North to Alaska / Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Kongakut River / Hiking- and rafting tour
You find Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ANWR above the Arctic Circle. Only few of us will ever have the possibility to see and enjoy this area. It is estimated, that the 19 million acre refuge – an area the size of South Carolina – receives approximately 1500 recreational visitors a year. Caribou, polar bears, grizzlies und muskoxen wandern the north slope of the Brooks Range and the highest concentration of nesting golden eagles in Alaska make the Kongakut River corridor their summer home. 12 day Tour starts and ends in Fairbanks.
Day 1: Arrive in Fairbanks. Transfer to overnight. Day on your own. In the early afternoon, you meet the guide. Meet the rest of the group for dinner. The guide will then discuss the route. Dinner included.
Day 2: After breakfast, transfer to the airport, where you board a plane to the native village of “Arctic Village” which will take you up north to ANWR. The bush pilot will drop you off at the gravel bar along the river where we set up for camp.
Day 3: We will spend today in the high country hiking, exploring, looking for Dall sheep, wolves and grizzlies. The hiking in the Refuge is outstanding. Wide open tundra expanses, alpine ridges, and open gravel bars be explored on foot.
Day 4 – 11: Since we have near 24 hours of daylight, our schedule on the river is flexible and we will take six to seven days to float the 55 miles of river to our Caribou Pass. The river itself is spectacular as it carves its way through gorges of rock and tundra. We camp, explor-ing, photographing, relaxing and digesting the solitude in this cast, remote wilderness.
Overnight in Fairbanks
Day 12: Today we break camp and await our pick-up. Once again, our bush pilot will use his skills to negotiate the terrain. Overnight in Fairbanks.
Day 13: Transfer to the airport. Or start one of our other tours.
- All group gear (tents, inflatable canoes, stoves, fuel, dry bags, etc.) and safety equipment.
- Trekking poles.
- Round trip air transportation from Fairbanks to Arctic Village.
- Round trip air transportation from Arctic Village into the wilderness.
- Lodging 2 nights in Fairbanks.
- Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 client to guide ratio.
- All meals from dinner on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary.
- Personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.). See Equipment Lists
- Trip cancellation insurance.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Guide gratuities.
Dates: Tour I: June 13. – 24.; Tour II: July 25. - August 5.
Price per person from Fairbanks. Double occupancy: $ 7,450.—
Kayak River Tour – Lake Laberge to Carmacks
This classic canoe trip down the Yukon from Whitehorse to Carmacks is specially tailored to visitors who like to travel far away from tourist routes, following the trail of the old history.
Special canoeing skills are not required. The tour starts in Whitehorse on the Yukon river. We will pass many relicts of the historic gold rush time. We will explore several abandoned settlements such as Hootalinqua and Big Salmon Village. Camps are set up on the gravel & sand banks of the mighty river where one can enjoy a refreshing bath in the Yukon River. Watch out for black bears, moose, mammals and beaver.
Day 1: Arrival in Whitehorse, meeting the other group members. Overnight in hotel.
Whitehorse/ Yukon River
Day 2. – 8: Start of the exciting canoe tour in Whitehorse down the Yukon River. We are spending 7 days in this mighty river, traveling over 320 kilometer and exploring the area and surroun-dings of Yukon. We will pass the Teslin River and Big Salmon River and will arrive on day 8 the Indian village Carmacks. Here we end the tour.
Carmacks – Whitehorse
Day 8: Via Klondike Highway by can back to Whitehorse. Transfer to airport or start another tour.
Price per person from Whitehorse: Double occupancy:
US Dollar $ 3,575.-
Included: All guided; all transfers; canoe and camping equipment; 2 persontent for 6 nights; 1 night in Whitehorse; all meals on canoe tour;
Not included: Meals when not on the tour; fishing license; personal extras; gratuities.
Dates: Tour I: Juni 23. – 30.; Tour II: July 14.- 21.; Tour III: August 4 -11.
By Kayak in the bear country
Hiking- and Kayak tour – 10 days
Lake Clark National Park - Alyeska
From Anchorage by bush plane to Port Alsworth. First night in cabins at Port Alsworth. We then continue by floatplane to the lower twin lake. The supreme wilderness of Twin Lakes, located in the heart of Lake Clark National Park, is a wonderland of crystalline waters set beneath a rugged rim of mountains and vast tundra expanses. It’s home to various birds of prey, moose and caribou, Dall sheep, Black and Brown bears. Hike to the ―Death Valley‖. That’s how the locals call it. A guided tour where you can enjoy the nature and wilderness. We finish with a hiking tour in Alyeska, Alaska’s ski area and a boat tour in the glacier world in Prince William Sound.
Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage. Transfer to overnight. The afternoon on your own. Time for shopping, city tour.
Day 2: Today you’ll fly from Anchorage to Port Alsworth – one of the most stunning bush flights in Alaska. After meeting your guide, you’ll check into our lakeside lodge on Lake Clark, spend the afternoon hiking to Tanalian Falls, and finish the evening with an orientation/welcome dinner at the lodge.
Day 3: This morning you will load into a floatplane for the magnificent bush flight to Lower Twin. We’ll set up camp at the west end of Lower Twin Lake, assemble our kayaks and go for an afternoon hike. We’ll climb another Alaska watershed to a pass and enjoy spectacular views of Big Valley and the mountains surrounding Twin Lakes.
Day 4: After yet another great breakfast, we’ll load the kayaks and head up the shores of Lower Twin. We’ll spend the day kayaking, picnicking for lunch, and enjoy-ing the remote splendor of this special piece of Alaskan wilderness. As we head east toward the Upper Lake, the mountains will become more dramatic. We’ll scope the shore for wildlife and will make camp near the stream connecting upper and lower Twin Lakes by late afternoon.
Day 5: We’ll spend our day hiking in the high country that makes up the Beech Creek drainage above and to the south of our camp at the connecting stream. Our hike will take us through a mixed spruce woodland forest and up into a tundra car-peted watershed above the lake.
Day 5: The early dawn will greet us with more adventure and we’ll start is all by lin-ing our kayaks up the connecting stream. After a couple of hours of walking tour boats up the creek, we’ll be kayaking the azure waters of Upper Twin Lake. We’ll make our way over to the mouth of Emerson Creek and will set up camp. Day 7: Today we’ll paddle to Hope Creek and our camp for the final night. Alaska size peaks will dominate our panorama and the solitude of kayaking Upper Twin will en-trance us. Camping near the mouth of Hope Creek allows a short walk to Dick Proenneke’s cabin. After dinner, we’ll make our first visit to Proenneke’s cabin – his year-round home from 1968-98. We hope you feel Dick’s spirit as you wander about his property, admire is craftsmanship and imagine his existence so far from our modern world.
Day 7: Today we’ll paddle to Hope Creek and our camp for the final night. Alaska size peaks will dominate our panorama and the solitude of kayaking Upper Twin will entrance us. Camping near the mouth of Hope Creek allows a short walk to Dick Proenneke’s cabin. After dinner, we’ll make our first visit to Proenneke’s cabin – his year-round home from 1968-98. We hope you feel Dick’s spirit as you wander about his property, admire is craftsmanship and imagine his existence so far from our modern world. All Meals Included.
Lake Clark National Park
Day 8: Today we will break camp and await our floatplane pick-up. We’ll return to Port Alsworth on Lake Clark by early afternoon After showers and a celebratory lunch, we’ll tally up our wildlife sightings, and revel in the adventure that we will never forget. We’ll then pay an afternoon visit to the Lake Clark National Park visi-tor’s center. You’ll then board a charter flight to Anchorage. Transfer to overnight.
Anchorage to Alyeska
Day 9: Transfer von Anchorage to Alyeska. Alaska’s Skiarea. We will give you a plan to show the different hiking trails. Optional tour: By helicopter to the glacier. The huskies are waiting. Be your own musher. 2 nights in Alyeska.
Prince William Sound
Day 10: By train, the Alaska railroad to Whittier. Start the boat tour in Prince William Sound to the glacier world. You can also see the sea lion, eagle and seals. Lunch will be served on board. By train back to Alyeska.
End of the tour
Day 11: Transfer from Alyeska to Anchorage to the airport. For the flight back home. Or start one of our other tours.
Price per person from Anchorage. Double occupancy: $ 5,485.
Dates: Tour I: June 24. – July 4.; Tour II: August 19. - 29.
Included: Meeting at the airport; transfer to overnight; all group gear ( tents, stove, dry bags, etc.) all transfers; one night at the lodge in lake Clark. All meals from lunch on day 2 through lunch on day 8; storage on your extra travel items while in the field. All guided from day 2 – 8. 2 nights in Anchorage; 2 nights in Alyeska; boat tour Prince William Sound; train ride to Whittier.
Not included: meals, when not on the kayak tour; Optional tours; personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.) trip cancellation insurance; guide gratuities.