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New! Rafting & Hiking the Wild Talkeetna River

Trip Length 6 days

From $2,195

  • Raft the swift, turquoise Talkeetna River through the thrilling fast-water canyon with a rapid that is considered the longest in Alaska
  • Take in Denali, North America’s tallest peak, from the air on a flight up to the mountains and explore their pristine beauty on spectacular hikes
  • Explore the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park

Rafting 100 miles of the turquoise Talkeetna River is an Alaska classic, a whitewater escapade you don’t want to miss while in this vast splendid wilderness. Part of the appeal is the river’s remote location; getting there is an adventure in itself—involving an optional train ride from Anchorage and a bush flight into the mountains paired with dazzling views of Denali, North America’s highest peak. From remarkable hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing to riverside camping in breathtakingly beautiful spots, you’ll get a unique opportunity to experience the glory of Alaska’s nature up close and personal. And the rafting on the Talkeetna is exceptional—from gentle floats spiked with mellow rapids to rafting through the steep, fast-water canyon that’s considered the longest in Alaska, you’ll get an adrenaline-packed whitewater adventure of a lifetime. 

Day 1: Arrive in Talkeetna

Welcome to Talkeetna! Arrive by 4pm to spend time exploring the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park’s rugged south district. If the weather is kind, we’ll enjoy our first views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the rest of the mighty Alaska Range as we make our way into this pretty railroad town located at the end of a paved spur road. At our welcome dinner this evening, we’ll talk about the adventures that lie ahead.

Please note: Some travelers may choose to visit Denali National Park before or after this trip, or ride the Denali Star Train to Talkeetna from Anchorage.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Talkeetna Hotel

Day 2: Denali Flight to Riverside Camp

Early this morning, we take a quick charter flight, en route enjoying majestic vistas of the highest peak in North America, Denali (20,310'). We’ll land at a remote airstrip, where the camp is already set up by our guides. In the afternoon, we hike to a panoramic viewpoint that looks out over the vast and wild Alaskan landscape and the course of the river we are about to embark on.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 3: Falls Creek Hike

This morning we enjoy a delicious breakfast at the camp, pack our lunches and set out to explore the wonderful hikes in the area. Take in the plunging double waterfall at Falls Creek or opt to spend the day fishing in the Talkeetna River. Or just enjoy the solitude and beauty of the grand Alaskan wilderness.

(Optional hike: 3-5 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 4: Takeetna River Rafting

This morning after breakfast, we pack up our camp and load into the raft. It will be a pleasant rafting day with mellow rapids, and Class II and Class III busy water. Along the way enjoy exciting wildlife viewing, with a high likelihood of seeing bears. We’ll set up our next camp riverside, and enjoy the endless Alaskan day where the sun barely sets in the summer.

(Rafting time: 4 to 6 hours; Rafting distance: 35 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 5: Raft to Disappointment Creek

Enjoy another day of rafting down the turquoise blue Talkeetna River. At this stretch, the river becomes hemmed in by dense, impenetrable thickets and steep canyon walls. We’ll cross the Entrance Exam rapid before coming to the Talkeetna River’s most challenging one, the famed Toilet Bowl. This fast-paced river has few eddies as it races through the deep, mossy gorge that some consider “the longest rapid in Alaska.” We make camp at Disappointment Creek, where we enjoy a spot of evening fishing.

(Rafting time: 4 to 6 hours; Rafting distance: 35 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 6: Return to Talkeetna

After breakfast at the camp, we cross Disappointment Creek, Sheep River and Clear Creek on this stretch of easy Class I and Class II section—but still moving at a fast pace of 7 miles per hour downriver. There will be stellar fishing opportunities throughout the last full day of your Alaska wilderness river trip. We raft directly back into the town of Talkeetna, at the confluence of the Susitna River—where well-deserved libations and celebrate the adventure.

(Rafting time: 2 to 4 hours; Rafting distance: 20 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 14 - 19, 2018

pricing

$2,195 (6 – 9 members)

$350 Single supplement

$225 Optional train ticket for Day 1

Internal Flight Included (chartered)

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MTS Camp - Talkeetna River — Talkeetna

Your Talkeetna riverside camping experience includes four nights on the banks of Alaska’s Talkeetna River. Due to our expedition-style trip with flying in with the gear, our expedition-style tents are three-person for every two-people and includes a Thermarest pad and fresh sleeping bags. All camping spots are on beautiful right next to the river, and you'll have fantastic views every day. At lunch and dinner time you’ll always enjoy gourmet meals. Camping along the Talkeetna River has many incredible moments, from eagles soaring overhead to night-time stories around the campfire—to an amazing feeling of camaraderie with your guides and group. And, as there is no rush to get to camp, you can take the time to enjoy activities out of the raft, including hiking to waterfalls, fishing in local streams and wildlife viewing.

Talkeetna Hotel — Talkeetna

  • Raft the swift, turquoise Talkeetna River through the thrilling fast-water canyon with a rapid that is considered the longest in Alaska
  • Take in Denali, North America’s tallest peak, from the air on a flight up to the mountains and explore their pristine beauty on spectacular hikes
  • Explore the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park

Rafting 100 miles of the turquoise Talkeetna River is an Alaska classic, a whitewater escapade you don’t want to miss while in this vast splendid wilderness. Part of the appeal is the river’s remote location; getting there is an adventure in itself—involving an optional train ride from Anchorage and a bush flight into the mountains paired with dazzling views of Denali, North America’s highest peak. From remarkable hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing to riverside camping in breathtakingly beautiful spots, you’ll get a unique opportunity to experience the glory of Alaska’s nature up close and personal. And the rafting on the Talkeetna is exceptional—from gentle floats spiked with mellow rapids to rafting through the steep, fast-water canyon that’s considered the longest in Alaska, you’ll get an adrenaline-packed whitewater adventure of a lifetime. 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Talkeetna

Welcome to Talkeetna! Arrive by 4pm to spend time exploring the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park’s rugged south district. If the weather is kind, we’ll enjoy our first views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the rest of the mighty Alaska Range as we make our way into this pretty railroad town located at the end of a paved spur road. At our welcome dinner this evening, we’ll talk about the adventures that lie ahead.

Please note: Some travelers may choose to visit Denali National Park before or after this trip, or ride the Denali Star Train to Talkeetna from Anchorage.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Talkeetna Hotel

Day 2: Denali Flight to Riverside Camp

Early this morning, we take a quick charter flight, en route enjoying majestic vistas of the highest peak in North America, Denali (20,310'). We’ll land at a remote airstrip, where the camp is already set up by our guides. In the afternoon, we hike to a panoramic viewpoint that looks out over the vast and wild Alaskan landscape and the course of the river we are about to embark on.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 3: Falls Creek Hike

This morning we enjoy a delicious breakfast at the camp, pack our lunches and set out to explore the wonderful hikes in the area. Take in the plunging double waterfall at Falls Creek or opt to spend the day fishing in the Talkeetna River. Or just enjoy the solitude and beauty of the grand Alaskan wilderness.

(Optional hike: 3-5 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 4: Takeetna River Rafting

This morning after breakfast, we pack up our camp and load into the raft. It will be a pleasant rafting day with mellow rapids, and Class II and Class III busy water. Along the way enjoy exciting wildlife viewing, with a high likelihood of seeing bears. We’ll set up our next camp riverside, and enjoy the endless Alaskan day where the sun barely sets in the summer.

(Rafting time: 4 to 6 hours; Rafting distance: 35 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 5: Raft to Disappointment Creek

Enjoy another day of rafting down the turquoise blue Talkeetna River. At this stretch, the river becomes hemmed in by dense, impenetrable thickets and steep canyon walls. We’ll cross the Entrance Exam rapid before coming to the Talkeetna River’s most challenging one, the famed Toilet Bowl. This fast-paced river has few eddies as it races through the deep, mossy gorge that some consider “the longest rapid in Alaska.” We make camp at Disappointment Creek, where we enjoy a spot of evening fishing.

(Rafting time: 4 to 6 hours; Rafting distance: 35 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Talkeetna River

Day 6: Return to Talkeetna

After breakfast at the camp, we cross Disappointment Creek, Sheep River and Clear Creek on this stretch of easy Class I and Class II section—but still moving at a fast pace of 7 miles per hour downriver. There will be stellar fishing opportunities throughout the last full day of your Alaska wilderness river trip. We raft directly back into the town of Talkeetna, at the confluence of the Susitna River—where well-deserved libations and celebrate the adventure.

(Rafting time: 2 to 4 hours; Rafting distance: 20 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

MTS Camp - Talkeetna River — Talkeetna

Your Talkeetna riverside camping experience includes four nights on the banks of Alaska’s Talkeetna River. Due to our expedition-style trip with flying in with the gear, our expedition-style tents are three-person for every two-people and includes a Thermarest pad and fresh sleeping bags. All camping spots are on beautiful right next to the river, and you'll have fantastic views every day. At lunch and dinner time you’ll always enjoy gourmet meals. Camping along the Talkeetna River has many incredible moments, from eagles soaring overhead to night-time stories around the campfire—to an amazing feeling of camaraderie with your guides and group. And, as there is no rush to get to camp, you can take the time to enjoy activities out of the raft, including hiking to waterfalls, fishing in local streams and wildlife viewing.

Talkeetna Hotel — Talkeetna

Dates and Pricing

Jun 14 - 19, 2018

pricing

$2,195 (6 – 9 members)

$350 Single supplement

$225 Optional train ticket for Day 1

Internal Flight Included (chartered)

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 6 days

From $2,195

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