Last updated: July 13, 2021
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Day 0 - July is ideal
Meet your guides this afternoon for a pre-trip meeting in King Salmon, AK. Time and location TBD. Lodging on your own.
Weather permitting our flight down the Alaska Peninsula departs in the morning. We fly over the great volcanic spine of the Peninsula and then into the steep fjords of the Pacific Coast. After a bit of reconnoitering, we land on the beach near to where we plan on camping. The mountains are close, vegetation lush, and (with luck) there are bears everywhere.
Day 2 and 3
We have 2 full days to explore and enjoy the Pacific Coast and the bears who live here. We may see bears fishing the creeks, grazing the sedge meadows, or scouring the tide flats. When not entranced by the bears, we can hike up the valley, explore down the beach, or pick a nearby promontory for views of the rocky coast and storm lashed Pacific.
Wake to the sound of breakers and Kittiwakes. After breakfast we pack camp and await the return of our pilots. We fly over the peninsula and down the Bering Sea Coast scanning the beaches, observing the fishing fleet, catching glimpses of volcanoes and marveling at the enormous wilderness below. By mid-day we should be on the beach near the walrus colony. After setting up camp we can investigate our surroundings, climb the cape and enjoy the wind and walrus.
Day 5 and 6
Weather and wildlife will guide our activities. We will camp nearly a mile from the walrus colony as to not disturb them. The day will start with a hike down the beach and across the tundra. Walrus can be observed from the beach or we can climb to the top of the bluffs for sweeping views up and down the Alaska Peninsula. Below, the walrus should be resting and bellowing. When not watching walrus or sea birds, we can wander the beach and tundra, enjoying this remote and unique landscape. Our weather-worthy camp turns the storm ravaged coast into a home away from home and allows us to focus on the wildlife we have come to see.
A last walk on the beach before packing up and listening for the plane. Weather permitting, we fly up the Bering Sea Coast to King Salmon arriving late in the afternoon. Lodging in King Salmon on your own.