Basecamp Bears
Katmai National Park

Basecamp Bears - Katmai National Park

Alaska’s most unique bear viewing trip!  This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is truly a multi-sensory experience for the adventurer looking to view, photograph and admire North America’s most magnificent big game animal. From our comfortable camp (one that we’ve made bear resistant by surrounding with an electric fence), we spend three full days watching the world famous bears of Katmai National Park in a true wilderness setting.

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

 

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Trip Details

DURATION 5 days
LENGTH 15 miles
INTENSITY Level 2
SEASON August & September
MIN AGE 8
BEGINS IN Anchorage
ENDS IN Anchorage
AIRPORT Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
WILDLIFE/
SCENERY
bears, wolves, salmon, bald eagles
Price$3,750
Youth Price$3,750
Great ForFamilies Couples Individuals

Our basecamp venue in Katmai National Park is arguably one of the most spectacular, remote and pristine areas in southwest Alaska to view these majestic creatures. The tundra hiking that surrounds our camp is second to none, and it's not uncommon to see wolves, moose, and caribou during our stay. Furthermore, the fishing on the adjacent creeks for rainbow trout and salmon has been called world class! But most importantly, it's about the coastal Alaska brown bears that visit this area each and every year to fatten up on spawning sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay and the world's richest salmon fishery.

This 5 day expedition also includes a night at a lodge in Lake Clark National Park on the final evening of the trip.  See two of Alaska's greatest national parks on one trip!  Join us for an Alaska bear-viewing trip of a lifetime.

What's Included

  • All group gear: Expedition quality tents, group tarp, all cooking equipment & eating utensils
  • Safety Equipment: Satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
  • Large, backpack-style drybag for transporting and storing personal gear while on trip
  • Trekking poles
  • Complementary airport transfer
  • Ground Transportation to Merrill Field on Day 1
  • Roundtrip bush flight transportation from Anchorage to Port Alsworth
  • Roundtrip floatplane flights from Lake Clark to Katmai.
  • Lodging on the final night at the Farm Lodge on Lake Clark
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 client to guide ratio
  • All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary
  • Storage for your extra travel items while in the field
Day
1

This morning an Alaska Alpine Adventures representative will pick you up in Anchorage by 8:15,  You’ll start the day with an orientation and gear check at our Anchorage facility before heading to Merrill Field for the flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth. From Merrill Field, located in the heart of Anchorage, you’ll fly west through the glacially carved splendor of Lake Clark Pass, one of the most spectacular bush flights in Alaska, arriving 1.5 hours later in the small community of Port Alsworth.  After meeting your guide(s), you'll enjoy a delicious lunch on the shores of Lake Clark,  discuss the adventure, and then load into float planes bound for Katmai National Park.  We’ll establish our camp near the lake and will already be looking for bruins in the surrounding landscape. With camp set up and our bodies nourished for the adventure ahead, we will head out in search of the amazing creatures that we came to witness – Alaska’s coastal brown bear.  Lunch & dinner included.  Distance: 2-3 miles, Elevation Gain: 500'-1000'

Days
2-3

We spend our days admiring the size and fishing ability of these immense and majestic creatures.  The surrounding countryside allows for unobstructed view of the bears and the landscape.  With copious amounts of daylight, we’ll head out on exploratory hikes, spend hours behind our cameras, or simply enjoy the silence and solitude of our remote camp in the wilderness of Alaska.  All meals included.  Average Daily Distance: 5-8 miles, Average Daily Elevation Gain: 1000'-1500’

Day
4

With the memories of this amazing journey fresh in our minds, the sound of the float plane will remind us of the civilized world we left behind. We will return to Port Alsworth by early evening, and check into the lakeside cabins of the Farm Lodge.  After hot showers and a celebratory dinner in the lodge dining room, we’ll tally up our wildlife sightings, and allow the satisfaction of the experience soak in.  All meals included.  Distance: 2-3 miles, Elevation Gain: 500'

Day
5

After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll pay a morning visit to the Lake Clark National Park visitor’s center where you’ll have a chance to purchase maps and postcards, enjoy interpretive displays and short films, and share your experience with park staff.  We'll spend the rest of the day hiking to Tanalian Falls along Lake Clark National Park’s only developed trail, before boarding an afternoon charter flight back to Anchorage.  If you are departing Alaska on this day, please schedule all homebound flights for after 9 pm.  Breakfast & lunch included. Distance: 5 miles, Elevation Gain: 800'

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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Excellent. Surpassed my expectations of bear viewing and photography. Landscape and the general camping experience also was better than expected. Jenny, the guide, also displayed excellent judgment at all times and was remarkably able to accommodate and put at ease the various personality types in the group. All around excellent company.
Calvin Wang
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