Kamchatka: Land of Giants, 28 August – 11 September

I invite you to a grand photo tour to Kamchatka. We’ll spend two weeks in the land of volcanoes and geysers and visit the most beautiful places of the wonderful Kamchatka. During the tour, I will consult you in the fine aspects of shooting, hold workshops and discussions about photo shooting and processing. So our schedule will be really packed, no time to get bored at all!

We will move from one location to the other by 6WD hard truck remastered as comfortable bus (you may take a look at backstages from previous journeys down the page). You will be served by a team of professionals: me as english-speaking photo-leader with good knowledge of shooting locations, a professional driver, a chef, local guide and hunter, captain of the luxury boat. We are trying to make the tour as much comfortable as we can.
Main highlights of the tour are:

  • Visit famous valley of giants – land of volcanoes
  • 6WD off-road with experienced drivers
  • Functional volcanoes: Klyuchevskaya, Tolbachik
  • Cook toasts on a hot Tolbachik lava
  • Meet wildlife with local guides: foxes, bears…
  • Take optional hiking trails through former lava fields and high volcanoes
  • Enjoy the colors of autumn wild scenery
  • Take a full-day luxury boat tour along the shores of Kamchatka to photograph ocean wildlife: whales, seals, numerous birds including puffins

 

Day 1 – 28 August 2016, Sunday

Arrival to Petropavlovsk and checking in to the Blue Lagoon hotel (hotel with a natural hot springs pool). Rest and relaxation in the hot springs. We’ll have a discussion about the photography in general and the upcoming shootings in particular. Also, we’ll show you the finer points of shooting during the upcoming trip, and give the crash course to the beginners, if some of you is just starting and wants to learn photography in their first adventure. That of course doesn’t mean we’ll ignore the professionals: we’ll give lectures and hints about photo processing and the commercial parts of the job, such as working with magazines and publishers, printing and sponsorship issues.


Included in the price:

Mention that it is a full-board tour. You do not need to pay additional fees – everything except air tickets and souvenirs is included.

  • 2-person accommodation in hotels and camp tents during the adventure
  • Transportation, all transfers using 6WD truck with comfortable seats
  • Fuel
  • Meals – Fullboard, all meals including fresh fish and meat, vegetables
  • Local guide and hunter services(rifles, emergency fires)
  • Driver of 6WD truck wages
  • Luxury boat hire for the Kamchatka bays’ one day photo tour, professional captain and diver’s services
  • Tent and camping equipment hire
  • Chef’s services (full board)
  • National park fees

 

Not included in the price:

  • Air fare to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Medical insurance
  • Visas (but we will prepare all needed documents for your visa – invitations, supporting letters etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages

    Optionally you can enquire about the tour to Kurilskoye lake (wild bears photography) and heli-hiking tour to Geysir valley.

 

What to bring

Gear:
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40.
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm
– A super-telephoto lens like 200-400 Nikkor for wildlife photography (optional)

Wear:
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperature +5 – +10 C at nights and +10 – +20 C during the daytime)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm jacket and thermal pants
– Wellingtons or fishing boots
– Casual clothes for hotel/city
– Your own sleeping bag (you may ask us about it if you haven’t got one)

In-field conditions:

We will move by a 6WD truck (you may find its picture in the announce gallery). It looks like a ordinary intercity bus inside. It has electricity sockets, water supply. We are sleeping in tents on the route, but there are 4 nights in hotels:
1st night, 2 nights in the middle and last night. We are taking good hotels near hot springs, thus you can take a hot bath after a long journey.
So you need not solar batteries or so – you can charge them in the car. The resourse of charging is a little bit limited (we have 6 sockets for the group), so you’d better have 2 spare batteries. If you are filming video, 3-4 batteries are needed.
We have a field-kitchen and a chef, so you do not need to worry about food. We can always have a meal in tent. You’ll taste famous caviar and red fish of Kamchatka. If you are vegeterian – we will prepare a special menu for you.
There are several precautions about moving in the fields, I give you safety instructions to avoid sudden meeting with bear. We will have a hunter and local guide to protect you. A satellite phone, emergency fires for everyone. Its necessary to move only in groups at least 3-4 persons, better to move with me or local guide. I place the safety as number one among all things I need to say to you. Anyway it is much more safier to move then in Canada: its a berry and fish season for bears, so they are not hungry and very calm.
You do not need to wear backpacks, just your photography equipment. The tour is suitable for all ages. I think of taking my 3-year old daughter on the tour :)

The camp is always near the 6WD truck. You do not need to bring camping gear, just your sleeping bag and your own wear.

The weather

I’ve choosen the most dry and sunny season (statistically). That is the end of the summer. It is still very warm and there are no insects in the air. But it may be quite cold at nights and chilly (up to +5). So please prepare your wear. You may take even a suitcase on the tour, but I recommend to take a road pack or simple backpack – its easier to store it. The autumn is in the air already with red tundra carpets.

We will be 12-13 photographers and 4-5 suppling personel like drivers, chef, local guide and rescuer/hunter.

Investment

Please take in consideration that to secure the spot I request a deposit of 500 usd. The policy is simple: if the tour is cancelled due to some disasters like volcanic eruption, I will return the whole deposit. Otherwise it is non-refundable. In any case where tour is cancelled by any unforeseen circumstances, the deposit is refunded. The other part of the sum should be transferred three months before the start of the tour (by 21 May). If you cancel the tour after 21 May, 50% of the sum is refunded. If you refuse of the spot in the tour after 21 july, the whole sum is non-refundable. You can secure your spot by deposit via bank transfer. Please inquire about any questions concerning your investment.

Tour leaders


Daniel Kordan

Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. Then he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist, Trierenberg Photo Circuit winner 2015 as best landscape photographer. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.

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