Hiking Remote Alaska with Yaks
Our Alaskan Yak Tours were honored by Outside Magazine as Trip of The Year!
Alaska’s reputation of unspoiled wilderness and magnificence still holds true for every visitor fortunate enough to visit the great northland. For most, remote Alaska is inaccessible, as one must be a true bushman to face the rigors of wilderness life. This usually means being an expert at navigating difficult trails, carrying heavy loads and charting one’s journey. Over the last ten years, Alpine Ascents has worked rigorously to make remote Alaska more accessible to outdoor enthusiasts by training Himalayan yaks to carry loads. This releases hikers from the burden of carrying huge backpacks and enjoying the Alaskan wilderness unencumbered. Needless to say, this is a unique experience not found anywhere else in Alaska and truly one loved by all who have attended. This is a moderate trek, accessible for most age levels who maintain good fitness and simply, no other program like this exists – remote Alaska trekking as led by Alpine Ascents guides with Yak support.
I most definitely enjoyed the yak trek. It was fantastic! This was a perfect trek for the less intense backpacker, someone wanting a difficult but not an impossibly arduous hiking experience, or someone just wanting to see this remote and beautiful area. It was personally challenging, but with enough support that it stayed a very positive and manageable experience.
Today, Alpine Ascents is the first and only outfitter offering yak tours in the remote ranges of Alaska. Beginning with a flight to our camp, we spend the long Alaskan days hiking below the great beauty of mountains such as Denali and Foraker. The trails are moderate and surrounded by the lush green landscape of arctic wilderness. Hikers will likely pass a wide array of wildlife, including wolves, bears, caribou, moose and sheep.
We cannot overemphasize what a unique opportunity it is to hike in Alaska, free of heavy packs, enjoying the luxuries of a first-class camp with fresh food and great cooking. The trips are led by Alpine Ascents staff members and local Alaskans. Each trip begins with a bush plane flight to Moonshadow Lake, where our yaks await.
Our Yak Friends
With our years of experience in the Himalayas, it seemed that yak-supported trekking was a natural fit for Alaska. These yaks were brought to Alaska, some as calves, some as parents-to-be, in the hopes that they would thrive in the rough Arctic environment. Sure enough they did: new calves were born, grown yaks were trained by hiking Alaska trails, and nearly five years later, this dream has come to fruition.