INFORMATION FOR EXPEDITION PARTICIPANTS
The cost of your scheduled flights in and out of the mountains are included in the fee and are arranged by MK Adventures. All floatplane flights depart from and return to Liard Air's facilities located at Northern Rockies Lodge at Muncho Lake (245kms west of Fort Nelson, BC).
Floatplane service and sometimes wheel plane flights out of the M-K can also be made available, dependent on conditions, for those who are unable to stay for the full duration of an expedition or camps (an extra charge will apply for this service).
Riverboat trips will leave from Kledo Creek, 60kms or so north of Fort Nelson. MK Adventures will arrange a shuttle for this ride if necessary, for which a separate charge will apply (approximately $300 divided by the number of participants).
If the van is required for shuttling folks to or from Muncho Lake, the cost will be approximately $600 (plus waiting time) divided by the number of riders. Van costs are the responsibility of participants.
What to Bring: An Expedition Gear List
Be sure to download our Information and Gear List
; the proper gear is essential. But remember the first rule: be light. Participants are limited to 70 pounds of gear and food.
The project will supply all cooking equipment, dishes, camp shelter, horses and horse gear. Don't bring extra dishes as you won't need them. We will provide dish soap, cooking oil, salt/pepper, sugar and coffee mate. If you are a coffee drinker, bring one pound per week, ground for coffee press (supplied). Clothing and other gear can be packed in light stuff sacks.
A note about weather: it can do anything in the Northern Rockies! Come prepared for hot or cold conditions. Don't forget those rubber boots!
Be sure to bring binoculars and camera if you have them. Bugs aren't usually too bad in the Northern Rockies, but do bring some bug dope if you normally use it.
Expedition participants will bring and prepare their own lunches and breakfasts, as well as two suppers for the group on a two-week trip, or one on a one-week trip. Rice, pasta, potatoes, and dried foods that keep are good for meals later in the trip, while some fresh food (ie. meat) is OK for your first meal. In general, go light, as you would with heavy backpacking or canoe trekking. We often plan for a vegetarian option as well; please inform us if you would like this done.
Best to pack your food in cardboard boxes as it will be transferred to horse panniers when you get to camp.
Muskwa-Kechika Adventures carries a satellite phone for use in emergencies.
Muskwa-Kechika Adventures carries liability insurance, as required by the conditions of the Park Use Permit. Contact Wayne Sawchuk if you would like further details on this.
Travel Costs to Muncho Lake
Travel costs to reach Muncho Lake are the responsibility of the participant. Air service to Fort Nelson is provided by Central Mountain Air. Greyhound Bus service is available to Fort Nelson, and also between Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake (239kms); phone 250-774-6322 for times. Busses go north on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and south Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can, of course, also travel by personal vehicle. Participants have flown to Whitehorse, then rented or bussed south to Muncho Lake (712kms); you may wish to check this option.
Accommodation at Muncho Lake
The night before the floatplane departures, participants can stay at Muncho either in Northern Rockies Lodge or in a tent in the provincial campsite. Hosts at Northern Rockies Lodge, where the floatplanes will depart, are Urs and Marianne Schildknecht, who also operate Liard Air service. For rates and booking at Northern Rockies Lodge, phone 1-800-663-5269.