Blanchard & Tatshenshini Rafting
Join us for a fantastic rafting trip on the Blanchard and Tatshenshini Rivers. This class III-IV whitewater trip offers paddlers a chance to enjoy fun rapids, while experiencing the beauty of the Yukon. The trip begins in Haines where we will meet and take the 1.5-hour drive over the Chilkat Pass and into Canada. After donning wetsuits and life jackets, the experienced guides will offer instruction on paddling and river safety. Soon we’ll be splashing our way downstream. The Blanchard River starts with a series of nice drops that allow paddlers time to practice before the confluence with the Tatshenshini. The “Tat” is a larger volume river and has 3 named rapids “Boulder Garden, C to C, and Twin Holes”. The final section of the Tatshenshini is fund class II and class III rapids to our take out at Dalton Post.
No Experience is required
WHITEWATER RAFTING INFORMATION
HAINES: Haines Alaska is the starting/finishing place for this trip. Haines is a small community located along the fjords at the top of the Inside Passage. The natural beauty and wilderness access found here are responsible for Haines’ reputation as a center for wilderness adventure in Alaska.
TRANSPORTATION: After meeting in Haines, we will drive in Private Vans up the Haines Highway through the Chilkat Valley Bald Eagle Preserve. At Mile 42 we will pass into Canada. Guests must bring a passport for crossing the border into Canada. After about an hour and a half we will reach the put in for the Blanchard. Typically we plan on a 7:30am departure from Haines and returning around 6:00pm.
THE RIVERS: The Blanchard is a beautiful tributary that flows into the Tatshenshini. It offers about an hour of class 2/3 rapids in clear green water. The Tatshenshini is a classic whitewater run that eventually empties into the Pacific Ocean, 160 miles downstream. The “Tat” is a class 3/4 glacier river complete with spawning salmon and grizzly bears.
OUR GUIDES: Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc. instructors and guides are professionals. They are special individuals who have a passion for being on the river. They have a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Alaska and the world, and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skill and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary goals.
LENGTH: One day Haines to Haines.
INCLUDED: Transportation to and from Haines, lunch for the day, Wetsuit, instructors/guides, a dry bag for some odds and ends, and all group rafting equipment.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Haines, hotel and food in Haines, personal equipment, and sales tax.
SEASON: We typically run Blanchard & Tatshenshini Day trips from mid-May through the end of August.
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL OPTIONS: Haines based programs can easily be combined with mountaineering, sea kayaking, hiking, ice climbing or rock climbing programs. Call for more details.
Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like additional information.