Arrigetch – Lehr Custom

Arrigetch – Lehr Custom


July 4, 2018 - July 12, 2018


Gates of the Arctic


$4,600/ person. Party of 2.



July 4, 2018 - July 12, 2018


Gates of the Arctic


$4,600/ person. Party of 2.

Want stunning scenery, arctic wildlife, and a good workout? Head up into the Arrigetch Peaks for a week of backpacking and day hiking and see the best of Gates of the Arctic National Park.



Last updated: March 29, 2018


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 3

Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting at 4 pm in Fairbanks at Arctic Wild headquarters.

July 4

Fly north from Fairbanks across the Yukon River to the tiny town of Bettles, Alaska.  Here, we board a smaller plane and continue on into the Gates of the Arctic National Park, landing near Arrigetch Creek and beginning our adventure.

July 5- 11

The trip is less than 30 miles, but some of the terrain is difficult. There are no constructed trails and six miles with packs is enough to make you feel you have earned your dinner. It usually takes a couple days of hiking to get into the high alpine basins. Once in the high country, we have a day or two to explore the spires, tarns and high passes. The descent back to the Alatna Valley is easier than the ascent, as we will have lighter packs and trail-hardened legs. If we want more mileage and challenge, we may elect to cross a pass into hot springs creek and walk back to the Alatna a bit further south.

July 12

Await the arrival of our bush plane.  The busy world awaits. Weather permitting we fly to Bettles and from Bettles,  back to Fairbanks. 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



Round-trip airfare from Fairbanks

Food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter

Safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear, backpack, tent

Fishing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guide(s)

See full equipment list.


A variety of weather should be expected including rainy periods and bright sunny conditions. Temperatures can range from in the 70’s or higher down into the 30’s. Generally at this time of the year we get some sunny and some rainy weather. This is often the warmest part of summer. Bugs could be an issue so carry a head net and one bottle of DEET insect repellent.


Suggested Reading: Alaska Wilderness by Robert Marshall; Make Prayers to the Raven by Richard Nelson; Alaska’s Brooks Range by John Kauffmann. More Alaska reading is available at 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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