How large will my group be? Small groups are the best way to witness the Last Frontier! This multisport trip is limited to 12 guests. And with a guest to guide ratio of 6:1 you are assured of our commitment to risk management and safe operations. Furthermore, it is a best practice to keep groups exceptionally small to minimize our impact on the Alaskan backcountry by following Leave No Trace principles.
What about the mosquitoes? In case you've heard horror stories... the number of mosquitoes is greatly dependent on hatching season, annual weather conditions, specific locations, and time of year. While you are bound to encounter some mosquitoes during the course of your summer adventure, their numbers rarely present major problems. That said, please arrive prepared with insect repellent and a head net to fend off any bugs that are present.
Will bears be a problem? Alaska is bear country! There are both grizzly and black bears in most of the wilderness areas of Alaska we visit. We love seeing bears in the wild and it really is one of the most thrilling experiences common in Alaska backcountry travel. With that said, traveling safely and taking precautions to minimize a negative encounter are things we take very seriously. In addition to being subject to our thorough bear safety orientation, you’ll also see that we take many precautions when traveling in Alaska’s wilderness – 1) all of our food has been packaged to minimize odors – we vacuum seal most of our fresh ingredients and sauces, we pack our food in bear resistant food canisters, and we store our food well away from camp. 2) We make noise when we’re hiking in thick brush or when we’re hiking in windy conditions to minimize surprise encounters. 3) Our guides carry bear spray on all of the hikes throughout the adventures.
Will I see wildlife on my trip? It's important to keep in mind that while we do have abundant wildlife populations in Alaska, animals are often obscured by the vastness of the landscape, subject to imprecise migration routes and often affected by Alaska's dynamic weather patterns. While historically wildlife viewing on our trips has been reliable, and we schedule our trips to maximize the chances of seeing wildlife, there are simply too many factors to make any guarantees.
What kind of food might we expect? Our food is excellent – in fact it is something that clearly differentiates us from our competition. We have spent the past fifteen years fine tuning our backcountry menu. And in 2012, we launched Adventure Appetites – an award winning food company focused on bringing our lightweight and packable wilderness cuisine to adventurers everywhere. Breakfasts will be at local eateries as well as our lodges. Lunches could include an Italian club torta sandwich, asiago bagels and Alaska lox, a curried tuna pita, or perhaps crackers with Genoa salami with a roasted red pepper goat cheese spread. We also feature house made snack mixes (both savory & sweet), and an assortment of energy bars available throughout the day. For dinners we select some of the most authentic restaurants in Alaska!
What will the weather be like on my trip? Alaska has some of the most dynamic and dramatic weather on the planet. During the summer months in Alaska, average daytime temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees F, nighttime and morning temperatures are cooler, but rarely dip below 40 degrees F. Fall arrives early at these latitudes and you'll experience cooler temperatures and fewer hours of daylight in late August and early September. Throughout the summer season, you may experience rain, sun, wind, clouds and fog on your departure. We live by the adage "prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and you'll likely end up with some of both".
Why have you chosen these specific destinations for your Multisport Adventures?
Alaska Alpine Adventures has been hiking, kayaking, rafting and exploring Alaska's national parks and wildlife refuges for 15 years. We feel that our Alaska multi-sport tours visit the best of Alaska's destinations, giving our guests a fantastic sampling of everything the real Alaska has to offer.
What national parks will we be visiting?
You will visit Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias and Denali National Parks.
There is a significant distance between each destination, how will we get there?
Alaska's sheer size requires the implementation of a wide variety of resources to reach its most amazing destinations. We'll travel by van, water taxi, ferry, small airplane, bus and train during the course of the itinerary. For the majority of the adventure, we will travel in Ford E350 passenger vans. These vehicles and are equipped with air conditioning, heat, and comfortable seats. Instead of using roof racks, like many tour operators in the state, we tow fully enclosed trailers. These trailers keep our gear and luggage accessible, clean and dry.
Is transportation included in the price of the trip?
Absolutely, our trips are all-inclusive from Anchorage. All you need to do is get yourself to Anchorage on Day 1 of your itinerary.
Where will you meet us?
Your Alaska Alpine Adventures guide will meet you at 8 AM on the morning of day 2 in the lobby of your hotel. Of course, we're always available to answer any questions or to point you in the right direction.
Are we likely to see wildlife on our Multisport Adventure?
Absolutely. Wildlife viewing is a major component of all of our adventures, and the destinations visited during our multisport tours are home to both grizzly and black bears, Dall's sheep, caribou, moose, wolves, as well as porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions, whales and tremendous seasonal populations of migratory birds.
Getting to Alaska
This trip begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Getting to Anchorage is a snap. Alaska Airlines, your travel agent, online travel sources, or the carrier of your choice are options to easily arrange roundtrip airfare from international cities or the lower 48.
Alaska's sheer size requires the implementation of a wide variety of resources to reach it's most amazing destinations. We'll travel by van, water taxi, ferry, small airplane and train during the course of the itinerary. For a portion of the adventure, we will travel in Ford E350 passenger vans. These vehicles and are equipped with air conditioning, heat, and comfortable seats. Instead of using roof racks like many tour operators in the state, we tow fully enclosed trailers. These trailers keep our gear and luggage accessible, clean and dry. Note on driving times: On 4 days, driving times range from 2-6 hours. There are numerous breaks for hikes, photo stops, etc., scheduled throughout the drives.
We stay in a mix of hotels, modern cabins, and historic lodges. Lodging on night one will be at the Lakefront Anchorage, which is conveniently located near the airport and on the shores of Lake Hood. This excellent hotel is clean, comfortable and very accommodating. All price are double occupancy. A single supplement fee of $1550 will be added if you specifically request your own room for this trip. At some of the properties, single rooms are limited, so please contact us for availability.
- All group gear: All lunch cooking equipment & eating utensils
- Safety Equipment: Phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
- 11 nights lodging
- 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners
- Trekking poles
- Complimentary airport transfer
- Van transportation
- Ferry to Valdez
- Round-trip water taxi to Shoup Bay
- Round-trip scenic bush flights from Chitina to McCarthy
- Shuttle Bus to Eielson Visitor Center
- Scenic train ride from Denali National Park to Anchorage
- Guided hikes throughout the trip
- 5-hour sportfishing adventure OR National Park tour with Kenai Fjords Tours
- Guided sea kayaking in Shoup Bay
- Kennicott Copper Mill tour
- 4-hour Root Glacier trek
- Denali National Park shuttle bus tour
- Nenana River rafting adventure
- Professional guide service at a maximum 6:1 guest to guide ratio
- Lodging in Anchorage prior to and after your adventure
- Personal gear (packs, rain gear, etc.) - See Equipment Lists
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Additional hotel nights in due to weather delays
- Alcoholic beverages
- Guide Gratuities
Reservation & Cancellation Policy
A deposit of $1000.00 per person is required to reserve a trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. Reservations made within 60 days of the trip starting date require payment in full.
If the participant cancels a reservation earlier than 60 days prior to the starting date, the deposit will be refunded, minus a $100.00 administration fee. If the participant cancels within 59-31 days of the starting date, 50% of the trip balance will be refunded. If cancellation is made within 30-0 days of the trip starting date, there will be no refund of any costs. Alaska Alpine Adventures recommends cancellation insurance available through Travel Guard. Please call or email us for details.
Trip Cancellations or Delays
Alaska Alpine Adventures reserves the right to cancel or change the itinerary of a trip. In the event that Alaska Alpine Adventures cancels your trip and you are unable to participate, the total balance will be refunded. Occasionally, weather or other factors may cause delays or make completing a trip impossible. In these circumstances, there will be no refund of fees. Furthermore, Alaska Alpine Adventures is not responsible for any other costs, (e.g. airline flight changes, additional hotel nights, etc.) associated with trip delays or itinerary changes due to weather or other factors.
In order to assure any Alaska Alpine Adventures departure, a minimum number of participants must sign up. Our Source to Sea Multisport trip requires a minimum of 4 guests to guarantee departure. However we will operate our adventures at below the minimum required for a modest surcharge. Please see our Reservations Page for more information regarding trip minimums.