Gates of the Arctic – Bleissner Custom

Gates of the Arctic – Bleissner Custom


August 20, 2018 - September 3, 2018


Gates of the Arctic





August 20, 2018 - September 3, 2018


Gates of the Arctic



In the very heart of the Brooks Range lies a seldom explored mountain range full of glaciers, cliffs, quiet canyons, and adventure. If you are seeking solitude, beauty and a challenging backpacking trip, this route is sure to delight.


Last updated: September 20, 2018


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

August 19

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

August 20

Catch the morning “mail plane” to Bettles, AK, population 12! After visiting the National Park headquarters we climb into a float plane and fly the final miles into the Brooks Range. After landing on a small lake and unloading, the plane disappears and we are alone in the wilderness. We should be able to hike up valley to the base of Peregrine Pass this afternoon.


August 21 - 28

Hiking north and west we cross the continental divide and then wind our way into the crags and glacier covered peaks of the Endicott Range. There will be some long challenging days and some more leisurely days. If we make good progress a layover day near Marshmallow or Cockedhat Peak would be perfect for a memorable dayhike.

August 29

From our camp on Alapah Creek we walk down to Shainin Lake and await the float-plane which brings us fresh supplies.

August 30 - September 2

We hike through the hills above the lake, and then up a long straight creek. At the top of the creek we cross a final pass and steep descent onto the Anaktuvuk River.

September 3

Hike the final miles into the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. We hope to arrive in time to visit the wonderful little museum and to walk around town for a bit before catching the afternoon flight back to Fairbanks.

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 Fairbanks

Food while in the wilderness

Stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Professional guide service.

Select Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included



Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List

Gratuity for guides


A variety of weather should be expected including rainy periods and bright sunny conditions. Temperatures can range from in the 70’s down into the 30’s or lower. Snow is possible but unlikely to remain on the ground. Bug season is over, but there may still be mosquitoes and gnats around. You should carry a head net and one bottle of insect repellent.


Arctic Wild by Lois Crisler; Nunamiut by Helge Ingstadt;Make Prayers to the Raven, Richard Nelson;Alaska’s Brooks Range by John Kauffmann. 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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Eileen - Canning River