KENAI FJORDS GLACIER DISCOVERY TREK – BACKPACKING IN KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Take a journey into a remote part of the Kenai Fjords National Park on a glacier discovery trek! This is a great trip for those seeking an exploration style adventure in the backcountry, far away from roads, busy campgrounds, and trampled trails.

Our trip begins along a glacial fed river in the Kenai Fjords National Park. As you hike further up the river you are rewarded with your first glacier discovery. You will get to touch the glacier, and hike on the glacier! This is #1 out of a possible 6 glaciers we may see close up. This glacier is the source of the river you will follow all the way out to where it meets the sea in an awe inspiring fjord surrounded by towering mountains.

The journey ventures 30+ miles through alpine tundra, canyons, and glacial moraine deep in the backcountry. We carry our backpacks several miles each day, then drop the packs for side trips to explore canyons, alpine lakes, glaciers, photograph wildlife, see your guide’s favorite secret spots, and make your own discoveries. This allows you to find your right balance of challenge, rest, and free time. Your guide will keep you safe and comfortable, serve you wonderful meals, and help you to understand and appreciate the landscape and wildlife around you.

This trip books up fast due to the high-demand and limited number of trips we offer per season. Book your adventure today!

TRIP SPECS

  • Season: June – September
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Distance: 30+ Miles
  • Exertion: Level 2-3
  • Begins / Ends: Kenai, AK
  • Minimum: 4 guests required to confirm trip

KENAI FJORDS GLACIER DISCOVERY TREK

$ CALL

Per Person*

TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY

**There is a pre-trip meeting the afternoon prior to departure in Kenai, AK. You will be given the meeting location info upon booking your reservation. The pre-trip meeting is a meet-and-greet, orientation, safety-brief, and Q&A session all rolled into one. Following this we’ll have a group dinner featuring local craft brews, wine, and gourmet pizza! Dinner and beverages included.

DAY 1

Our trip begins in Kenai, AK at 8:00am. We’ll board the float plane and take off from a floatplane lake into the skies for a spectacular flight into Kenai Fjords National Park. We’ll set off on our first leg hiking along a glacial creek until reaching the first glacier camp. We’ll make camp and take in the magical wilderness that surrounds us. A gourmet backcountry dinner will be served, and we’ll spend the evening exploring the glacier, and hiking around. Lunch & dinner included.

DAY 2

After a warm, delicious breakfast, we’ll break camp and begin our trek through a mountain pass. This is a great hike, but at times we may have to do some bushwhacking, zig-zagging, and river fording. There are great opportunities for pictures on this route as the terrain slowly changes from river vegetation to alpine tundra giving way to views of rarely seen hanging glaciers. We’ll take our time reaching our second glacier camp, this is pure Alaska! All meals included.

DAY 3

We’ll follow the river to it’s final outlet into the ocean. This is where the glacial river meets the sea! The views from within this river valley are stunning, and there are really cool side canyons with glaciers and creeks to explore along the way. We’ll make camp on a sandy beach within the fjord, a location for superb photography opportunities and great beach camping. All meals included.

DAY 4

Exploration day! We’ll take a group vote on where we want to go but a few of the options are to explore a canyon with a possible ascent above a massive ice field, or a non-technical ascent of a mountain peak that towers above the fjords offering panoramic vistas that words cannot describe. After a great day of exploring we’ll head back to camp and dig into yet another gourmet backcountry dinner. All meals included.

DAY 5

Departure back to the front country, but we won’t be leaving the area until the afternoon (weather & tides permitting). This is a great opportunity for some last minute exploration and photography. Our float plane will pick us up on the shore near our camp and fly us back to Kenai for an amazing flight opening up vistas to dozens of glaciers and mountains. We plan to arrive back in Homer around 4pm. Due to variable and unpredictable weather conditions that can occur in this part of Alaska, we highly recommend making your travel arrangements after the trip for at least 1 day following the scheduled trip end date. Breakfast & lunch included. 

*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. 
  • Complementary airport transfer in Kenai, AK
  • Park fees
  • Round trip floatplane flight
  • Accommodations (tent camping)
  • All meals (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Professional guide service
  • Satellite phone, GPS, maps, location tracker
  • Medical kits, and repair gear
  • Tents
  • Trekking poles
  • Cook tent, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Water filters and water purifying tablets
  • Travel to and from Alaska
  • Lodging before and after your trip
  • Additional lodging nights due to weather delays
  • Meals (not indicated in itinerary)
  • Personal gear (rain gear, clothing, sleeping bag & pad, backpack, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

LOGISTICS

The drive from Anchorage to Kenai is absolutely beautiful along the Seward Highway and Sterling Highway. If you will be driving from Anchorage, plan on a half day to get to Kenai due to traffic in the summer, and there are a gazillion awesome places to stop and take pictures along the way. Plan on arriving in no later than the day before the date of departure. 

If you will be flying into Kenai, plan on coming in the day prior to the trip departure date. There are great lodges, hotels, and B&Bs in Homer we can connect you with if you need a suggestion. 

If you need transportation to the meeting location on the morning of our trip departure, please make arrangements with us and we’ll pick you up in Kenai that morning. 

LOCATION

The map shows where the pre-trip meeting point is located, along with driving directions from Anchorage.

Feel free to call us any time for assistance with directions, travel information, lodging & dining suggestions, or anything else to help make your trip a great one!