Day 1: Leave Fairbanks on scheduled flight to Bettles located on the southern flank of the Brooks Range and gateway to the Gates of the Arctic NP. Shuttle to the put-in in smaller air taxi service. Flight takes one over the Continental Divide - spectacular scenery. Establish camp. Local day hike. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Begin hiking down to the side creek leading to Portage Pass. Caribou as well as bears and sheep should be seen regularly. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: This is a nice area for a day hiking day. If all goes well we will hike from a base camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Continue hiking down the valley, enjoying fall colors. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Today we should reach the pass. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: This could be another fine day to hike the high country from a base camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Begin our trek down to the Noatak valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: We should reach the main Noatak valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Fairly easy hike to our pick-up lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: 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).
Note: Groups of 4 receive a discount.
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