Backpacking Gates of the Arctic
June 15-24, 2023 – 7 of 8 spots available – A stunning, backpacking traverse through Alaska’s central Brooks Range.
Our Backpacking Gates of the Arctic trip takes place in Alaska’s Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park on the traditional and current lands of the Iñupiaq people.
This trip traverses the eastern portion of Gates of the Arctic National Park. Our small group will cross the continental divide of Alaska’s Brooks Range as we backpack from the Nunamiut village of Anaktuvuk Pass to the the Dalton Highway. Along the way we’ll cross braided rivers and alpine streams. We’ll keep our eyes open for the various types of wildlife that call this place home, including grizzly bears, wolverines, caribou, moose, dozens of varieties of birds, wolves and a multitude of smaller, though no less charismatic, species. We will travel over river beds, tundra, on caribou trails and steep loose rocks. As we approach the Dalton Highway, we’ll navigate through some moderately dense brush.
We will spend each day on foot, traversing this beautiful National Park with all of our necessities in our backpacks. We’ll spend our evenings and mornings beneath the cook tarp enjoying the camaraderie of backcountry travel. Be prepared for your backpack to weigh 35-45 pounds. We’ll travel 5-8 hours per day over trail-less terrain. Daily mileage will range from 8-12 miles with elevation gain/loss between 500′-4000′ per day. Because this trip utilizes a regularly scheduled “mail plane”, it is a relatively low-carbon adventure when compared to trips that utilize chartered bush flights. We offset the carbon from our flight to Anaktuvuk Pass from Fairbanks.
Non-Profit Partner: The Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Prior to the trip, participants will have a chance to learn about the Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s Clean Water and Mining Program which works to oppose the proposed road to the Ambler Mining district which would cross Gates of the Arctic National Park. A significant monetary donation will be make to the Northern Alaska Environmental Center in honor of this trip. Learn more about our non-profit partner program on our Why Us page.
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Departure TimeJune 15, 2023
Return TimeJune 24, 2023
IncludedFood While In The WildernessLodging on Night One of Your Trip (Location Varies by Trip)Professional Guide ServiceRoundtrip Transportation from Your Trip's Departure City (Typically Anchorage or Fairbanks)Safety & Repair GearStoves, Cooking & Eating UtensilsWater Filter
Not IncludedAdditional Food or Meals (beyond those described in the itinerary)Additonal Hotel Nights (beyond any described in the itinerary)Alcoholic BeveragesGuide GratuitiesPersonal Clothing & Equipment
Day 1 - Thursday, June 15th - Arrive in Fairbanks
Meals included: none; Accommodations: Hotel in Fairbanks
Day 2 - Friday, June 16th - Depart for the Backcountry
Meals included: all; Accommodations: tents
Days 3-8 - Saturday, June 17th - Thursday, June 22nd - Backcountry Travel
Meals included: all; Accommodations: tents
Day 9 - Friday, June 23rd - Backcountry to Wiseman, AK
Meals included: all; Accommodations: Rustic Lodge/B&B
Day 10 - Saturday, June 24th - Return to Fairbanks
Meals included: breakfast; Accommodations: none
About Gates of the Arctic National ParkThe area of public land currently known as Gates of the Arctic National Park occupies the historical and current lands of the Iñupiaq, Koyukon and Gwich'in people of Alaska. Gates of the Arctic National Park is the 2nd largest National Park and was created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980. Gates of the Arctic is currently threatened by the planned development of an industrial road to access the Ambler Mining District.
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