Arctic Exploration Base Camp – Tishman Custom

GUIDED ALASKA Private

Arctic Exploration Base Camp – Tishman Custom

DATES

June 12, 2023 - June 17, 2023

REGION

Western Arctic

TRIP COST

$$

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DATES

June 12, 2023 - June 17, 2023
region

REGION

Western Arctic
price

TRIP COST

$$

The Arctic is vast and wild with an amazing diversity of landscapes and wildlife. We could never see all of it in a week (or even a lifetime) but this one of a kind trip aims to show you some of the most beautiful, wildlife rich and imperiled portions of the Alaskan Arctic.

TRIP DETAILS

June in Alaska’s Arctic is sublime. Endless daylight combines with a seemingly limitless landscape to welcome a staggering variety of wildlife to the northernmost reaches of Alaska. From the imposing peaks of the Brooks Range to the icy beaches of the Arctic Coast the sun will not set for 100 days. And with that light comes incredible seasonal abundance.

Birds arrive to breed from around the globe. Caribou migrate thousands of miles to calve on the greening tundra. And those creatures who endured the long harsh winter 1500 miles from the North Pole flourish in the brilliance of the short Arctic summer. This June we invite you to walk the tundra, scan for wildlife, and relish the silence of true wilderness.

We plan to pitch camp in the northern Brooks Range, where the mountains give way to the arctic plains. From this comfortable base we can explore the region’s wonders. The tundra around camp beckons us to wander up the ridges for views and to kneel to inspect wildflowers and fossils. We can roam as far as we desire. It won’t get dark and we have no appointments with anyone but ourselves.

Beyond the local area accessible on foot, the region is vast beyond imagination. There are glaciers, sand dunes, lakes stretching over the horizon, lagoons filled with birds, and braided rivers pouring into the frozen sea.

The way to travel beyond the horizon is by bush plane. And we have chartered one capable of landing nearly anywhere in this undeveloped and massive landscape for the duration of the trip.

 

Our simple, yet comfortable camp allows us a measure of comfort in an austere landscape. Meals are shared out of doors in fine weather, or under the shelter of our spacious “cook tent” when needed. Each person, or couple has a private sleeping tent with or without a cot as requested. Meals are cooked on the stovetop or fire, are designed to suit your preferences, and provide a mix of fresh, dry, and tinned ingredients with plenty of Alaskan touches. Guides are on hand to help you as much as you need, while allowing you the freedom to learn and explore in your own ways too.

Each day of the trip will be different. The weather, along with your desires, and the intuition of your guides informs each day’s plan. Some days we will no doubt elect to wander the tundra near camp, marveling at the abundance and variety of wildflowers while hoping to see wildlife.

We will also spend some time in the bush plane in search of great herds of caribou. It is possible that we could find groups numbering in the tens of thousands, etching muddy trails into the green tundra. With luck we can land amongst the caribou and hear mothers and calves “talking” as they migrate. Large groups of caribou may elude us, but the search is well worth the effort.

Another day we will fly north from our camp to visit the most biologically productive wetland in the entire circumpolar Arctic, Teshekpuk Lake, an area relied upon by hundreds of thousands of birds, but almost completely unknown to most of humanity. And while we are that far north we can land on the arctic coast looking for polar bear tracks and watching sea birds weave amongst the sea ice near shore.

Each day will be an adventure and with endless daylight and unparalleled freedom we can make the most of each day without ever hurrying.

 

 

Last updated: October 20, 2022

Itinerary

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

June 11

Meet with your guide for a pre-trip meeting at 4 pm in Fairbanks

 

June 12

We fly north from Fairbanks  across the Yukon River and over the Brooks Range towards the vast coastal plain of the “North Slope”.

We land at the northern edge of the mountains and set-up camp on the tundra. Once camp is set up we will take a hike and (with luck) spend the rest of the day watching caribou calves frolicking in the sunshine.

June 13 - 16

We spend our time exploring the area looking for caribou and other wildlife. Your guide will lead hikes in the local area and we will have the opportunity to fly further afield to learn about the region, its wonders, and its possible futures.

 

June 17

Alas, the time has come to leave the Arctic. Weather permitting, the plane will shuttle you to Prudhoe Bay, one of North Americas largest oil fields, and the largest airport in the region. After the peace of the tundra, the industrial noise is jarring and a visceral reminder about the perils of development in Alaska’s arctic.

 

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

Air charters

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

Safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Select Camping Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear.  See full equipment list

Gratuity for guide

WEATHER & BUGS

Temperatures vary from the 70’s to below freezing. Snow is possible; rain is likely. However, this time of the year we generally have lots of warm and sunny weather. There could be bugs, so bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of repellent containing DEET.

RECOMMENDED READING

Naturalists Guide to the Arctic by E.C. Pielou

Caribou & the Barren-Lands by George Calef

Fifty Years Below Zero by Charles Brown

Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner

Seasons of Life and Land by Shubanker Banjeeri

More 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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