Best of Wild Alaska Multisport

About the Experience

Alaska’s landscape has forever enchanted the imagination of adventurers. Here, eyes drift across mountain ranges, braided rivers that weave into the horizon, cascading waterfalls, and the rugged valleys teeming with colour. There is so much space to thrive that your legs cannot help but follow in the prints of the moose, bears, and tiny collared pika before you.

This is a wild place in all of its angles, and your Wild Women guide will take you on a journey that glimpses every feature Alaska has to offer. Explore Prince William Sound from the cockpit of your sea kayak, don crampons and climb glacier ice in the Matanuska Valley, and board a float plane for a spectacular flight into Denali National Park, where you will hike and camp in the shadow of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. And in the evenings, you will delight in some of Alaska’s most famous lodges as well as your comfortable basecamp in the heart of Denali.

There is only one thing to do upon encountering a place like Alaska: savour her wonder and hold it close to your chest for the rest of your days.

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Best of Wild Alaska Multisport

About the Experience

Alaska’s landscape has forever enchanted the imagination of adventurers. Here, eyes drift across mountain ranges, braided rivers that weave into the horizon, cascading waterfalls, and the rugged valleys teeming with colour. There is so much space to thrive that your legs cannot help but follow in the prints of the moose, bears, and tiny collared pika before you.

This is a wild place in all of its angles, and your Wild Women guide will take you on a journey that glimpses every feature Alaska has to offer. Explore Prince William Sound from the cockpit of your sea kayak, don crampons and climb glacier ice in the Matanuska Valley, and board a float plane for a spectacular flight into Denali National Park, where you will hike and camp in the shadow of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. And in the evenings, you will delight in some of Alaska’s most famous lodges as well as your comfortable basecamp in the heart of Denali.

There is only one thing to do upon encountering a place like Alaska: savour her wonder and hold it close to your chest for the rest of your days.

DAY ONE: ANCHORAGE ARRIVALS

Your trip begins today in the heart of Anchorage, Alaska. You can arrive any time and transfer to your hotel independently, or coordinate with your Wild Women guide for a complimentary transfer. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is yours to relax after your flight or to explore some of the city’s notable sites including the Anchorage Museum of History & Art or the city Park Strip.

DAY TWO: GLACIER VIEWS

This morning, you will meet your guides at the hotel at 8am for a quick trip orientation and gear check before heading south to Whittier along the Seward Highway and the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet – one of the most scenic drives in the world. Beluga Whales cruise the waters as you pass, and glaciers cling to the rugged mountains of the Chugach Range.

Along the way, you’ll make a short visit to the Portage Glacier Visitor Center before entering Alaska’s longest tunnel and the portal to Whittier, AK. You’ll board an Alaska State Ferry for the cruise to Valdez. Your crossing of the pristine waters of Prince William Sound will take you past Black Legged Kittiwake rookeries and near the faces of large tidewater glaciers.

DAY THREE: KAYAK INTO THE SOUND

You will spend today sea kayaking in Shoup Bay. After a thorough kayaking orientation and a 1⁄2 hour water taxi ride, you’ll hop into a sea kayak and paddle into this beautiful protected body of water. You will kayak by the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound, and lunch near the foot of an ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles, and potentially calves massive blocks of ice into the surrounding salt water. Sea kayaking among the floating miniature icebergs makes for a fun obstacle course to test your paddling skills as does riding the swift current of the connecting stream on an outgoing tide. Tonight, you’re free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of Valdez’s many restaurants. This walkable town offers many options just steps from your hotel.

  • Kayaking: 4 hours

DAY FOUR: MOUNTAINS AND MORAINES

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll load into the van and continue through the magnificent Chugach Mountains en route to the heart of the mighty Matanuska Valley. On the way, you’ll stop for a hike and picnic near the Worthington Glacier. The Worthington, a Natural Historic Landmark, is a spectacular glacier that tumbles from the Chugach Mountains. Your hike will take you up a sweeping moraine with stunning scenes of blue ice, crevasses, and vistas of the mighty Chugach. Continuing north, views of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Wrangell Mountains, and the Alaska Range will accompany you along the way. By late afternoon, you’ll check into your lodge with stunning views of the Talkeetna and Chugach mountain ranges.

  • Hiking Distance: 2-5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2000’-2500’

DAY FIVE: ICE CLIMBING THE MATANUSKA

Today you’ll meet your glacier guides, strap on crampons and ice axes, and spend the day ice climbing on the mighty Matanuska Glacier. Designed for just about everyone, this glacier adventure is suitable for beginners and experts alike. At over 27 miles long, the Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. From its origins in the highest peaks of the Alaska’s Chugach mountains, the Matanuska is fed by incessant winter storms that dump more than 100’ of snow each year in the Chugach.

From the moment you step onto the base of the glacier, expert guides will begin by teaching you the basics on moderate slopes, and by the end of the day you’ll be scaling vertical walls of ice! You’ll be on your own again for dinner tonight to celebrate another adventure with an amazing meal at the lodge or at another restaurant in the vicinity.

  • Ice climbing: 6 hours

DAY SIX: DENALI

After a delicious breakfast at the lodge, pack your overnight bag and prepare for an exclusive 3-night fly-in camping and hiking adventure in Denali National Park. By early afternoon, you’ll be driving to Talkeenta Alaska, where you’ll board a floatplane bound for the wilderness of Denali National Park. This 40 minute scenic flight will take you over alpine tundra, braided rivers, and cascading waterfalls, near Mt. Mckinley, the highest peak in North America, and finally up toward the mighty gorge of the Ruth Glacier, the deepest trench on earth! Your skilled bush pilot will take you down to a small lake nestled in a cleft between the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers, where you will unload your gear on a small beach and wave the airplane goodbye. You’ll set up camp just beyond the lake, bask in your new found solitude, and embark on a short early evening hike before dinner.

  • Distance: 2-3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 500’-1500’

DAY SEVEN: PEAKS AND VALLEYS

The options are staggering! With almost unlimited daylight, you’ll head for the tundra hills above camp, destined for magnificent views of the Backside Glacier, Ruth Glacier, and if weather permits, “The Great One,” 20,320 foot Mount McKinley. On today’s hike, you’ll practice the skills necessary to hike off-trail in the Alaska wilderness – including reading topographic maps, choosing the best route, using trekking poles, and traveling efficiently. After a full day of exploration, you’ll tally your wildlife and mountain peak sightings as you enjoy a filling meal in the wilderness.

  • Distance: 8-10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1500’-2500’

DAY EIGHT: BACKSIDE GLACIER

After a hearty breakfast, grab your day-pack and head out in search of adventure in Denali. Today, you’ll make your way up onto the Backside Glacier. With the sheer size of the surrounding glaciers, you’ll quickly understand why this area draws mountaineers from all over the world. While not at all technical, your trek on the ice will give you the chance to see firsthand the glacial features of this frozen river of ice, the valley that bears the scars of thousands of years of glacial activity, and the more recent visual indications of climate change on the Alaska landscape.

  • Distance: 8-10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1500’-2500’

DAY NINE: UP AND AWAY

Another breakfast and hot drink will fuel you for your last few hours in the wilderness. After breaking camp, and moving to the lakeshore, you’ll await your ride back to civilization. As the float plane lifts off, you’ll depart knowing that this amazing place will stay buried deep within you for the rest of your life.

Return to Talkeetna by early afternoon, enjoy a short walk around town, and by 4:30pm you will board the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star train bound for Anchorage. This 3-hour trip will take you through the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley, through south central Alaska’s boreal forests and small farms & homesteads, and finally to Anchorage by 8pm.

Note: Accommodations are not included this night.  Options to postpone your train ride back to Anchorage and stay in Talkeetna for an extra night are available.   If returning to Anchorage, and departing this evening, please book your return flights for no earlier than 10:00PM.  Additional night accommodations in Anchorage can also be booked upon request.

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