Aniakchak Base Camp – 2019

Aniakchak Base Camp – 2019


July 21, 2019 - July 25, 2019


Aniakchak Crater National Preserve


$6,800/ person



July 21, 2019 - July 25, 2019


Aniakchak Crater National Preserve


$6,800/ person

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.

July 20

Meet your guide in King Salmon for an evening pre-trip meeting.

July 21

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!

July 22- 24

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.

July 25

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.

- Sandra, California, USA



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



Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List

Photographic equipment

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.


Beyond the Moon Crater Myth, Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth; Alaska Peninsula (Alaska Geographic), Penny Rennick; Moments Rightly Placed, Ray Hudson; Where the Sea Breaks it Back, Cory Ford; The Bears of Katmai, Matthais Breiter. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"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"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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