Gates and Kobuk – Prettyman Custom

Gates and Kobuk – Prettyman Custom


August 3, 2016 - August 5, 2016


Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley National Parks


$19,000 for a family of 4. From Kotzebue



August 3, 2016 - August 5, 2016


Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley National Parks


$19,000 for a family of 4. From Kotzebue

A custom trip to Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic National Parks for the Prettyman family


Last updated: September 27, 2016


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

August 2

Meet your guide at 6:30 pm for a pre-trip meeting in Kotzebue

August 3

Fly from the Eskimo village of Kotzebue on the Chukchi Sea. We fly east up the Kobuk River and then into the dramatic mountains of Gates of the Arctic. Landing on a gravel bar near a clear fast river we will unload and set-up camp. After setting up camp, we have the evening to explore the area, climbing a rocky ridge above camp and savoring the view of wilderness as far as the eye can see.

August 4

Wake to the sound of the river near camp and spend the morning exploring nearby. Mid-day we break camp and listen for the plane, scheduled to take us to Kobuk Valley. Once it arrives it is an hour long flight and then we land in the tawny sands of Kobuk dunes. After setting camp up again we can explore the dunes, ponds and forests nearby.

August 5

We have the morning to hike the dunes, searching for last night’s tracks, sliding down the steepest faces or just wondering at this unique arctic landscape. Weather permitting the plane arrives mid-afternoon for the hour long flight back to Kotzebue.

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 starting and ending in Kotzebue, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear and professional guide service. Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included in the trip price.


Lodging, non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, backpack, photographic equipment. Gratuity for guide(s). See full equipment list.


Temperatures vary dramatically in the Arctic.  It should be hot, but it could be cool and rainy.  Temperatures will range from the 20s to 70s. Cold rains and snow are possible, but we get plenty of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes could be an issue in Gates of the Arctic so bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent.


Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner; Last Light Breaking, Nick Jans; The Brooks Range, Alaska Geographic; Alaska’s Brooks Range, 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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