Whitewater and wilderness trips

Alaska: Walker lake and Kobuk river

This trip is an ultimate wilderness adventure. There are no other place on Earth that has it all, like Gates of the Arctic national park in Alaska. If you hike the mountain near Walker lake, you are likely the first men on the top. If you catch delicious shee fish, it is likely the biggest fish you catch in your life. You will see the salmon spawning in Kobuk, and grizzly bear feeding on salmon, you will see caribu, moose, eagles. You will see breathtaking sunsets that last for hours. You will camp on white leeches. You will eat cloudberries, blueberries, lingenberries, mushrooms, smoked fish and fresh caviar. You will have the best time of your life there. Just see the pictures, talk to people who did it before - and then decide for yourself.

Alaska activities

In 2011 we plan to offer two options for the duration of the Kobuk river trip. First one is the same we offered in the past years, and it will take 10 or 12 days with a "bonus" day hike in the mountains surrounding Walker lake. Second one is one week adventure that will start on Shelby lake (accessible by float plane or chartered motor boat from Kobuk village). This will shorten the trip by half, but still give you the best of Kobuk river scenary and fishing, plus a day hike in the mountains while camping on Shelby lake. Group members have to fly to Fairbanks, Alaska - to start the trip. We will assist you with finding the best air tickets. From Fairbanks we fly on chartered plane to the small village of Bettles ( 1-st option) or Kobuk ( 2-d option), meet the park rangers there, and then fly on float plane (Beaver) to the Walker lake on the same day. Next 2 days we do our hike and prepare the boats. Then we will float down the Kobuk river in 8 days ( 1-st trip)/ 3 days (2-d trip), including one or two layover days (with camp sauna). Our journey ends in inuit's village of Kobuk. On the last day of the trip we will fly from that village back to Fairbanks, and if time permits, visit Chena Hot springs in the afternoon.

Suggested group size is 10 people, including 2 guides. We'll provide you with all the gear, boats, and food. We will carry satallite phone for emergencies. You need to take only your personal clothes and items. Standard arrangements for the trip provide that all group members share cooking and kitchen duties during the trip.

If you plan to take this trip, please fill and send us a request form immediately. Please indicate all trip dates suitable for you. Once groups are formed, you will need to purchase air tickets and make a small non-refundable deposit to guarantee your participation. You will also have to sign a liability waver.

Alaska photo album: Walker Lake and Kobuk river, 2009

Liability waver form: download and sign

Suggested personal gear and articles: suggested personal gear

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Trip Planner

Alaska Walker lake and Kobuk river

Start
July 28, 2011 7:00am - Fairbanks, AL
End
August 08, 2011 11:00pm - Fairbanks, AL

Start
August 07, 2011 7:00am - Fairbanks, AL
End
August 14, 2011 11:00pm - Fairbanks, AL

Start
August 15, 2011 7:00am - Fairbanks, AL
End
August 29, 2011 11:00pm - Fairbanks, AL
Start
August 28, 2011 7:00am - Fairbanks, AL
End
Sept 4, 2011 11:00pm - Fairbanks, AL

Notes:
1. Departure and arrival dates to NYC is minus and plus one day for Start and End respectively.
2. Dates can be slightly changed to accomodate group members requests, but not to affect other groups schedules .
3. Group members have an option to opt out of the hike on Walker lake and arrive 2 days later.
4. Current air ticket price to Fairbanks is about $660 R/T per person

To inquire about availability, please send a request from our site or contact us directly

Primary liability waver acknowledgement

You will be required to acknowledge reading Minimum Age, Health and Skills requirements for this trip when you fill out the Request form ( Inquire NOW!) and sign the Waver Agreement if you decide to take this Adventure.

Financial details depend on selected trip option and will be mailed in response to each Request

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