Alsek River

WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE

EPIC WILDERNESS

The Alsek River runs through the largest contiguous protected wilderness on the planet, an area of incredible biological and geographical diversity, including renowned Glacier Bay National Park.

WILDLIFE ABOUNDS

Keep an eye out for a plethora of wildlife, such as grizzly bears, caribou, moose, mountain goats, eagles, black-tailed deer, and wolves.

GLACIERS!

Visit a region still experiencing the powerful forces of glaciation with hikes to several glaciers and a paddle through Alsek Lake, an enormous lake with hundreds of immense icebergs.

CHANGE OF SCENERY

You will experience the aspen forests of the Yukon, mountain valleys of British Columbia, and ice fields of Glacier Bay on your journey to the sea.

TIME TO EXPLORE

This trip is a hiker’s dream with treks to Goatherd Mountain, lush forests, and panoramic vistas.

SWIFT WATER

Raft through Class II – Class IV rapids, as you navigate past icebergs on this swift moving river trip that is sure to thrill.

Alsek River

The Alsek River runs along the Northern slope of Alaska’s Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness and into Glacier Bay National Park. You will travel 150 river miles for 12-14 days, concluding the trip in Dry Bay, Alaska. Glaciers and floating ice greet you on the first day and will be your constant companions for the duration of the river trip. Swift waters with frequent small rapids will carry you along and your days will be full of adventure. There will be a short helicopter ride mid-way through the trip offering a wonderful bird’s eye view of Turnback Canyon, a glimpse of miles and miles of pristine wilderness, and some perspective at how far you have already traveled. Giant chunks of floating ice, some reaching up to 75 feet above the water, make for a stunning farewell as you near the end of the trip.

This is not a tour; it’s an expedition!

A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no set daily itinerary, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and beautiful Alaskan scenery.

Adventure Specialists

We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.

Beginnings

Your trip will begin in Haines, Alaska where your first night’s stay is included in the trip price. The next morning, you will be shuttled to the put-in spot near Haines Junction in Canada’s Yukon territory by the outfitter.

Endings

Your trip will end 150 river miles later in Dry Bay, Alaska where your river trip will conclude and you will board a small charter flight to Yakutat, Alaska.

Price Includes

Your first night’s lodging is included. Your outfitter will provide all the camping and river related safety equipment, along with plenty of fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Transportation to the put-in point and take-out point is included.

Weather

The summer months in this region are usually slightly cool and sunny. June is the driest month to raft with chances for precipitation increasing as the summer moves The daily temperature is usually between 60°F-70°F with the average nightly temperature in the 50s°F.

The Alsek River

The Alsek River flows down through the heart of Kluane Provincial Park in Canada and runs through the largest protected parks/biological preserves in the world and is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It travels along the edge of the largest non-polar ice field flowing from the Yukon into Northern British Columbia and finally into Glacier Bay National Park. Its path flows near several glaciers, which contributes to the very cold temperature of the river. It is characterized by Class III rapids with a few Class IV rapids during higher water levels.

Boats & Group Size

Your transport will be by an oar powered raft. Oar powered rafts Oar rafts carry our camp gear along with 2-4 passengers plus the guide, who maneuvers the raft with a set of oars mounted on the raft. Normally two to three boats travel together and group sizes are anywhere from 5 guests to a maximum of 12 guests per trip.

Camp Life

Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time under the stars, our outfitters are specialists in facilitating an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. A clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.

Meals

One thing is certain on an Alaskan rafting trip: There will be plenty of food! A full, hearty breakfast with cowboy coffee gets the day going. A riverside picnic sets the scene for lunch where you create your own sandwich. Dinners can be anything from a New York steak, grilled filet of salmon, or a Mexican feast followed by a hot, Dutch oven dessert. There are plenty of snacks and beverages offered throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but you are welcome to bring your own. With advance notice, all outfitters are able to accommodate for special dietary requirements.

Length: 12 – 14 days
Price: $4,300 – $4,900 per person
Season: Mid-June –Mid-August
Min. Age: 14 years
Activity: Whitewater Rafting
Adventure Level: Strong

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    Steve G.

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    Greg W.

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