Backcountry Adventures in Alaska and West Canada: A whole new level
Alaska is one of the last places on earth where you can still experience nature in its original state – no roads and parking lots, no signposts and electricity poles, and in many cases no walking trails. This of course makes exploring much more challenging. In other places around the world (say Nepal or South America) you have to overcome the exertion of walking, and that’s about it: the trail exists, in most places there’s a detailed description of the way, and in some places locals will gladly carry your bags for a few bucks.
Alaska is a whole different story, and there are many other elements to take into account. If you go trekking you have to carry all the equipment yourself (and you need quite a bit equipment), navigate, cross raging rivers, and be prepared for encountering certain animals (for example, mosquitoes). This does not mean you shouldn’t go on treks or other geo-tours, it just means you have to take it very seriously. Even if you’ve gained experience elsewhere and have completed some long treks, you should consider that Alaska’s challenges are on a whole other level.
The trail network in West Canada is more developed than in Alaska, and you can find many walking trails in varying lengths, from easy two-hour hikes to 10-day treks. But even in Canadian trails you will have to carry the equipment yourself and be prepared for weather challenges, animals, water crossings, etc.
How can we help?
If you’re heart is set on geo-tours (trekking, kayaking, rafting, bicycling and so on), please contact us and we’ll help you prepare in any way we can. If you want to travel independently, we would love to meet with you and recommend parks and walking trails that suit what you’re looking for. If you prefer a guided tour, we work with the best travel companies in Alaska and Canada, and would love to organize your trip with them. T
he standards in these kinds of trips are particularly high: excellent guides, small groups, amazing field meals and uncompromising safety. We can organize anything, from a three-day walking trek to a two-week complex field adventures including kayaking, rafting and glacier crossing. If that sounds good to you, drop us a word and we’ll get the ball rolling.