Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley Adventure for Kim Knapp

Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley Adventure for Kim Knapp


July 31, 2020 - August 5, 2020


Gates of the Arctic


$8,300/ person starting in Fairbanks and ending in Kotzebue



July 31, 2020 - August 5, 2020


Gates of the Arctic


$8,300/ person starting in Fairbanks and ending in Kotzebue

Gates of the Arctic National Park provides endless options for wilderness backpacking. One of our favorite regions of the park is in the shadow of the Park’s highest peak, Igikpak, where steep-walled canyons wind under hanging glaciers and Dall Sheep graze on endless plateaus.

Join us for an exploration of caribou trails and mountain rivers in Gates of the Arctic to be followed by a visit to Kobuk Dunes an island of sand in the northern forest.


Last updated: November 22, 2019


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

July 30

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

July 31

Fly north from Fairbanks across the Yukon River and into the Brooks Range. Welcome to Gates of the Arctic National Park.  After landing on gravel ridge we’ll hike a short distance to the best camp we can find.  We can use the rest of the evening to explore the wilderness.

August 1- 3

On moving days, we’ll travel about seven miles, which will keep us on our feet for five to six hours.  The day hiking from our campsites will be good, we can strike out without our heavy packs and climb peaks or enjoy a long evening in camp watching the wildlife and light dance around the landscape. Even in August it doesn’t get dark.

August 4

Weather permitting, our plane returns and lands next to the Noatak River. Then we are off through the mountains and into the broad Kobuk Valley. You’ll see the tawny sand shining like an island in the forest as we approach the dunes. Once on the ground we’ll pitch camp at the edge of the woods and we can start exploring.

August 5

We’ll have time for another stroll in the sand before packing-up our camp and returning to the landing area. Mid-day our Kotzebue based pilot will land in the sand and take us to the Arctic Coast and the Inupiat village of Kotzebue where our trip concludes.

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 to Gates of the Arctic, then to Kobuk Valley and ending in Kotzebue

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 on custom trips.


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing, gear, backpack, and tent. See full equipment list.

Gratuity for guide(s)




Weather this time of year is often cool and sometimes stormy, though we can get some awesome clear weather. Precipitation is generally light, and it’s fairly easy to keep comfortably dry. Because it’s the arctic, however, snow is always possible and you can expect temperatures to range from the 30s to the 60s. Because of the cool weather, mosquitoes should be absent but there could still be a few flies so DEET and a head-net are prudent things to pack. Weather in the Dunes should be much warmer and out in the sand the bugs are usually not an issue.


Nunamiut by Helge Ingstadt; Land of Extremes by Alex Huryn; We Live in the Arctic by Constance Helmericks; 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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Eileen - Canning River