This is a unique and remote wilderness adventure, as we will be dropped off and picked up by a bush plane that lands on the river bar. Our flight in takes us to the lake at the toe of the Nizina Glacier, surrounded by ice-capped peaks and rocky crags. The lake itself is full of icebergs, some as large as a house. We will spend the first day hiking and rowing around the lake and exploring the wonders of ice and rock. From here we head downriver for four more days of hiking and rafting. After floating the spectacular Nizina Canyon on the last day, we pull out, pack up, and a bush plane carries us back to McCarthy.
The towering Chugach, Wrangell, and St. Elias mountain ranges are all found in this largest national park and they serve as the backdrop to this classic Alaska expedition. In addition, sparkling side rivers, rare and fascinating geology, good wildlife viewing opportunities, idyllic riverside camp sites and classic natural history will fill your senses. Those seeking a medium length Alaska white water rafting trip into a place less traveled should consider this trip!
- Bush plane flight deep into the park
- Glacial lake with giant icebergs
- Mile-high cliffs with waterfalls
- Moderate to strenuous hiking opportunities
- Class III Nizina Canyon