Orcas and bears

A sea voyage on a sailing catamaran, kayaking and climbing a volcano
Tour: 9 days
Climbing a volcano
Sea sailing trip
Feel at one with the nature of Kamchatka and feel its force, watching wild animals of the peninsula. A nine-day holiday with like-minded people under the attentive supervision of a professional team of guides is awaiting you. On this trip you will get to know Kamchatka: inspect Russkaya Bay, watch sea lions and curious pusas (earless seals) in their natural habitat, and if we are lucky we will also catch sight of orcas and even whales; you will see the spawning grounds of Lake Nachinskoye, the main inhabitant of the peninsula – brown bear, paddle on kayaks across the picturesque Lake Tolmacheva and climb active Mutnovsky Volcano.
Mountains and ocean
report video from the program for 2020
Day 1
Arrival in Kamchatka
Arrival, meeting at the airport, transfer to the guest house with a stop at the “Russia starts here” monument. After check-in, you will have lunch and rest after the flight. A tour briefing is scheduled at the dinner on the day of arrival.
Day 2
Cruise to Russkaya Bay
After breakfast at the guest house, we will drive to the seaport, check-in on the “Kosatka” sailing catamaran, where you will meet the crew. We will then have a 6-hour cruise to Russkaya Bay. Keep your eyes open, you might catch sight of orcas and whales! By the evening we will enter the waters of Russkaya Bay, approximately 8 km long. Here the catamaran will dock by the ship called “Uda”. We will have lunch and dinner on board the catamaran.
Day 3
Morning in Russkaya Bay will start with breakfast, after which a sea kayaking experience is awaiting you. Our guides will explain the basics to ensure safety on water. If you are lucky, you will see spotted seals, that starting June rest in the shallows in the bay. After lunch on board the catamaran, we will sail to Cape Kekurny to see its famous year-round sea lion rookery and will then head back towards the city. Dinner and overnight in the city at the guest house
Day 4
Visiting Lake Nachikinskoye
After breakfast at the guest house, we will leave for glacial Lake Nachikinskoye. Many rivers and streams flowing into the lake have turned it into a major salmon spawning ground, and naturally a place of attraction for brown bears. The journey will take approximately 2.5 hours. We will sail on the lake, watching the spawning of fish and hunting of bears. We will then have lunch at the base camp on the shore and return to the guest house.
Day 5
Drive to Lake Tolmacheva, kayaking
After breakfast at the guest house, we will have a 3-hour drive to Lake Tolmacheva, past berry fields, where there is a chance to spot bears coming here to feast on blueberries and lingonberries. At the lake, we will stay in cosy houses and have lunch. We will then kayak on the lake and enjoy a most beautiful sunset, weather permitting, directly from the water. We will have dinner and overnight at the base camp on the lake.
Day 6
Sailing on the lake and return to the city
After breakfast, we will cross Lake Tolmacheva on a small inflatable sailing catamaran to its wild coast, frequented by bears. Not far from the lake there are two explosion craters, called “maars” by geologists. After lunch we will visit one of the maars, encircling the Medvezhya Chasha (Bear’s bowl) lake (shaped as a bowl, thus the name), approximately 100 m deep. We will then return to the guest house in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to enjoy a delicious dinner.
Day 7
4x4 drive to Mutnovsky Volcano
After breakfast at the guest house, we will leave by 4x4 vehicle towards Mutnovsky Volcano. After a tour briefing at the foothills of the volcano, we will start the climb to the crater. It will be an easy climb along a well-trodden path, past snowfields before the first fumarole site. Climbing up, you can come close to the steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots and see the crater lake, which in summer turns emerald green. We will climb up to the edge of an active crater to watch rumbling clouds of steam and gas escaping up into the air. After the descent and a warm snack at the foothills of the volcano, we will head to the guest house.
Day 8
Free / extra day
If all components of the tour programme have been fully completed, it is possible to choose an additional activity. Dinner and overnight at the guest house.
Day 9
Airport transfer
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport with a stop at the fish market and souvenir shop.
We will help you choose a program and book a place
What is included in the price?
  • meeting and seeing off at the airport
  • all transfers according to the program
  • accompaniment by the manager
  • accommodation in a guest house / on a catamaran / in a camp on the lake
  • breakfasts and dinners at the guest house
  • breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the catamaran / on the lake
  • перекусы на пеших маршрутах
  • accompaniment by guides
  • catamaran charter
  • equipment rental (trekking poles, sleeping bags)
What is not included in the price?
  • return flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • lunch on free days
  • additional services
  • medical insurance
Please note:
  • The order of tour days may change
  • Foreign citizens are required to pay an additional fee of ₽25,000 (for permits, documents, English-speaking guide, etc.)
  • The distribution of participants by the guests house is determined by the organizers
  • If you need single accommodation, ley the manager know
Porridge (millet, oatmeal, rice, corn) with dried apricots and raisins or fruit. Hot sandwiches (with crab meat or ham and cheese). Fried eggs with bacon and fresh salad. Omelette with crab and fresh vegetables. Toast with red fish. Cottage cheese casserole. Pancakes with red caviar.
A broth made from two types of halibut (white halibut and blue halibut). Fern soup. Red fish “ukha” soup. Deer-meat borscht. Creamy crab soup.
Main course
Blue halibut baked in sauce and lemon. Cod baked with vegetables. Salmon with crab and cream cheese. Venison fried with potatoes. Salmon cutlets with creamy sauce.
Side dishes
Mashed potatoes, rice, vegetables, fried broccoli.
“Kamchatsky” salad with squid, cucumber and red caviar. Lightly salted salmon with fresh cucumber and quinoa. Olivier venison salad. Salad with opilio crab, fresh tomato and iceberg lettuce. Salad with Olyutorskaya herring and mustard dressing. Kamchatka fern with oil.
Catamaran meals
Breakfast: porridge / scrambled eggs / cottage cheese pancakes (syrniki) + sliced bread, fruits (apples, oranges, banana), butter, cheese, smoked meat, smoked fish. Lunches: fish soup / chicken noodles / fish meatballs / creamy red fish soup + crab / scallop / Greek / squid salad + bread. Dinners: halibut with rice / fish cake with pasta / red fish with couscous and teriyaki vegetables + sliced vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers) + sliced smoked fish + bread.
If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate this when booking the program, we will definitely take this into account.
Reviews of our program participants
I booked a tour with the guys from the Kamchatka Freeride Community “Mountains and Ocean 2.0”, two nights in a tent, a night on the Kosatka catamaran, the rest in the city in the Bay House and Granin House. Everything about the tour itself is impeccable – nature, team, travel, accommodation, food. There are nuances in communications with managers directly, but I believe that this will be corrected soon. The tour included two free days, I flew to the Valley of Geysers (it’s not even Mars, it’s Jupiter) and surfed in the ocean with Snowave Kamchatka. Managers, there are many of them, will help with the organisation of additional activities. However, after 9 days, I no longer knew if I could have handled even more beauty the first time, but if you are strong and self-confident, it’s worth going for 12-14 days. Also, the weather is extremely changeable and it is good to have a margin of time. I don’t know if words are needed and possible to describe how fantastic Kamchatka is, unlike any other place. It seems impossible not to return here.

Vera (Russia), 2020

I joined the adventure “Ocean and Mountains 2.0” tour with the @kamchatka_freeride_community. The organisation was simply the BEST, the tour was super diverse and rich. We saw the beauty both from the water and from the volcanoes. The price includes accommodation / meals / all activities according to the programme / transfers and emotional support during all trips.

Anna (Russia), 2020

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4x4 tour to the Dacha hot springs (small Valley of Geysers): 1 day
Dacha hot thermal springs are located at the southeastern foothills of the Skalistaya Sopka and are called the “small Valley of Geysers” due to the fact that the hot gases of this fumarole field pass through the water of a cold stream, heat it up and, in some cases, create a gushing effect.

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Ethnic experience excursion and visit to the sled dog kennel
On this tour, friendly sled dogs will take you on a sled ride. The hosts will introduce you to the customs of the Kamchatka peoples, sing national songs, let you try on ethnic costumes, and prepared traditional dishes for you.

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4x4 tour to the Vachkazhets mountain range: 1 day
On this tour you will see the most beautiful mountain lakes with unusually clear water. One of the lakes is called Tahkoloch and is located right at the start of the hiking trail along the Vachkazhets mountain range.

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Bathing in thermal springs
There are over a hundred hot springs on the peninsula. There are man-made pools with recreation areas or simple public access pools.

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Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers: 1 day
Known as the pearl of Kamchatka, the Valley of Geysers, hidden among the mountains, was discovered not so long ago, in 1941. It has since then been annually attracting tourists from all over the world – there are few such places on our planet. The tour includes: three helicopter landings, lunch, bathing in hot springs.

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Helicopter excursion to the Kuril Lake: 1 day
Vising the Kuril Lake will give you a chance to see the king of the Kamchatka forests – the brown bear in its natural habitat. The tour includes: three helicopter landings, lunch, bathing in hot springs.

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List of things
Personal items
  • Wind- and waterproof membrane jacket (preferably with insulation)
  • Comfortable lightweight and quick-dry sports pants that can keep you warm in low temperatures
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Warm vest
  • A pair of t-shirts
  • Underwear, incl. thermal underwear
  • A hat
  • Socks (several pairs)
  • Gloves
  • Swimming suit
Gear and equipment
  • Ski spats – protecting the leg and boot from small stones, sand and sometimes water getting inside the boot.
  • Headlamp or pocket flashlight
  • Individual first aid kit
  • Alpenstocks walking poles
  • Mosquito repellent with an active ingredient content of at least 23%
  • Backpack 60L
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat
Answers to frequently asked questions
How physically fit does one have to be to join a tour?
No special training is required, but you need to be in a minimally good physical shape. 
What is the time difference with Kamchatka?
With Moscow +9 hours (if it is 12:00 in Moscow, it is 21:00 in Kamchatka).<br>
What is the best way to buy airplane tickets to join a tour?
When buying airplane tickets, it is important to consider the time difference between the point of departure and Kamchatka. For example, if your tour starts on 01 April, it means that you need to be in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 01 April. And it means that you need to depart from Moscow, Novosibirsk or Irkutsk on 31 March. From Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin or Blagoveshchensk, you can depart on the same date, provided there is a convenient flight. You can arrive at any hour of the day or night of your tour start date, or earlier. Next-day (after the start date) arrival is not permitted, irrespective of the tour programme. Depending on the weather, the tour schedule may change and you risk missing the start of the tour, which is not refundable. The last date of the tour is the return flight date. You may fly back on this date or any time after. If returning to Moscow, you will land on the same date you departed from Kamchatka. The same applies to other cities in Russia, with a difference of one hour.
What are my additional expenses when in Kamchatka?
Your additional expenses may be alcohol, lunch on a free day, caviar, fish you may buy on the market for yourself or as a souvenir. You will also most likely want to buy presents for yourself and family and friends.
Is medical insurance required?
Yes, we always require a medical insurance for all our tours.&nbsp;<br> A complete travel insurance with extreme sports coverage – for hiking up to 2,500 m, yachting, kayaking / surfing.<br> Different insurance companies have different policy options and you may be required to pay for an additional winter / extreme sports add-on. Further conditions may be the minimum number of people on a tour.&nbsp;<br> Please remember in Kamchatka in case of emergency an ordinary ambulance may not be able to reach the mountains or the ocean and special assistance may be required. Please ensure that your insurance covers all the scenarios.<br> Do explain to your insurance provider the nature or your trip and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.<br>
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Почему нельзя покаячить рядом с косатками или сивучами?
Мы - за безопасное наблюдение за дикими животными. Человеческое присутствие вблизи морских млекопитающих (и любых диких животных) в их естественной среде может привести к ухудшению их жизни и даже к угрозе вымирания.
Помните, что морские млекопитающие, которых мы можем встретить на морской прогулке/во время каякинга, такие как киты, косатки и сивучи - очень крупные и могут стать опасными, если они чувствуют угрозу. Они могут атаковать каяки и повредить их, а также нанести травмы людям.
Также многие виды морских млекопитающих защищены законодательством, и подходить к ним близко на каяках или на морских судах - запрещено и может привести к неприятным последствиям.
На катамаране комфортно жить несколько дней?
Наш катамаран отличается повышенным комфортом: организация жилой площади позволяет создать уединенность и свободу передвижений. На борту длиной 15 метров и шириной 7 метров расположены пять кают с кроватями, освещением, розетками и местами для хранения вещей. Каюты достаточно просторные и удобные для проживания на борту в течение длительного времени.
В условиях морского путешествия, особенно, длительного, на первый план выходят мелочи, столь привычные в быту и особенно ценные при условии долгого совместного пребывания вдали от берега. Поэтому два независимых и просторных гальюна (туалета) с душами и еще один душ на корме можно без сомнения отнести к бесспорным плюсам катамарана.
Устойчивая конструкция катамарана позволяет ему довольно уверено чувствовать себя на воде. В данном случае мы получаем более безопасное и приятное плавание. Люди, страдающие морской болезнью в своем большинстве, чувствуют себя хорошо. Качка, по сравнению с обычной яхтой, менее ощутима. На камбузе (кухне) есть все, что может понадобиться для приготовления пищи, включая посуду для сервировки. Есть большой обеденный стол и мягкие сиденья.
Orcas and bears
A sea voyage on a sailing catamaran, kayaking and climbing a volcano
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