#107. Kamchatka in early summer - Sea mammals, birds, bears, whales, wild flowers and volcanoes (with halibut and salmon fishing!) Possible to join cruise part only

Rhododendrons.SEASON: June 10th - July 10th
Departure 2017: June 25th
Group size - up to 10 pax.

This expedition to Kamchatka will take place in early summer - the best time to see migrating and breeding birds, land and sea mammals and wild flowers before the mosquitoes become troublesome. We shall sail from Petropavlovsk on a small newly refurbished ocean-going cutter and explore the southeast coast of the peninsula. This is an extremely remote and seldom visited part since no roads reach it and very few boats venture along its shores. It is a wild and spectacular coast with towering, snow-capped, volcanoes including Viluchinsky and Mutnovsky. There are small islands and sea stacks which are the home of thousands of breeding seabirds including puffins and auks. Steller's Sea Lions haul out on the ledges. In sheltered bays Sea Otters and seals swim and on the high cliffs the magnificent Steller's Sea Eagle breeds. On the black volcanic sands we should see Brown Bears turning over the seaweed, washed up by winter storms, to look for dead fish. At the mouths of rivers and deltas there will be a mixture of migrant land birds, waterfowl and shore birds. Whilst sailing we should see Gray whales and dolphins including Orcas. We shall go ashore to explore the lakes, cliffs, beaches and rivers and possibly visit a hot spring area. We shall combine this ship-based part of the expedition with a land-based visit to two mountainous areas of the peninsula. The ancient volcano, Avachinskiy, is scenically one of the most beautiful places in Kamchatka. Mutnovsky, on the other hand, is still active and after climbing through a canyon past a glacier belching steam we enter the crater with its geysers, fumaroles, mud pools, spectacular rock formations and colours - a "journey to the centre of the earth". There will be plenty of time to savour the atmosphere of Kamchatka and follow our own interests whether they are ornithology, botany, geology, Volcanology, photography or walking.

12 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrive in Petropavlovsk. Welcome dinner in the restaurant. "Petropavlovsk" Hotel.
Steller sea eagle.Days 2-5. Embark on our boat. Depending on the weather and wind direction these days will be spent sailing along the southeast coast of Kamchatka. We shall go ashore whenever possible and explore bays including Viluchinsky, Zhirovaya, Russkaya, Tikhirka and Bechevinka; capes including Kekurny, Nalychevo; islands including Starichkov and Krasheninnikova. We shall look for bears, sea mammals, sea birds, and wild flowers. Scuba diving is also possible (upon request).
Day 6. Sail back to Petropavlovsk. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7. Drive in an all-terrain bus to one of volcanoes Mutnovsky or Avachinskiy, depending on snow conditions of road. Camp or cabins.
Days 8-9. Explore on foot the beautiful volcanic plateaus with fields of rododendrons or climb Camel extrusion looking for black-capped marmots and numerous ground squirrels.
Day 10. Explore the tundra close to the volcano for flowers. Return back to your hotel.
Day 11. Optional helicopter excursion to the famous Geysers Valley. Evening concert at the farm of Sasha Yastrebov. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 12. Depart Petropavlovsk.

Cost EUR 2800 per person.

Weather: Variable; may be warm, dry and sunny but may also be cool, cloudy and raining; temperature in the range 4-20°C.
Fitness: The pace will be leisurely. The walks are not difficult and are entirely at the discretion of the individual.

Price includes:

  • Full board
  • Accommodation in hotel sharing a twin-bedded room; on board ship in large cabin which sleeps 10 persons in separate enclosed bunks; 2-man tents and a large base tent
  • Food and cooking facilities while camping
  • English-speaking rep at the arrival and departure in the PKC airport 
  • Transfers by coach and boat
  • City tour and museum entrance
  • Guides, interpreter and cook services
  • Visa invitation and visa registration
Seals
Killer whale.
Starichkov Island.
Petropavlovsk
Fresh salmon.
6WD truck-bus.
Rhododendrons field.

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Kathleen boat
Kathleen boat
Sea lions
Orcas / Killer whales
Sea otter
Orca

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