Last updated: October 9, 2017
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Arrive in Anchorage by mid-afternoon and transfer first to the small airplane airport (Regal Air, 4506 Lake Shoredrive, just 5 minutes from the International Terminal) and then via small plane charter into the Alaska Range and Chelatna Lodge. Settle into the lodge and enjoy the quiet of the wilderness (D, and Lodging included, transportation to Lake Hood is your responsibility).
After breakfast at the lodge, adventure awaits. Hike into the Alpine, fish the river, paddle the lake, search the woods for moose. Your guide is there to help and the mountains tower above. (B,L,D)
Another day in the mountains. Weather and your desires dictate the day’s activities. Perhaps you will want to walk above the lake and gorge on fields of blue berries with the bears. Maybe you will want to drift across the lake and watch the mountains. In the late afternoon, your plane returns and flies you back to Anchorage for an evening on the town. Dinner on your own, lodging in downtown Anchorage at Susitna Place. You’ll need your own transport to Susitna Place at 727 N Street from the Lake Hood Airport (B,L).
Fingers crossed for clear weather because the flight down the Alaska Peninsula is memorable. The rugged Pacific Coast to the south and the grey Bering Sea to the north, with a string of smoking volcanoes between. On the tundra north of one of the larger, and yes still active, volcanoes in the middle of a tundra plain lies a dirt airstrip and a very unique lodge. Welcome to Wildman Lake. With a mid-day arrival there will be time to explore near the lodge in the afternoon and evening. Transport to Lake Clark Air at Merrill Field, 2425 Merrill Field Drive in Anchorage is your responsibility, check-in time is 07:15 am. (B,L,D)
Wind rolls through the grass in waves, fish rise in the gin-clear river, and moose wander past the lodge during breakfast (we hope). The day may have barely begun and it is already remarkable. Get ready for a day in the weather and enjoy 3 full days of fishing, bear viewing, fly-out walrus photography and more. (B,L,D)
A last morning at the lodge and a last chance to soak up the quiet, then the flight back through the mountains and onto Anchorage. Once in Anchorage around 3 pm (weather permitting), head to the Millenium Hotel and settle in. Then be sure to head out and visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Lodging at the Millenium Hotel, 4800 Spenard Road in Anchorage (free shuttle to airport and downtown Anchorage). Just give a call to confirm the shuttle 1-866-866-8063. (B,L Lodging)
Flights home on your own.