ALASKA BEARS BASE CAMP
LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
*Minimum: 4 person minimum required to confirm reservation
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“Get ready to live with Alaskan Brown Bears! Experience Alaska bears in their natural environment while you live amongst them in the comfort of your base camp”
Embark on an exclusive Alaska Bears Base Camp adventure in Lake Clark National Park. This 4-day, bears base camp adventure is a unique experience to see bears, and live amongst them, in their natural habitat. The beauty of our KBA base camp is that it’s not a fixed base camp that is stuck in one location. We’re able to set up the base camp in the best bear viewing area for your trip.
Your mornings begin with hot drinks, and a hearty breakfast. Then you’ll venture out from base camp in search of bear viewing opportunities, and gaining the advantage of being able to remain in the field for the entire day, not just a few short hours. At the end of each day, you’ll return back to the base camp for some relaxation and backcountry dinners made by your guides. This trip is complete with round-trip bush plane flights to and from the backcountry.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL > KENAI > LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
Today you’ll arrive at our flight office in Kenai anytime before 8:00am. We’ll load all of our gear in the bush plane for the trip, and fly out around 10:00am. Arrival in the backcountry is welcomed with a sense of awe and wonder as you gaze upon the magnificent scenery surrounding you. Our first objective will be to get camp set up and squared away, and following this we’ll head out for a hike and give you a glimpse of your backcountry playground for the next few days.
Meals Included: Lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2 to 3: LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK – BEAR VIEWING – BASE CAMP
Every day brings a new adventure in this remote stretch of Lake Clark National Park. Our daily objective is to view bears in their natural habitat doing what they do best. Sightings usually occur throughout the day, sometimes with high-activity levels at various times. Some days will consist of more hiking than others, but most days will be spent watching bears for hours and hours. You will be rewarded for your efforts with amazing bear viewing and wildlife spotting. Your days will be fulfilling and exciting and you’ll return to the base camp each day with amazing views of mountain ranges, volcanoes, and Cook Inlet.
All meals included (B, L, D)
Distance: 3+ miles, daily average
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 4: LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK > KENAI
After another delicious breakfast, we’ll head out one last time searching for our neighbors, the bears. The group will take down camp, and be ready for our bush plane pick-up at 11:00am. We generally return to our flight office around 12:00pm. If you are returning home this day, please be sure to schedule your return Kenai flight for after 6:00pm (Kenai>Anchorage) in the event of delays.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Distance: 1-3+ miles
This is an all-inclusive adventure, meaning everything is included in your price apart from your flights to and from Alaska, personal gear, gratuities for guides, and voluntary expenditures. You trip package includes:
What is the best way to get to Kenai?
Plan to fly into the Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and then take a 25 minute flight from ANC to Kenai Airport (ENA). Or you can rent a car in Anchorage and then drive to Kenai (~3 hours). Either way you will need to be in Kenai by 8:00am on Day 1. Kenai Airport also has rental cars should you decide to turn your car in before your trip, or rent a car after your trip. KBA may provide transportation between the Kenai Airport and our flight office with *advance* reservations. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee transportation to/from the airport.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations on day 1 thru 4 is double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry.
Can solo travelers get their own tent? Is there an optional or forced supplement, and how much is it?
As a solo traveler, a single supplement of $150 per person applies to tent camping Day 1 thru 4.
What is the food like?
Proper nutrition in the backcountry is paramount for stamina and recovery. We create gourmet masterpieces from scratch that are healthy, filling, and delicious leaving your palate (and belly!) satisfied.
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
A detailed backpacking gear list will be provided with your booking confirmation. Or you can view the GEAR LIST now (select “Base Camp Trips”).
Is travel insurance required?
Travel insurance is required for this trip. Review our Travel Insurance page for more info.
Additional frequently asked questions and answers:
Are bears and other wildlife going to be a problem?
Bears are virtually everywhere in Alaska, and therefore one should anticipate and be prepared for a possible encounter or sighting of a bear. Moose are a common sighting on the Kenai Peninsula but generally they keep their distance. Kenai Backcountry Adventures takes wildlife safety very seriously and therefore take precautions to keep you safe in the wilderness. In addition, you will learn the necessary safety procedures regarding Alaska wildlife in your pre-backcountry safety orientation.
Will there be bugs?
The most common nuisance bugs are mosquitoes and no-see-ums. However, based on the time of year and current weather conditions insects may or may not present an issue. Generally, there are only a few areas we tend to encounter mosquitoes along our route. Come prepared with insect repellant and a high quality head net.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in this part of Alaska is highly variable and unpredictable. It could be in the 70s or 80s one day and in the 50s and raining the next (or in the same day!). We may encounter snow at higher elevations. High winds can be frequent and may impede travel at times.
It’s best to plan a buffer day at the end of the trip in the event of a weather delay departing the backcountry on the last day, however if you must make flight arrangements to depart Kenai on the last day of the itinerary, please make your flight departure for after 10:00 pm.