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Frequently Asked Questions

This is one of the top questions we get asked. One of the reasons that folks like to come out to this corner of Alaska is that it's remote, even by Alaska standards. But that means it takes a bit more planning for transportation.You can get to McCarthy by motor vehicle or air. Access into McCarthy from where the road ends at the Kennicott river is via a footbridge - you must park near the bridge. Transportation will be provided from the footbridge in to town. Click for more information on getting to McCarthy.

Unless otherwise specified, the cost listed for each trip is from arrival in McCarthy. It includes all costs of the trek:

  • Bush flight in and out of the backcountry
  • All meals for the trek
  • Group gear (tents, stove, cooking gear, etc.)
  • Professional guide
  • First aid kit
  • Etc.

Not included in the cost is:

  • R/T Transportation to Alaska
  • R/T Transportation to McCarthy
  • Lodging in McCarthy before and after the trek
  • Meals in McCarthy


Trek Alaska provides all group gear including:

  • tents
  • stoves
  • fuel and fuel canisters
  • cooking gear
  • dining tarp
  • all food for the trip
  • first aid kit
  • Sat phone or VHF radio
  • all other equipment that will be shared by the entire group.

This gear will be divided among participants for carrying.

Each participant will need to provide all of their own personal gear such as pack, sleeping pad and bag, boots, clothing, eating utensils, etc.

See our gear checklist for a complete listing of what you will need to bring.

Your guide will meet you upon arrival and manage all the logistics of your wilderness trip until your departure. While in the McCarthy/Kennicott area they can arrange for local transportation, Kennicott tours or other details. They will meet with the group the night before departure into the backcountry and go over everyone’s gear and distribute food and other group gear.

In the backcountry your guide will manage all organizational aspects of day to day life in the mountains. He will take charge of route finding and navigation and be responsive to the client’s needs and interests. The guide will take care of meal preparation and other camp chores although group participation is always appreciated.

Beyond these basic functions, your guide will do all he can to make your trip as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. He also will take advantage of opportunities to teach new skills. One of our goals is to provide you with skill and experience that you can apply to future adventures.

Clients will be responsible for setting up their tents and packing up their gear.

If you have a family group or a group of friends, we can arrange a private trip. This give you total flexibility in scheduling a trip as you are not restriced to the dates or trips on the calandar.

Custom trips can be arranged for any group size though there will be a suplemental fee for groups smaller than 3.

Call us to discuss a private trip.

Cancellations made more than 120 days prior to the trip starting date will be refunded in full minus a $200/per person administration fee. Cancellations made within 120-90 days of the trip starting date will be refunded 50% of the balance. There are no refunds given for cancellations made within 90 days of the trip starting date.

If a trip is cancelled by Trek Alaska for any reason, a full refund will be made.

Weather in Alaska is difficult to predict, especially in the mountain wilderness of this rugged area. It is possible that we could find ourselves grounded in McCarthy due to weather conditions that make flying impossible. In such circumstances we would consider the options of waiting out the weather or selecting a different itinerary if possible. No refunds can be made if a trip is canceled, modified or delayed due to weather conditions. When planning your return home after your adventure, you might want to plan an extra day as a cushion in case our return to McCarthy is delayed due to weather. It would be unusual for a trip to be cancelled due to weather, and it’s never happened yet, but you might want to consider trip insurance.

Many people are unsure of what is customary regarding gratuities for guiding services. Our rates for trips do not include a gratuity for your guide. Any gratuities are at the clients discretion and amounts are typically within the 10-15% range. Our guides work very hard to make sure your adventure is a success. They strive to make your wilderness experience a more comfortable and enjoyable one. Guides aren’t making Wall Street wages so always appreciate any gratuity offered.

The best year-round method of contact is via email. trips@trekalaska.com
Or by phone: 907.795.5252

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