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Alaska: Glacier Bay Expedition

Trip Length 9 days

From $3,495

  • Follow expert guides on this special one-time departure in memory of legendary guide Ken Leghorn, an Alaska conservation pioneer and former owner of Alaska Discovery
  • Experience a classic sea kayaking expedition in Glacier Bay National Park's West Arm, with magnificent scenery and specially permitted wilderness camping 
  • Paddle around icebergs, hike to the face of awesome tidewater glaciers, and see abundant wildlife—including endangered humpback whales

Don’t miss your one chance to experience an incredible sea kayaking expedition in Glacier Bay National Park, one of the most pivotal places in the history of adventure and conservation in Alaska! In 1972, Alaska Discovery was formed to raise awareness and save nearby Admiralty Island from clear cutting, and its efforts eventually culminated in Admiralty Island being given national monument status. With that done, Alaska Discovery turned its efforts to a new frontier: launching the first human-powered explorations of the myriad waterways of Glacier Bay. The rest, as they say, is history, and today countless thousands of adventurous souls have taken to kayaks to find out for themselves why Glacier Bay is such a special place. This journey has it all—glaciers that calve enormous icebergs, an ocean teeming with humpback whales and orcas, sea otters and seals, plus a spectacular mountain wilderness that is home to a healthy population of both black and brown bears. Along the way, first-class MTS guides will be there to enhance your understanding of this all too rare wilderness, making the magic of Glacier Bay come alive for you.

This trip will be offered only once in 2018—a special departure honoring the memory and legacy of Ken Leghorn, Alaska conservation pioneer and former owner of Alaska Discovery. Part of the proceeds from each trip will be contributed to Discovery Southeast, which Ken founded 28 years ago to provide nature education to youth. So much of the story of Alaska conservation got it’s start right here in Glacier Bay! If your heart skips a beat when you think of exploring vast, pristine wilderness with the kind of intimacy you can only get by kayaking, then you owe it to yourself to dip a paddle in Glacier Bay.

 

Photo ©A.Z. Andis

Day 1: Juneau to Gustavus

Travel to Juneau, Alaska, and meet your Mountain Travel Sobek/Alaska Discovery representative and other guests at the Alaska Seaplanes ticket desk at 3:30 pm. We’ll then board a plane for the flight to Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park, where we'll transfer to a cozy lodge. After settling in, we’ll gather for a trip orientation with our guide. You will learn about bear-country camping techniques, and be issued rain gear and rubber boots. Dinner and lodging are included this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Day 2: Arrive in Glacier Bay

After an early breakfast we will board a boat for a spectacular ride into the West Arm of Glacier Bay National Park. The scenery changes dramatically as we leave the lush forests of Bartlett Cove behind and enter a land still under the influence of the Little Ice Age. We’ll be dropped off in the remote upper west arm, where we’ll unload gear and have a kayak lesson. By afternoon, everyone will feel comfortable enough with sea kayaking to fully explore the area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Day 3: Entry into Glacier Bay

The upper west arm of Glacier Bay goes farther and deeper into the Saint Elias Mountains than any other body of water in the inside passage. The water here is calm as we paddle through the icebergs. Mountains here rise 10,000 feet out of the sea! This day's route passes through one of the most dramatic landscapes in Alaska.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Days 4-8: West Arm of Glacier Bay

We’ll explore the pristine  fjords of Glacier Bay by kayak and on foot. Keep your camera ready for dramatic scenery of awe-inspiring 9,000-foot mountain peaks and calving glaciers (you’ll listen to them thunder, crackle, and pop as huge icebergs topple into the sea), and wildlife that may include brown bears, mountain goats, humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, and a variety of sea birds. A flexible itinerary allows for fabulous hikes and serene paddles.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Day 9: Boat return to Gustavus / Departure

After an early breakfast, we’ll pack up camp, then paddle and prepare for our boat pick up. We'll enjoy a leisurely ride back to the park headquarters at Gustavus—put your feet up and watch the terrific scenery and wildlife as you relax and rest your tired muscles. Once back, we'll transfer you to the Gustavus airport and fly to Juneau. The flight from Gustavus to Juneau is about a half hour, and lands at Juneau’s main airport, where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight. Please schedule your homeward-bound flight from Juneau to depart after 6:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jul 13 - 21, 2018 Special Ken Leghorn Legacy Trip

pricing

2018 land cost
$3,495 + tax (4-10 members)
$250 internal airfare
$250 single supplement
 

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Annie Mae Lodge — Gustavus

The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere, which is perfect for an Alaskan vacation.

MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

  • Follow expert guides on this special one-time departure in memory of legendary guide Ken Leghorn, an Alaska conservation pioneer and former owner of Alaska Discovery
  • Experience a classic sea kayaking expedition in Glacier Bay National Park's West Arm, with magnificent scenery and specially permitted wilderness camping 
  • Paddle around icebergs, hike to the face of awesome tidewater glaciers, and see abundant wildlife—including endangered humpback whales

Don’t miss your one chance to experience an incredible sea kayaking expedition in Glacier Bay National Park, one of the most pivotal places in the history of adventure and conservation in Alaska! In 1972, Alaska Discovery was formed to raise awareness and save nearby Admiralty Island from clear cutting, and its efforts eventually culminated in Admiralty Island being given national monument status. With that done, Alaska Discovery turned its efforts to a new frontier: launching the first human-powered explorations of the myriad waterways of Glacier Bay. The rest, as they say, is history, and today countless thousands of adventurous souls have taken to kayaks to find out for themselves why Glacier Bay is such a special place. This journey has it all—glaciers that calve enormous icebergs, an ocean teeming with humpback whales and orcas, sea otters and seals, plus a spectacular mountain wilderness that is home to a healthy population of both black and brown bears. Along the way, first-class MTS guides will be there to enhance your understanding of this all too rare wilderness, making the magic of Glacier Bay come alive for you.

This trip will be offered only once in 2018—a special departure honoring the memory and legacy of Ken Leghorn, Alaska conservation pioneer and former owner of Alaska Discovery. Part of the proceeds from each trip will be contributed to Discovery Southeast, which Ken founded 28 years ago to provide nature education to youth. So much of the story of Alaska conservation got it’s start right here in Glacier Bay! If your heart skips a beat when you think of exploring vast, pristine wilderness with the kind of intimacy you can only get by kayaking, then you owe it to yourself to dip a paddle in Glacier Bay.

 

Photo ©A.Z. Andis

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Juneau to Gustavus

Travel to Juneau, Alaska, and meet your Mountain Travel Sobek/Alaska Discovery representative and other guests at the Alaska Seaplanes ticket desk at 3:30 pm. We’ll then board a plane for the flight to Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park, where we'll transfer to a cozy lodge. After settling in, we’ll gather for a trip orientation with our guide. You will learn about bear-country camping techniques, and be issued rain gear and rubber boots. Dinner and lodging are included this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Annie Mae Lodge

Day 2: Arrive in Glacier Bay

After an early breakfast we will board a boat for a spectacular ride into the West Arm of Glacier Bay National Park. The scenery changes dramatically as we leave the lush forests of Bartlett Cove behind and enter a land still under the influence of the Little Ice Age. We’ll be dropped off in the remote upper west arm, where we’ll unload gear and have a kayak lesson. By afternoon, everyone will feel comfortable enough with sea kayaking to fully explore the area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Day 3: Entry into Glacier Bay

The upper west arm of Glacier Bay goes farther and deeper into the Saint Elias Mountains than any other body of water in the inside passage. The water here is calm as we paddle through the icebergs. Mountains here rise 10,000 feet out of the sea! This day's route passes through one of the most dramatic landscapes in Alaska.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Days 4-8: West Arm of Glacier Bay

We’ll explore the pristine  fjords of Glacier Bay by kayak and on foot. Keep your camera ready for dramatic scenery of awe-inspiring 9,000-foot mountain peaks and calving glaciers (you’ll listen to them thunder, crackle, and pop as huge icebergs topple into the sea), and wildlife that may include brown bears, mountain goats, humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, and a variety of sea birds. A flexible itinerary allows for fabulous hikes and serene paddles.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Day 9: Boat return to Gustavus / Departure

After an early breakfast, we’ll pack up camp, then paddle and prepare for our boat pick up. We'll enjoy a leisurely ride back to the park headquarters at Gustavus—put your feet up and watch the terrific scenery and wildlife as you relax and rest your tired muscles. Once back, we'll transfer you to the Gustavus airport and fly to Juneau. The flight from Gustavus to Juneau is about a half hour, and lands at Juneau’s main airport, where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight. Please schedule your homeward-bound flight from Juneau to depart after 6:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Annie Mae Lodge — Gustavus

The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere, which is perfect for an Alaskan vacation.

MTS Camp — Glacier Bay

Dates and Pricing

Jul 13 - 21, 2018 Special Ken Leghorn Legacy Trip

pricing

2018 land cost
$3,495 + tax (4-10 members)
$250 internal airfare
$250 single supplement
 

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