Alaska Backpack and WildlifeExperience the best of the southern Alaskan wilderness

Alaska
Alaska
5+ Days
5+ Days
Intensity
7/10
22.0 miles

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About the trip

Travel into the Heart of Alaska

The vast, expansive wilderness of Alaska has so much to offer. From its massive mountain peaks to its stunning ocean waters, the region is home to unbelievable landscapes and truly unique wildlife. Over eight unforgettable days, you'll join us as we hit the highlights of Southern Alaska.
Your adventure will take you from the tundra of the Kesugi Ridge and the wilds of Denali National Park to the shores of a glacial lake and the waters of Resurrection Bay. You'll backpack in the shadow of North America's highest peak and see the massive creatures that inhabit its lands. You'll bike stunning trails, hike alongside glaciers, and sea kayak alongside marine wildlife - all while learning about the history and ecosystem of this amazing destination.

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Level 7/10
Alaska
5+ Days
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Backpack, sized 55-70 L
  • Backpacking Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Bag, rated 0 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
  • Headlamp
  • Mug, bowl, and utensil
  • Small towel or facecloth
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Gaiters
  • Head net for mosquitoes

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Hiking boots, waterproof with sturdy soles
  • Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
  • Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
  • Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
  • Insulating mid layers (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Light gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Balaclava or buff
  • Casual clothes for camp
  • Comfortable athletic clothing and shoes for biking and kayaking
  • Casual clothes for dinners at lodges or travel to town

Trip Package

Included
  • Transportation between all locations
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment
  • Denali Wildlife Tour
  • Bike rentals at Eklutna Lake
  • Kayak tour in Resurrection Bay
  • Park permits and fees
Not included
  • Airfare to Anchorage
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Meals not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for guides

Flights

All flights should be booked through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, unless you are extending your trip. Please plan to arrive on day one of the itinerary. Your Discover Outdoors guide will pick you up at the airport any time between 8AM-9PM. If you arrive outside of that window, a car hire will cost approximately $40 to your accommodations in Anchorage. Departure on day 8 must be after 1 PM to provide ample time to return to Anchorage from Seward. If you are extending your trip through an early arrival or late departure, your guide will arrange pick up or drop off at your accommodations in Anchorage.

Lodging

Evenings in Anchorage (nights one and five) will be spent in a guesthouse with two person shared rooms. On the trail, you will be sleeping in your backpacking tent for three nights total, including one in the backcountry and two at a campground with essential facilities. Nights six and seven will be spent in full service lodges with full amenities in two person shared rooms unless a single supplement is purchased.

Weather

Expect daytime temperatures in the 50s and 60s - sometimes lower at higher elevations. As nights are short due to extended daylight hours, the nighttime temperature does not typically drop lower than about 40 degrees, but you should be prepared for temperatures as low as freezing. Overcast skies and rain are not uncommon in July so waterproof gear, a pack cover, rain pants, and a waterproof shell are essential.

Training

This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate to high level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills, while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes with a weighted backpack. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience and the views along the trail.

Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. For three days a week, focus on an hour or more of aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. Gym equipment such as stairmasters and rowing machines can supplement cardiovascular training. Day hikes or other longer endeavors will help you prepare for the endurance required for a backpacking trip. Carrying a 20 to 30 pound pack uphill on trails or stadium steps will simulate the real climb better than anything. Lifting moderate weights to increase core body, leg, and arm strength is also essential for injury prevention.

Upon registration, a member of the DO team will consult on your experience and fitness and will recommend a regimen for training.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is recommended for individuals with hiking experience looking to develop new skills and experience an immersive wilderness adventure. No backpacking experience is required but those with a strong level of fitness or who are able to train in advance will enjoy the weekend most.