Anaktuvuk Pass Travel Guide

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Anaktuvuk Pass Things to Do

  • Caribou Migration

    Large herds of caribou migrate near Anaktuvuk Pass during a specific time of the year which is a spectacular sight. Unfortunately they were not there when I visited.

  • Food storage compartment

    Because of the cold weather, there is no need for any refrigerators here. Food are kept in underground storage compartments where they can be preserved for a long time.

  • The cemetery

    Located just outside the village is a cemetery which is built along the brooks range. Because of the harsh environment, the cemetery is kept simple.


Anaktuvuk Pass Transportation

  • Airflight

    The trip to and from Anaktuvuk Pass, through the Brooks mountain range, is absolutely fantastic! I don't really care for small planes, but this was great. You could literally reach out and touch the mountain peaks and the valleys were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I may never get a chance to go back, but my memories will last...

  • The argos tundra vehicle

    In this tundra environment, the easiest way is to travel by the argos which is what the local eskimos use for transportation.

  • There are regularly scheduled...

    There are regularly scheduled flights from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass. I believe they are daily in the summer. In the winter, air service is limited and you can only get in and out via dogsled or argo.Walking is the best. Argos and conventional cars, trucks and vans are also present in town. An argo is an eight wheeled vehicle that looks like a...


Anaktuvuk Pass Local Customs

  • by PT101 Written Oct 4, 2002

    Please respect the Native Alaskans. After my visit, it gave me a new perspective on how we may have done a disservice to all of our native peoples by bringing in 'civilization'. The locals were friendly and helpful but in a reserved sort of way.

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Anaktuvuk Pass Warnings and Dangers

  • Know what to do when you encounter...

    There are lots of wild animals out here e.g. caribou, bears etc so it is important to know what to do when you encounter the animals which can turn aggresive suddenly.

  • Bears are present throughout...

    Bears are present throughout Alaska. Generally, there are few trees so they can be seen from afar with no surprises. Anaktuvuk Pass is too far south for the polar bear and generally too far north for the grizzly but your basic black bear does come around.

  • Town is very remote. If you...

    Town is very remote. If you become ill, you will need to be flown out. There is a medical clinic staffed by two aides. Air service in the summer is the only way to get in and out of town. This could be a problem if the weather is bad.


Anaktuvuk Pass What to Pack

  • by PT101 Written Oct 4, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Even for a daytrip be prepared in case you need to stay overnight because the weather prevents flying. There is a store for basic items if necessary.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layered clothing appropriate to the rest of Alaska is recommended. The temperature extremes exist so that even in the summer you could be hiking in shorts or pants. Generally, a long sleeved shirt and sturdy boots or high top shoes are useful as are long pants that zip off for shorts. A jacket is always appropriate. Packable rain gear is helpful.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries would be available at the store but would be very expensive. Bring your own medications. Don't think a true pharmacy exists in town.

    Photo Equipment: ALways a good idea to keep a fresh supply of film and batteries with you. Limited supplies available at the dry goods store.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be prepared for serious backcountry trekking. Outside of town is some of the most remote area of Alaska. Check the usual Alaska guide books for specifics.

    Miscellaneous: Don't be fooled by the beauty on the flight in...This is remote territory. If you get lost, you may never be found. Don't over estimate your capabilities and make sure someone knows where you are going.

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Anaktuvuk Pass Favorites

  • Trekking (hiking)

    These simple hikes will reveal and beauty and remoteness of the Brooks Range, which is one of the last frontiers on Earth.

  • The Brooks Range

    When going to Anaktuvuk Pass, flying into the remote Brooks Range north of the arctic circle is indeed a very fantastic experience, especially the beautiful scenery.

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