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Hike Alaska: Glaciers and Denali

Hike Alaska: Glaciers and Denali

If you’re looking to explore one mighty nugget of impressive scenery, this Alaskan adventure will definitely do the trick.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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The Experience

If you’re looking to explore one mighty nugget of impressive scenery, this Alaskan adventure will definitely do the trick. Experience a more remote corner of North America at a more active pace on this seven-day journey that's jam-packed with impressive vistas, exhilarating hikes up towering mountains, and treks through beautiful but rugged forests. Catch some of the state’s best highlights like the Harding Icefield and breathtaking Denali National Park. Try fresh salmon in Seward and revel in being in, “The Last Frontier”.

Travel Style: Active, Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Camping, Camping most nights with some hotel/hostel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 / 5 - Demanding, Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group, Small group experience; Max 13.

Age requirement: 12+, (All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage/Seward

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

After a brief welcome meeting with your CEO, travel to Seward this morning for a trip to Churgach National Forest. Start out with a short, but rewarding hike on the Byron Glacier Trail. Hike along the Byron Creek amid aspen and cottonwood trees to the end of the trail where you’ll have a spanning view of the glacier. Afterwards, the group will transfer to the Carter Lake trailhead and enjoy a picnic lunch before setting out on this longer hike through some of Alaska’s prettiest backcountry on the Kenai Peninsula. In the evening set up camp back in Seward and have dinner together around the campfire.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Byron Glacier Hike

A short day hike offering magnificent views of the Byron Glacier. A winding, but mostly flat trail leads you through a ricky plain filled with tall alders and a mix of cottonwood and aspen trees. You’ll walk along the rushing Byron Creek most of the way and the forest thins out as the glacier comes into view, displaying rugged cliffs and Portage Lake and Valley from the other side.

Carter Lake Hike

This hike near Moose Pass leads you to a small lake nestled snugly in the Kenai Mountains. The trail starts through a spruce forest and climbs nearly 1,000ft in elevation in the first mile, then it flattens out a bit as you walk along boardwalks and past small streams. This is where the wildflowers can be seen. It takes about an hour to reach the lake from the trailhead.

Day 2 - Seward

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Today is all about Seward. After breakfast, how the day will go is up to you. The morning will consist of a challenging hike up Mount Marathon or free time in town to do as you please if you aren’t in the mood for this hike. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to find a lunch spot in Seward and then opt to walk around the waterfront of downtown, visit the Alaska Sealife Center, watch for otters playing in the water, or rent a kayak and explore Resurrection Bay. Dinner will be made back at camp in the evening.

Mount Marathon Hike in Seward - 5km

This particular hike is one of the more unique things to do in Seward. Located just one mile outside of town Mt. Marathon overlooks Seward and Resurrection Bay. Hiking to the top is challenging but well worth it for the views. You gain nearly 3,022 ft in elevation, a climb that puts you nearly in the clouds. It’s a bit steep, but there’s nothing quite like the accomplishment of completing this hike.

Day 3 - Seward

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

After a camp breakfast, spend the day hiking the Harding Icefield Trail. This spectacular 7.4 mile trail begins on the valley floor and then winds through cottonwood and alder forests, heather filled meadows, and climbs above the tree line for a breathtaking view of the Icefield. It will take 6-8 hours to complete and offers plenty of impressive views along the way to keep you going.

Private Vehicle

Harding Icefield, Seward - 19km. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Hike to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield

Exit Glacier – Seward 5h-8h, 12km. Head out on an amazing hike to the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. The 11.9km (7.4 mi) round trip of the Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike through the Alaska backcountry. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather-filled meadows and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breathtaking view of the icefield. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak or lonely peak. There are various lookout points along the trail that serve as good turnaround points. Portions of the upper trail are covered by ice and snow part of the year. Easier, shorter hikes to the base of the glacier are also options that also afford beautiful views for those not looking for a strenuous hike. Black bears are spotted frequently from the Harding Icefield Trail.

Private Vehicle

Harding Icefield, Seward - 19km. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Day 4 - Seward/Denali National Park and Preserve

Meals included: Breakfast

Travel to Denali National Park with the group in the morning. Along the way make a stop to hike the Talkeetna Lake Trail through lush old-growth forest. Search for wildlife in one of the area's most beautiful settings. In the late afternoon continue on to Denali National Park where you’ll be staying in cozy cabins with shared bathroom facilities.

Private Vehicle

Seward – Denali State Park. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Talkeetna Lake Trail

Trapper Creek - A great place to hike and look for wildlife this 3.7 mile loop offers lake views and strolls through deep woods. Search for otters, beavers, bears, foxes, maybe moose, and hundreds of different species of birds. Walk through lush old-growth forest and listen for the loons calling across the water.

Private Vehicle

Denali State Park – Denali National Park and Preserve. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Day 5 - Denali National Park and Preserve

Meals included: Breakfast

Wake up in cabins this morning and eat a quick breakfast before heading out to explore today. Start with a hike up the Mount Healy Overlook trail which offers dramatic views over the Nenana Valley and surrounding mountains and ridges and gains 1700 feet of elevation in only 2.5 miles. In the afternoon you’ll have free time to enjoy other activities in Denali National Park like ziplining and rafting before returning to the cabins in the evening.

Denali National Park Visit

Denali National Park and Preserve – Denali. Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.

Mt Healy Overlook Trail Hike

Denali National Park and Preserve3h-4h, 7km. Mt Healy Overlook Trail is an easy to moderate hike after the first third of it. It's about 4km (2.5 mi) one way with an elevation gain of about 518.2m (1,700 ft). Enjoy gorgeous view of the Alaska Range on a clear day.

Accommodation

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Day 6 - Denali National Park and Preserve

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Breakfast this morning will be boxed so you can eat it on the go.The group will be taking the shuttle bus into the park to experience more of the scenery and wildlife that Denali has to offer. After a picnic lunch, the group will hike the Horseshoe Lake trail. Highlights of this easy, but rewarding hike include the calm waters of the lake nestled in its forested surroundings and views along the edge of the Nenana River where you could watch whitewater rafters pass by.

Denali National Park Visit

Denali National Park and Preserve – Denali. Spend the day exploring Denali National Park. The area is well-known for its diversity of wildlife and Denali, the highest peak in North America, formerly called Mt McKinley. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Summer is a time for raising the young and preparing for migration, hibernation, or survival during the winter and, with a little luck, we witness it all. Discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds, and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali.

Horseshoe Lake Hike

Denali National Park and Preserve. This trail is located near the park entrance and is easy to complete, but has surprisingly varied scenery and plenty of chances to spot wildlife. If you walk the whole loop you’ll see the rocky rapids of the Nenana River, a beaver dam along the creek, and a small beach along the lake. The hike starts off with a somewhat steep downhill, where you’ll get a scenic glimpse over both the lake and river below. After that it flattens into the loop portion of the trail.

Accommodation

Denali Perch Resort (or similar)

Day 7 -Denali National Park and Preserve/Anchorage

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the cabins settle in for your drive back to Anchorage from Denali where the tour ends on arrival.

Private Vehicle

Denali National Park and Preserve – Anchorage4h-5h3, 70km. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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There are a variety of great options for accommodations ranging from shared rooms to luxurious villas. Each room is equipped with a safe, work desk, air conditioning and WIFI.

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Retreat Leader

Isabella Meduri

Owner, Healer, Gypsy at Heart

My journey has taken me from a Financial Advisor to a Healer and guide. After spending 16 years in corporate financial environments trying to conform to social norms and expectations, I found myself feeling as though something fundamental was missing from my life. During the process of restructuring my life, I had to shift my perspective and instead of relying on a pragmatic approach to life, I finally decided to follow my intuition and listen to what my heart had been trying to tell me for years.

Travel has always been an integral part of my life.  Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to visit distant and unchartered places.  This deep yearning to seek out the unfamiliar; the undiscovered has brought me to visit 47 countries.  The most transformational moments I’ve experienced in life have been while backpacking in Asia, touring South America and camping throughout Africa.

The time I spent away discovering new places provided me with a much needed escape from a tiresome routine back home. It gave me an escape and the clarity I so desperately needed.  Over time, these “vacations” helped shift my perspective and see life through a different lens.  It was what I needed to finally break through my comfort zone and leave the monotony that I had fallen into.
 
For the first time in my adult life, I felt a sense of fulfilment and purpose.  Curating and sharing meaningful experiences with others is what brings me the most joy and happiness.  I am committed and honoured to be able to be a part of people’s wellness and self-discovery journeys.

What's Included

What is Included:

  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • A visit to Churgach National Forest with hikes to Byron Creek and Carter Lake
  • A hike up Mount Marathon in Seward
  • Free time for optional activities in Seward
  • Harding Icefield Hike
  • Hike along the Talkeetna Lake Trail en route to Denali NP
  • A hike up the Mount Healy Overlook trail in Denali National Park
  • Hike along Horseshoe Lake
  • Free time in Denali National Park for optional activities
  • National Park entrance fees
  • All transport between destination and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Participation camping (3nts), cabins with shared bathroom facilities (3nts).

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD160-210 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, national park shuttle bus, hiking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

What is NOT Included:

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