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Hiking the Talkeetna Mountains and Susitna Valley

9 Days/8 Nights -  Hiking the Talkeetna Mountains & Susitna Valley — Enjoy wilderness hiking amidst the spectacular scenery of the remote Talkeetna Mountains, views of the Alaska Range with Denali (Mt. McKinley),  with yaks to carry your gear.  Easy to moderate.

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 – Fly to Anchorage, then ground transfer to Talkeetna & overnight in a local hotel.

 

Day 2 – Meet your trip guides and fellow hikers at 8 a.m. for your orientation, then take a bush plane flight in to the Talkeetna Mountains to the hike starting point where your gear will be packed on to the yaks and the hiking will begin.  Spend the afternoon hiking and climbing to the tops of ridges that overlook the Susitna Valley and the Alaska Range.  Spend the evening with your fellow hikers and guides around the campfire.  (lunch and dinner)

 

Day 3 – The yaks are repacked and we begin hiking farther into the interior of the Talkeetna Mountains.  We hike across rolling tundra encountering thick patches of tasty, wild blueberries as we watch for bear, moose, caribou, and beaver.   Spend the evening around the campfire enjoying the comraderie and conversation. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 4 – This morning we trek up the valley, ascending to a pass with lakes and rocky outcrops where we set up camp.  This afternoon we summit the highest mountain in the area and are rewarded with unparalleled views of the Alaska Range, Talkeetna Mountains, and the vast Susitna Valley. We descend the peak and return to camp for the evening.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 5 – Today we traverse across the mountains, circling a valley with the Talkeetna River below, and crossing another pass before we descend into a remote lush valley where we will set up camp for the night. . (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 6 – After breakfast, we begin our ascent up a steep slope to a high pass with fabulous views of the Alaska Range.  We then trek down into a huge valley where we will camp on a lakeshore. 

 

Day 7 – Today we spend the day hiking in the same area, enjoying the spectacular scenery and looking for Dall Sheep and caribou.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 8 – This morning after breakfast, we break camp, bid goodbye to our yaks and fly back to Talkeetna for a celebratory farewell dinner.  Overnight in local hotel.

 

Day 9 – Ground transfer from Talkeetna to Anchorage airport in time for your evening flight back home.

 

 

INCLUSIONS & COSTS

 

Includes 1 night Talkeetna pre-trip accommodation, bush plane flight from Talkeetna to the starting point, 7 days hiking with full yak pack train support with 6 nights tented camping, all meals, all hiking guides, tents, 1 night Talkeetna post-trip accommodation, round trip Anchorage -Talkeetna shuttle transfers.  Group size minimum 4 persons. 

 

2008 costs were: USD $3,075 per person based on double occupancy  / USD $3,500 per person based on single occupancy. Price listed above is a reasonable expectation of land package costs only.

 

Not Included:

 

Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city

Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members

Travel insurance

 

2009 TRIP DATES

 

2009 Trip dates and costs will be available in October 2008.

 

October 1—12, 2008

December 24-January 9, 2008

 

Call 713-492-0179 for availability.