Two to Five Day BearCamp Trips
Live with the bears of Lake Clark
Chosen by Outside Magazine as North America's best Bush Camp, this Alaska Brown Bear viewing trip is the perfect to addition to your independent tour of Alaska. Your flight to BearCamp takes you by active volcanoes and massive glaciers en route to a beach landing, like the earliest pioneers. Not only do you get some of the best bear viewing in Alaska, you will enjoy modern, heated tent cabins w/potty, excellent meals, great guides and wonderful camp hosts. There are a variety of brown bears to see, including mommas with "Spring cubs" in the spring, and big Adult brown bears fishing salmon, mid to late summer. These are one of a kind bear viewing excursions!
Space VERY limited. Save $100 if you do not require transfers from Anchorage.
This trip features stays at our world famous BearCamp. BearCamp is a "glamping" style base camp with beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. We have reduced our carbon use by going to a 5 solar panel grid for our electricity.
The tents are Extreme duty Weather-Ports...essentially Aluminum frame PVC skin huts with hard floors, Twin and queen beds with linens double occupancy weather-port tent/cabins. We have RV style "porta potties" in the tents with the composting toilets in the common shower house. Propane heat and light, high quality linens on double and queen beds make it full on "Glamping" stye adventure you'll never forget.
Check-in & Lunch, Fly to BearCamp, View Bears, Overnight
You’ll be met at 7:30AM at one of 3 Anchorage hotels (2 airport and 1 downtown) by our private van for the scenic 2 ½ hour trip to Great Alaska. (Please note- the ”no transfer” version begins with an 11:00 check in at our riverside main lodge on the Kenai river, and saves you $100 off the "from Anchorage" version.) Lunch and orientation is followed by a flight to our BearCamp©, our incredible bear viewing camp in Lake Clark National Park. Following your arrival at BearCamp and a thorough orientation, you’ll spend the afternoon viewing the amazing coastal Alaskan Brown Bears at the very base of Mt. Illiamna, one of Alaska’s most beautiful mountains. After Alaska bear viewing, you’ll overnight in an electrified fence perimeter of high-tech Weather-Port tent cabins with heater, porta-potty, writing desk, and twin beds.
All Day With the Bears of Chinitna, Overnight
Today is that pearl of a day…in a wilderness Shangri-la with nowhere to go! Wake up to hot coffee and a wash basin of steaming water. After a hearty breakfast, you guides will discuss the best viewing options, then it’s off to one or both of our special viewing locations. Bears clamming, fishing, fighting and playing are all on the agenda- each time period an season brings it's own unique combination, and ever single trip is different. A wonderful Lunch and dinner will be served back at the main camp in the dining tent, with evening beach fires (weather permitting) then overnight with the staff of BearCamp.
Morning with the Bears and return (this describes your final day, whether a 2, 3, or 4 day trip
A final day with the bears…you and your guides will perhaps choose another viewing location, walk the beach, and spend the morning in true wilderness beauty with the royalty of Alaskan wildlife. After lunch it’s back to the planes for the trip to our riverside main lodge. You’ll have a few hours there to sort your gear and ready for the van trip back to Anchorage.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE A LAYOVER AT THE LODGE BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE BY VAN BACK TO ANCHORAGE. If that does not work for your schedule, choose the "no transfers required" version. The "No Transfers" version is complete when you land and are transferred to the lodge and check out- dinner on your own.
Recommended Gear List
See our recommended BearCamp packing list in our Pre trip info.
Our trips include complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. After lunch at our main lodge on the banks of the Kenai River in Sterling, we adjust your luggage to meet requirements for your Bush Plane flight to Alaska BearCamp, then we transfer to Soldotna Airport for your hour-long flight seeing trip over Cook Inlet past volcanoes and glaciers to BearCamp. Your return flight from BearCamp, we will return you to our main lodge in Soldotna, or you may take a connecting flight to Anchorage.
You may also choose to drive in yourself via rental car (free parking while you are at the lodge) or catch a commuter air flight (additional fee).
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Your Alaska bear viewing trip includes lunch on day one (usually at our Adventure lodge) and end with lunch (typically at BearCamp on your final day) before your flight back to the Kenai. There will be a layover at the lodge before departing for Anchorage around 6:30 pm. Your driver will stop along the way so you can get some snacks for the road. Dinner on your own in Anchorage.
What's Not Included
Gratuities, and dinner on your return to Anchorage on your final day are not included in the package price of your Alaska bear viewing Adventure.