Kamchatka holidays, small group tour
Description of Kamchatka holidays, small group tour
Kamchatka conjures up images of what the world may have looked like a million years ago. It's a long, utterly remote Russian peninsula lined with still-smoking volcanoes, crater lakes, lava streams and vast geyser fields, all protected as part of UNESCO’s 'Volcanoes of Kamchatka' world heritage site.
This small group tour to Kamchatka takes you deep into these surreal landscapes, leading you up to volcano summits, flying over geysers, rafting through taiga forests and always keeping an eye out for bears inland and whales offshore. Wild camp in the woods and meet some of this far-flung region’s indigenous inhabitants, the Even people. This holiday sends you to what feels like another world entirely for two extraordinary weeks.
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4 Reviews of Kamchatka holidays, small group tour
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019 by Sarah PrangeIt was AMAZING!!! We had such a great time, a wonderful guide who took care of everything and the organization was perfect Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by Lidia GhilardiDon't worry about the weather and simply enjoy the most beautiful trip of your life Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by Charles WoodwardA truly unique part of the world with an exceptionally friendly crew and a nice well-travelled international bunch of fellow travellers. To be recommended. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Aug 2016 by Alastair GiddingsIt was excellent. Everything was well organised. I would definitely return to the same destination, and on the same itinerary... Read full review
PlanetKamchatka is one of the most pristine environments on earth. We spend time camping in this amazing landscape and make a point of ensuring that we do not leave any permanent traces of our stay behind, making sure that we take all litter with us.
We work with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues, an important effort in a country where the environment is often taken for granted and green thinking is only just emerging.
PeopleDuring this trip we visit Anavgai, a remote community inhabited by the Even people. The Even are one of Siberia’s smallest ethnic groups and during Soviet times great efforts were made to assimilate them into mainstream Russian culture, with the result that many of their traditions and customs have been under attack for some time. By visiting the Even and learning about their culture we hope to encourage them not to lose touch with the practices of their ancestors, and enable them to gain income from tourism in a region where there are few opportunities for employment.
Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasise our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
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