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Caribou Migration Backpack

Migrate with the herd! Follow ancient caribou trails across the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on this unique backpacking trip to the Arctic Coast.

calendar DATES June 26, 2021 - July 3, 2021 region REGION Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) price TRIP COST $5,300 VIEW DETAILS

Gates of the Arctic Backpack

In the shadow of Gates of the Arctic’s tallest peaks is a seldom traveled backpacking route. Hike with us through the mountains and beyond to the Noatak River.

calendar DATES August 1, 2021 - August 8, 2021 region REGION Gates of the Arctic price TRIP COST $5,100 VIEW DETAILS

Arrigetch and Alatna Packraft

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.

calendar DATES August 11, 2021 - August 23, 2021 region REGION Gates of the Arctic price TRIP COST $6,200 VIEW DETAILS gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery gallery

Backpacking

Alaska backpacking tours are an opportunity to travel lightly through the Arctic wilderness. These guided trips offer a chance to appreciate the landscape step by step, and to experience the Arctic at your own pace.

With spectacular destinations like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Gates of the Arctic National Park you will be as delighted by the Brooks Range scenery as you are by our professional guides.

Summer in the Brooks Range is serene with daylight as our constant and companion. The complete lack of darkness frees us of a time-oriented schedule and so we eat when hungry, walk when inspired, and sleep when the sun circles lazily along the northern horizon. Backpacking in the Brooks Range is an adventure.

What to Expect from Alaska Backpacking

Backpacking in Alaska is always an adventure. We frequently use streams as highways, as do the migrating wildlife. There are vast gravel bars where we can take long strides and take in the magnificent views of the mountains. There are dry ridges where we will feel as if we are walking amongst the clouds.

 

Backpacking in Alaska, and especially in the Brooks Range, is an off-trail experience, so a 6-mile day leaves us happily tired but with some energy left over for exploring near camp. We will typically travel around 35 miles over 8 days with one or two days devoted to hiking without our packs, watching wildlife, or just enjoying the beauty of the Brooks Range from camp.

Alaska Backpacking Preparation

While Alaska backpacking is appropriate for both experienced backpackers and newcomers in good shape, it is a very good idea to have some experience with overnight backpacking prior to the trip. Each hiker will get 15-20 pounds of food and community gear to carry, expect to start the trip with a pack weighing close to 50 pounds.

Conditioning is highly recommended for everyone. We recommend walking as often as possible with 25-30 pounds in your backpack. Use the boots you will be hiking in. A couple weeks before your trip, add weight until your pack weighs 40-45 pounds. You can alternate this with the Stairmaster or bike riding. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your backpacking trip.

rafters having fun in the Arctic

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

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June 26, 2021 - July 3, 2021 backpacking Caribou Migration Backpack $5,300 June 26, 2021 - July 3, 2021 backpacking Arctic Refuge Packraft $5,500 July 3, 2021 - July 10, 2021 backpacking High Peaks Backpack $5,300 August 1, 2021 - August 8, 2021 backpacking Gates of the Arctic Backpack $5,100 August 11, 2021 - August 23, 2021 backpacking Arrigetch Packrafting Adventure $6,200

2022

June 26, 2022 - July 3, 2022 backpacking Arctic Refuge Packraft $6,100 June 27, 2022 - July 3, 2022 backpacking Caribou Migration Backpack $5,800 July 29, 2022 - August 5, 2022 backpacking Gates of the Arctic Backpack $5,700 August 11, 2022 - August 23, 2022 backpacking Arrigetch Packrafting Adventure $6,600 Scheduled Trips FILTERS

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June 26, 2021 - July 3, 2021 backpacking Caribou Migration Backpack $5,300 June 26, 2021 - July 3, 2021 backpacking Arctic Refuge Packraft $5,500 July 3, 2021 - July 10, 2021 backpacking High Peaks Backpack $5,300 August 1, 2021 - August 8, 2021 backpacking Gates of the Arctic Backpack $5,100 August 11, 2021 - August 23, 2021 backpacking Arrigetch Packrafting Adventure $6,200

2022

June 26, 2022 - July 3, 2022 backpacking Arctic Refuge Packraft $6,100 June 27, 2022 - July 3, 2022 backpacking Caribou Migration Backpack $5,800 July 29, 2022 - August 5, 2022 backpacking Gates of the Arctic Backpack $5,700 August 11, 2022 - August 23, 2022 backpacking Arrigetch Packrafting Adventure $6,600

Arctic Wild provides professionally guided wilderness trips in Alaska's Arctic and beyond. Book your next adventure with us today for an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

Reservation Request ASK A QUESTION "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!" Eileen - Canning River

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