Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Alaska: Rafting the Tatshenshini River tour
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Alaska: Rafting the Tatshenshini River

Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 3,995 $ 400 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Raft Class II-III rapids over 132 miles down the river pioneered by MTS co-founder Richard Bangs in 1976, through one of the earth’s greatest wilderness frontiers
  • Camp by the river each night and enjoy delicious meals while listening to river legends and lore around the campfire told by our world-class river guides—the best in the business!
  • Spot grizzly bear, bald eagle, wolf, mountain goat, and moose and ride past fields of wildflowers, sweeping glaciers, and a flotilla of icebergs
  • Explore the surrounding countryside hiking alongside creeks and through glacier valleys

Short Description

Ready for one of the greatest river journeys on earth? Born among the chiseled snow-clad mountains of the Yukon, the Tatshenshini River flows with a casual grace past fields of wildflowers and sweeping glaciers on its relentless path to the sea. This is a remote natural highway through the habitat of grizzly and black bear, mountain goat and moose, bald eagle and osprey, and the pure ruggedness of the country has kept it wild and free of the imprint of modern man. The awesome Ice Age scenery will take your breath away, but keep on breathing ‘cause it gets better every day. Join the original Alaska Discovery company for an epic journey: easy rapids navigated by expert guides and day hikes to feast your eyes on the expansive views reveal a land that sharpens the senses and gratifies the human soul.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Haines
End City Yakutat

Trip Includes

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • All internal transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
  • Entrance fees and permits, and basic medical and evacuation insurance

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Haines, Alaska

Accommodation: : Halsingland Hotel - Haines

Arrive in Haines, Alaska by 3:30pm to have enogh time to check in and clean up for your 5:00pm pre-trip meeting at the Halsingland Hotel. We have reserved rooms for our group at the Halsingland Hotel. Just mention you are part of Alaska Discovery group. This room is included on the price of your trip.

Day 2 : Travel to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast on your own, meet at the Halsingland Hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. and board a van for a beautiful 3-hour drive (104 miles) up the Chilkat River Valley, across the border into British Columbia, and on to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada. After we rig our bags into the rafts, we’ll push off on the Tatshenshini. Soon, we’ll plunge into the exhilarating Class III rapids of the Tatshenshini Gorge. Upon emerging into calmer waters, we’ll make camp along the river.

Days 3 - 5 : Along the “Tat”

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The river slowly builds momentum over the next three days as we wind our way toward the beautiful Alsek and Noisey Mountain Ranges. There are a few good short hikes to take in this area. This is prime country for moose, bear and wolf; the beaches are often marked with the tracks of all three, and occasionally we catch views of the animals themselves.

Days 6 - 9 : The Confluence / The Walker Glacier / Floating the Alsek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The mountains, river and wildlife become more spectacular as the swift flowing river brings us ever closer to Alsek Bay. We come to the majestic confluence with the Alsek River, a place many call “the center of the universe.” Our campsite vista will span the broad expanse of both river valleys, flanked by more then 20 different glaciers.

Day 10 : Dry Bay

After floating into the flat, forested plains beyond Alsek Bay, we arrive at the Dry Bay Fishing Company outpost along the estuary of the Alsek River. (Dry Bay is named for the mud flats in low tide, certainly not for the weather patterns here.) Small aircraft will meet us for our spectacular charter flight to Yakutat in time for the scheduled Alas­kan Airlines service to Juneau (we have tailored this trip around this flight, and Juneau is your gateway city to other destinations). Most guests choose to return to Juneau this night and often get together for a no-host dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend you stay in Juneau this evening as some flights homeward necessitate a forced overnight in Seattle before connecting with onward-bound flights. We’ll provide you with a list of hotels in the pre-departure information booklet.

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Small Group - 24 max

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Min. Age: 14

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