2022 HORSEBACK EXPEDITIONS TO THE MUSKWA-KECHIKA
Would you like to travel with saddlehorse and packtrain through a thriving, spectacular, and roadless wilderness? Now you can experience the pristine Northern Rockies just as did the first European explorers who crossed the North American continent.

The 2022 Muskwa-Kechika Expedition will be hosted by Wayne Sawchuk, a guide, photographer and conservationist who has been leading horseback expeditions into the Muskwa-Kechika since 1985. Through his work with industry, wilderness organizations, and public planning processes, Wayne has been instrumental in creating a wilderness management area that serves as a model for protecting wild places worldwide.

Muskwa-Kechika Adventures specializes in unique, experiential and full-on wilderness horseback experiences. This is the real deal! Do not expect a typical "tourist" trip. Instead, you will become an expedition member. Participants share in all camp and trail activities such as saddling, fire-lighting, cooking, and horse wrangling. Horse travel in the wilderness is rigorous, and folks must be able to hike up and down steep trails, mount and dismount repeatedly, and assist with camp and horse activities according to their abilities. Experience with horses is useful, but not necessary. Fitness, however, is mandatory.
Trip Options
Our summer program for 2022 will consist of Expeditions, Flycamp Expeditions, and Mayfield Basecamps.

Our Expeditions are full on wilderness rides, 15 days in length, usually around 8 days in the saddle, 5 camp days, plus two travel days in and out of the mountains. These trips are extremely rigorous, and a high level of fitness is required. MKA recommends that if riders are at all unsure about their ability to undertake this challenge they first do a Flycamp or Basecamp. Cost is $4795, includes flights/jetboat in and out of the mountains, breakfast, and dinners. Riders take turns assisting with cooking and camp duties.

New for this year, our 10 day Flycamp Expeditions cover less ground than the full-on Expeditions, meaning less travelling and camp moving, and more time to to explore, photograph, hike, dayride, or whatever you may wish. Don’t be fooled though, these rides are rigorous, and usually include steep climbs and descents, a few longer days in the saddle, plus optional dayrides etc. A very good level of fitness is required to do these rides. Cost is $3995, includes flights/jetboat in and out of the mountains, breakfast, and dinners. Riders take turns assisting with cooking and camp duties.

Mayfield Horse-supported Basecamps begin and end at our main base at Mayfield. Greet the sunrise from the dock on beautiful Mayfield Lake, sipping on a steaming cup of fresh coffee while moose graze in the shallows across the inlet or where a group of caribou might travel by. When the mood strikes you, spend a few hours canoeing, fishing or hiking. Take a day ride into the alpine meadows or down along the Gataga River. At day’s end, treat your body to a steam in the log sauna. Then, if you’re brave, cool off with a moonlight dip in the lake. This experience is a perfect choice for singles, couples, or families. Mayfield has more amenities than we enjoy on the trail, including a sauna, canoes, canvas tent frames, plus a new Pavilion over the camp. Riding is an optional activity here, but a good level of fitness is required to fully participate in the activities. Cost is $3995, includes flights/jetboat in and out of the mountains, and meals. Wayne will be participating in the Mayfield camps.
1. Eastern Slopes Expedition Ride: June 7-June 21, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
We will first head up the Tetsa River, with time to explore the headwaters and/or Tetsa Lake, then over to Henry Creek, the Chisca, the northern Caribou Range, down to the Tuchodi River and ending at East Tuchodi Lake. This is a full-on ride, with several big climbs and descents, 4 big alpine passes, and excellent wildlife viewing. Riders will travel up the Highway to the Tetsa River with us, and return via Jetboat from East Tuchodi Lake.
Cost: $4795 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
2. Gatho Flycamp Expedition: June 21-June 30, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
This will be an exploration trip that will start and end at East Tuchodi. It’s a two day ride to the Gatho valley where we will flycamp, exploring new valleys and passes from there. The Gatho is a wildlife hotspot, and with more time for enjoying this trip promises to be a fun and memorable event for sure. Wayne will be riding this trip. Riders will travel in and out by jetboat on the Muskwa and Tuchodi rivers via the Kledo Creek boatlaunch.
Cost: $3995 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
3. Rocky Mountain Divide Flycamp Expedition: June 30-July 9, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
In 2022 we are trying something new on the ride over the Rocky Mountain Divide from the Tuchodis to Mayfield. For years we have lamented the fact that there isn’t enough time to explore the beautiful valleys and passes on the upper Gataga and Tuchodi, and so we have decided to do a change at Peck’s strip on the Gataga, and make each of the two resulting rides 10 days in length. This means more time to explore and enjoy this amazing area, while still enjoying one of our most popular Expedition routes. This route has good Stone’s sheep, mountain goat, elk, and grizzly sighting opportunities. Riders will travel in to the mountains by jetboat on the Muskwa and Tuchodi rivers via the Kledo Creek boatlaunch, and on the way out will fly from Peck’s strip to Fort Nelson.
Cost: $3995 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
4. Churchill Flycamp Expedition: July 9-July 18, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
This is the second half of our Rocky Mountain Divide Ride, up Peck’s Creek, over remote Twin Glacier Pass and the Churchill valley, then to the north Gataga and Thistle camp, and down the Gataga to Mayfield Lake. Riders will fly by Islander wheel plane from Fort Nelson into the Gataga, and out of Mayfield to Muncho Lake by Liard Air’s Turbo Otter floatplane. Good moose, mountain goat, caribou, and grizzly sighting opportunities.
Cost: $3995 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
5. Mayfield Basecamp Set-up: July 18-July 25, 2022
This time frame will be used as prep and setup time for our Mayfield Camps. Contact us if you would like to participate in a working holiday during this time, for a 50% reduction in the $3995 fee! Guests will fly in and out via Liard Air and Muncho Lake.
Cost: $1997.50 CAD plus 5% GST - register
6. Mayfield Horse-supported Hiking Experience: July 25-August 3, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
This year the Alpine of Club of Canada, BC Chapter, will be hosting a Hiking camp with the packstring carrying the gear. All the fun, and a lot less work! Guests will fly in and out via Liard Air and Muncho Lake.
Cost: $3995 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
7. Mayfield Horse-supported Basecamp Experience 1: August 3-August 12, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
The new Pavilion at Mayfield at the Mayfield Basecamps helps to make these Basecamps perfect for a families or groups wanting to do a horse-supported hiking trip or Flycamp Experience, besides enjoying the sauna, canoes, dayrides, hiking, fishing, and of course the surrounding wilderness. Guests will fly in and out with Liard Air via Muncho Lake.
Cost: $3995 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
8. Mayfield Horse-supported Basecamp Experience 2: August 12-August 21, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
The second of our Mayfield Basecamps. Guests will fly in and out with Liard Air via Muncho Lake.
Cost: $3995 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
9. Heaven's Pass Expedition Ride: August 21-September 4, 2022 - FULLY BOOKED
This full-on ride will take the string up and over 4 high and rugged passes, including the Rocky Mountain Divide at remote Heaven’s Pass, as it is known by local First Nations, before heading down the West Toad to the Alaska Highway at mile 442. This ride is spectacular, and includes three high passes in three days- an unforgettable experience. Caribou, moose, Stone’s sheep, and grizzly are often sited on this ride. Guests will fly via Liard Air and Muncho Lake, and meet the stock truck for the ride home from Mile 442 on the Alaska Highway.
Cost: $4795 CAD plus 5% GST - This expedition is now fully booked; join the wait list.
NEW: 10. Churchill Exploration Expedition Ride: September 4-18, 2022
After a late spring in the Muskwa Kechika, we're happy to announce this new addition to our late-summer schedule. MK Adventures' 2022 Trip Ten will leave from Mile 442 on the Alaska Highway on September 4 and return September 18. We will visit the upper Toad and Gataga Rivers, including Marmot Meadows, Twin Glacier, and the wilds of Mount Churchill. Bugs and Water levels will be low, and the bull moose will be rutting!
Cost: $4795 CAD plus 5% GST - register
INFORMATION AND LOGISTICS DETAILS
MK Adventures arranges all of the necessary bush plane, float plane, and jet boat trips, and the cost is included in our fee. Riders are responsible for getting themselves and their gear to and from the trailheads or jump-off points.

It can do anything in the Northern Rockies! Be sure to review our information for participants, including logistics in detail, flight and accommodation information, and a checklist of what to bring on your Muskwa-Kechika adventure.

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