This classic example of adventure/ exploring is a traverse of high alpine terrain in the Talkeetna Mountains. Grizzly Bears and caribou are often spotted. Over fifty species of wildflowers dot the landscape. Migratory birds, some arriving from as far away as South America, nest in the taiga.
The most awe inspiring sensation of all…walking through the hall of the mountains!…is yours each and every day. At the end of this trip you’ll be rewarded with the pride of accomplishment, a kinship with the wilderness, ever-lasting impressions of raw natural beauty and newfound
- quintessential mountain traverse by foot, glacial scraped, alpine terrain, roadless wilderness
- superb wildlife viewing opportunity, cross the paths of grizzly, black bear, caribou and wolf
- explore different country everyday, includes a ridge romp with breathtaking landscapes
- challenging routes with seven days of magnificent backpacking, highest rated trip
COST: $2250 per person (includes all flights into and out of the mountains)
DATES: June 27 – July 3,
July 11 – July 17,
August 15 – August 21
(Custom Dates Available for September)
GROUP: Maximum 4. Maximum 4.
Best Guide-to-Guest Ratio in Alaska!
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Difficult
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Live! Learn! Laugh! Love! Hike!
“Jaw-Drop Lake is what they ought to call this place.”
Dr. J, Toledo OH
“Wow, this is what I was dreaming about.”
Annie B, Walla Walla WA
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Odyssey Trek Itinerary
Day 1 – On the morning of departure we will meet at our house in Talkeetna at 9am for an orientation program that includes an examination of all your equipment, selecting and packing your food, your tent and your share of community gear. We enjoy snacks and drinks and encourage questions and conversation. We have been practicing “No Trace” camping techniques for 20 years. It is an important part of traveling through the fragile alpine zones we traverse. We also use small aircraft for access into these remote lakes and safety in and around them is essential. It’s easy stuff that everyone needs to be made aware of.
Our flights out are scheduled for around noon. We drive to the float plane lake 20 minutes before departure. The flight in will be anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes, giving us plenty of time to set up camp, get settled in and maybe get a quick hike in before dinner that evening.
Day 2 & 3: Tundra walking and amazing scenery
Day 2 – After breakfast, we partake in a day hike outing, exploring the mountains in the immediate area. This light-duty jaunt with near empty packs helps to familiarize everyone with tundra walking and acts as a good introduction to the surface you’ll be walking over in the next seven days. The scenery is absolutely stunning, jagged face peaks punch into the skyline and are reflected on the surface of the lake. You’ll be delighted to see the variety and vivid colored wildflowers growing in some sparse looking country. If we’re lucky we’ll see a Dall Sheep, Caribou or maybe a Grizzly Bear. This is very rugged country and their home. We head back to camp in the early evening and have dinner. Evening strolls with your guide are relaxing.
Day 3 – Early breakfast, break camp, pack-up and off we go across a wide alpine valley to a point just shy of crossing our first mountain pass. It’s a gorgeous setting at the edge of a brilliant emerald tarn, Honey Lake. There’s a nice knob 20 minutes from camp for glassing for animals after dinner. It’s always a good idea to stretch your legs without your backpack before hitting the sack. You may be rewarded with an awesome sighting, Wolverine 100 yards away!
Day 4-7: Heading to the mountains for hikes and views of the Alaska Range
Day 4 – We head up and over a notch in the chain of mountains in front of us. The descent is tricky and we travel cautiously. At the base is a bubbly creek with delicious water and home to a few pair of Rosy finches and some beautiful wildflowers. This day we’ll make about 5 miles including two descents of 3 to 4 hundred feet each. Our camp is set up in a large bowl on the shore of another pristine lake near the crown of the mountains.
Day 5 – Lazy morning, our last day in the high alpine area of the trek. We climb over a rolling ridge and head through a long pass and a slow descent into the upper “lakes” region of our route. Views of the Alaska Range and Talkeetna Mountains are superb and fantastic. This leg of the trek spans an area excellent for viewing wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Caribou, Black Bears and Wolves.
Day 6 – Continued descent into lower lakes region. Skirting a few lakes with nesting waterfowl, there are an abundance of wildflowers and views of the lower riparian zones, 1000′ below us. It will be our first encounter with alder bushes and willows, home of the Alaskan Moose. This camp is on the shores of a great lake for swimming, a long narrow Beaver pond, Hourglass Lake.
Day 7 – Rolling hills with less tundra and more grassy meadows interspersed with small copses of spruce trees, again, excellent views of the Alaska Range with Denali dominating the horizon. The prehistoric call of Sandhill Cranes can be heard or the honking of Trumpeter Swans. Last day of 5 mile hiking and reaching the terminus lake by evening. There may be an opportunity for a great, two hour hike up to the top of “Medicine Hat” knob. Excellent views of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the glacier fed Talkeetna River winding it’s way down to the confluence with the Susitna River. Pick-up is at 6:30pm for the flight home and our guests will overnight at one of the Lodges, hotels or B&B’s in the area.
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Outcomes and Take-aways from your
Denali Trekking Experience
We hope you join us for the adventure of a lifetime!