Just north of Glacier Bay in northern Southeast is a kingdom of mountains and glaciers. The Tsirku offers true wilderness right in the backyard of Alaska’s funnest little town. Join us for 3 days in the mountains. Add-on sea-kayaking, fishing or other activities if you want to experience more of what Haines has to offer.
Last updated: November 14, 2018
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Haines at 5 pm. Lodging included.
Weather permitting we fly, one at a time into the Upper Tsirku and land next to the glacier. Set up camp and let the fun begin!
If conditions allow, we’ll carry packrafts to the very head of the valley and day-hike into the peaks above the glacier before packrafting back to camp. It is dramatic and challenging country!
Back down the Tsirku River. We’ll raft from the glacier down through the braided flats, past the Le Blondeau glacier and into the forests below. We’ll switch to a large raft captained by your guide for the lower part of the river. We’ll have a chance to explore and fish in the Little Salmon River. We spend this night at a local B&B in Haines. Lodging included.
There is no end to adventures you can have in Haines. We can add-on a sea-kayaking trip, saltwater fishing, bear viewing, bicycle tours, let us know your interest and we’ll try to help.
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.
2 nights lodging in Haines
2 nights camping on the Tsirku
Boating, camping and safety equipment
Food while in the field
Professional Guide Service
Transportation to Haines
Food in Haines
Lodging beyond the 2 nights included in the itinerary
Personal clothing and gear per our Equipment List
Gratuity for guides
August in Alaska is highly variable. It can be summery with temperatures up to 75 F with sunshine or we can be visited by powerful storms with heavy rain and temperatures closer to freeezing. The weather inland tends to be drier and cooler with the coast a bit warmer and damp. Each year is different and each day will be different. Pack for the cold and wet, but bring a short-sleeve shirt in case summer hangs on a bit longer this year. Weather data is available at here.