Prince William Sound - Harriman Fjord ("Little Glacier Bay")
This fjord is a place of spectacular beauty and diversity that was only discovered 100 years ago. Numerous peaks of the Chugach Range rise from the ocean to over 9,000 feet above us. From these lofty peaks, five stunning glaciers descend into the sea. We begin outside the fjord and paddle in, letting the wonders unfold before us.
We spend a day at a beach we call "Thunder Camp" that overlooks the confluence of Cascade, Barry, and Cox glaciers. The sight and thundering sound of huge icebergs falling into the sea is a never to be forgotten experience
Plus - Six Days of Incredible Base-Camp Hiking
Paradise Lakes in The Chugach Mountains have it all! There are towering mountains, glaciers, crystalline lakes, tundra and forest. There is the possibility of seeing caribou, bear, moose, wolves and dall sheep.
Your destination is Upper Paradise Lake, a 45-minute floatplane ride from Anchorage. The ridges and valleys that surround the lake make for some great hiking! We fly in by float plane - an incredible experience in itself.
"On our trip with Outdoor Discoveries to Alaska we experienced a part of this planet that is unique, vast, remote & absolutely beautiful. One of the highlights for me was kayaking up to calving glaciers, it truly takes your breath away. The out of the way places we ventured into were serene, beautiful & with a "guaranteed" Bald Eagle, Bear Seal or Otter just around the next corner. The Campsites had million dollar views, the tucker was good and plentiful & the coffee, well the coffee, as the aroma wafted across the campsite at the break of dawn was something to die for. It was an unforgettable, thoroughly enjoyable holiday that I would highly recommend." - John Dwyer, 2003
We have negotiated special prices with local operators and accommodation to bring you this incredible tripat the exceptional value for US$3100.00 within Alaska. Flights to Alaska cost approximately $875.00+tax.
This trip has been designed specifically with Kiwis and Canadians in mind. With the DIY culture that we have, and the "mucking in" approach to traveling, we call this an Escorted Trip - your trip leader(s) are there to provide safety and to organise logistics - not to provide a running commentary or to pamper! We have found that Kiwis and Canadians prefer it this way.
ALASKA: Basic Itinerary
Day 1: Depart Vancouver and arrive Anchorage (or meet in Anchorage) - hotel accommodation.
Day 2: Take an awesome float plane flight into Upper Paradise Lake in the Chugach Mountains.
Days 2-7: Relax and unwind with 5 days of basecamp hiking around the lake area. We set up a base camp and have options of short or long hikes or relaxing with a book or checking your eyelids for holes. If conditions and the group are agreeable, we transfer our camp to the ridge above the tree line where the views are outstanding!
Day 7: Fly back to Anchorage for a shower and hotel.
Day 8: Explore Anchorage under your own steam.
Day 8-9: Travel to Whittier to begin the kayaking trip to Prince William Sound.
Days 9-19: Kayaking from Whittier into Prince William Sound and spectacular Harriman Fjord. The days, unfortunately, just fly by with the stunning scenery, wildlife and experiences.
Day 19: An early boat trip from Harriman Fjord to Whittier and return to Anchorage. Showers and final dinner.
Days 19-21: Travel back to Vancouver
Cost within Alaska US$3100.00 includes all accommodation, food (except in Anchorage) and travel. Air travel from Vancouver can be arranged by Hoodoo Adventures if required.
Maximum number of clients 8.
Trip Leader: Chris Gulley
Chris has been visiting Alaska since 2001 and, as well as exploring the areas this trip goes to, has visited the outer Prince William Sound and Gates of the Arctic National Park. He has been kayaking for over 20 years and adventuring for most of that time too. In 1992 he walked the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast of the US and in 1995 hiked, kayaked and mountain biked the length of NZ. He started Outdoor Discoveries in 1995. His passion for the outdoors and for empowering people through outdoor experiences is inspiring.