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Alaska & Yukon Alsek River Rafting

Tour, Escorted tour

Haines, Alaska to Yakutat, Alaska

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Alaska & Yukon Alsek River Rafting
Raft exciting Class II-IV rapids 160 miles down the Alsek River, through the world's largest contiguous protected wilderness, including Kluane National Park & Reserve in the Yukon and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Keep an eye out for stunning glaciers and spectacular wildlife, from marmots to moose. Camp riverside and enjoy delicious meals while listening to river lore around the campfire. Take a helicopter portage. With raw nature on display at every bend, this is a unique river trip through one of the last great frontiers.
  • Float past the largest icebergs in all of Glacier Bay National Park and raft Class II-IV rapids
  • Take an exciting helicopter portage for a bird's-eye of the Alsek's treacherous Turnback Canyon
  • Enjoy meals and legends told around crackling campfire each night, beneath star-studded Alaskan skies

Internal Airfare: $1600
Minimum Age: 16
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
12 Nights Starting At
July 18, 2024 through July 31, 2024
Book by:
July 14, 2024 7:00 PM
Internal Airfare not included
Itinerary Overview
Day 3
Raft the Mighty Alsek
Day 4
Paddle Amidst the Icebergs of Lowell Lake & The Lowell Glacier
Day 5
Recharge with a Layover Day & Hike Goatherd Mountain
Day 6
Run the Rapids of the Challenging "Lava North"
Day 7
Alsek Canyon
Day 8
Hike Tweedsmuir & Prepare to Portage
Day 9
Delight in a Helicopter Ride Over Turnback Canyon
Day 10
Continue Down the Tatshenshini River
Day 11
Float Towards Alsek Lake
Day 12
Paddle Among Sculpted Ice Flows of Alsek Lake
Day 13
Depart from Dry Bay by Bush Plane
Day 14
Some Trips get a Bonus Day!
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12 Nights from $5,995.00 (USD) Per Person
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July 14, 2024 7:00 PM
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June 08, 2025 7:00 PM
12 Nights from $5,995.00 (USD) Per Person
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June 27, 2025 7:00 PM
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Accommodations
MT Sobek: Alaska Alsek River Rafting

Day: 1, duration: 1
Aspen Suites Hotel

The Aspen Suites Hotel is within walking distance to the charming downtown of Haines. Take a stroll along the water edge as you explore the quaint shops and restaurants. Each room offers modern amentities such as Wi-Fi and fully furnished kitchen.

Day: 2, duration: 4
MT Sobek Camp—Alsek River, Yukon, Canada

On each night of your Alsek adventure you will enjoy camping in spectacular spots right next to the river, often with views of glaciers. Included in our expedition-style trip are three-person four-season tents for every two people, plus Thermarest pads and fresh sleeping bags. At lunch and dinner time you will enjoy gourmet meals carefully prepared by the guides.

Day: 6, duration: 3
MT Sobek Camp—Alsek River, British Columbia, Canada

Your riverside camping experience includes nightly camps on the banks of Alsek River. Included in our expedition-style trip are four-season three-person tents for every two-people and includes a Thermarest pad and fresh sleeping bags. All camping spots are in spectacular locations right next to the river, with often views of glaciers. At lunch and dinner time you'll enjoy gourmet meals.

Day: 9, duration: 4
MT Sobek Camp—Alsek River, Alaska

Your riverside camping experience includes nightly camps on the banks of Alsek River. Included in our expedition-style trip are four-season three-person tents for every two-people and includes a Thermarest pad and fresh sleeping bags. All camping spots are in spectacular locations right next to the river, with often views of glaciers. At lunch and dinner time you'll enjoy gourmet meals.

Guides
MT Sobek: Alaska Alsek River Rafting

Bruce Keller
Bruce has guided international adventure travel trips on six different continents since 1988. His extensive Class 5 wilderness guiding experience includes rafting descents of the Zambezi, Coruh, Bio Bio, Omo, Chilkat, Kleheni, Tsirku, Copon, Alsek, Kongakut, Toulomne, Tatshenshini, Tugela, Katun, and Watut Rivers. His river experience has been rich in cultural, human, and wilderness values, having guided in every life zone on the planet. He feels this gives him the opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge and to provide a richer guest experience.





Kevin McDermott
Kevin —a.k.a. "Thirsty"—has been guiding since he was 17 years old and has been an integral part of MT Sobek's Arctic rivers program for decades. His laid-back manner puts everyone at ease, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Arctic rivers. Although he normally spends his winter months in Colorado's Telluride ski area, he has climbed Denali three times, reaching the summit in 2000. Thirsty is a legend in the MT Sobek circle and endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Alaska Alsek River Rafting

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Alaska & Yukon Alsek River Rafting

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been a pioneer in Alaska adventure travel since 1972, always placing a strong emphasis on responsible travel practices that support local communities and protect the natural environment.

Reason #02

Praised by National Geographic Adventure, this spectacular 13-day rafting expedition features wilderness paddling, riverside camping, tasty meals, and tales told by seasoned guides around a crackling campfire.

Reason #03

Our Alsek trip is led by the most capable and knowledgeable guides on the river. Our crew has over 100 combined years of experience on Alaska rivers.

Activities

Spectacular Class II-IV rafting along the mighty Alsek River, extraordinary wildlife spotting, and riverside camping.

Lodging

After the first evening in a Jeffersonian style hotel, MT Sobek riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.

Climate

Enjoy long Alaska days, with potential rain & chilly winds near glaciers. Daytime 55°-65°F. Evenings 40°-55°F.

Will I need a passport?

We are making a border crossing into Canada, so you will need a passport as proof of nationality. Please check visa requirements for entering Canada if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen.

What if I do not have a sleeping bag or tent that will withstand Alaska weather?

MT Sobek provides synthetic sleeping bags, sleeping pads and expedition tents at no extra cost. We also provide rain gear, dry suits, and boots.

How does this trip compare to other long river trips, such as the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River?

The Alsek River is deep in the heart of the largest wilderness area in the world, and there are less than 200 people who raft this river annually. This is more of an expedition trip due to its remote wilderness.

What if it is rainy on the trip? Will be still be hiking and rafting each day?

Not necessarily. We can make adjustments to our itinerary if the weather is not cooperating. This means sleeping in, delaying departure from camp, or other adjustments. We carry a large group tarp with us that allows for rain shelter and our tents are expedition quality.

I’ve never been river rafting before. Is this trip too much for me?

Prior rafting experience is not essential. However, this trip is an expedition with wilderness camping, so being an active participant willing to be caught in variable weather with a positive attitude is a must.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.Are there any group savings?
Yes, we offer two ways to enjoy group savings on many adventures in North America, including this one. Either bring a group of 10 and receive 10% off per person or opt for an eleventh person to go for free! Call our expert Trip Consultants on 800-974-0300 to discuss group savings options.
MT Sobek: Alaska Alsek River Rafting

Day: 1, duration: 1
Aspen Suites Hotel

The Aspen Suites Hotel is within walking distance to the charming downtown of Haines. Take a stroll along the water edge as you explore the quaint shops and restaurants. Each room offers modern amentities such as Wi-Fi and fully furnished kitchen.

Day: 2, duration: 4
MT Sobek Camp—Alsek River, Yukon, Canada

On each night of your Alsek adventure you will enjoy camping in spectacular spots right next to the river, often with views of glaciers. Included in our expedition-style trip are three-person four-season tents for every two people, plus Thermarest pads and fresh sleeping bags. At lunch and dinner time you will enjoy gourmet meals carefully prepared by the guides.

Day: 6, duration: 3
MT Sobek Camp—Alsek River, British Columbia, Canada

Your riverside camping experience includes nightly camps on the banks of Alsek River. Included in our expedition-style trip are four-season three-person tents for every two-people and includes a Thermarest pad and fresh sleeping bags. All camping spots are in spectacular locations right next to the river, with often views of glaciers. At lunch and dinner time you'll enjoy gourmet meals.

Day: 9, duration: 4
MT Sobek Camp—Alsek River, Alaska

Your riverside camping experience includes nightly camps on the banks of Alsek River. Included in our expedition-style trip are four-season three-person tents for every two-people and includes a Thermarest pad and fresh sleeping bags. All camping spots are in spectacular locations right next to the river, with often views of glaciers. At lunch and dinner time you'll enjoy gourmet meals.

MT Sobek: Alaska Alsek River Rafting

Bruce Keller
Bruce has guided international adventure travel trips on six different continents since 1988. His extensive Class 5 wilderness guiding experience includes rafting descents of the Zambezi, Coruh, Bio Bio, Omo, Chilkat, Kleheni, Tsirku, Copon, Alsek, Kongakut, Toulomne, Tatshenshini, Tugela, Katun, and Watut Rivers. His river experience has been rich in cultural, human, and wilderness values, having guided in every life zone on the planet. He feels this gives him the opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge and to provide a richer guest experience.





Kevin McDermott
Kevin —a.k.a. "Thirsty"—has been guiding since he was 17 years old and has been an integral part of MT Sobek's Arctic rivers program for decades. His laid-back manner puts everyone at ease, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Arctic rivers. Although he normally spends his winter months in Colorado's Telluride ski area, he has climbed Denali three times, reaching the summit in 2000. Thirsty is a legend in the MT Sobek circle and endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.





MT Sobek: Alaska Alsek River Rafting

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
MT Sobek: Alaska & Yukon Alsek River Rafting

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been a pioneer in Alaska adventure travel since 1972, always placing a strong emphasis on responsible travel practices that support local communities and protect the natural environment.

Reason #02

Praised by National Geographic Adventure, this spectacular 13-day rafting expedition features wilderness paddling, riverside camping, tasty meals, and tales told by seasoned guides around a crackling campfire.

Reason #03

Our Alsek trip is led by the most capable and knowledgeable guides on the river. Our crew has over 100 combined years of experience on Alaska rivers.

Activities

Spectacular Class II-IV rafting along the mighty Alsek River, extraordinary wildlife spotting, and riverside camping.

Lodging

After the first evening in a Jeffersonian style hotel, MT Sobek riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.

Climate

Enjoy long Alaska days, with potential rain & chilly winds near glaciers. Daytime 55°-65°F. Evenings 40°-55°F.

Will I need a passport?

We are making a border crossing into Canada, so you will need a passport as proof of nationality. Please check visa requirements for entering Canada if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen.

What if I do not have a sleeping bag or tent that will withstand Alaska weather?

MT Sobek provides synthetic sleeping bags, sleeping pads and expedition tents at no extra cost. We also provide rain gear, dry suits, and boots.

How does this trip compare to other long river trips, such as the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River?

The Alsek River is deep in the heart of the largest wilderness area in the world, and there are less than 200 people who raft this river annually. This is more of an expedition trip due to its remote wilderness.

What if it is rainy on the trip? Will be still be hiking and rafting each day?

Not necessarily. We can make adjustments to our itinerary if the weather is not cooperating. This means sleeping in, delaying departure from camp, or other adjustments. We carry a large group tarp with us that allows for rain shelter and our tents are expedition quality.

I’ve never been river rafting before. Is this trip too much for me?

Prior rafting experience is not essential. However, this trip is an expedition with wilderness camping, so being an active participant willing to be caught in variable weather with a positive attitude is a must.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.Are there any group savings?
Yes, we offer two ways to enjoy group savings on many adventures in North America, including this one. Either bring a group of 10 and receive 10% off per person or opt for an eleventh person to go for free! Call our expert Trip Consultants on 800-974-0300 to discuss group savings options.
About MT Sobek
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This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.