Rafting & Hiking the Talkeetna River

Overview

Spectacular Alaska scenery turns to a steep, fast-water canyon on this adrenaline-packed whitewater adventure on the turquoise Talkeetna River. 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. 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 as you raft 100 miles.

  • Raft the swift Talkeetna River through a fast-water canyon - considered the best all-around whitewater river in Alaska

  • Take in Denali from the air on a scenic flight over the mountains and tundra

  • Explore the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park

  • Arrive: Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Depart: Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Group Size: 6-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Talkeetna

    Welcome to Talkeetna! Arrive by 4pm to spend time exploring this pretty railroad town, located at the end of a paved spur road and a prime gateway to Denali National Park's rugged south district. If the weather is kind, enjoy your first views of Denali (20,310) and the mighty Alaska Range. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

  • Day02

    Denali Flight to Riverside Camp

    Rise for a scenic charter flight, with majestic views of Denali - the tallest peak in North America, and land at a remote airstrip where your camp awaits. In the afternoon, hike to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the vast Alaskan landscape and the serpentine course of the Talkeetna River.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Talkeetna River, Alaska
    • Activity: 3 hours/3 miles hiking with 1400' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Falls Creek Hike

    Wake for a delicious breakfast at the camp and set out to explore the Alaskan brush and expansive vistas in the area. Take in the plunging double waterfall at Falls Creek, opt to spend the day fishing in the Talkeetna River, or just enjoy the solitude and beauty of the grand Alaskan wilderness.

  • Day04

    Raft the Talkeetna River to The Canyon

    After a riverside breakfast, camp is packed up and loaded onto the rafts. Begin 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. At camp enjoy the endless Alaskan day, where the summer sun barely sets.

  • Day05

    Raft to Disappointment Creek

    At this stretch, the river becomes hemmed in by dense, impenetrable thickets and steep canyon walls. Cross the Entrance Exam rapid before coming to the Talkeetna River's most challenging one, the famed Toilet Bowl (Class IV). This fast-paced river has few eddies as it races through the deep, mossy gorge that some consider "the longest rapid in Alaska." Make camp at Disappointment Creek and enjoy a spot of evening fishing or camp-side relaxation.

  • Day06

    Jet Boat Back to Talkeetna

    After breakfast at camp, enjoy a thrilling close to the last day on the river with a scenic jet-boat ride back to Talkeetna. Celebrate your wild adventure with well-deserved libations.

    • Activity: 3.5 hours/20 miles jet boating
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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  • AvailableJun 16 - 21, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been rafting in Alaska for over 35 years, working with the most capable and experienced local river guides.

Reason #02

No other outfitter operates this river trip with extended hiking and jet boating.

Reason #03

This itinerary offers a unique way to explore the Denali area with epic views of mountains from the river.

Meet Our Guides

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What To Expect

  • Activities

    Excellent Class II-IV rafting along the fast-flowing Talkeetna River, hikes through majestic Alaskan landscapes, extraordinary wildlife spotting and fishing, and riverside camping.

  • Lodging

    After the first evening in a comfortable hotel in Talkeetna, MT Sobek riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.

  • Climate

    Enjoy mild summers, with almost daily light rain, and occasional chilly beezes. Daytime 55°F - 75°F. Evenings 40°F - 55°F.

FAQ

  • Is Denali National Park nearby?

    Yes, it's just a quick 4-hour train ride on the Alaska Denali Star that departs daily, or a 2.5-hour drive.

  • How do I get to Talkeetna, Alaska?

    There are a few ways. You can fly into Anchorage and take the Classic Alaskan Denali Star train, or you can rent a vehicle and drive.

  • Are there bugs and mosquitos on the Talkeetna River?

    Yes, but luckily very few.

  • What are the sleeping accommodations like?

    You'll never sleep so well outside - under the starry skies as the roaring river lulls you to sleep. We provide an expedition tent, freshly laundered sleeping bag, a small pillow, and sleeping pad to each of our guests.

  • How challenging are the rapids on this trip?

    While most of the trip is a float trip, the Canyon section of the Talkeetna River is the longest and most continuous rapid in Alaska.

  • Is there any special gear that is required for this trip?

    We provide most specialty gear needed - a tent, sleeping bag, small pillow, sleeping pad, two dry bags for packing (1 for sleeping kit, 1 for personal clothes), a well-sized life jacket, a paddle, Heli Hansen raingear and boots.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jun 16 - 21, 2019

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Additional Cost

  • $250.00 Single Supplement
  • $24.00 Optional Alaska Donation

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary rafting and camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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