Perhaps the wildest and most visually spectacular river in North America. The Tatshenshini flows through the heart of the largest bio-preserve in the world. Recently protected by the establishment of Tatshenshini Provincial Park, the river flows past tall mountains, vast glaciers and an iceberg dotted lake. Bald eagles abound, grizzlies feed on spawning salmon and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the rare blue glacier bear.
This adventure is an international journey of unparalleled beauty. This is the region of the recent “Iceman” discovery mentioned in the Fall 1999 newsletter, “Northern Currents”. Originating in the southwest corner of the Yukon, the Tatshenshini runs south and west through British Columbia and then Alaska, meeting tidewater at Dry Bay on the Gulf of Alaska.
We join the river at Shaw She, a traditional home place of the Champagne Aishihik First Nation people. Almost immediately the river enters a narrow canyon and cascades through many exciting rapids before opening into a broad U-shaped valley surrounded by the Alsek and Carmine Ranges.
Hiking opportunities in the rich coastal ranges can be well rewarded with sightings of goats, moose, and bald eagles. At the riverside grizzlies may be seen feeding on the spawning salmon. Further down river the valley broadens at the confluence with the Alsek River. At Walker Glacier we will have the opportunity to explore the surface of 10,000 + year old ice. This is a region of the sharp Coast Range and vast glaciers. Another day downstream brings us to Alsek Lake where we can watch numerous glaciers actively calving huge blocks of ice into the river in front of our rafts. Here also is Mount Fairweather, rising more than 15,300 feet and dominating the skyline. We make out final camp within Glacier Bay National Park, a short distance from the ocean. In the early days the Tatshenshini served as a corridor for trade and travel between the coastal Tlingit and interior Athapaskan Indians. The first European expedition recorded did not occur until 1890 by a journalist for a New York illustrated weekly. With the establishment of
Tatshenshini Provincial Park the river is now the heart of the largest bio-preserve in the world. Even today the Tatshenshini offers an uncommon pristine wilderness experience, free for the most part from the evidence of man and his works. This adventure is truly an international journey of unparalleled beauty.
“Just want you to know that the Tatshenshini River Trip was the most incredible and fantastic experience I ever had. Everything was very well organized, the food just impressive and delicious, the guides very well trained and knowledgeable and the fun never ending. Surely I will be counting with your company for future adventures.”
Alderman F. Puerto Rico
“Let me start by making sure that our collective appreciation of your trip and your guides to the Johnston Strait this last week gets official. Simply put, for my part just about every expectation was not only met but well exceeded. Thanks for that! “
Patrik M., Switzerland
|June 21-July 3||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6190 CAD pp / $4945 US pp*|
|July 19-31||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
|Aug 2-14||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
|Aug 16-28||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
**Note: The following dates will be opened after the above dates fill.
|June 25-July 7**||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
|July 9-21**||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
|July 28-Aug 9**||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp**|
|Aug 9-21**||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
|Aug 24-Sept 5**||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
|Aug 30-Sept 11**||13 Day Tatshenshini River Raft Trip||$6540 CAD pp /5245 US pp*|
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