KENAI MOUNTAINS & GLACIERS BACKPACKING
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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“Experience the raw Alaskan backcountry & be amazed by breathtaking scenery on your Kenai Mountains & Glaciers Backpacking Adventure.”
Our Kenai Mountains & Glaciers Backpacking Adventure is an 8 day, 60+ mile mountaineering-style backpacking experience takes place completely off-trail in the backcountry of the Kenai Mountains.
This expedition is strenuous! You will be challenged, and you will learn a lot about yourself as you put in a solid day of adventuring day after day.
This is the one of the funnest, and most challenging technical backpacking routes in the Kenai Mountains – pioneered exclusively by KBA! Mountaineering techniques are utilized throughout the entire trip; there is segment that entails crossing one of the largest glaciers around and trekking up a portion of the Harding Icefield.
You will scale mountains, hike knife ridges, cross streams, trek across glaciers, camp near gorgeous lakes, and witness views few have ever seen. Oh and did we mention the wildlife?! This area is full of wildlife, sometimes in the least expected places.
KBA has pioneered routes all over the Kenai Mountains, and this allows us to tailor the trip to the members of each trip group. While this adventure has a base rating of strenuous, we do have ways to make it less strenuous by exercising various route changes. This works well with younger adventurers or folks that want the full adventure but aren’t able to push as hard as our hardest route requires.
This trip is complete with round-trip bush plane flights to and from the backcountry, and expert Alaska mountaineering guides that know the area better than anyone. You will have the opportunity to see rarely visited areas of this part of Alaska.
This adventure includes provided meals prepared and cooked by your guides, group gear, technical gear, ground transportation, and round-trip floatplane flights – see Inclusions for more details.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL > KENAI > BACKCOUNTRY
Today you’ll arrive in Kenai by plane or car. Arrival can be anytime before 10:00am. Your KBA guide will greet you at the Kenai Airport (if flying), or at our Kenai flight office (if driving). At 11:00am we begin with a group orientation meeting, gear check, weights & measures, safety briefing, and discussion of our overall trip plan – lunch will be hosted by KBA during the meeting. Between 3:30-4:00pm we begin staging our gear to be loaded on the bush plane. When ready to take flight, we’ll load all of our gear for the trip, and fly out around 4:30pm. Arrival in the backcountry is welcomed with a sense of awe and wonder as you gaze upon the magnificent mountains towering above, and surrounding you. Our first objective will be to get camp set up and squared away, and following this we’ll head out for an evening hike and give you a glimpse of your backcountry playground for the next few days. Depending on the zone, and overall route, we may backpack a short segment this day.
Meals Included: Welcome lunch, and backcountry dinner
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2-7: KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – KENAI MOUNTAINS BACKPACKING
For the next 6 days, we’ll work to complete a long route that eventually leads us into a hidden mountain bowl that is bordered by glaciers on all sides. These will be challenging, yet very rewarding days. Our routes will venture into the furthest backcountry areas in this part of the Kenai Peninsula. Camp will be near alpine lakes, edges of glaciers, and high in the alpine tundra. The remoteness and utter beauty of all that surrounds you will leave you feeling blissful and ready for the next day’s challenges.
All meals included
Distance: Average is 8-10 miles, upwards of 15 miles (per day)
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 8: KENAI MOUNTAINS > KENAI
After a morning and afternoon of exploring, our group will break camp, and stage our gear lake side while we wait for the arrival of our bush plane. Our return flight is exhilarating, and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the massive landscape which you’ve just trekked. This will really put your accomplishment into perspective. We think you will be very proud of yourself!
Once we arrive back to the floatplane base, we’ll decompress and slowly gather our frontcountry senses. Anyone heading out from the Kenai Airport, we will transport you there. We generally arrive to the flight office around 5:00pm. If you are returning home this evening, please be sure to schedule your return Kenai flight for after 8:00pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
Distance: 3-5+ miles
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:
What is the best way to get to Kenai?
Plan to fly into the Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and then take a 25 minute flight from ANC to Kenai Airport (ENA). Or you can rent a car in Anchorage and then drive to Kenai (~3 hours). Either way you will need to be in Kenai by 10:00am on Day 1. Kenai Airport 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 Kenai Airport and our flight office.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations on day 1 thru 8 is double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry.
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 $250 per person applies to tent camping Day 1 to 8.
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 “Base Camp Trips”).
Is travel insurance required?
Travel insurance is required 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. 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.
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 Kenai on the last day of the itinerary, please make your flight departure for after 10:00 pm.