Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon River Adventures
Kongakut River

Kongakut River

SUNDOG EXPEDITIONS
ANWR: ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Kongakut River

The Kongakut is a 10-day paddle trip and hiking adventure on one of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's (ANWR) premier rivers. Never-ending daylight, birds, wildflowers, wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and the opportunity to see the Porcupine caribou herd's summer migration, makes this a "North Slope" river trip beyond compare.  Paddling on the 60-mile float is easy to moderate with some Class III rapids and hiking on the arctic tundra is moderate to challenging.  No prior experience is necessary. Trip begins and ends in Fairbanks, AK.

Kongakut Photos

by Lonnie Hutson

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  • Trip Details
  • Experience, Age, Fitness
  • Equipment Supplied
  • Weather
  • River Classification
  • Travel
  • FAQ'S

The Trip
Meet us in Fairbanks, AK the night before our trip for a group meeting. The next day enjoy a flight with Wright Air to Arctic Village where you will then be shuttled to the Kongakut River in the heart of the Brooks Range. On our trip we will travel downstream through the Arctic landscape. After several days of practice in the paddle boats we will encounter a section of fun Class III whitewater. There are opportunities for hiking almost every day including some layovers with the focus of exploring this great wilderness. At the end of our trip relish in the great scenery during another travel day back to Fairbanks.

Camping on the Kongakut River
In keeping with the nature of the place, SUNDOG EXPEDITIONS provide a participatory experience. We camp daily along the river, often on a tundra benches and you will be involved in setting up camp and you will have the opportunity to help the crew in the preparation of meals.

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Group Size
is limited by the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to 10 group members, including guides and guests.

Meals & Food
All meals will be provided on the river beginning with lunch before we launch on the first day of your trip and ending with lunch at our take-out. We serve a wonderful menu of delicious and healthy foods. We are able to accommodate most dietary requests and requirements.

Campfires
Campfires are made in firepans to avoid scorching the sand or soil and allowing us to remove the ash from our campsite, leaving a no trace camp.

Experience, Age, FitnessCopper River

This trip is suitable for individuals of varying levels of experience. The minimum age for participation is 14 years old and there is no upper limit. You should be in reasonable physical condition and those with serious health concerns should be aware that this trip is conducted in true wilderness. First time campers are welcome and will acquire skills in outdoor living with the help of our very experienced guides.

















EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED OR RENTED


SUNDOG EXPEDITIONS provides each guest with a Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket, all eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware), an insulated coffee mug with lid, a high quality 4-season tent (double occupancy), a waist high wader with rubber booties, high quality rubberized rain jacket, waterproof bags, and storage for brCopper Rivereakable items.

Tents
To insure your comfort we provide you with a high quality four-season tent  for two people,  single tent rental is available. We will teach you how to set it up if you have no experience or are unfamiliar with the equipment.

Clothing
Layers are always a good bet. When you sign up for a trip with us, you will receive an information package which will include a detailed list of what you will need to bring with you to be comfortable both on the river and at camp.

Sleepkits
Sundog Expeditions has Rental Sleepkits available. Avoid the hassle of traveling with bulky sleeping gear by renting


Weather
The Kongakut River is located within the Arctic Circle, which means that the weather at the beginning of the trip will often be dry with chances for precipitation increasing as we near the coastal zone near the Gulf of Alaska. Though June is the best weather month on the Kongakut River you should be prepared for variability. It is often warm and sunny, but it can become windy, cold, and rainy for extended periods of time. Temperatures range from the 40's and 50's (Fahrenheit) at night, to the 60's 70's and 80's in the daytime. It is usually cool while we are floating on the river.Copper River

Daylight
You will not need to bring a flashlight with you.






RIVER CLASSIFICATION

This stretch of river is rated Class Il-lll
A fast flowing river with a nice gradient and numerous class II-III rapids.

Copper River

Copper River

TRAVEL LOGISTICS
When you sign up for a trip with us you will receive a detailed information pack which will include information on travel and accommodations.

GETTING TO FAIRBANKS AK
Major Airlines provide service from the lower 48 to Fairbanks, they include: Alaska Airlines, Northwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta.

Meals and Food
All meals will be provided on the river beginning with lunch on the first day of your trip and ending with lunch on the river before we reach our take-out. We serve a wonderful menu of delicious and healthy foods. Including fresh fruits, vegetables and meats which we carry in large coolers. Each evening and morning your crew will prepare amazing meals and lunch will be prepared on the river at around noontime. We are able to accommodate most dietary requests and requirements.

A sample menu for one day might go something like this...For Breakfast, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Tea, and Orange Juice, Blueberry Pancakes with real Maple Syrup, Thick-sliced Bacon, and Grapefruit and Orange Compote. For Lunch on the river...Mexican Burrito Wrap Sandwiches with Tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa. And later on at camp, Egg Drop Soup, Marinated Mushrooms, Gouda Cheese and Crackers. Dinner of fresh Curried Shrimp served with Balsamic Rice and a fresh Caesar Salad. For Dessert...Cheesecake!

Toilet in order to maintain the pristine camps on the Salmon River we carry out all waste and trash. Each day when you arrive at camp your guides will set up a private portable toilet system. Please don't worry! Your comfort is paramount and your crew will explain everything you need to know at the very beginning your trip

Gratuity
Our guides work very hard to provide a great trip for you. At your discretion, a tip may be left with your trip leader and will be appreciated by all of your crew