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Alaska: Rafting & Hiking the Kongakut River

From $5,295

  • Experience the magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and see all that it stands for
  • Explore the most scenic portion of the
  • Rafting days are complemented by leisurely layover days to hike, photograph, and explore to your heart's content

This spectacular river rafting and hiking adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll take a 300-mile bush flight across the very top of North America to the headwaters of the Kongakut River in the Brooks Range, then navigate the river toward the Arctic coastal plain through some of the wildest country on earth.

Along the way you’ll stop for long day hikes up the ridgelines and mountains of this spectacular wilderness valley, and watch for grizzlies, Dall sheep, wolves, and parts of the vast Porcupine caribou herd as they migrate toward the Arctic plain. And since there is nearly continuous daylight, there’s ample time to hike and photograph the amazing scenery! This area is one of our most fascinating and ecologically diverse national treasures, and there’s no better way to see it than with the original Alaska Discovery company!

Day 1: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

NOTE:  You will need to arrive in Fairbanks by 5:00pm on the day prior to day one.  There will be a meeting at the Fairbanks B&B at 6:00pm

On day one we will fly to the Native community of Arctic Village.

 After an early breakfast on your own, our journey begins with a spectacular 300-mile bush plane flight over the Yukon River Flats to the Native community of Arctic Village. We then switch to smaller planes and continue north over the Brooks Range and on to the upper Kongakut River. The Arctic Refuge is a land of majestic mountains, rolling tundra, and the coastal plain. At first glance, the country appears quite barren from our plane. But a closer look reveals a lush, alpine landscape blanketed with wildflowers, intricate valleys, and ancient rock formations and cascading waterfalls. We’ll land on a small gravel bar along the river, about 10 miles north of the Continental Divide, and set up our first camp.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Days 2-9: Rafting & hiking along the Kongakut River

Paddle along the river, encountering breathtaking mountain and valley scenery along the entire route. Our schedule on the Kongakut is flexible: rafting days alternate with full layover days to hike, photograph wildflowers and amazing wildlife--including the Porcupine caribou herd--fish for Arctic char and grayling (bring your fishing gear!), and explore one of the finest wilderness settings on earth. Our favorite hike near the end of the trip is up a long ridgeline for endless views of the coastal plain and the Arctic Ocean and offshore ice pack, under a sun that never sets.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 10: Return to Fairbanks and Depart

After hiking in Caribou Pass, we’ll break camp and await the arrival of the bush planes for our flight to Arctic Village, followed by a flight back to Fairbanks. We plan to arrive in Fairbanks by 5:00 p.m., but we highly recommend booking another night in Fairbanks as flight delays are possible. Guests often gather for a no-host dinner on this final evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 17 - 26, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$5,295 (5–8 members)
$200 Single Spupplement
Internal Air Included

2016 Prices
$5,395 (5–8 members)
$200 Single Spupplement
Internal Air Included

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MTS Private Camp

  • Experience the magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and see all that it stands for
  • Explore the most scenic portion of the
  • Rafting days are complemented by leisurely layover days to hike, photograph, and explore to your heart's content

This spectacular river rafting and hiking adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll take a 300-mile bush flight across the very top of North America to the headwaters of the Kongakut River in the Brooks Range, then navigate the river toward the Arctic coastal plain through some of the wildest country on earth.

Along the way you’ll stop for long day hikes up the ridgelines and mountains of this spectacular wilderness valley, and watch for grizzlies, Dall sheep, wolves, and parts of the vast Porcupine caribou herd as they migrate toward the Arctic plain. And since there is nearly continuous daylight, there’s ample time to hike and photograph the amazing scenery! This area is one of our most fascinating and ecologically diverse national treasures, and there’s no better way to see it than with the original Alaska Discovery company!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

NOTE:  You will need to arrive in Fairbanks by 5:00pm on the day prior to day one.  There will be a meeting at the Fairbanks B&B at 6:00pm

On day one we will fly to the Native community of Arctic Village.

 After an early breakfast on your own, our journey begins with a spectacular 300-mile bush plane flight over the Yukon River Flats to the Native community of Arctic Village. We then switch to smaller planes and continue north over the Brooks Range and on to the upper Kongakut River. The Arctic Refuge is a land of majestic mountains, rolling tundra, and the coastal plain. At first glance, the country appears quite barren from our plane. But a closer look reveals a lush, alpine landscape blanketed with wildflowers, intricate valleys, and ancient rock formations and cascading waterfalls. We’ll land on a small gravel bar along the river, about 10 miles north of the Continental Divide, and set up our first camp.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Days 2-9: Rafting & hiking along the Kongakut River

Paddle along the river, encountering breathtaking mountain and valley scenery along the entire route. Our schedule on the Kongakut is flexible: rafting days alternate with full layover days to hike, photograph wildflowers and amazing wildlife--including the Porcupine caribou herd--fish for Arctic char and grayling (bring your fishing gear!), and explore one of the finest wilderness settings on earth. Our favorite hike near the end of the trip is up a long ridgeline for endless views of the coastal plain and the Arctic Ocean and offshore ice pack, under a sun that never sets.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 10: Return to Fairbanks and Depart

After hiking in Caribou Pass, we’ll break camp and await the arrival of the bush planes for our flight to Arctic Village, followed by a flight back to Fairbanks. We plan to arrive in Fairbanks by 5:00 p.m., but we highly recommend booking another night in Fairbanks as flight delays are possible. Guests often gather for a no-host dinner on this final evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

MTS Private Camp

Dates and Pricing

Jun 17 - 26, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$5,295 (5–8 members)
$200 Single Spupplement
Internal Air Included

2016 Prices
$5,395 (5–8 members)
$200 Single Spupplement
Internal Air Included

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