Dog sledging with the reindeer herders and native people
| 16 days
Our route takes us over the pristine snow-covered mountain passes, high plateaux and valleys close to the volcano Ichinskiy in central Kamchatka. This area is the traditional home of some of the native peoples and we shall stay at an Eveni reindeer herder’s winter camp and the wilderness home of a family of Koryak fishermen.
Nights are spent in huts or yurts (large, heated tents). In the village of Esso we will visit the museum, bathe in a hot pool, meet the local people and learn about their culture. If our visit coincides with the ‘Beringia’ dog sledge race we may be able to watch some of it and meet the competitors.
9-24 February 2017
22 February – 9 March 2017
Price: £4,860 per person
Leader: Local English speaking Russian leader
Key info: Group size: minimum 4, maximum 8
Fiona’s travel tipsTop fact: If you’ve sledged in Russia in winter you’re in an elite club!
Temperature: we should warn that winter dog sledging expeditions are for the hardy as it can be extremely cold!
Take with you: Dried fruit, nuts and chocolate to vary your diet.
Best time to go: June to September for summer adventures, January to March for winter activities.
“Everything was fantastic. So many bears, loads of volcanoes and spectacular views. Great company, good food, cannot fault a thing apart from a dodgy zip on the tent!”Paula Slater, Kamchatka
Sue Hynard, Arcturus Kamchatka group
“Wonderful, beyond expectations, well organised and always a Plan B if Plan A didn’t work out. Lorraine was a superb leader. Pre-departure information was thorough and clear.”
“Our local guide, Irina, was great – nothing seemed to be any trouble for her and she always seemed to have ideas about what we could do every day. We really enjoyed her company and felt that our days had good pace and rhythm about them. Irina was knowledgeable about the area and had obviously spent time developing good relationships with local people who took us about on boats and in trucks – we definitely benefited from this. We are keen birdwatchers and saw plenty including sea and great eagles, osprey and divers.”
Mr and Mrs James Nangle, Solovetskis and the White Sea
“It was truly unforgettable and, if anything, exceeded expectations. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
Chris Robb and Karen Murphy, Dog sledging with the reindeer herders and native people