Why Us

At Tundra Travels our commitment to environmental conservation and authentic adventures set us apart. Our Alaska backcountry guides can't wait to share what makes us different with you.


Our mission is to connect adventurous travelers to Alaska’s wildest landscapes, while supporting wildlife conservation, community-led advocacy and intact ecosystems.

A backpacker's tent pitched in Alaska's Talkeetna Mountains


These are real, expedition-style adventures that will challenge you physically and mentally. There are no canned experiences, rigid itineraries or guarantees. Be ready to experience Alaska’s wildest landscapes in a truly authentic way that has the potential to transform your relationship with nature, improve your backcountry skills and maybe even change your life.

tread lightly

We subscribe to a broad and all-encompassing definition of Leave No Trace. We don’t just follow the seven principles of LNT. We consider these to be the bare minimum of responsible recreation. In addition, we offset the carbon used for all in-state travel, encourage guests to offset their travel to and from Alaska, have a paperless reservation system, use high quality, long-lasting equipment and strive to minimize waste in our backcountry food packaging.

Alaska Backcountry Guides - Caribou tracks in Alaska's Brooks Range
A bull caribou surveys the group.

give back

Every trip donates a significant portion of its proceeds to a nonprofit organization working to minimize the impacts of industry and development on Alaska’s wildest places. We especially appreciate conservation organizations that follow the lead of local Alaska Native communities. We’re excited to share what we know about Alaska’s most pressing conservation issues with our guests. 


At Tundra Travels we believe the best Alaska backcountry guides are year-round residents with years – or decades! – of experience who hold a deep appreciation for wild places.

Haley Guide Bio Photo

Haley Johnston

Owner + Lead Guide

After over a decade guiding in Alaska, Haley is proud to be combining her passion for wilderness adventures with her commitment to conservation issues. She believes in traveling respectfully through wild places, drawing elegant lines on the map and tuning into a more natural pace of living. She enjoys coffee under the cook tarp in the morning, wildlife encounters and seeing guests become more comfortable in the backcountry. Haley is a Wilderness First Responder and trained in Swiftwater Rescue.

Malcolm Guide Bio Photo

Malcolm Herstand

Guide + Logistics

With years of guiding experience and an enthusiasm for wild landscapes, Malcolm loves sharing Alaska with intrepid guests. Malcolm is an avid backcountry traveler in summer and winter and is a wizard with gear maintenance, repair and remote logistics. Malcolm enjoys wildlife and landscape photography and visiting the most remote corners of Alaska. Malcolm is a Wilderness First Responder and volunteers with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

Sprout Guide Bio Photo


Office Morale Manager

Sprout won't be joining you in the wilderness but she wishes you grand adventures!


Every Tundra Travels trip partners with a nonprofit working to protect the landscapes we visit. These are just some of the organizations we believe are doing excellent work in Alaska. See Our Trips to learn about the nonprofits we are supporting in with our 2021 trips.