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Custom - CHAMPS Alaska trip

Destination: South Central Alaska

THIS CUSTOM TRIP IS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Join us in a journey from Alaska's Golden Heart city, Fairbanks, to its largest, Anchorage, along the historic Parks Highway. Along the way, we'll soak in therapeutic hot springs, hike through boreal forests and over alpine tundra, raft a white-water river, and explore unique Alaska treasures, not least of which is Denali National Park and its abundant wildlife. During our week we will discover the wide diversity of Alaska's natural beauty and meet a few of its characters along the way.

Highlights

  • Hiking diverse trails in Alaska's interior, to passes, overlooks, lakes, and panoramic views
  • Visiting spectacular Denali National Park and quirky Talkeetna
  • Seeing an amazing diversity of wildlife, including moose, bear, Dall sheep, caribou, and bald eagles
  • Soaking in famous Chena Hot Springs

Inclusions

  • 1 - 3 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • 8 nights double occupancy lodging
  • All activities on the itinerary unless specified as optional at additional cost
  • All meals from dinner the first day through breakfast the last with the exception of one lunch and dinner as specified on the itinerary
  • All transport within Alaska
  • National Park Entrance fees

Not included: Airfare to Fairbanks or from Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, one dinner and one lunch, guide gratuities, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.

Details

This trip is designed for women in good health and physical condition who want to see Alaska. We have designed the itinerary to minimize time in the van and all activities are moderate. The rating for this trip is a 2, but at the highest level of 2. While the activities are moderate, some of the hiking is on uneven footing and with significant changes in elevation. This rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 4 days a week for 45 minutes. Rating: 1 [2] 3 4 5.

On this trip we combine hiking, whitewater rafting, and searching for wildlife that, in Alaska, is distinctly wild. We will combine time in Denali National Park, the best known of Alaska's National Parks, with excursions into some of its hidden corners.

With the exception of the last night at Hampton Inn, we will be staying at several different family run lodges and hotels in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. All are clean, comfortable, and will give you a feel for the real Alaska.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Arrive to Anchorage, Alaska. By area, Anchorage is one of the largest cities in the U.S., encompassing 1,961 square miles – nearly the size of the state of Delaware. With a population of around 300,000, Anchorage is Alaska's largest city and home to more than 41 percent of the state's population. Although the sun technically sets for about three hours on this day, it never really gets dark. You may find yourself exploring long past your bedtime! Meet at the Hampton Inn at 5pm for introductions and orientation. Group dinner together tonight at 6:30 pm. D
DAY 2
Load up the vans after breakfast and head for the quirky town of Talkeetna that lies at the confluence of 3 rivers. Along the way we will visit one of the Alaska's hidden jewels: Hatcher Pass. (Drive time approximately 90 minutes). Home to a historic gold mine, Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass offers splendid opportunities for hiking in alpine tundra while gawking at rugged mountains, glacial erratics, and lichen- covered boulders left behind when the glaciers receded. We'll enjoy a picnic during our hike, and then continue our drive. (Remaining drive time 90 minutes). Tonight’s dinner is on your own, a great chance to check out the quaint downtown (which sits on the registry of National Historic Places) This unique (even by Alaskan standards) community is home to festivities such as the annual Moose Dropping Festival (no moose are harmed) and the Bachelor Auction and Ball (presumably no bachelors are harmed). B, L
DAY 3
Free day in Talkeetna to explore. Optional activities (Examples: Flightseeing tours, river rafting, sport fishing, boat tours, local artisan shops, Museum of Northern Adventure). B
DAY 4
After breakfast we’ll pack up our belongings and drive toward Mckinley. While en route, we will take a break to hike through the alpine tundra on Little Coal Creek Trail. Here we may get our first opportunity to glimpse Denali. Hiking time: approximately 3 hours. Drive time: 2 hours total B, L, D
DAY 5
Hike Mt. Healy Overlook trail which offers a sweeping view of the park’s entrance. Hiking distance: 4.5 miles round trip. Afterwards we’ll explore Denali National Park visitors’ center. The visitors' center and Murie Science Center can teach us a great deal about the area's history, geology, plants, and animals. Hiking time: 4 hours. B, L, D
DAY 6
Continue exploring the wonders of Denali National Park with a scenic bus tour. Be on the lookout for stunning wildlife! B, L, D
DAY 7
Bid farewell to the “Great One” and hit the road toward Fairbanks with lunch along the way. In the afternoon we will visit the Museum of the North at the University of Fairbanks. Then we’ll head to the hot springs for some much-deserved relaxation. B, L, D
DAY 8
We'll spend the day in the vicinity of Chena Hot Springs, so there will be ample opportunity to enjoy the heat before breakfast and after we hike. We'll earn our picnic lunch by hiking up to explore the rugged beauty of the granite tors on Angel Rocks Trail. Depending on the weather, this trail may give us options for a 4-mile loop hike or a longer, more strenuous 8-mile hike back to Chena Hot Springs. If you still have energy at the end of the day, there may be time to go for a horseback ride or ATV ride at the hot springs. Hiking distance: 4 or 8 miles. B, L, D
DAY 9
After an early breakfast and maybe a final soak, we’ll pack up for Fairbanks airport. Our trip ends in the Golden Heart of Alaska, Fairbanks. B

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  1. Where do we eat?

    Most of your meals will be at your lodging or at restaurants where you can order off the menu; the guides will prepare some of the meals. Most lunches will be packed lunches or picnic style.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    We can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-intolerant although we can not guarantee a completely gluten-free diet, if we know well in advance. If you're severely allergic or if you have other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register. If you're vegan, you may want to bring some additional protein bars.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we'll pair you up with someone and then switch roommates every time we switch lodging.
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