Untamed Alaska, Home of the Alaskan Brown Bear
July 27 – August 3, 2018
Leaders: Eberhard Brunner and William Manning
Few places on earth match the raw, untamed beauty of Alaska. Katmai National Park was created to protect this magnificent and diverse environment. Katmai is a vast wilderness that lays out its inescapable appeal to the adventurous photographer. Snow covered mountains, wind swept passes, rushing rivers, verdant green meadows, crystal clear lakes, isolated coastline and a large wildlife population namely the Alaska Brown Bear make Katmai National Park an untamed land few people ever experience.
There are many reasons to venture to Katmai but ours is for the Alaskan Brown Bear for which the park is famously known. We invite you to join us on this very limited, exclusive journey for a unique opportunity to photograph the brown bear as they fish the streams for salmon, nurture their new babies and playfully pace the lush meadows beneath snow covered mountain peaks. Our journey is limited to 5 participants. William Manning has teamed up with his old friend, world class wildlife photographer and renowned naturalist Eberhard Brunner. Eberhard is a longtime resident of Alaska and has been photographing these bears for many years. He knows Katmai well and knows where to locate photographers for incredible photo opportunities.
What Makes Our Journey Unique
What makes our journey unique? Our itinerary. Mobility might be the best way to describe why our journey is unique. Each day we depart from Lake Clark on our own float plane assigned to us to provide access to remote locations throughout Katmai National Park away from crowds and boardwalks. Our freedom to move about the wild landscapes of Katmai offer a flexible itinerary that allow us movement to the best locations and opportunities to photograph bears as they go about their activities.
After arrival and overnight in Anchorage, we’ll depart by air taxi to our remote lodging, Valhalla Lodge on the banks of Lake Clark. We’ll enjoy the comforts of wilderness lodging in cabins isolated from roads and tourist traffic. Wonderfully prepared meals greet us each evening as we return from our day of exploration and rewarding photography.
Each morning we’ll depart by float plane and land in different locations throughout the week providing a variety of backdrops that enable us to produce a diverse portfolio of photographs. We will have planes available to us throughout the week giving us freedom to move about if needed to capture stunning and rewarding photography. You can be assured the opportunities to photograph bears in incredible settings are wide. The spawning of Sockeye Salmon on the shallow rivers of Katmai welcome sows and their new offspring, a sight and a photo op that won’t be forgotten. We have access to boats on scenic Lake Clark for those who want to explore the crystal clear rivers feeding into the lake where great photo ops are are found for large schools of spawning salmon with eagles feeding on their carcasses. We have a very good relationship with the Native people in a nearby village. In July large racks of drying salmon throughout their villages make for unique photos. You can be assured along with incredible subjects you’ll have full time access to two experienced teachers and leaders to guide you and provide all the instruction you need to make sure you leave Alaska with a portfolio and memories that last a lifetime.
July 27: Arrival in Anchorage, Alaska. Arrival in Anchorage before 4 pm.
Overnight in Anchorage. (D)
July 28: Morning departure by air taxi to Valhalla Lodge on Lake Clark. Afternoon Photography.
Overnight at Valhalla Lodge (L,D)
July 29-August 3: Morning departure each day to photograph bears in Katmai National Park.
Overnight at Valhalla (B, L, D)
August 3: Morning departure for Anchorage. Make your departure flight back home anytime after 2 p.m.
Trip Cost: $7500
• 1 night accommodations in Anchorage on July 27. (based on double occupancy)
• Welcome dinner in Anchorage
• 6 nights accommodations in Valhalla Lodge
• All meals while at Valhalla Lodge
• Round trip air transport from Anchorage to Valhalla Lodge.
• Float plane transports to photo locations in Katmai National Park.
• Daily park service fees
• Guide fees
• Flights to/from Anchorage
• Refund if weather is not cooperating, including but not limited to include rescheduling of flights and extra nights hotels and meals.
• Alcoholic beverages
• Gratuity for guide and lodge staff
• Travel Insurance
• $500 deposit can be paid via PayPal. Only Deposit can be paid by credit card or PayPal. Balance must be paid by check, bank transfer, money order or cashiers check.
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