12-14 Day Alsek River Expedition

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12-14 Day Alsek River Expedition

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Alsek River Expedition

12-14 Day Alsek River Expedition

The Alsek River expedition embodies all of the elements of a genuine “Far North” adventure as it flows through a huge pristine ice age wilderness of stark, but exquisite beauty. From seemingly endless vistas, to narrow canyon views, visitors experience a landscape created by advancing and receding glaciers and continual scouring by the silt-laden river. Wildlife is abundant, including bears, wolves, foxes, wolverines, moose, mountain goats, tundra swans, and eagles. Wildflowers grow profusely along the river banks, adding color and softness to the glaciated terrain. The expedition starts in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory, flows through the Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in British Columbia, and concludes at Dry Bay in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park.

The first part of the trip occurs in open country that invites hiking and exploration. Before emptying into Lowell Lake the river picks up speed.  In Lowell Lake we raft among floating icebergs before running the river’s biggest rapid, Lava North. Below Lava North, the Alsek winds its way to the surging Tweedsmuir Glacier, where the huge river is constricted into a narrow canyon with rapids too big for our rafts. After a helicopter portage of people and equipment, the journey continues to the confluence with the Tatshenshini River. At this point, the Alsek is more than a mile wide with several braided channels. Continuing on from the confluence, we stop to hike on Walker Glacier and spend a day rowing among the icebergs on Alsek Lake before arriving at our Dry Bay take-out. The expedition originates in Haines, Alaska, and ends at Dry Bay with a bush flight to Yakutat, Alaska, followed by a commercial airline flight to Juneau.

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About the Raft

About the Raft​ used for the 12-14 Day Alsek River Expedition

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We use 18′ rowing rafts on our Alsek River Expedition. Each raft accommodates 4 passengers and is rowed by a licensed guide.

Guests are encouraged to rotate between rafts so they get acquainted with other passengers and the entire crew. The guides will give instructions for when the boats go through the rapids.


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Camping and Dining on the 12-14 Day Alsek River Expedition

Our meals consist of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. They are nutritious and delicious. Although we do not serve a “vegetarian” menu, we do provide enough fresh produce and non-meat items that most vegetarian dieters get along fine for the week they are on the river.

We are willing to try and help with special diet requests, but if your food options are very restrictive or require extra time or preparations we may not be able to accommodate you. Please give us a call to discuss your particular diet needs. We may suggest that you bring some of your own food items to supplement our menu.

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Our group rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was such a positive experience from reservation to the take-out. Our rafting adventure was so well-coordinated and we felt confident in our delightful crew from the first rapid to the last. Delicious meals, great conversations, challenging hikes, and yummy desserts. The crew checked in with us regularly to make sure we were comfortable and were accommodating for various levels of abilities. We even had poetry read to us each morning before we started our day. Would I go again? Absolutely! Would there be a few things I would do differently? Absolutely! Less personal items (you won't be shampooing as often as you think), less clothing, and a few more layering pieces. Overall, this was truly a trip of a lifetime.
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I would just like to let you know how much we enjoyed our rafting trip! It was such a spectacular, once in a lifetime trip. Your staff should be commended. Their knowledge of the river and compassion is exceptional. They made this the most amazing trip that we have ever taken. I cannot possibly thank you entire crew enough.
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I knew you were an original family run company and I think it showed. It was also part of the reason I chose your group when I started doing the research, as you were always so quick and helpful with your email replies. I figured it was likely to carry through to other parts of your company and it clearly does!
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First to let you know that we had an exceptional trip through Desolation Canyon with Sybrena and her crew. Our guides made everyone so comfortable. From my wife sleeping under the stars, to daughter and grandkids challenging the rapids in the duckies. Could not have asked for more. Once again you (CRATE) exceeding my expectations.
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You are all terrific professionals and CRATE is a first-class operations. After 3 Grand Canyon, 1 Cataract, and 1 Desolation trip with CRATE over the years, you’re clearly my go-to outfitter, and I will continue to talk CRATE and the western rivers and canyons up with all my friends in the northeast.
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