Фото медведица с медвежатами на Курильском озеро.Фото медведица с медвежатами на Курильском озеро.

Bears and salmon 4d/3n


The paradise for naturalists and photographers!

3 days / 2 nights

Period: late July-September.

Kind: photo tour and observation of wildlife.

Number of participants in a collective group: no more than 10 people.

Accommodation: double tents.

Nutrition: according to the programme.

The main value of Kamchatka is the wild nature! 

Kuril Lake is the paradise for naturalists and photographers! Here each year are working team of documentary crews and photographers who shoot films about wildlife.

If you are ready to combine animal photography with recreational activities, this adventure is for you! You will view bears and massive salmon run, have a boat trip and trekking, visit  famous “Kutkh’s Boats”- pumice deposits - and explore numerous secluded spots of the South Kamchatka Sanctuary territory.

Accommodation in a special tent camp that is enclosed by electric fence is safe and rather comfortable: there is an office building, a bathhouse, toilets,a kitchen dining room. 


Bears and salmon

3 days / 2 nights *

Dates: 05.09-07.09;   07.09-09.09;   09.09 - 11.09

Kind of rest: photo tour anwildlife observation.

Amount of people: no more than 10 people in a group.

Accommodation: double tents.

Nutrition: according to the tour programme.


  • Not recommended for children under the age of 6.
  • Children under 10 years qualify for the child rate - 20%. 

  • The amount of places with reduced-price is not more than 30%.
Please note: prices are per person.

*The duration of the tour may increase because of weather conditions. Every additional day on the reserve territory is paid obligatory in the sum 7135 rubles for one person.


Day 1. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky heliport - Kuril Lake

  • Amount of people: no more than 10.
  • Transportation: vehicle, helicopter.
  • Accommodation: double tents.
  • Nutrition: lunch, dinner.

So today we will journey for a few unforgettable days to Lake Kuril. It is justly considered to be the kingdom of bears and salmon. The local population is the largest of all protected brown bear populations in Russia with the highest  population density in the world.

Lake Kuril - great sockeye salmon observation site! The lake basin is the most important sockeye spawning ground. Over 5 million sockeye come here, where spawning lasts through spring. Best salmon viewing times are late July through August with peak times of the salmon run in mid-August. Sockeye salmon change color over the course of their spawning migrations, from black-speckled, blue-backed and white-bellied, left, to orange-red, right. Fish stay close together in groups and such fish spawning aggregations seem to be monolithic red sports. Big bears of the Lake Kuril are special: they are relexed, at aese, and protected. They are not affraid of people at all even don′t try to be somewhere off the beaten path, because they are under the protection of the South Kamchatka Sanctuary and  feel secure.

Upon your arrival, a giude provide a tour of the cordon  and a thorough orientation on travelling in brown bear country prior to any outings. This day includes a guided viewring of the bears from the special observation post - a fish-counting weir or fish fence. All this will be topped off with a lunch and dinner, where guides regale you with tales of life and adventures in Kamchatka.

Photo bears of the Kuril Lake.Photo she-bear on the beach of Kuril lake.Photo tourists on the territory of Kuril lake.

Day 2: Nature trekking, brown bears and priceless photography!

  • Amount of people: no more than 10.
  • Transportation: boat, helicopter, minibus.
  • Accommodation: double tents.
  • Nutrition: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

In the coming days, your breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the first walking tour will generally depart at 9:00 a.m. We go on a boat to the opposite shore of the lake and make a walking tour of the monument of nature “Kutkh’s Boats” deep in the heart of brow bear territory. Kutkh’s Boats (Bats) -  pumice rocks -are a natural monument of unusual beauty and size, they have a height of 110 metres. According to legend, the cliffs are Kutkh’s boats that he once set to dry and then forgot ashore. The raven Kutkh was the main god of the indigenous people of Kamchatka Itelmen, and «bat» means a long boat. Literally translated, this site's name is «Boats of the god Kutkh». Indeed, the pumice looks very much like boats that are ready to return to water at the first signal from their master. 

Back to the camp, so you can rest of for your second day with the bears.

Photo she-bear and her cub.Photo Kutkhiny baty.Photo resting Bear.

Day 3. Lake Kuril  - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

  • Amount of people: no more than 10.
  • Transportation: boat, helicopter, minibus.
  • Nutrition: breakfast, lunch.

"Seated in a hide on a quiet morning on the lake shore watching the sun rise over the Ilinsky Volcano, sometimes the timeless landscapes appear to be unchanging, as if this is the way it always was and will be. But the cry of the seagull, a water splash or an dissatisfied bear's roaring remind us that the main value of this place is the life full of emotions of  animals living here" Shpilenok I, a famouse photograher and naturalist.

 Today, we will go to the mouth of the river Hakytsin, where you will have the rare opportunity to see what is hidden from the prying eyes of the majority of visitors  by the screen of  a dense forest, a place where bears feel safe, i.e. hosts’ house. You will find yourself among fishing, sleeping, playing, resting bears.

The walks are comfortably paced, as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities. These walks are guided by professional and knowledgeable tour leaders and you may do a lot of learning along the way! Obviously we cannot allow the bears to approach too closely, but rangers  are experts in keeping bears at a safe distance without sacrificing exciting viewing.

After a trip you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

Фото увлечённый рыбалкой медведь.Фото туристы рядом с медведями.Фото медведь за трапезой.

Important information

It is up to us to choose the trip according to weather conditions, physical conditions of the group participants and other factors, or to change some details of the route. The decision belongs to the guide during the trip.

Our company is proud of nutrition organization on route; we exclude sublimates and half-finished products. Our cooks cook like at home.

If you suffer from allergy or restricted in some products- please, inform us in advance.

Going to Kamchatka do not forget that the weather here is very changeable and unpredictable. The next important moment is that there is no warm rain ever. So, we advise you to have clothes for all occasions.

The things which are necessary and obligatory on route:

  • Backpack for 30-40 liters;
  • a rug for sitting;
  • headlamp;
  • firm boots with grooved sole;
  • gaiters;
  • sneakers or sandals;
  • waterproof jacket with hood and pants;
  • the set of warm clothes ( sweater, pants, socks, cap, gloves);
  • light sport clothes and hat;
  • swimsuit;
  • sunglasses;
  • mosquito repellent;
  • sunburn cream;
  • individual medicines.

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Transport rent;
  • rent of group equipment and tents;
  • state inspector, guide service and cook service;
  • accommodation at the cordon;
  • nutrition according to the plan;
  • first-aid set;
  • necessary permission for the visiting especially reserved areas;
  • using of petrol generator at the cordon;

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • Alcohol and tobacco;
  • personal hygiene means;
  • souvenirs’ purchase;
  • sleeping bag (is available for rent - 200 rubles per day);
  • accident insurance;
  • individual transfer ( before and after beginning and the end of the tour);
  • individual medicals.
  • using the bath at the cordon;

Click on our Summer and autumn travel  link to learn more about tours and excurcions in Kamchatka.