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Alaska: Glacier Bay Expedition

Trip Length 9 days

From $3,495

  • Enjoy a sea kayaking expedition and wilderness camping in Glacier Bay National Park's West Arm
  • Experience magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife, including the endangered humpback whale
  • Paddle around icebergs and hike to the face of awesome tidewater glaciers
  • MTS holds rare permits to camp inside of the national park

This is one of the classic sea kayak expeditions in Alaska! Glacier Bay National Park has it all—glaciers that calve enormous icebergs, an ocean teeming with humpback whales, sea otters, orca, seals, and sea lions. This National Park is home to a healthy population of both black and brown bears.  The calm, glassy seas of the inside passage mirror and magnify the grand panorama of the Alaskan landscape. The National Park Service strictly limits camping—MTS holds these rare permits— making this a peaceful, spacious camping experience. This is a true expedition-style journey where we will pack our kayaks, move camp, and paddle 50 miles of Glacier
Bay’s diverse shoreline, experiencing new plant and animal habitats every day. And your 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. So whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a seasoned paddler, this is a not-to-be-missed trip of a lifetime.

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

  • Enjoy a sea kayaking expedition and wilderness camping in Glacier Bay National Park's West Arm
  • Experience magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife, including the endangered humpback whale
  • Paddle around icebergs and hike to the face of awesome tidewater glaciers
  • MTS holds rare permits to camp inside of the national park

This is one of the classic sea kayak expeditions in Alaska! Glacier Bay National Park has it all—glaciers that calve enormous icebergs, an ocean teeming with humpback whales, sea otters, orca, seals, and sea lions. This National Park is home to a healthy population of both black and brown bears.  The calm, glassy seas of the inside passage mirror and magnify the grand panorama of the Alaskan landscape. The National Park Service strictly limits camping—MTS holds these rare permits— making this a peaceful, spacious camping experience. This is a true expedition-style journey where we will pack our kayaks, move camp, and paddle 50 miles of Glacier
Bay’s diverse shoreline, experiencing new plant and animal habitats every day. And your 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. So whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a seasoned paddler, this is a not-to-be-missed trip of a lifetime.

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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