Kamchatka Trek

with Anna Lysakowska Karsten and
Matt Karsten 

Dates: March 18-31, 2018
Starting in: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Ending in: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Price: $2,900 per person

 
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join Anna and Matt karsten on the the

Kamchatka Trek

Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula jets off the Siberian mainland into the Bering Sea in the North Pacific. It is home to unspoiled nature, thick boreal forests, volcanos, hardy people and few roads. This adventure takes participants into the remote wilderness, travelling hundreds of kilometres by snowmobile, to live with ethnic Even reindeer herders. Conditions are difficult, but the journey is absolutely incredible.  

Dates: March 18-31, 2018
Starting in: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Ending in: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Price: $2,900 USD
Max group size: 12 people

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Anna Lysakowska Karsten

Anna Lysakowska is a US-based, Polish-born travel and adventure blogger and curator of the Anna Everywhere blog. She holds degrees in Journalism, Latin American Studies, International Law and Fashion Marketing from Harvard and Leiden Universities. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Polish, Italian

 
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Matt Karsten

Matt is a full-time adventure travel blogger and photographer who’s been exploring the world as a digital nomad for seven years. His blog, Expert Vagabond, is a place for daily inspiration and motivation to live a life full of adventure. He wants to show others how to travel the world, to seek experiences over possessions, and open their minds to new possibilities.

 
 
 
 

Itinerary

 
 
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Itinerary

(subject to change)
 

Day 1 :: Sunday, March 18, 2018 :: arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Arrivals in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (PK for short) throughout the day. We will host a welcome dinner in the evening at the Hotel Petropavlovsk.  

 

Day 2 :: monday, March 19, 2018 :: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Today we will gather supplies and prepare to set off for the wild lands of central Kamchatka tomorrow morning. Today is also to be used as a buffer day should bad weather prevent planes from landing at Petropavlovsk Airport, which is less rare than one would think in the winter. We will visit the central market in Petropavlovsk for people to stock up on last minute gear and supplies from Russian army navy supply stores as well as purchase snacks and food items, as the selection from Esso is limited. We will climb up to the top of Smotrovaya Ploshchadka na Mishennoy Hill for an excellent sunset view over the city and towering volcanos in the evening before enjoying a traditional Russian dinner in the city.

 

Day 3 :: tuesday, March 20, 2018 :: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy / Esso

We will depart from Petropavlovsk in the morning by public bus to the small town of Esso. Depending on the road conditions this drive can take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours, but in general the conditions are quite good and the drivers are experienced on these roads. We will stop for a Soviet-style canteen lunch in Milkovo before continuing on to Esso. Once we arrive we will check into our homestay and have a full planning meeting with our Russian support team at the Bystrynskiy Park office. We will have dinner in Esso and spend the evening soaking in the hot springs.

 

Day 4 :: wednesday, March 21, 2018 :: Esso / reindeer expedition begins

In the morning we will meet back at the Park office with our support team and walk with them to the local food supply store to gather necessary food supplies for the expedition. Using their expertise, we will buy enough foods to last us throughout the expedition, including lots of grains, canned foods and easy to pack vegetables and legumes. Once we reach the reindeer herders we will barter for reindeer meat. We will then help the support team pack up the sleds with our supplies, gear, tents, food and petrol for the expedition. We will depart as soon as the sleds are packed up, so be sure to carry plenty of snacks, as meals during the day are quite haphazard. We need to cover 80kms on our first day by snowmobile to reach a small settlement out in the woods.

 

Days 5-11 :: Thursday, March 22 to Wednesday, March 28, 2018 :: Reindeer Expedition

We will spend the next seven days out on the land, travelling to several different ethnic Even taboons. A taboon is local for reindeer herd-- during the winter months the reindeer spend their days eating grass underneath the snow, as they mood, the reindeer ranchers move with them, shifting their yurts every few weeks. A small herd has around 500 reindeer, while a large herd can have over 3,000. The Even people migrated down into the Kamchatka Peninsula several hundred years ago from the Sakha area of Siberia and are traditional reindeer people. Conditions are austere, as we shift from everyman's cabins to local hunting cabins to homestays to the Even yurts, but this is part of the expedition in the Kamchatka wilderness. It is an incredible adventure out in nature. Depending on the exact route we decide to take, we may require a helicopter extraction at the end of our expedition to bring us back to Esso.

 

Day 12 :: thursday, march 29, 2018 :: Esso

We will return to Esso likely the previous evening, but incase conditions are difficult we will use this day as a buffer day. Esso is a beautiful, quaint town that sits above a natural hot spring. The local population is a mix of Russians, Evens and Koryaks and they are friendly and welcoming. We will spend the day reminiscing, soaking in the hot springs and learning about the conservation efforts well underway in Kamchatka. Should weather conditions allow, we may offer an chartered helicopter trip (user-pay, around $200 or so) to check out the summit of one of the nearby volcanoes today.

 

Day 13 :: friday, march 30, 2018 :: Esso / Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

We will depart Esso in the morning by bus for Petropavlovsk, heading back down the way we came up. Concluding dinner in Petropavlovsk.

 

Day 14 :: saturday, march 31, 2018 :: depart from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Departures from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. No scheduled activities today.

 
 
 

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