- Ages: 14 years +
- Duration: 4 Days
- Begins / Ends: Kenai, AK
- Location: The Alaska Range
- Exertion: Strenuous to Extreme
- Season: July – September
- Price: $2,499 per person
*Minimum: 4 participants per trip required to guarantee
Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY
ALASKA RANGE BASE CAMP ADVENTURE
“Explore through the beautifully rugged Alaska Range, and enjoy the comforts of a mountain base camp.”
Bucket-list adventure with scenery that defies explanation! Designed for those looking for a backcountry adventure in Alaska without having to haul your gear for miles and miles. The base camp is in a rugged mountain alpine area, surrounded by gorgeous lakes, rolling tundra, and resting far above the valleys, rivers, and oceans.
Family-friendly adventure for 14 years +, although younger may be considered. This is strenuous adventure with a flexible pace, plenty of rest breaks and opportunities for pictures and relaxation.
The floatplane will drop us off high in the mountains, and once at the base camp, you will use day-packs for the daily explorations. Each day you explore new areas and return to the base camp each day.
Spend your days exploring the Alaska Range with endless exploration opportunities in the most magnificent mountain and alpine environment. This massive alpine landscape that surrounds you is purely magical, and also an area people rarely lay eyes on. You’ll have endless options for your daily hiking adventures; alpine hiking, peak bagging, wildlife viewing, and much more. The routes will venture into untouched areas of the Alaska Range. Base camp will be near a gorgeous alpine lake, the camping area alone is breathtaking. The remoteness and utter beauty of all that surrounds you will leave you feeling blissful and ready for the each day’s challenges.
*This trip is 100% off-trail. Depending on the time of year and snow conditions we may be hiking in snow at times, although we try to avoid it when possible.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL > KENAI > THE ALASKA RANGE
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 3: ALASKA RANGE BASE CAMP
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, 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 4: ALASKA RANGE BASE CAMP > 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
*The accompanying itinerary is the schedule we intend to follow. However, this is Alaska, and our trips may deviate as written on this page or in any documentation we publish. This can be as a result of weather conditions, group preference, safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances. Therefore expect the unexpected, and prepare to be flexible.
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:
- Accommodations: 3 nights tent camping
- Round-trip ground transportation (Kenai Airport<>Flight Office)
- Round-trip floatplane flights during the trip (Kenai<>Backcountry)
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional guide service
- Expedition tents
- Sleeping bag with liner, sleeping pad, and pillow
- Satellite phone, GPS, maps, location tracker
- Medical kits, and repair gear
- Trekking poles
- Large gathering/cook tent
- Cooking equipment, eating utensils, bowl/plate, and hot drink mug
- Water filtration equipment
- Bear resistant canisters
- Guides prepare and cook all meals
- Guides setup and take down entire camp (option to assist)
LOGISTICS & FAQ
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 4.
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 4.
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. Everything from cinnamon rolls and vanilla pancakes for breakfast, to spaghetti with meatballs for dinner, finished off with cheesecake for dessert.
How much extra money should people budget?
Kenai Backcountry Adventures recommends that you bring $500 cash for gratuities, in-town spending money, souvenirs, additional meals, etc.
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.
- Airfare/Travel to and from Kenai, AK, before and after your trip
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Personal gear (rain gear, clothing, backpack, etc.)
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Single supplement ($150)
- Additional lodging nights due to weather delays (in town)
- Additional meals due to weather delays (in town)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for your guides (recommended)