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Brown Bears of Katmai: Brooks Lodge
Trip Overview
Our lodge-based Brooks Falls trip! Embark on the journey of a lifetime to the remote wilderness of Katmai National Park, Alaska to photograph Grizzly Bears up close and personal! Katmai is one of the largest National Parks in the United States at over 4 million acres and is arguably the single best place on Earth to photograph Grizzlies in their natural environment. Situated on the Alaskan Peninsula, Katmai is some 300 air miles to the Southwest of Anchorage and 170 miles from Homer. There are no roads into Katmai and so the only access is by float plane or boat.

On this 5 day Tour / Workshop we will be immersed in Grizzly Bear Photography from the beginning until the end. The bears congregate around Brooks Falls in September and July as they attempt to catch Salmon leaping out of the river. On this trip we stay in rustic cabins at the world famous Brooks Lodge. Brooks Falls is the highlight of this trip where one can spot over a dozen bears at a time fishing for salmon. If you’ve ever seen a photograph of a bear catching a salmon from a waterfall it was most likely captured at Brooks Falls.

We’ll spend three nights at Brooks Lodge 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. Fantastic, full-frame images are possible with lenses ranging from 300mm to 400mm. Aside from Grizzly Bears we may also have the opportunity to photograph other species such as Moose, Fox, Wolf and Bald Eagles.

Ready for Katmai? Join us this fall for the most spectacular Grizzly Bear Photography Experience in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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Trip Extension: We offer an optional Northern Lights Extension immediately after our Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall trip (please note that this is not available during our summer sessions as it doesn’t get dark enough to view the Northern Lights). The extension can be reserved with the main trip while making your online reservation or it can be booked as a standalone trip.

Brown Bears of Katmai: Brooks Lodge

5 Days / 4 Nights

Trip Price: from $4995 shared occupancy (Brooks Lodge cabins are dormitory style. Same-sex cabins with four to a room & shared bunks – no single supplement available for cabins)
+$200 single supplement (King Salmon only)

Deposit: $2000

Fitness Level: 2
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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 4 nights lodging

Start/End: King Salmon, Alaska


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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Trip Details
Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack. Typically backpacks weigh between 15 and 20 lbs.

Participants must also be able to hike several miles each day between three and six miles per day for several days in a row. These hikes will be on a flat dirt road and a dirt trail.

Group Size
This trip is limited to 12 participants.

Accommodation
We will be staying at the Antler’s Inn in King Salmon, Alaska on the first night of the trip and three nights at Brooks Lodge while in Katmai National Park.

Meals
All meals are included during the trip dates. Most meals are included during the trip dates. We will have a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.Typically, we walk to and from the Brown Bear viewing areas before each meal of the day.

Weather
The weather on the Alaskan Peninsula is variable. In past years we have had everything from beautiful, sunny days to overcast with light rain. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 60s and evenings are usually in the 50s. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, float plane to/from Brooks Falls, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from King Salmon, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities.

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  • World Famous Katmai Brown Bears
Katmai is one of the largest National Parks in the United States at over 4 million acres and is arguably the single best place on Earth to photograph Grizzlies in their natural environment.
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting bears in action!
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for wildlife photography to more advanced techniques. Fantastic, full-frame images are possible with lenses ranging from 300mm to 400mm.
  • Small Groups

We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide/instructor.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
On this trip we will be staying in rustic cabins at the world famous Brooks Lodge!
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing 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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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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