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T5: Gates of the Arctic Midnight Sun Backpack Adventure

Tour Overview

Are you ready? This is a challenging and remote wilderness backpacking trip. We will be carrying heavy backpacks (40-50 pounds) and hiking on uneven, rocky and tundra-covered terrain. You need to be in very good shape and have an adventurous spirit. Some camping experience is recommended, but we are experienced outdoor educators and have taken people on this trip who have never camped before – a good attitude is important above all else!

Optional – arrive early or stay after the trip for an independent visit to Denali National Park, etc. (we can assist with your planning)


• Arrive at Fairbanks (FAI) by 04:00 pm, June 12th.

• Tour ends in Fairbanks, 10:00 am, June 18th.


• Five days exploring the fabulous wilderness of Gates of the Arctic National Park

• Travel north of the Arctic Circle
• Enjoying the Midnight Sun (beautiful light for photography)
• Opportunity to see bears and other wildlife in their habit
• Exploring the rugged Brooks Range
• Five days removed from the stress, pollution, crowds, etc. of modern life!

Optional Activities

Fairbanks Optional Tours

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center – Free!
This fabulous facility includes the Fairbanks Visitor Bureau, the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and Tanana Chiefs Cultural programs. Stop here first for visitor information, beautiful displays and dioramas, plus cultural events.


Arctic Circle Drive Adventure - $189
Guided ground tour up to the Arctic Circle and back



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T5: Gates of the Arctic Midnight Sun Backpack Adventure

Day 1 - D

Arrive in Fairbanks by 4pm today. Plan to arrive earlier if you need to buy outdoor clothing or supplies in Fairbanks.  We will meet our hotel to dicuss trip logistics and then enjoy a tasty dinner at a favorite local restaurant.


06:00 pm Group orientation and logistics meeting at the hotel
07:30 pm Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - Meals included today: B, L, D

The adventure to Alaska’s Arctic begins! After a continental breakfast at the hotel, we say goodbye to civilization and take a spectacular flight north.  We will fly over the might Yukon River, north of the Arctic Circle into the heart of the Brooks Range.  Our hike starts in the village of Anaktuvuk Pass, home to the only inland Eskimos.  The Nunamiut were nomadic people who settled here in 1949.  Their village lies in a huge north south pass in the Brooks Range where thousands of caribou pass through in the late winter and fall.

• Continental breakfast at the hotel
07:00 am Depart Hotel
08:15 am Flight departs to Anaktuvuk Pass
• Arrive central Brooks Range, begin hike into Gates of the Arctic National Park!

• Dinner in camp

Day 3 - B, L, D

Wake up and pinch yourself as you look around and marvel at our incredible surroundings.   Walking on the soft, uneven tundra is not easy, but the rewards are profound. Keep your eyes out for grizzly bears on the steep mountain slopes.  Tonight we set up a base camp for tonight and tomorrow.

Day 4 - B, L, D

After a hot breakfast, we explore with light packs up to a gorgeous alpine lake and pass, below jagged peaks.

This time of year, the sun does not set! So bring your eye shades if you want to sleep; however, it is difficult to want to go to sleep in such a spectacular, spiritual place – especially when it is glowing in the pink of 1am sun!!

Day 5 - B, L, D

This morning we explore a little bit more of our spectacular slice of wilderness heaven, before following the creek downstream towards Anaktuvuk Pass.

Day 6 - B, L, D

This morning we will get up early, pack up camp, and hike out to the village.  Before our flight we will explore this small village and the fascinating Simon Paneak Memorial Muesum.

Breakfast, pack up camp
Hike back to Anaktuvuk Pass
• 02:45pm Flight departs Anaktuvuk Pass
04:20pm Arrive Fairbanks
• Farewell Dinner

• End of guided Out in Alaska adventure

Day 7 -B

• Breakfast at the hotel

Fly home any time today


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T5: Gates of the Arctic Midnight Sun Backpack Adventure


June 12-18


$2375 per person, double occupancy

($2625 single)




This trip includes

• Accommodations: 2 nights of comfortable lodging in downtown Fairbanks. 4 nights of remote camping away from proper bathroom facilities.
• Transportation: All ground transportation during the trip (additional cost for optional flight back to Fairbanks).
• Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners (alcoholic beverages and espresso drinks not included at restaurant meals)
• Equipment: Use of Out in Alaska’s high quality tents, sleeping bags, sleeping bags, and group camping gear. See the Packing list for this trip for more information.
• Taxes: All local taxes are included


Items of a personal nature are not included.
Gratuities (For hotel maids, guides, etc. ) are not included.


All information subject to change due to weather, current conditions, road closures, or other reasons!


For more information and to inquire about a trip, contact us: (907) 339-0101 or

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