Alaska Backpacking Trips Overview

Expeditions Alaska offer guided Alaska backpacking trips for individuals and small groups (group sizes are limited to a maximum of 5 participants*) in various wilderness regions in Alaska. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Katmai National Park and the Kenai peninsula are home to the majority of our Alaska backpacking trips. We also guide trips in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, and spend some time in the backcountry there. You'll find a lot of information on these pages about each particular trip, below is a simple overview of where we head to.

 

Visit the ANWR page for a great rafting trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, exploratory trips for the coming 2014 season, including a traverse across Alaska's largest piedmont glacier, the Malaspina Glacier, a backpacking trip through the southern reaches of Wrangell - St. Elias National Park.

 

Gates of the Arctic National Park:Another enticing backpacking trip is the Arrigetch Peaks trip, in Gates of the Arctic National Park. One trip that is an Alaska classic is the Icy Bay sea kayaking - hiking trip; also, look at Tebay/Bremner Trek is a formidable leg of the great Southern Traverse. An easier and much shorter hiking trip is the Sanford to Dadina hike across the Sanford Plateau!

 

Many of the backpacking trips in Alaska involve taking a bush plane flight into otherwise inaccessible wilderness, where we spend anywhere from 5-14 days hiking, exploring, backpacking, relaxing and enjoying the best which the backcountry of North America has to offer. We specialize in custom guided backpacking trips, catered singularly to the needs of each particular client. This means trip lengths can vary, as well as the degree of difficulty each trip involves, depending on the skills and experience of the participants. Those seeking a more arduous and rigorous hike can be accommodated, as

 

Book Early!!! Remember, the earlier you book, the better the possibility of matching up dates with your schedule. Contact Expeditions Alaska today.

 

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: This park is the largest in the nation, and truly one of the great wilderness areas of the world. Larger than Switzerland, and six times larger than Yellowstone, the mountain ranges here are second to none; no other region in the world hosts a convergence of 4 mighty ranges like this, the sheer audacity of these peaks is overwhelming. There still remain valleys in these incredible mountains where man has possibly never yet set foot. Located on the eastern border of Alaska, the park adjoins Kluane National Park in Canada Just a few of those backpacking trips are

 

 

Unloading the Plane, Alaska Most of Alaska, and most of Wrangell - St. Elias, is so remote that trips require a bush plane flight to reach the starting point. Hike down to the infamous 'goat trail' of Chitistone valley, or backpack along MacColl Ridge, a majestic escarpment in the middle of the park that provides possibly the best all-round view of the region. Take a flight south from McCarthy and explore the area around Iceberg Lake, on the edge of Bagley Icefield, the largest non-polar icecap in the world.

 

Wrangell-St. Elias offers incredible terrains, stunning vistas, plentiful wildlife and some of the most fantastic wilderness backpacking adventures anywhere in the world. I've written some more detailed notes on the blog about Wrangell - St. Elias National Park. Here are some of the trips we currently run in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve:

 

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:Expeditions Alaska offer a SUPER-EXCITING float trip in ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a 12 day rafting and hiking trip down the Marsh Fork, the Canning and the Staines River, from the Continental Divide to the Arctic Ocean. This is an awesome trip, in a critical environment that may not remain in its relatively untouched state for much longer due to a strong sustained push by the oil industry to open Section 1002, the coastal plain to oil and gas development. Visit our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Trip page for a look at the Canning River Raft Trip.

 

Photo Tours: A popular Alaska Landscapes photo tour to Skolai Pass, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve. I also offer a Grizzly Bear photo tour to Katmai National Park. New in 2012 I have an Aurora borealis photo tour, which is a frontcountry trip, based out of Fairbanks. A week long photo tour shooting aurora borealis photos and Alaska winter scenic images. Also check out the Coastal Brown Bears Photo Tour. We'll also be returning in 2013 to the arctic for a great Polar Bear Photo Tour.

 

I aim to add a few more in the near future that I'm also excited about, including a whitetail deer photo tour in the Smoky Mountains, TN. Stay tuned!!!

 

 

Kenai Peninsula: Alaska's playground, and what a fantastic playground it is. Well-maintained trails make this region a favorite with lesser experienced hikers, and those seeking a slightly more 'civilized' backcountry adventure. It's even possible to book early and reserve forest service cabins for your trip. The Kenai is much more accessible than much of Alaska, yet has every bit as much to offer. The lush spruce forests, the rich green mountain sides and the open, high tundra make for fantastic vistas. No rocky moraines, dangerous scree slopes or raging glacial-fed rivers to deal with also make the Kenai a relaxing adventure. Very popular, so book early on one of these 2 fun Kenai Peninsula hikes.

 

 

* 6 people may participate on a trip only under exceptional circumstances; a family of 6 for example.

Backpacking Trips Overview

 

Backpacking Trips in general - Most of our trips are week long backpacking trips. We fly in and fly out of our destination in a small bushplane. It's remote, wild country, a variety of terrain and landscapes. Glenn

 

Levels: From easy to difficult, for the novice to the advanced backpacker.

 

Dates: mid-June thru the end of Sept.

 

Locations

 

Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve

 

Katmai National Park and Preserve

 

the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

 

Kenai Peninsula

 

Gates of the Arctic National Park

 

Backpacking Trip Types

 

Backpacking

 

Packrafting

 

Rafting

 

Sea kayaking


Basecamping


Photo tours

 

Exploratory Trips: Explore a route we've not yet hiked before; an opportunity to come out on a backpacking trip the first time we cover the route. A great opportunity for intermediate and advanced backpackers.


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