The price for 6WD bus tour 7 days/6 nights (3 days/2 nights in Natural Preserve) – USD 1600 per person
Dates: 9-15 August 2019 – booking is finished
15-21 August 2020
The Kuril Lake – a unique place, where it is possible to watch Kamchatka bears catching salmon. There is the biggest population of brown bears and the largest sockeye spawning place on the peninsula.
WHY IS IT A BREATHTAKING JORNEY?
It’s unforgettable. You’ll get a memorable experience watching bears in their usual environment, literally, almost at the arm’s length. No one zoo in the world is able to provide you with such a delight to meet a wild bear. You are going to tell friends about this journey for a long time after it’s over.
It unique. The Kuril Lake is of volcanic origin. It is located in the southern part of the peninsula on the South Kamchatka Reserve territory. It is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Untouched piece of nature in our crazy world which is not for everyone to visit. Try to feel the atmosphere of Kamchatka wild nature.
It is absolutely safe. The territory of the camp as well as the observation area enclosed with a high-voltage fence, allowing you to enjoy your trip with no worries. There are also experienced rangers and guides in the camp that ensure your safety throughout the tour.
It is available. The most important thing is that this tour is available for anyone who dreams to see the Kamchatka nature and its wildlife in pristine beauty. The tour program will not let you get bored, because in addition to watching bears you may choose any additional excursion.
Possible walking and boat excursions *:
- The Kingdom of sockeye salmon and brown bear. One day walking trip around the territory of the South Kamchatka Sanctuary.
- Kutkhiny Baty. One day walking tour to the pumice deposits on the territory of South Kamchatka Sanctuary.
- Bird’s eye view. Climbing the hill “Domashnyaya”.
- Riddles of Hakytsin. One day walking tour to the pumice deposits on the territory of South Kamchatka Sanctuary.
- Bear’s Glade. A walk across the tundra near the “Grassy point”.
- Secrets of the Kuril Lake. Boat trip around the Kuril Lake.
START FOR THE KURIL LAKE TRIP
Departure to the Kuril Lake. On the road, you will need to make several crossings by ferry: through the
Bolshaya (Big) river and the Opala River. Other small rivers will be crossed by car.
Stop for lunch on the way.
If in the result of bad weather or other factors, the tourists do not have time to pass all the crossings, the camp will be set up on the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk.
If tourists have time enough to pass all the crossings, the tents will be set up in the Pauzhetka village.
Dinner and rest after the journey.
Overnight in tents.
AN EXTRA DAY FOR THE ROAD / DAY TO SPEND IN PAUZHETKA VILLAGE
If in the previous day tourists did not have time to pass the crossing, the route in the direction of the Kurile Lake is going on.
If tourists have time to pass the crossing in one day, this day will be used for relaxing and excursions. *
The Pauzhetka village is located near the Pauzhetskaya hot springs, 500 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the south of Kamchatka There is also an old geothermal electrical power station in Russia, it was put into service in 1966, and this power station produces electricity for the nearby villages and factories.
Geothermal power plant in Pauzhetka produces not only thermal electricity, but also throws a large amount of hot water down the valley. Local people have year-round access to hot water and grow not only tomatoes and cucumbers in their greenhouses but also exotic for our peninsula melons.
*In this day, you may have a chance to take an excursion around the village to the thermal Pauzhetskaya field, to White waterfalls, to a stone town and others. (The guide will choose places on the route according to the weather conditions, the level of fitness conditioning of the group and other factors). There is great number of pools in the village not only for locals but also for tourists.
ARRIVAL AT THE KURIL LAKE
Going with the ranger to the cordon, the distance from the border to the lake is about 12 km. Things of tourists are delivered either on a quad bike with a trailer or a motor boat.
Upon arrival at the Kuril Lake setting up a camp and dinner.
The Kuril Lake – a unique place, where it is possible to watch Kamchatka bears catching salmon. There is the biggest population of brown bears and the largest sockeye spawning place on the peninsula. You may use this day to have an excursion with a ranger to the place where scientists are counting the population of fish and to watch Kamchatka bears hunting salmon with you own eyes.
After the trip, returning to the camp. Dinner.
Overnight in tents.
THE KURIL LAKE. EXCURSION PROGRAM
You may use this day to look at the fauna of the Kuril Lake from a different perspective and take a tour on a motor boat on the lake waters to the bears fishing places. During the tour, you will be able to take a closer look of the Far Eastern salmon migration and watch the bird colonies.
The Kuril Lake is located in the southern part of the peninsula on the territory of South Kamchatka Sanctuary and it was included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On one side of the lake, there is the gorgeous Ilyinskiy volcano of almost perfect shape. During the eruption, lava streams were going down right inside the Kuril Lake changing the landscape and creating picturesque coves and bays. In the center of the lake, there is a rocky island “Heart of Alaid” resembling a heart in shape. On the islands in the middle of the lake, there is one of the biggest colonies of the Pacific seagulls in the fresh waters.
After the tour, returning to the camp. Dinner.
Overnight in tents.
THE KURIL LAKE AND THE KUTKHINY BATY
Walking trip to the Kutkhiny baty.
There is an amazing in its structure and beauty geological object – the Kutkhiny baty in the area of the Kuril Lake. This monumental pumice construction that appeared at the time of the frequent volcanic eruptions when acid, saturated lava gases were going up on the earth surface and cooled forming a porous rock. Over time, rocks under the influence of wind and water got their present form.
An interesting and unusual form of rocks is explained in the legend of Kamchatka indigenous people – Itelmen. Once a wise raven Kutkh left on shore to dry the boats and forgot about them. For Itelmens, Kutkh was the main god, and the word “baty” had a meaning of a long boat. Therefore, “Kutkhiny Baty “ can be translated as “God Kutkh’s Boats”.
After the excursion, leaving the reserve territory and boarding the car to go the way back.
Setting up the camp in the village of Pauzhetka, having dinner.
Overnight in tents.
THE WAY TO PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY
Packing the camp and leaving in the direction of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. On the way passing the ferries on the Opala and Bolshaya rivers.
Stop for lunch.
Continuation of the route.
Stop for dinner.
Overnight in tents.
ARRIVAL TO PKC
Breakfast. Continuation of the route.
Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city, transfer to the hotel.
The price includes:
- Guide services;
- Excursion program;
- Meals on the route;
- The permitting to visit reserved areas;
- Accident insurance.
The price doesn’t include:
- Alcoholic beverages;
- Any additional excursions.
We recommend you to have some personal equipment:
- Backpack (20-30 liters);
- Trekking shoes;
- Water- and windproof clothes;
- A set of warm clothes (sweater, warm trousers, socks, hat, gloves);
- Head protection from the sun;
- Accessories for personal hygiene;
- Bathing suit;
- Insect repellent / spray;
- Photo and video equipment.
The route or the route schedule can be changed according to the weather conditions, the training level of the group, other external factors. The decision to change the route may be taken by the guide on the place.
WISHING YOU MANY DISCOVERIES AND PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
WITH THERED RIVERS TOUR COMPANY!