Alaska Expedition

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Alaska Expedition

Destination

Alaska

Grade Range

10th-12th

length

30 Days

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Meeting Place

​Arrive and depart
Anchorage, AK (ANC)

Step into the Last Frontier, a wild region surrounded by turquoise fjords and blanketed in lush forests and massive glaciers. Explore the Chugach Mountains’ mossy alpine meadows and spruce and birch forests. Ice climb and zip line down the impressive Matanuska Glacier. Discover where the LionsHead River got its name as you negotiate its continuous whitewater. Backpack through the Talkeetna Mountains, where the mountains start green and lush before transforming into jagged peaks. Navigate the bluest-green water you’ve ever laid eyes on while sea kayaking the Prince William Sound. Finish your trip with a backpack in Denali National Park, home to North America’s highest peak and one of the most diverse landscapes in the world.

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Itinerary

Backpack in Chugach National Forest

For four days, refresh your backpacking skills as you set out on perhaps the most scenic hike in the entire range: Crow Pass (which follows the original Iditarod Trail). You and your group will pass over glaciers, through mine ruins and wildflower fields, and beside waterfalls. You may see moose, caribou, goats, and other wildlife native only to this subarctic region. Prepare to glissade down a snowfield!

Ice climb and zipline on the Matanuska Glacier

One of our students’ favorite activities: Spend three days learning how to ice climb on this massive glacier. Learn how to ascend steep walls with ice tools and crampons, and pose for a photo op at the top of each climb. You may even get up close and personal with a crevasse! On the third day, descend through the valley on a 200-foot-high, quarter-mile-long zipline.

Whitewater raft the LionsHead River

Explore another side of the Matanuska Glacier, this time from moving water! Steady class III and IV rapids keep you and your crew working together for about five miles. Keep your eyes open for the river’s namesake, a huge basalt column formation.

Backpack in the Talkeetna Mountains

Take on more leadership responsibilities as you walk through this range of long-extinct volcanoes for six days. You and your friends will stand beneath and marvel at the surrounding sawtooth peaks and hang on to each other for support while you learn how to ford rivers and creeks. Make memories that last a lifetime on this incredibly varied terrain: You’ll cross remnant ice fields, traverse ridges, stomp through bogs, and travel across tundra. Keep your eyes peeled for herds of caribou passing through.

Sea kayak in Prince William Sound

Five days on these turquoise waters will heighten your appreciation for Alaska’s wild nature even more. Glide through calm waters in the Harriman Fjord, right next to waterfalls, calving glaciers, and peaks soaring up to 9,000 feet. The wildlife is abundant; you may see bald eagles, otters, porpoises, and maybe even an Orca! At night, surround yourself with your best friends while camping on black sand beaches.

Backpack in Denali National Park

Finish your trip with four days in the rugged territory that houses North America’s tallest and most awe-inspiring mountain. Hike along the Kesugi Ridge through lush forests, vast tundra, and past an alpine lake. You’ll definitely want to do a “clear day dance,” as the view of the 20,308-foot Denali is jaw-dropping on a bluebird day!

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    26/06/18
  • Return Day
    25/07/18
  • Price
    $5,495
  • Availability
    Limited
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    09/07/18
  • Return Day
    07/08/18
  • Price
    $5,495
  • Availability
    Open
Departure Day Return Day Price Availability
06/26/18
07/25/18
$5,495
limited
07/09/18
08/07/18
$5,495
open
Included in Tuition:
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
  • Airfare to and from
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here)

Activities

Backpacking

Inflatable Kayaking

Mountaineering

Rock Climbing

Whitewater Rafting

Reviews

Jennifer Miller, Newport Beach, CA

Sam has never done anything like this, as sports have taken up most of his summers, but this summer he wanted to do an adventure instead! He turned 18 when hiking through the mountains of Alaska and loved every minute of his time there. I know this will be a trip he will never forget, and the friends he has made will last a lifetime. The community was a family to him. He came home with nothing but great stories. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you for believing in him and taking him on, even though he has never done anything like this before. You took a chance on him, and we are so glad you did—he needed this trip in more ways than one. I think we get a new story out of him every day. It is so much fun to listen to him tell these stories. Adventure Treks takes amazing care of their students!

Gayle Leonard, Lakeway, TX

Adventure Treks was an amazing outdoor adventure for Jamie. She came back with a great appreciation for the natural world. She also connected with new friends on a deeper and more real level than most of her high school peers. She loved her group in Alaska. Half of them she already knew from California Challenge, and she said all the new kids were super nice and that there was no drama. She also really liked the instructors this summer.

Gina Hodgson, Madison, WI

Every year, Adrienne has had incredible and challenging experiences and made meaningful friendships. She loves Adventure Treks trips and people; they are truly the highlight of every year. After experiencing a rugged Alaska trip this year, our daughter came home with a greater sense of confidence in herself and satisfaction in what she and her group had accomplished. She has stories to tell that will last a lifetime. More important, she has deep friendships around the country that will last a lifetime. This year, upon her return, she really seemed to grow emotionally. When asked to help around the house, or do a favor for someone, instead of complaining, she says “sure!” I feel so proud of her and how mature she has become. The instructors went above and beyond on this journey. Our daughter was so impressed with them and has the utmost respect for all of them. Every year, she loves her instructors, and this year, she said it was the best group of instructors yet. We cannot thank them enough.

Mercedes von Deck, Newton, MA

Alana had a great time. Alaska was beautiful, and she really loved the camaraderie among the group members. She was very impressed with all the instructors. She felt that the group was very tight-knit despite the kids coming from all different places and having different personalities. She felt that the kids worked together to make the trip as great as it could be.