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Tatshenshini River Rafting

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
11 days
From: $ 6,495 $ 590 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Scenic drive up the Alaska Highway
  • Alaska rafting in Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness
  • See grizzlies, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves and eagles
  • Float through massive icebergs in Alsek Bay
  • Spectacular flight back to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Short Description

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness, the Tatshenshini River lays at the heart of the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, encompassing over 27 million acres and five U.S. and Canadian parks and preserves. Bound by two towering mountain ranges — the Alsek and St. Elias — the Tatshenshini is a river forgotten by time. The rafting trip begins in a lake of ice flows, and then runs toward the ocean, merging with the Alsek River. This one-of-a-kind adventure then leads onto a glacier of moraines and frozen falls and finally into the shadows of ship-sized icebergs and the terminus of Alsek Bay.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type 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 Only ground transport
Start City Whitehorse
End City Whitehorse

Trip Includes

  • Skilled, professional guide service
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 11
  • 10 nights catered camping with beer, wine and some liqueurs in camp
  • 1 waterproof bag to hold your gear for the trip (approximate sealed size: 33” tall x 16" diameter—with a maximum capacity of 110 liters).
  • 1 small waterproof bag for camera and other small items you'll want during the day (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter)
  • 2-person tents on a shared basis (there is a $30 + tax charge for a private tent)
  • Sleep kit—consisting of a sleeping bag, pad and pillow
  • Floater jacket—combination personal flotation device (PFD) and jacket which must be worn at all times on the river in compliance with safety regulations. It is warm and waterproof.
  • Rubber boots—upon request. Account for thick or multiple socks when requesting your size
  • Camp amenities such as chairs, eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Highest quality inflatable rafts and related equipment
  • Van transfer from Whitehorse to the river and flight from Dry Bay back to Whitehorse
  • All park fees and necessary permits

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Itinerary

Day 1

We depart in the morning for the 2 ½ hour drive to the put-in at Dalton Post. From Whitehorse, we head north on the Alaska Highway to Haines Junction, and then west along the Haines Road to the Dalton Post turn off. At this old abandoned trading post, we'll meet the other guides, load the rafts and leave civilization behind us.  This first day we run a number of lively Class III rapids through the gorge, then emerge a few hours later into a wide open valley to see our first views of the mountains with their hanging glaciers. Tonight we'll set up camp at Silver Creek.

Days 2 & 3

The river slows down as we float through this incredible valley. Entering British Columbia, we meander through lush landscape and the home of a variety of birds, moose and beaver. The mountains to the southwest seem to get larger as we pass the river terraces, keeping a watchful eye out for the elusive blue bear, grizzly, mountain goat and wolf. Various tributaries double the size of the river and every turn produces a fantastic panoramic view. We spend two days stationed near Sediments Creek, where we can hike and explore the alpine region’s most diverse ecosystem.

Days 4 & 5

We'll continue down the Tat and stop for lunch at O'Connor Creek. Every day the scenery becomes more spectacular; mountains rise to 8,000 feet and glaciers hang from every mountainside. The river valley continues to widen as we reach our camp near the confluence with the Alsek River. Here there are great hiking opportunities along the river terraces where wildflowers carpet the ground.

Days 6 & 7

We join the mighty Alsek River flowing from the north as we travel through braided channels. The river seems to narrow as the mountains reach for the sky. A 360-degree look will reveal over 50 glaciers as we near our camp at Walker Glacier. We marvel at the crevasses and hike onto massive moraines. Around the campfire, we'll enjoy a beverage with 10,000 year-old ice, collected from the glacier earlier this day.

Days 8 & 9

Cutting through the Brabazon Range, we pass the massive Novatak Glacier, which is the tip of one of the largest ice fields outside of the polar regions. To the south, 15,300-foot Mount Fairweather, the fourth highest mountain on the continent, dwarfs our very existence. Toward the end of day nine, we set up camp on the spit that separates the Alsek River from Alsek Lake, a five kilometer long lake located at the bottom of the massive Alsek Glacier. If time allows, we will paddle toward the glacier and watch as giant pieces of the ice calve-off with a thunderous roar and form icebergs in the lake. Our view from camp is one of the most spectacular anywhere on earth.

Day 10

Today we’ll float through the icebergs of Alsek Lake as we make our way south of the Gateway Knob. Cruising in and out of the ice is exhilarating and provides fantastic photographic opportunities as we continue to witness giant pieces of ice calve-off the glacier. We camp again tonight on the lake.

Day 11

After breaking camp, we'll float the last miles down to the airstrip at Dry Bay on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Here we disembark, break down the rafts and board the plane for a spectacular flight over the mountains and back to Whitehorse. Once back in civilization, it's off to the hotel and a well-deserved hot shower. Tonight, we can get together for a last toast to the Tatshenshini and plan our next adventure together before we head for home tomorrow.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and Refunds

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. All payments are non-refundable and we regret we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason, we strongly urge our participants to investigate trip insurance (see Insurance).

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

Additional Information:

Purchase Travel Insurance: For your protection, we require that all participants have emergency evacuation insurance. If you don’t have proof of insurance at the start of the trip, you cannot take part in the expedition. A policy including trip cancellation insurance is recommended to cover your non-refundable payments, in most cases, should you have to cancel your trip. As with most major travel arrangements, there are cancellation fees that will apply regardless of why or when you might need to cancel.

Trip Forms (online): Each participant will need to complete the required trip forms within two weeks of making a booking. Refer to your confirmation e-mail for the link to the online forms. If you prefer to fill out paper forms, please let us know right away. If you are reserving within 90 days of departure, your forms must be completed immediately to ensure we can properly plan for your trip.

Reserve flights, shuttles and lodging: Verify with your Adventure Consultant that your trip has met minimum numbers prior to booking flights and/or reserving overnight lodging for the night before and after your trip, if applicable.

 

Physical Requirements: Your outdoor adventure will be an active participatory trip. Please inform us of any physical limitation you may have as soon as possible. Make sure you are exercising frequently in the months leading up to your trip.

 

Payments: Final payment is due in our office 90 days prior to your trip (refer to your invoice for final payment date). Please let us know if you would like us to automatically charge your credit card on file when final payment is due.

 

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Trip Excludes

  • Transportation to and from Whitehorse
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations and meals
  • Insurance of any kind, mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Fishing gear and license
  • Items of a personal nature and equipment (an equipment list will be provided)
  • Gratuities

Meals Included:

11 Lunches

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