of the Russian Far East. It is located on the shores of the largest picturesque bay: Avachinskaya Pacifique. The entrance to the bay is guarded by the cliffs "three brothers" – one of the symbols of the Kamchatka which makes its world famous.
  • 14:00
    Deaprture to the Pacific ocean coast
    You can go for a walk along the ocean bay of black sand that extends about some dozens of kilometres. We propose to you to make your first Kamchatka's photos in the sunsets rays.
  • 18:00
    Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure to the volcanoes foot
    We will go by 4x4 to the col between Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes. Walking along the foot of the volcanoes. Photography of the mountain landscapes and of the colony of ground squirrels (Kamchatka susliks).
  • 14:00
    Departure to the Milkovo village
  • 18:00
    Arrival
    Accommodation at the hotel. Free time.
  • 18:00
    Dinner in the road cafe Not included
    Not included, to pay on site in cash.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski — Milkovo village
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel of Milkovo village, Kamchatka
Twin room
Note

4 h transfer  (280km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the Kozirevsk village
  • 12:00
    To the mountain lake by helicopter
    We take helicopter for the flight to the mountain lake Dvukhyurtochnoye. if the weather is fine, you can admire the panorama of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano group, volcanoes Chiveluch, Alney and Chashakondja.
  • 12:40
    Arrival and accommodation
    Accommodation at the resort (wooden houses, 2-4 persons in the room).
  • 13:40
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Walking to the Dvukhyurtochnaya river
    After walking about 600 metres from our resort, we start our wildlife photography of brown bears fishing the salmons. During the spawning season, there are so many fish, that the bears don't pay attention to people even if they aren't far away.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    We will enjoy a real soup of Kamchatka fish, salmon dishes and red caviar.
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Milkovo village — Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation at the Dvukhyurtochnoye lake, Kamchatka
Room for 2-4 persons
Note

3 h transfer  (195km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Photography of brown bears
    We will arrive at the spawning, where we will observe the bears and the mating of the salmon. The bear is one of the symbols of Kamchatka. Despite the bear being considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable predators of the tour, you can watch them at a very close distance, the safety of the road is ensured by experienced guides.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Bathing in the hot springs
    Not far from our resort, there are the curative hot springs where you can bathe at any time.
  • 16:00
    Continuation of the photography
    During the day the bears have a rest and go away from the river that's why we propose you to continue the photography in the afternoon.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation at the Dvukhyurtochnoye lake, Kamchatka
Room for 2-4 persons
Note

animal observation  (3km)

  (2km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Bears watching in the morning
    For those who want it's possible to go for bear watching early in the morning for taking rare photos.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Salmon fishing
    After the bear observation and during their nap, we propose you to try the fishing by yourself. Even if you have no experience, we can promise that everyone will have a good take!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation at the Dvukhyurtochnoye lake, Kamchatka
Room for 2-4 persons
Note

4 h fishing  (280km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Bear watching
    You have one more day of bear watching. Every day you have possibility to change the location. During the day the photography conditions change: the temperature, lightness and even the bears behaviour: in the morning they are active and agile, in the afternoon more sedate in manner.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the observation
    In addition to the bears, we will be able to watch groups of Steller's and white-tailed eagles reaching gigantic proportions.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Lake Dvukhyurtochnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation at the Dvukhyurtochnoye lake, Kamchatka
Room for 2-4 persons
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Morning bear observation
  • 11:00
    Flight to the Kozirevsk village by helicopter
    During the flight you have possibility to admire the panoramic views of the Alney volcano and solidified lava's streams of the Chashakondja volcano.
  • 12:10
    Transfer to the Esso village
    Accommodation in the hotel, rest ans bathing in the thermal hot springs.
  • 15:00
    Esso village
    Esso is a small village, which is described in all the guides of Kamchatka. It is called “the Swiss Kamchatka”: the picturesque hills, thermal springs, rich culture and enjoyable in every respect people make this place a special place. We will visit the museum, as well as workshops and the crafts of the north – sculpture on bone and wood, beading and making shamanic drums.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Esso village
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel of the Esso village, Kamchatka
Twin room
Note

1 h transfer  (88km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure to Petropavlovsk
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe Not included
    Not included, payment in cash on site.
  • 17:00
    Arrival and check-in in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Esso village — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
Note

6 h transfer  (530km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Optional excursions
    On this day it is possible to go on a helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley and Uzon Caldera. Or, Boat trip around Avacha Bay, or any other one-day excursion.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the airport
    On the way, we will stop on the fish market. Purchase of souvenirs.
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski
Detailed description
Departures
July, 15 2019
Start
-
July, 24 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,936 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Bathing in hot springs
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Single supplement – 15 500 roubles / per pers. (possible only in hotels, not at the resort at the lake). The order of visits can be changed according to the weather conditions. The photos of the tour are approximate and are shown for giving to you an idea. The price includes: breakfasts in the hotels and full board at the resort. The other meals are to be paid on site: in the cafe 250-400 RUR, in the restaurant 400-600 RUR). Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers: 42 000 roubles / pers. (price of 2018, possible to be changed). Boat trip in the Avacha bay - 12 000 roubles / pers . (price of 2018, possible to be changed).

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Fabienne
From 7 August 2017 to 19 August 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
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joli voyage. Des choses peuvent être améliorées au niveau de l'organisation sur place, transmission d'informations sur la région de la part du guide, repas dans les hôtels (mauvais)
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Jean-Jacques
From 29 July 2017 to 11 August 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
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La principale critique porte sur l'hotel Petropavlosk dont le restaurant est très bon, mais les chambres minables: cage à lapin , mobilier délabré, moquette usée et sale. Pour le même prix j'avais réservé , pour la fin du voyage, un B and B dans Petro dans lequel nous avions une "suite" sejour avec ecran plat, salle de bain, et chambre avec lit super King size. Les petites huttes de l'avant dernier
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Je vous remercie d'avoir pris le temps de nous laisser votre avis sur le séjour. Nous l'avons bien reçu via le lien que vous avez utilisé. Je suis soulagée de savoir que l'équipe présente avec vous ait bien veillé à votre sécurité et se soit occupé de faire fuir cet ours.   Merci également pour les remarques que vous avez portées à notre attention. Concernant le logement aux hôtels à Pétropavlovsk,
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Yves
From 12 July 2017 to 20 July 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? No
- Temps de trajets très, très longs - Guide ne donnant aucune info sur le pays, sur la vie des gens.... Plus un accompagnateur qu'un guide...... - Dans les points forts du voyage était noté ascension su volcan Plotski : non fait ? - Bien spécifier dans le descriptif, la présence des moustiques qui est très très importante.
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Jacky
From 12 July 2017 to 21 July 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
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Tout c'est bien déroulé. Les hébergements étaient rustiques mais nous le savions dès le départ, tout comme les moyens de transport. Le guide était un bon accompagnateur mais n'avait pas les capacités d'un guide. Heureusement, nous avions 2 personnes dans le groupe qui ont tenus le rôle de guide de façon parfaite. Les cuisinières nous ont régalés durant tout le séjour avec une bonne cuisine. Nous avons
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Etienne
From 15 August 2016 to 25 August 2016
Destination: Kamchatka
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