Hike, paddle and explore the Chugach Mountains!
The Tebay Lakes chain is a well-kept secret of locals, a remote and stunning location of an enormous lake-filled valley encircled by the dramatic Chugach Mountains. Shining brilliant blue-green, the serene water of these giant lakes reflects the hanging glaciers, brushy slopes and the rocky summits of the peaks above. Deep in the backcountry, this area is seldom frequented in the summer and holds almost countless opportunities for exploration and side-hikes along the seemingly endless shoreline. Islands dot the lake and make for epic picnic spots in this mountain dreamscape.
Total Elevation Gain/Loss
Private 2 Participants
Private 3-6 Participants
Private 3-6 Participants
This trip is only offered on a Private Trip basis. Book the dates that look best to you or schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator to plan your Private Trip today!
The “Alaska Factor”
There is a reason Alaska has such a rugged allure for the lower 48 and beyond: it is still wild! This raw and untamed landscape offers our clients the opportunity to authentically pioneer new territory and have real adventures. Part of embracing the “Alaska Factor” is understanding that things may not always go as planned and expecting the unexpected. Water levels might rise, snow might fall, glaciers may shift and move – the landscape is dynamic and unpredictable is what makes Alaska, Alaska!
All of our trips are customized as they unfold and your guide will fluidly make decisions based on weather, logistics, and group dynamics to maximize each day’s experience. There can be quite a bit of variation, but on each trip we promise a big slice of the real Alaska and authentic adventure!
Meeting with your guide in the morning, you’ll head to the airstrip for your 45-50min flight South to the Chugach Mountains. An extended flight tour sets the scene and gives you a sense of scale as you weave through the mountains to the lake-filled valley bellow. Upon landing, you’ll pick the perfect spot to set up your camp for the next few days of wilderness adventure. Take the boats out for an afternoon of paddling and exploration!
You hear the sound of water gently lapping at the shore as you wake up to the smell of hot coffee and the refreshing mountain air fills your lungs – you’re ready for a day of adventure! Perhaps you’ll choose to hike a few miles to a large waterfall, schwack and scramble to get some high-elevation views or maybe you’ll see how far you can paddle across the turquoise waters, choosing your favorite island for a wilderness picnic lunch. At camp tonight, you’ll enjoy another delicious dinner prepared by your guide and the stillness of a backcountry evening.
Waking up today, you’ll be ready to make the most out of your final day in the backcountry. Explore, relax, hike, take photos, do whatever you came to do! You’ll have most of the day to soak in the backcountry magic before you hear the familiar sound of a bushplane – your pick up is here! Have your camera ready for the beautiful flight through early alpinglow as you make your way back to McCarthy.
All the pictures and descriptions sound amazing! How do I know what’s right for me? Here are some things to think about when selecting a trip:
What is my #1 goal for this adventure? Do I want to relax and get away from a hectic schedule? Do I want to push myself on an epic and athletically challenging journey? Create life-long memories with my family or partner? Learn skills from the experts and grow my scope as a mountain athlete? See new landscapes and experience Alaska’s unique glaciated terrain?
What are my interests? Birding, animals, photography, geology, wildflowers, journaling, athleticism, spirituality, art, technical climbing, etc.
Will this trip be part of a bigger Alaska trip? Where else am I going and what else will I see? Our glaciated terrain, history, high-altitude peaks, and vast backcountry wilderness are what set us apart from other areas in Alaska.
What am I comfortable with at my current level of knowledge, experience, and physical and mental ability? Alaska is bigger and tougher than anything in the lower 48 and it’s a great place to push yourself, but you want to be realistic and make sure you have a good foundation to build upon if reaching for higher heights.
We pride ourselves on cooking healthy and delicious meals even under the most adverse conditions! Your exact menu will depend on the trip, your guide, and the dietary preferences/restrictions you list in your Trip Application. No matter what kind of cook your guide is at home, all our guides are well-trained backcountry chefs and use time-tested recipes from our proprietary cookbook for their trips. We carry a plentiful and varied stock of ingredients and most meals are prepared from scratch (allowing for easy substitutions, additions or subtractions of ingredients). We onlyt use pre-packed freeze-dried meals on summit pushes on our mountaineering expeditions.
On our backpacking and basecamp trips, you can expect 3 meals a day, plus snacks of your choice. Breakfasts and dinners are usually hot meals and lunches are served cold. On mountaineering trips lunches consist of a variety of snacks as it can be hard to organize group meals while on a rope team.
We use a combination of fresh, dehydrated, and freeze-dried ingredients to make our delicious meals, however on longer backpacking and mountaineering trips your guides will use more freeze-dried foods than fresh foods to keep pack weights as low as possible. On our rafting trips, we cook full multi-course meals with fresh ingredients and enjoy hot and cold breakfasts, cold lunches and hot dinners.
Meals for most trips start with Lunch on the first day and end with Lunch on the last day. *
*If you are signed up for a Custom Trip Package with us, it may include more meals. Check with us if you’re not sure. Mountaineering trips also include meals in McCarthy before and after the backcountry expedition.
This is one of the most commonly asked questions!
We practice Leave No Trace principles and make sure to minimize our impact on the natural landscape as much as possible.
In Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the recommended practice for backpackers is to either individually dig small holes (your guide will carry a small trowel) to use as a personal latrine per-use or choose a place near camp but with some privacy and dig a trench for use as a group latrine, depending on the location. You will carry out all your used toilet paper and all other sanitary products and trash.
On rafting trips, we carry a plastic toilet box with a seat that is set up near camp and your guides will carry out all waste on the boats.
On mountaineering trips, the latrine is commonly a crevasse or snow-pit protected from camp by a wall of snow.
Your guides will instruct you on the particulars of the situation per camp to set you up for success and all possible comfort. Please don’t be shy to ask them questions on this matter. It’s a necessity that has been given lots of thought your guides are experts in ALL things outdoors!