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Alaska Rafting on the Tatshenshini River

11 Days $6495
Trip Highlights
  • Scenic drive up the Alaska Highway
  • Alaska rafting in Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness
  • See grizzlies, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves and eagles
  • Float through massive icebergs in Alsek Bay
  • Spectacular flight back to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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Departure Dates

June 6; August 14, 29

Meeting Place
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory


Deposit: $1000
Additional Costs: 5% GST

River Rating Minimum Age
Class II - III13
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Deep in the Alaskan wilderness, the Tatshenshini River lays at the heart of the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, encompassing over 27 million acres and five U.S. and Canadian parks and preserves. Bound by two towering mountain ranges — the Alsek and St. Elias — the Tatshenshini is a river forgotten by time. The rafting trip begins in a lake of ice flows, and then runs toward the ocean, merging with the Alsek River. This one-of-a-kind adventure then leads onto a glacier of moraines and frozen falls and finally into the shadows of ship-sized icebergs and the terminus of Alsek Bay.

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  • Following a 2.5-hour shuttle up the Alaska Highway, our Tatshenshini River rafting adventure begins with a number of lively Class III rapids through the Tatshenshini Gorge and a spectacular view of quintessential Alaskan wilderness that few have seen
  • Each day the scenery gets increasingly spectacular as mountains rise to 8000 feet and glaciers hang from every slope
  • See bear, moose, goats and perhaps wolves in the Alaska wilderness
  • Campsite vistas span the broad expanse of the Tatshenshini and Alsek river valleys, flanked by more than 50 different glaciers
  • Visit Walker Glacier, so named by rafters because of the ease of walking onto this glacier close to the river shore
  • Pass through several different mountain ranges and enter Alsek Lake. The unforgettable sights and sounds of the seven-mile-wide Alsek and Grand Plateau Glaciers with their mammoth icebergs inspire an instant appreciation of this ruggedly magnificent country
  • View the St. Elias Mountains, the largest concentration of high peaks in North America, including snow-capped 15,300-foot-high Mount Fairweather
  • Float through the iceberg-laden waters of Alsek Bay while exploring the mysterious shapes and patterns cut from the fallen ice
  • Enter Dry Bay and enjoy a final lunch before boarding the plane for the scenically spectacular flight back to Whitehorse and the conclusion of our Tatshenshini River trip

Our Tatshenshini River trips are run by an affiliate company and arranged through O.A.R.S. International, Inc.

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“[Our guides] did everything possible to make our trip enjoyable and safe. Hikes were geared to the level of our small group. Mark was very knowledgeable about the geological history of the Tatshenshini-Alsek watershed. We had unusually good weather, which further enhanced our experience. And the meals were exceptional!”
Susan B Wood ~ Cambridge, MA

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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