Found along the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Aniakchak National Monument is the least visited park in Alaska, and this means an opportunity for you to do what few have done. Aniakchak National Monument is home to a 2,500’ deep volcanic caldera formed 3700 years ago. The crater offers outstanding hiking and wildlife viewing, and the Aniakchak River provides exciting Class III rafting from the Surprise Lake to the Pacific Ocean. The terrain offers a variety of treeless tundra, ancient volcanic ash flows, and riparian river habitat. The surreal & vibrant landscapes, great hiking, and exciting whitewater help make this expedition truly a trip of a lifetime.
This is a Level 3 rafting trip and physical conditioning and consistent exercise prior to these trips is essential. You will be sitting in and paddling through swift water (up to Class III) an inflatable canoe for up to 4 continuous hours. You will get wet and there's a chance you may go for an involuntary swim. You also will be hiking off-trail over steep and uneven terrain, often covering more than 10 miles in a day. You may encounter short stretches of thick vegetation and may also experience Alaska's diverse selection of insect species. You will be camping in a very remote wilderness, sleeping in tents, relieving yourself in places with a stunning view, and sometimes enjoying all of the above in the rain. You will be expected to load and unload your own gear, carry a portion of the group gear from our drop-off location to our various camp locations, and manage your own physical comfort and well-being. In general, trip participants must be able to, wear a Type V Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (maximum chest size of 56 inches), climb on and off the boats multiple times each day, paddle or hold on to the boat while navigating whitewater rapids, self-rescue by swimming to a boat or to shore in the event of an involuntary swim in a whitewater rapid, and self-rescue by climbing into a boat with the help of another person in the event of an involuntary swim in a whitewater rapid. Pre-trip physical conditioning should begin no later than 2 months before departure and should include walking or hiking.
INTENSITY: Level 3