Turquoise Glacier High Route
Destinations Destinations
Anchorage, Turquoise Lake, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Activity Activity
Family, Nature & Wildlife, Active, Trekking, Backpacking
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Season Season
July - August

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 routes explores three of Lake Clark National Park’s most spectacular watersheds — Telaquana Lake, Turquoise Lake, and the famed Twin Lakes. This backpacking trip will take you up and over glaciers, through spectacularly vertical canyons, past huge waterfalls, and across some of the most stunning alpine tundra in Alaska.

This 10-day backpacking and hiking trip will take you from the shores of remote Telaquana Lake, around the Trail Creek highlands, beneath the glaciated 8000’ Telaquana Mountain, under the hanging glaciers surrounding Turquoise Lake, over a glacier pass, through the tundra of the Emerson Creek valley, and finally to Twin Lakes.

While the mountains present exciting route-finding challenges, the tundra allows the opportunity to hike easily and glass the horizons for Dall’s sheep, grizzly bears, caribou, moose, migratory foul, and birds of prey.

Tour itinerary

What you'll see and do

Lake Clark and Telaquana Lake

You’ll start the day with an orientation and gear check at our Anchorage facility before heading to Merrill Field for the stunning bush flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth. Your guide will greet you when you land, and as you enjoy a delicious lunch along the shores of Lake Clark, you’ll discuss the adventure and wrap up the trip orientation. You'll then take a float plane to Telaquana Lake, about 45 minutes north of Lake Clark, before hiking to your first camp above the lake.

Distance: 3.0 miles. Elevation gain: 1700'

Includes: lunch, dinner
Trail Creek to Hope Creek and the Twin Lakes

You’ll spend the next seven days moving from the first camp above Trail Creek to Hope Creek and the Proenneke site on the famous Twin Lakes. You’ll likely have at least two layover days during which you’ll explore glaciers and valleys with day packs. The country will throw a sampling of the Alaska backpacking challenges at us — including two river crossings, some steep side-hilling, and two high mountain passes.

Distance: 5-10 miles/day. Elevation gain: 1500'-4000' /day

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hope Creek and return to Port Alsworth

By the afternoon of day nine, we'll arrive at Hope Creek, where we’ll pay a visit to Dick Proenneke’s log cabin made famous by the PBS documentary Alone in the Wilderness. The float plane will then arrive to return us to Port Alsworth, where you’ll check into lakeside cabins at the Farm Lodge. After hot showers and a celebratory dinner, you’ll tally up our wildlife sightings.

Distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain: 500'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay

Farm Lodge

Hike to Tanalian Falls

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll pay a morning visit to the Lake Clark National Park visitor’s center where you’ll have a chance to purchase maps and postcards. You'll spend the rest of the day hiking to Tanalian Falls, before boarding an afternoon charter flight to Anchorage. If you are departing Alaska on this day, please schedule all homebound flights for after 9 pm.

Distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain: 800’

Includes: breakfast, lunch

Upcoming departures

Departing Returning    
23 Jul 2020 1 Aug 2020 Enquire
13 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020 Enquire
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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

8 nights camping. All equipment provided: expedition quality tents, group tarps, all cooking equipment & eating utensils, basecamp privy with toilet supplies. Lodging on the final night at the Farm Lodge on Lake Clark.

Included Guided excursions

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

Included All meals

All meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on the final day of the itinerary. 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

Ground Transportation to Merrill Field on day 1.

Included Internal flights

Roundtrip bush flight transportation from Anchorage to Port Alsworth.
Floatplane flights from Port Alsworth to Telaquana Lake and Hope Creek to Port Alsworth.


What people are saying about Alaska Alpine Adventures

Marc Trundle

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.

Pavla Fryer

I enjoyed everything about this trip. I liked the welcome dinner, the B&B in Anchorage was beautiful, the flights to and out of Denali were amazing, the train was fun. And of course Denali itself was just stunningly beautiful....

Kirk Hofeling

I had an outstanding experience. I will use Alaska Alpine Adventures for my vacation next year.



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