- Ages: Open
- Duration: 5 Days
- Begins / Ends: Kenai, AK
- Location: Lake Clark National Park
- Exertion: Easy to Moderate
- Season: June – September
- Price: $3,499 per person
*Minimum:4 participants per trip required to guarantee
Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY
ALASKA BEARS BASE CAMP
“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 5 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 in Kenai by plane or car. Arrival can be anytime before 10:00am. Your KBA guide will greet you at the Kenai Airport (if flying), or at our Kenai flight office (if driving). At 11:00am we begin with a group orientation meeting, gear check, weights & measures, safety briefing, and discussion of our overall trip plan – lunch will be hosted by KBA during the meeting. Between 3:30-4:00pm we begin staging our gear to be loaded on the bush plane. When ready to take flight, we’ll load all of our gear for the trip, and fly out around 4:30pm. 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 an evening hike and give you a glimpse of your backcountry playground for the next few days.
Meals Included: Welcome lunch, and backcountry dinner
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2 to 4: 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 5: LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK > KENAI
After a morning of exploring and searching for our neighbors, the bears, the group will take down camp. Then it’s time to hike to the pick-up spot a short distance away where you’ll board our bush plane for yet another scenic flight. Once back to the flight office we’ll sort out gear, and transport you to the Kenai Airport. If you are returning home this evening, please be sure to schedule your return Kenai flight for after 8:00pm (Kenai>Anchorage).
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
Distance: 1-3+ miles
*The accompanying itinerary is the schedule we intend to follow. However, this is Alaska, and our trips may deviate as written on this page or in any documentation we publish. This can be as a result of weather conditions, group preference, safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances. Therefore expect the unexpected, and prepare to be flexible.
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:
- Accommodations: 4 nights base camp tent camping
- Round-trip ground transportation (Kenai Airport<>Flight Office)
- Round-trip bush plane flights during the trip (Kenai<>Backcountry)
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional guide service
- Expedition tents
- Sleeping bag with liner, sleeping pad, and pillow
- Satellite phone, GPS, maps, location tracker
- Medical kits, and repair gear
- Large gathering/cook tent
- Cooking equipment, eating utensils, bowl/plate, and hot drink mug
- Water filtration equipment
- Bear resistant canisters
- Electric bear fence(s)
- Guides prepare and cook all meals
- Guides setup and take down entire camp (option to assist)
LOGISTICS & FAQ
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 10:00am 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 will provide transportation between the Kenai Airport and our flight office.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations on day 1 thru 5 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 $250 per person applies to tent camping Day 1 thru 5.
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. Everything from cinnamon rolls and vanilla pancakes for breakfast, to spaghetti with meatballs for dinner, finished off with cheesecake for dessert.
How much extra money should people budget?
Kenai Backcountry Adventures recommends that you bring $500 cash for gratuities, in-town spending money, souvenirs, additional meals, etc.
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.
- Airfare/Travel to and from Kenai, AK, before and after your trip
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Personal gear (rain gear, clothing, backpack, etc.)
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Single supplement ($250)
- Additional lodging nights due to weather delays (in town)
- Additional meals due to weather delays (in town)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for your guides (recommended)