Gates, Kobuk, and Bering National Park Trip for Fred Tierney

Gates, Kobuk, and Bering National Park Trip for Fred Tierney


July 26, 2017 - July 29, 2017


Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk National Parks plus Bering Land Bridge


$7,700 / person



July 26, 2017 - July 29, 2017


Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk National Parks plus Bering Land Bridge


$7,700 / person

Explore Northwest Alaska’s National Parks with Arctic Wild. Day hike in Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley National Parks on 2 different days and then spend a night at Serpentine Hot Springs in Bering Land Bridge N.P.

The diversity and beauty of the land is sure to delight.


Last updated: October 9, 2017


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

July 26

Arrive in Kotzebue on the morning Jet with Alaska Airlines and head over to our pilot’s hangar. Once we are assembled we load into the plane and head Northeast up the Noatak River and into Gates of the Arctic National Park. After a picnic lunch we can take a nice hike for views of the nearly endless mountains. With luck we may see wildlife like caribou or bears. In the afternoon we fly back to the coast and make a stop in Cape Krusenstern where we can hope to see Muskox. Lodging included. Meals (except lunch) on your own.

July 27

Meet back at the hangar and then another breathtaking flight inland to Kobuk Dunes. We land right in the sand and head-off on foot to explore for a couple hours. After lunch we can fly to the Kobuk River and fish a bit, before winging back to the Chukchi Coast. Once in Kotzebue, you should have time to visit the Park Service museum and take a stroll around the village, buy some art or go birding in the lagoon. Lodging included. Meals on your own.

July 28

Meet back at the hangar and assemble the camping gear before heading south along the coast to Serpentine Hot Spring in Bering Land Bridge. From the air we scan the beach for walrus and then fly above the volcanic barrens and craters of the Seward Peninsula. The area around the hot springs is straight from a novel, impossibly green with a steaming creek and granite spires erupting from the ridge-lines. Add the pre-historic looking muskox and the adventure begins.

July 29

We have the morning to hike, soak and explore. After packing up our camp, we await the pilot’s return. Then we retrace our flight-path north back to Kotzebue in time to catch the evening jet and you are off to your next adventure.

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, sleeping tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and rubber boots and professional guide service. 2 nights lodging in Kotzebue.


Lodging except July 26th and 27th, non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, photographic equipment. Gratuity for guide(s).


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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