BACKCOUNTRY OVERNIGHTER

BASE CAMP OR BACKPACKING

QUICK DETAILS

  • Ages: Open
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Begins / Ends: Seward, Cooper Landing, or Kenai
  • Location: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
  • Exertion: Strenuous
  • Season: May – September
  • Price: $899 per person

*Minimum: 2 participants per trip required to guarantee
*Solo travelers welcome with at least 2 other people already booked
Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.

TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY

This adventure is designed for those looking for a real Alaska backcountry adventure all in a couple of days. An ideal trip for families with children, a group of friends, co-workers, or just about anyone looking for backcountry fun! No backcountry experience is required — this is a perfect trip for those looking for an introduction to backcountry camping in Alaska.

OPTIONS – This trip is fully customizable:
1) BASE CAMP = EASY & RELAXING – With a serious dose of ADVENTURE! Camp on the side of a turquoise-colored, glacier-carved lake – explore the lake and surrounding coves, lagoons, and beaches by boat – search for wildlife – take short side hikes – enjoy the most awesome camping of your life!

2) BACKPACKING = STRENUOUS & CHALLENGING – Backpack up into the alpine tundra, high in the mountains – explore the vast mountain expanse – witness views that stretch for hundreds of miles!

ADD-ON – BUSH PLANE / FLOATPLANE
Add a bush plane/floatplane fly-in to your trip and we’ll take you really deep into the backcountry!
Pricing: $549/person for 4 people, or as low as $449/person for 8 people. Call for details or see reservation options when booking.

Private Group Option: This option is great for those that want a private trip for their group. Many families with young children choose this option. It’s your choice and we’ll accommodate a private group option with a modest surcharge. Either way, we cap this trip at a maximum of 6:1 Guest to Guide ratio.

DAY 1 – KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (other locations may be selected based on chosen options)
Our trip begins at 7:00am at your chosen departure location. We’ll begin with an orientation and overview of our adventure. We’ll then travel by vehicle to the backcountry access point of the trip, located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge! We’ll shove off by boat on an amazingly beautiful glacier-carved lake. Depending on the option you choose, we’ll cruise around the lake exploring, sightseeing, and hiking, then making camp in the most epic camping spot of your life – or we’ll backpack up a mountain to access the alpine tundra if you chose the strenuous backpacking option. After a day of exploring and adventuring, you’ll dig into a gourmet, backcountry meal – after dinner we’ll spend the evening relaxing, hiking around, or exploring more of the area.
Meals Included: Lunch & dinner

DAY 2 – KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Get ready for another day of exploring! There will be plenty of awesome places to check out, and pictures to take. We’ll spend the morning exploring and hiking around, and then we’ll have another delicious lunch. We’ll spend part of the afternoon exploring more of the area until returning back to the mainland – arrival back to your departure location is usually between 6-7pm this day (weather permitting).
Meals Included: Breakfast & lunch

*Please plan your travel arrangements after the trip accordingly.

*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, travel to the trip starting point, personal gear, gratuities for guides, and voluntary expenditures. You trip package includes:

  • Accommodations: 1 night tent camping
  • Round-trip ground transportation (Departure location<>Backcountry)
  • Boat transportation during the trip
  • All 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
  • 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 while in the field
  • Guides setup and take down entire camp (option to assist)

What is the best way to get from Anchorage to the departure locations?
— Seward: travel to Seward by train (yes!), by bus, or rent a car. Most guest come into Seward the day before the trip start date.
— Cooper Landing: travel by car.
— Kenai: travel by car, or take a 25 minute flight from Anchorage to Kenai Municipal Airport.

What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations are double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry.

Can solo travelers get their own tent?
As a solo traveler, a single supplement of $150 per person that applies to tent camping..

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 I bring?
A detailed gear list will be provided with your booking confirmation. Or you can view the GEAR LIST now (select “Overnighter / Base Camp Trips”).

Is travel insurance required?
Travel insurance is not required for this trip, although we highly recommend it. 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. Generally, there are only a few areas we tend to encounter mosquitoes along our route. 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 can be frequent and may impede travel at times.

Contingency
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 Anchorage on the last day of the itinerary, please make your flight departure for after 10:00pm.

  • Travel to/from Seward, AK, before and after your trip
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal gear (rain gear, clothing, backpack, etc.) – Rental backpacks available
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • 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)

NEED HELP?

We hope you find the information on this page useful. But if you need help booking your trip or have any questions please contact us.

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