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Alaskan Wilderness Walking And Wildlife

Alaska - one of the last bastions of pure wilderness. Playground for grizzly bears, whales, incredible hiking and wilderness vistas.

From£5,399

  • United States of America

  • 13 nights
  • Pioneer

    Wildlife

  • Jul

    Aug

Moderate

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Tour codes: 44500

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel in small planes into America’s largest National Park, Wrangell-St Elias for remote walks and glacier walking
  • Extensive walking in Denali National Park, Seward, Matanuska and more
  • See the Root Glacier and its bizarre glacial features
  • Scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound

Alaska is an American state which requires no introduction. From the moment you depart Anchorage you enter the wilderness where there are more bears than humans, and views which most people find hard to describe. Most simply put, Alaska is a nature lovers and photographer's paradise!

Alaska is one of the remaining bastions of pure wilderness, best explored on foot and small plane. Your journey begins in the frontier city of Anchorage and a hike in nearby Chugach State Park, then you leave city life behind in favour of a world where nature runs the show. Untouched national parks, electric blue glaciers, endless wildlife sightings and stunning fjords unfold daily in the 49th state.

This is the perfect place to lace up your hiking boots and walk some truly beautiful trails. Did you know in Denali National Park, rangers encourage you to break away from the trail in favour of making your own. In Wrangell-St Elias National Park you have an excellent chance of seeing bear, glaciers and wild Alaska beauty, all within the space of a day. In Seward, you’ll hike Harding Icefield Trail to Exit Glacier, a personal favourite of the Ramblers Product Manager, Iain Shiels.

Spotted on previous visits to Alaska are black bear, grizzly bear, whales, porpoise, and all manner of birdlife. It is not uncommon to see animals on the hiking trails; after all this is their playground. In Denali you have included use of the park bus so you can navigate further spaces in the park on foot and on four wheels. These bus rides are accompanied by a ranger who will stop during animal sightings and give a commentary. No trip to Alaska is complete without experiencing the Alaska taxi with return by small plane rides into Wrangell-St Elias for three nights. You would think that nothing could better Alaskan views, that is until you witness them from the air.

This is a holiday for the traveller and has a pioneer status to indicate the spirit of adventure, as things may not always go as expected. Hotel standards are not as fancy as the lower 48 states, roads are not as smooth, food options not as varied, but the experience is certainly larger than life. Come explore and experience the Alaskan wilderness with Ramblers Walking Holidays!

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Anchorage via Vancouver (Air Canada)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers between centres
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • All picnic lunches
  • Four dinners in local restaurants
  • Local American guide throughout
  • Park entrance fees
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Anchorage, arrive early afternoon

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Welcome to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska with only 300,000 people. Not so long ago, Anchorage was the final outpost before heading into the state interior country, now it is a modern city fuelled by tourism and oil. It is common to find bears roaming the city borders and moose wandering down the main street. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00, for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions, followed by a welcome dinner.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Seward

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    8.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    440m

After a hearty breakfast, you depart Anchorage and into the wilderness, starting with a walk in Chugach State Park, a nearby favourite for locals. Warm your legs up with a walk on the Rabbit Lake Trail, an 8.7-mile return trail that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and ends at a large lake, in the shadow of two near-sheer faces of 5,000-foot peaks before returning the same way.

From here you continue onto the lovely town of Seward, a small fishing town with a history as a railroad port, but now a lively spot with picturesque old-time downtown area. Seward is quaint and is located on an inlet on the Kenai Peninsula. It is also gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield into coastal fjords.

Day 3

Seward

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    9.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    930m

This morning you’re in for a treat, but you will have to work for it. The Harding Icefields Trail to Exit Glacier is an aesthetically stunning walk, with views of deep crevasses and huge seracs on the glacier. With an elevation of 900m, you will reach the perfect lunch stop and view point with out-of-this-world vistas. Not only is it a favourite of our product manager, but also rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska.

The walk is strenuous and ultimately weather will dictate whether we are able to do this hike; however, views along the way and especially from the top are spectacular. If you prefer an easier option, there is an alternative trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier.

Please note, this trail is above grade at grade 7 due to the altitude gain (and drop). If you wish to do this hike, you should be fit enough should you wish to continue to the top. However, as the walk returns along the same trail, you can ultimately turn back at any point.

Day 4

Seward

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    890m

Today is the hike up Mount Marathon for sweeping scenic views. There are two options for this hike: The Runner’s Trail and the Jeep Trail. The latter is recommended for most visitors except the marathon trail runners who ascend and descend the mountain as fast as possible every July. The Jeep Trail route will take you up to the top at varying degrees of incline, but in a relatively comfortable pace. Don’t be fooled by the initial mile which starts as a rocky, steep incline, as it eases off after that first push. You’ll travel along the tree line, through a meadow for spectacular views of the town of Seward, Gulf of Alaska and Resurrection Bay. You will encounter loose rock, a creek bed, and piles of scree and some scrambling will be involved. Commonly spotted are moose and black bear. Please note this is a grade seven trail and although it is above grade, you do not need to go to the top to enjoy the views. If you intend to reach the top, please ensure you are capable of a grade seven walk.

Should you wish to stay in town, why not take an optional cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park to uncover the wonderful world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers. There are different duration's of cruise available.

Day 5

Ferry to Valdez

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

This morning you drive to Whittier (two hours) where you board the Alaska state ferry for Valdez; you will need to show your passport to board so please keep this free. The ferry journey takes around 6-7 hours and crosses the beautiful Prince William Sound. With well-trained eyes, commonly spotted are whales, porpoises and an array of birdlife. Views of the mountains, bays, fjords and glaciers are unforgettable. On board there is a simple café and observation deck where you can keep vigilant watch or relax in a deck chair enjoying the fresh air. You should arrive into the oil town of Valdez around 19:00 as per the 2019 schedule, where you check in to the hotel and have a late dinner (not included). Please note, you will need to buy your lunch in Seward in advance to eat on the ferry.

|If the ferry schedule should change or no longer operate on this day, then this will affect the overall schedule of the day. You will be informed prior to departure (unless the change happens after you have departed) of the new proposed schedule for the day, should this be necessary.|

Day 6

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The scenery keeps getting better and today is no different. You drive the Chitina (200km, 2.5 hours) with a short stop for a view of Worthington Glacier and potentially a short stroll depending on weather conditions.

In the early afternoon, you board your flight (small air craft) and land in the small town of McCarthy around 30 minutes later. |Please note that the baggage allowance for this flight is only 13kg, the rest of your luggage will be stored at the airport, to be collect on your return. It would therefore be useful to bring a small soft backpack to use for our three night stay in Wrangell-St-Elias.| Views from the air are not to be missed so it’s worth keeping your camera at the ready. There will be an easy orientation walk upon arrival for those who want.

McCarthy has a population of around 50 in the summer and 17 the remainder of the year. This unique settlement is literally surrounded by mountains, glaciers and wilderness; it will be your base for the next three nights. Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve contains nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States, including the second highest, Mount St Elias (5,488m), and is the most glaciated region in the North American continent.

Day 7

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    7.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1125m

Bonanza Mine Trail is an 8.3-mile return trail, a nice day hike up to the historic ruins of Kennecott Mines. In the early 1900s, Kennecott was a copper mining town and Bonanza Mine is currently the most accessible mine, requiring a lengthy, but straightforward, day hike. You follow a series of switchbacks through the trees and up to the tundra, where views open up. The Bonanza bowl is picturesque with patches of snow, a stream and small waterfalls, from here you have views over the Root Glacier and the Chugach Mountains. You will see remnants of mining operations with the trail finishing at the mine bunkhouse ruins.

Duration: 7-8 hours

Distance: 9 miles

Ascent / Descent: 1125m

Accommodation: Ma Johnson Hotel (shared bathrooms)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    118/-57m

Your hike today involves an altogether different experience, the chance to strap crampons onto your boots and hike around the Root Glacier, to observe the obscure glacial features. There is roughly 300 meters elevation gain and there will be free time for activities afterwards. You will be given instruction and a demonstration on how to use the crampons, although the beginning and end of the walk is on land. Fancy an arctic dip? You may want to consider bringing your swim suit and a towel and given suitable conditions, make a glacial splash.

Day 9

Matanuska Valley

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    .5 hours

  • Distance

    1 miles

Today you say goodbye to Wrangell-St Elias and fly (small air craft) back to Chitina early morning. From here you drive to your lodge in the Matanuska Valley (225km, 3 hours approx.). After checking into the hotel, stretch your legs with a walk to a plateau below Gunsight Mountain.

Day 10

Denali National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.58 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    530m

Your final three nights of the tour are spent exploring Denali National Park, home to the highest mountain in North America, Mount Denali (6,194m). The park spans six million acres and houses some of the most unspoiled wilderness in Alaska. To help you navigate the park, we have included the park bus pass so you can delve deeper into the park, access further trails and see more wildlife. These include Caribou, Dall Sheep, Moose, Grizzly Bears and Wolves. Denali is one of the only national parks where you are encouraged to find your own path off the beaten trail. Your drive time today will be around 3 hours and 30 minutes (270 kms).

There are many options for today's walk after arriving to Denali. It is likely you will walk on the Little Coal Creek trail to Kesugi Ridge. As always, walks are subject to change, however this is the most likely option.

Day 11

Denali National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

Today is a completely free day to either use your buss pass and explore Denali National Park on foot or ride the bus to the end of the line and see what animals you can spot along the way. You can get off the bus along the way, failing that you can ride the 6-7 round trip and listen to the commentary. Whichever option you choose, Denali will not disappoint.

Please note, even though we have a local guide and a Ramblers tour leader, no back country guided hikes are allowed inside the boundaries of the park. That is why this is designated a free day.

Day 12

Denali National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.34 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    520m

Today you enjoy a front country hike in Denali National Park on Mount Healy Overlook. The Mount Healy Trail travels part-way up Mount Healy, a small mountain overlooking the entrance area of the park. The trail starts with a steady, mild uphill grade, eventually becoming quite steep near its finish. Unlike many of Denali's trails, it is not a loop and not far from the visitor’s centre.

Day 13

Return to Anchorage, fly out

Meals

Breakfast

Leaving early morning, you leave the wilderness behind and make your way back to city life, stopping at Talkeetna along the way. For an early lunch, a delicious snack is reindeer sausage, but you will find vegetarian options also. From here you continue to Anchorage where you have some free time and use of day rooms (one for men/one for women) before leaving for Anchorage international airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 14

Overnight flight (via Vancouver)

Arrive back into London Heathrow around 13:25.

From (GBP)£5,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Jul 2020 - 24th Jul 2020 (13 Nights)

22nd Aug 2020 - 4th Sep 2020 (13 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Anchorage via Vancouver (Air Canada)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa (ESTA) is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

The Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites is located in downtown Anchorage. Rooms are spacious with free Wi-Fi and access to the fitness center. Breakfast is included downstairs in the lobby, as well as a bar where you can wind down.

From the hotel, it is only a 10-15 minute walk into the center of Anchorage.

Best Western Plus Edgewater

Is in downtown Seward, located by the waters edge. You can enjoy both the quaint charm of the town but also the surrounding nature. The hotel has a fitness centre and WIFI internet is free throughout. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, a TV with DVD player, a fridge and microwave.  

Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

Located in prime location on the picturesque waterfront of Valdez Harbor. The hotel has a variety of facilities including a fitness centre, a gift shop, barber shop, a complimentary tea and coffee station in the hotel lobby and guest laundry services.  Rooms are equipped with TV, a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer and clock radio.

Ma Johnson's Hotel

This a unique property located in the tiny town of McCarthy in Wrangell-St Elias National park. It is a home away from home and is in fact someone’s home…Ma Johnson. It has been dubbed a living museum for its authenticity.

This is a basic hotel/guesthouse and cannot be compared with a 3-star hotel as the experience is very different, but location more than makes up for it. All 20 rooms have shared bathroom facilities.

Sheep Mountain Lodge

Sheep Mountain Lodge has hosted visitors for over 65 years, in their quaint cabins surrounding the Matanuska area.

The cabins are located along the scenic Glenn Highway and guests can enjoy spectacular mountain views, cabins with private bath and showers, delicious home cooked meals, and old-fashioned Alaskan hospitality that has made Sheep Mountain Lodge famous.

The lodge has extensive decking, greenhouses and flower gardens. Although cabins are simple, they are clean and warm and a home away from home.

Crows Nest Cabins

Located just outside of Denali National Park is Denali Crow’s Nest Cabins. Each hand-built cabin features tasteful alpine furnishings, elegant décor and en-suite bath and shower.

Each cabin features amenities such as high-speed internet access, flat panel TV, MP3 alarm clock radio and premium bath and toiletries.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 6 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

We will have a local guide as well as our RWH leader with us throughout the tour.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in United States of America

United States of America use US Dollar. 

Tipping

Tipping is a part of life and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions. Should you wish to tip our American colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of $3 per day for each of our drivers. In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America. 

It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.

Your Group

The maximum group size for this particular holiday is 12 plus your tour leader. This is the perfect number of people per group to experience the natural wonders and wildlife of Alaska, and allow us to navigate the roads with greater ease.  

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Travel within Alaska is by road, ferry and air. The majority of our travelling will be in a spacious 15 passenger new Ford Transit van.

When travelling by air on day 6 we will travel in a small 7, 5 or 3 seater air craft, the group will be split between various aircraft's but we should depart at a similar time to one another. The maximum baggage allowance is 13 kg, please use soft luggage only. The rest of your luggage will be stored at the airport and will be collected on your return. Although an amazing experience and an enjoyable way to travel, this flight should not be seen as a scenic flight, as the scenic flight excursions advertised go to glaciers and backcountry places in the park and do not travel in the same flight path as our aircraft. That said, we should enjoy a scenic journey of  glaciers, nearby mountains and maybe even some wildlife.

Please note that when travelling by ferry, you will be required to show your passport, so please keep this close by on this particular day. 

 


Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for United States of America

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

The VWP (Visa Waiver Programme) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. 

All travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised e-passport symbol on the front cover.

You won’t qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, and will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, if:

- you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’

- you’ve been arrested for certain crimes, even if it didn’t result in a criminal conviction

- you’re a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria

- you’ve travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011 

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. 

Those travelling under the VWP arriving by air or sea should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta).

If you’re arriving by land, you don’t need to complete an ESTA before you arrive at the border. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). 

The VWP is intended to be used for occasional, short visits to the US. If a US immigration officer thinks you’re trying to ‘reset’ the clock by making a short trip out of the US and re-entering for another 90-day period, you can be denied entry. If you travel from the US to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean you can usually re-enter using the ESTA and admission stamp you were issued when you first arrived in the US, although the time you spend outside of the country is included in the 90 days allotted for your visit. Make sure you’re clear about the length of time the immigration officer has authorised you to remain in the US if you re-enter under the same ESTA.

When you arrive in the USA you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends. Further details on the VWP and other aspects of US immigration rules are available from the Customs and Border Protection website. 

The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen you can now register to get a UK background check on GOV.UK. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.

Meals

All breakfast and lunches are included along with four evening meals. All remaining evening meals will be at your own expense, however you all find various options to suit all tastes and budgets. In some of the more remote areas that we stay in food options may not be varied, and vegetarian food may be lacking, as fresh fish and meat make up a great deal of an Alaskans diet. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in United States of America

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United States of America

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to the US.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Zika virus also exists in the US; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. You should also take precautions against Tick bites, particularly in Eastern USA.

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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United States of America

  • Capital

    Washington D.C.

  • Currency

    United States Dollar

  • Language

    English; Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00 to -10:00

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 68mm

  • February

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • April

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 81mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • September

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • October

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • November

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • December

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

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