PACKRAFTING WITH ICEBERGS
A PURELY ALASKAN ADVENTURE
A PURELY ALASKAN ADVENTURE
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“A purely Alaskan adventure, in the middle of nowhere!”
If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this trip is for you! This trip includes backpacking, hiking, packrafting, glaciers, rivers, bush planes, and awesome Alaskan Guides!
We’ll fly out from Kenai, deep into the Alaska Range. Our mode of transportation to the backcountry is a classic Alaskan bush plane with huge tundra tires – allowing us to land in remote off-airport areas.
Once we arrive in the backcountry we’ll backpack for about 5-6 miles to an area where we’ll make our first camp – you’ll be a stones throw from a massive glacier! We’ll setup our camp, and then inflate the packrafts and go for an evening paddle.
Each day brings new adventures and opportunities to explore the area on foot, and by packraft. The crown jewel are glacial terminus lakes full of icebergs that we’ll paddle around. There is so much cool stuff to see and do out there, it’s absolutely amazing!
After a few days of hiking, glacier trekking, camping, and packrafting with icebergs, we’ll start floating our way down the glacial river. This river flows out from the iceberg chocked lakes you’ve been paddling around on for several days!
We’ll float down the river about 25 miles to our last camping spot of the trip. This is a fun, relaxing float, with a few spirited sections. There are lots of bears and moose in the area so we may get great wildlife viewing opportunities during the trip. The last day, we get picked up by our bush plane and fly back to Kenai. Making for a bucket-list-style trip that is unique to KBA!
All gear for the trip is provided, excluding personal gear/items, and clothing.
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, and when ready 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. Now, it’s time for a backpacking route to the edge of the glacier, where we‘ll setup our camp for the next few days. The adventure continues as you enjoy a delicious backcountry meal, and an afternoon/evening of hiking and packrafting adventures.
Meals Included: Welcome lunch, and backcountry dinner
Distance: 5-10+ miles
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 2 to 4: ALASKA RANGE > GLACIER > ICEBERGS
Spend your days exploring the glacier, an iceberg chocked lake, and the massive alpine landscape that surrounds you. You’ll have endless route options for your daily hiking and packrafting adventures. Everyone loves to packraft around the massive icebergs that are floating around in the lakes, so we’ll spend plenty of time doing that. If conditions permit, we’ll get you up on the glacier for genuine Alaskan glacier trekking! Camp will be near the glacier, and glacier lake. On some trips we may hike up the glacier and camp in a different location for a night or two (optional, based on group and conditions).
All meals included
Distance: Daily mileage varies, based on the group
Accommodation: Under tent
DAY 5: ALASKA RANGE > PACKRAFT DOWN THE RIVER
Today is all about packrafting a glacial river to the last camping area of your trip. We’ll explore our way down the river, as we cover 25 miles of this remote river. The river starts out flowing swiftly, with a few small rapids and some boulders, eventually slowing and becoming gentle flat water float. Class II is typically the highest level of whitewater. We’ll have you fully trained and ready for the river float after several days of paddling your packraft. At the end of the river section, we’ll beach the packrafts, and set up our camp. There are lots of animals in the area, so you may get to see some roaming around. This evening will have a delicious meal, and possibly go for a short paddle to scout for wildlife.
All meals Included
Distance: 25 miles of river – packrafting
Accommodations: Under tent
DAY 6: ALASKA RANGE > KENAI
Today we’ll take camp down for the last time and gather riverside for our afternoon bush plane pick-up. The flight is exhilarating and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the massive landscape you’ve explored; this will really put your accomplishment into perspective. We generally arrive back to the mainland around mid-afternoon. Once we arrive back to the floatplane base, we’ll exchange some high-fives and goodbyes and transport you to the Kenai Airport. If you are returning home this evening, please be sure to schedule your Kenai to Anchorage flight for after 10:00pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
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 6 is double occupancy tent camping in the backcountry. Single supplements available for an additional fee.
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 from day 1 to 6.
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.