Alaska Arctic Rivers

Alatna River

Alatna River


Light and nimble packrafts allow your guides to start the trip high on the Alatna, far above where most others venture. An 8 day adventure on the Alatna River where the paddling is fast and fun, the hiking is superb and where the open tundra provides long vistas and wildlife encounters. With long Arctic days and nearly limitless wilderness, this trip explores the very heart of Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Starting high on the Arctic Divide the river’s clear water flows through the dramatic peaks of the Central Brooks Range. Tundra peaks beckon in all directions and you will have time to explore them. Dall Sheep, Wolves, Moose and Caribou are commonly seen in the area and you are likely to encounter them. After hiking to where the river is deep enough to paddle, you’ll lash your gear into the packrafts and paddle down this spunky and fun, clear water river. As you head down river you’ll get tantalizing glimpses of the sheer granite spires of the Arrigetch Peaks emerging from the boreal forest.

Your guide will provide instruction on packrafting and river safety and the Alatna is a good place to develop paddling skills. No previous packrafting experience is required but being comfortable on the water is a bonus. Fishing along the river is decent and the scenery is superb.

Packrafting was invented in Alaska and is a great way to enjoy the remote corners of Gates of the Arctic National Park. Packrafts are light, strong and easy to learn to paddle. Ask about discounts for bringing your own packraft.

Your Guides

Owned and operated by Alaskans, this is a true wilderness guiding company with a special emphasis on Arctic adventures. Small groups (1 to 8 people) allow for a focus on traveling quietly to take in the land and its inhabitants. Small group size also allows for a diverse and spontaneous itinerary with attention dedicated to individual’s interests.

Professional guides, many who have made a career exploring remote locations of Alaska, are trained in wilderness first aid/CPR, Swiftwater Rescue and Leave No Trace.

Getting Here

The Alatna River trip begins in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks has daily service from Seattle, Washington and a variety of additional lower 48 airports on Alaska Air or Delta during the summer months.

Expedition Broker can arrange all aspects of your travel including flights, hotels and additional travel while in Alaska at no cost to you. Feel free to use our local expertise to help you prepare for your trip!

What’s Included

  • Transportation beyond Fairbanks
  • Food while in the Wilderness
  • Stoves, Cooking & Eating Utensils
  • Boats, Paddles, Life Jackets
  • Safety & Repair Gear
  • Professional guide service

Why Go?

  • Packrafts allow you to go where few others have ever traveled
  • Huge wilderness to explore in the heart of Gates of the Arctic
  • No previous pack rafting experience necessary



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Location Alatna River, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
Duration 9 Day Trip
Craft Type Packraft
Activities pack rafting, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, photography
Route Summary Brooks Range/Continental Divide 50 miles to Takahula Lake

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