Kamchatka Outfitters would like to invite you to Kamchatka (Russia) peninsula, a unique and fascinating place of our planet. Just 4 hours flight form Anchorage (USA) Kamchatka peninsula stretches from the North to the South for about 930 miles (1,500 km). It occupies an area of 181 500 sq. miles (470,000 sq. km.)
Our part of the world is almost uninhabited except for the reindeer, moose, sheep, and the largest concentration of brown bears in the world! Far south of the Arctic Circle, Kamchatka is blessed with a climate similar to western Canada.
The Kamchatka Peninsula has long been a place shrouded in mystery, but behind its jagged North Pacific coastline lies the most pristine wilderness left on Earth, chock full of fish and game. The Kamchatka countryside is not unlike Alaska, dotted with volcanoes and tundra meadows separated by evergreen and birch forest that stretch to the horizon. While mapped, it remains basically the same; wild, spectacular, inviting. But words simply don’t do Kamchatka justice – this terra incognito has to be experienced first-hand to be fully comprehended. You will see great mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, and rivers with clear water where millions of wild salmon start and end their lives. The wilderness is intact as it has always been and there is just one dirt road on the Peninsula. It is one of the few places on earth where the environment has indeed been kept pristine.
This Russian peninsula is 472 thousand square km – more than the territory of Japan. But if compared to this southern neighbor, Kamchatka is almost uninhabited, with less than 1 person per 10 square kilometers. The whole population is just 370,000 people, and more than half of them live in Petropavlovsk, the main city on the peninsula.
With its vast territories, Kamchatka is a unique place for hunting. Having untouched virgin nature it is really one of the most fascinating and exotic places of Russia. We do our hunts on Khodutka (South of Kamchatka), Middle part of Kamchatka and Palana (North of Kamchatka) areas. Remoteness and protection of the areas explains a good population of Brown Bear, Moose and Snow Sheep.
Located nearly 400 miles north of Petropavlovsk, we are dead-center in the middle of nowhere. Our comfortable tent camps are positioned in the areas where we know from year or experience that bears are going to be concentrated. Our scouts will have reconnoitered the area surrounding your hunt, and have an idea where bears will be when you arrive. Each campsite features roomy, double-walled, wood stove heated tents that have been proven by experience to be the best style in our climate. Sometimes, we’ll choose to use our comfortable, permanent fishing camps for hunts in the late fall. Those are equipped with hot showers that are very welcome at the end of a long day.
We accommodate our hunters in comfortable hunting lodges (with electricity access, hot water and regular beds), while doing the spike camps use double weatherproof tents or cabins with wood burning stoves. There are a separate kitchen, a dinning room, a lavatory and a shower (or russian sauna) in every hunting camp. Food is substantial and delicious cooked by the skilled cook. An interpreter and a camp worker are on the territory of the hunting camp all the time.
WE PROVIDE electricity (220volt) and satellite phones for emergencies, a shower and kitchen in every camp. Our professional cooks prepare and serve healthy, hearty European and Russian cuisine. We use fresh foodstuffs, fruits and vegetables, and our food would be the pride of many hotels. You’ll enjoy the hot, steamy soups that are the staple of nearly every Russian meal. During the day, your guide will carry a filling lunch and Thermos with tea or coffee when you leave the camp.
During Russia’s Tsarist Period, Kamchatka existed in the minds of Europeans as nothing more than a blank spot on the map and rumors of a land abounding with natural resources. In 1724, curiosity, a sense of adventure and the booming European fur trade persuaded Peter the Great to commission an eastward exploratory expedition. The leader of that expedition, Vitus Bering, and his crew were to become the Lewis and Clarks of the eastern hemisphere. The results of their expedition are famous, having led to the founding of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksy, and ultimately the discovery of Alaska by Europeans.