Glacier Bay Backpack – Karlen Custom

Glacier Bay Backpack – Karlen Custom


April 28, 2017 - May 4, 2017


Glacier Bay National Park


4,500/ person



April 28, 2017 - May 4, 2017


Glacier Bay National Park


4,500/ person

Glacier Bay is a land of enormous proportions with glacier cloaked peaks erupting from the sea and icy rivers flowing in great torrents through ancient spruce forests. Most people only see the heavily traveled Glacier Bay, but we want to share Glacier Bay’s wild coast with you this spring.


Last updated: March 16, 2017


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

April 28

Travel to Haines, Alaska on your own. Evening meeting with your guide at local lodging (included).

April 29

A day on the river. We take our first day to explore around Haines, rafting and fishing the Chilkat River. We will see eagles and possibly Moose. Most years a little fish called a hooligan is running this time of year and the bird life tends to be in a feeding frenzy. (If the weather is perfect we may elect to fly to the coast on this day). Lodging in Haines included this night.

April 30

Right from the start you know you are in for a spectacular flight! After climbing out of the Chilkat Valley we quickly find the ice fields and jagged peaks of Glacier Bay National Park. Then (in good weather) we get breath-taking views of Mt. Fairweather and north into Canada’s Kluane Park. After an hour of flying we descend and land right on the beach. In perfect conditions you can hear the glacier cracking from our first camp at the edge of the trees and the sun setting over the Pacific.

May 1 - 3

We have 5 full days to explore this remarkable place and only about 20 miles of backpacking. This leaves ample time to day-hike, beachcomb, bird-watch, and relish the wild beauty of the place. Approach the ice of the glacier? Hike inland for mountain views? Search for glass fishing floats? Inspect the tsunami damage at Lituya Bay? Cast a line in a clear creek? The week is yours to enjoy the wilderness as you like. Your guide can advise, lead, educate or leave you in peace to enjoy the surf and forest.

May 4

Weather permitting, our pilot arrives mid-day for the flight back over (or through) the mountains and back to the friendly town of Haines. Lodging in Haines, included

May 5

If you want additional activities in Haines we can arrange them for you. Otherwise have a safe trip home.

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Transportation starting and ending in Haines, AK.  Food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, safety & repair gear and professional guide service. Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and IS included in the price of your trip. 3 nights lodging in Haines April 28- 29 and May 4.


Lodging except April 28 – 29 and May 4th, non-camp meals (all meals in Haines are on your own), personal clothing and gear, backpack, tent, fishing gear, and fishing license. Gratuity for guide(s).  See complete equipment list.


Rain is likely; snow and frost very unlikely; sunshine very probably. Temperatures are usually in the 50’s and 60’s. Overcast and damp conditions are common but we can also get some gloriously clear and sunny days. May can have the sunniest weather of the whole year, but being Southeast Alaska, it still might not be all that warm. Bugs should be very few.


"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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Eileen - Canning River