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Alaska: Rafting & Hiking the Kongakut River

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  • Experience the magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and paddle the most scenic portion of the Kongakut River
  • Spot grizzlies, wolves, Dall sheep, and caribou from the vast Porcupine caribou herd as they migrate to the lower Arctic plain
  • Enjoy rafting days and leisurely layover days to hike, photograph, and explore Alaska's incredible wildnerness

This spectacular river rafting and hiking adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—one of the world's largest intact ecosystems! 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 ridges and mountains in 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 us!

Day 1: Fly to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

We will try to adhere to the following itinerary as closely as possible. However, it is subject to change due to weather, flight delays, and government regulations.

Pre-Trip Rendezvous — Prior to Day 1

The trip begins in Fairbanks, Alaska. You will need to arrive in Fairbanks no later than 5pm the night prior to the trip in order to attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting that begins at 6pm at the Fairbanks Bed & Breakfast (902 Kellum St., 907-452-4967). Your trip leader will go over trip logistics, bear-country camping techniques, water safety instructions, and distribute personal camping equipment, including raingear, rubber boots, and river bags. The meeting will take about two hours; we recommend eating dinner before the meeting. Dinner and lodging* is on your own this evening. The next morning we pick everyone up early, so you will want to get plenty of rest tonight.

*We recommend the Bridgewater Hotel (rooms with private bath) or the Fairbanks B&B (rooms with shared bath). Both are of good value and offer good service. A courtesy van for the Bridgewater Hotel is available at the airport. Call the hotel from the airport courtesy phone.

Day 1

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'll 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: Raft and hike the Kongakut River

Paddle along the river, encountering breathtaking mountain and valley scenery along the entire route. Our schedule on the Kongakut is flexible and 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 5pm, 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 paddle the most scenic portion of the Kongakut River
  • Spot grizzlies, wolves, Dall sheep, and caribou from the vast Porcupine caribou herd as they migrate to the lower Arctic plain
  • Enjoy rafting days and leisurely layover days to hike, photograph, and explore Alaska's incredible wildnerness

This spectacular river rafting and hiking adventure introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—one of the world's largest intact ecosystems! 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 ridges and mountains in 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 us!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Fly to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

We will try to adhere to the following itinerary as closely as possible. However, it is subject to change due to weather, flight delays, and government regulations.

Pre-Trip Rendezvous — Prior to Day 1

The trip begins in Fairbanks, Alaska. You will need to arrive in Fairbanks no later than 5pm the night prior to the trip in order to attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting that begins at 6pm at the Fairbanks Bed & Breakfast (902 Kellum St., 907-452-4967). Your trip leader will go over trip logistics, bear-country camping techniques, water safety instructions, and distribute personal camping equipment, including raingear, rubber boots, and river bags. The meeting will take about two hours; we recommend eating dinner before the meeting. Dinner and lodging* is on your own this evening. The next morning we pick everyone up early, so you will want to get plenty of rest tonight.

*We recommend the Bridgewater Hotel (rooms with private bath) or the Fairbanks B&B (rooms with shared bath). Both are of good value and offer good service. A courtesy van for the Bridgewater Hotel is available at the airport. Call the hotel from the airport courtesy phone.

Day 1

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'll 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: Raft and hike the Kongakut River

Paddle along the river, encountering breathtaking mountain and valley scenery along the entire route. Our schedule on the Kongakut is flexible and 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 5pm, 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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