Alaska & Yukon Tatshenshini River Rafting Tour

Wilderness Whitewater & Pristine Natural Beauty


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. Explore this remote, rugged habitat of grizzly and black bear, mountain goat, moose, bald eagle, and osprey. Start the trip in lush forest and by the end, take in the breathtaking Ice Age scenery while rafting among icebergs. Join this epic adventure, on easy rapids navigated by expert guides and day hikes through dazzling wilderness, that gratifies the soul.

11 Days

From: $5,695

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. Explore this remote, rugged habitat of grizzly and black bear, mountain goat, moose, bald eagle, and osprey. Start the trip in lush forest and by the end, take in the breathtaking Ice Age scenery while rafting among icebergs. Join this epic adventure, on easy rapids navigated by expert guides and day hikes through dazzling wilderness, that gratifies the soul.

Highlights


  • Raft Class II-III rapids over 132 miles down the river through a great wilderness frontier

  • Enjoy up-close views of roaming wildlife, like grizzly bears, wolves, mountain goats, and moose

  • Hike through fields of wildflowers, sweeping glaciers and through glacier valleys, and camp riverside

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Alaska & Yukon Tatshenshini River Rafting

Start: Haines, Alaska  End: Yakutat, Alaska

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Haines, Alaska

    Day 1

    Arrive in Haines, Alaska by 3:30pm to have enough time to check in and be ready for the 5pm welcome meeting at the hotel. You'll meet your guides and fellow travelers, get oriented for the trip and walk to the warehouse nearby to pick up your gear and dry bags. Then, a celebratory dinner is shared prior to an early evening to get ready for the big adventure ahead!

    Accommodation: Aspen Suites Hotel

    Meals: Dinner

  • Travel to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada

    Day 2

    After breakfast, meet at the Halsingland Hotel lobby and board a van for a beautiful 3-hour drive up the Chilkat River Valley, across the border into British Columbia, and on to Dalton Post in Yukon Territory, Canada. After rigging bags into the rafts, we'll push off on the Tatshenshini River. Soon, plunge into the exhilarating Class III rapids of the Tatshenshini Gorge, the largest section of technical rapids on the trip. Upon emerging into calmer waters, make camp along the river.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours/12 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Raft Silver Creek to Sediment Creek

    Day 3

    The river slowly builds momentum over the next few days as we wind our way toward the beautiful Alsek and Noisy ranges. Stay observant in this meandering stretch of scenic forested river, where its prime country for moose, bear, and wolf; the beaches are often marked with the tracks of all three. We will take the opportunity to layover in this corridor for two nights, allowing us greater hiking and wildlife viewing.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 6 hours/22 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Spot Wildlife on Hikes

    Day 4

    Enjoy a mellow morning at camp before your choice of a short or long hike to a spectacular overlook through old cottonwood trees and aspen forests. If you're lucky, catch views of the animals themselves, and making noise is encouraged in this wild environment. If the weather holds, the full day will be spent hiking in this spectacular area on this layover day.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 2-6 hours/2-4 miles hiking 650'-2,600' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Raft Deeper into the Alsek Range

    Day 5

    We will continue down the spectacular Tatshenshini River, winding deeper into the glaciers of the Alsek range. You'll feel the landscape change from densely-forested meandering river into steeper mountains with fast-moving braided river channels.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 6 hours/15 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Continue Down the "Tat" to Towagh Creek

    Day 6

    Continue down the spectacular Tatshenshini River, winding deeper into the glaciers of the Alsek range. You'll feel the landscape change from densely-forested meandering river into steeper mountains with fast-moving braided river channels. You'll encounter Monkey Wrench Rapid, and many small creeks that contribute to tripling the water level of the river since you started this journey.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 6 hours/29 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach the Confluence with the Alsek River

    Day 7

    The mountains, river and wildlife become more spectacular as the swift flowing river brings us closer to the majestic confluence with the Alsek River, a place many call "the center of the universe." The campsite vista spans the broad expanse of both river valleys, flanked by more than 20 different glaciers.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 4 hours/15 miles rafting Class II rapids

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience the Dramatic Walker Glacier

    Day 8

    Below the confluence with the Alsek River, the scenery becomes even more dramatic and the river turns into a series of gravel braids in a 3-mile-wide valley. Rounding the corner at the end of a long straightaway, see the dramatic sight of the Walker Glacier. Its blue and white spires dominate the view for several hours. If conditions allow, take some time to watch the glacier, and maybe even float near its terminus.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 5 hours/17 miles rafting Class II rapids

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Float the Alsek River & Hike

    Day 9

    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 the tiny rafts. Leave the immense Novatak Glacier and float toward Alsek Lake, dominated by looming 15,320-foot Mount Fairweather. Spot many species of birds, including bald eagles, semi-palmated plovers, spotted sandpipers, northern phalaropes, American pipits, and more.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 5 hours/16 miles rafting

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach Alsek Lake & The Knob

    Day 10

    Pass through several different mountain ranges and finally enter Alsek Lake. Watch and listen as giant chunks of ice calve into the water from the 7-mile face of the Alsek glacier. The icebergs here are larger than those in Glacier Bay - some icebergs are 75-feet high. The guides row among ice floes sculpted into bizarre, fluted, ever-changing phantasmagoric shapes - a veritable "iceberg garden." With a little luck catch a glimpse of impressive Mount Fairweather, the tallest peak in Glacier Bay National Park, looming in front of the camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

    Activity: 3 hours/14 miles rafting

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Dry Bay by Bush Plane

    Day 11

    After navigating through broken iceberg chunks, known as "bergy-bits" into the flat, forested plains beyond Alsek Lake, arrive at the Dry Bay outpost along the estuary of the Alsek River. Board a small aircraft for a spectacular charter flight to Yakutat.

    Activity: 3 hours/14 miles rafting

    Transportation: 1-hour charter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Aug 07 - 17, 2023
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$900 internal airfare+$100 single supplement+$330 alaska borough tax
    Fully Booked - Private Departure

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Christa Sadler

Christa Sadler

Christa Sadler is an author, geologist, educator, and guide from Flagstaff, Arizona. She has worked as a guide on rivers throughout the Southwest and Alaska, and in Ecuador since 1986. Her research in archeology, geology, and paleontology has included several ridiculously hot summers searching for dinosaurs in the badlands of Montana, fighting off dust storms and overly curious camels in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and steering clear of annoyed marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands. Her articles and photographs have appeared in many prominent publications over the years, and her immense knowledge and strong leadership make her an MT Sobek legend!

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott-a.k.a. "Thirsty"-has been guiding since he was 17 years old and has been an integral part of MT Sobek's Arctic rivers program for decades. His laid-back manner puts everyone at ease, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Arctic rivers. Although he normally spends his winter months in Colorado's Telluride ski area, he has climbed Denali three times, reaching the summit in 2000. Thirsty is a legend in the MT Sobek circle and endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.

Mike Speaks

Mike Speaks

Mike boasts an impressive list of international guiding experiences spanning three decades. He has been a river guide on the greatest rivers of the world, including the Zambezi, the Bio-Bio, the Tatshenshini, and the Alsek, and was the expedition leader for a 590-mile trip down Ethiopia's Blue Nile. Mike has also rafted first descents in Malawi, Ethiopia, Borneo, Madagascar, and Pakistan. This Alabama boy will have you speaking with a drawl within minutes, yet he makes his home on the flanks of Denali in Alaska. He's a naturalist, a ski mountaineer, a whitewater expert, an experienced sea kayaker, and a humorist through it all. Mike is a favorite for his quick wit, take-charge style, and outstanding leadership.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. This is a moderate river rafting trip. You should be comfortable rafting up to 29 miles over the course of 6 hours per day for 8 days on class II - III rapids. We will also hike up to 6 hours, with 2,600' of elevation gain and loss. Hiking is optional! Previous river rafting experience is recommended, and you should be in good physical condition. Due to the remote nature of this trip, vehicle support is not available.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

4 hours/12 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

Day 3

6 hours/22 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

Day 4

2-6 hours/2-4 miles hiking 650'-2,600' elevation gain & loss

Day 5

6 hours/15 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

Day 6

6 hours/29 miles rafting Class II-III rapids

Day 7

4 hours/15 miles rafting Class II rapids

Day 8

5 hours/17 miles rafting Class II rapids

Day 9

5 hours/16 miles rafting

Day 10

3 hours/14 miles rafting

Day 11

3 hours/14 miles rafting

Accommodations


After the first evening in a Victorian-era style hotel, MT Sobek riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.

MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska
MT Sobek Camp-Tatshenshini, Alaska

On each night of your Tatshenshini adventure you will enjoy camping in spectacular spots right next to the river, often with views of glaciers. Included in our expedition-style trip are three-person four-season tents for every two people, plus Therm-a-Rest pads and fresh sleeping bags. At lunch and dinner time you will enjoy gourmet meals carefully prepared by the guides.

Aspen Suites Hotel
Aspen Suites Hotel

Centrally located, you will find your hotel within walking distance to the charming downtown of Haines Alaska. Take a stroll towards the waters edge as you explore local quaint shops. rooms are simple, comfortable mini suites.

The Aspen Suites Hotel is within walking distance to the charming downtown of Haines. Take a stroll along the water edge as you explore the quaint shops and restaurants. Each room offers modern amentities such as Wi-Fi and fully furnished kitchen.

Weather


Enjoy long days, with potential rain & chilly winds near glaciers. Daytime 55°-65°F. Evenings 40°-55°F

 
Aug
Haines 
High
Low
Haines
63
50
Tatshenshini River 
High
Low
Tatshenshini River
65
47

Know Before You Book


Itinerary
The itinerary and dates may slightly vary, depending on river and weather conditions, group abilities and permit requirements.

FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

Your guides will meet you at the hotel at 5pm on Day 1.

Will I need a passport?

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.

What if I do not have a sleeping bag or tent that will withstand Alaska weather?

MT Sobek provides you with synthetic sleeping bags, sleeping pads and expedition tents at no extra cost. We also provide rain gear, dry suits, and boots.

Why does this trip end in Yakutat, Alaska and not in Haines, Alaska where the trip starts?

Ending the trip in Yakutat provides shorter transfers and travel times. Weather can delay returning back over the mountains to Haines. You will arrive in Yukatat in time for the late afternoon flight to Juneau.

How do I get my remaining luggage at the end of the trip?

A few days prior to the end of the trip, our river operations manager will transfer this luggage to the airport and ship it to Juneau, where your secured luggage will be waiting for you.

Are there bears on this river?

The Tatshenshini River does flow through the largest concentration of grizzly bears in North America.

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Guest Reviews


"I have kayaked or rafted in all parts of Alaska, including the Southeast, the North Coast, South Central, the Northwest and the Aleutians Islands. The trip down the Tatshenshini River was perhaps the most spectacular of all."

Sharon M.
MT Sobek Guest, Alaska & Yukon Tatshenshini River Rafting

"We had the trip of a lifetime on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers. Our guides were wilderness superheroes-knowledgeable, competent, fun. The scenery was breathtaking, and the experience was both peaceful and exhilarating."

Whitney A.
MT Sobek Guest, Alaska & Yukon Tatshenshini River Rafting