Kamchatka Reindeer Herding Expedition

LOCATION: Russia
TRIP LEADERS: Anna and Matt Karsten
DIFFICULTY: Difficult
GROUP SIZE: 12 people
DATES: March 18-31, 2018 (14 days)
PRICE: $2,900 USD

 
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MARCH 18-31, 2018

TRIP DETAILS

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. Kamchatka's native population is made up of Iltemens, Koryaks and Evens-- traditional Siberian reindeer herding people. While many individuals stopped herding during Soviet collectivization, some have retained their traditional livelihood, raising thousands of reindeer deep in the backcountry.

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.  We begin from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a fly-in only destination surrounded by towering volcanic peaks and one of Russia's largest ports in the north Pacific. From there, we gather last minute supplies before heading north by road to the town of Milkovo. 

We begin our snowmobile expedition from the Ketachan Park Inspectors' Camp outside Milkovo, travelling through the remote backcountry for four days to visit the base of the Ichinsky Volcano and one reindeer herding camp, continuing all the way to Esso, a small, picturesque village in the Bystrinsky District of central Kamchatka. Esso is situated above a natural hot spring and we spend a day recovering in the warm waters and good restaurants of the town before heading out again into the backcountry. 

From Esso, we spend the next four days out on the land, travelling to a couple different ethnic Even reindeer herding camps and natural hot springs. A small herd has around 500 reindeer, while a large herd can have over 3,000. The semi-nomadic Even people migrated down into the Kamchatka Peninsula several hundred years ago from the Sakha area of Siberia and are traditional reindeer herders. Conditions are very rustic, 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.

We return back to Esso for a concluding meal and bath in the hot springs before returning to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by road and ending the program from the city. 

 
 

TRIP LEADERS

 
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MATT KARSTEN
Expert Vagabond

Matt is a full-time adventure travel blogger who’s been exploring the world largely as a digital nomad for seven years. He quit his job in Miami as a professional photographer in 2010 and has not looked back since. His blog, Expert Vagabond, is a place for people who are looking for daily inspiration and motivation to live a life full of adventure. Matt wants to show people how to travel, seek experiences over possessions, and open their minds to new possibilities.

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ANNA KARSTEN
AnnaEverywhere

Anna Lysakowska Karsten is a US-based, Polish-born travel and adventure blogger and curator of the Anna Everywhere blog. She has visited over 80 countries and lived all over the world from Poland to Mexico. Anna 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 and has conversational knowledge of Dutch and French.

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MATT REICHEL 
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Matt is a producer, documentarian, and photographer from Vancouver, and a co-founding member of Inertia Network. Before entering the world of media, he developed not-for-profit and digital marketing ventures in China, Canada and Korea. Matt then went on to work on media projects from the high Arctic to the hockey rink in North Korea, documenting people, culture, wildlife, and events. He first conducted a recce trip to Kamchatka in 2015 and found it to be so outstanding he had to do it again. Matt is excited to be coordinating this year's program along side Matt, Anna, and Vladimir.

 
 

DATES AND COSTS

 
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MARCH 18-31, 2018

(4 spaces remaining)
Starting and ending in: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Activities: 14-day overland expedition (8 days on snowmobile)
Cost: $2,900 per person

 
 

 
 

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation (hotels, guesthouses, ranger cabins, yurt homestays)
  • All activities 
  • Support team and trip leaders
  • All meals 
  • Voucher letter for Russian visa
  • Airport transfers at PKC
  • Local transportation

NOT INCLUDED

  • Camera equipment
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Russian visa fees
  • International airfare to and from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC airport)
 
 

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