Gates Base Camp – Land Family Custom

Gates Base Camp – Land Family Custom


July 27, 2019 - July 31, 2019


Gates of the Arctic National Park





July 27, 2019 - July 31, 2019


Gates of the Arctic National Park



Immerse yourself in the wild landscape of the central Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park during the peak of summer in the north. Our five day base camp trip allows you to relish the solitude and serenity of the America’s northernmost National Park in the company of an experienced wilderness guide. Day hikes, fishing, and excellent chances to see wildlife make this a great introduction to Alaska’s Arctic.


Last updated: August 17, 2019


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

Juy 26

We’ll have a pre-trip meeting at Arctic Wild headquarters at 4 pm the afternoon before our departure where we’ll meet our travel companions, check gear, and discuss the next day’s logistics.

July 27

You’ll be picked up early at your hotel in Fairbanks and shuttled to the airport where we’ll catch a charter flight to the bush village of Bettles in the southern foothills of the Brooks Range. From there we’ll load our gear into a small float plane for the hour-long flight across the mountains to Agiak Lake. Once there we’ll set up a comfortable camp on the tundra next to the lake before heading out to explore.

July 28 - 30

Each day in the backcountry brings something different. Some days we will take day-long hikes to explore the glacial cirques, nearby alpine lakes, or wander the high ridges. Other days we may stick closer to camp, allowing the opportunity to fish, search for wildlife, photograph the nearby surroundings, muse over the archeological sites or discover the wilderness on your own. The weather and the groups desires will guide our activities.

July 31

Weather permitting, we’ll say a final goodbye to Agiak Lake and the Brooks Range and take a few last photos before boarding the float plane for the trip back to Bettles and on home to Fairbanks. If the weather cooperates and all goes as planned we’ll arrive back in Fairbanks in time for dinner and a long 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



Round-trip airfare from Fairbanks into the Brooks Range and back

Food while in the wilderness

Safety & repair gear, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, kitchen tent, water filter and other camp supplies

Professional guide service

Select rental equipment


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal Clothing and gear per our equipment list

Fishing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guide(s)


Temperatures vary from the 60’s to below freezing. Snow is possible; rain is likely. We can expect a wide variety of weather. There could still be bugs so bring a small bottle of DEET and a headnet.


Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner; Alaska Wilderness, Robert Marshall; Last Light Breaking, Nick Jans; Arctic Wild, Lois Crisler. 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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