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Backpacking The Arrigetch Peaks

“I just wanted to take some time and really thank you for that Gates of the Arctic Trip. The word… ”
Arrigetch Peaks
, Gates of the Arctic National Park, North, Alaska, United States, Fairbanks Alaska, Bettles Alaska, North America

from $4,095* per person 12 Days June-September
Simple accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Alaska Alpine Adventures 8 people max
  • Fairbanks, alaska
  • Active & Adventure trips
Our exciting 12-day combination adventure will take us backpacking amongst the Arrigetch range and rafting down the Alatna River. "As I walked for hours beneath the stupendous grandeur of these colossal mountains, I felt humble and insignificant." - Robert Marshall Alaska Wilderness, Exploring the Central Brooks Range.

Locations visited/nearby

Arrigetch Peaks , Gates of the Arctic National Park, North, Alaska, United States, Fairbanks Alaska, Bettles Alaska, North America

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in United States
    "I just wanted to take some time and really thank you for that Gates of the Arctic Trip. The word I keep coming back to is "pivotal." There was something about the physical exertion, the mental challenge, the mind-blowing Alaska landscape, the natural serenity - it all just combined to have a very positive and trans-formative effect on me."

    5

3 testimonials about the provider, Alaska Alpine Adventures:

  • Reviewer:
    "The scenery and routes were gorgeous we loved the area. Food was fantastic and far exceeded our expectations. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun to travel with."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "This was a great trip, it truly exceeded my expectations."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    As a seasoned backpacker worldwide, I would rate this trip as a once in a lifetime experience!  Ive never had better food in the field.  Great weather, spectacular scenery.  Overall outstanding!
    5

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Itinerary

Day 1: Today you are free to arrive in Fairbanks on your own. Well be staying at Pikes Waterfront Lodge, which is located near the airport on the banks of the Chena River.  After checking into the hotel, youll meet our guides by early afternoon in the hotel lobby. Tonight well do an orientation dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant in Fairbanks and upon returning to our hotel, well pour over maps and discuss the route.  Dinner included.

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, well make our way back to the airport for our bush flight from Fairbanks to Bettles, the gateway community to Gates of the Arctic NP. Well transfer our gear to board a float-plane for the 1-hour flight to Circle Lake, a small oxbow lake near the banks of the Alatna River.  We will cache our rafting gear, and get ready for our Alaska backpacking adventure into the Arrigetch Peaks. If weather and time allow, we'll begin the trip with the arduous ascent into the Arrigetch. All meals included.

Days 3-7: Well spend the next 5-days backpacking and hiking in the high country among the Arrigetch Peaks.  Well encounter a steep climb of 3000' on the first day backpacking, but by the second morning, the country will open up and yield to spectacular alpine tundra speckled with beautiful lakes and laced with tumbling creeks.  By the end of day 7, well be making our way back to Circle Lake where the trip will turn from a backpacking trip to a rafting adventure!  All meals included.

Days 8-11: Well spend the next 4-days rafting and exploring the Alatna River.  The Alatna River flows south from the Brooks Range through canyons and past huge mountain peaks.  Wildlife can be  seen along the river and its not uncommon to see wolves, grizzly bears, caribou, moose, dall sheep, and birds of prey.  The Alatna is a federally recognized Wild & Scenic River and has been called one of the most beautiful rivers in Alaska.  All meals included.

Day 12: Today well break camp and await our pick-up. Once again, our bush pilot will use his skills to negotiate the terrain. If the weather conditions cooperate, well return to Fairbanks by 7pm. If you are leaving Alaska on this day, please schedule flights home from Fairbanks for after 9pm.  Breakfast & Lunch included.

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