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Gates of the Arctic Adventure Tours

America’s hidden gem for backpacking, rafting, and hiking.

Gates of the Arctic National Park, despite being the recipient of frequent media attention over the past 45 years, remains one of the most remote and unspoiled places on earth.  Its 8.4 million acres cover an area twice the size of Connecticut and only slightly smaller than Switzerland.  The park is essentially a road-less wilderness area and, except for limited and difficult access along the Dalton highway, most recreational visitors choose to enter the park via chartered airplane.

The park is home to the Arrigetch Mountains, which means, “fingers of the hand extended”, and is a mountainous area comprised of a tilted intrusion of granite that has been hailed as the hallmark of Gates of the Arctic.  Perhaps wilderness activist Bob Marshall described the area best when in 1929 he described the Arrigetch as “…a series of sensational needlelike peaks extending in a horseshoe around a gushing creek which rose in the glacier.”  Traversing the landscape below these giants alters our sense of scale as well as our definition of true wilderness.

The Noatak River area of the park also provides our guests with an unparalleled remote wilderness experience. Rafting, hiking, backpacking in Gates of the Arctic are the activities that Alaska Alpine Adventures specializes in and we have been operating in Gates of the Arctic National Park since 2005.`

Key Highlights

Hiking Backpacking Kayaking Rafting Canoeing
Grizzly Bears Moose Dall Sheep
Mountains Rivers Waterfalls Glacial Valley Tundra

Oolah Valley High Route – Gates of the Arctic National Park

Duration:  10-Days
Distance:  35+ miles
Intensity:  Level 3
Cost:  $6,195
NEW FOR 2024!!
Arrigetch-Alatna Pack Raft - Gates Of The Arctic National Park

Arrigetch-Alatna Pack Raft – Gates of the Arctic National Park

Duration:  12-days
Distance:  35+ miles, 50+ river miles
Intensity:  Level 3
Cost:  $7695