Five Day Explorer Itinerary
The five day hiking adventure is a wonderful treat for folks that are interested in a fairly in-depth sojourn in the high alpine areas of the Talkeetna Mountains. There are two possible ways to spend your time in the mountains. The first is to set off cross-country from your drop off point and spend five days exploring new terrain and country with each step you take toward your destination lake. The second way is to land at your destination lake and spend the next five days exploring the surrounding terrain each day traveling light, carrying only a day pack with camera, water bottle, lunch and spare gear. The significant difference, of course, is how we pack for these trips. Weight is not a concern if you are "day hiking" from your drop-off lake and conversely, very important if you are to carry your "house" on a cross-country trek.
Our five day treks launch off of Christiansen Lake in Talkeetna after an orientation at our home and base of operations. Your flight will take you right over the terrain where you will be spending your time in the field and offers you an opportunity to take some wonderful aerial photographs. It's great to compare later with the pictures taken while on the ground.
Once landed, if you chose to travel cross-country during your trek, then we would shoulder our packs and head off in the tundra toward a pre-selected camping spot a few miles away.
We usually make our camps 200 feet from the shorelines of lakes. They are all pristine, crystal clear, sparkling clean and a bit cold too!. Each morning after a delicious breakfast, we pack up our camp, don the backpacks and begin the days adventure; exploring wild country across the tundra to the next camp. There are no groomed trails, we walk the line of least resistance and usually follow game trails when they are prominent. We take plenty of breaks to enjoy the scenery or take photographs of wildlife or wildflowers or scramble up a knob to glass a hidden drainage for bears and caribou. The leisurely pace contributes substantially to your enjoyment of wandering in the wild tundra habitat.
At any moment your group can be surprised by wildlife. It can be a breath-taking grizzly bear or a curious fox barking from a granite boulder 100 yards away. Caribou are always on the move and often caught making circular passes around our group offering superb opportunities for magnificent photographs.
There are opportunities to fly-fish for the beautiful golden-finned char that inhabit the alpine tundra of south central Alaska. This can be the hottest fishing you might ever do. If we are lucky, we keep a trout to supplement the evening meal. Everyone enjoys these simple pleasures, available only through wilderness travel.
Denali Trekking Company will provide all tents and cooking equipment, including stoves, fuel, pots and pans. We provide excellent food for our guests. Our meals are savory and nutritious designed to support a body working in the mountains. Special dietary considerations are given to every guest. You will find us easy to work with in putting together a perfect meal plan. We encourage asking questions and would be more than happy to call you to discuss any aspect of this trip in full detail. Email has been a wonderful way for corresponding as well. We pride ourselves on our punctuality in responding to any and all email inquiries. We hope you join us for the adventure of a lifetime!