Exploring Alaska

Aktive Wanderreise von der Küstenregion Alaska's bis zum Denali Nationalpark.

Alaska - the last frontier - ist ein Land der Gegensätze: majestätische Berge, einzigartige Fjorde, unendliche Tundra-Landschaften, wilde Flüsse und riesige Gletscher. Auf dieser Reise werden wir Wanderungen mit spektakulären Aussichten unternehmen, eine alte Goldmine besuchen, Tiere im Denali Nationalpark beobachten und vieles mehr. Erleben Sie das wilde Alaska in einer Kleingruppe mit maximal 12 Teilnehmern - ein unvergessliches Abenteuer!

Reisedauer

16 Tage

Teilnehmer

5 - 12

Ab - Bis

Anchorage

Arrival in Anchorage. Free time to explore the city depending on your flight’s arrival time. RDV at the hotel to meet the group and hear the tour presentation. Independent dinner. Night at the hotel.

We leave behind Alaska’s only big city to admire it from high up in the Glen Alps. We hike to the summit of Flattop Mountain for a first encounter with nature and incredible views of the ocean and the mountain range. En route to Homer, we make a quick stop to see a small Russian orthodox church in Nikolaevsk, a remnant of Alaska’s Russian colonial past. Arrival in Homer in the afternoon. Free time to explore the town and enjoy a walk on the beach where, at low tide, locals go clam digging. It is one of the region’s most popular outdoor activities. Each year more than a million clams are harvested by recreational fishermen! We set up camp for 2 nights. Lunch and Dinner

Flattop Mountain Trail: 5.6km (return), 365m elevation, 1.5hrs
Transport: 380km, 4.5hrs drive

Short crossing in a water taxi through the pristine natural environment. Between towering mountains and deep blue waters we may see sea otters, eagles, cormorants and puffins. We are dropped off at the Glacier Spit where we will start our forested walk. Enormous cottonwood and Sitka Spruce trees line the path before we emerge in a large alluvial flat. We reach our destination, the Grewingk glacial lake, where icebergs float in perfect harmony with the serene scenery. On our way back to the bay, we may opt to continue hiking up Alpine Ridge trail for a magnificent view of the lake and glacier from above. Return to Homer by water taxi.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grewingk Glacier Lake trail: 7.4km (loop), 3hrs, 120m elevation
Alpine Ridge trail: up to 8km (return), 600m elevation
Transport: 1.5hrs in water taxi

We leave behind Homer and take the road north. We visit Kenai historical village, a mix of wooden fishing huts, churches and buildings frozen in time. We continue our drive through forested lands to the trailhead for Tern Lake and Ptamigan Creek where we hope to watch sockeye salmon attempt to reach spawning grounds upstream. This phenomenon lasts for a short period and varies from one year to the next. Remember, where there is fish there are often bears, so let’s be cautious! We set up camp for 2 nights near Cooper Landing. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ptarmigan Creek to Ptarmigan Lake trail: 11km return, 3hrs, 322m elevation gain
Transport: 300km, 4hrs drive

Day trip to the small coastal town of Seward located at the end of Resurrection Bay, a magnificent fjord of the Kenai Peninsula. Mount Marathon towers high above its quiet street and marina. Depending on weather and bear sightings, we can choose to hike to the summit for beautiful views of the fjord and nearby mountain range. This trail can be combined with a section of the Coastal trail where sea otters are often spotted. Our other choice is to hike Exit Glacier. It starts with an easy interpretive walk to the base of the glacier, and we can then continue to hike up to Harding Icefields. Its massive size, 3000km2 when you include all the tributary glaciers, is impressive. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mount Marathon trail: 7km return, 900m elevation gain, 4hrs
Exit Glacier overloop trail: 4km loop, low elevation gain
Harding Icefield trail: 12km return, 700m elevation gain, 6 to 8hrs
Transport: 160km, 2hrs drive

Today we take the road north again. We stop half way on the shores of Eklutna Lake where we rent bikes. The trail follows the shore of this long glacier fed lake popular with local outdoor enthusiasts. The mountains around are beautiful, but we must keep an eye out on the ground for the abundant wildlife. We continue our drive on the renowned Glennallen scenic byway, deep in a valley left behind by the receding Matanuska glacier. Every turn reveals breathtaking scenery, along with remnants of the bygone eras of the gold rush and other pioneers. We stop at the state recreational area to appreciate the Matanuska Glacier from a distance. Walk on Edge Nature trail. Dinner in a typical local restaurant (not included). Night in a basic hotel. Breakfast, Lunch

Bike ride: Eklutna Lakeside trail: Up to 21km, 2hrs
Hike: Edge nature trail: 1.6km, 30min
Transport: 400km, 5hrs drive

We continue on to Wrangell St Elias National Park and the extremely remote village of McCarthy. On the way, we stop for a hike in the Copper Center area. We breathe in the wonderful smell of coniferous trees as we follow the trail leading to the crystalline waters of Liberty waterfall. We trace our footsteps back to the vehicle. Accessing the heart of the park can be a bit long and difficult, depending on road conditions. We travel 100km on a dirt road to reach McCarthy, a gold rush era village that hasn’t changed a bit since. Here we find a few historic buildings and a handful of permanent residents. We set up for a night of rustic camping (no showers), not far from the village. We spend the next 3 nights at this camp. Lunch, Dinner

Hikes: Liberty Falls trail: 3.2km (return), 1hr, 165m elevation
Transport: 300km, 5hrs drive

We spend the next two days exploring Wrangell St Elias National Park. This beautiful park is dotted with massive mountains, glaciers measuring thousands of square kilometers, endless untouched forests and tumultuous rivers. Wrangell is also home to nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States, including Mount Wrangell (4300m), Mount Sanford (4950m), Mount Blackburn (5025m), and Mount St Elias (5489M), the second highest peak in the United States. In addition to the two hikes planned for today (one on a mountain and one around a glacier) you have the option to board a small plane flight for a spectacular view of the park! (Not included). You could also opt to participate in a guided hike on a glacier (with climbing irons) or maybe visit the Kennicott mine and learn about this isolated region’s history (optional). The little gold rush era village of McCarthy and the Kennicott mine recount this picturesque region’s extraordinary human adventure. Night in rustic camping (no showers). 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Hikes:
Day 8: Bonanza Mine trail: 14.4 km, 1140m elevation and mine visit, 6-7hrs
Day 9: Root Glacier Trail: 13 km, 300m elevation, 4hrs
or Erie Mine trail: 12 km (round trip), minimum elevation, 4-5hrs

Last moments in McCarthy. We take the road early. Throughout the day, your guide will stop frequently so you can appreciate the best viewpoints along this scenic mountain drive. The many curiosities include intriguing natural formations and old remnants of human occupation of the territory. Like many trappers and gold prospector before us, we settle in an authentic but rustic lodge on the banks of Maclaren River at the end of the day. An unforgettable stay in a grandiose natural setting. Night in basic cabins. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transport: 380km, 6hrs drive

This morning we travel one of the most scenic roads in the USA and reach Denali National Park. At more than 5500m vertical drop – even greater than Mount Everest! – Mount Denali-McKinley is so high up that its peak is only visible a few times per month. An enormous variety of wildlife lives in the park: about 500 bears, 3000 caribou, 2000 moose and 160 wolves call this region home. Today we hike Mount Healy after seeing a dog sledding demonstration given by the Park Rangers (free, optional).

The second day, we take the park’s school bus type shuttle, leaving early in the AM for a greater chance of wildlife spotting! We take the shuttle deep into the park for off trail trekking (not guided). 2 nights camping. 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Hikes:
Day 11: Mount Healy Overlook trail: 7 km, 518m elevation, 3-4hrs
Day 12: park shuttle// Hike: average

We start the day with a hike on Little Coal Creek trail to K’esugi Ridge. We will be rewarded with fantastic views of Mount Denali. On the trail, we enjoy a temperate forest of ferns, white spruce and birch; glacially fed lakes, a beaver dam and possibly more wildlife. We emerge above the treeline and discover fragile tundra vegetation. Return by the same trail. In the afternoon we drive on the Hatcher Pass scenic road. We follow the edge of a crystal clear river, a carpet of tundra clinging to the mountain slopes. We settle into comfortable log cabins for 3 nights in a beautiful forest setting. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hikes: Little Coal Creek trail to K’esugi Ridge: 10.6km (return), 4-5hrs, 530m elevation
Transport: 340km, 4.5hrs

The Castle Mountain fault is responsible for creating the high mountains surrounding us, but also for the presence of a gold vein that was once fruitful. We visit the Independence Mine historical park. At its peak in 1941, 22 families lived in the remote mining village. The district’s mining company produced a great quantity of gold until the United States entered World War II, when gold was declared nonessential to the war effort. The site was finally abandoned completely in 1951. We hike up to an overlook of the area. We then continue the adventure on another trail in the area for more great views of this remote mountain range. Night at the cabin. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hikes:
Independence mine discovery trail & overlook: 2km, 1.5hrs
April bowl loop trail: 3.2km, 250m elevation gain, 1.5hrs
Transport : 40km, 1hr drive

We reach Reed Lakes trailhead via a dirt road. This hike follows Reed Creek and has it all: stunning turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls, wildflower displays and another abandoned mine. It’s important to be careful here inclement weather can make the boulder-crossing sections of this trail difficult. Once at the first lake, we decide if we continue to the second. All shades of green fill our eyes as we go deeper in this untouched alpine environment. We feel grateful to be one of the lucky few to enjoy such pristine wilderness. Back at the lodge, we enjoy the last group dinner of our adventure in the midnight sun country. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hikes:
Lower Reed lake trail: 10.5km (return), 550m elevation, 4-5hrs
To Upper Reed lake: additional 4km (return), 2hrs, 90m elevation

Transfer to Anchorage in the morning. Depending on flight times, free time to visit the city. End of tour. Breakfast

Transport: 100km, 1.5hrs

Itinerary note: Depending on weather and operational conditions, the guide reserves the right to modify this itinerary for your own safety and that of the group.

Preise

Preis pro Person im Doppelzimmer/-zelt CHF 3’480.–
Zuschlag Einzelzimmer/-zelt CHF 260.–

Einzelbelegung ist nur bei der ersten Hotelübernachtung und allen Zeltübernachtungen möglich.

Reisedaten

11. bis 26. August 2019

garantierte Termine

Im Preis inbegriffen

  • 2 Hotelübernachtungen
  • 4 Übernachtungen in Cabins
  • Restliche Übernachtungen im Zelt
  • 13x Frühstück
  • 14x Mittagessen
  • 13x Abendessen
  • Rundreise in einem Minibus
  • Nationalparkgebühren
  • Tagesausflug in den Denali Nationalpark
  • Campingausrüstung
  • Liegematte
  • Französisch- und englischsprechende Reiseleitung

Nicht im Preis inbegriffen

  • Flughafentransfers
  • Übrige Mahlzeiten
  • Trinkgelder
  • Optionale Ausflüge
  • Schlafsack

Anforderungen

Ein französisch- und englischsprachiger Reiseleiter wird diese Tour begleiten und gleichzeitig auch das Fahrzeug steuern. Es wird erwartet, dass die TeilnehmerInnen den Guide aktiv unterstützen und zum Beispiel bei der Zubereitung des Lunch, dem Einkauf oder beim Ein- und Ausladen des Fahrzeuges mithelfen.  

Normalerweise besteht das Frühstück aus einem Buffet, der Lunch wird in Form eines Pickniks und das Nachtessen als warme Mahlzeit zubereitet.        

Moderate Wanderungen, Teilnehmer sollten in der Lage sein 4 bis 8 Stunden pro Tag zu wandern.

Hinweise

Auf dem Campground im Wrangell Nationalpark stehen keine Duschen zur Verfügung.

Da es sich um eine Reise im Expeditionsstil handelt, sind kurzfristige Änderungen im Reiseverlauf möglich und liegen im Ermessen des Guides.