Kamchatka Discovery Tour

Russia – Kamchatka Discovery Tour – an 11 day Small Group Tour.

Excepting the polar wastes, the wild Russian Far East of Kamchatka is about as remote as you can get. It’s a tough environment, for human beings and for wildlife, yet the former chooses to endure it while the latter thrives.

Kamchatka is a volcanic wilderness encompassing astounding beauty, manifest in pristine rivers, sharp, fresh mountains and fiery volcanoes, arrayed in profusion like nowhere else on Earth. Those who will visit already know who they are. For them the only question is when?

Kamchatka is a vast wilderness perched on Russia’s far eastern frontier, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for its unspoilt landscapes, its fantastic wildlife and its spectacular natural phenomena, it represents one of the most untouched, and certainly least visited, places on our planet.

On this trip we take in the very best of the region, with opportunities to visit the breathtaking Valley of the Geysers, climb up active volcanoes, and meet some of Kamchatka’s original inhabitants, the Even.

The Even people, closely related to the similarly named Evenki, are the original inhabitants of this land. Their traditional way of living was centred largely on reindeer and their religion is based upon shamanism. Numbering around 17,000 only, they lived largely nomadic lives, following the reindeer which were their source of meat, clothes and many other day to day items. Like other smaller ethnic groups their customs and culture are being gradually eroded in today’s Russia.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace


Tour style


Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.


Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your long flight. Overnight at Geyser Hotel or similar (D)

(Overall driving distance: 2.5 hours; 90 km)

We take boats into Avachinskaya Bay with excellent opportunities for spotting sea mammals including whales, dolphins and seals. During the excursion which will be about 5 hours in duration, there will be an opportunity for you to fish. Your captain’s mate will prepare fresh crabs and he will offer to use your catch to prepare a fish soup for lunch.

Later we drive to Mutnovsky Volcano, considered the most impressive in the area, and permanently active. Camping overnight. (BLD)

Please Note: A sleeping bag and camping mat will be needed. These can be hired locally for RUB 200 per person per day.

(Approximate hiking distance: 12km / Difference in height is about 800m – Approximate hiking time: 6 hours + 2 hours for the observation of the crater)

We ascend the crater of Mutnovsky volcano (2322 m), which is one of the most outstanding volcanic phenomena in Kamchatka, with its powerful gas and steam spurts and boiling mud cauldrons. Today our trek will be about 12km and is anticipated to take around 6 hours. Camping overnight. (BLD)

(Approximate hiking distance: 10km / Difference in height is about 900m – Approximate hiking time: 6 hours + 1-1.5 hours for the observation of the crater)

Another day, another volcano! Ascend Gorely volcano (1829 m) and view its acid and freshwater crater lakes, before heading to Paratunka to spend the night. Today our trek will be about 10km and is anticipated to take around 6 hours. Overnight at a local hotel in Paratunka. (BLD)

(Overall driving distance: 3-4 hours; 280 km)

Today is a day at leisure to relax or take an optional helicopter excursion over the jaw-droppingly impressive Valley of the Geysers or to the Kuril Lake. In the evening we transfer to the village of Milkovo. Overnight at Hotel Geolog or similar. (BD)

Please Note: The accommodation tonight is basic, with shared facilities. There is a toilet and a was basin in the room, however shower is in a separate room on the ground floor. On arrival at the hotel, a light dinner with tea will be offered.

(Overall driving distance: 6-7 hours; 460 km)

This morning we set out on a long drive by 4WD towards the Klyuchevskaya volcano group, stopping for lunch in Milkovo settlement. We cross the Kamchatka River by ferry and continue off-road into the foothills of one of the most beautiful and majestic volcano ranges, Ploski Tolbachik and Ostry Tolbachik. Overnight Lunokhodchik tented camp, so called because the first Soviet lunar vehicles were tested here. (BD)

(Approximate hiking distance: 25km / Flat itinerary – Approximate hiking time: 10 hours with stops)

As a result of the 2013 eruption, the lava flowed underground through caves and tunnels, creating stone sculptures from the hardened lava. Today our trek will be about 25km and is anticipated to take around 10 hours. We walk along the lava flows, climb the volcanic cones and go down to the lava ducts, where the temperature in still reaches + 60°С.Camping overnight. (BLD)

(Approximate hiking distance: 15km / Difference in height is about 100-200m – Approximate hiking time: 4 hours)

After breakfast, travel in an off-road vehicle to the Northern Breakthrough cones, which are a collection of miniature smoking volcanoes boasting incredible colours. Climb the Tolbachinsky cones which are 100-200 m high. In some places, holes still exist on the surface of the cones, from where hot gas comes out with a temperature of up to + 600 ° С. Return to the camp for the evening. Camping overnight. (BLD)

(Overall driving distance: 6-7 hours; 240 km)

Leaving camp, we take a walk in the ‘dead forest’, where slag and ash from eruptions in 1975 killed swathes of trees. Later we drive to the village of Milkovo, situated on the bank of the River Kamchatka. We walk to one of the oldest Kamchatka settlements, founded by the Even people in the 18th century, visit the crafts workshop and enjoy the remarkable panoramic outlook from the viewing platform. Overnight Geolog Hotel or similar. (BLD)

(Overall driving distance: 5 hours; 300 km)

After breakfast, visit the ethnographic museum of the peoples inhabiting the Kamchatka River valley. Later, transfer to the area of the village of Malki for a traditional lunch and depart for a short rafting tour along the Bystraya River (2 to 3 hours in duration) with the option to do fishing (every raft will have 1 fishing rod). The raft is in fact a rubber boat and the river Bystraya is rather quiet and has a few gentle rapids, which are safe for total beginners. It is likely that you will spot brown bears on the banks of the river when sailing down, however this can never be a guarantee. In the late afternoon, we drive back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Overnight at Geyser Hotel or similar (BLD).

Please Note: If you do not wish to embark on the rafting tour, it is possible to enjoy the Malkinsky hot springs instead.  

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport. If there is time on the way we will visit the local fish market. (B)

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

/!\ Please note that the order of the itinerary may change locally. Changes often occur en route due to the nature of travel in these remote areas and this itinerary is only a guideline of the activities possible on each day.

/!\ These departures are based on a mixed group, with travellers joining the tour from other companies and countries. The tour will include an English-speaking guide, but may also be guided in other languages. In the event there are 6 or more English-speaking travellers in the group, the tour will be exclusively English-speaking guided.

Kindly note that dates for Kamchatka are often not set in stone until 6 – 9 months before departure. Please do not book flights until we have confirmed the exact dates of the tour with you. However due to the short season, the tours always run in July and August.

Single supplement is £365.

Return flights from London to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky start at £1,000 or cheaper options could be found, depending on the time of booking.

The earlier the better ! The demand for flights is high and therefore we strongly recommend that you enquire and book your flights at the same time as confirming your place on the tour, or at the earliest once you decide to go. Please contact us for a quotation.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky costs from £100 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £90 per person in a solo occupancy room.

Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.

On this tour you have the possibility to organise an optional helicopter excursion to the sumptuous Valley of Geysers (incredible landscapes) or to the Kuril lake (bear watching). If you wish to do both excursion, you will need to extend your stay in Kamchatka – please contact us to discuss.

Current Prices – prices are subject to change:
– Valley of Geysers: RUB 48,000 per person
– Kuril lake: RUB 48,000 per person

The helicopter excursions can only be booked and paid for locally.

These excursions are subject to the weather conditions on the day and the minimum numbers of passengers. We are aware that this is a lot of money to carry around with you and that it is not very practical. However, despite our best efforts, we have been unable to come to an alternative arrangement.

Please note that the excursion to Kuril Lake cannot be done until mid-July as bears are usually arriving as from then on.

If you choose not to go to the Kuril lake or to the Valley of Geysers (or if it is unavailable) you may take an optional half-day trip (to be booked on the eve of the day and paid in RUB cash only on the spot) by car along the shores of Avacha Bay to the Pacific Ocean, or a guided city tour and/or a visit to the Local Lore museum which is home to an interesting ethnography exhibition.

Please inform us well in advance of your tour if you wish to go on one of these excursions so we can anticipate your participation and avoid disappointment as best as we can.

If you prefer not to travel as part of a group then this tour can be arranged on a private basis. The price starts from £2,695 per person based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room. Private tours with larger group sizes or a solo person can also be arranged – please contact us for details.

Undiscovered Destinations can also tailor a tour to your requirements in the Kamchatka region. Please contact Estelle to discuss your requirements and to organise your adventure.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transport throughout
  • All accommodation
  • Services of English-speaking guide / tour leader
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities, eg. helicopter excursions
  • Camping mat and sleeping bag
  • Drinks
  • Tipping (at discretionary)

Great local crew, who worked extremely hard to make our trip to Kamchatka as enjoyable as possible. Impressive local knowledge. Stefan our guide is obviously very proud of his country and wants to share all the amazing places and people it has to offer.


B Lebrocq, UK