FLY-IN OVERNIGHT BEAR ADVENTURE
2-DAY BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING ADVENTURE WITH BEARS
2-DAY BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING ADVENTURE WITH BEARS
*Minimum: 2 participants per trip required to guarantee
*Solo travelers welcome with at least 2 other people already booked
Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Get ready for a fully-immersive, all-inclusive fly-in overnight bear adventure – this is an exclusive KBA Adventure!
KBA knows bears, we know a lot of bears! Allow us to introduce you to them. This trip is a fun, family-friendly, backcountry camping adventure with bears. It is truly amazing!
During your trip, you will venture through parts of Alaska that very few people have ever set foot in. You will do this while trekking amongst the wildlife; Alaska Bears, possibly other local inhabitants such as moose.
EXCLUSIVE FLY-IN OVERNIGHT BEAR ADVENTURE
An exclusive, small group tour led by highly-experienced Bear Guides to the most natural, undisturbed Bear habitat in Alaska. These bears have not been surrounded by 4-wheelers, planes, or other noisy gasoline powered vehicles. These bears have not been stalked by droves of loud groups of people. Theses bears go about their day in the pure bliss and solitude that nature affords them. We hike quietly, and tread lightly within their habitat to keep the rawness, and realness of this natural beauty as pristine as Mother Nature made it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your Experience begins in Kenai, when you arrive at our flight office for your pre-trip briefing and check-in. You will take to the skies in one of our professionally maintained, and flown Alaska bush aircraft. The flight is exhilarating, and you will have the opportunity to see snowcapped volcanoes, massive glaciers, and even some wildlife. Soon you’ll touch down in the backcountry on the west side of Cook Inlet in a brand new, exclusive bear habitat.
There’s always the chance that the bears may greet us near the airplane as they frequently roam the area. Once we locate the bears, typically within a mile or two hike, we will watch them, we will gaze upon them in awe. We will study their behavior and let them know we appreciate them allowing us to walk amongst them in their natural domain.
Our Alaska Bear Adventure tours are completely freestyle and unscripted. The bears do not have a script, therefore we will not either. We will roam the area watching the bears, and moving around through this environment as we gain various vantage points, and new viewing opportunities.
The environment is rich with wildlife, and we often see brown bears, and black bears, as well as the occasional meandering moose.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY > KENAI > BACKCOUNTRY
Today you’ll arrive in Kenai by plane or car, anytime before 08:00am. Your KBA guide will greet you at the Kenai Airport (if flying), or at our Kenai flight office (if driving). We’ll begin with a group orientation meeting, gear check, weights & measures, safety briefing, and discussion of our overall trip plan. We’ll have breakfast snacks, and refreshments available. Around 9:00am we begin staging our gear to be loaded on the bush plane, and when ready we’ll load all of our gear for the trip, and fly out around 9:30-10:00am. 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 securely stage our camping gear and following this we’ll head out for the rest of the day to look for bears. We’ll do lunch in the field, and return to camp late afternoon to set up our camp for the evening. Soon after this we’ll enjoy a wonderful backcountry dinner. The evenings are long in summer, so it’s likely we’ll take an evening hike to go look for bears again.
Meals Included: Breakfast snacks, lunch, and backcountry dinner
Distance: Varies, easily 5+ miles
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2: BACKCOUNTRY > KENAI
Today begins with hot drinks, and a backcountry breakfast. Following this we’ll take down our camp, so everything is ready for our pick-up at the end of the day. As soon as this is done we’ll take a hike to go look for bears. We’ll spend another full day of exploring and looking for bears. We’ll do lunch in the field again, and at the end of the day we’ll return back to our camp area and await our bush plane pick-up. We generally arrive back to the mainland around late-afternoon, to early-evening (weather/flight dependent). Upon arrival to the mainland we’ll exchange some high-fives, bear hugs, and see-ya-laters. If you’re leaving Kenai this evening, we’ll transport you to the Kenai Airport. If you are returning home by flight from Alaska this evening, please be sure to schedule your Kenai flight for after 10:00pm. However, we always encourage planning a buffer day at the end of your trip, just in case.
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
Distance: Varies, easily 5+ 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 will provide transportation between the Kenai Airport and our flight office.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations on day 1 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 that applies to tent camping Day 1-2.
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 guide and pilot 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”). This is a very comprehensive list that applies to many locations in Alaska, and longer trips. You may be able to easily pair this list down – ask us any questions!
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.