Alaska Experience

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Alaska Experience



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Anchorage, AK (ANC)

If you’re not quite ready to spend a full 30 days in Alaska but still want to experience the Last Frontier in all its glory, the Alaska Experience is for you! Wind your way through the Chugach Mountains, beneath one of the most dramatic mountainous skylines in North America. Pick your way up inviting ice walls on the Matanuska Glacier. Bounce down the LionsHead River’s continuous whitewater rapids. Watch glaciers calve into blue-green water from a kayak on the Prince William Sound. Wrap up your trip with a backpack through Denali National Park and Preserve’s, where our country’s tallest peak resides.


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Backpack in Chugach State Park

Begin your Alaska Experience with five days in Chugach State Park. We’ll head straight for the tundra on a day hike to Mt. Eklutna, which towers over the town of Anchorage. Abundant fields of wildflowers beckon as you make your way up the ridge. The next four days are spent traversing Crow Pass, which follows the original Iditarod Trail. Glaciers, waterfalls, retired gold mining camps, and wildlife abound in this scenic range. Much of the hike is spent above treeline, offering unobstructed views of the surrounding peaks. You may see mountain goats, Arctic ground squirrels, moose (from a distance!), and marmots. You’ll gain more advanced skills, like how to ford rivers, in the Chugach.

Ice climb and zipline on the Matanuska Glacier

A trip to Alaska isn’t complete without spending three days learning to ice climb on the spectacular, 27-mile-long Matanuska Glacier. Professional guides will teach you how to safely use tools and crampons to ascend moderately vertical ice walls; more challenging routes await those who want to push their skills a little farther. At the end of your ice climbing venture, race through the valley and peer down into crevasses from a 200-foot-high zipline.

Whitewater raft the LionsHead River

After climbing on the Matanuska Glacier, we’ll explore a different side of the valley in a raft! Class III and IV rapids will keep you on your toes as you paddle down the azure-colored LionsHead River. Pass beneath the river’s namesake basalt rock formation as you bounce down five miles of river!

Sea kayak in Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound is calling! With the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world, it’s likely that you’ll get to see a glacier calve into turquoise waters—a great site to behold (and hear!). Gliding through the calm waters of the Harriman Fjord often yields countless wildlife viewings, like bald eagles, otters, porpoises, and maybe even a whale! Jagged peaks rise up to 9,000 feet right out of the water, and on the gentler banks you may even see bear, goats, moose, or sheep.

Backpack in Denali State Park

You can’t leave Alaska without a viewing of North America’s tallest peak: Denali! As we trek along the Kesugi Ridge, you’ll see wildly varied terrain, from tundra to white spruce and paper birch forests. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may see marmot, red fox, snowshoe hare, black bear, or even flying squirrel. Regardless of a Denali viewing (keep your fingers crossed for a clear day), camping atop Ermine Hill offers dazzling views that will not soon be forgotten.


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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)



Sea Kayaking

Ice Climbing

Whitewater Rafting


Sanjani Varkey, Berkeley, CA
July 2018

When my husband and I became parents, we wished for, above all else, for our girls to be healthy, happy, confident, independent, and contributing members to community. For Mihika to have all of this in an Adventure Treks community in the outdoors… it seems like a miracle. This year in Alaska, Mihika said she had the best girl community ever, and the best instructor community ever.

Catherine Noll, Newton Highlands, MA
August 2018

Adventure Treks has become a core community and set of experiences for Claire—part of the bedrock of her attitude and approach to challenges. If your child is drawn to outdoor activities, AT will allow them to challenge their personal assumptions and expand their skills in natural world—they will carry this perspective back into the suburban world! She said this year in Alaska was the most amazing experience she’s ever had. To the instructors: Thank you for offering so much to these great kids—you are changing the world for the better one person at a time! Thanks for your example of respect and stewardship for the natural world.

Julie Rollins, Hendersonville, NC
August 2018

Adventure Treks is an outstanding organization. They are very professional and organized. We have full confidence in AT and entrusting them with our children. They deliver high-quality adventures that encourage and challenges children in a safe, fun, and beautiful environment.