Ultimate Alaska Multisport
Destinations Destinations
United States, Alaska
Anchorage, Chugach National Forest, Denali National Park, Great Kobuk Sand Dunes
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Family, Trekking, Backpacking, Hiking, Water Sports
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Accommodation Standard Accommodation
Simple, Classic, Camping
Physical Level Physical Level
Strenuous
Season Season
June - September

Good to know

  • Operated by Alaska Alpine Adventures, the leading Alaska adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

This amazing multisport adventure will allow you to experience the best of Alaska by hiking, kayaking, climbing, cruising, and flying through its vast wilderness, all while enjoying the comfort of nightly accommodations in some of Alaska’s most famous lodges and B&Bs, and tent camping at a comfortable Denali basecamp, located in the heart of Denali National Park. If you’re looking to actively experience in the “real” Alaska and want to mix up amazing lodges with a remote camping experience, then this nine-day itinerary is your quintessential adventure.

Tour itinerary

What you'll see and do

Anchorage

Make your way into Anchorage for the first day of your adventure. It’s a flexible day with plenty of time to explore local sites of interest, such as Anchorage Museum. For those wanting to raise their heartbeat, rent a bike and cycle down the Coastal Trail, or whale watching at Turnagain Arm.

Lakefront Anchorage
Example accommodation

Lakefront Anchorage

Lakeside hotel with free shuttle service to and from the airport and downtown. On-site dining serving seafood and American cuisine, and free Wifi.

Matanuska Glacier

Get ready for a scenic three-hour road trip to Matanuska Glacier. Just past the glacier, you’ll embark on a challenging hike up the Lion’s Head for impressive views of Matanuska Glacier and the surrounding Chugach mountains. After the hike, you’ll make your way to an authentic Alaskan lodge where you’ll be served a delicious dinner.

Distance: 2-5 miles. Elevation gain 500’

Includes: lunch, dinner
Majestic Valley or Sheep Mountain Lodge
Example accommodation

Majestic Valley or Sheep Mountain Lodge

Local mountain lodge with free wireless and satellite TV, WiFi and a restaurant serving Alaskan cuisine.

Matanuska Glacier guided ice climb

You’ll meet your glacier guides, strap on crampons and ice axes, and spend the day ice climbing on the mighty Matanuska Glacier. Designed for just about everyone, this glacier adventure is suitable for beginners and experts alike. At over 27 miles long, the Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. From its origins in the highest peaks of the Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Matanuska is fed by incessant winter storms that dump more than 100’ of snow each year in the Chugach. From the moment you step onto the base of the glacier, expert guides will begin by teaching you the basics on moderate slopes, and by the end of the day you’ll be scaling vertical walls of ice! You’ll be on your own for dinner tonight to celebrate another 6+hour adventure with an amazing meal at the lodge or at another restaurant in the vicinity.

Ice climbing: 6 hours.

Includes: breakfast, lunch
Chugach Mountains

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll load into the van and continue your way through the magnificent Chugach Mountains en route to the next lodge in the heart of the spectacular Thompson Pass. Continue south with views of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Wrangell Mountains, and the Alaska Range. Make a stop for a hike and picnic near the Worthington Glacier. The Worthington, a Natural Historic Landmark, is a spectacular glacier that tumbles from the Chugach Mountains, and our hike will take us towards the toe of the glacier with stunning scenes of blue ice, crevasses of the glacier, and vistas of the mighty Chugach. By late afternoon you’ll check into the Valdez Harbor Inn or Totem Hotel & Suites.

Distance: 2-5 miles. Elevation gain: 2000’-2500’

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Totem Hotel or Valez Harbor Inn
Example accommodation

Totem Hotel or Valez Harbor Inn

Modern mountain hotel with fitness centre, free buffet breakfast and free WiFi.

Shoup Bay

Spend the day sea kayaking in Shoup Bay. After a thorough kayaking orientation and a one-hour water taxi ride to the entrance of Shoup Bay, you’ll hop into sea-kayaks and paddle into this utterly protected body of water. Kayak past the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound, and lunch near the foot of this ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles and potentially calves massive blocks of ice into the surrounding salt water. Sea kayaking among the floating miniature icebergs makes for a fun obstacle course to test your paddling skills as does riding the swift current of the connecting stream on an outgoing tide. Tonight, you’re free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of Valdez’s many restaurants. This walkable town offers many options just a short walk from the hotel.

Kayaking: 4 hours.

Includes: breakfast, lunch
Anchorage to Denali

After an early breakfast, make your way down to the ferry terminal to board an Alaska State Ferry for the cruise to Whittier. Crossing Prince William Sound takes you past Black Legged Kittiwake rookeries, near the faces of large tidewater glaciers, and through the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. From Whittier travel by van to Anchorage along the Seward Highway and the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet - one of the most scenic drives in the world. Once in Anchorage, take a quick trip orientation and gear check before boarding a floatplane bound for the wilderness of Denali National Park and your home for the next 3 nights. The scenic flight takes you over alpine tundra, braided rivers, and cascading waterfalls, near Denali, the highest peak in North America, and finally up toward the mighty gorge of the Ruth Glacier, the deepest trench on earth! Landing in a small lake nestled in a cleft between the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers, you’ll set up camp just beyond the lake, bask in the new-found solitude, and then take a short early evening hike before dinner.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Denali National Park

Take advantage of the long daylight hours to explore the beautiful park with a hike around the tundra hills close to the campground. Be sure to take your camera to capture the beautiful views of Backside and Ruth Glaciers. If you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to see Mt Denali (McKinley), the highest peak on the continent.

Distance: 8-10 miles. Elevation gain: 1500'-2500'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Denali National Park

After a hearty breakfast, grab your day-pack and again head out in search of adventure in Denali. With the sheer size of the surrounding glaciers, you’ll quickly understand why this area draws mountaineers from all over the world. While not at all technical, your trek on the ice will give you the chance to see firsthand the glacial features of this frozen river of ice, the valley that bears the scars of thousands of years of glacial activity, and the more recent visual indications of climate change on the Alaska landscape.

Distance: 8-10 miles. Elevation gain: 1500'-2500'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Departure

Another breakfast and hot drink fuels your last few hours in the wilderness. After breaking camp, and moving the kit to the lakeshore, you’ll await your flight back to civilisation, returning to Talkeetna by early afternoon. Enjoy a short walk around town before boarding the Alaska Railroad's Denali Star train bound for Anchorage. This 3-hour trip will takes you through the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley, through southcentral Alaska's boreal forests and small farms & homesteads, and finally to Anchorage by 8pm.

Includes: breakfast, lunch

Accommodation

With literally thousands of nights camped in the Alaska wilderness in all seasons, Alaska Alpine Adventures have refined camp craft to a science. Expedition quality tents, included trekking poles, group-size tarp shelters, and only the best cooking equipment accompany each and every trip. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself waiting out a storm under the group tarp, out of the weather, enjoying hot drinks, sumptuous meals and excellent company, while your guide fastidiously tensions all of the tent guy lines!

Five nights of lodging.

Testimonials

What people are saying about Alaska Alpine Adventures

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Rebecca Austin
21/09/2019

Our Multi-sport trip was the most wonderful vacation for my husband and I. Our guide Mario, was expert at blending a relaxed atmosphere with the activities that we expected. The whole trip was above and beyond our expectations. Most excellent experience! Thank you.

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Marc Trundle
21/09/2019

The trip was extremely well organized, planned and trip logistics carried out without a hitch! Meals far exceeded my expectations and guides were outstanding in every way.

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Cindy Jacobs
21/09/2019

This trip was exactly what we were expecting and was fantastic. We were looking to see as much as we could in the short time we had and you made it happen.

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Good to know

  • Operated by Alaska Alpine Adventures, the leading Alaska adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

Three nights camping. All equipment provided: expedition quality tents, group tarps, all cooking equipment & eating utensils, basecamp privy with toilet supplies. Five nights of lodging.

Included Guided excursions

Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 guest to guide ratio.

Included All meals

Most meals included - see itinerary for more details. Breakfasts include steel cut oats, scrambles, homemade granola and cereal, locally roasted coffee, assorted tea and cocoa. Lunches could include an Italian club torta sandwich, asiago bagels and Alaska lox, a curried tuna pita, crackers with genoa salami with a roasted red pepper goat cheese spread. Snack mixes and energy bars available throughout the day. Dinners could include pasta carbonara, Alaska reindeer rotini, chicken and chipotle enchiladas, and more. Vegetarian and special dietary requirements catered for on request.

Included Ground transfers
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • All transportation (van, ferry, train and flights)
  • Roundtrip scenic bush flights from Talkeenta to Denali National Park
  • Scenic train ride from Talkeetna to Anchorage
Days

9

From only

$3,995 pp

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