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Kamchatka Brown Bear Viewing

It is hard to imagine Kamchatka without bears. August is the best time to view them, particularly at the Kurilskoye Lake, the second largest on Kamchatka located in Yuzhno-Kamchatsky Reserve. It attracts the highest concentration of bears on the Peninsula along with other wildlife rushing for salmon feast.


  • Observe bears catching salmon just 15 feet above the bears.
  • Learn about the Lake’s genesis and its rich ecosystem.
  • Feel the Volcanic Kamchatka by visiting Ksudach Volcano.
  • Contribute to the Reserve’s efforts to prevent poaching.
  • Visit the salmon research station, the largest in Kamchatka.
  • Take a boat around the lake to see Stellar sea eagle nesting. 
Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 7 days

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Day 1: 11 August

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport...our guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. In the evening, welcome dinner at the restaurant. Go over the trip plan, and settle in. Overnight at the local hotel (3 stars). 

Day 2: 12 August

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky...early morning flight (~ 1 hour) by a Russian made MI-8 helicopter to Ksudach Volcano. Here we will observe the crater lake Schtubelya, cascade waterfall streaming from the crater and hot springs along the lake's shore. Next stop is our target destination - the Kurilskoye Lake. Upon arrival, our guide will take you to the cabin, which will be your home for the next 3 nights. The cabin is a basic two story cottage made of wood. It has 3 large rooms (4 bunk beds each) and a dinning room. Bathroom is the outdoor box. 

Day 3: 13-14 August

Kurilskoye Lake Camp....the daily itinerary is flexible but will certainly include a maximum amount of time outdoors viewing bears. Usually you’ll be outdoors by 9:00AM. Don’t worry if it rains, we’ll head out anyway since the bears don’t seem to mind wet weather. We can take hikes along the lakeshore, to the tundra, to a bear-viewing platform overlooking a salmon-filled river. When hiking, one of the Reserve’s rangers will accompany the group along with your guide. If weather permits, we will also take short motor boat trips to see Stellar sea eagles nesting along the shore. 

Day 5: 15 August

Kurilskoye Lake Camp...after breakfast we will fly back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city with a stop at the Peninsula's largest hot springs valley near the Khodutka Volcano. The springs gather into a small stream where you can take a bath. Upon arrival to the city our driver will take you to the hotel (3 stars). Supper. Overnight. 

Day 6: 16 August

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky...free day. It is yours to tour the city or surrondings. Overnight at the hotel (3 stars).

Day 7: 17 August

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky...transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • Full board (days 1-6);Bed in the Double/Twin Room, hotel (3 nights) in the City
  • Lodging at Kurilskoe Lake (3 nights / 4 people per room)
  • Transportation & Transfers as described
  • Bilingual Guide, Assiastant, Porter/Cook
  • Visa Invitation and Visa registration
  • Permits for Kronotsky Nature Reserve & Photography fees
Not included in the price
  • International and domestic air fares to/from Kamchatka
  • Visa processing fee
  • Travel/Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Personal expenses
Additional info
  • The guide speaks medium-good English
  • Family-style dining in the lodge
  • Electric lights at night only from a generator
  • Be prepared to "shower" in the lake and fight mosquitoes
  • If personal hygiene is an issue-bring your own sleeping bags
  • Be prepared to use an outdoor toilet (wooden box)
  • Carry toilet paper when in the field.


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Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a city and a sea port located in the Far East of Russia, the capital of Kamchatka krai. It is a base of the Russian Pacific Fleet. The population of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is about 181,000 (2015), the area - 362 sq. km. Read more
Far East : Kamchatka
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