Alaska Packrafting Expeditions

This page shows the guided packrafting expeditions we offer in northern and southern Alaska. Our wilderness experts will ensure you a safe and enjoyable trip. Because of our Guides extensive knowledge of the backcountry we hope to inspire you to immerse yourself in this experiencing of Alaska.

Please Note: To take part in our packrafting expeditions, each participant is required to have some basic whitewater experience in either a packraft or kayak. If all whitewater sports are new to you, please consider one of our Packrafting Courses.

Please note: The number of participants for each expedition is limited to eight, so make your reservation for one of the trips shown below as soon as possible via email or phone. If you would like a customized trip or a personal guide please ask us.

Gear wise, you just need to bring your personal hiking equipment – we will provide all the boating gear such as packrafts (Alpacka Rafts in different sizes), drysuits, life vests and other essentials necessary for the floating portions of your trip. Also, you will use our excellent expedition tents (Hilleberg Kaitum 3) and backpacking stoves. After booking your trip, we will send you an email with all the necessary information you will need, including a gear list.

Our packrafting expeditions take place on several dates and at different locations. Please hover over the links below to view more details. Go to our FAQ page for more information. Remember that all hiking portions lead through trail less terrain unless otherwise noted.

If you are looking for a Packrafting Expedition in summer 2016, please contact us immediately.

 

Brooks Range: Lupine River to Happy Valley

Fast facts

  • 6 day expedition in Arctic Alaska
  • Moderate – difficult
  • Begin and end in Happy Valley Camp, AK
  • Dates:
    July 25 – 30, 2016
    August 12 – 17, 2016
  • Price: $1,849

This is our shortest and most relaxed Alaskan packrafting adventure. After spending a night in Happy Valley, our pilots will fly you to the Upper Lupine River. We will hike towards a pass and make camp on a stunning lake. The next day, we will enter the astonishing Ribdon River Valley – this is where we will fill our packrafts and begin floating. Approximately twenty miles downstream, the Ribdon River flows into the Sag River, by then we will have left the mountains behind; foothills and arctic tundra will surround us. On the last day, we will reach Happy Valley Camp and spend one more night there before taking you back to the Prudhoe Bay airport.

 

Alaska Range: Eureka Creek

Fast facts

  • 7 day expedition in Southcentral Alaska
  • Difficult
  • Begin and end in Anchorage
  • Dates:
    August 2 – 8, 2016
    August 17 – 23, 2016
  • Price: $2,299

Your trip begins from Anchorage. We pick you up and drive to McClaren Summit on the marvelous Denali Highway. From there, we hike to Sevenmile Lake and over a pass which brings numerous peaks and glaciers of the Alaska Range into view. One of these is Eureka Glacier. We will put our packrafts in at its meltwater, Eureka Creek, and float down the stream until it forms a canyon boasting class V rapids – of course we will portage this section. A few miles downstream, the creek joins the Delta River, which will eventually take us to the Richardson Highway where we will drive back to Anchorage.

 

Alaska Range: Chistochina River

Fast facts

  • 8 day expedition in Southcentral Alaska
  • Difficult
  • Begin and end in Anchorage
  • Dates:
    August 9 – 16, 2016
    August 24 – 31, 2016
  • Price: $2,549

This trip takes you to one of the most stunning locations in the entire Alaska Range! We start at Fielding Lake and hike east, passing several glaciers, streams and snow-covered mountains. Traversing the almost three mile wide Gakona Glacier moraine is one of the many highlights of this trip; entering the abandoned mining area near the Chistochina Glacier is another. After four hiking days, we put in at the Chistochina River and float through the landscape shaped by tundra, spruce trees and countless lakes until reaching the highway on our eighth day.

 

Brooks Range: Along the Sag River

Fast facts

  • 10 day expedition in Arctic Alaska
  • Difficult
  • Begin and end in Happy Valley Camp, AK
  • Dates:
    July 30 – August 8, 2016
    August 17 – 26, 2016
  • Price: $2,799

For this trip we will will start out driving south along the Dalton Highway until we reach a certain valley near Atigun Pass. We will hike into this valley until we reach a magnificent pass with an elevation over 5,500 feet. Our reward will be magnificent views of glaciers nearby. Down the other side, we will explore the valley of the Upper Sag River and begin floating downstream. The rafting will be leisurely most of time although there are some spots that need scouting first – each participant can decide whether to portage or raft these technical rapids. After the Atigun River joins the Sag, we will continue our float out of the Brooks Range. The valley opens up as we enter the foothills and the arctic tundra. Ultimately we continue our float back to Happy Valley.

 

Brooks Range: Ivishak Expedition

Fast facts

  • 12 day expedition in Arctic Alaska
  • Difficult
  • Begin and end in Happy Valley Camp, AK
  • Dates:
    August 6 – 17, 2016
    August 26 – September 6, 2016
  • Price: $3,699

Our Ivishak Expedition begins with a flight into the valley of the Upper Ribdon River. We will explore alpine terrain while hiking up to a pass which will lead us towards the Ivishak River. The hiking section, of this trip, will take us about four days. We will fill our packrafts and start floating down the river through an astonishing valley, surrounded by mountains and wildlife. A few times we will shoulder our backpacks and hike into a side valley or climb a hill for improved camping sites; adding variety to our rafting trip. After ten days in the wilderness the Ivishak flows into the Sag River; we continue our float back to Happy Valley where we spend the last night of our trip.

 

Talkeetna Mountains Traverse

Fast facts

  • 21 day expedition in Southcentral Alaska
  • Difficult – strenuous
  • Begin and end in Anchorage
  • Date:
    September 1 – 21, 2016
  • Price: $5,999

This is the longest and most demanding packrafting expedition Freedom Trips offers in the southern part of Alaska. We begin with a trail hike from Eureka on the Glenn Highway to the Little Nelchina River and continue towards Horsepasture Pass. We then enter the Talkeetna Mountains and hike over numerous plateaus, passes and through breathtaking valleys. On our twelfth hiking day, a bush plane will resupply us with a food drop and all the packrafting gear we need for floating the Talkeetna River the next day. After a 30 mile packrafting stretch, we take out and spend a few days hiking over another plateau. This brings us to the Big Susitna River. The Big Su makes for great packrafting and will ultimately bring us back to civilization in the village of Talkeetna.

 

Brooks Range: Eastern ANWR Traverse

Fast facts

  • 24 day expedition in Arctic Alaska
  • Strenuous – extreme
  • Begin and end in Happy Valley Camp, AK
  • Dates:
    August 10 – 31, 2016
  • Price: $7,499

The Eastern ANWR Traverse is our longest and most challenging packrafting expedition. It begins with a longer bush flight over the Brooks Range, all the way to the headwaters of the East Fork Chandalar River. From there, we will hike over the Continental Divide and into the valley of the Hulahula River which claims the range’s most challenging whitewater. It will be a fantastic float! In the first few days we will be surrounded by glacier-covered mountains and then the Arctic Flats, where we will take out east of the Saddlerochit Mountains. Plan to receive a resupply by air so that we will not need to carry food for the entire trip in our backpacks. We then hike across the tundra and into the beautiful Saddlerochit Mountains, ascend several passes and traverse a long, breathtaking valley until we reach the Canning River. There we again put in our packrafts and float to the mouth of the Canning River. After we explore the coast of the Arctic Ocean, our plane will pick us up and take us back to Happy Valley. To summarize: this expedition will allow you to experience all the magnificence and challenges the Alaskan Arctic has to offer.

 

 

Need a more custom experience? Check out our Custom Alaskan expeditions.