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8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-Sport

kayak shoup glacier

Our most popular high adventure trip, the sampler offers 3 days of sea kayak camping in Prince William Sound, 1 day of rafting a class III river, and 3.5 days backpacking Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska..

Tour Activities

Sea kayaking
Camping
Rafting
Backpacking
Scenic flights

Trip Length

8-Days, 7-Nights

Price Includes

Meals listed in Itinerary
Instruction
Kayak equipment
Tents & sleeping kit
Guide services
Motor boat transport
Bush flights listed in Itinerary
Van transportation
Park fees

Average Price

Prices vary. Please call for details.

Difficulty

Easy/Moderate/Strenuous, your choice

Itinerary & Details arrow down
Two Choices

1- Budget Sea and Sky with a Donoho Wilderness Backpack. This option is more strenuous with a beautiful glacier crossing. Great Scenery and a variety of hiking options. This tour is below tree line, so there is some "alder exploration" to access Donoho lakes. This is also your best bet if you'd like to integrate ice-climbing.

2- Sea and Sky with Fly-in base camp at Iceberg Lake. This is the guides choice! Fly into Allies Valley and hike classic Alaskan Style open tundra, scenic passes and a bit of history at the mines. Above treeline to offer expansive views and great hiking.

Flight fee depends on group size.
B&B upgrade also available.

A "high" adventure trip is perfect for a sampling of Alaska's best! This is a camping tour designed to experience camping in Alaska's backcountry in a week's trip. This is our most popular trip because we have taken a kayak camping tour that visits our favorite destination in Prince William Sound and combined it with an unforgettable backpacking or basecamping trip in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. There is also the option to integrate ice-climbing and/or rafting along the way. The Alaskan Sampler is a must do trip if you only have a week!

This itinerary is for the preferred Iceberg Lake fly-in option.
The hike-in option to Donoho Wilderness is great if you are on a budget and would like to backpack across a glacier. The fly-in is well worth the price to access the best hiking in the National Park.

Day 1- Meet in Valdez at our shop in the morning for a safety briefing and orientation. From there we board our water taxi for the brilliant cruise out to Heather Bay, our access to the mighty Columbia Glacier – the largest tide water glacier in Prince William Sound. Here we embark on our journey into the massive floating icefield and amongst its towering icebergs, eventually to a spectacular island overlooking the glacier. As we paddle away from the Columbia we keep a look out for numerous marine mammals, possibly seeing harbor seals, sea otters, and perhaps a glimpse of an orca. On this night we make camp in Heather Bay and settle in for some for magnificent kayaking recipes cooked by our guides.
(Lunch) ( Dinner)

backpack wrangell st. elias national park

hike in the ice of Columbia Glacier Alaska

Day 2- After our first night camping we're off towards Glacier Island. With Columbia Glacier to our backs, we make a two mile crossing south to Glacier Island where we are treated to more ancient rainforest and icebergs grinding against the shore. There is a multitude of inlets and bays to explore on the north side of the island, plus numerous hikes and beach combing opportunities. We may climb one of the spectacular ridges giving us wonderful views of Naked Island and the Columbia Glacier. The elusive snow covered peaks of Montague Island may even come into view. Our guides will provide another fine meal before settling in for the evening.
(Breakfast) (Lunch) ( Dinner)

Day 3 - An early start will lead us around the corner of Glacier Island to Bull head. Here we will find a colony of Stellar Sea Lions which can be seen feeding, sleeping and swimming. As we watch these curious creatures, be on the look out for Puffins and Cormorants which inhabit the rugged caves along the coastline. We stop at an amazing beach for lunch and a hike up through the rainforest. After lunch we're off to Chamberlain Bay for some more exploring before we are picked up and taken back to Valdez.
(Breakfast) (Lunch) (Dinner on your own in Valdez)

Day 4- Meet at the shop for the impressive van ride through Keystone Canyon, over Thompson Pass and into the rugged interior. The beautiful two hour drive puts you in the remote town of Chitnia on the western edge of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. From there you embark on a scenic flight into the heart of the park, to the old mining remnant of McCarthy. There we have a bit of time to walk around town before taking the final flight to the Iceberg Lake landing strip. We hike a short distance away from the air strip to set up camp. Remember, this air strip is basically the dried up lake bed.
(Breakfast) (Lunch) (Dinner)

Day 5- 7 Iceberg lake is set in the alpine tundra above tree line yet still located at a fairly low elevation offering comfortable camping and no need to travel through snow or over ice. Enjoying the 3 days we have to explore, we will head off in various directions from camp on day hikes that will bring us to high ridges overlooking the valley. We will also have time to walk along the shoreline of iceberg lake, admiring the floating ice and abundant wildflowers. We have witnessed grizzles and wolverine traveling through the valley as well as a variety of birds.

Each time we visit Iceberg lake we find a new hike so the guides leave a very open itinerary. Most trips take us up the valley and across an easily accessed glacier. Other days we head down valley towards the face of the Tana Glacier where it meets the water of Iceberg Lake. The lucky group will get to witness the power of the glacier lifting up and allowing the massive volume of water to drain from the valley.

Groups have the option of keeping a base camp or moving around the valley to enjoy various views. The guide will prepare backpacker style meals which are always a good time. (Breakfast) (Lunch) (Dinner)

Day 8 - Before the first plane arrives to pick everyone up, we have time to take short walks or just find a comfortable perch and reflect on the trip. These are our last moments of pure wilderness. The flight arrives just after lunch. A short flight brings us back to McCarthy where we once again have a bit of time to walk around the quaint town before boarding the second flight back to Valdez. The flights themselves are a treat as the plane follows the landscape through the Chugach mountains all the way into Valdez. The trip ends in Valdez around 5:00 p.m. where a shower is always welcome. (Breakfast) (Lunch)

We suggest planning to stay the last night in Valdez, as the weather in Alaska can sometimes delay flights. The tour includes a three day kayak camping tour, one night of camping in Valdez on night 3, a van ride from Valdez to Chitina and back, a bush plane flight from Chitna to McCarthy and back, 3 1/2 days guided backpacking, and all meals while on tour. B&B upgrades available between activities. If choosing the Donoho route, you may also opt to include scenic fly-out rafitng for an extra $275 per person, ice-climbing for $125 per person, and/or an Historical Kennicott Mill Tour for $25pp.

 

8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-Sport

8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-sport with Donoho Wilderness Hike-in
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8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-sport with Iceberg Lake Fly-in Base Camp option
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Date Notes:

Pangaea Adventures is always open to customizing dates. If you do not see the dates that fit your schedule, give us a call.
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Price Notes:

The prices change based on group size due to the price for flights plus the guides seat. The PRIVATE price is for those who would like to book this trip with just your group and no others. GROUP prices are based on those who do not mind joining other guests they may not know in advance. Those willing to go with others may still end up having aprivate trip.

B&B upgrades available between activities. If choosing the Donoho route, you may also opt to include scenic fly-out rafitng for an extra $295 per person, ice-climbing for $135 per person, and/or an Historical Kennicott Mill Tour for $25pp.

8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-Sport

Gear supplied by Pangaea Adventures

  1. All Kayak gear, life Jackets, paddles, dry bags, etc...
  2. Rubber Boots and Neoprene Mittens
  3. All Camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and pads.
  4. All technical gear when needed such as crampons and ice axes.
  5. Backpacks available to rent for only $40 a trip.
  6. All cooking utensils and equipment
  7. All safety gear and first aid kits
  8. All food and Non-Alcoholic beverages as listed in itinerary.
  9. All motor vessel transportation as listed in itinerary
  10. All van transportation as listed in itinerary

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8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-Sport

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8 Day Alaskan Sampler Multi-Sport

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High Adventure Camping Multi-Sport Adventures

  Tour Name Basic Description Price Adult Price Child  
  8 Day
Alaskan Sampler
Multi-Sport

Combines our 3 Day Columbia Glacier kayak camping tour, a day of rafting and 4 days of Backpacking in Wrangell St. Elias National Park

$ 2185 Donoho
$2995 Fly-in Option
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  11 Day
Sea & Sky
Multi-Sport

Combines our Classic 6 Day kayak camping tour from Shoup Glacier to Glacier Island with the 5 Day Allies Valley to Bremner Valley Fly-in Backpack.

$3385 $

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Multi-Sport
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Over half of our departures each year are customized trips we design with our guests. Call us to customize your trip.

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Lodge Based Multi-sport Trips

  Tour Name Basic Description Price Adult Price Child  
  7 Day
Widlerness Lodge
Sampler
Multi-Sport

Combines our 3 Day Columbia Glacier kayak camping tour, a day of rafting and 4 days of Backpacking in Wrangell St. Elias National Park

$ 2995 $

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  9 Day
Mothership &
Lodge
Multi-Sport

Combines our Classic 6 Day kayak camping tour from Shoup Glacier to Glacier Island with the 5 Day Allies Valley to Bremner Valley Fly-in Backpack.

$call $

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  Custom
Multi-Sport
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Join Pangaea Adventures for sea kayaking tours in Alaska. Guided trips in Prince William Sound. Sea Kayak Day Tours to famous glaciers like Columbia Glacier. Sea Kayak Camping Tours in Alaska wilderness. Backpacking Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Glacier Day Hikes in the Chugach Mountains. Guided glacier hikes on Worthington Glacier. Water Taxi Valdez.