Explore Aniakchak Crater on our five day base camp adventure in America’s least-visited National Monument. Between the stormy Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska rises a chain of volcanoes stretching from Siberia to Alaska’s mainland; 400 miles down the Aleutian chain is Aniakchak Crater, a still-smoking volcano with an amazing amount of wildlife. We will explore this spectacular and wild landscape next July.
Last updated: August 17, 2019
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide in King Salmon for an evening pre-trip meeting.
We will board a de Havilland Beaver for a beautiful flight down the peninsula over countless lakes to Aniakchak Crater. The plane will land us near a bright green lake right in the caldera. We will unload, set up a comfortable base camp, and get to exploring!
We can do as much or as little as we want each day. Your guide will be available to lead hikes, interpret geology and natural history or simply suggest and facilitate your adventure. We’ll have a wind worthy and comfortable camp, so if the wind howls, we have a place to relax. But mostly we’ll be exploring the caldera on foot, investigating geothermal features, climbing high for views and scanning for wildlife. There is no end to the adventures we can have.
On our last day (weather permitting) we are picked up by the same plane which brought us to this rugged paradise. Those that aren’t pack rafting to the coast will fly further down the Peninsula to spend several hours watching walrus before returning to King Salmon in time for a hot shower.
Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless. A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.
You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed. Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails. He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.
Transportation beyond King Salmon
Food while in the wilderness
Stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent
Safety & repair gear
Professional guide service
Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included in the price of your custom trip
Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List
Gratuity for guide(s)
Expect temperatures in the 50’s most of the time with a breeze or a genuine wind. We could get 70 and sunny or we could see a storm to remember. Bugs shouldn’t be present in the crater, rain and fog are much more likely. Weather related aviation delays are likely. Travel insurance is essential.