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Experience Katmai: 3- or 4-Day Camping Expedition in Bear Country

Anchorage, Alaska
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Rough it on a 3- or 4-day camping adventure in Katmai National Park, a remote Alaskan wilderness with the world’s largest concentration of brown bears. This camping tour provides the trip of a lifetime for experienced and open-minded campers who enjoy time spent close to nature. Your expert guide takes you into the wild to observe bears and other animals in their natural habitat. You'll sleep in basic tents, eat simple meals and take guided hikes on this small-group tour limited to four people, which allows for a more intimate experience.
  • 3- or 4-day camping and bear-watching expedition with experienced guide from Homer
  • See brown bears, wolves and other Alaskan wildlife on a multi-day camping trip in Katmai National Park
  • Take photos of breathtaking scenery and wildlife in the wilderness of Alaska
  • Hike along the meadows and shoreline of Halo Bay to observe bears in the wild
  • Get great views of glaciers and volcanoes during the round-trip flight to Katmai National Park from Homer
  • Perfect wildlife enthusiasts, adventurous bear lovers and professional or amateur photographers who thrive in a truly rugged environment
  • Includes all food, flights, camping and cooking gear

What's Included

3- or 4-day camping excursion in Katmai National Park
Superb wildlife viewing, scenery and photography opportunities
Round trip transport by Cessna 206 aircraft to the temporary base camp in Katmai National Park
All camping gear required for the excursion: tents, electric fences, sleeping and cooking gear
Safety equipment: satellite phone, radios, survival and first aid kits, emergency food, etc.
All meals while on tour
Rubber boots
Small-group tour
Local pilot guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Homer

Departure Time

2:30pm (approx.)
*The exact departure time will be confirmed after booking; departure times are estimated and will vary to accommodate the tides and the volume of water as the plane will land on the beach in Katmai National Park

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at 6pm (approx.) on the last day of your excursion
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What To Expect

Take this incredible opportunity to spend several days camping in a remote area of Katmai National Park, home to wild Alaskan brown bears, wolves, and other majestic wildlife. On this 3- or 4-day guided excursion, you get to be in the heart of one of the largest populations of brown bears in the world!

Fly into Katmai National Park on a small plane and set up a temporary base camp in a strategic location. On day hikes from the base camp, you’ll explore the protected habitat that many animals call home; identify the flora and fauna of Katmai; and examine seaweed, sea grass and intertidal animals at the Halo Bay. Throughout your trip, your guide also shares the history and culture of the natives who inhabited the area for centuries. See the Itinerary below for more details.

You must be in good shape to walk for several miles along both level and uneven trails each day.

On this camping tour, the group works together to operate a safe camp using Leave No Trace techniques to minimize your impact on this pristine natural setting. Each evening, the entire group discusses the next day’s activities, taking into consideration sunrise, sunset, and lunar and tidal cycles.

As for meals, you won't be served a 5-star menu, but rest assured that you’ll eat healthy, energizing food throughout your trip. All dinners are prepared at the camp site; your guide supervises all food preparation and clean up to ensure a safe environment.

Once each day is over, you retire to tents surrounded by a portable electric fence. There are no bathroom facilities other than the great outdoors. Your guide will make sure that you are safe and warm, but expect the bare necessities when it comes to accommodation.

Itinerary

Day 1: Homer – Katmai National Park (D)
Depart from the Homer airport in the early afternoon in a 6-seater plane, passing over glaciers and active volcanoes jutting from the coastline. The flight takes 1 to 1.5 hours to reach Katmai National Park, depending on the weather conditions.

After you land and set up camp with your guide, you'll get a safety briefing and tips for interacting with the bears. You’re likely to see some bears this afternoon, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take photos of the magnificent scenery. After dinner, relax and make a plan for the following day with your small group.

Overnight: basic tent camping

Day 2: Katmai National Park (B, L, D)
Get an early start with breakfast, then hike out into the meadows, beaches, and forest along the coast. Follow your knowledgeable guide along paths near the rivers where the bears spend their days. You’ll see bears munching on sedge grass, digging clams from the muck, fishing for salmon, playing together, courting and mating.

Each day is different, but you’ll usually hike in the morning then return to camp for lunch and a rest at midday. You’re not the only one taking a break: bears and wolves are generally less active in the middle of the day.

After lunch, head back out to explore in the afternoon and early evening when the bears and wolves are more active and the lighting is very good. Each night, you’ll return to camp for dinner and the next day’s planning session.

Overnight: basic tent camping

Day 3: Katmai National Park – Homer (B, L)
You’ll spend the morning watching bears and wolves, and depending on what your group decides the prior evening, you can head back to areas that interested you most from your last hike. Alternatively, blaze a new trail to see flora and fauna. Learn what’s edible as well as the many medicinal uses of the plants found in Katmai from your guide.

If this is your last day, return to your campsite after the morning portion to pack up and take your 1-hour flight back to Homer, which departs in the late afternoon or early evening. Departure times will vary to accommodate the tides. Say farewell to your guide and take home incredible memories of your time among the wild bears of Alaska.

Overnight: basic tent camping (if you select the 4-day option)

Day 4 (if option selected): Katmai National Park – Homer (B, L)
Enjoy one more day of the sights and sounds of Katmai National Park. After a full morning of spying on bears and wolves, pack up and take off on your 1-hour flight back to Homer.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • All clients' weights MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Please see voucher, after booking, for a detailed packing list
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. The food provided on this tour is healthy high-energy camping food (please don’t expect gourmet food) and the guide is responsible for supervising all food preparation and cleaning in order to maintain a safe environment
  • Please note: clients should be comfortable hiking 10 miles on level but often uneven terrain
  • Please note: this is a wilderness camping tour. There are no lodges or bathroom facilities and clients sleep on the ground in tents. This is a guided and safe tour but clients will not have many of the creature comforts that some people need or expect
  • Accommodation: each tent measures 435cm wide and 205cm long (8-person dome tent); one tent per booking
  • Clients must be willing to relieve themselves in the great outdoors as there are no bathroom facilities in Katmai National Park
  • Clients will practice strict leave no trace ethics in order to preserve the environment
  • Not recommended for child aged 7 and under. Generally, children should be around 8 years old to participate and understand the importance of the environment we operate in
  • Safety: the guides have over 15 years combined experience and thousands of bear encounters. The guides carry a bear flare, bear mace, hand held radios to communicate with any airplane or boat in the area, satellite phones, comprehensive first aid kit, and emergency rations and gear (enough to last a month). All guides have been trained as wilderness first responders (or higher) and have gone through intensive medical training for outdoor and remote situations
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    Cancellation Policy

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