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8 Day Bear Photo Safari in Katmai National Park, Alaska
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Prepare yourself for a thrilling and wonderful bear watching with Alaska Trophy Adventures in Alaska, USA! With the highest population of brown bears in the world, Alaska is one of the most prized destinations for wildlife viewing. Particularly for seeing large brown bears feeding on fresh-run salmon. There will be no regrets for you if you join this safari. Once you come, you will be guaranteed to have unforgettable memories here.

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: King Salmon, Alaska
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear

Highlights

  • 4-day bear viewing
  • Photography sessions
  • Explore Katmai National Park
  • Spot Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear
  • Important briefing orientation
  • Meals on a full board basis
  • 7 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

All of the guest cabins, including the main lodge have spectacular views of the Alagnak river. The dining lodge is the centerpiece of the camp. Its where you take your meals, share stories and socialize after a day on the river. With lounge sofas, a fireplace, and a stunning view of the river and surrounding mountains, this building really is the town hall of our little village.

Wooden walkways connect all the private guest cabins to each other and lead down to the naturally sheltered dock. The Swiss chalet on the hill is perfect for larger parties accommodating up to eight guests comfortably and in style, not to mention taking in the “Million Dollar View”, where you can survey the rest of the property, river, and mountains beyond.

The lodge itself is on 160 acres of prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak River known as the upper braids. The only access to the lodge is via bush plane, landing on a private airstrip located on the property. Welcoming wooden cabins are equipped with running water, heating, and power, that will guarantee you a comfortable stay. With an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery, this trip is sure to live up to the image of Alaska that you have always dreamed of.

Program

Overview

On your departure day, Alaska Trophy Adventures strongly encourages the guests to schedule a late afternoon flight out of King Salmon to Anchorage in order not to miss your connecting flights. As you can imagine, weather can occasionally cause delays in Alaska.

After booking your flight to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), you will need to arrange a flight from Anchorage to King Salmon Airport (AKN). Only two airlines fly to King Salmon daily: Alaska Airlines and Pen Air. All guests are requested to be at the King Salmon Airport (AKN) by 09:00 on the day they are scheduled to start their week at Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge. This means that you will need to either arrive on the first flight in the morning or arrive the night before and stay overnight in King Salmon at a local hotel.

Alaska Trophy Adventures has never had a guest miss their charter flight if they choose to come in the night before and stay over in King Salmon. Flights to ATAL start in the morning around 10:00 from King Salmon. A friendly local air charter service handles all flights to the lodge. The fee is 300 USD per person for your roundtrip journey between King Salmon and the Lodge. All their pilots are highly experienced and their aircraft meet the strictest safety regulations. Lean back and have your camera ready for an incredible flight over the Katmai National Park.

The bears

The Alaskan Coastal brown bear is an intelligent and impressive animal. Although classified as “loners”, the coastal brown bears you visit during your Alaska bear viewing tours in the Alagnak Wild River and Katmai National Park, are quite social, and often congregate in large groups around food sources such as salmon runs and sedge grass meadows. Bears often interact with one another, which makes for entertaining bear watching. Bears communicate with one another using body language, posturing, and vocalizations that can range from roars to huffs to sharp popping sounds. Bear on bear confrontations is rarely physical unless the bears are playing for fun. Cubs, as well as adult, bears often tumble, wrestle, play chase, and hang out with other bears during their free time.

One reason Alaska brown bears are such exciting animals to be watching in the wild is their intelligence. There are many fascinating examples of brown bear intelligence and tool use. Alaska brown bears live for 20 to 25 years and have distinct personalities. Although called “brown” bears they vary in coloration from almost black to a very light blonde. Grizzly bears and brown bears are the same species, although “brown” bear is more often used to describe coastal bears. The Alaska grizzly bear population is estimated at about 30,000, and about 3,000 grizzly bears reside in Katmai National Park.

Itinerary

Sunday, day 1: Arrival - King Salmon

Early in the morning arrive at King Salmon Airport (AKN) (you are requested to be there before 09:00). Depart King Salmon. Arrive at Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge. The staff will escort you and your belongings to your cabin and ensure that you have everything you need. After lunch, there will be a brief orientation and then you will be free to relax and spend your afternoon in whatever manner you choose. There are no guided activities on the day you arrive.

  • Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (twin room)
  • Meals: Full board

Monday and Tuesday, day 2 and 3: Bear watching and photography - Alagnak

Each day starts at 07:00 with breakfast. After breakfast, the fleet of jet boats will be ready to depart by 08:00. All you need to do is discuss with your guide what you are most interested in achieving in terms of photographic opportunities so as to get the best possible result in accordance with your objectives. If you wish, Alaska Trophy Adventures can arrange to fly out trips to various destinations at an additional cost. Let’s face it, that’s why the bears are here as well!

  • Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (twin rooms)
  • Meals: Full board

Wednesday and Thursday, day 4 and 5: Bear watching and photography - Alagnak

Photography each day is based on two guests to one guide with access to the river systems via jet boats. If you wish, Alaska Trophy Adventures can arrange to fly out trips to various destinations at an additional cost. Let’s face it, that’s why the bears are here as well!

  • Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (twin rooms)
  • Meals: Full board

Friday and Saturday, day 6 and 7: Alagnak

Enjoy your last two days on the river with your guide either taking more fabulous photos of the wildlife for the species of your choice / or arranging other flies out adventure activities. There is no set itinerary as Alaska Trophy Adventures likes to whatever you wish to target.

  • Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (twin rooms)
  • Meals: Full board

Sunday, day 8: End of the tour - King Salmon

In the morning you will be picked up for the flight back to King Salmon. Depart Alaska Trophy Adventures. Arrive at King Salmon, then depart King Salmon. Finally, arrive at Anchorage.

Location

Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park has become well known for its salmon run which attracts both bears and people alike. Katmai contains the world's largest protected brown / grizzly bear population, estimated to number about 2200. Apart from its famous brown bears, Katmai also has moose, grey wolves, beavers, otters, porcupines, wolverine, and other mammals. Marine mammals include hair seals, sea lions, sea otters, beluga whales, orca and grey whales. Caribou occasionally winters within the park.

Each year, millions of salmon enter Katmai National Park. They swim up into the lakes, rivers, and streams of the area to spawn. These fish provide a food source for Alaskan Rainbow Trout and other freshwater fish. This is Alaska’s famous sports fishing country. Katmai truly embodies the wild heart of Alaska. Katmai National Park and Preserve is located on the Alaska Peninsula in Southwest Alaska, with headquarters in the nearby town of King Salmon, about 290 miles southwest of Anchorage. The park and preserve cover 4,093,077 acres. Most of this is a designated wilderness area in the national park where all hunting is banned. The park is named after Mount Katmai, it's centerpiece Volcano. The area was first designated a national monument in 1918 to protect the area around the major 1912 volcanic eruption of Novarupta, which formed the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. The park includes as many as 18 individual volcanoes, seven of which have been active since 1900.

Following its designation as a national park, the monument was left undeveloped and largely unvisited until the 1950s. Katmai and the surrounding lands became appreciated for their abundance of sockeye salmon, the grizzly bears that fed upon them, and a wide variety of other Alaskan wildlife and marine life. After a series of boundary expansions, the present national park and preserve were established in 1980 under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. A truly remarkable ecosystem, beautiful to behold and full of natural treasures to discover.

Alagnak

The location on the Alagnak is deep in the bear country and often have bears within sight of the lodge. You are able to access the river by jet boat and find perfect spots for camera crews to set up and spend a whole day surrounded by these magnificent creatures. In the height of the season, it is not rare to see over 20 bears in a day as well as an array of other wildlife. The lodge-based bear viewing tours, provide clients with comfortable private riverfront cabins, delicious meals, and guided jet boat tours in prime bear viewing country. These majestic creatures are an incredible sight to behold. Get your camera ready and take the pictures of a lifetime.

The pristine lakes and rivers that empty into Bristol Bay support world-renowned spawning and harvesting of all five species of Pacific Salmon King, Sockeye, Silver, Chum, and Pink- as well as Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Northern Pike, Lake Trout and Dolly Varden.

The region also supports healthy populations of:

  • Moose
  • Brown bear
  • Seal and walrus
  • Beaver
  • Wolverine
  • Porcupine
  • River otter
  • Fox
  • Caribou
  • Wolves
  • Bald eagles
  • Waterfowl and migratory birds

Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is situated on the remote banks of the wild and scenic Alagnak River. Boasting a world-famous run of all five species of Pacific salmon, the Alagnak is also home to a host of resident fish, such as leopard rainbow trout, arctic char, and grayling. This prestigious river is located within the Katmai National Park, with its headwaters in the surrounding mountains and drains into Bristol Bay. It is also famously known as “The Branch River” for its seemingly endless braids, where 10 miles of river can easily contain 30 miles of fishable waters. With such exclusive river access, you are sure not to be bothered by any crowds.

Food

Alaska Trophy Adventures loves to create delicious well-presented food. Alaska Trophy Adventures can’t wait to entice you with Alaska Trophy Adventures' mouth-watering meals, an unexpected highlight in such a remote Alaskan location. With a focus on family values and quality service, Alaska Trophy Adventures wants your stay here to find the lodge comfortable, welcoming and friendly. While you are here we want you to feel like “one of the family”.

Sue and Megan McGee head up the team that make things happen behind the scenes, adding a woman's touch with an eye for fine detail. So don't hesitate to let them know if you have any special requirements or requests. All the camp staff is dedicated to making you feel at home during your stay in the Alaskan bush.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In the region, you can also arrange to fly out adventures to see: Walrus, freshwater seals (one of only two populations in the world), beluga, and possibly occasional killer whales (orca), and sea otters.

What's included

  • 4-day bear viewing
  • Photography sessions
  • Important briefing orientation
  • Domestic flights
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Meals on a full board basis

What's not included

  • All flights from origin to the final destination including return Air Taxi Charter Flight from the town of King Salmon to ATA Lodge (approx 375 USD per person subject to change)
  • Local bed tax and national park user fee (approximately 175 USD per person subject to change)
  • King Salmon Stamp (approximately 45 USD per person per week if required)
  • Gratuity (recommended 10% to 15% of the full retail package per person per week)
  • Any Alcohol is brought your own (you are offered a complimentary glass of wine with dinner)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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