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Marsh Fork of the Canning River

From $5,595

  • Experience Alaska's magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—one of the largest intact ecosystems in the world!
  • Spot grizzlies, wolves, musk ox, Dall sheep, and more than 80 species of birds
  • Enjoy rafting days and leisurely layover days to hike, photograph, and explore Alaska's incredible wildnerness

This spectacular river rafting and hiking adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll take a 300-mile bush flight across the very top of North America to the upper reaches of the Marsh Fork, nestled in the Philip Smith and Franklin Mountains. Then, navigating the river to the confluence with the Canning River, you'll paddle toward the Arctic coastal plain through some of the wildest country on earth. Along the way you’ll stop for long day hikes up the ridgelines and mountains of this spectacular wilderness valley, and watch for grizzlies, Dall sheep, wolves, musk ox, and more than 80 species of birdlife, including four of the five species of Arctic loons, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and rough-legged hawks. And since there is nearly continuous daylight, there’s ample time to hike and photograph the amazing scenery. This area is one of our most fascinating and ecologically diverse national treasures, and there’s no better way to see it than with us!

Day 1: Fly to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

We will try to adhere to the following itinerary as closely as possible. However, it is subject to change due to weather, flight delays, and government regulations.

Pre-Trip Rendezvous — Prior to Day 1

The trip begins in Fairbanks, Alaska. You will need to arrive in Fairbanks no later than 5pm the night prior to the trip in order to attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting that begins at 6pm at the Fairbanks Bed & Breakfast (902 Kellum St., 907-452-4967). Your trip leader will go over trip logistics, bear-country camping techniques, water safety instructions, and distribute personal camping equipment, including raingear, rubber boots, and river bags. The meeting will take about two hours; we recommend eating dinner before the meeting. Dinner and lodging* is on your own this evening. The next morning we pick everyone up early, so you will want to get plenty of rest tonight.

*We recommend the Bridgewater Hotel (rooms with private bath) or the Fairbanks B&B (rooms with shared bath). Both are of good value and offer good service. A courtesy van for the Bridgewater Hotel is available at the airport. Call the hotel from the airport courtesy phone.

Day 1

This day is mostly devoted to flying north! After an early breakfast on your own, our journey begins with a spectacular 300-mile bush plane flight over the Yukon River Flats to the Native community of Arctic Village. We'll then switch to smaller planes and continue north over the Brooks Range and on to the upper Marsh Fork. The Arctic Refuge is a land of majestic mountains, rolling tundra, and the coastal plain. At first glance, the country appears quite barren from our plane. But a closer look reveals a lush, alpine landscape blanketed with wildflowers, intricate valleys, ancient rock formations, and cascading waterfalls. We’ll land on a small gravel bar along the river, and set up our first camp.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Days 2-14: Raft and hike the Marsh Fork of the Canning River

We'll paddle along the river, encountering several small rapids and breathtaking mountain and valley scenery along the entire route. Like all river trips, the peaceful sounds of the river will be a constant companion. Our schedule on the river is flexible and rafting days alternate with full layover days to hike, photograph wildflowers and amazing wildlife—including caribou, Dall sheep, musk ox, and wolves—fish for Arctic char and grayling (bring your fishing gear!), and explore one of the finest wilderness settings on earth.

Please note that this trip is longer than many of our other river trips to allow for more layover days.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 15: Return to Fairbanks and depart

We’ll break camp and await the arrival of the bush planes for our flight to Arctic Village, followed by a flight back to Fairbanks. We plan to arrive in Fairbanks by 6pm., but we highly recommend booking another night in Fairbanks as flight delays are possible. Guests often gather for a no-host dinner on this final evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 26, 2016 - Jul 10, 2016 Sold out

pricing

2015 Prices
$5,595 (5–8 members)
$6,095 (4 members)
$350 Single Supplement
Internal air included

2016 Prices ** 10 day trip**
$5,395 (4–8 members)
$250 Single Supplement
Internal air included

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MTS Private Camp

  • Experience Alaska's magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—one of the largest intact ecosystems in the world!
  • Spot grizzlies, wolves, musk ox, Dall sheep, and more than 80 species of birds
  • Enjoy rafting days and leisurely layover days to hike, photograph, and explore Alaska's incredible wildnerness

This spectacular river rafting and hiking adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll take a 300-mile bush flight across the very top of North America to the upper reaches of the Marsh Fork, nestled in the Philip Smith and Franklin Mountains. Then, navigating the river to the confluence with the Canning River, you'll paddle toward the Arctic coastal plain through some of the wildest country on earth. Along the way you’ll stop for long day hikes up the ridgelines and mountains of this spectacular wilderness valley, and watch for grizzlies, Dall sheep, wolves, musk ox, and more than 80 species of birdlife, including four of the five species of Arctic loons, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and rough-legged hawks. And since there is nearly continuous daylight, there’s ample time to hike and photograph the amazing scenery. This area is one of our most fascinating and ecologically diverse national treasures, and there’s no better way to see it than with us!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Fly to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

We will try to adhere to the following itinerary as closely as possible. However, it is subject to change due to weather, flight delays, and government regulations.

Pre-Trip Rendezvous — Prior to Day 1

The trip begins in Fairbanks, Alaska. You will need to arrive in Fairbanks no later than 5pm the night prior to the trip in order to attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting that begins at 6pm at the Fairbanks Bed & Breakfast (902 Kellum St., 907-452-4967). Your trip leader will go over trip logistics, bear-country camping techniques, water safety instructions, and distribute personal camping equipment, including raingear, rubber boots, and river bags. The meeting will take about two hours; we recommend eating dinner before the meeting. Dinner and lodging* is on your own this evening. The next morning we pick everyone up early, so you will want to get plenty of rest tonight.

*We recommend the Bridgewater Hotel (rooms with private bath) or the Fairbanks B&B (rooms with shared bath). Both are of good value and offer good service. A courtesy van for the Bridgewater Hotel is available at the airport. Call the hotel from the airport courtesy phone.

Day 1

This day is mostly devoted to flying north! After an early breakfast on your own, our journey begins with a spectacular 300-mile bush plane flight over the Yukon River Flats to the Native community of Arctic Village. We'll then switch to smaller planes and continue north over the Brooks Range and on to the upper Marsh Fork. The Arctic Refuge is a land of majestic mountains, rolling tundra, and the coastal plain. At first glance, the country appears quite barren from our plane. But a closer look reveals a lush, alpine landscape blanketed with wildflowers, intricate valleys, ancient rock formations, and cascading waterfalls. We’ll land on a small gravel bar along the river, and set up our first camp.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Days 2-14: Raft and hike the Marsh Fork of the Canning River

We'll paddle along the river, encountering several small rapids and breathtaking mountain and valley scenery along the entire route. Like all river trips, the peaceful sounds of the river will be a constant companion. Our schedule on the river is flexible and rafting days alternate with full layover days to hike, photograph wildflowers and amazing wildlife—including caribou, Dall sheep, musk ox, and wolves—fish for Arctic char and grayling (bring your fishing gear!), and explore one of the finest wilderness settings on earth.

Please note that this trip is longer than many of our other river trips to allow for more layover days.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 15: Return to Fairbanks and depart

We’ll break camp and await the arrival of the bush planes for our flight to Arctic Village, followed by a flight back to Fairbanks. We plan to arrive in Fairbanks by 6pm., but we highly recommend booking another night in Fairbanks as flight delays are possible. Guests often gather for a no-host dinner on this final evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

MTS Private Camp

Dates and Pricing

Jun 26, 2016 - Jul 10, 2016 Sold out

pricing

2015 Prices
$5,595 (5–8 members)
$6,095 (4 members)
$350 Single Supplement
Internal air included

2016 Prices ** 10 day trip**
$5,395 (4–8 members)
$250 Single Supplement
Internal air included

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