A multi-sport tour meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. We hike Denali State Park and Denali National Park, drive the Denali Highway, Canoe and Hike Tangle lakes, raft and glacier walk in the Matanuska Valley, bike Eklutna lake and then explore Prince William Sound on a 4 days sea kayaking trip. This is one of the best all inclusive tours in the state that includes so many sights.
Day 1: Meet in Anchorage at 7:00 p.m. for a pre-trip briefing. We offer the first night in a hotel. The hotel offers a free shuttle from the airport.
Day 2: Meet at the hotel. Drive north to Denali. We will hike at Denali State park for part of the day. First nights camp is outside Denali National Park. (B/L/D).
Day 3: Climb aboard one of the National Park Buses for a ride ito Denali national park. This is an all day activity. The bus ride is the only way into the park. Cross your fingers for clear views of Mount McKinley. We will be able to get out of the bus andgo on short hikes throughout the day. (B/L/D).
Day 4: We will stretch our legs on a morning hike before climbing into a raft for a day of class III-IV whitewater rafting. The afternoon will offer a chance to take an optional flight seeing tour of Mount McKinley before dinner. (B/L/D).
Day 5: We drive the Denali Highway skirting the Alaska range to the Northeast. The group will take a hike en route to Tangle Lakes. Once at the Lakes we will be rewarded with 1 night of shared wilderness style cabins. (B/L/D).
Day 6: Drive south toward Wrangell St. Elias National Park. We are going to enjoy the day rafting a beautiful class III river. Stay the night at a local campground. (B/L/D).
Day 7: An early start to drive the famous McCarthy road. Explore the town of McCarthy and go for to the Kennicott Mine. We stay at the Kennicott River Lodge and Hostel. (B/L/D).
Day 8: A day of hiking on the Root Glacier. Group memers have the choice of either glacier hiking or Ice Climbing. Another night at the Kennicott River Lodge and Hostel. For a short warm up paddle. (B/L/D).
Day 9: Take a scenic flight from McCarthy to Chitna. The van will be waiting and we will drive south to Valdez. We spend the day enroute hiking at the Worthington glacier. (B/L/D).
Day 10: During the morning of the first day the guides will familiarize the group about the agenda for the coming days and give an introductory instruction on sea kayaking. We load the kayaks onto a motor boat and are brought out to Sawmill Bay State Park. From here we paddle the incredible coastline of towering mountains and cascading waterfalls. We typically stop along the way far a lunch break and to enjoy the sound of waves lapping at the shore. Our destination for the evening will be Shoup Bay. A marvelous paddle along the lush coastline. (B/L/D).
Day 11: The day will be spent exploring the upper bay of Shoup Glacier State Park. We will find sea otters, seals, and a spectacular rookery of Black-legged Kittiwakes. This will be our first experience with floating ice and calving glaciers. The guide will take everyone on glacier hike to look for ice caves and get a birds eye view of the glacier. The campsite is one of the best in the sound! Set your tent with a glacier view and waterfalls cascading down the hillside next to you. The guides always prepare a tasty dinner over a fire. (B/L/D).
Day 12: Paddling out of Shoup Bay the group will head back toward Valdez. Paddling back offers different views than seen from the ride out on the taxi. Keep your eye out for whales! We usually arrive back in Valdez just after our lunch break spent exploring Gold Creek State Park. (B/L).
Day 13: We wake up early for the ferry ride across Prince William Sound to Whittier. The van will shuttle everyone into Anchorage. The tour ends back in Anchorage. We will drop you off at any hotel of choice, or you may plan to take a flight home on this last night. (B/L).
Upgrade to B&B on night 11 for an additional $55.
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