WE HAVE A WINNER! Trip for two to Kamchatka!

I just got off the phone with our winner, Pratip B. Right now, he’s making plans for a hiking trip in the Valley of the Geysers! Pratip is a big hiker–and has traveled all over Alaska, so he’s looking forward to this trip!

Thanks to all of you who entered.

For the fifth year, Yakutia Air starts weekly nonstop flights from Anchorage, starting July 11.

There are many adventure opportunities in Kamchatka. Here are some of my favorites:

EXPLORING THE VOLCANOES. Hike in the Valley of the Geysers (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or raft some wild rivers with Red Rivers. These folks offer a variety of daytours and multi-day packages. Helicopters are a popular WILDERNESS FISHING way to access the best parks and wilderness areas.

WILDERNESS FISHING. Whether it’s the Savan River or one of the other wilderness rivers, anglers from around the world come to Anchorage to climb aboard the weekly flight to Kamchatka. Huge rainbow trout and a variety of other fish: salmon, grayling, char, etc….all are bountiful in these wild rivers. The Fly Shop in Redding, California has led anglers to the best spots for years. They specialize in week-long excursions. Learn more

PHOTO EXCURSIONS. The southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Kuril Lake, boasts a big concentration of bears—who come to feast on the region’s abundant salmon. Photo excursion operators like 56thParallel.com offer week-long packages to go deep into the wilderness. Check ‘em out.

CUSTOM ADVENTURES. Hey—when I went to Kamchatka last year, I worked with an Alaskan, Martha Madsen. Martha is from Homer—and she married a Russian and moved to Kamchatka. Now, she has a lovely bed-and-breakfast which serves as a base of operations for adventurers from around the region. Martha was helpful is setting up all sorts of adventures—and finding the right operators.

REMEMBER: you’re traveling to Russia, so you have to have your passport (duh). The AirRussia people will help you with your visa!


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