KENAI ALPINE TRAVERSE

Pristine Mountain Backpacking Adventure in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Kenai Alpine Traverse

From: $1,997 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!

Details

Price

$1,997 per person, plus tax

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

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

Ages

Minimum age requirement of 12 years old 

Tour Location

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Highlights

  • Epic 4-day mountain backpacking experience deep into the Kenai Mountains
  • Experience the finest tundra and mountain hiking on the Kenai Peninsula
  • Discover interesting stories, local history and wildlife facts from your friendly guide
  • Stunning wildlife, crusher routes, and fresh mountain air

Difficulty

This tour is rated as Strenuous (to Extreme)

What’s Included

  • Accommodations – 3 nights tent accommodations
  • Professional Backpacking Guides
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Seward
  • Round-trip boat transportation
  • 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 refilled at 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

Important…

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. 

Overview

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 4-day backpacking experience to hit the highlights and fully immerse you into the natural rhythm of the backcountry. Stare in wonder at the beautiful vista that go on for hundreds of miles. Check. Feel the fresh mountain breeze in your hair as you stand on top of the highest 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 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 once-in-a-lifetime adventure, our backcountry adventures are fun, thrilling, and offer unforgettable experiences of our beautiful backyard.

Itinerary

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 this massive turquoise-colored glacial lake
  • Hiking up the mountain to the first camp, lunch on the trail or in the alpine
  • Set up camp and get situated
  • Dinner and revelry

DAY 2:

  • Coffee is up at 6:15am
  • Breakfast in the gathering tent 7-8am
  • Pack up camp, hiking all day to a new camp location, lunch in the tundra
  • Peak bagging, ridge hiking, Alaska mountain hiking at its finest
  • Set up camp and get situated
  • Dinner and revelry
  • Evening hike to catch a great view or look for wildlife

DAY 3:

  • Coffee is up at 6:15am
  • Breakfast in the gathering tent 7-8am
  • Pack up camp, hiking all day to a new camp location, lunch in the tundra
  • Peak bagging, ridge hiking, Alaska mountain hiking at its finest
  • Set up camp and get situated
  • Dinner and revelry
  • Evening hike to catch a great view or look for wildlife

DAY 4:

  • 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. 

Why Kenai Backcountry Adventures

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Don’t see the date you need? Call our office for priority scheduling. Receive instant confirmations when you book your tour directly on KenaiBackcountryAdventuers.com or when you call our office. 

What Our Guests Are Saying

Heston Williams
Heston Williams
2022-09-26
I really enjoyed my experience with KBA. The guide was very professional and went way beyond what I would have expected. Office staff were very courteous as well. 5/5. Thanks!
Anna Heard
Anna Heard
2022-09-21
We had the best rune on the Exit glacier hike! The guide was informative, considerate of group dynamics, a.d eager to show us as many cool glacier features as possible! Definitely one of the coolest things I have ever done.
Danielle Stanley
Danielle Stanley
2022-09-18
What an amazing experience. The hike was long and strenuous, but if you have hiking experience and endurance, it’s very doable. There are great views of the glacier along the hike and views of the trees and mountains. I was there in time to see the leaves turn orange/yellow. Brandon was a phenomenal tour guide. He was knowledgeable about the trees/plants and the wildlife and answered all the questions the group had. And he was great at spotting bears and goats in the mountains. Being on the glacier was an incredible experience. I was lucky enough to have a fearless group so we went all over the glacier and took countless pictures. Brandon was nice enough to take a group photo to remember the occasion. Definitely recommend the tour!!
Mel Meleney
Mel Meleney
2022-09-17
I had a great experience hiking on Exit Glacier! Our guide, Brandon, was awesome. I would book another trip through this company again.
Songchun Fan
Songchun Fan
2022-09-03
We had an awesome day on the Exit Glacier with our guide Brandon. He was very knowledgeable, telling us so many fun facts about the berries, animals and glaciers. He took us to multiple amazing spots on the glacier hike -- moulins, crevasses, waterfalls -- wonders of nature that we've never seen before. It was a truly magical experience. We strongly recommend him and the KBA!
Jared Woollacott
Jared Woollacott
2022-08-27
KBA put together an incredible trip packrafting around and downstream from a stunning glacier in the Alaskan range SW of Anchorage. Our guides, Kyle and Brandon, were super knowledgeable, personable, and adaptive to both the weather conditions and our group's needs. I'd travel with them again in a heartbeat -- thank you!

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11724 Seward Hwy, Suite A
Seward, AK 99664

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