In 1912 a massive eruption of Novarupta Volcano, the largest of the twentieth century, shook this part of Alaska covered this entire valley and several rivers in ash up to 700 feet deep. The island of Kodiak was kept in the dark for three days from the ash in the air. The eruption could be heard as far as Juneau, Alaska's capital. After only a few years the rivers cut their way back through the ash creating cliffs and a landscape looking like the surface of the moon and like a piece of Utah in Alaska.
The trip starts with a scenic flight to King Salmon from Anchorage. Then we will take a bush plane into the famous Brooks Camp and spent a night on the campground. The next day 4x4 bus will take us down the 23 mile long gravel road to the Valley of Ten thousand Smokes. From here our adventure begins. We will hike on the ash flow and cross the river Lethe. The next 7 days we will spend exploring fumaroles, lakes, glaciers and possibly see grizzlies crossing the valley floor.
Depending on the length of trip we will have time to visit Novarupta, Mageik Lakes and ascend Mt. Mageik or Trident Volcano. Other possibilities in the area are a traverse over Katmai Pass from the coast and a visit to the Katmai Caldera with a lake on top which requires some glacier travel and is best done in the early season when the snow bridges are still in place.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Airfare from Anchorage to King Salmon RT
- Bush plane to and from Brooks Camp
- Bus to the valley and back to Brooks Camp
- All camping meals
- Professional guide service
- Cooking gear
- Safety gear.
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M14907 offers private guided wilderness adventures and expeditions throughout Alaska. A husband and wife team, we formed in 2001 to organize the world's longest winter adventure race on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail. We also offer winter schools for future racers. In the summertime we lead trips to...
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