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Bears of Brooks Falls: A Photo Pro Expedition

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    $9995 (+internal air)

Internal Air Cost: $1942 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $2595. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $500 per person
 
Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.

 

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  • Trip Price
    $10395 (+internal air)

Internal Air Cost: $1942 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $2595. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $500 per person
 
Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.

 

Group Size
Limited to 8 Travelers
A very important feature of our Alaska brown bear photography expedition is the small group size, as this intimate wildlife encounter is best and most safely experienced with fewer travelers.
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  • Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s) plus local guides and lodge staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, chest waders for use during bear-viewing excursions (If you require an especially large or small size, please let us know prior to your trip), all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
  • Internal air cost includes: Flights from Anchorage to King Salmon and all floatplane flights within the itinerary (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), optional travel protection and medical evacuation insurance.
Physical Requirements
Difficult
This expedition to see bears at the end of the season in the Brooks Falls region ventures into terrain that can be difficult to navigate, requiring travelers to be confident on their feet in varying and challenging conditions. A full day of bear viewing typically involves walking up to 6 miles on multiple outings to daily bear-viewing locations. When conditions are dry and water levels in the river are low, we will wear chest waders to wade up the Brooks River to view bears. When water levels are higher, the bears will typically be at the falls, and walking to view them will be less taxing. At any time, however, conditions can include rough, uneven terrain, bushwhacking through heavy brush, walking in shallow water, and walking through mud—while carrying all of your own gear including camera equipment. Weather is highly changeable at this time of year and may be inclement, with rain or even snow possible. In order to maximize bear-viewing opportunities, we will spend long days in the field. Once at the bear-viewing site, physical activity is quite limited. We may spend several hours sitting on the ground in essentially one spot with little movement. For safety reasons, it is not possible to split the group: individuals may not opt to return to the lodge early or to stay in one place while the rest of the group moves on. Travelers must be of sound health and able to maintain a positive attitude in a wild, remote and unpredictable setting.

On custom or private departures with smaller groups, our ability to accommodate varying levels of physical abilities or interests is limited, since these trips are staffed with a single Expedition Leader who may be assisted, pending availability, by local guides.
Important Information About This Trip
This adventure is very different from the typical Alaska tour where motorcoaches move long lines of cruise ship clients to crowded destinations. The focus here is specifically on brown bears—the world's largest coastal grizzlies—which, naturally, must be treated with caution and respect. You will always be in the company of our expert naturalist guides who will coach you on how to comport yourself safely in bear territory, and who will offer photography techniques that yield the best shots, providing insight and wisdom on bear behavior that is critical to anticipating and capturing the action. Please note that weather can be unpredictable during this time of year and there is always a possibility of delayed or cancelled flights. With this in mind, we have created an itinerary that includes multiple days of bear viewing.

Important note about restroom facilities:  At this time of year, Brooks Lodge has closed for the season, and there are no flush toilets available—only basic outhouses near Brooks Camp will be available during the day while we are observing bears in the field. 
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we strongly recommend that all guests have, at minimum, medical evacuation insurance for this program. While this is not required, we make this strong suggestion in the interest of our guests' safety. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage.

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 and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
This trip begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Arrive in Anchorage by 4 pm on Day 1 in order to attend a 6 pm orientation with our Expedition Leader followed by a 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart Anchorage at any time on the final day.
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