Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords

Anchorage, AK, USA

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Karina Safari
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Jul 9 - 16, 2021
Group size: 10 - 12
Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords
Anchorage, AK, USA

Karina Safari
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Jul 9 - 16, 2021
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

Join a company of like-minded hikers on a journey of a lifetime you'll never forget! Bring back a unique photo-album of the most emotional moments of the trip captured by talented photographer Alex Mironyuk who will travel with our Team! 📸  🏔 🤩


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

🌟  From the Anchorage to the coast of the Kenai Peninsula - encounter incredible wilderness trails, get close to imposing glaciers, ice-fields , fjords and dramatic peaks and unique wildlife!

🌟  Hike to 5 glaciers in this trip, including the epic Harding Icefield Trail, a spectacular route alongside Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

🌟  Travel by private van, catamaran, scenic train ride, and of course on your own foot - get immersed in the untouched splendor of America’s Last Frontier!

🌟  Treat yourself with additional day and see the highest Alaska's peak and one of the world's highest - Mt. Denali 20,320' (aka Mt. McKinley) up close on a flight-seeing tour from Talkeetna town

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✈️  Arrival /Departure: Anchorage (ANC)

🍭  Kids: 16+ OK with previous hiking experience. NO discounts are given

🏩  Lodging: PREMIUM Class Hotels & lodges, dbl rooms

🤗  Group size: 10-12 travelers

🥾 Level of difficulty:  Upper Intermediate (for experienced hikers able to walk up to 10 mi/day approx up to 8hrs with elevation gain up to 2500 feet on average. Max elevation gain on this trip is 3800 feet (can be an optional activity).

(!) Read before you sign up:

🎯  COVID-19 test - YES you need it.

On arrival to the state of Alaska ALL travelers should represent a printed proof of a negative result of qualifying COVID-19 test taken 72 hrs prior arrival (Alaska does not accept serology/antibody tests).  Having all necessary documents is responsibility of every traveler  and not a responsibility of Organizers. If a travelers fails to represent the required docx, no refunds or partial refunds are given for unused tours.


🎯  Trip terms and Cancellation Policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

Registration deposit is non-refundable after being paid

Cancellation 45 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost

Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable. Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.


🎯  The day-by-day itinerary below and the order of activities is draft version and subject to change to improve traveler's experience or due to weather conditions etc. 

Weather

July is the absolute best time to visit Alaska for summer activities. 

The days are long, nature is in full bloom, and the air is alive with energy. 


Temperatures

Alaska summer temperatures are surprisingly pleasant. Daytime highs range 60°F - 65°F. Nighttime lows are refreshingly cool, dipping into the 40's - 50's. 

A down-jacket is recommended to keep you warm for chilly mornings and evenings, as well as fleece beanie and gloves. Even if you don't use them, it's still good to have anyways.


Rain

The weather typically gets rainier as summer progresses. 

In July you can expect on average 7 to 10 days of rainfall. By August, the chance of rain is just over 50%. Please be prepared for rain anytime and bring rain-poncho and make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and water-proof.


Bugs

Mosquitos in Alaska may not be as big a problem as you might think, but can still be an inconvenience on hiking trails. Bring a mosquito repellent, covering your face and neck with a mosquito net is recommended for bugs protection as well.


Packing lists

Gear items:

- Suitcase OR Duffel for your MAIN luggage - PLEASE NO BULKY LUGGAGE ITEMS,  PACK COMPACT as we don’t have much room in the van trunk. Carry-on size is preferred. 

(However, if you can't fit you stuff into carry on size luggage, you can fly  to/from Alaska with any size of suitecase and leave it in the hotel storage in Anchorage on arrival, and then repack into smaller size duffel or backpack for the days of travel)

- A small backpack 28-35L for day-hikes (it should fit the following: your water reservoir, an extra layer, your personal hiking snack,  sunblock, and your personal first aid kit)

- A rainproof cover for your day-pack

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – a must have for steep downhill trails  (collapsable are better. Note: Standard hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage during flights, collapsable ones haven't been a problem however it depends on airline rules)

- Micro spikes for Exit glacier hiking on icy surface (not possible to rent locally). For example: Black Diamond Blitz Spike Traction Devices in REI $39USD.

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5 to 2L)

- Small bags for your personal trash/leftovers for hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+)

- Lip balm (UV protection)

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Mosquito repellent (must have!)

- Mosquito net to wear over your sunhat - recommended (Cost around $15 USD on Amazon)

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without)

- Sunglasses 

- Face mask (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper

- Gaiters (protection for your boots and pants from mud, wet and dust) - recommended


Hiking Outfit:

- Good sturdy high-ankled and waterproof hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please no brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip to avoid painful blisters while on travel

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Windproof hiking pants  (long pants, no shorts please) 

- Optional: thin thermo or leggings to wear under hiking pants if you get cold easily  

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt  for hiking (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts as a base layer for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A windbreaker, better if waterproof  fabric

- Rain poncho (must have) - lightweight is better, any rain-cover will work

- A lightweight down-jacket (650-700 down fill) for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat 

- Fleece/wool beanie for chilly evenings and mornings, as well as windy days

- Waterproof lightweight gloves for chilly weather and glacier hiking

- Optional:  lightweight quick-dry personal towel & swimsuit (if you planning on swimming in the mountain lakes :)

What’s included

  • Premium Lodging
    6 nights, dbl-sharing rooms
  • Transportation
    Comfortable 7-seater van
  • Professional Assistance
    2 Team Leaders: Karina Safari & Alex Mironuyk
  • Team Photographer
    Photo-album of the best travel memories and smiles captured by professional photographer Alex Mironyuk
  • Train ticket
    Scenic train ride
  • Fjords & Wildlife Cruise
    6-hours boat cruise
  • Miscellaneous
    parking fees, admissions, gas etc
  • All arrangements
  • Airfare
    Approx $477 USD from SFO
  • Meals
    Allow a budget of $50-70 USD daily budget
  • Optional tour extentions
    Early arrival and late departure hotel stays, car rentals, day-tours etc
  • Denali flight
    $300 price may vary (not incl rental car, lodging, assistance)

Available Packages

Early Bird
Sold Out
$2829
Deposit: $600
Count me in!
only 1 left
$2929
Deposit: $600

Available options

Denali extension 6 left
$715

Itinerary

Day 1 / Jul 9th (Fri)
Arrival in Anchorage

Arrival in Anchorage on the afternoon flight.

Take an airport shuttle to hotel, check-in.

Group Introduction and team briefing at group dinner.

Overnight in Anchorage (Hotel La Quinta or similar) 

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
25 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 2021
Friendly guide who has expertise in geology, a good mix of popular and less traveled points. The trip was well planned and time was used efficiently without creating a sense of rush. An eclectic group of co-travelers added to the experience. Hot springs were amazing and so was the stake & beer place in the desert. thank you for the great experience!
By Ilya L for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 16 Mar, 2021
Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
By Margarita M for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 04 Mar, 2021
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I am so glad we did this trip. Katya is an awesome guide with great knowledge of DV. She took us to places we probably won’t get to on our own. She kept everything very well organized and easy to follow. We really enjoyed our time and made a lot of great memories. This is my second trip and definitely not the last.
By Mila I for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 02 Mar, 2021
Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
By Ella G for Sedona: Spiritual & Hiking Escape on 05 Feb, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019