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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.