Kamchatka: Reindeer Herders & The… (trip)

Kamchatka: Reindeer Herders & The Ring Of Fire

  • Russian Federation, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport
  • Culture & Nature
“[My favorite part was] the reindeer and seeing some bears while on the helicopter near Esso.  Also, seeing a bear… ”
Russian Federation, Europe

from $5,895* per person9 DaysAugust
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
This uncommon journey focuses on the wild Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia's east coast, a wide volcanic promontory thrusting upward from the Pacific Ring of Fire. Spend nine days exploring this spectacular region by cross-country vehicle and helicopter, meeting its diverse people and experiencing its ruggedly beautiful landscapes en route.

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Russian Federation, Europe

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: M. Bergman located in Johnston, IA USA
    [My favorite part was] the reindeer and seeing some bears while on the helicopter near Esso.  Also, seeing a bear in the Valley of the Geysers.  

3 testimonials about the provider, MIR Corporation:

  • Reviewer: K. Knack located in Malibu, CA USA
    Every day I am grateful for this fabulous trip. The destinations you specialize in are of much more interest now that I know what a well-delivered service you provide.

    MIR's tour manager made my trip more deeply meaningful and made sure that everyone on the train came away with a greater appreciation for this vast country. Thank you so much for your great itinerary, for the tremendous abilities of your staff... You can be certain I will recommend your company.

  • Reviewer: The Tobys located in Rockville Center, NY USA
    …It is safe to say without the expertise of your superb cadre of guides in the country we never could have put it all together. In fact, we were totally dependent on them to benefit from the extraordinary experienced of visiting three regions of [Ukraine] within a two-week time period.

    Clearly, MIR Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for superb customer service. We support that well-deserved reputation, which is possibly rooted in the fact that your associates like their jobs and that job satisfaction has been transferred to customer and client relations….

    Honestly, we were duly impressed with each of the regional guides and the drivers who accompanied us. Their local knowledge of the unique features of their respective region was so evident, impressive, and unmatched by any we have encounters over our 40 years of visiting 140 countries.

    I want to thank you for a most stupendous trip; 5 stars plus. Loved Ukraine, the people, the sites, the precision of our tour; the fine quality of the guides and drivers - how much they care, how much they know and how much they kept our interests foremost in their hearts and their minds. It was just stupendous.

    It was so fabulous we cannot stop talking about it. Again, thank you very much. And I will certainly recommend MIR Corporation when it is appropriate for our friends & colleagues.

    It was excellent beyond all expectations.

  • Reviewer: The Repkos located in Princeton, NJ USA
    We don’t know where to start – a perfect itinerary which satisfied all of our needs, excellent accommodations superbly located, flawless execution of all aspects including visas, vouchers, theatre tickets, etc., and last but certainly not least, truly outstanding and professional guides and drivers.

    …We only wish that MIR provided tours everywhere, in which case we would never use another tour company again..

    MIR Office in Seattle was outstanding…We have already told several friends about MIR and how wonderful they are! You all put together a trip for us that was perfect to our budget, time frame and interests. Russia is a fabulous destination – wonderful history, magnificent sites we can’t say enough about MIR and Russia.

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  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.


Days 1-3: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Valley of the Geysers

Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a remote seaside town surrounded by three soaring volcanoes. Founded by Vitus Bering, the city is named after the two ships he sailed into Avacha Bay in 1740, the St. Peter and the St. Paul. Enjoy a boat ride around the bay, where colonies of sea birds nest on the cliffs.

Board a helicopter for a ride up Kamchatka's backbone of volcanic peaks to the Valley of the Geysers, hidden in a canyon 125 miles from Petropavlovsk. A natural preserve only discovered in 1941, this area seethes with geysers, steaming hot springs, mud kettles and aromatic sulfur pools. The only place with more geysers is Yellowstone National Park. In recognition of its great biodiversity, the valley was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Days 4-6: Esso, Reindeer Breeders' Camp

Venture north of Petropavlovsk, past the settlement of Milkovo, to the rarely visited region around the small town of Esso, located in the middle of the peninsula. Esso is home to many Koryak and Even indigenous people. The name Koryak comes from the native word khora, meaning reindeer; learn more about the lives of these semi-nomads during a helicopter visit to a reindeer camp. Visit the Koryak and Even ethnographic museum and art gallery and enjoy an authentic folk performance of traditional song and dance in the nearby settlement of Anavgai.

Days 7-9: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Avacha volcano

Drive back to Petropavlovsk and spend a day hiking at the foot of Avacha volcano, seeking out fantastic views of the nearby peaks. Gather back in town for a festive dinner to toast the conclusion of the adventure.

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