Ultimate Alaska Multisport
Prince William Sound, Chugach & Denali National Park

Ultimate Alaska Multisport - Prince William Sound, Chugach & Denali National Park

This amazing multisport adventure will allow you to experience the best of Alaska by hiking, kayaking, climbing, cruising, and flying through its vast wilderness -  all while enjoying the comfort of nightly accommodations in some of Alaska’s most famous lodges and B&B's, and tent camping at our comfortable Denali basecamp, located in the heart of Denali National Park. If you’re looking to actively experience in the “real” Alaska and want to mix up amazing lodges with a remote camping experience, then this 9-day itinerary is your quintessential adventure. 

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will during the camping portion of this trip.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Flight times into and out of the wilderness may also vary based on any number of similar factors. Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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Trip Details

DURATION 9 days
LENGTH 600+ miles
INTENSITY Level 2
SEASON Summer
BEGINS IN Anchorage
ENDS IN Anchorge
AIRPORT Anchorage International (ANC)
WILDLIFE/
SCENERY
whales, porpoise, bears, bald eagles
Price$3,995
Youth Price$3,995
Great ForFamilies Couples Individuals

Potentially Alaska's best adventure sampler!  Explore Prince William Sound from the cockpit of a 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’ll spend 3 days hiking and camping less than 17 miles from the summit of Mt. McKinley!

What's Included

  • All group gear: Expedition quality tents, group tarp, all cooking equipment & eating utensils
  • Safety Equipment: Satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
  • Large, backpack-style drybag for transporting and storing personal gear while on trip
  • Trekking poles
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • All transportation (van, ferry, train and flights)
  • Roundtrip scenic bush flights from Talkeenta to Denali National Park
  • Activities listed on itinerary
  • 5 nights of lodging and 3 nights of camping
  • Scenic train ride from Talkeetna to Anchorage
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 guest to guide ratio
  • Most meals - see itinerary for details
  • Storage for your extra travel items while in the field
Day

Your trip begins today in Anchorage, Alaska.  You can arrive at any time and transfer to our hotel independently via their complimentary shuttle. Lodging on night one will be at the Lakefront Anchorage, which is conveniently located near the airport and on the shores of Lake Hood.  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. Meals on your own.

Day
2

This morning, you will meet your guides at the hotel at 8am.  You’ll then head to our Anchorage shop for a quick trip orientation and gear check before heading south from Anchorage 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 of  the arm, and glaciers cling to the rugged mountains of the Chugach Range.  Along the way we’ll make a short visit to the Portage Glacier Visitor Center, before entering Alaska’s longest tunnel and the portal to Whittier, AK.   Upon our arrival in Whittier, we’ll board an Alaska State Ferry for the cruise to Valdez.  Our crossing of Prince William Sound will take us past Black Legged Kittiwake rookeries, near the faces of large tidewater glaciers, and through the pristine waters of Prince William Sound.  Tonight, we stay at the Valdez Harbor Inn or the Mountain Sky Hotel located in downtown Valdez. Lunch & dinner included.

Day
3

Today we spend the day sea kayaking in Shoup Bay. After a thorough kayaking orientation and a ½ hour water taxi ride to the entrance of Shoup Bay, we’ll hop into sea-kayaks and paddle into this utterly protected body of water.  Once inside we’ll kayak past the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound, and we’ll lunch near the foot of this 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 our 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 our hotel.  Breakfast & lunch included. Kayaking: 4 hours.

Day
4

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll load into the van and continue our way through the magnificent Chugach Mountains en route to our next lodge in the heart of the mighty Matanuska Valley.  On the way, we’ll make a 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, and our hike will take us up a sweeping moraine with stunning scenes of blue ice, crevasses of the glacier, and vistas of the mighty Chugach.  Continuing north, views of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Wrangell Mountains, and the Alaska Range will accompany us along the way. By late afternoon, we’ll check into either the Majestic Valley or Sheep Mountain Lodge where comfortable rooms include stunning views of the Talkeetna and Chugach mountain ranges.  A favorite destination for Alaskans and tourists alike, these lodge’s remoteness, real Alaskan charm, and incredible food make for an unforgettable stay.  All meals included.  Distance: 2-5 miles, Elevation Gain: 2000'-2500'.

Day
5

Today we’ll meet our 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 6+hour adventure with an amazing meal at the lodge or at another restaurant in the vicinity.  Breakfast & lunch included.  Ice climbing: 6 hours.

Day
6

After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll pack our overnight bags and prepare ourselves for an  exclusive 3-night fly-in camping and hiking adventure in Denali National Park. By early afternoon, we’ll be driving to Talkeenta Alaska, where we’ll board a floatplane bound for the the wilderness of Denali National Park and our home for the next 3 nights. This 40 minute scenic flight will take us 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! Our skilled bush pilot will then take us down to a small lake nestled in a cleft between the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers, where we will unload our gear on a small beach and then wave the airplane goodbye.  We’ll set up camp just beyond the lake, bask in the new found solitude, and then take a short early evening hike before dinner.  All meals included.  Distance: 2-3 miles, Elevation Gain: 500'-1500'.

Day
7

The options are staggering! With almost unlimited daylight, we’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 learn in practice the skills necessary to hike off-trail in the Alaska wilderness – including reading a topographic map, choosing the best route, using trekking poles, and traveling efficiently. After a full day of exploration, we’ll tally our wildlife and mountain peak sightings as we enjoy a filling meal in the wilderness.  All meals included.  Distance: 8-10 miles, Elevation Gain: 1500'-2500'.

Day
8

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll grab our day-packs and again head out in search of adventure in Denali. Today, we’ll make our 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.  All meals included.  Distance: 8-10 miles, Elevation Gain: 1500'-2500'.

Day
9

Another breakfast and hot drink will fuel us for our last few hours in the wilderness.  After breaking camp, and moving our kit to the lakeshore, we'll await our ride back to civilization.  As the float plane descends on the Lake, we’ll depart knowing that this amazing place has made a lasting impact on our souls.  We’ll return to Talkeetna by early afternoon, enjoy a short walk around town,  and by 4:30pm will be boarding the Alaska Railroad's Denali Star train bound for Anchorage.  This 3-hour trip will take us through the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley, through southcentral Alaska's boreal forests and small farms & homesteads, and finally to Anchorage by 8pm.  Options to stay in Talkeetna or Anchorage for an extra night are available.  If departing Anchorage this evening, please book your return flights for no earlier than 10:00PM.  Breakfast & lunch included.

CONTINGENCY ITINERARY

Please note that occasionally weather conditions prevent us from flying into our basecamp location in Denali National Park.  Our itinerary plan allows for a full 30 hours of wait time in Talkeetna.  It's possible that the group will have to spend the night in Talkeetna on night six.   In this case, we'll spend the the night camping at a local campground.  If we aren't able to fly into the park by 2:30pm the next day (day 7), we will initiate our contingency itinerary.  Please download the Detailed Trip Itinerary for details.

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will during the camping portion of this trip.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Flight times into and out of the wilderness may also vary based on any number of similar factors. Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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