Every true alaskan adventure begins in a bush plane, and this trip is just that, true Alaska. We will meet at the Haines international airport where you will be ushered onto a quintessential bush plane equipped with giant tires for landing off runway, on gravel bars, and river banks. We will fly over coastal rain forest, along glacially fed rivers and over ice, hundreds of feet thick on the surrounding glaciers. Finally coming in for a landing along the banks of the Tsirku River or maybe even at the base of the Leblondeau glacier if we have the time. Depending on the type of craft we have chose for our trip, we will unload our raft or pack rafts and make camp for the day, the expedition has begun.
We will start in the grey almost monochromatic landscape of the upper Tsirku river. The lake at the base of the Leblondeau glacier will allow us to explore its shore or practice our packrafting skills in still cold water. If the winds are clam we can hear the ice from the glacier creak or splash into the lake as it calves. As our journey leads us down river we will move fro the Tsirku to the little salmon river going from tundra to coastal temperate rain forest. If the time of year is right we can see salmon shooting beneath our boats as they make there way to the spawning grounds to meet their destiny. Finally reaching the wide calm waters of the Chilkat river we float past Klukwan a native village occupied for thousands of years at this very site, we are almost to our take out point and Haines is almost in site,
Depending on our starting point we can encounter white water but no matter where we start the water is fast and cold. For full sized raft trips, no paddling experience is necessary, but for pack rafting adventures we recommend previous paddling experience or an day trip with us before heading out on the Tsirku with us.