Posted on May 19, 2022 under
Canning River Rafting – Moyse Custom
muskoxen on the tundra in Alaska

The Canning River is the largest river in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Many claim it to be the most beautiful. Our journey through the wilderness is designed to immerse you in the beauty of this exceptional area, introduce you to its varied wildlife, and to facilitate your learning about wilderness travel. The Canning offers…

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Posted on April 25, 2022 under
Caribou and Dunes – Sprong Custom

This trip aims to show you the best of Northwest Alaska by spending 3 nights in the western Brooks Range where we hope caribou will be migrating and 1 night in Kobuk Dunes.

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Posted on March 01, 2022 under
Kongakut Rafting – Tishman
rafting through a canyon in the arctic refuge of alaska

The Kongakut River is famous for dramatic mountain scenery, fun wilderness rafting and frequent wildlife encounters. We will paddle the Kongakut this August as summer gives way to fall and the river is teeming with fish. Autumn brings glorious yellow and crimson to the tundra and brilliant displays of the Aurora borealis overhead. The hiking…

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Shepard – Gates of the Arctic Backpack – 2023
lone caribou is dwarfed by the brooks range

If you are looking to get off the beaten path, look no further than Gates of the Arctic National Park where the only trails are wildlife trails and the only people in the area are your companions. This private backpacking trip in a forgotten corner of Gates of the Arctic features exquisite mountain scenery and…

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Posted on January 20, 2022 under
Lavender Family Noatak Base Camp and Canoe
2 paddlers discuss the river while steering a canoe in the arctic

Join Arctic Wild for a wilderness adventure in Alaska’s far north. Spring on the Noatak can’t be beat. With birds arriving from around the world, snow melting under the spring sun, and the tundra turning green before your eyes, June is a special time to explore Gates of the Arctic National Park.

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Posted on January 19, 2022 under
Herskovitz Arctic Base Camp
Two hikers on the autumn tundra in Arctic Alaska

Immerse yourself in the wild landscape of the central Brooks Range at the peak of summer. Our five day base camp trip allows you to relish the solitude and serenity of the America’s northernmost wilderness in the company of experienced wilderness guides and your family. Day hikes, stream fishing, and chances to see wildlife make…

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Posted on January 14, 2022 under
Western Arctic Packrafting
Packrafting on the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park Alaska

Single person packrafts allow us to explore the wildest portions of Alaska and to fish where few have ever cast a line. This week-long adventure in Northwest Alaska has it all: fun packrafting, mountain hiking, and outstanding fishing.

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Posted on January 07, 2022 under
Killik Canoe

On the northern edge of Gates of the Arctic National Park flows the clear and fascinating Killik River. Its glacial valley is broad between towering peaks and there is something to discover around every corner.

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Posted on December 28, 2021 under
Aichilik Rafting – Wiltzius
arctic coast, coastal plain and the brooks range in the arctic national wildlife refuge

The Aichilik River is a beautiful clear river traversing the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trip is timed to experience spring in all its abundance, with multitudes of birds nesting on the tundra, 24 hour daylight, and the river high with spring runoff.

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High Peaks Backpack – Johnson 2023
Arctic Alaska Hiking Mountains and Snow

Alaska’s arctic is a land of extreme beauty, and the Romanzof Mountains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are the steepest and most dramatic part of the whole Brooks Range. Abundant wildlife, free flowing rivers, and unnamed mountains delight and inspire backpackers.  We will backpack in the Romanzof Mountains for a week this summer, wandering…

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Posted on December 22, 2021 under
Appel – Wrangell Base Camp

Enjoy big wilderness and big views in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park this summer. From our comfortable camp on the flanks of a volcano we can explore the surrounding mountains and glaciers, search for Dall sheep, and simply enjoy the solitude and wilderness of this mountain kingdom.

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Posted on December 10, 2021 under
Wind River Rafting
caribou on a gravel bar in Gates of the Arctic

Beginning high in the tundra, the Wind River flows beneath limestone spires, past glacial lakes, and finally through the boreal forests of northern Alaska. Join us for fun paddling and wildlife watching in the Brooks Range this August.

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Posted on December 07, 2021 under
Sierra Club – Aichilik Rafting
arctic coast, coastal plain and the brooks range in the arctic national wildlife refuge

The Aichilik River is a beautiful clear river traversing the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trip starts in the foothills of the Brooks Range and ends at the frozen Arctic Ocean, allowing visitors to experience a great diversity of wildlife and habitats. The trip is timed to experience spring in all…

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Posted on December 03, 2021 under
Gates- Kobuk- Noatak- Krusenstern – Blenkush

Alaska’s National Parks are true wilderness parks; most of them are both rarely visited and stunningly beautiful. On this exploration of the Northwest Arctic we will visit Kobuk Valley, Gates of the Arctic, Noatak, and Cape Krusenstern National Parks on a fun filled trip for Mary, David and friends.

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Posted on November 22, 2021 under
Arctic Refuge Packraft
packrafting in the sea ice of the beaufort sea in arctic alaska

Start with a short hike in the northern most Brooks Range. Then paddle your own packraft down a challenging river to the Arctic Coast and stand on the sea ice! Join us this summer solstice for this unique Mountains-to-the-Sea packrafting adventure.

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Kongakut – Mountains to Ocean
rafting from the Brooks Range in the Arctic Refuge. Micah Baird Photo.

New Trip for 2023! The Kongakut is a stunning clear water river offering a great variety of landscapes and arctic wildlife. If you only have one opportunity to visits the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Kongakut is the perfect choice. Raft the entire Kongakut with us on this one of a kind trip.  

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Gates of the Arctic Packraft
hiker and the arrigetch peaks in Gates of the Arctic Alaska

Can’t decide between a backpacking trip into the Arrigetch or a paddling trip in Gates of the Arctic? Do both! Light and nimble packrafts allow us to start in the headwaters of the Alatna and paddle the spunky clear river down to the Arrigetch Peaks. Once the granite towers are in sight, we’ll shoulder our…

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Kongakut Rafting
rafting through a canyon in the arctic refuge of alaska

The Kongakut River is famous for dramatic mountain scenery, fun wilderness rafting and frequent wildlife encounters. We will paddle the Kongakut this August as summer gives way to fall and the river is teeming with fish. Autumn brings glorious yellow and crimson to the tundra and brilliant displays of the Aurora borealis overhead. The hiking…

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Noatak Canoe
the noatak river winds through the brooks range in gates of the arctic national park

Join Arctic Wild on a wilderness canoe trip in Gates of the Arctic National Park for ten days of canoeing, hiking and wildlife in Alaska’s biggest wilderness. This is canoe camping at its best, with fun paddling, great wildlife encounters, and endless hiking opportunities. There are few places in Alaska’s arctic where we so reliably…

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Gates of the Arctic Backpack
lone caribou is dwarfed by the brooks range

If you are looking to get off the beaten path, look no further than Gates of the Arctic National Park where the only trails are wildlife trails and the only people in the area are your companions. This trip combines with our Noatak Canoe Trip. Discounts apply if you join both trips. Contact us for…

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Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley National Parks
Kobuk Sand Dunes

Alaska’s National Parks are true wilderness parks; most of them are both rarely visited and stunningly beautiful. Our National Park trip visits both Kobuk Valley National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Park in a single fun filled trip. Trying to visit all of Alaska’s National Park Units? We can also take you to…

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Thomsen River – Banks Island
muskoxen on Banks Island NWT

The Thomsen River on Banks Island in Canada’s Northwest Territories is the northernmost navigable river in the world. Join us for an outrageous adventure in the high arctic. You will see muskoxen and wildflowers further north than you ever imagined you would go.

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Canning to the Coast
smiling paddler on the Noatak River

The Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a river like no other. Its clear fast waters rush from the tallest peaks in the Brooks Range spilling into the Arctic Ocean in a wildlife rich delta. We will hike the northern edge of the Brooks Range and then paddle to the limit of…

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Caribou Migration Backpack
View from a hike near the Kongakut River, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of the arctic ocean to the north

On the northern edge of the continent where the Brooks Range nearly meets the Arctic Ocean, caribou amass in great herds at the end of June. This scenic backpacking trip traverses one of their favorite areas.

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Caribou Canoe
Caribou migrate past a photographer on the tundra. Mario Davalos photo

In the far northwest corner of Alaska near the Chukchi Sea is a seldom traveled river we consider the best canoeing river in Alaska. For 8 out of 10 years our June river trips have seen tens of thousands of caribou swimming the river. We regularly see bears, wolves and even wolverines on this fantastically…

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Hulahula Rafting to the Sea
Rafting near the ice in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Alaska. Chris Miller Photo

Raft with us from the heart of the Brooks Range all the way to the Arctic Ocean on the fast-paced Hulahula River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This wilderness rafting trip has it all: day hikes up to glacier views, whitewater rafting, arctic wildlife, spring wildflowers, and even a walk on the frozen Arctic…

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Posted on November 17, 2021 under
Mission: Caribou
Caribou in Alaska

Each and every summer the Porcupine Caribou herd congregates in northern Alaska for one of the world’s most inspiring wildlife migrations. By late June, the herd swells to nearly 225,000 animals and we regularly see thousands and even tens of thousands of caribou climbing tundra ridges and swimming icy rivers.

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Firth River Rafting
whitewater rafting in Arctic Alaska. Chris Miller Photo

The Firth River plunges from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Coast in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Though just miles from the Kongakut River in Alaska, the Firth features unique geology, outstanding hiking, significant whitewater, and the most northerly spruce forests in North America. There are also outstanding opportunities to see wildlife.

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Posted on November 15, 2021 under
Alatna Packrafting (Garapedian/ Loiselle Custom)
hiker and the arrigetch peaks in Gates of the Arctic Alaska

Light and nimble packrafts allow us to start in the headwaters of the Alatna and paddle the spunky clear river down to the Arrigetch Peaks. Once the granite towers are in sight, Your guide will head home and leave you to shoulder your packs and hike into Gates of the Arctic’s most iconic area. This…

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Posted on November 02, 2021 under
Mongolia Wild
mongolian ger camp altai mountains

From the brilliant cold of the Altai Mountains to the warmth of traditional nomad’s tea shared with new friends, our journey in Mongolia mixes horse trekking, wilderness, culture, and wildlife with lots of room for spontaneity and adventure.

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Posted on October 25, 2021 under
Aichilik Rafting – Lang Custom
arctic coast, coastal plain and the brooks range in the arctic national wildlife refuge

The Aichilik River is a beautiful clear river traversing the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trip starts in the foothills of the Brooks Range and ends at the frozen Arctic Ocean, allowing visitors to experience a great diversity of wildlife and habitats. The trip is timed to experience spring in all…

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Western Arctic Base Camp – Alaska Wilderness League
colorful mountains of the western brooks range alaska

In the far northwest corner of Alaska between the Chukchi Sea and the Western Brooks Range is a seldom traveled region of broad vistas and tundra etched with caribou trails. Explore the wildest corner of arctic Alaska with Arctic Wild and Alaska Wilderness League this June.

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Posted on October 07, 2021 under
Kivel – Noatak Canoe 2023
the noatak river winds through the brooks range in gates of the arctic national park

Join Arctic Wild on a wilderness canoe trip in Gates of the Arctic National Park for ten days of canoeing, hiking and wildlife in Alaska’s biggest wilderness. This is canoe camping at its best, with fun paddling, great wildlife encounters, and endless hiking opportunities. There are few places in Alaska’s arctic where we so reliably…

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Posted on September 29, 2021 under
Camp Craft – Rostykus
sled and dogs on dog sledding trip in northern Alaska

Dog sledding is a tradition from the earliest human times in Alaska and the quintessential way to experience winter in the Arctic and Interior. Join us for a week in the mountains near Fairbanks where you will experience the profound quiet of wilderness, the thrill of running a dog team, an abundance of camp craft…

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Posted on September 21, 2021 under
Gibbs – Kongakut to the Coast
rafting from the Brooks Range in the Arctic Refuge. Micah Baird Photo.

The Kongakut is a beautiful river offering a great variety of landscapes and arctic wildlife. If you only have one opportunity to visits the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Kongakut is the perfect choice.  

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Posted on September 20, 2021 under
Utukok Raft – Wayburn Custom
river in the western arctic utukok uplands

In the far northwest corner of Alaska near the Chukchi Sea is the seldom-traveled Utukok River. Draining the wildlife-rich Utukok Uplands, the area boasts the highest densities of grizzly bears and wolverines in Northern Alaska and is often home to the Western Arctic Herd of caribou which transit the area in June.

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Posted on July 06, 2021 under
Sheenjek Canoe – Urness
canoeing in Alaska

Starting among some of the most beautiful peaks of the Brooks Range, the Sheenjek flows from the tundra south into the boreal forests. Our week on the river brings mountain hiking, river canoeing, and opportunities to spot wildlife around every bend. Join us on a classic Arctic Refuge River trip.

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Posted on May 05, 2021 under
Hendrickson – Gates Base Camp
caribou walk in a line across a hill in the Brooks Range

Enjoy the wild landscape of the central Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park with us this summer. Camp by a deep blue lake, hike the tundra mountains, watch for arctic wildlife, explore ancient Eskimo sites, and enjoy fishing in the nation’s northern most National Park.

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