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Expedition to the Shantar Islands

Destination: Shantar islands
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
14 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Visit of the unique archipelago - Shantar islands
  • The real expedition far away from the civilisation
  • Aquaintance with the flora and fauna: brown bears, killer whales, seals, Steller's sea eagle
  • Navigation in the bays of the Okhotsk sea
  • Fishing on the Russian Far East
  • Pure nature far away from the urban life
Tour Overview

The Shantar islands are the unique place that might be considered as one of the wonders of Russia. Relatively few people have heard about this destination and even less visited it. This archipelago is destined for those who seek adventure and dare to test the forces in the ruthless waters of Okhotsk Sea.

We propose to you the real expedition to the islands that are distant form the civilization. There are only 4 men on the islands, they work at the weather station. However, the flora and fauna are really varied. You have possibility to see: thousands of birds, including the « landlord » of this territory – Steller's sea eagle, killer whale, whale, seal, bear, zibeline and others.

The nature and landscapes are really diverse: gentle banks, rocks, taiga, mountains, rivers and lakes – we will see everything that the nature allows to us.

The marine navigation is organized on the inflatable motor boats (with the length of 5.2 m and capacity of 10 person – 6 persons for boat maximum).

Meet the nature. The pure nature that was waiting for you for millions of years…

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Aquaintance with Khabarovsk
    Khabarovsk
  • Day 2
    Day on the road
    Khabarovsk — Nikolay bay
  • Day 3
    Nikolay bay
    Nikolay bay
  • Day 4
    Commencement of the Okhotsk sea passage
    Nikolay bay — Wrangel cape
  • Day 5
    Bay and cape Ongochan
    Nikolay bay — Ongochan bay
  • Day 6
    Shantar islands
    Bay Ongochan — Shantar islands
  • Day 7
    Fishing and visit of the island
    Grand Shantar island
  • Day 8
    North strait crossing
    Grand Shantar island — Feklistov island
  • Day 9
    Feklistov island
    Feklistov island
  • Day 10
    Bird island and Rainbow island
    Feklistov island — Grand Shantar island
  • Day 11
    Navigation to the Ongochan island
    Grand Shantar island — Ongochan bay
  • Day 12
    Return to the Nikolay bay
    Ongochan island — Nikolay bay
  • Day 13
    Return to Khabarovsk
    Nikolay Bay — Khabarovsk
  • Day 14
    End of the programme
    Khabarovsk
  • 08:00
    Arrival to Khabarovsk
    Transfer to the hotel. Rest. * The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the tim of your arrival and chosen flight.
  • 14:00
    Free time
    This day, suggestions for the Khabarovsk city-tour - by bus, walking or by helicopter. Khabarovsk is considered as the centre of the Russian Far East. The city has an economical and transport importance and besides it can be called one of the most beautiful cities of Russia. It's extended for 40 km along the Amur river - the Asian fourth river by the basin area. Among the main sites of the city are the Lenin's place, Khabarovsk bridge, Monument to count N.N. Muravyov-Amursky, Saviour's Transfiguration Cathedral,museum of history and ethnographic museum. In the evening, you can de a boat trip along the Amur river.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Khabarovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Khabarovsk city Boutique Hotel
In the room, there are: two beds, wi-fi, safe, heated floor. The breakfast is included.
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure to the Nikolay bay
    We will be on the road during all this day. We will go up along the Amur river. The main par of the road is gravel. As the Shantar islands is the remote territory, be ready for the long route for reaching them.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Not included
    Payment in cash on site.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the road
  • Overnight in the tent of the bank of the Anguy river
Photo of the day
Route
Khabarovsk — Nikolay bay
Accommodation
Camping
  • 06:00
    Arrival to the Nikolay bay
    Installation of the camp. Rest.
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    The Nikolay bay is a unique place of the Khabarovsk region. There is no tourist trails, this is a place of the wild nature that extends from the Okhotsk sea till teh Usalguin river. The bay is interesting by the fish abundance, the killer whales and seals. Also there are high and low water of many kilometres.
  • 13:00
    Lunch prepared on the fire
  • 15:00
    Walking along the coast
    You can go for a walk along the shore. For those who are tired, we propose to have a rest in the camping. It's said that the sunsets here are so colourful and the nature is so pure, that admiring this natural event people become happier and clearer.
  • 19:00
    Dinner prepared on fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Nikolay bay
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Boat navigation by the Nikolay bay
    After the breakfast, we start our navigation by the the Okhotsk sea. We starting our sea passage - it's a first part of our boat trip. The Okhotsk sea is the sea of the Pacific ocean that divided with it by the Kamchatka peninsula, Kuril islands and Hokkaido island.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Arival to the Wrangel cape
    Installation of the camp. Rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Nikolay bay — Wrangel cape
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation to the Ongochan bay
    Today we will pass through the Shantar sea. The name Shantar sea is not so widely known as it was registered only in 2015. It's area is separated from the Okhotsk sea by the Shantar islands. Here the water is warmer and the sea currents are not so strong.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Arrival to the Ongochan bay
    The Ongochan bay and the cape of the same name have very flat coats. There are a lot of fishes that's why it's not rare to sea the bears' traces or to see them with your own eyes. It's possible that we will meet the fishers coming here from all Russia. There are a lot of little rivers full of fish. If you like fishing, it(s a very good place for you.
  • 19:00
    Dinner prepared on fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Nikolay bay — Ongochan bay
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation to the Grand Shantar island
    During the navigation in the Shantar sea, that is shallow enough, we can sail through the ice floes that are drifted here from the Okhotsk sea by the streams. This is a day of our first meeting with the Shantar archipelago - marvellous islands. In fact, only a short time ago, the archipelago was a part of the mountain dry land. Now the tops of these mountains are separated from the land by the straits.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Landing on the Grand Shantar island
    We land and set up of the camp. It will be our base camp near the weather station. As the weather of the Far Eats is very unpredictable, the base camp will be used in the case of the bad weather and for the return journey. The island Grand Shantar reminds the square by its form with the length of 45 metres. The island is absolutely uninhabited. There are only 4 persons that works at the weather station.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Bay Ongochan — Shantar islands
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Trekking on the island
    Today we will go for a trekking on the Grand Shantar island to the river Anaur. You have possibility to sea different landscapes that change one another: flat and rocky shores, mountains, backward water and rapid rivers.
  • 15:00
    Fishing
    The rivers of the Shantar islands are very rich with fishes. As well as the typical inhabitants of the Far East rivers (calico salmon, bull-trout, silver salmon and others), there is a rainbow trout, that's population is considered as unique in Asia beyond the Kamchatka territory.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Grand Shantar island
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the Feklistov island
    Today we have one more sea passage. We will cross the North strait till the Feklistov island. the main part of the island is covered by the taiga forests, but the most interesting here is the coast. On the Est, there are almost black pinnacles and on the north the cliffs are white and remind the huge sponge.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Arrival on the island
    Setting up of the camp. Rest. As the islands' shore is very rocky, there are a lot of bird spots. It is a place where you can feel yourself closed off from the outside. It's not a silence that boggles the mind but the noise of thousand of birds and surges.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Grand Shantar island — Feklistov island
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Visit of the Fekistov island
    We will go for a walk along the island. We have possibility to see the gem jade - multicoloured semi-precious stone. Follow the guide attentively and stay in a calling distance ! Despite this island is uninhabited, there are bears walking along the shore and looking for the fish.
  • 10:00
    Visit of the Arka (Arch) island
    Today, the Arka island is a natural monument. It is a solid multicoloured cliff 50 metres high. There is a crevice in the middle of the arch. During the low tide, in this crevice there is a isthmus. On the top of the island the sea eagles live.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Feklistov island
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the Rainbow cape
    This day we will come back to the Grand Shantar island. We will visit the Rainbow cape. The name of the island describes it: the rocks of the shore remind the multicolour carpet: red, grey and yellow. Above the rocks , there is a green forest head and underneath there is the blue the blue sea and sky.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Visit of the Bird island
    The Bird island is situated not far from the Kamchatka. Till the 1914, it had a name "Prisme" because of it's form. This island is different from other Shantar islands by it's shores - they are almost flat. The today's name reflects the fact that there id an innumerable quantity of birds: land, coastal and sea. Also there is a sea turtle that is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records: it's weight is 304 kg and it is about 150 years old.
  • 16:00
    Arrival to the Grand Shantar island
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Feklistov island — Grand Shantar island
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Navigation to the Ongochan bay
    Our return way will pass along the continental shore. We will go near the Small Shantar island (the third big island of the Shantar archipelago) and the island Belichiy (Squirrel).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Setting up of the camp, rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Grand Shantar island — Ongochan bay
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Way back to the Nikolay bay
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Arrival
    Installation of the camp, rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    After the expedition, the participants of the group can share their emotions and experience, photos and contacts.
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Ongochan island — Nikolay bay
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Way to Khabarovsk
    We will spend all day in the car on route to Khabarovsk. By inches, the landscape will change: from the pure nature till the return to the urban architecture of the industrial city.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the route
    Arrival to Khabarovsk in the night. Accommodation in the hotel and rest.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Nikolay Bay — Khabarovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Khabarovsk city Boutique Hotel
In the room, there are: two beds, wi-fi, safe, heated floor. The breakfast is included.
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 15:00
    Transfer to the hotel. End of the programmer.
Photo of the day
Route
Khabarovsk
Detailed description
Departures
July, 19 2018
Start
-
August, 01 2018
End
Available 4+
Status
2,892 $
Basic price per person
July, 28 2018
Start
-
August, 10 2018
End
Available 4+
Status
2,892 $
Basic price per person
August, 06 2018
Start
-
August, 19 2018
End
Available 4+
Status
2,892 $
Basic price per person
August, 15 2018
Start
-
August, 28 2018
End
Available 4+
Status
2,892 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport 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
  • Letter of invitation
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Tent rental
  • Camping outfit rental
  • Meals according to the program
  • Accident insurance
Price does not include
  • English-speaking guide
  • Medical insurance
  • 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

The price is indicated for the group of 12-12 persons. If the group's size is smaller, the price can be recalculated. The service of the English-speaking guide is 70 000 roubles. The meals in the camping are prepared by the participants of the tour themselves according the confirmed menu. All camping equipment is furnished. As the road to the Nikolay bay is very long and mostly gravel, it's possible to feel fatigue and discomfort.

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Un séjour grandiose et inoubliable à tout point de vue. Dans la description, il faudrait peut-être quand même préciser que pour faire les 2 jours de marche sur le lac, il vaut mieux être entrainé à marcher vite en cas de mauvaise météo. Ceci a été le cas pour nous le dimanche, avant d'arriver au campement. Heureusement notre guide Andreï a été parfait et notre groupe était homogène pour avoir une
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