Alaska Yak Tours Day-To-Day Itinerary
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Day 1: We'll meet at 8 a.m. at the Talkeetna Alpine Ascents Office. We'll complete our gear check and prepare for our flight to Moon Shadow Lake. This lake lies in the Talkeetna Mountains, with compelling views of the Alaska Range. We meet the yaks and Alpine Ascents team, and enjoy an evening campfire in this wonderland of lakes and tundra. We'll spend the afternoon hiking in the area and climb to the top of a ridge that over looks the entire Susitna Valley and the Alaska Range.
Day 2: In the morning, we'll pack our gear on the yaks and start our trek into the interior of the Talkeetna Mountains. We'll cross through rolling hills of tundra watching for moose, caribou, bear, beavers and wolves. As we travel, we'll feast on thick patches of blueberries.
Day 3: We'll work our way up over rock outcrops and follow an ascending valley up to a pass with several lakes. Here we'll enter an alpine zone of rock with thin patches of tundra. We'll descend from the pass or an hour to the lakes where we'll camp.
Day 4: We'll traverse on the side of the mountains to circumnavigate a low valley that descends to the Talkeetna River. We'll cross another pass and descend to a remote lush green valley for camping.
Day 5: We'll start by ascending a steep pass with the yaks. Once on top of the pass, we'll have the choice to ascend Spring Peak (the highest peak in local area). This is a moderate scramble with 360-degree views of the Alaska Range, Talkeetna Mountains and Cook Inlet. After the summit, we'll descend to a lake to make camp.
Day 6: We'll cross through a magnificent valley to Sheep Back Lake. This high alpine area is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Here we can see Dhal sheep, caribou, bear, moose and fox.
Day 7: We'll climb one of the high peaks in the area while we search for wildlife and enjoy this magnificent scenery.
Day 8: We'll fly back from Sheep Back Lake to Talkeetna for a celebration dinner at Fireweed Station
Maximum elevation 5,400 ft. Most of the hiking is between 2,000-3,500 ft.Return to Top of Page