Last updated: December 28, 2021
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting at 4pm in Fairbanks at Arctic Wild headquarters.
Fly 250 miles north from Fairbanks, across the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle to the Gwich’in Athabascan village of Arctic Village. Then we will meet our pilot for the beautiful flight up the Ch’idriinjik (Chandalar) river to the heart of the Brooks Range. After hiking upstream for an hour or two we will make camp and enjoy a hearty dinner.
July 24- 28
Each day will bring its own surprises. We have about 35 miles to cover and plenty of time. If all goes according to plan, there will be a layover day near the pass and we can explore the high country with a light day pack. The day we go over the pass will be long and strenuous, but other days will have time left for side trips and relaxation. The hiking will be varied from soft tundra to long gravel bars and rocky slopes. There are many creek crossings and some snow and ice to negotiate. This route has a bit of everything! The camping is excellent and the scenery unbeatable.
From our camp by the Hulahula River we pack up early and begin listening for our airplane. When it arrives we reluctantly load our gear and ourselves for the flight back through Arctic Village and on to Fairbanks, arriving late in the afternoon.