The Iditarod Middle Trek is designed for people wanting to experience the middle part of the Last Great Race. This trek’s intention is to highlight the strategic moves of mushers and dog teams as they battle fatigue, some of the race’s most extreme weather and trail conditions, and personal challenges beyond the imaginable.
In summary, the Middle Trek is designed for guests wanting to see and experience the interior and final stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Highlights include aerial views of the Alaska Range, the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta and the Bering Sea Coast and Norton Sound, observing top mushers each day and local culture. Meals and lodging are provided. Air and ground transportation (ground, where available) is provided and all activities are guided as listed in the above itinerary.
Day 1: The Middle Trek begins from Anchorage with a flight to the checkpoints of the interior villages of McGrath and possibly Takotna. Dinner and overnight accommodations in McGrath.
Day 2: Guests will travel via ski-equipped aircraft to the checkpoint of Iditarod (Southern Route), or Cripple (Northern Route) the half-way points of the race to greet and observe the front running mushers. You will tour the historic abandoned buildings of a past gold rush era in Iditarod or enjoy the remote wilderness setting at Cripple. A delicious picnic lunch will be prepared by our pilot/guides. Photographic opportunities are endless. Dinner and overnight accommodations in McGrath.
Day 3: Guests will depart McGrath for a flight across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in search of wildlife, scenery and mushers along the trail. Enjoy stops at the village checkpoints located on the Yukon River to observe mushers and experience life in rural Alaska. Some of the highest winds and coldest weather can be found in the interior and along the Yukon River, a sometimes unbearable challenge for mushers and dog teams. We will then continue to Galena (A checkpoint on the Northern Route) for dinner and overnight accommodations at local B&B’s.
Day 4: This day begins with a visit from a local retired Iditarod Musher. Listen to his stories and descriptions of his Iditarod experience. We will depart in the afternoon with a quick stop at the checkpoint in Kaltag located on the Yukon River. From there, we will take a flight through the coastal mountains and along the Iditarod trail as it transitions to the Bering Sea coast and the village of Unalakleet . Dinner and overnight accommodations at Maggie’s Hotel.
Day 5: Enjoy meeting and seeing the front runners as they arrive in Unalakleet. It could be early in the morning or late at night, each year brings different trail conditions and weather that can make a big difference as to when mushers arrive here. Spend the day visiting the checkpoint and meeting the locals of Unalakleet. You will have an afternoon departure to Nome with your STA pilot/guide. Celebration dinner and overnight accommodations in Nome.
$8,820.00 per person
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