- International Airfare
- Lunch and dinner at resorts in Paratunka village and in Apachinsky resort area
- Lunch in the village Milkovo
- Travel insurance, health insurances.
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
- Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
- What is not mentioned as included
of the Kamchatka Photo tour
- Ascending to Gorely volcano
- Climbing up the crater of Mutnovsky volcano
- 3 days / 2 nights of permanent establishment on Kuril lake
- 100% meeting bears up close
- An excursion to “Kamenyi gorodok” (Stony town) or fishing
- Watching sea animals during a cruise trip to Russkaya Bay
- A sightseeing trip around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city
- Comfortable hiking tour: without a long crossing with backpacks
- 6 overnights in tents at camping area
- Cook’s services during traveling
Itinerary of the Kamchatka Photo Tour
Day (1) Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
The flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky lasts for 8 hours. During landing you will see our domestic volcanoes such as Koryaksky, Avachinsky and Kozelsky through the plane window. We are very glad you are here. Our guide will meet all the trip participants at the airport and drive you to the hotel for accommodation. This day will be for acclimatization and rest.
Day (2) climbing up to Gorely volcano. Overnight in tents
We will start our trip from the volcanic area of Mutnovsky plateau. There are the most interesting volcanoes there in accordance with tourists’ the point of view. Such volcanoes as Mutnovsky and Gorely.
The first top which is needed to ascend is Gorely volcano with its height of 1892 meters. The off-road vehicle will be able to drive closer to the base of the volcano in August. But in July, for example, you will have to walk a few kilometers before climbing. After having a snack we will start our climbing trip approximately at 12:00 PM. We recommend you not to eat a lot or it will be difficult for you to go up. The path is not steep and lies along the volcanic ash fields and solidified lava. After reaching the top of the volcano which will take about 3-4 hours, we will get a reward: First of all, we can enjoy surroundings. Secondly, we can explore some of Gorely’s volcanic craters. It has 11 craters. Thirdly, we can have a snack!
A day trip from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky has strictly limited time for climbing and a guide can turn a group back without reaching the top but our multi-day trip allows us to achieve our goals – each tourist must reach the summit and explore some volcanic craters.
Three craters are worth exploring:
- Blue lake crater filled with water of melt glacier. It has a bright blue color.
- Chasha (Bowl) was filled with acid lake till 2011, but after the last eruption, it has dried.
- Active crater. Its walls are formed with the wonderful composition of rocks.
After hiking around stunning natural sights we will go down to the base camp where we spend our first night there. After returning the camp a delicious dinner will be waiting for us.
We will sit around the campfire under the night sky. If the weather is not cloudy the stars will be very close so that you can see Milky Way. It is always uncomfortable to sleep outdoors on the first day. But we hope that after climbing you will be relaxed and fall asleep like a baby.
Day(3) climbing up Mutnovsky volcano, a trek to the crater. Overnight in tents.
After having breakfast we will head on the base of Mutnovsky volcano.
Mutnovsky is an active volcano. It is famous for its crater and one of the widest fumarole fields. The volcanic walls are destroyed on one side so that you can see its rock treasures. Climbing is not so difficult and you can see rising up to the sky fume at a distance. Approaching to the top, you can feel a specific smell of sulfur which is one of the volcanic manifestations. After reaching the fumarole field we will be surrounded by fantastic scenery: smoking fumaroles, bubbling mud pod, as well as the roaring ground.
Depending on the season ice and fire meet there. The blue glaciers hang over colorful rocks and melt by Earth’s heat. There are a few streams there which are a source of Vulkannaya (Volcanic) river. We will spend enough time walking along the crater to take pictures. After having a snack we will start descending. But we won’t head back the base camp, we will go to Opasny (dangerous) canyon and to the waterfall of the same name. It is the place where Vulcannaya river falls down into the gorge. After observing volcano and surroundings we return the camp, where a hot dinner will be waiting for us. We will spend our second night in tents.
Day(4) going to Apacha hot springs
After having breakfast, packing up campsite we will drive you to the hotel located in Apacha area. There is a swimming pool filled with thermal water on the territory of the hotel. This day will be dedicated to rest and we will spend our day at the hotel in comfort. Tomorrow we will start our moving to the south of the peninsula in direction of Lake Kuril.
Lake Kuril is situated in the south part of Kamchatka peninsula. It is one of the most picturesque regions of Kamchatka. The lake was formed in the crater of the ancient volcano which has a square of 76,2 km2. There is a mysterious island Alaid`s heart in the central part of the lake. Its origin has a lot of local legends. Ilinsky, Kosheleva and Kambalny volcanoes, surround the lake and keep mysterious this place.
August is the best time to visit the Kuril Lake. Hundreds of thousand salmon with the instinct of reproduction swims against the stream of numerous rivers and brooks to the places of spawning. This lake is the largest spawning area in Kamchatka. The abundance of salmon attracts a “king” of Kamchatka`s forest. Hundreds of bears come there for feeding. Every year bears hold the feast there. Steller`s eagle is a frequent guest for the feast. It is the biggest bird of prey living in Kamchatka peninsula. The representatives of this species are registered in Red Data Book of Russia, but it`s possible to see them along the shores of Kuril lake. Such great diversity of fauna and unique landscapes concentrated on small territory which allows tourists to watch all Kamchatka beauty and magnificence in a short time.
Day(5) moving to Pauzhetka settlement
After having breakfast you need to be ready to go. This day we will have to drive the most difficult part of the route. It is impossible to cook a proper lunch during driving because our schedule time is strictly limited by tides. We will have to cross two deep rivers. But there is no reason to worry because Aleksey is our driver. He is one of the most experienced driver in Kamchatka! On our way, we will have stops for having a snack. We will drive from Mutnovsky plateau to the north, then directly to the west, to the Sea of Okhotsk. Kamchatka roads are really only in the theory, so get ready for longtime shaking. At the same time, the route let you see changing of landscape and fauna. After leaving the desert and uninhabited volcanic areas, the surroundings will be greener so that we can see more colors. Landscape changes from mountains, forest to tundra when approaching the sea. Finally, this is the Sea of Okhotsk!!! You will be able to feel the ancient power of water. Weather is very changeable there. For example, one minute ago it was shining, but now it`s getting cloudy and windy. You need to be ready and take warm clothing with you. We need to drive 150 km along the Sea of Okhotsk. This place is not uninhabited as you might have expected. August is the time of salmon spawning; so many fish processing factories try to get lucky. Not only local fishermen take part in fishing, but also people from the other cities of Russia. On our way along the shore, we will see numerous birds creating their colonies, as well as inhabitants of coastal waters up close. We will stop on our way for taking memorable photos. We will go through Oktyabrsky village, which was the richest fishing farm. Then we will reach Pauzhetka village by evening. There is the first geothermal electric station in this small village. Maybe we will visit it tomorrow but now we will set up our camp and spend the night in tents. Tatyana cooks dinner. And we will enjoy hot thermal water in the swimming poll after many hours of driving. After such bathing, all tiredness disappears. Overnight in tents.
per person in a double room
we have a private tour and extra permission!
August 14 – 27, 2020
14 days/13 nights
Landscape, wildlife, villages, mountains, culture, people, underwater, Geothermal, volcano
- Gorely volcano
- Mutnovsky plateau
- Mutnovsky volcano
- Lake Kuril
- Pauzhetka settlement
- Kamenny Gorodok
- Pauzhetka village
- Ozerny Cordon
- Kutkhiny Baty
- Pauzhetka settlement
- Russkaya bay
- Double accommodation in Paratunka village
- Overnight in tents at the territory of the volcanoes and Lake Kuril
- Transfer(according to the itinerary)
- Meal on the route.
- Guide’s service
- Visitor entrance fees to protected areas
- Basic tourist gear
- Swimming pool at the resort area
- Professional Photographic Guide Tim Vollmer
You have to organize your own travel to and from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Participants of the tour should have:
- hiking boots (mid-calf hiking boots)
- thermal underwear
- waterproof trousers
- wind and waterproof jacket(with membrane and hood)
- Polartec jacket
- down vest
- warm hat
- gloves(fleece is better, but rag ones is necessary)
- headdress from the sun
- warm socks
- swimming suits
- -5-degree rating sleeping bag
- 75-liter backpack (tourist suitcase is not recommended!)
- Backpack liner (big packet where you may put the sleeping bag and dry things to protect from moisture)
- electric torch
- mosquito repellent
- mosquito net
- personal aid kit
Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that are unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur and an adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in Czech Republic.