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Kamchatka Kayaking & Hiking Adventure

A 100-Mile Expedition Through the Siberian Taiga to the Bering Sea – A Nat Hab Exclusive
Yearning for a truly exceptional adventure? This hundred-mile expedition on the Kamchatka Peninsula begins at the foot of Karimsky Volcano and crosses the Siberian taiga to the headwaters of the Zhupanova River. We paddle its entire untamed length, through valleys steaming with geysers and marked with fresh bear tracks, ultimately reaching the Bering Sea. It's no wonder bears are drawn here: the Zhupanova is one of the most productive wild salmon and trout streams in the world. Rainbows often weigh 12-15 pounds, and huge Arctic char thrive in its frigid waters. Join us for rugged hiking and kayaking in a little-known wilderness – the stuff genuine adventures are made of!

Trip Highlights

  • Join the exclusive few to travel with the sole outfitter on the planet offering this "edge-of-the-world" expedition to Russia's Far East
  • Helicopter into Karimsky Volcano and hike through primeval forested mountains and steaming geysers
  • A challenging hike and paddle through raw wilderness – the only trails here are made by the 25,000 brown bears that live in Kamchatka!

What Makes Our Kamchatka Expedition Unrivaled?
Kamchatka's not exactly on your standard nature travel circuit. Known mostly to a handful of avid fishermen in pursuit of world-class trout, it's way off the radar of most vagabonds. Even so, we do it differently. Our experience of the Siberian wilds is more remote. We reach the roadless wilderness by helicopter. We hike over terrain where you won't lay eyes on another person for days. And we paddle the length of the wild Zhupanova River where it's just us and the bears. Read on, about what makes our adventure so rare and excluisve!

  1. It's Literally One-of-a-Kind
    When you travel to Kamchatka with Natural Habitat Expeditions, you've got bragging rights: you'll be among a mere handful of people to undertake this adventure, because we are the only travel company on the planet that offers this unique trip! Our exclusive expertise in the region allows us to run this challenging and rewarding backcountry expedition through one of the most remote tracts of wilderness on earth.
  2. Fly in by Private Helicopter and Land on an Active Volcano
    Our travel destination is so deep within the roadless Kamchatka wilderness that we use a privately chartered helicopter to safely access it. It's a stunningly scenic flight with multiple volcanoes in view, and we'll land on the rim of Semyachik Volcano to view the turquoise crater lake a thousand feet below before flying to the base of Karimsky Volcano to begin our backcountry hike.
  3. No More Than 12 Travelers 
    Since a small group is essential for a genuine wilderness experience, we limit our group to 12, accompanied by a dedicated Expedition Leader, large support crew and a highly experienced river guide to provide the utmost in safety and comfort.
  4. A Point-to-Point Itinerary Through Stunning Geographic Environs
    This trip is a classic A-to-B expeditionary journey through the taiga wilderness of eastern Russia. Beginning on the snowy flanks of an active volcano and traversing dense coniferous forest to meet the Zhupanova River, eventually ending on the wild shores of the North Pacific Ocean, our exhilarating itinerary offers an unparalleled wilderness immersion.
  5. Outstanding Brown Bear Viewing
    The Zhuponava River runs though prime habitat for the Kamchatka, or Far Eastern, brown bear. On all our previous trips we have sighted these magnificant animals at a very close (yet safe) distance. Nearly as big as its close relation, Alaska's Kokiak bear, this is the largest subspecies of brown bear in Eurasia.
  6. Fish One of the World's Best Trout Streams
    The pristine Zhupanova River is one of the most productive on the planet for wild trout and salmon. We have the opportunity to secure fishing licenses in order to try some fly fishing for native trout, perhaps catching ourselves a dinner in the process. These are trophy rainbows, averaging two feet long and often up to 30 inches. Dolly Varden are also prolific, averaging 12 to 18 inches.
  7. The World's Best Expedition Leaders
    Natural Habitat Expeditions is renowned for employing the finest guides on the planet. Highly experienced expeditioners and seasoned naturalists with in-depth knowledge of our destinations, this elite group averages more than 15 years' guiding experience each. They also receive additional resources from WWF’s top scientists to further enhance our guests' experience. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  8. Our Quality Guarantee Ensures An Exceptional Experience
    With Natural Habitat Expeditions you receive our exclusive guarantee: that we will meet the lofty expectations we establish in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  9. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and when you travel with us, you can know that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  10. Natural Habitat is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally conscious travel, as well as the outstanding quality of our global adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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