KENAI ALPINE TRAVERSE
BACKPACKING THE KENAI MOUNTAINS
BACKPACKING THE KENAI MOUNTAINS
*Minimum: 4 participants per trip required to guarantee
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Embark on an adventurous 5-day trek through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a backcountry Alaskan experience unlike any other. Ascend mountain peaks, hike ridges, camp near alpine lakes, and hike through soft tundra.
This area is loaded with wildlife, and we are commonly presented with amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. The scenery is breathtaking, and views stretch for hundreds of miles. We will show you our favorite spots, that rarely anyone else ever lays eyes on.
This is a great trip for anyone wanting to learn about backpacking in Alaska, or anyone looking for an immersive backcountry experience without a huge time commitment. Includes round-trip ground transportation from Seward, camping gear, and all of your meals are prepared by your KBA Guide!
DAY 1: SEWARD / COOPER LANDING > KENAI MOUNTAINS
Today your adventure begins when you’re picked up by your KBA guide. You’ll make your way to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and board our boat to cross a massive glacial lake to the access point for the backcountry. This is where your backpacking trek begins. As you make the steady ascent to alpine, you are rewarded with increasingly spectacular views of the Kenai Peninsula and beyond. Reaching the alpine and your first camp of the trip, you’ll discover yourself deep in the Alaska backcountry. Take in the magical wilderness that is all around you. A gourmet backcountry dinner will be served, and you can spend the evening relaxing, hiking around, or for the real adventurous you can ascend a peak or two that tower above the camp.
Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Distance: 3-5+ miles
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2 TO 4: KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – BACKPACKING
You’ll explore the upper alpine areas of the Kenai Mountains visiting many enchanting areas and camping in a new place most nights. Wildlife is usually abundant in this area making for some great sightings. The scenery is amazing, and the hiking is virtually all alpine tundra terrain! We commonly take different routes through the tundra and utilize a freestyle, exploration model.
All meals included (B, L, D)
Distance: 3-6+ miles, daily average
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 5: KENAI MOUNTAINS > SEWARD / COOPER LANDING
After a morning of exploring and trekking, you’ll hike back down the mountain to the pick-up spot where you’ll enjoy a scenic boat ride back across the lake. Once you’re back on the other side of the lake, you’ll hit the road for the beautiful drive back to Seward, arriving around 8:00pm. Your KBA guide will drop you off at your place of choosing in Seward or Cooper Landing.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Distance: 3-6+ miles
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
Plan to fly into the Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and then make your way to Seward by train, car, or bus. We leave Seward at 06:00am on Day 1, so it’s best to come into Seward the day before your trip starts. If you’ll be in the Cooper Landing area, we can pick you up there on the morning of Day 1.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations are double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry.
Can solo travelers get their own room? 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 tent camping Day 1 – 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. 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?
No, travel insurance is not required for this trip, but we highly recommend purchasing a policy. 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 Anchorage on the last day of the itinerary, please make your flight departure for after 2:00am (the following day).