Discover a land rich in cultural history amidst scenery and wildlife beyond belief. Head into Alaska’s wilderness and view humpback whales from your sea kayak in the northern hemisphere’s finest whale watching waters. Backpack into the Alaskan wilderness and surrounded yourself with stunning mountain scenery. Raft southeast Alaska’s finest whitewater. Travel by boat to a remote glacier and learn ice climbing skills in Alaska’s world-class glacial terrain. Wilderness Adventures is a permittee of Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park and Tongass National Forest.
Our programs offer a wide variety of activity options. Explore the activities specific to this program below.
Arriving in the Juneau airport, you’ll be awestruck by the uniqueness of this incredible Alaskan destination. Clinging to the snow-capped hillsides, the town of Juneau rests right on the shoreline next to the vast, blue sea. As you enter the airport, you’ll be greeted promptly by your trip leaders, as well as your fellow trip mates. From the airport, you’ll head out to your first campsite only a few minutes away. You will spend the first night getting to know each other, playing games, and learning how to set up your tents. It will be a fun night and a great way to start your trip. The next day, your group will begin preparing for your first big excursion – sea kayaking around Chichagof Island.
Your sea kayaking adventure will begin on a charter plane from Juneau to Gustavus, Alaska. In Gustavus, you’ll grab your kayaks and take a shuttle boat to the Idaho Inlet of the Chichagof Island where your paddling will begin! For five days, you’ll paddle from campsite to campsite, each more incredible than the last. In between Humpback whale sightings, you’ll learn all the necessary backcountry skills and practices such as cooking, minimum impact camping, and map and compass skills. On your final day of kayaking, you’ll again rendezvous with the shuttle boat and head back to Gustavus. From Gustavus you’ll fly back to Juneau to shower, do laundry, and prepare for the next leg of your expedition.
The next day, you and your group will hop on a ferry from Juneau to the wonderful little town of Haines. Traveling along the pristine waters, you’re sure to see dozens of bald eagles, whales, and possibly some seals!
Haines, on the northern part of the Alaska panhandle, is the adventure capitol of Alaska and the perfect jumping-off point for your next adventure – ice climbing on Flower Mountain! You will spend the next three days scaling the cobalt ice of this incredible valley glacier. As you ascend the vertical walls, you’ll learn the proper techniques of vertical ice climbing and glacier travel, including how to construct anchors. From there, you’ll head back to Haines via float plane for showers, laundry and groceries.
Next up, your group will begin your five-day backpacking excursion into the Yukon wilderness. Good thing you brought your passports because in a few days, you’ll be heading into Canada. As you begin your hike, you’ll be treated to an awesome view of the Icy Strait and its neighboring mountains. On the third day, you’ll venture over the alpine passes where you will be able to look back into Alaska from your campsite in the Canadian wilderness. As you hike, keep in mind that you’ll be following the footsteps of the miners who traveled to Klondike.
Following your backpacking expedition, you will head back to Haines and get ready to hit the water once again. You won’t be able to resist sinking your paddle into the legendary whitewater of the Blanchard River! Your group will spend a day paddling to the confluence with the Tatshenshini River. These exhilarating class III rapids are sure to open your eyes and get your heart pounding a little as well. Under the guidance of professional instructors, you’ll savor this last amazing activity before we turn our attention back to Juneau for the beginning of the end of our journey.
You and your group will say your goodbyes to Haines and take the ferry back to Juneau. There, you will gather for the traditional and delectable Wilderness Adventures final banquet. The final banquet is the perfect way to celebrate the end of your journey. You’ll be together as a group one last time and reminisce about your incredible adventure in the Land of the Midnight Sun. The next day, you and your group will travel back to the Juneau airport and head home.
I learned that I could depend more on myself and that I can often push myself more than I usually do and accomplish more. I left this program feeling better about myself and happier about all the adventures that lay ahead of me.
Ethan, 2019 Alaska Southeast Student
Trip Price Includes
- Group gear
- Personal gear and clothing
- Airfare to and form the trip start and end