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Tatshenshini-Alsek River, Alaska: Address, Phone Number, Tatshenshini-Alsek River Reviews: 5/5

Tatshenshini-Alsek River
One of Alaska's most scenic rivers is a natural habitat for grizzly and black bears.
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5 reviews
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Seattle, Washington16 contributions
Floating on the Icebergs, Dancing on the Glaciers
Jul. 2016 • Couples
With a little trepidation I signed up for the trip. My level of comfort on the water is somewhat challenged. I wanted to experience glaciers up close and personal and this was the risk/fear/price I was willing to take. I am so glad I did. To say it was spectacular would be an understatement. Do not miss out on this adventure while the glaciers are still there to be appreciated and awed. Tatshenshini Expediting out of Whitehorse is the way to go. Professional, knowledgeable, skillful and fun.
Written July 17, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

St. Albert, Canada27 contributions
An 11-day rafting adventured with Tatshenshini Expediting is Fantastic
Jun. 2015 • Couples
My wife and I and some friends experienced an awesome wilderness adventure through the skilled guiding service provided by Tatshenshini Expediting out of Whitehorse. The superlatives apply to first the scenery but also to the adventure in a pristine environment of unequaled beauty, the food, the people, the entire absorbing experience. As a 'bucket list' undertaking by people in their 40's through 70's, we individually and as a group had a blast, a blast of what mother Nature can offer to those that go the extra mile or kilometre. Although Tatshenshini Expediting charges less for its experience, anyone with basic skills in setting up a tent and chatting around a fire in the unending illumination of a northern summer will love the offering and pay less for it than the competition. It's worth every penny and more. The memories will last forever and they are great memories. Our trip was in June. The bugs - not a problem. The weather - great for us with only a couple of rainy days to keep the experience honest. The equipment provided - all worked well. The guides as providers of food, you might gain weight if you can't resist their offerings: breakfast through dinner - all of it ... steaks, salmon, salads, beer, wine, soft drinks, whatever you might not have expected ... you just won't believe it.
Written July 8, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
Rafting on the Tatshenshini Alsek.
Jul. 2013 • Friends
A group of 17 adults plus 6 guides did the Tatshenshini Alsek rafting trip this July 2013. It was an unforgettable experience. From the exilerating rapids through the canyon on the first day to the flight from Dry Bay to Whitehorse, every day seemed to offer something more spectacular. The favorable weather made the experience even more memorable. The highlights were the hiking to and on Walker Glacier, the campsite and paddle on Alsec lake among hundreds of icebergs, the lunch on top of an iceberg with 10 000 year old ice cubes in my Baileys and the flight to Haynes, Alaska through the 4000 m plus mountain ranges. The scenery every day can only be described as "eyegasmic". The ages in our group ranged from mid 20s to mid 70s. Apart from the somewhat strenuous voluntary hikes, anyone who appreciates the outdoors can do this trip. The guides on this trip were experienced, enthusiastic and very helpful. The food can be compared to five star hotel. The washroom facilities except for the homemade sauna one evening are basic as you would expect on a trip such as this. We saw lots of eagles and other birds, evidence of large grizzlies, but no other wildlife except black bears on the road. If you want and unforgettable wilderness trip, do it. Our outfitter was Tatshenshini Alsek Expedite, nice people!
Written July 28, 2013
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alaska39 contributions
The most beautiful river in the world
I spent 14 days floating the Tatshenshini-Alsek River 2 summers ago. The wild flowers were the most spectacular I have ever seen. A rainbow of color with Fireweed, Indian paintbrush - every color of the rainbow, and about 50 other species. Rowing next to Walker glacier made my heart stop. We saw black bear, grizzly bear and many different kinds of birds. We hiked up valleys saw very few people enroute.
Written October 23, 2009
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Ontario36 contributions
Pristine wilderness experience in Yukon-Alaska
We have done two rafting tripson the Tatshenshini - Alsek Rivers
Trip 1 was a 6 day Upper Alsek trip and Trip 2 was a 12 day Tatshenshi- Alsek trip ending at the Pacific Ocean. We did the trips with Canadian River Expeditions. Both trips were excellent. The scenery is spectacular. You get to experience real unspoiled wilderness. There were no signs of human activity for the duration of both trips. The guides with CRE were first rate. They were very experienced at running the river. some of the white water was quite exhilirating. However, the trips are first and foremost an immersion in pristine wilderness, not a white water adventure.
The Upper Alsek is a bit wilder and tends to have more broad vistas. We saw over a dozen grizzly and black bears on the trip. A layover day opposite Lowell glacier was special. A hike up Goatherd Mountain offered incredible view of Lowell glacier and the St Elias Mountains in the background. We saw lots of mountain goats in their natural environment.
The Tatshenshini-Alsek trip traverses a more varied environment. it starts as a smaller river traversing forest and occ gorges. After combining with the Alsek it becomes quite a broad river with multiple views of glaciers. The scenery just gets more grand and unbelievable with each passing day. A layover occurs at Alsek Lake , which is the most incredible spot. at least 6 or 7 glaciers calve icebergs into the lake. Often you will hear noise from the glaciers cracking apart. In the background of this setting is Mount Fairweather, over 15000 ft high.
depending on the size of the group there are usually 3-5 rafts per trip. The rafts can hold a lot of gear and with the 4 degree celsius river temp fresh food can be maintained for the duration of the trip. the guides prepared excellent meals. There were very few flying insects on this trip as opposed to most areas in the Arctic tundra. A rafting trip down this watershed is an incredible once in a lifetime experience for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. You need no technical experience with rafting. Be prepared for camping, setting up your own tent and minimal opportunities for a good wash/shower until you get back to civilization. The water temp is 4 deg C so swimming is generally not part of the experience. wildlife seen on these trips included bears, moose, lots of bald eagles and a lot of birds that you probably don't see at home.
Written January 2, 2008
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