Last updated: December 7, 2021
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Day 0 - early July is ideal
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting in Kotzebue.
Fly northwest from Kotzebue, across the Noatak River and right over the Wulik Peaks. Our competent pilot lands us right on top of a ridge with commanding views in all directions. Once the pilot leaves, we’re on our own. We’ll hike several miles to the first of many lovely camps. You’ll have the evening to settle into your surroundings, hike up a ridge, or just gape at the awe-inspiring scenery.
Day 2- 7
Following the valleys and canyons, the route is circuitous. Gravel bars, caribou trails, and rocky ridges make our path. Your guide will help you find the best route through the wilderness and each evening we will make camp by a creek and have several hours to explore the area unencumbered by packs. Once in the heart of the peaks, there will be several small passes to negotiate. The ascents are fairly gradual and the views are unforgettable. On traveling days you can expect to hike for about 8 hours camp to camp. There will likely be a day or two devoted entirely to exploring without packs.
Hike a short distance to meet our plane in a sheltered valley literally in the shadow of the Wulik Peaks. Weather permitting we fly back to Kotzebue mid-day and change our socks.