Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
A very important feature of our Alaska adventure is the limited group size, as nature expeditions and wildlife encounters are best experienced in a quiet, intimate context.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Internal flights (in 2017), train, accommodations, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13 (except dinner on Days 6 and 9), purified water for refillable bottles, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, kayaking at Fox Island, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, dinner on Days 6 and 9, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance.
The activities on our Alaska wildlife adventure are diverse, requiring general mobility and fitness. The longest required walk is two miles roundtrip over a relatively flat wooden boardwalk to reach Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, where we observe the brown bears. Trail surfaces for our various walks vary from pavement to uneven natural terrain. While all travelers must be able to walk at least two miles, some longer hikes are available for those who desire. Our kayaking activity on Fox Island involves paddling for approximately two hours in conditions that are typically quite calm. We stress that travelers are not required to participate in every activity, but all participants must be able to walk at least two miles.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip ventures far afield from the typical Alaska tour circuit where large motorcoaches move long lines of cruise clients to crowded destinations. A few details you should be aware of: The day we transit from the remote heart of Denali National Park to Talkeetna is a long one (10 hours), but it includes magnificent scenery the entire way, and we travel by both small bus and train. Solar power is available during daytime hours at Kenai Wilderness Lodge. All Ultimate Alaska trips begin in Fairbanks and end in Anchorage.
A prime focus of our Alaska adventure is bears, which, naturally, should be treated with caution. At Brooks Falls, thousands of visitors have traveled here to view bears over the past 50+ years and, to our knowledge, there has never been a bear attack. But we never know exactly what bears are thinking, so we ask our travelers to consider this and pay close attention to the rules set forth by the park rangers.
An important note about Katmai accommodations: Because Katmai National Park assigns rooms at Brooks Lodge on a lottery basis, it is not possible to accommodate all our groups there on every departure. Depending on the departure date you have chosen, you will overnight on Days 10 and 11 either at Brooks Lodge or Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge. See dates list for more details. Though very rustic, Brooks Lodge offers exceptional proximity to the bears, with viewing platforms accessible via a relatively short walk. Accommodations at Brooks Lodge are simple and in shared quarters (four guests to a cabin, separated by gender or couple), with two bunk beds and private bathroom facilities in each cabin. Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge, a fly-in wilderness lodge near King Salmon, offers more deluxe accommodations and includes a scenic 20-minute floatplane ride to reach Brooks Falls.
Since the areas we travel to on this extension are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat’s medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays, to lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation or comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer through Travelex by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
This Alaska adventure begins in Fairbanks and ends in Anchorage. Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska by 4 pm on Day 1 of the program in order to attend a 6 pm orientation followed by a 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart Anchorage anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.