FAQ's

What kinds of trips & tours do you offer?
Our trips can be divided into four categories: River Trips (boat, kayak, raft, canoe), Fishing/Hunting Trips, Cultural Tours (gold panning, village tours, etc.) and High Adventure Tours (Fat Bike Tours,    Dog Mushing Tours, etc.). Various modes of travel will be used including Alaskan bush planes, snowmachines and boats.   Our trips begin in the truly spectacular village of McGrath, Alaska.            We offer an assortment of scheduled trips each year and we arrange custom trips for a variety of groups and individuals.

How long do your trips last? What’s included in the cost?
Our trips last anywhere from seven to twenty-two days, and they start at about $3500/person.  We can usually arrange add-on day trips for most of our activities.  Cost includes everything from the departure town (usually Anchorage) and back (but see our Terms and Conditions on our Reservation Form about contingencies).Mostl of our trips are fully guided by sturdy, experienced, 100% Alaskan, professional wilderness guides with training in first aid, river safety, bear safety, and “leave no trace” camping practices.   Real Alaska Tours provides everything you will need, except for your personal gear (clothes and the like). You can bring your own tent, sleeping bag/ pad, and (for river trips) rubber rain gear and boots, or you can rent high-quality, affordable gear from us.

How many other people will be on the trip?
Including your guide(s), no more than eight people tops on a river trip, although a typical tour will have 4-6 people. 

What are your river trips like?
On river trips, we use paddle-rafts, canoes, kayaks or pack rafts. The regional rivers tend not to have a whole lot of whitewater. The emphasis is more on the wilderness than on high-adrenaline rapids. For the average day on a river trip, you could expect to be in the boat and paddling for about 5-6 hours total, including a nice stop for a picnic lunch. River trips often begin and end with a short portage (to transport gear from boat to raft). On each “moving day,” everyone works as a team to bring gear to/from the river, and to load/unload the boats. River trips frequently include one, two, or three layover days, spent day hiking or relaxing, or both.

What’s a base camp trip?
Base camp trips allow you to settle into one really great campsite for a week, with all exploring happening from there. Base camp trips are often focused on wildlife, be it bison, bears and moose or an abundance of species of birds.  There will be plenty of chances to watch and photograph these wilderness animals in their natural environment. These are our easiest trips, and what you do in camp is up to you: day hike, read, knit, whittle, paint, yoga, bushcraft, etc. Your guide will offer suggestions, lead day hikes, or just let you relax in peace. It’s your trip to enjoy!

What is a typical camp like?
On all of our trips, we camp in three-season tents (each person/couple sleeps in their own tent). Your guide(s) will prepare the meals in a “camp kitchen,” complete with a weather shelter, a hand-wash station, and water filter. For river trips, we add a little kitchen table. Nothing fancy– just a few creature comforts that can make all the difference after a long day of hiking, paddling, or just soaking up the midnight sun. We camp on either gravel bars or just the open fields.

What is the food like?
You will enjoy three square meals a day and plenty of snacks. Our food is wholesome, delicious, and much of it protein-packed. Hot drinks are plentiful in camp, and a nice way to stay hydrated and warm. Filtered water is always available.

What kind of weather can I expect?
Weather-wise, it’s prudent to expect nothing, and to be prepared for anything. On our summer trips, temps range from the 40s to the 80s. It can be sunny, rainy, or windy… all in one trip, or even in a single day. June tends to be cooler. July tends to be “buggier” (mosquitoes). August tends to be wetter. Whichever trip you join, Real Alaska Tours will help you prepare. We provide a detailed Equipment List to follow while you’re packing. Rental gear is available. As you get ready for your trip, you have access to unlimited, personalized customer service (Q&A about gear, conditions, how to pack, etc.). Before we fly into the field, your guide(s) will “double check” all gear during our mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting, which happens the day before your trip’s start date.

I’m in pretty good shape. Do I have to be an athlete to join one of your trips?
We make sure that folks are adequately prepared– physically and mentally– for our wilderness trips by taking time to learn about potential guests’ fitness levels before encouraging them to sign up on a trip. This is fair to the guest, the guide(s), and the rest of the group. Wilderness travel involves risk. This risk is reduced when all guests are in good physical condition, and when they have reasonable expectations for their wilderness trip. You don’t have to be an athlete, but upper body strength, good balance on uneven terrain, and decent cardio capacity (for sustained paddling or hiking) all make the trip safer and more enjoyable. 

What is your cancellation policy?
​ A deposit with your completed Reservation Form will hold space for you on a trip.   Full payment is due 60 days prior to the trip start. Reservations made less than 60 days prior to the trip must be paid in full at time of booking. If you need to cancel more than 60 days prior to the trip, a refund will be given less a portion of the required deposit. If 60 days or less notice of cancellation, 100% of funds paid will be retained by Real Alaska Tours/Hotel McGrath.
In the rare event that we cancel a trip, we will give you a full refund. In such cases, financial responsibility of Real Alaska Tours/Hotel McGrath will be limited to the amount actually paid to us, by the participant(s), and shall not be extended to cover any other costs incurred by the participant(s). We reserve the right to refuse or terminate any participant, from any trip. We also reserve the right to cancel trips for under-enrollment. Please contact us for the minimum number of participants for your trip. Additionally, Real Alaska Tours/Hotel McGrath is not obliged to refund trip costs in full or part if weather or other factors make completing the trip impossible or dangerous.
Delays & Schedule Changes: All wilderness trips are dependent on the weather and flight-service schedules. Real Alaska Tours/Hotel McGrath reserves the right to change trip dates and/or details for these or other reasons. Trip charges do not cover the costs incurred as a result of bad weather, sickness, or other contingencies. Participants who vary from scheduled itineraries shall bear any costs thereof, which are not deductible from the trip prices. Inclement weather, mechanical difficulties and a host of other factors can delay travel; we cannot assume financial responsibility for costs due to delays or other events beyond our control. We strongly encourage you to arrange your travel at trips end, to accommodate weather delays. Flights out of Alaska or other activities that will be difficult to reschedule should not be planned within 48 hours of the scheduled end of any trip.

Can I store some luggage with you while I'm out on a trip?
There is space at Hotel McGrath to store any items you don’t want to bring into the field. We can’t be responsible for your valuables, but have never had any problems with theft either.