- Ages: 10 years +
- Duration: 2 Days
- Begins / Ends: Seward, AK
- Location: Exit Glacier – Kenai Fjords NP
- Exertion: Strenuous to Extreme
- Season: June – September
- Price: $549 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
EXIT GLACIER OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE
“Explore Exit Glacier with 2-full days of glacier trekking, and camp within the Kenai Fjords National Park.”
Our Exit Glacier Overnight Adventure is an amazing backpacking adventure, complete with glacier trekking, and backcountry camping. While this is one of our few road-accessible adventures, this is definitely a bucket-list-worthy-adventure of a lifetime!
This is an ideal trip for people looking to get a fully-immersive glacier adventure in the heart of the Kenai Fjords National Park. You will get to hike up a mountain, hike on a glacier, and even camp next to a glacier! No backpacking experience is required, and this makes a perfect trip for those looking for an introduction to backcountry camping in a glacier environment.
The Exertion Level on this trip is rated at strenuous. While there are some challenging sections, there are some also some moderate sections. Not the whole trip is strenuous, but it does require one to be in good physical condition. For those looking for a more extreme version we can go for a high-octane adventure, or a little bit of everything. We’ll decide as a group. This trip is sure to please all adventurers regardless of your preference. The scenery, glacier trekking, and camping is simply amazing!
Private Group Option: This option is great for those that don’t want anyone else on the trip but the people in their own group. Many families with children or groups of friends 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 5:1 Guest to Guide ratio. Please call us to book the Private Group Option.
Depending on the time of year and snow conditions along the glacier we may be hiking in snow at times.
DAY 1: SEWARD > EXIT GLACIER – KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
Rise and shine – today your adventure begins at 7:00am when you KBA Guide picks you up in Seward, or when meeting at the Exit Glacier Nature Center. The trip begins with a group orientation meeting, gear check, safety briefing, and discussion of our overall trip plan. Following this, it’s time to begin our hike up the mountain along the Harding Icefield Trail. The trail and access to Exit Glacier is only about 1.5-2.0 miles but it consists of a good amount of elevation gain (~1,500 ft). We’ll take our time, have plenty of breaks, and snap a few pictures along the way. Once we arrive at the edge of Exit Glacier we’ll set up our camp, and then head out onto the glacier for a day of glacier trekking! A delicious, and well-deserved lunch will be served by KBA. After exploring Exit Glacier for the day, we’ll hike back to our camp for snacks, hot drinks, and a gourmet backcountry dinner! After dinner we can go for an evening hike to look for more amazing views, and possibly some wildlife.
Meals Included: Lunch, and backcountry dinner
Distance: Varies, based on group; 5-10+ miles
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2: EXIT GLACIER > SEWARD
Wake up to the sounds of waterfalls, another day of adventure awaits. Your morning begins with hot drinks, and a delicious backcountry breakfast crafted by your KBA Guide(s). After breakfast we’ll take our down camp, and prepare for another day of glacier trekking. Because you’re already at the glacier this morning, we can usually do a really cool route and explore parts of the glacier rarely seen or walked upon. After another fun-filled day of glacier trekking, we’ll round up all of our gear and head back down the mountain. We’ll have you back to Seward around 4-5pm this day, just in time if you’re departing on the mighty Alaska Railroad this evening.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Distance: Varies, based on the group; ~5+ miles
*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: 1 night tent camping
- Round-trip ground transportation (Seward<>Kenai Fjords NP)
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional mountaineering guide service
- Expedition tents
- Sleeping bag with liner, sleeping pad, and pillow
- Medical kits, and repair gear
- Glacier trekking equipment: Crampons, leg gaiters, harness, helmet, and 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
- Guides setup and take down entire camp (option to assist)
LOGISTICS & FAQ
What is the best way to get to Seward?
Plan to fly into the Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and then take the Alaska Railroad to Seward, or rent a car and drive to Seward. There are also bus transport options from Anchorage to Seward. If electing to take the train, we can add the train tickets to your reservation. Either way you will need to be in Seward on the morning of Day 1, by 07:00am. Most of our guests come into Seward the night before; taking the train, or a bus will require this based on the current schedules. Seward 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 Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations are double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry for day 1 to day 2.
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 $75 per person applies to tent camping day 1 to 4. The single supplement can be waived for solo travelers wishing to be paired with another traveler (same gender).
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 “Backpacking Trips”).
Is travel insurance required?
Travel insurance is recommended 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. Glacier environments tend not to have many bugs due to consistent breezes.
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 some buffer time at the end of the trip in the event we arrive back to Seward later than expected due to a weather delay departing the backcountry on the last day. We will do our best to adhere to the itinerary, but sometimes Alaska has other plans.
- Airfare/Travel to and from Seward, AK, before and after your trip
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Personal gear (rain gear, clothing, backpack, etc.) *Rental backpacks available
- Travel Insurance (recommended)
- Single supplement ($75)
- Additional lodging nights due to weather delays (in town)
- Additional meals due to weather delays (in town)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for your guides (recommended!)