Can’t decide between a backpacking trip into the Arrigetch or a paddling trip in Gates of the Arctic? Do both and experience the best of Alaska wilderness.
Paddle and hike in the Arctic Refuge from the high peaks of the Brooks Range to the frozen Arctic Ocean. Light and nimble packrafts give us unmatched freedom under the midnight sun.
Pack Raft and hike in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge through the limestone peaks and down the rarely explored Ivishak River.
Packrafts are light-weight, single person rafts that allow us to explore some of the most remote areas in Alaska. They are fun to paddle, comfortable, and give us an unmatched freedom in the wilderness, opening up rivers previously inaccessible. These responsive and stable little boats are the ideal way to explore rivers and creeks too hard to access or too small to navigate with larger craft.
You need not be an expert paddler to venture into the world of packrafting. Just sign-up for one of our guided packrafting trips and let us show you the ropes. Packrafting trips offer the simplicity and challenge of a backpacking trip without carrying a heavy pack every day.
What to Expect on a Alaska Packrafting Trip
We use Alpacka packrafts on our trips. They are the best packrafts available. At just 6 pounds, these small rafts are remarkably easy to maneuver and a great way to explore the wilderness. Our guides will provide a safety briefing at the start of the trip and additional instruction throughout.
On “travel days”, everyone works as a team to make and break camp and maneuver the boats safely down the river. We plan all of our trips to maximize wildlife viewing and to provide ample time for leisurely picnic lunches, fishing and hiking. Our Alaska packrafting trips frequently include one, two, or three layover days spent exploring, hiking, fishing, bird watching or just enjoying the solitude and silence.
Preparing for your Packrafting Adventure
Most of the paddling on our wilderness packrafting trips is at a relaxed pace and no specific physical training is necessary. But being in decent shape physically will increase your overall enjoyment of the adventure. Some of our packrafting trips start high in the headwaters where we may carry heavy packs for the first few days of the trip. Conditioning for a “headwaters” trip is recommended. Talk with us about the challenges and joys of each of our packrafting trips. We can often tailor the trip to your interests and abilities.
If you are interested in becoming a skilled paddler prior to the trip, we can arrange a custom packrafting course for you. Please contact us for details.
The trip met all my expectations which were very high. Of course the star is the Brooks Range – but your guides are excellent. So knowledgeable about so many things and adding that warm touch (while also being a fine guides).