Alaska's National Parks
Before You Go
For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. However, a variety of activities will be offered. We will often leave the beaten path to walk over uneven terrain such as rocky trails and shores, and icy paths, including glaciers. Transportation options will vary with some motorcoach rides over bumpy roads, and boat and train journeys that require sitting for long periods of time. Our accommodations range from superb hotels to rustic lodges tucked into remote corners of the parks we are visiting. This permits us close-up viewing of wildlife. Not all accommodations have en suite facilities; Camp Denali offers comfortable outhouses—with incredible views!—shared shower facilities, and rustic cabins that are heated via wood stove, and “unplugged” when it comes to electricity. Seasonal temperatures can range from the low 40s to the low 70s° F, with evenings a bit cooler.
Please pay close attention to the following sections: Passport and Visa Requirements, Health Information, and Baggage Allowance.
Activity Level & Accommodations
For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. However, a variety of activities will be offered. We will often leave the beaten path to walk over uneven terrain such as rocky trails and shores, and icy paths, including glaciers. Transportation options will vary with some long motor coach rides over bumpy roads, and boat and bush plane journeys.
Our accommodations will range from superb hotels to rustic lodges tucked into the remote corners of the parks we will be visiting; this permits close-up wildlife viewing. Not all accommodations have en suite facilities; comfortable outhouses—with incredible views—will be part of the true Alaska experience.
Arrivals & Departures
Departure / Airport Check-In Procedures
Please arrive at the airport for your independent flight to Anchorage, Alaska at least two hours prior to departure and have access to your personal identification and/or passport and airline E-ticket confirmation. Do not pack your Personal Identification or passport in your checked luggage. Be certain the check-in agent properly tags your bags through to the final destination allowed, and that you have all baggage and E-ticket receipts.
Please contact Zegrahm at 1.800.628.8747, 206.285.4000, or 206.219.1641 should you encounter significant delays or problems en route. Proceed to your airline’s ticket counter or flight gate for immediate assistance. Advise Zegrahm of any changes so that we may inform our Expedition Leader.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
Transfers and assistance between airports and group hotels are arranged for participants arriving and departing on group dates only. If you are arriving prior to the group day and Zegrahm Expeditions has booked additional night(s) at our group hotel, an airport transfer will be provided.
If you are handling your own travel arrangements, please forward a copy of your itinerary to Zegrahm Expeditions as well as contact information where you can be reached prior to and after the program.
Due to weight restrictions on our charter flights within Alaska, baggage is restricted to 30 pounds (13 kilograms) of checked luggage per person, plus a carry-on; only soft-sided luggage will be accepted.
Your carry-on bag should include anything you may need in transit. We recommend that you carry with you essential toiletries, prescription medications, and a change of clothing appropriate for the initial activities of our itinerary so that you will be more comfortable in the unlikely event your baggage is delayed in transit or is slow to be delivered to your room upon arrival.
PLEASE NOTE: Most airlines strictly enforce their baggage regulations. Excess baggage charges, which can be substantial, are the personal responsibility of each participant.
Temperatures and weather throughout Alaska vary and can range from sunny and mild to foggy and rainy or even cold and snowy. Temperatures are generally in the low to mid 60s°F during the day and can drop into the low 40s°F or even the 30s°F at night. The East Asian summer monsoon brings warm, moist winds off the Pacific, so the coastal regions can sometimes be wet and foggy. Come prepared for extreme temperatures, and keep in mind that late summer days in Alaska include between 14 and 16 hours of daylight.
The following are average high/low temperatures in July for selected locations on our itinerary:
You will receive your pre-departure documents via email—attached will be a complete packing list, reading list, and gift certificates—approximately five months prior to departure. Final documents—including a final itinerary, contact list, and staff biographies—will be emailed approximately one month prior to your departure.
The electrical current in the United States is 110V with North American, standard-style outlets which accommodate a flat-blade, 2-prong plug. If you are bringing standard, North American appliances, you will not need a converter or an adapter.
You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Anchorage, Alaska and Fairbanks, Alaska/home city. For more detailed information, please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
At this time, no inoculations or prophylaxes are required in conjunction with this expedition.
Insect bites can be a problem, and we urge you to bring an adequate supply of both insect bite relief products and insect repellent.
Take precautions to avoid overexposure to the sun as we will be outdoors for extended periods. Bring a sun hat with a wide brim or scarf, sunglasses, and a high-SPF sunscreen. Drink plenty of fluids whenever you can, not just when you are thirsty. By preventing dehydration, you may prevent a range of medical problems associated with traveling.
Be sure to bring a sufficient amount of your personal medications as pharmacies are not found in the remote areas of this expedition.
In case of serious injury or illness while traveling, it is important to understand that satisfactory medical facilities may not exist nearby. Should you require emergency medical care, it may be necessary to depart by medical evacuation services. The cost of your expedition includes $100,000 in emergency evacuation and $25,000 in medical expense. Details of this policy are available online at www.travelguard.com/zegrahm.
The information herein is a guideline and is subject to change without notice. Contact your physician or local health center for current and other information concerning health precautions, immunizations, and prescriptions based on your physical condition and medical history.
Internet & Phone
Your final documentation will include contact information for group hotels, including phone numbers and email addresses.
Following are local times that apply to this expedition when it is 7:00 a.m. on the North American west coast:
|7:00 a.m.||Seattle, WA (PDT)|
|10:00 a.m.||New York, NY (EDT)|
|6:00 a.m.||Anchorage, Alaska (AKDT)|
Should you have any dietary needs, please let us know on the Personal Information Form, and we will do our best to prepare for them. Unfortunately, kosher meals cannot be accommodated.
It is essential to maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe by packing clothing that can be layered. Wash-and-wear, lightweight, natural fabrics are recommended. As you pack, consider your own internal thermostat and personal tastes and adjust accordingly.
Laundry service is available, and by using it, you can limit yourself to just four or five outfits and not be inconvenienced by an overabundance of clothing.
It is necessary to be prepared for the conditions you may encounter on excursions. Lightweight long-sleeved shirts and long pants will help protect you from sunlight and insects. Warm, polar-fleece jackets that can be layered on top will add warmth.
The following tips should help you feel warm and comfortable in cold weather:
- In wet weather, wear water-repellent outer garments that will keep you dry on the outside and still “breathe” enough so that moisture from your body can escape.
- Dress in layers; air is a very good insulator. It is better to trap air in several layers of light, loose clothing than in one or two heavy layers. Wool, silk, polar fleece, and other synthetic fabrics are much more effective in trapping air than cotton. When damp or wet, polyester down is a better insulator than goose or duck down.
- Body heat is most likely to be lost from your hands and feet, so it is important to keep them warm and dry. For hands, mittens are better than gloves; for feet, thermal socks are essential.
- Even if the rest of your body is covered, as much as 90% of the heat you lose can come from your head, so be sure to wear a hat.
Mosquito Repellent Clothing
In addition to insect repellent sprays, which are applied to the skin, there are a variety of mosquito-repellent garments available for travelers. Buzz Off clothing has an insect repellent woven into its fibers that lasts for several washings. The Buzz Off line includes various styles of pants, shirts, and hats, as well as accessories such as socks and bandanas (ExOfficio also carries Buzz Off clothing, which can be purchased online).
Passport & Visa Requirements
A valid passport is not required for US nationals for participation in this program.
A visa is not required for US nationals for participation in this program.
If you are traveling independently of the group or to any other countries prior to or after the expedition, check the entry and visa requirements with the local consulates of each country you plan on visiting.
PLEASE NOTE: Nationals of countries other than the US should check with the nearest consulates for specific visa and entry requirements for their entire itinerary, including both the group arrangements and any travel prior to or after the program.
Payments & Cancellations
A deposit totaling 25% of the expedition fare will reserve a place for you on this Zegrahm program. The balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Airfare is due at the time tickets are issued. All prices are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Notification of cancellation must be received in writing by Zegrahm. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply:
- 180 days or more prior to departure: $750 per person
- 120 through 179 days prior to departure: 25% of expedition fare
- 1 through 119 days prior to departure: 100% of expedition fare
Please note, fees associated with cancelled airline tickets are in addition to this and will be clearly outlined for you on your flight itinerary.
Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance
We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to protect themselves from an unforeseen emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. Information describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit for the expedition.
With Our Compliments
We are pleased to offer complimentary amenities to our explorers so they can be fully prepared before departing on one of our expeditions. A gift certificate to our Zegrahm Store will offer you the opportunity to purchase essential trip gear from our store. The certificate will be emailed to you approximately five months prior to departure. Please refer to the gift certificate for more details.