By Kayak in the bear country
Hiking- and Kayak tour – 10 days
Lake Clark National Park - Alyeska
From Anchorage by bush plane to Port Alsworth. First night in cabins at Port Alsworth. We then continue by floatplane to the lower twin lake. The supreme wilderness of Twin Lakes, located in the heart of Lake Clark National Park, is a wonderland of crystalline waters set beneath a rugged rim of mountains and vast tundra expanses. It’s home to various birds of prey, moose and caribou, Dall sheep, Black and Brown bears. Hike to the ―Death Valley‖. That’s how the locals call it. A guided tour where you can enjoy the nature and wilderness. We finish with a hiking tour in Alyeska, Alaska’s ski area and a boat tour in the glacier world in Prince William Sound.
Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage. Transfer to overnight. The afternoon on your own. Time for shopping, city tour.
Day 2: Today you’ll fly from Anchorage to Port Alsworth – one of the most stunning bush flights in Alaska. After meeting your guide, you’ll check into our lakeside lodge on Lake Clark, spend the afternoon hiking to Tanalian Falls, and finish the evening with an orientation/welcome dinner at the lodge.
Day 3: This morning you will load into a floatplane for the magnificent bush flight to Lower Twin. We’ll set up camp at the west end of Lower Twin Lake, assemble our kayaks and go for an afternoon hike. We’ll climb another Alaska watershed to a pass and enjoy spectacular views of Big Valley and the mountains surrounding Twin Lakes.
Day 4: After yet another great breakfast, we’ll load the kayaks and head up the shores of Lower Twin. We’ll spend the day kayaking, picnicking for lunch, and enjoy-ing the remote splendor of this special piece of Alaskan wilderness. As we head east toward the Upper Lake, the mountains will become more dramatic. We’ll scope the shore for wildlife and will make camp near the stream connecting upper and lower Twin Lakes by late afternoon.
Day 5: We’ll spend our day hiking in the high country that makes up the Beech Creek drainage above and to the south of our camp at the connecting stream. Our hike will take us through a mixed spruce woodland forest and up into a tundra car-peted watershed above the lake.
Day 5: The early dawn will greet us with more adventure and we’ll start is all by lin-ing our kayaks up the connecting stream. After a couple of hours of walking tour boats up the creek, we’ll be kayaking the azure waters of Upper Twin Lake. We’ll make our way over to the mouth of Emerson Creek and will set up camp. Day 7: Today we’ll paddle to Hope Creek and our camp for the final night. Alaska size peaks will dominate our panorama and the solitude of kayaking Upper Twin will en-trance us. Camping near the mouth of Hope Creek allows a short walk to Dick Proenneke’s cabin. After dinner, we’ll make our first visit to Proenneke’s cabin – his year-round home from 1968-98. We hope you feel Dick’s spirit as you wander about his property, admire is craftsmanship and imagine his existence so far from our modern world.
Day 7: Today we’ll paddle to Hope Creek and our camp for the final night. Alaska size peaks will dominate our panorama and the solitude of kayaking Upper Twin will entrance us. Camping near the mouth of Hope Creek allows a short walk to Dick Proenneke’s cabin. After dinner, we’ll make our first visit to Proenneke’s cabin – his year-round home from 1968-98. We hope you feel Dick’s spirit as you wander about his property, admire is craftsmanship and imagine his existence so far from our modern world. All Meals Included.
Lake Clark National Park
Day 8: Today we will break camp and await our floatplane pick-up. We’ll return to Port Alsworth on Lake Clark by early afternoon After showers and a celebratory lunch, we’ll tally up our wildlife sightings, and revel in the adventure that we will never forget. We’ll then pay an afternoon visit to the Lake Clark National Park visi-tor’s center. You’ll then board a charter flight to Anchorage. Transfer to overnight.
Anchorage to Alyeska
Day 9: Transfer von Anchorage to Alyeska. Alaska’s Skiarea. We will give you a plan to show the different hiking trails. Optional tour: By helicopter to the glacier. The huskies are waiting. Be your own musher. 2 nights in Alyeska.
Prince William Sound
Day 10: By train, the Alaska railroad to Whittier. Start the boat tour in Prince William Sound to the glacier world. You can also see the sea lion, eagle and seals. Lunch will be served on board. By train back to Alyeska.
End of the tour
Day 11: Transfer from Alyeska to Anchorage to the airport. For the flight back home. Or start one of our other tours.
Price per person from Anchorage. Double occupancy: $ 5,485.
Dates: Tour I: June 24. – July 4.; Tour II: August 19. - 29.
Included: Meeting at the airport; transfer to overnight; all group gear ( tents, stove, dry bags, etc.) all transfers; one night at the lodge in lake Clark. All meals from lunch on day 2 through lunch on day 8; storage on your extra travel items while in the field. All guided from day 2 – 8. 2 nights in Anchorage; 2 nights in Alyeska; boat tour Prince William Sound; train ride to Whittier.
Not included: meals, when not on the kayak tour; Optional tours; personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.) trip cancellation insurance; guide gratuities.