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Beluga Whale in Kasegeluk Lagoon

Kasegeluk Canoe Trip – Kahn Custom

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DATES

July 15, 2018 - July 22, 2018
region

REGION

Western Brooks Range
price

TRIP COST

$8,300/ person. Party of 2 or 3.

Alaska’s Arctic Coast is a storied and rich region and Kasegaluk Lagoon in the Chukchi Sea hosts an astounding wealth of wildlife during our brief summer. It is one of the largest and least disturbed coastal lagoons in the world. Seals, whales and waterfowl migrate to the lagoon each summer. Join our Arctic Coast Canoe trip to discover why.

TRIP DETAILS

Last updated: December 20, 2018

Itinerary

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

July 14

Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting in Kotzebue at 6:45 pm.

July 15

Fly from Kotzebue north into one of the most remote and untraveled parts of Alaska. On the flight, we cross the Brooks Range and may see thousands upon thousands of caribou migrating west.

July 16 - 21

The days and nights are ours to explore and marvel at this unique destination. We will plan to paddle about 40 miles of  lagoons bays and coastal rivers. With plenty of time to cover the distance, we will travel when conditions are favorable and explore on foot when the wind picks-up. When not paddling we can hike in search of wildlife and birds, explore the old village sites, beach comb for whale and walrus bones, maybe observe arctic foxes at their dens, photograph sea ducks, or just sit by a driftwood fire and enjoy the sight of the sea and sky. No matter how we spend our time, each day will be full of adventure and surprises.

July 22

On our last day we await our pilot and the spectacular flight back south across the tundra. Weather permitting, we will be back to Kotzebue in time for a hot shower and a late dinner.

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA

DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Round-trip airfare from Kotzebue

Food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Boats, paddles, life jackets, safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear, per our equipment list

Fishing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guide(s)

 

WEATHER & BUGS

Expect a variety of weather. July tends to be mild by arctic standards, but cold fog and winds are common along the coast. Expect temperatures to range from in the 60’s down to freezing. Snow is always possible. Strong winds are assured. Bugs could be an issue on hikes inland so DEET and a head net are recommended.

RECOMMENDED READING

Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer; Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez; Caribou & the Barren-Lands by George Calef; Fifty Years Below Zero by Charles Brown; Arctic Wings by Stephen Brown. More Alaska reading available at our bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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