Overnight Mountain Backpacking Adventure in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Backcountry Overnighter

From: $1,197 per person

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PLEASE NOTE: This tour regularly sells out… We highly recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out!



$1,197 per person, plus tax


2 Days / 1 Night

Meeting/End Location

11724 Seward Hwy, Suite A, Seward, AK 99664
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Max Group Size

12 guests / tour
*4 person minimum is required per tour


Recommended minimum age is 12 years old
*Got younger crushers? Give us a call!

Tour Location

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge


  • Epic 2-day backcountry experience with full-on mountain backpacking
  • Experience the finest mountain camping accommodations
  • Discover interesting stories, local history and wildlife facts from your friendly guide
  • Stunning wildlife, serene landscapes, and fresh mountain air


This tour is rated as Strenuous

What’s Included

  • Accommodations – 1 night tent accommodations
  • Professional Backpacking Guide
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Seward
  • Round-trip boat transportation
  • Trekking poles
  • Expedition-grade tents
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and pillow
  • Gathering tent
  • All meals
  • Cooking equipment, eating utensils, food bowl, and hot drink mug
  • Water filtration equipment and storage
  • Beverages – water, tea, coffee, hot cocoa, apple cider, lemonade
  • Guides prepare and cook all meals
  • Packing list

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities for your guide

Important Notes

  • Please arrive 60 minutes early to check-in and get set up
  • There are no bathrooms in the backcountry, so bathroom breaks are done nature-style
  • You must be able to walk on uneven, soft, steep, and slippery terrain for up to 5+ miles per day
  • Under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

What to Bring

  • Bring snacks, and a water bottle (water can be filled at our camp)
  • Backpack 60-80 liters (rental packs available at checkout)
  • Sturdy well broken-in hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Waterproof rain jacket & rain pants required
  • Bring layers – dress for current weather conditions
  • Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, and any personal items
  • Cash or Venmo for guide gratuities (recommended)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free Cancellation up to 30 days in advance 
  • Tours run rain or shine


While we do accept last-minute bookings, our tours regularly sell out. To get your preferred choice and to avoid missing out, we highly recommend booking as soon as possible. 


There is just no other way to say it… you haven’t truly experienced living until you’ve ventured into the backcountry of the Kenai Mountains! This place is truly magical. We designed this 2-day backpacking experience to hit the highlights and fully immerse you into the natural rhythm of the backcountry. Stare in wonder at the beautiful vistas that go on for hundreds of miles. Check. Feel the fresh mountain breeze in your hair as you stand on top of a mountain peak. Check. A friendly, local guide to share stories, point out amazing views, and guide you through your backcountry journey? Check, check, and check. With a fully immersive backcountry experience and an unbeatable price – it’s time you knocked this iconic Alaskan experience off your bucket list.

Small Groups & Cozy Camps

In contrast to crowded roadside tours in Alaska, our expeditions get way out there, and are limited to 12 guests. Bottom line? A more intimate experience with everything from mountains, tundra, and amazing vistas.

See What Most Are Missing

While the majority of visitors stay on the pavement and pathways, you’ll get to experience the picturesque backcountry, an array of wildlife, and stunning vistas completely inaccessible by car.

Award-Winning Guides

Beyond the jaw-dropping scenery, your experienced and friendly guide will share stories, local history, wildlife facts, and answer any questions you have throughout the tour.

For Visitors & Locals Alike

Whether you’re here for the first time, hosting visitors, or looking for a family-friendly adventure, our bear tours are fun, fascinating, and offer unforgettable experiences of our beautiful backyard.


DAY 1:

  • 7:00am check-in and get set up at our Seward office
  • Breakfast items and refreshments at our office
  • 9:00am approx 1.5 hour drive to Skilak Lake
  • Boat transportation across a massive turquoise-colored glacial lake
  • Hiking up the mountain to an epic camp location, lunch on the trail or in the alpine
  • Set up camp and get situated
  • Dinner and revelry
  • After dinner hike or mountain games

DAY 2:

  • Coffee is up at 6:15am
  • Breakfast in the gathering tent 7-8am
  • Pack up camp, last chance to soak in the mountain vibes
  • Hike down the mountain to the lakeshore, lunch in the tundra or on the trail
  • Boat transportation back across the lake
  • 3pm transport back to Seward, arrival ~5pm
*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. 

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Kenai Backcountry Adventures | Flight Office
45495 Citabria Street,
Nikiski, AK 99611

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