Herskovitz Arctic Base Camp

GUIDED ALASKA Private

Herskovitz Arctic Base Camp

DATES

July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022

REGION

Gates of the Arctic National Park

TRIP COST

$5,400/ person. Party of 10

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DATES

July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022
region

REGION

Gates of the Arctic National Park
price

TRIP COST

$5,400/ person. Party of 10

Immerse yourself in the wild landscape of the central Brooks Range at the peak of summer. Our five day base camp trip allows you to relish the solitude and serenity of the America’s northernmost wilderness in the company of experienced wilderness guides and your family. Day hikes, stream fishing, and chances to see wildlife make this a great introduction to Alaska’s arctic wilderness

TRIP DETAILS

The central Brooks Range, is a wilderness like no other. With no constructed trails, no campgrounds, and no visitor services of any kind, Gates of the Arctic is the perfect place for wilderness exploration and solitude. One of our favorite places in the region is just outside the National Park on the shores of a wild stream surrounded by mountains and tundra as far as the eye can see. We like this spot because of the tremendous views and the opportunities to explore the surrounding area.

After our flights from Fairbanks we will set up a comfortable base camp on the banks of a north flowing river in the heart of the rugged Brooks Range. We’ll be just spitting distance from the Continental Divide and surrounded by glacial cirques, broad ridges, and braided streams.

Days will be spent hiking through the varied landscape, looking for wildlife and/or just enjoying the view. Or if we stay closer to camp there is good fishing for arctic grayling, fields of blueberries just ripening, the ever present chance of glimpsing wildlife, and no end of interesting things to discover on the tundra. We intend to explore some of the wildest country in North America at a lovely time of year.

We never know exactly what wildlife we may encounter on a trip, but caribou frequent the area in August, feeding on the rich green tundra in small bands. It is also a great place to watch bears grazing the flats or eating berries on the slopes. We may also see wolves, moose and a great variety of other furred and feathered creatures during our time in the mountains. Foxes occasionally flirt on the edge of camp and we even see porcupine waddling across the tundra muttering to themselves, blonde quills bright in the fall tundra. The serendipity is part of what makes encountering wildlife so rewarding. A keen interest and keen eyes are certain to spot a great variety of wildlife.

You need not be a seasoned adventurer to enjoy this trip. Our sturdy base camp and excellent cooking leave you free to enjoy the wilderness and our seasoned guides are on hand to teach you the skills of living in the remote and sometimes challenging arctic. With good equipment and a great attitude this will be an adventure never to be forgotten.

Last updated: January 19, 2022

Itinerary

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

July 24

We’ll have a pre-trip meeting at Arctic Wild headquarters at 4 pm the afternoon before our departure where we’ll meet each other, discuss wilderness safety, check gear, and discuss the next day’s logistics.

July 25

You’ll be picked up early at your hotel in Fairbanks and shuttled to the airport where we’ll catch a flight north to the Nunamiut village of Anaktuvuk Pass in the heart of the Brooks Range. From there we’ll load our gear into a smaller plane for the hour-long flight across the mountains to our gravel bar landing strip. Once there we’ll set up a comfortable camp on the tundra next to the river before heading out to explore.

July 26 - 28

Each day in the backcountry brings something different. Some days we will take day-long hikes to explore the glacial cirques, nearby alpine lakes, or wander the high ridges. Other days we may stick closer to camp, allowing the opportunity to fish, search for wildlife, photograph the nearby surroundings, or discover the wilderness on your own. The weather and the groups desires will guide our activities and we need not all do the same thing all the time.

July 29

Weather permitting, we’ll say a final goodbye to the Brooks Range and take a few last photos before boarding the plane for the trip back towards Fairbanks. If the weather cooperates and all goes as planned we’ll arrive back in Fairbanks in time for dinner and a long hot shower.

I genuinely feel, having traveled in South America, Australia, and Africa to remote villages and lodges, huts etc. that Alaska was the most foreign I have ever felt. And I am glad to have experienced it.
One of my biggest impressions is that I am so so very glad we had Arctic Wild as our outfitters. Michael Wald and his team were terrific and well prepared. I can’t say enough about the attention to detail and the experience of them and especially our guide Nancy Pfeiffer. I talked with other guides and with other groups. After each conversation, (trust me, they were lengthy chats as we were on a gravel runway sitting on our packs…) I thought how lucky we were to be with Nancy and Arctic Wild.

 

- Linda, Washington, USA

DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Round-trip airfare from Fairbanks into the Brooks Range and back

Food while in the wilderness

Safety & repair gear, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, kitchen tent, water filter and other camp supplies

Professional guide service

Select Camping Equipment on request.

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

Temperatures vary from the 70’s to below freezing. Snow is possible; rain is likely. In late July we can expect a wide variety of weather but this tends to be the warmest and nicest part of the summer. With the warm weather there could be bugs. Definitely bring a bottle of DEET and a head-net.

RECOMMENDED READING

Nunamiut, Helge Ingstadt

Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner

Alaska Wilderness, Robert Marshall

Last Light Breaking, Nick Jans

Arctic Wild, Lois Crisler

More Alaska reading is available from 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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