Kamchatka couldn't be better situated for stormy weather. Located between the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, Kamchatka gets almost a meter of precipitation annually. Kamchatka has many different climatic zones sometimes separated by just a few miles or minutes. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a maritime climate while Yelizovo only 25 kilometers inland receives much less precipitation and often has sunny days to PK's fog, rain, or snow. Areas in southern Kamchatka like Kurilskoye Lake have more snow, rain, and fog. In Kamchatka's Central Valley, the climate is more a continental climate with less precipitation, hotter summers and colder winters.
Yelizovo Weather link: www.gismeteo.ru/towns/32548.htm
Rubles are the preferred currency in all shops, markets, restaurants, and bars. However there are ATMs available in Yelizovo and Petropavlovsk in many locations and at the Sberbank or federal bank affiliates in most villages in Kamchatka. Usually, you cannot buy meals in restaurants or make purchases in Kamchatka with credit cards.
- You may exchange dollars and euros in banks. It isn't recommended to exchange money on the street. Bring clean, new looking, un-torn or marked bills.
- There is no airport tax in Kamchatka when departing.
Equipment and gear
- Having the right clothing for the season can make a difference between a comfortable and safe trip or disaster. After you book a trip with us we'll send you our recommendations for clothing and equipment you must have with you.
- Clothing is important. It often rains on Kamchatka so for summer to fall trips, be sure you have good quality rain pants and a hooded jacket that will cover your warmer underlayers. We suggest subdued colors over bright yellows or oranges especially if you're going on a wildlife-watching trip.
How to get here
- From Moscow there are flights year round on Aeroflot, Transaero, and Domodedova airlines companies to Kamchatka. It's a long flight, try to get some rest! If you connect to Kamchatka through Sheremetevo Airport, and don't want to sightsee in Moscow, there is an in-terminal "capsule" hotel, "Vozdushniy Express" www.v-exp.ru, email: email@example.com, tel. +7 495 777-02-42.
- From Vladivostok there are flights several times a week, depending on the time of year on Vladivostok Airlines.
- From Khabarovsk there are flights several times a week depending on the time of year. One may also connect to Vladivostok via Khabarovsk by train or air.
YAKUTIA AIRLINES will continue seasonal service between Anchorage and the Russian Far East cities of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Khabarovsk. The convenient schedule will allow for same-day connections to/from Vladivostok, Moscow, and other cities throughout Russia. Flights will operate on Saturdays, July 11 to August 29, 2015. Tel: 206-443-1614 Fax: (206) 443-0954, firstname.lastname@example.org www.airrussia.us
- Vladivostok Aviahttp://www.vladivostokair.us/kamchatka.html
Domodedova Airlines http://www.domodedova.ru/en
Yakutia Airlines US representative Air Russia: www.airrussia.us
Your trip is considered reserved when we receive your deposit.
Please click on “Booking” to supply us with the information we need to book your journey.
Trips are based on a minimum group size. If the group is less than the minimum required, we may cancel the trip or offer it to you at the adjusted price reflecting the smaller group size.
Final payment is required no later than 3 months prior to trip date. Payment for tours are either in US dollars through a check or wire transfer to our account, or by Visa and Mastercard.
Explore Kamchatka accepts liability for the negligent acts of its employees, agents, insofar as they relate to the trip while you are in Kamchatka. Explore Kamchatka is not liable for customer losses, damage, or injury during travel to/from Kamchatka or which result from third parties with whom the customer makes individual contact.
Explore Kamchatka reserves the right to cancel a pre-booked trip because of circumstances, which make it impossible to accomplish the travel due to reasons we aren’t responsible for and if we cannot offer a reasonable alternative. Explore Kamchatka is not responsible for bad weather conditions and all the consequences.
Cancellations received under the name of the person who reserved the trip are subject to the following charges: prior to 3 months, refund minus a $400 cancellation fee. Cancellations after 3 months prior to the tour receive no refund.
Explore Kamchatka cannot accept liability for costs associated with your late arrival, sickness, accidents, or other unforeseen reasons for you not joining the group or staying with the itinerary as planned.
Trip insurance isn’t included in the cost of your itinerary. We highly recommend a personal trip insurance to cover schedule changes, cancellations, you and your property while traveling. Explore Kamchatka offers adventures of a lifetime and you are responsible for making sure your health is up to the demands of the itinerary.
Included in your price: accommodations in the city as noted, all meals unless stipulated in your itinerary, all ground transportation, licenses, fees, helicopter transportation, guides, interpreters.
Not included: alcohol, tips, and trip insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fun & Useful Links
Interesting organizations, people, sites, places
Wild Salmon Center www.wildsalmoncenter.org
World Wildlife Fund Russia www.wwf.ru
Igor Shpilenok Photography www.shpilenok.com
Links to our colleagues
Fishing North www.fishingnorth.com
Far Horizons www.farhorizons.com.au
Secret Compass www.secretcompass.com
The Fly Shop www.theflyshop.com
Photo Explorica Marco Urso Photography www.photoexplorica.com www.compagnidiviaggio.com
Alpine Interface www.alpineinterface.com
We accept payments by Visa and MasterCard