Alaska backpacking tours are an opportunity to travel lightly through the Arctic wilderness. These guided trips offer a chance to appreciate the landscape step by step, and to experience the arctic at your own pace.

With spectacular destinations like the Romanzof Mountains and Gates of the Arctic National Park you will be as delighted by the Brooks Range scenery as you are by our professional guides.

Summer in the Brooks Range is serene with daylight as our constant and companion. The complete lack of darkness frees us of a time-oriented schedule and so we eat when hungry, walk when inspired, and sleep when the sun circles lazily along the northern horizon. Backpacking in the Brooks Range is an adventure.

What to Expect from Alaska Backpacking
Backpacking in Alaska is always an adventure. We frequently use streams as highways, as do the migrating wildlife. There are vast gravel bars where we can take long strides and take in the magnificent views of the mountains. There are dry ridges where we will feel as if we are walking amongst the clouds.

Backpacking in Alaska, and especially in the Brooks Range, is an off-trail experience, so a 6-mile day leaves us happily tired but with some energy left over for exploring near camp. We will typically travel around 35 miles over 8 days with one or two days devoted to hiking without our packs, watching wildlife, or just enjoying the beauty of the Brooks Range from camp.

Alaska Backpacking Preparation
While Alaska backpacking is appropriate for both experienced backpackers and newcomers in good shape, it is a very good idea to have some experience with overnight backpacking prior to the trip. Each hiker will get 15-20 pounds of food and community gear to carry, expect to start the trip with a pack weighing close to 50 pounds.

Conditioning is highly recommended for everyone. We recommend walking as often as possible with 25-30 pounds in your backpack. Use the boots you will be hiking in. A couple weeks before your trip, add weight until your pack weighs 40-45 pounds. You can alternate this with the Stairmaster or bike riding. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your backpacking trip.

ARCTIC WILD Backpacking

August 21, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Alatna Packraft
August 16, 2015 - August 23, 2015
Big Sky Backpack
August 4, 2015 - August 11, 2015
Gates of the Arctic Backpack
June 24, 2015 - July 1, 2015
Caribou Migration Backpack
June 13, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Arctic Refuge Packraft
June 06, 2015 - June 12, 2015
High Peaks Backpack
“That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou... that will stay with me a long time.”
“I’ve never been on a trip with such a naturalist before, which added immeasurably to my enjoyment.”
“The guide knew the area inside-out, upside-down, frontwards and backwards. Plus he was entertaining and helpful.”
"Remote, unspoiled wilderness with a surprise around every bend and up every valley. ”
"Over land and then down the river, we migrate with the caribou ... thanks to Arctic Wild for a wonderful, safe and respectful journey.”
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Sandra - Noatak River Canoe