Alaska Southcentral

Alaska Southcentral

High Trails Adventure - 10th - 12th

Our 28 day Alaska Southcentral Adventure is the perfect way to explore extensively throughout the land of the “midnight sun.”  Watch sun and clouds dance on snowcapped peaks while trekking through the volcanic mountain kingdom of the Talkeetna Mountains.  Whitewater raft the Chickaloon River and ice climb on the Matanuska Glacier. From tracking braided rivers to their glaciated source, to sea kayaking amongst the largest mammals on earth through  Prince William Sound, you’ll feel the magnetism of the midnight sun that makes Alaska the last enchanted frontier.

28 Days

$5,995

  • July 1st - July 28th
  • Anchorage, AK

Day 1-3

As you fly over the rugged Alaskan landscape toward the Anchorage airport, you’ll quickly realize that you’re truly entering a landscape made for adventure. Upon exiting your plane, you’ll be greeted by your new trip leaders and meet your new fellow trip-mates, people who will become your best friends over the next four weeks. From the airport, you’ll travel a few minutes away to your first campsite along the Eagle River, just 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, use your group gear, and prepare for your first expedition – a backpacking trip 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 you and your group’s understanding of Alaska’s Indigenous people.

Day 4-11

On the morning of your fourth day, you and your group will step into the backcountry adventure of a lifetime. You will backpack into the interior of the Talkeetna Mountains for ten days, while learning the essential skills and practices necessary for traveling comfortably through the wilderness. A few skills you will learn and perfect throughout these 10 days include minimum impact camping, map and compass navigation, backcountry meal preparation, and more. You and your group will be taking the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail through the remarkable alpine tundra. You will make your way through the wilderness until reaching the headwaters of the Chickaloon River.

Day 12-15

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 and your group 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, primarily in preparation 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.

Day 16-17

No journey to Alaska would be complete without the opportunity to explore it’s majestic glaciers. The Matanuska Glacier is the best of the best. This valley glacier is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide, about 100 miles northeast of Anchorage. You and your group will have the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of both glacier trekking and ice climbing techniques from professional guides. Learn how to belay, tie a variety of climbing knots, rappel, use an ice axe and more!

Day 18-26

After conquering the vertical ice, you and 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. Prince William Sound is on the gulf of Alaska’s south coast and teeming with wildlife. For the next seven days, you and your team will discover the hidden intricacies of the area. Paddling in 2-person kayaks, you and your group will make your way from one secluded wilderness campsite to another. You will be up close and personal with masses of ice as well as 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 and your group will hop on a water taxi and head back to Whittier. From there you’ll de-prep from your paddling expedition and make your way back to Anchorage for showers and laundry.

Day 27-28

On your final full day together as a group, you will have the chance to explore Anchorage, picking up souvenirs for those at home. You’ll then gather for your final end-of-trip banquet. You’ll enjoy one last dinner together in the end of summer Wilderness Adventures banquet and reminisce about the experiences you’ve all shared over the past several weeks together. Finally, the following morning, it will be time for you to say your good-byes.  While goodbyes are always sad, at least you’ll have the incredible memories and life-long friendships to hold on to as a constant reminder of the best summer of your lives.

Day 1-3

As you fly over the rugged Alaskan landscape toward the Anchorage airport, you’ll quickly realize that you’re truly entering a landscape made for adventure. Upon exiting your plane, you’ll be greeted by your new trip leaders and meet your new fellow trip-mates, people who will become your best friends over the next four weeks. From the airport, you’ll travel a few minutes away to your first campsite along the Eagle River, just 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, use your group gear, and prepare for your first expedition – a backpacking trip 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 you and your group’s understanding of Alaska’s Indigenous people.

Day 4-11

On the morning of your fourth day, you and your group will step into the backcountry adventure of a lifetime. You will backpack into the interior of the Talkeetna Mountains for ten days, while learning the essential skills and practices necessary for traveling comfortably through the wilderness. A few skills you will learn and perfect throughout these 10 days include minimum impact camping, map and compass navigation, backcountry meal preparation, and more. You and your group will be taking the ‘road less traveled’ and trek mostly off-trail through the remarkable alpine tundra. You will make your way through the wilderness until reaching the headwaters of the Chickaloon River.

Day 12-15

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 and your group 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, primarily in preparation 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.

Day 16-17

No journey to Alaska would be complete without the opportunity to explore it’s majestic glaciers. The Matanuska Glacier is the best of the best. This valley glacier is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide, about 100 miles northeast of Anchorage. You and your group will have the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of both glacier trekking and ice climbing techniques from professional guides. Learn how to belay, tie a variety of climbing knots, rappel, use an ice axe and more!

Day 18-26

After conquering the vertical ice, you and 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. Prince William Sound is on the gulf of Alaska’s south coast and teeming with wildlife. For the next seven days, you and your team will discover the hidden intricacies of the area. Paddling in 2-person kayaks, you and your group will make your way from one secluded wilderness campsite to another. You will be up close and personal with masses of ice as well as 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 and your group will hop on a water taxi and head back to Whittier. From there you’ll de-prep from your paddling expedition and make your way back to Anchorage for showers and laundry.

Day 27-28

On your final full day together as a group, you will have the chance to explore Anchorage, picking up souvenirs for those at home. You’ll then gather for your final end-of-trip banquet. You’ll enjoy one last dinner together in the end of summer Wilderness Adventures banquet and reminisce about the experiences you’ve all shared over the past several weeks together. Finally, the following morning, it will be time for you to say your good-byes.  While goodbyes are always sad, at least you’ll have the incredible memories and life-long friendships to hold on to as a constant reminder of the best summer of your lives.