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Types of Trips,

Tours, Adventures and Prices!

 

 

Mush your own sled dog team of Alaskan Huskies through the Alaska, Yukon Wilderness.

We specialize in custom tours designed specifically to your level of physical fitness and your request of trail and overnight accommodations.  You can communicate directly with us via U.S. mail, E-mail, pre-arranged telephone conference, etc. after initial contact and then we specifically put together all the details, dates and logistics for your customized tour.

Our Alaska dog sled tours are not tourist oriented; they are the real thing, challenging and physically demanding. When you go on a dog sledding adventure / tour with us you will mush back in time and travel as it was done 100 and more years ago.  There will be no snow-machine support, no one going ahead to set things up.  You will be an integral part of the whole operation from start to finish.  You will be responsible for your dogs, once you have been introduced and shown the ropes.  You will harness, un-harness, feed and care for your team once you are out on the trail.  You will carry your gear and supplies in your sled.  You will be responsible for your own well being, but you will be watched over by an experienced guide who will be there to help and educate you along the way in everything from mushing to wilderness survival techniques.

Because we want each person to realize their dreams and a true wilderness setting, we keep your tour one to one, or one to two with your guide...unless you specifically ask for a larger group. Many other kennels have tour dates set up with the possibility of mushing with up to 5 or more other people plus your guides, which can be fun and a party atmosphere however this reduces the quality of your wilderness experience and can be much more hectic with the additional dog teams that are required.

Your typical dog sledding tour should run about 7 to 10 days to experience a full and wide variety of trail systems and topographical diversifications that abound in this remote wilderness area of interior Alaska and to allow for training with your team, but can be set at whatever amount of time you prefer.

You will begin your training on an established trail system from our homestead with a day or two of day trips to give you the “feel” for what is to come later on when the trails become more challenging.

Day trips can vary from 12 to 25 miles. Average daily miles are 20 to 25 miles or 3.5 to 5 hours.  Our homestead day trips begin deep in the boreal forest and range onto the Yukon River with a run to the Canadian Border to the East or a run on the Yukon River for as far as you want to the West.  Day trip trails can also range into and through several large river drainages, mountain passes and lake crossings including mountain ascents, descents, sheer ice, jumbled ice and different snow conditions which helps to contribute to your novice-training regime. 

Our American Summit cabin features some of the most incredible views Alaska has to offer with some established trails and “make-your-own” trails.  Some years the 40-Mile Caribou herd (of 40,000+) winter right on top of American Summit along with you, your dogs and the wolves.  Usually we can turn the average beginning musher from a novice running a well marked established trail to an advanced “dog-musher” running “black diamond courses” in pursuit of the perfect caribou photo in just a couple days of day trips.  At this point the real adventure begins.

It is an adventure of your choosing.  You can run the Yukon Quest trail and overnight at a remote checkpoint cabin or old miner or trap line cabin.  Run deep into the glaciated mountain ranges of the “40-Mile” country and overnight in a tent camp/camps.  The most challenging and physically demanding tour we have to offer carries you deep into the rugged interior of Alaska.  You will travel in country accessible only by dog team so remote that you are guaranteed not to encounter another human for days on end.  The overnights range from rustic log cabins in the middle of no-where to a deluxe private cabin with an incredible sauna for one night if that is what you prefer.  For the average person, of average physical shape it would only take a couple of days of training and preparation.



Clients begin booking as early as June or before so if you are tied down to specific dates check with us right away to see if the tour is available when you are.

 

Recommended reading:

A Land Gone Lonesome Author Dan O'Neill

Yukon Alone by John Balzar

Coming into the Country by John McPhee

Dog Driver by Miki and Juliei Collins

 

See our page on Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

Check out dog mushing in the Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve

Dog Mushing in the Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve

March 2013 Dog Sledding Video by Mike and Katie Rabalais

http://www.vimeo.com/185789

New videos posted on line.

http://www.vimeo.com/9585808 .

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1112025 .

Two of our clients did a journal style review of our trip. Click on Alaska trip when the page opens.

http://www.abbucketlist.co.za.

"A Quest for Adventure" and "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon," are two videos a gifted client, Court, has put together. His videos covers so much of what happens while on tour with us and a segment of the Eagle Checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 2014 Dog Sled Race and our son, Matt Hall's race.

Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon

A Quest for Adventure

VIEW AN 8 MINUTE VIDEO: Sierra Club member Mickey Murch made this video in Feb 2007 while on a Sierra Club Tour with us. The clip is called Metabolic Transportation and is on vimeo. To watch the video, once the page pulls up, click the starting arrow on the window.

http://www.vimeo.com/151967

VIEW A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF A 2008 EXTREME TRIP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAqWKDkDJBI

View a video of some advanced mushing with direction from guide, Matt Emslie: Sometimes mushing can get difficult and exhilarating as this video of Louise directing her team and working her sled around a narrow ledge of ice on an exploratory trip into the headwaters of Eagle Creek. Once the page opens up, click on the starting arrow on the window.

http://www.vimeo.com/185789

View 3 clips from the 2009 Herchal Island Expedition. These clips are from areas that are within our normal routes and might be something that you would like to experience. We customize our trips and routing to what you want to experience and the difficulty level that we feel is best suited to your abilities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhYc3yKS9P8&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVo6jWtr2Es&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF5QChCgX2s&feature=related



Prices ...$500.00 per day, per person, $475.00 per person if coming as a team or group. You are not charged for your final day with us in Eagle. Fee includes training in mushing and survival techniques, camping and survival gear, all food, transportation and lodging from the time you arrive at the Eagle airport until you leave. There are no hidden costs. We have winter clothing and boots available and in most cases are able to help outfit you in outer gear with advance notice at no additional charge.

You are not guaranteed a private trip but there will never be more than 2 clients out with any guide. If you should want to talk to us about a private trip please contact us at the e-mails below. 


CONTACT:
For more information
and/or questions e-mail us at bushalaskaex@gmail.com or bush_alaska_expeditions@hotmail.com or write us at:  Bush Alaska Expeditions, P O Box 161, Eagle, AK 99738.  No incoming phone calls due to the remote location but there is Internet access via satellite. Phone calls can be arranged via computer and satellite.   


 
   

 

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