Dog Program

Basic Dog Sledding Program – These programs stay on or near the Northern Tier Base for the duration of the trip. Full description of each program is below. The mileage on these trips is limited and they would be a better fit to first time or beginning winter campers.

  • Musher Camp – Crews spend their entire weekend with the dogs: going on runs of up to 10 miles every morning and afternoon, providing other Okpik participants with rides, feeding the dogs breakfast and dinner and sleeping in a heated cabin directly adjacent to the dog yard. Minimum trip length: 3 nights. Minimum age is 14 or in 8th grade by the time of arrival at base. Maximum group size is 7 and minimum group size is 6. Participants will receive the Okpik Cold Weather Camper Award and may purchase the Okpik Musher Camp Award.
  • Introductory Dog Sled Trek – A step up from the Musher Camp, the introductory Dogsled Trek is intended for those who have some dog sledding or winter camping experience. It involves taking 18 Alaskan Huskies out on the ice for two nights! After setting up a permanent camp, crews will explore the pristine and remote Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness on morning and afternoon runs of up to 10 miles. Minimum Trip Length: 3 nights (including one spent on base). Minimum age 14 or in 8th grade by the time of arrival at base; maximum crew size is 7. Participants will receive the Okpik Cold Weather Camper Award and may purchase the Okpik Dog Trek Award if at least 2 nights are spent out on the ice.

Advanced Dog Sled Program – A step up from our Basic Dog Sledding programs, the Advanced Dog Sled Trek is intended for those that have previous dog sledding or winter camping experience. This program will travel more significant distances from the Northern Tier Base, sometimes even departing from or returning to another location all together. Crews will get a more robust winter experience, in more extreme conditions. This program is better suited towards those with previous winter camping experience. Minimum Trip Length: 3 nights (including one spent on base). Minimum age 14 or in 8th grade by the time of arrival at base; maximum crew size is 7. Participants will receive the Okpik Cold Weather Camper Award and may purchase the Okpik Dog Trek Award if at least 2 nights are spent out on the ice.

Okpik Musher Camp

 

  • Fee: $1,295 per night

  • Season: Winter
  • Age: Must be at least 14 or enrolled in the 8th grade
  • Group Size: 6-7 participants (majority youth)
  • Leadership: Each crew must meet all Youth Protection Standards
  • Dates: Varies
Okpik Dogsled Trek

 

  • Fee: $1,295/$1,400 (Advanced Dog Trek) per night

  • Season: Winter
  • Age: Must be at least 14 or enrolled in the 8th grade
  • Group Size: 6-7 participants (majority youth)
  • Leadership: Each crew must meet all Youth Protection Standards
  • Dates: Varies