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T8: Guide's Choice Shangri-La Adventure

Tour Overview

Are you ready? This is a fun, active trip along Alaska’s “adventure corridor” and includes an exciting visit to McCarthy/Kennecott plus an awesome scenic flight in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and cruise through Prince William Sound. If you were to visit your old friends who live in Alaska – this is the trip they would take you on. No experience is needed – our guides are expert outdoor educators. All you need is to be in decent physical shape and have a good attitude (be ready for adventure)! This trip includes 3 nights of comfortable car-camping.

 

Optional – arrive early or stay after the trip for an independent visit to Denali National Park, the Arctic Circle, bear viewing areas, etc. (we can assist with your planning).

 

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Logistics

• Arrive Fairbanks (FAI) by 04:00 pm July 15th.

• Fly home from Anchorage (ANC) any time on or after July 22nd.

• Trip begins at 06:00 pm, July 15th, at our lodging in Fairbanks.

Highlights

• Off the beaten path itinerary (If you visited your old friend living in Alaska, this is the trip they would take you on)
• Tour begins in Fairbanks, Alaska’s Golden Heart City
• Scenic drive through the eastern Alaska Range – Alaska’s “Adventure Corridor”
• Comfortable camping near a glacier in the Alaska Range
• Day hike to a glacier
• Travel to remote McCarthy in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
• Fascinating history of the J.P. Morgan and Guggenheim controlled “Alaska Syndicate”, their incredible Kennecott Copper mines, and their ill-fated railroad along the Copper River
• Explore Kennecott mine area
• Great views of the 5,000 foot Stairway Icefall (where the glaciers spill over massive cliffs)
• Day hike with crampons (foot spikes) on the Root Glacier
• Jaw-dropping flight seeing trip over glaciers and massive peaks
• Drive over dramatic Thompson Pass and through waterfall-lined Keystone Canyon to Valdez
• Amazing sea kayaking trip to Shoup Glacier
• Kayak past a colony of 20,000 sea birds.
• Cruise on the Alaska State Ferry across Prince William Sound
• Experience Whittier, which is weird even by Alaskan standards
• Pass through a 3 mile one-way railroad tunnel through a mountain
• Drive along Turnagain Arm – on the boundary between sea and mountains
• Tour concludes in Anchorage, Alaska’s only major city

Optional Activities

Anchorage Optional Tours and Activities

 

Bicycle along Anchorage’s Coastal Trail - $15+
Rent a mountain bike and helmet and explore Anchorage’s fabulous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet.

 

Alaska Native Heritage Center - $24.95
Experience and learn about the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of our elders, and the traditions that endure.

 

Knik Glacier Tour - $100
Fly over the water on an airboat upriver to the Knik Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in south central Alaska. See icebergs and the face of the glacier, before returning to civilization.

 

Float-plane Glacier flight Seeing Tour - $235
Take an exciting float-plane flight over the rugged Chugach Mountains to see glaciers and look for moose. Flying time about 1.5 hours.


Fly-out Bear Viewing Tour - $595
Depart from Lake Hood, the busiest float plane airport in the world for a scenic flight across Cook Inlet to Redoubt Bay. Your naturalist guides will take you in a covered pontoon boat through a chain of lakes where spawning salmon attract numerous brown and black bears. This half day trip includes lunch.

 

 

Fairbanks Optional Tours


Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center – Free!
This fabulous facility includes the Fairbanks Visitor Bureau, the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and Tanana Chiefs Cultural programs. Stop here first for visitor information, beautiful displays and dioramas, plus cultural events.

 

Arctic Circle Drive Adventure - $189
Guided ground tour up to the Arctic Circle and back

 

Arctic Circle Air Adventure - $389 (7pm) or $419 (1pm)
Scenic flight north of the Arctic Circle to the rugged Brooks Range. Enjoy a fascinating tour of Wiseman an very remote gold mining community.

 

Anaktuvuk Pass Adventure - $499
Amazing scenic flight north of the Arctic Circle through the Brooks Range to the native village of Anaktuvuk Pass (in the heart of Gates of the Arctic National Park). Learn about the history and culture of these rugged people – the only inland Inupiaq Eskimos.

 

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T8: Guide's Choice Shangri-La Adventure

Day 1 - Thursday, July 15 - D

Arrive in Fairbanks by 4pm today. Plan to arrive earlier if you need to buy outdoor clothing or supplies in Fairbanks. Take a taxi to our lodging in downtown Fairbanks.

 

• 06:00 pm Meet the group and discuss the trip over a glass of wine at our comfortable lodging
• 07:30 pm Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - Friday, July 16 - Meals included today: B, L, D

The adventure to the spectacular Alaska Range begins! The Alaska Range includes Denali (Mt. McKinley); however, on this trip we explore the quiet eastern Alaska Range that is a popular wilderness playground for local mountain climbers, but is virtually unknown by tourists. We will follow the Richardson Highway to Valdez – this route is known as the “adventure corridor” because this vast, seldom visited area offers endless adventures! No wonder it is a favorite of your guides.

 

• 08:00 am Breakfast at lodging
09:00 am Depart Fairbanks, scenic drive through the Tanana Valley (this large glacial river is one of the largest tributaries of the Yukon River)
• Picnic lunch in the Alaska Range
• Afternoon day hike
• Scenic camp near the Canwell Glacier

Day 3 - Saturday, July 17 - B, L

Wake up and pinch yourself as you look around and marvel at our incredible surroundings – the dramatic mountains of the Alaska Range.

After a hot breakfast, we pack up camp and head south through the scenic Copper River valley. If the skies are clear, we will enjoy dramatic views of the massive volcanoes of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on our way to the coastal Chugach Mountains and the community of Valdez. Mt Sanford is 16,000 ft., Mt. Wrangell is 14,000 ft., and Mt. Drum is 12,000 ft. We head east to the Community of Chitina Alaska, where we cross the mighty Copper River and take the rugged McCarthy Road east into the vast Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (the USA’s largest national park).

 

The charming, historic community of McCarthy was the local town that grew up to support the nearby J.P. Morgan and Guggenheim owned Kennicott copper mine. We will meet Neil the ‘gay mayor’ of McCarthy and settle into this fun town.

Day 4 - Sunday, July 18 - B, L

Today we head up the trail (by van shuttle) to Kennicott, the richest copper deposit ever discovered (developed/exploited by the “Alaska Syndicate” a.k.a., J.P. Morgan and the Guggenheims). We will meet our local guides, get suited up with crampons and head out on the ice of the massive Root Glacier! Afterwards we can explore the historic mine buildings of Kennicott.

Day 5 - Monday, July 19 - B, L, D

The coast calls us, so we today we depart McCarthy and head to coastal Valdez. While your guide drives the rough McCarthy Road back to Chitina, Guests will enjoy the jaw dropping scenery of the park from a bird’s perspective with an amazing small plane flight back to Chitina.

 

We will rendezvous in Chitina and head south through the coastal Chugach mountains to Valdez. In case you have not had your fill of glaciers (your guides never tire of glaciers - perhaps why they love living in Alaska) we will stop at the road-side Worthington Glacier to stretch our legs and for some fun photo-ops. Next we head over dramatic Thompson Pass and down into Valdez. Tonight we camp at the Glacier Campground.

Day 6 - Tuesday, July 20 - B, L, D

Today’s schedule will be determined by the tides – we are going sea kayaking! We will take a water taxi from Valdez out to Shoup Bay. We need to time the tides right to paddle into the inner lagoon of Shoup Bay where steep glacial carved walls, the Shoup Glacier, and a colony of 10,000 sea birds await us!!

Day 7 - Wednesday, July 21 - B, L, D

Next we head to Anchorage for the conclusion of our adventure together. But the fun is not over yet! To get there we will take a cruise through fabulous Prince William Sound on the Alaska State Ferry. The ferry trip ends in Whittier, which as we say, is weird even by Alaskan standards. You will have to experience Whittier to understand this, but for starters, most of the town is in one 14 story building! To get out of Whittier, we will drive through a one way (at a time) Railroad tunnel that is three miles long.


11:15 am Stage for Ferry departure
12:15 pm MV Chenega departs Valdez – watch for orcas, sea lions, birds, and ice bergs!
• 03:00 pm Arrive Whittier
• Drive through Whittier Tunnel
• Visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
• Farewell Dinner in Anchorage
• End of guided portion of Out in Alaska Trip 9
• Optional drinks together at Mad Myrna’s bar

Day 8 - Thursday, July 22 – D

Breakfast at our lodging
Fly home any time today or extend your trip with planning help from Out in Alaska.

 

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T8: Guide's Choice Shangri-La Adventure

Date

July 15 - 22

Price

$2675 per person, double occupancy

($2975 single)

 

Optional activities

• Here comes an additional activity

 

This trip includes

• Accommodations: 4 nights of comfortable lodging (Bed and Breakfasts). 3 nights of comfortable car camping.
• Transportation: All ground and boat transportation during the trip (Airport transfers are not included).
• Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners (alcoholic beverages and espresso drinks not included at restaurant meals).
• Equipment: Use of Out in Alaska’s high quality tents, sleeping bags, sleeping bags, dry bags, rain jacket, rain pants, rental kayaks, and group camping gear. See the Packing list for this trip for more information.
• Taxes: All local taxes are included.

 

Items of a personal nature are not included.
Gratuities (For hotel maids, guides, etc. ) are not included.

 

All information subject to change due to weather, current conditions, road closures, or other reasons!

 

For more information and to inquire about a trip contact us: (907) 374-9958 or info@outinalaska.com


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