Our 28-day Alaska Southcentral adventure is the perfect way to explore the Land of the Midnight Sun extensively. Watch the sun and clouds dance on snow-capped peaks while trekking through the volcanic mountain kingdom of the Talkeetnas. Whitewater raft the Chickaloon River and ice climb on the Matanuska Glacier. From tracking braided rivers to their glaciated source, to sea kayaking on Prince William Sound amongst the largest mammals on Earth, you’ll feel the magnetism that makes Alaska the last enchanted frontier. Wilderness Adventures is a Chugach National Forest permittee.
Our programs offer a wide variety of activity options. Explore the activities specific to this program below.
As your plane glides over the rugged Alaskan landscape on its descent into Anchorage, you’ll find yourself itching to begin your adventure. You’ll be greeted by your trip leaders and trip mates who will become your best friends over the next month. From the airport, you’ll travel to your first campsite along the Eagle River, just a few minutes outside of Anchorage. For the rest of that first night and the following day, you will get to know each other, learn to set up your tents, familiarize yourself with your group gear, and prepare to backpack into the stunning Talkeetna Mountain Range. Before leaving the Anchorage area, a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center will provide an exciting opportunity to expand your understanding of Alaska’s indigenous people.
On the morning of your fourth day, your group will embark on the backcountry adventure of a lifetime. You will take the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail for ten days deep into the Talkeetna Mountains to the headwaters of the Chickaloon River. Doing so, you’ll internalize the skills and practices essential to travel comfortably in the wilderness. You’ll master minimum impact camping, map and compass navigation, backcountry meal preparation, and more, all surrounded by some of the country’s most remarkable wilderness.
Once you reach the Chickaloon River, you will be greeted by professional rafting guides. For the next two days, you’ll float out of the wilderness through an astoundingly gorgeous landscape and hit some exhilarating whitewater along the way. While en-route, you’ll enjoy the simple river life: relaxing, eating great food, and taking in the unbelievable views.
After you finish this segment of your journey, you will head to town for some well-deserved showers and laundry. You’ll spend the following day in Anchorage preparing for, your next adventure: ice climbing and glacier trekking on the Matanuska Glacier! You will grocery shop, purchase other supplies, and get fitted for climbing gear.
No journey to Alaska would be complete without the opportunity to explore its majestic glaciers, and the Matanuska Glacier is the best of the best. This valley glacier 100 miles northeast of Anchorage is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide. You will have the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of both glacier trekking and ice climbing techniques from professional guides. They will instruct you on how to belay, tie a variety of climbing knots, rappel, use an ice axe, and more!
After conquering the vertical ice, your group will rest for a day and then begin preparing for your final backcountry adventure: sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. You will head to Whittier, Alaska and paddle throughout this great waterway on the gulf of Alaska’s south coast.. For the next seven days, you will discover the hidden intricacies of the area. Paddling in two-person kayaks, your group will make its way from one secluded wilderness campsite to another. You will be up close and personal with masses of ice, frolicking seals, and soaring eagles. As you set up camp and retire to bed each night, you’ll fall asleep listening to nothing but the cool Alaskan breeze and the sound of calving glaciers. After your last day of kayaking, you will hop on a water taxi and head back to Whittier From there it is back to Anchorage, where you’ll take showers and do laundry.
On your final full day together as a group, you will have the chance to explore Anchorage and maybe pick up a few souvenirs for those at home. You’ll then gather for your celebratory end-of-trip banquet. You’ll enjoy one last dinner together and reminisce about what will have been the best summer of all of your lives. Finally, the following morning, it will be time for you to say your good-byes and head home to your families and friends.
I wanted a trip that would really challenge me but also be a ton of fun and I found it on Alaska Southcentral. Our group really had to work together to succeed but we were able to find the joy in the journey and had the most amazing time.
Amy, 2019 Alaska Southcentral Student
Trip Price Includes
- Group gear
- Personal gear and clothing
- Airfare to and form the trip start and end