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Alaska: Rafting the Tatshenshini River

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  • Raft Class II-III rapids over 132 miles down the river pioneered by MTS co-founder Richard Bangs in 1976, through one of the earth’s greatest wilderness frontiers
  • Camp by the river each night and enjoy delicious meals while listening to river legends and lore around the campfire told by our world-class river guides—the best in the business!
  • Spot grizzly bear, bald eagle, wolf, mountain goat, and moose and ride past fields of wildflowers, sweeping glaciers, and a flotilla of icebergs
  • Explore the surrounding countryside hiking alongside creeks and through glacier valleys

Ready for one of the greatest river journeys on earth? Born among the chiseled snow-clad mountains of the Yukon, the Tatshenshini River flows with a casual grace past fields of wildflowers and sweeping glaciers on its relentless path to the sea. This is a remote natural highway through the habitat of grizzly and black bear, mountain goat and moose, bald eagle and osprey, and the pure ruggedness of the country has kept it wild and free of the imprint of modern man. The awesome Ice Age scenery will take your breath away, but keep on breathing ‘cause it gets better every day. Join the original Alaska Discovery company for an epic journey: easy rapids navigated by expert guides and day hikes to feast your eyes on the expansive views reveal a land that sharpens the senses and gratifies the human soul.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Haines, Alaska

Arrive in Haines, Alaska by 3:30pm to have enogh time to check in and clean up for your 5:00pm pre-trip meeting at the Halsingland Hotel. We have reserved rooms for our group at the Halsingland Hotel. Just mention you are part of Alaska Discovery group. This room is included on the price of your trip.

  • Accomodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 2: Travel to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada

After breakfast on your own, meet at the Halsingland Hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. and board a van for a beautiful 3-hour drive (104 miles) up the Chilkat River Valley, across the border into British Columbia, and on to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada. After we rig our bags into the rafts, we’ll push off on the Tatshenshini. Soon, we’ll plunge into the exhilarating Class III rapids of the Tatshenshini Gorge. Upon emerging into calmer waters, we’ll make camp along the river.

NOTE—Because we are making a border crossing into Canada, you will need a passport as proof of nationality. Please check visa requirements for entering Canada if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen. If you are traveling with children and both parents are not present, Canadian customs requires a notarized letter from the child’s absent parent(s) saying that they are aware of their child’s whereabouts. A photocopy of the absent parent’s ID(s) and phone number are needed. Minimum age for child participation on this trip is 14.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Days 3-5: Along the “Tat”

The river slowly builds momentum over the next three days as we wind our way toward the beautiful Alsek and Noisey Mountain Ranges. There are a few good short hikes to take in this area. This is prime country for moose, bear and wolf; the beaches are often marked with the tracks of all three, and occasionally we catch views of the animals themselves.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 6: The Confluence

The mountains, river and wildlife become more spectacular as the swift flowing river brings us ever closer to Alsek Bay. We come to the majestic confluence with the Alsek River, a place many call “the center of the universe.” Our campsite vista will span the broad expanse of both river valleys, flanked by more then 20 different glaciers.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 7: The Walker Glacier

A short but dramatic day brings us to the Walker Glacier, so named by rafters because of the ease of walking onto this moraine covered glacier right off the shore of the river. Here we’ll spend some time hiking onto the glacier terminus and exploring the base of the spectacular icefall from the upper glacier. We’ll then reboard our rafts and float downstream to our campsite in a beautiful spot below one of the other glaciers.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Days 8-9: Floating the Alsek

The river quickly carries us away from the Walker and the surrounding high peaks rise steeply from the banks to their thickly glaciated summits. This is ice age country, as literally dozens of large and small glaciers fill every vista around our tiny rafts. We leave the immense Noatak Glacier and float toward Alsek Bay (also known as Alsek Lake), dominated by looming 15,320-foot Mount Fairweather. We’ll spot many species of birds, including bald eagles, semi-palmated plovers, spotted sandpipers, northern phalaropes, American pipits, and more.

The landscape continues to build as we pass through several different mountain ranges and finally enter Alsek Lake.  The Alsek and Grand Plateau Glaciers flow into Alsek Bay, and we’ll watch and listen as giant chunks of ice calve into the water from the seven-mile face of the Alsek glacier. The icebergs here are larger than those in Glacier Bay—some icebergs are 75 feet high, indicating a depth below the surface at least twice as great. The guides will row among ice floes sculpted into bizarre, fluted, ever-changing phantasmagoric shapes—a veritable “iceberg garden.” We hope to catch a glimpse of impressive Mount Fairweather, the tallest peak in Glacier Bay National Park, looming in front of our camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 10: Dry Bay

After floating into the flat, forested plains beyond Alsek Bay, we arrive at the Dry Bay Fishing Company outpost along the estuary of the Alsek River. (Dry Bay is named for the mud flats in low tide, certainly not for the weather patterns here.) Small aircraft will meet us for our spectacular charter flight to Yakutat in time for the scheduled Alas­kan Airlines service to Juneau (we have tailored this trip around this flight, and Juneau is your gateway city to other destinations). Most guests choose to return to Juneau this night and often get together for a no-host dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend you stay in Juneau this evening as some flights homeward necessitate a forced overnight in Seattle before connecting with onward-bound flights. We’ll provide you with a list of hotels in the pre-departure information booklet.

Please note—There is only one Yakutat/Juneau Alaska Airlines flight a day, and you must arrange for this flight on your own as it is not provided by Alaska Discovery. Alaska Discovery will meet you at the airport in Juneau and take you to your preferred lodging. We will also bring any excess luggage you may have had shipped from Haines. If you are planning to fly to Anchorage, you will need to stay overnight in Yakutat and catch a flight to Anchorage the next morning.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jul 08 - 17, 2015 Sold out

Aug 08 - 17, 2015

Jul 08 - 17, 2016

Aug 08 - 17, 2016

Aug 16 - 25, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$3,695 + tax (7–12 members) 
$3,995 + tax (5–6 members)
$100 single supplement
Internal air included

2016 Prices
$3,995 + tax (7–12 members) 
$4,295 + tax (5–6 members)
$150 single supplement
Internal air included

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Camp

Halsingland Hotel — Haines

This Victorian-era hotel offers all the amenities of a modern stay in historic surroundings. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Halsingland was once the Commanding Officers Quarters of Alaska's notable Fort Seward. Many guest rooms are adorned with the original decorative Belgian fireplaces or claw-footed bathtubs.

  • Raft Class II-III rapids over 132 miles down the river pioneered by MTS co-founder Richard Bangs in 1976, through one of the earth’s greatest wilderness frontiers
  • Camp by the river each night and enjoy delicious meals while listening to river legends and lore around the campfire told by our world-class river guides—the best in the business!
  • Spot grizzly bear, bald eagle, wolf, mountain goat, and moose and ride past fields of wildflowers, sweeping glaciers, and a flotilla of icebergs
  • Explore the surrounding countryside hiking alongside creeks and through glacier valleys

Ready for one of the greatest river journeys on earth? Born among the chiseled snow-clad mountains of the Yukon, the Tatshenshini River flows with a casual grace past fields of wildflowers and sweeping glaciers on its relentless path to the sea. This is a remote natural highway through the habitat of grizzly and black bear, mountain goat and moose, bald eagle and osprey, and the pure ruggedness of the country has kept it wild and free of the imprint of modern man. The awesome Ice Age scenery will take your breath away, but keep on breathing ‘cause it gets better every day. Join the original Alaska Discovery company for an epic journey: easy rapids navigated by expert guides and day hikes to feast your eyes on the expansive views reveal a land that sharpens the senses and gratifies the human soul.

 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Haines, Alaska

Arrive in Haines, Alaska by 3:30pm to have enogh time to check in and clean up for your 5:00pm pre-trip meeting at the Halsingland Hotel. We have reserved rooms for our group at the Halsingland Hotel. Just mention you are part of Alaska Discovery group. This room is included on the price of your trip.

  • Accomodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 2: Travel to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada

After breakfast on your own, meet at the Halsingland Hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. and board a van for a beautiful 3-hour drive (104 miles) up the Chilkat River Valley, across the border into British Columbia, and on to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada. After we rig our bags into the rafts, we’ll push off on the Tatshenshini. Soon, we’ll plunge into the exhilarating Class III rapids of the Tatshenshini Gorge. Upon emerging into calmer waters, we’ll make camp along the river.

NOTE—Because we are making a border crossing into Canada, you will need a passport as proof of nationality. Please check visa requirements for entering Canada if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen. If you are traveling with children and both parents are not present, Canadian customs requires a notarized letter from the child’s absent parent(s) saying that they are aware of their child’s whereabouts. A photocopy of the absent parent’s ID(s) and phone number are needed. Minimum age for child participation on this trip is 14.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Days 3-5: Along the “Tat”

The river slowly builds momentum over the next three days as we wind our way toward the beautiful Alsek and Noisey Mountain Ranges. There are a few good short hikes to take in this area. This is prime country for moose, bear and wolf; the beaches are often marked with the tracks of all three, and occasionally we catch views of the animals themselves.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 6: The Confluence

The mountains, river and wildlife become more spectacular as the swift flowing river brings us ever closer to Alsek Bay. We come to the majestic confluence with the Alsek River, a place many call “the center of the universe.” Our campsite vista will span the broad expanse of both river valleys, flanked by more then 20 different glaciers.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 7: The Walker Glacier

A short but dramatic day brings us to the Walker Glacier, so named by rafters because of the ease of walking onto this moraine covered glacier right off the shore of the river. Here we’ll spend some time hiking onto the glacier terminus and exploring the base of the spectacular icefall from the upper glacier. We’ll then reboard our rafts and float downstream to our campsite in a beautiful spot below one of the other glaciers.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Days 8-9: Floating the Alsek

The river quickly carries us away from the Walker and the surrounding high peaks rise steeply from the banks to their thickly glaciated summits. This is ice age country, as literally dozens of large and small glaciers fill every vista around our tiny rafts. We leave the immense Noatak Glacier and float toward Alsek Bay (also known as Alsek Lake), dominated by looming 15,320-foot Mount Fairweather. We’ll spot many species of birds, including bald eagles, semi-palmated plovers, spotted sandpipers, northern phalaropes, American pipits, and more.

The landscape continues to build as we pass through several different mountain ranges and finally enter Alsek Lake.  The Alsek and Grand Plateau Glaciers flow into Alsek Bay, and we’ll watch and listen as giant chunks of ice calve into the water from the seven-mile face of the Alsek glacier. The icebergs here are larger than those in Glacier Bay—some icebergs are 75 feet high, indicating a depth below the surface at least twice as great. The guides will row among ice floes sculpted into bizarre, fluted, ever-changing phantasmagoric shapes—a veritable “iceberg garden.” We hope to catch a glimpse of impressive Mount Fairweather, the tallest peak in Glacier Bay National Park, looming in front of our camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 10: Dry Bay

After floating into the flat, forested plains beyond Alsek Bay, we arrive at the Dry Bay Fishing Company outpost along the estuary of the Alsek River. (Dry Bay is named for the mud flats in low tide, certainly not for the weather patterns here.) Small aircraft will meet us for our spectacular charter flight to Yakutat in time for the scheduled Alas­kan Airlines service to Juneau (we have tailored this trip around this flight, and Juneau is your gateway city to other destinations). Most guests choose to return to Juneau this night and often get together for a no-host dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend you stay in Juneau this evening as some flights homeward necessitate a forced overnight in Seattle before connecting with onward-bound flights. We’ll provide you with a list of hotels in the pre-departure information booklet.

Please note—There is only one Yakutat/Juneau Alaska Airlines flight a day, and you must arrange for this flight on your own as it is not provided by Alaska Discovery. Alaska Discovery will meet you at the airport in Juneau and take you to your preferred lodging. We will also bring any excess luggage you may have had shipped from Haines. If you are planning to fly to Anchorage, you will need to stay overnight in Yakutat and catch a flight to Anchorage the next morning.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Camp

Halsingland Hotel — Haines

This Victorian-era hotel offers all the amenities of a modern stay in historic surroundings. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Halsingland was once the Commanding Officers Quarters of Alaska's notable Fort Seward. Many guest rooms are adorned with the original decorative Belgian fireplaces or claw-footed bathtubs.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 08 - 17, 2015 Sold out

Aug 08 - 17, 2015

Jul 08 - 17, 2016

Aug 08 - 17, 2016

Aug 16 - 25, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$3,695 + tax (7–12 members) 
$3,995 + tax (5–6 members)
$100 single supplement
Internal air included

2016 Prices
$3,995 + tax (7–12 members) 
$4,295 + tax (5–6 members)
$150 single supplement
Internal air included

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