ALASKA MOUNTAINS & GLACIERS BASE CAMP
LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
*Minimum: 4 participants per trip required to guarantee
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Adventure in Lake Clark National Park
“Explore untouched parts of Lake Clark National Park, and immerse yourself in this rugged, yet beautiful mountain environment.”
Bottomline… This adventure is beyond AMAZING! You are literally surrounded by mountains, glacier, lakes, streams, and alpine tundra that makes you want to roll down hills like a kid again.
This trip is for crushers, explorers, adventurers, and thrill-seekers alike. It is also a family-friendly adventure for 14 years +, although younger may be considered. This adventure is strenuous, with a flexible, freestyle pace, offering plenty of rest breaks and opportunities for pictures and relaxation.
Here’s a snapshot… Your adventure begins on day 1 with a group orientation meeting, and welcome lunch. Then we load up the floatplane for a scenic flight into Lake Clark National Park. Our plane lands in a high-alpine lake with a water color that defies explanation. You are now in the Alaska Range.
Each day will bring forth a new adventure as you explore this massive mountainous landscape. The crown jewel, that everyone is excited to explore, are the enormous glaciers that surround our camp on multiple sides. Not only do you get to see the glacier, you’ll get to hike on the glacier, and if you’re really lucky you can even go under the glacier! Yes, under the glacier – we scout out the most epic ice caves on this adventure! If conditions are safe, we’ll guide you into the ice caves to explore and feel what it’s like to be inside of a glacier.
Surrounding our base camp are glacier scoured mountain tops and alpine tundra that stretches for miles and miles. This ultimately leads to endless hiking routes through the tundra, up and over mountain tops, and around lakes and streams. You simply have to see this place for yourself to fully experience the sheer beauty, and accompanying feeling of really being alive!
So, how does this work? Each day we start out with hot drinks and a delicious, hot breakfast. You load up your day-packs for days objective, then off we go. Lunch is in the field somewhere epic; on a mountain top, the edge of a cliff overlooking a glacier, or even on the glacier. No matter what, it’s a lunch experience like none other.
At the end of each fulfilling day, we’ll return to our base camp for more hot drinks, and a backcountry dinner sure to please. At the end of the trip, our floatplane comes back to take us back to the mainland, flying over the zone you just trekked around – this is amazing accomplishment!
This trip is 100% off-trail. Depending on the time of year and snow conditions we may be hiking in snow at times (even in summer), although we try to avoid it when possible.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL > KENAI > LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
Today you’ll arrive in Kenai by plane or car. Arrival can be anytime before 10:00am. Your KBA guide will greet you at the Kenai Airport (if flying), or at our Kenai flight office (if driving). At 11:00am we begin with a group orientation meeting, gear check, weights & measures, safety briefing, and discussion of our overall trip plan – lunch will be hosted by KBA during the meeting. Between 3:30-4:00pm we begin staging our gear to be loaded on the floatplane, and when ready we’ll load all of our gear for the trip, and fly out around 4:30pm. Arrival in the backcountry is welcomed with a sense of awe and wonder as you gaze upon the magnificent mountains towering above, and surrounding you. Our first objective will be to get camp set up and squared away, and following this we’ll head out for an evening hike and give you a glimpse of your backcountry playground for the next few days.
Meals Included: Welcome lunch, and backcountry dinner
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2 to 4: MOUNTAIN BASE CAMP – LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
Each day your KBA Guide(s) will cook a group breakfast at the base camp, then it’s time to pack your gear for the day, and head out for a full day of exploration! Lunch will be in the mountains, or on a glacier, for sure somewhere with an amazing view. After a full day of adventure, we’ll return to base camp and prep hot drinks and a delicious backcountry dinner. With ample daylight throughout the summer, this affords us the opportunity for an evening hike to catch the alpenglow, or simply unwind while being one with the mountains.
All meals included (B, L, D)
Distance: Daily mileage varies, based on the group
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 5: LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK > KENAI
After a morning and afternoon of exploring the group will pack up camp, and gather lakeside for our afternoon floatplane pick-up. The flight is exhilarating and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the massive landscape which you’ve just trekked. This will really put your accomplishment into perspective. We generally arrive back to the mainland around mid-afternoon, to early evening (~before 6pm). Once we arrive back to the floatplane base, we’ll exchange some high-fives and goodbyes and transport you to the Kenai Airport. If you are returning home this evening, please be sure to schedule your Kenai flight for after 8:00pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
This is an all-inclusive adventure, meaning everything is included in your price apart from your flights to and from Alaska, personal gear, gratuities for guides, and voluntary expenditures. You trip package includes:
What is the best way to get to Kenai?
Plan to fly into the Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and then take a 25 minute flight from ANC to Kenai Airport (ENA). Or you can rent a car in Anchorage and then drive to Kenai (~3 hours). Either way you will need to be in Kenai on the morning of Day 1. Kenai Airport also has rental cars should you decide to turn your car in before your trip, or rent a car after your trip. KBA will provide transportation between the Kenai Airport and our flight office.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations are double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry for day 1 to day 5.
Can solo travelers get their own tent? Is there an optional or forced supplement, and how much is it?
As a solo traveler, a single supplement of $150 per person that applies to the private cabin accommodations on day 1, and tent camping day 1 to 5.
What is the food like?
Proper nutrition in the backcountry is paramount for stamina and recovery. We create gourmet masterpieces from scratch that are healthy, filling, and delicious leaving your palate (and belly!) satisfied.
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
A detailed backpacking gear list will be provided with your booking confirmation. Or you can view the GEAR LIST now (select “Base Camp Trips”).
Is travel insurance required?
Travel insurance is required for this trip. Review our Travel Insurance page for more info.
Additional frequently asked questions and answers:
Are bears and other wildlife going to be a problem?
Bears are virtually everywhere in Alaska, and therefore one should anticipate and be prepared for a possible encounter or sighting of a bear. Moose are a common sighting on the Kenai Peninsula but generally they keep their distance. Kenai Backcountry Adventures takes wildlife safety very seriously and therefore take precautions to keep you safe in the wilderness. In addition, you will learn the necessary safety procedures regarding Alaska wildlife in your pre-backcountry safety orientation.
Will there be bugs?
The most common nuisance bugs are mosquitoes and no-see-ums. However, based on the time of year and current weather conditions insects may or may not present an issue. Come prepared with insect repellant and a high quality head net.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in this part of Alaska is highly variable and unpredictable. It could be in the 70s or 80s one day and in the 50s and raining the next (or in the same day!). We may encounter snow at higher elevations. High winds or fog can be frequent and may impede travel at times.
It’s best to plan a buffer day at the end of the trip in the event of a weather delay departing the backcountry on the last day, however if you must make flight arrangements to depart Kenai on the last day of the itinerary, please make your flight departure for after 10:00 pm.