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Brown Bears of Alaska:
Wilderness Camping Trips

Trip Overview
What happens when the surreal experience of photographing giant Alaskan Brown bears is combined with having incredible access to prime coastal habitat in remote Alaska? Well, you get Backcountry Journeys’ most thrilling and adventurous wildlife photography tours - photographing BEARS up-close & personal in Alaska.

Our Brown Bears of Alaska: Wilderness Camping trips explore different parts of Alaska depending on seasonal bear activity. That way we're assured prime bear photography & you can choose which landscape you'd prefer to photograph. Hint: the trick is to follow the salmon!

For these wilderness camping adventures, BCJ will take you to a remote corner of Alaska for an exclusive opportunity to experience and photograph bears while camping amongst them in their natural environment.

Transportation is by boat or chartered bush plane (there are no roads), depending upon whether and location. Our trips spend three nights in a secluded wilderness camp. All of the areas we travel to are rich coastal habitat far from any roads, towns or other people. Immersing ourselves in the heart of ‘bear country’ will allow us excellent access to the action, maximizing our photography.

Each day, we’ll venture out from a base camp that we setup in search of bear photography opportunities, of which there is no shortage. Alaska is without question the best place in the world to photograph Brown Bears. 98% of Brown Bears in the United States live in Alaska, and 70% of the total North American population. The western coast of the Cook Inlet in particular is home to the highest densities of brown bears in the world – and that’s exactly where we’re heading on this trip.

Depending on the time of year, bears may be feeding on sedges & clams so we'll head to the Katmai Coast or they may be fishing for salmon & so we'll head to Brooks Falls or elsewhere in Katmai and/or Lake Clark National Parks. Expect opportunities to photograph big male ‘boars’ and tiny cubs too. It’s not unusual to see 30+ bears a day – Alaska bear photography is that good!

Our remote wilderness camps are equipped with tents, gear, and all the necessities needed for a comfortable camping experience. For the utmost protection, camp is protected by an electric fence. Great backcountry meals are prepared by your guides while in camp.

Fantastic, full-frame images are possible with lenses ranging from 300mm to 400mm. Zoom out a little and you can photograph bears with beautiful, rugged mountains in the background. The possibilities are endless! Aside from brown bears we may also have the opportunity to photograph other species such as moose, fox, wolf, Bald Eagles, sea otters and harbor seals.

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Join us for world-class bear photography on our Brown Bears of Alaska Wilderness Camping trips!

Brown Bears of Alaska:
Wilderness Camping Trips

5 Days / 4 Nights

Price: from $3295 double occupancy
+$200 single occupancy

Deposit: $1500

Fitness Level: 2-3 varies depending on location
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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 1 night lodging, 3 nights camping

Start/End: Varies depending on trip
For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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Brooks Falls

We’ll spend three nights base camping right at Brooks Falls to maximize our photography during peak lighting conditions. Being right there gives us excellent access to the action going on at Brooks Falls and you will be able to capture thousands of excellent Grizzly Bear Photographs in just a few short days. 

Price: from $3295
+$200 single occupancy

Deposit: $1500

Fitness Level: 2

Season: July & September

Start/End: King Salmon, Alaska
Katmai Coast

Our base camp will be setup along the Katmai Coast - which is literally one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. Stunning mountain backdrops, incredible scenery & bears everywhere!
Price: from $3695
+$200 single occupancy

Deposit: $1500

Fitness Level: 3

Season: June - August

Start/End: Kodiak, Alaska
Beyond Brooks

Photograph the same bears that frequent Brooks Falls yet in a quiet location with no crowds. We'll setup camp on a picturesque lake and photograph Brown Bears as they fish, play & splash in the creeks! 

Price: from $3295
+$200 single occupancy

Deposit: $1500

Fitness Level: 3

Season: July - September

Start/End: King Salmon, Alaska
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Trip Details
Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack between three and six miles per day for several days in a row. See fitness levels for hike difficulties.

Group Size
This trip is limited to eight participants.

Accommodation
We will be staying at a hotel on the first night of the trip and at a wilderness camp the rest of the trip. All camping gear except a sleeping bag is provided!

Meals
Most meals are included during the trip dates. We’ll have a group dinner the first night and then be eating fantastic camp meals made by the guide(s).

Weather
The weather is generally variable on the Alaskan Peninsula during June-September and can change on a moment’s notice. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50-60s and evening lows will be in 40-50s. Make sure you are prepared for rain!

Price Includes
Meals, chartered bush-flights, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide & National Park fees.

Price Does Not Include

Airfare to/from Alaska, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, souvenirs & trip leader gratuities.
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  • Wilderness Bear Camp
Enjoy stunning wilderness camping in prime brown bear territory on the Alaska Peninsula.
  • Learn wildlife photography from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from our professional photographers who are also Alaskan Bear Guides!
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for wildlife to more advanced techniques like auto-focus tracking.
  • Small Groups

These trips are limited to small groups of between 6-8 participants.

  • So many bears..
These locations are incredible. It is often possible to see 20-40 bears in one day.
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing Alaska for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • A Great Expereince!

    What a great experience! The trip was well-organized from start to finish. Great photography locations from deep jungle to beach to river boat to night hikes. The schedule kept us busy but never hectic, and the accommodations were super comfortable. Shout out to our guide Ben - we saw so much wildlife! I'd highly recommend a trip with them.


  • In October I traveled with BCJ to Joshua Tree Natl Park for their night sky photography trip. This was my third trip with BCJ and I just reserved another trip. I keep coming back to this company because of the great experiences I'm having. I love the small groups and excellent guides. 


  • This was my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was excellent, and I have since booked two more trips. The itinerary, and the guides were excellent.

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928-478-1521
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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2022
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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