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VIEW AVAILABLE TRIPS A custom trip begins with a dream. Yours. Perhaps it is your desire to camp amongst the great herds of caribou in the Arctic. To climb high into the Arrigetch Peaks, to photograph bears in Katmai National Park…the options in Alaska are exquisite and limitless. For the wilderness traveler there is no better destination. We take designing your custom wilderness trip seriously. With decades of experience, exhaustive knowledge of the landscape and wildlife, and an extensive network of pilots, boat captains, luxury lodges, and guides, each itinerary is tailored exactly to your specific dreams. The process starts with your desires, the size of your group or family, your expectations, your budget and your abilities. Our role is to advise, inspire, listen, and finally to transform your dreams into reality. We can share with you what is possible and help you craft the ultimate Alaska adventure. All of our trips are "off the beaten path", true wilderness expeditions. A custom trip can be one of our scheduled trips on dates of your choosing and exclusive to your group, or an entirely new and unique itinerary just for you. We work with groups from 1 person to 10 people but 4 to 6 is often the best. Browse through the list of custom trips we have done in the past or give us a call and tell us about your big Alaska dreams. We can help make them happen. From a family friendly base camp to true exploration in the farthest reaches of Alaska. Wildlife trips: Our experienced guides can help you find wildlife whether it be caribou, polar bears, blue-throats, grey-headed chickadees, or musk oxen. Photography trips: Wildlife photography, landscape photography, film or art. We have worked with professional and amateur photographers from around the world. Let us help you get the shot. Film or Science Support: In addition to "fun trips" we also provided guide services and logistical support for field projects big and small. Skills training: Need to improve your wilderness skills? We can provide field courses, skill specific classes in Fairbanks or a combination of the two. Rafting or canoeing workshops, navigation seminars, wilderness safety.... the list goes on. We have the experience to teach you. Family and youth trips: We love seeing young people enjoying the wilderness. Though we haven't had any clients under the age of 7, we take our own toddlers to the Brooks Range regularly. We can plan a trip that will be safe and fun for people of any age.

Nabesna Raft

The Wrangell Mountains are part of the largest protected wilderness on earth. Glacier-carved peaks spawn raging rivers and dramatic peaks tower over lush green bottomlands. This rugged country keeps most people out, but your world-class guides let you enjoy this remote location in style. Come paddle with us into the very heart of America’s largest National Park for a week of wildlife and adventure.

 

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DATES

TBD - July is ideal
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REGION

Wrangell St. Elias Park
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TRIP COST

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TRIP DETAILS

In the northeast corner of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is a mostly unvisited wilderness of incomparable scale, where rivers pour from glaciers and flowers bloom on the tundra.

The start of our river trip is literally the start of the river. We can walk to the glacier’s face and see the river emerge from under hundreds of feet of ice. The fluctuating current creates hundreds of sandbars and river channels in an infinite variety of ice, water and gravel and the river assumes every mood imaginable from calm pools with floating ice to raging torrents of water and silt. It is a dynamic and impressive place. With this dramatic landscape in our “front yard”, we’ll camp beneath the towering mountains and scan the river flats for wildlife.

After a night by the river and a hearty breakfast we’ll inflate our rafts, waterproof our gear, and review safety procedures. Then we paddle down river with the swift current. We won’t go far this first paddling day and we expect to have time in the afternoon to explore along the river or deeper into the mountains.

The Nabesna features swift current, splashy waves and dramatic scenery. We will be busy steering the boats (everyone paddles) and avoiding the big rocks, but not too busy to stop when we see wildlife. There should be sheep on the cliffs, moose in the willows, and bears looking for fish. With 4 days on the river and 70 miles to travel there should be ample time to soak in the wild country. We’ll camp on the broad wildflower covered sand bars and hike into the woods. We can fish the clear side-creeks and enjoy a roaring driftwood fire each evening. The solitude and scenery can’t be beat.

Once out of the mountains, the vistas grow large and the river moves out into Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The forests become more complex and begin to crowd the river. Nearby lakes host waterfowl and a variety of boreal wildlife. As we near the village of Northway, where our trip end, the current slows and we can drift along peacefully through the flats.

ITINERARY

What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

Day 0:

Meet in Fairbanks at 4pm for a pre-trip meeting at the Arctic Wild World Headquarters.

 

Day 1:

We depart Fairbanks early and drive up the Alaska Highway, almost to the Canadian border at the village of Tok. Here we board a small plane for the spectacular flight into Wrangell St. Elias National Park (2-1/2 hour flight). We land near the glacier and set-up camp.

Day 2 - 5:

Rafting the Nabesna River. Paddle rafts keep everyone engaged as we navigate this spunky glacial river.Inflate the rafts and prepare for a day on the river. Paddling northward we leave the glacier behind and enter a world of water and stone. Once out of the mountains the forests grow rich and thick, waterfowl fill the air and the river relaxes it’s pace.

Day 6:

Paddle the remaining miles into the village of Northway and meet our van for a ride back to Fairbanks.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Transportation starting in Fairbanks , food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear, professional guide service, rafts, and big wilderness. Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Lodging , non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, fishing license, nor gratuity for guides. See full equipment list.

WEATHER & BUGS

Temperatures vary dramatically in the Alaska. July is usually mild and warm, and the Northeastern Wrangells are one of the driest parts of the state. That said, it could be cool and rainy so be prepared for anything.  Temperatures could range from the 20s to 80s. Snow is possible any day of the year, but we get lots of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes should not be an issue but bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent just in case.

RECOMMENDED READING

The Copper Spike, Lone E Janson. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.