2018 Tour Announcement: Travel With Me To Kamchatka, Russia!

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Kamchatka Adventure Travel & Photography Tour
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You guys have been asking to travel with me for years, now I’m finally going to make it happen! Join me this spring for my first adventure travel & photography tour to Kamchatka.

UPDATE: Our trip to Kamchatka is complete. It was awesome! Click here to read about this unique place in Russia.

Have you ever heard of Kamchatka, Russia? Not many people have. It’s cold. It’s isolated. It’s not your typical travel destination.

Which is exactly why it’s the perfect place for us to go!

My wife Anna & I will be co-leading our first adventure travel & photography tour, an extraordinary expedition to the remote Russian peninsula of Kamchatka near Siberia.

Kamchatka is home to unspoiled nature, thick boreal forests, huge volcanos, hardly any people, and very few roads. This is a truly off-the-beaten path travel destination.

We’ll be venturing into rugged Russian wilderness, traveling hundreds of miles by snowmobile, to live with indigenous Even reindeer herders while learning about their way of life.

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Reindeer Herding in Russia
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Kamchatka Map

Nomadic Reindeer Herding

For the Even people, life revolves around the nomadic herding of domesticated reindeer for meat, supplemented with hunting, fishing and animal-trapping.

Along with their Eastern Orthodox faith, they also practice Shamanism.

Nomadic reindeer herding is a tradition that goes back centuries, but it’s also a dying profession. Younger generations are no longer interested in following the footsteps of their parents.

If older generations can’t pass their knowledge on, the practice could die along with them.

Which is why our trip to live with and learn from the Even people in Kamchatka will be an especially unique travel experience.

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Eat Traditional Food
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Traveling by Snowmobile

A Difficult Journey

This isn’t your typical group tour. Conditions will be difficult at times. It will be cold. Life in North Eastern Russia is harsh. We’ll be exploring the wilderness, staying in yurts, and traveling by snowmobile for days.

There are no supermarkets out here. No Starbucks. No luxury hotels. The reindeer are an important source of food for these people, not pets… Just a little warning that this trip probably isn’t for everyone.

This is the real deal though — true off-the-grid adventure travel. However if you’re the type of traveler who’s always up for a challenge (like me!), I promise it will be one hell of a journey!

A rugged travel expedition unlike anything else you’ve probably done before, one you’ll be sharing stories about with family & friends for years to come.

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Live with Local People
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One of Kamchatka’s Volcanoes

Trip Highlights

Traveling by 4×4 bus and snowmobile to reach the Even reindeer herders. Local homestay experience in a mixture of backcountry cabins and yurts. Bartering dry goods from the city for reindeer meat.

Watching, participating, and photographing daily life of the Even people. Getting to know a foreign culture & its people.

Visiting natural hot-springs. Photographing active volcanoes from a distance. For those who want to, we may charter a helicopter for a scenic flight over a volcano.

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Adventure On the Edge of Siberia
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Practice Your Travel Photography

Travel Photography Tips

While you don’t need to be interested in travel photography to join us, I will certainly be sharing all my favorite travel photography tips & tricks during our adventure together.

Learn how I prepare my gear, which settings I use, how to tell a story with your photography, and special post-processing techniques to make your images really stand out.

Whether you’re packing a DSLR or a point & shoot camera, I’ll try to teach you something new and help you improve your travel photography to get the best images possible from our adventure!

When Is It?

March 18th – 31st, 2018

How Much Does It Cost?

$2,900 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s Included: Food, accommodation, a support team, guides, local transportation, snowmobiles, and most activities during the tour.

What’s Not Included: International flights to and from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. Visa fees. Cold weather clothing. An optional scenic helicopter flight. You’ll also be required to get travel insurance (I recommend World Nomads).

Is the trip vegetarian friendly?
Yes, vegetarians are welcome! But please keep in mind that the reindeer herds are bred for food, not as pets.

Campfire Cooking
Living Off the Land

Join Us In Kamchatka!

If you really want to get into the heart of a destination, meet local people, experience traditional culture, and explore a remote wilderness destination that doesn’t see much tourism, than this is the trip for you.

I’d love to have you join us on this wild adventure travel expedition into the Russian wilderness! Click below for more details about the itinerary and sign up before all the spots are filled…

UPDATE: Our trip to Kamchatka is complete. It was awesome! Click here to read about this unique place in Russia.
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Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten — I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 10 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. Let me inspire you to travel with crazy stories, beautiful photos, and money-saving travel tips.
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Comments (27)

  1. Just discovered your blog! This is so cool! We would love to travel with you sometime. How did this trip go (I know you mentioned it another post you’d share about this), and are you planning any others?

  2. Kamchatka has been a dream destination for me since I saw videos from a Russian biologist at a bear conference over 20 years ago. I’m particularly interested in seeing the bears, the salmon and volcanos…in summer, any plans for that?

  3. I have been dying to herd reindeer for easily the past 10 years, this would be an amazing experience!! Please do another so I can save up!!

    • Because winter travel is pretty awesome! We wanted it to be a challenging expedition. Plus, the low angle sunlight during the winter, near the article circle, is especially good for photography.

  4. I am indeed honored to give thanks to you for encouraging me about your career, I would like/want to travel with you.

  5. This is some true Into the Wild stuff. If it were’t for the fact that I spent nearly the fee for this tour on a new camera, I would’ve paid for it in a heartbeat. I think it’s amazing how you’re reaching out to your fans/readers like this, because this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and have been inspired by you to pursue adventure photography. Glad to see both you and Anna doing something this extravagant!

  6. I’ve tried signing up for the Russia trek, but I’m not receiving a confirmation email so I’m not sure if my request is going through! I’m very interested in joining this trip! Are there still openings?