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Upper Alatna River

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 7 people
Destination(s): Alaska  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: August
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3475 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3495 US Dollar (USD)

The Alatna is one of three rivers to headwater in a remarkable open pass area on the Continental Divide in the Brooks Range - it is a one of a kind. This confluence of major drainages is an efficient funnel for caribou migration from north to south. We will regularly pass side creeks that lead back up to the continental divide for panoramic vista laden day hikes. This trip is most appropriate for a hearty paddler with some experience and flexibility to adjust to moderately challenging situations. As we approach our take-out the unparalleled granite outcropping of the Arrigetch come into view for a breathtaking finale. However for a truly once in a life time adventure, combine this trip with the Arrigetch Boots and Boats trip and get an up close week long view of these remarkable black granite towers and more paddling on a much gentler section of river.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Leave Fairbanks on scheduled flight to Bettles located on the southern flank of the Brooks Range and the Gates of the Arctic NP. Shuttle to the put-in in smaller air taxi service. Flight takes to the Continental Divide - spectacular scenery. Establish camp. Local day hike. Includes: (L), (D).

Day 2: Most every day will be a combination of paddling downstream in canoes and hiking a side drainage or peak. All these draws lead back up to the continental divide. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: More of the same; keep in mind that caribou should be migrating south through the valley. Upland tundra will be peaking with fall colors. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: As we progress down stream the river will gather up steam and enter a section of considerable rapids. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Each day the Arctic looses 14 minutes of daylight. As the night lengthens, the odds become better and better that we will see the northern lights. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: This is another float and hike day or perhaps hike and float.
Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Last day of floating. We should line up with Arregetch Creek and possibly catch a glimpse of this magnificent granite outcropping. To get an up-close view consider linking this trip with our Arrigetch Boats and Boots trip that follows. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: We meet the pilot today and begin to retrace our journey, this time south bound. The flight back up the river will be a pleasant reminder of the trip and probably will make much more sense then when you flew in. In Bettles, we'll catch the mail plane back to Fairbanks and generally arrive in the late afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).

Airfare is included in the tour price.

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Location: USA
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Since 1972, M08143 has safely conducted quality exploration and educational trips across the width and breadth of Alaska's Brooks Range. Our nation's largest wilderness mountain range is located above the Arctic Circle and covers more than 75,000 square miles of northern Alaska. This magnificent and rarely...

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