Alaska 2025

Alaska mission trips are full of ministering in the most diverse neighborhoods in America.  Your team would serve in the Anchorage area, or further out in Wasilla or Palmer.  In those locations, we are working in a variety of ministries and with churches and pastors from the local communities.  A wide variety of ministry options are listed below.  Whatever the ministries chosen, there are people throughout Alaska who desperately need encouragement and to be shown the love of Jesus Christ.

Dates: Warm Months: May – August 2025 – You choose your dates with a  minimum of 6 days (travel days included). You can arrive/depart at any time, making the most of the time you have for ministry.  Most teams serve in Alaska in the summer, but we can talk through other options if there is a specific time frame you are aiming for.

Trip Cost: Starts at $849/person (6 days/5 nights) with our Early Bird Pricing – a savings of $150/person if you register between June-August 2024.  See website for more details and regular pricing. 

Price & Registration

Registration Pricing

4-10Group Size

$ 999

Per Participant

11-20Group Size

$ 899

Per Participant

21+Group Size

$ 849

Per Participant

More Info at a Glance

Alaska Mission trips are available in May-August of 2025

Additional Rooms for Guesthouse/Hotel Lodging, $120/room/day

Additional Mission Trip Days, $149/person/day

Thirst Missions Transportation, $30/person/day


Floor Stay (included)

Guesthouse/Hotel Stay – $45/person/day

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Early Bird Pricing Now Available Through August 31st

What's Included?

Each Mission Trip is 6 days/5 nights.  Additional days may be added as an upgrade, and is encouraged!

Experienced and professional staff members will guide your trip.

Personal Missions Consultant for trip planning.

Location in Alaska: We have a few locations we serve while in Alaska, so we base your exact partnership location upon the ministries you choose, as well as the lodging.

Lodging:  You have the option of choosing a Floor Stay, which is included in the per person cost, or upgrade to a Guesthouse/Hotel Stay.  Floor Stays require you to bring your own bedding and air mattress, and a Guesthouse Stay has beds and bedding provided.  Either option is available in Alaska, and ample showers/bathrooms are available for your team.

On-The-Ground Transportation: Teams fly into the Anchorage airport.  From there, you can choose for our staff to pick you up and provide on the ground transportation for an upgraded cost, typically in the Thirst Missions bus or vans depending upon the size of your team, or there is an option for your team to rent their own vehicles.

Meals/Snacks/Water: 3 meals/day plus water, ice and snacks provided.  Breakfast would be served at the lodging site.  Lunch would be eaten at our ministry sites.  Supper would be prepared by local cooks.

Ministry Options. All ministries have the purpose of leading people to Jesus Christ, connecting people to church, and showing His love through service.

Recreation: After a fulfilling week of ministry, teams will explore Alaska!  Teams have an option to Trail Bike and Kayak on Eklutna Lake, visit the Turnagain Arm & walk on Byron Glacier, and even take a Glacier Cruise!  Teams can also visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and see the diverse wildlife surrounding them in this beautiful state.  You get to decide on what adventures you would like to take!

Additionally:  Posters, glossy flyers, and videos are provided to help promote and communicate about the trip.  In addition, a digital  participant manual is provided for everyone attending to aid in trip knowledge and preparation.  This manual comes complete with a daily devotional and a section dedicated to the re-entry process when the trip concludes.

*Every team member will also receive a Thirst Missions T-Shirt once all members of the trip have submitted their registration forms.

Why Alaska?

  • Most unchurched state in the US 
  • Poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and homelessness among the highest  in the nation
  • Local pastors want the help and encouragement of outreach oriented teams
  • Invest in awesome kids in need of Christian role models 
  • Experience the rugged beauty of the last frontier: Glacier-fed  lakes, lush forests, and snow-capped mountains teeming with  Wildlife

Pre-Trip Consultation

Promotional Materials

Promotional Videos

Leader & Participant Manuals (PDF)

Full Hour-by-Hour Trip Itinerary

Alaska Church/Ministry Partner

Experienced Staff to Guide Your Trip

Cultural Orientation & Immersion

Well-Crafted Ministry Options

Worshiping with a Local Church

Service Project Materials


Participant T-Shirt

Devotional Materials

Delicious Meals & Snacks

Purified Drinking Water

Evening Worship Meetings

Final Day Recreation

Long-Term Church Partnership Opportunity

Alaska Profile

Alaska is a huge and incredibly diverse state full of rugged beauty. While winters are cold and dark, summers are moderate, full of sun, lush green forests, and wildlife. Within this beautiful land is a great deal of spiritual need. Alaskans are (for the most part) rugged and independent, making ministry challenging. Thirst Missions is very excited to bring groups to The Last Frontier to work alongside local churches to bring the love of Christ to the people in very practical ways.

Facts & Figures

Location: North America, northwest of Canada
Alaska Profile

Area: 663,000 square miles (larger than Texas, California, Utah, Kansas, and Florida combined)

Largest City: Anchorage, 300,950

State Population: 737,259

Coastline: 33,904 miles (Florida is second with 8,400 miles)

Climate: 60-80 highs in summer, 40-50 lows. Alaska has everything from a temperate oceanic climate to arctic tundra. Anchorage is considered a subarctic climate.

Terrain: Everything from rugged coastlines to tundra, woods, and the highest mountains on the continent.

Elevation Extremes: 0 to 23,320 feet (coastline to Mt. McKinley)

Natural resources: Oil and gas, timber/forestry products, commercial fishing, wildlife

Geography note: By square miles Alaska is 1/5 as large as the lower 48. If you lay Alaska on a map of the US, the Inside Passage reaches to the East Coast and the Aleutian Islands stretch to the West Coast.

Alaska Overview

  • Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
  • Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.
  • In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska. Many Americans called the purchase “Seward’s Folly.”
  • Joe Juneau’s 1880 discovery of gold ushered in the gold rush era.
  • In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.
  • In 1943 Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands, which started the One Thousand Mile War, the first battle fought on American soil since the Civil War.
  • Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
  • Alaska’s most important revenue source is the oil and natural gas industry. Alaska accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.
  • Prudhoe Bay, on the northern Alaskan coast, is North America’s largest oil field.
  • The Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to 88,000 barrels of oil per hour on its 800 mile journey to Valdez.
  • The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.
  • The fishing and seafood industry is the state’s largest private industry employer.
  • Most of America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.
  • The term Alaska native refers to Alaska’s original inhabitants including Aleut, Eskimo, and Indian groups.
  • The wild forget-me-not is the official state flower, the willow ptarmigan is the official state bird, and the Sitka spruce is the official state tree.
  • Dog mushing is the official state sport.
  • The state motto is North to the Future.
  • Gold is the official state mineral. It was named the state mineral in 1968.
  • Alaska has been called America’s Last Frontier.
  • Every four years Alaskans elect a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor to four-year terms.
  • Alaska’s Constitution was adopted in 1956 and became effective in 1959 making it the 49th state.
  • Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
  • The Alaska Highway was originally built as a military supply road during World War II.
  • The state boasts the lowest population density in the nation.
  • Alaska is a geographical marvel. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast.
  • The state’s coastline extends over 6,600 miles.
  • The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States.
  • 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
  • At 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska’s interior, is the highest point in North America.
  • The state’s largest city is Anchorage; the second largest is Fairbanks.
  • The Alaska Range is the largest mountain chain in the state. It covers from the Alaska Peninsula to the Yukon Territory.
  • In 1915 the record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Fort Yukon; the record low temperature was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
  • The Alaskan malamute sled dog is strong and heavily coated. It was developed as a breed by a group of Eskimos named the Malemiuts.
  • Alaska’s name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula.
  • When the sun’s rays strike the Earth’s upper atmosphere, they cause gases there to glow like a florescent light. This reaction is called the aurora borealis (northern lights) and can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks.

Alaska by the Numbers

663,000 – Alaska’s size in square miles (Alaska is larger than Texas, California, Utah, Kansas, and Florida combined)

100+ – Number of languages spoken in Anchorage Public School District (about the same as Los Angeles Unified)

50% – Anchorage students who are non-Caucasian

16 – People living in Manhattan if New York had same population density as Alaska (Manhattan has 1.62 million residents)

2,000 – Number of miles salmon swim up the Yukon River

1,150 – Miles run in the Iditarod dog sled race

100,000+ – Number of glaciers in Alaska

50% – Percentage of world’s bald eagles that live in Alaska

20,320 – Height of Denali in feet – the tallest point in North America

3 Million – Number of natural lakes in Alaska

1,600+ – Hours of daylight in the world’s longest day in Barrow, Alaska, where the sun doesn’t set from May 10 through August 2

4 to 1 – Ratio of lakes to people in Alaska

Lodging Options

Floor Stay
Bring your own air mattress and bedding. No A/C


Guesthouse/Hotel Stay
$45/person/day, YES bed, YES bedding, YES A/C

Upgrade Available

Ministry Options

ministry optionService Projects
Service Projects would be a combination of church/school and home projects. Painting, repair work, cleaning, gardening, and smaller needs based projects would be the main scope of the work opportunities provided.

churchChurch Ministry
Participate in and attend Church services. The group is welcome to have participants prepare to share testimonies, prepare a message and 1 or more people prepare to lead songs in worship if desired.

heartMercy Ministry
Working in thrift stores, with local shelters, food pantries, and blessing those with the greatest needs are all mercy ministry options.

outreachOutreach Ministry
Hosting a movie night or cookout, inviting community members to meet at the church and fellowship together.

sportsSports Ministry
Organized football (soccer), basketball, and other games. Your team could also host a skills camp.

bible clubKids Club/Bible Club
Lead Bible Stories, games, crafts and music with local children. This ministry can be as thorough or relaxed as desired.

childrenHome Visits
Visit homes that your church partner’s pastor gives recommendations for – those in the congregation and community who could use additional support and encouragement at home. Your team will have the opportunity to package food and supplies and deliver them to individual homes and families in need, as well as pray with and visit people in their homes.



*Choosing this option may incur an additional cost



Each group leader can request one complimentary and/or one upgrade option.

Thunderbird Falls
1.8-mile out-and-back trail near Chugiak, Alaska. 200 ft waterfall


Eagle River Nature Center
Nature walk for adults & kids in a picturesque, tree-filled mountain setting


Downtown Anchorage Shopping
Spend an afternoon exploring Downtown Anchorage's shopping areas and cultural points of interest


Kincaid Park
Nearly 40 miles of walking trails, 20 miles of single-track bike runs, sighting moose, and even the occasional bear


Eklutna Lake*
Kayak, Bike, and/or Hike around one of Alaska's most beautiful alpine lakes. Tucked away in the Chugach mountains.


*Most Popular

Reindeer Farm
Working farm with reindeer petting & feeding experiences.


Alaska Native Heritage Center
Renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage sharing the heritage of Alaska's indigenous people.


Independence Mine/Hatcher Pass
Historic site of a former gold mining operation in the spectacular setting of Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains.


Scenic Glacier Float
A fun, class II one to two hour float trip on the Matanuska River.


Final Day

Each group leader can request the complimentary option and/or one upgrade option.

Day Trip down Turnagain Arm*
Wildlife Conservation Center, Byron Glacier, & Virgin Creek Falls


*Most Popular

3-Hr Glacier Cruise
Explore the Prince William Sound, viewing 10 glaciers and marine wildlife aboard a high-speed catamaran that departs from Whittier, AK.


Note: This option replaces the Complimentary Option

1-Hr Glacier Cruise
Get up close to Portage Glacier on a one-hour cruise, fully narrated by a representative from the National Forest Service.


Gold Panning
Crow Creek Mine established in 1896. Pan for gold at this historic gold-mining camp.


Alyeska Aerial Tram
Cable-car services to an observation deck at 2,300 ft with views of glaciers & peaks.


**Note: As time allows, this option is added to the Complimentary Option

Sample Itinerary

The sample itinerary will give you an idea of what to expect on your Alaskan adventure. The trip itinerary will be customized for each week based on the church partner’s needs and ministry goals. Each week will be amazing!

sample itinerary

Download pdf here



1. What are the maximum and minimum group sizes?

Our private trips can accommodate groups as small as 4 people and as large as 50+. Reduced pricing applies for groups larger than 10 people.

2. What are the mission trip prices?

Our trip details are available on our registration page.

3. Tell me more about the church partnerships in Alaska

Each group traveling to Alaska with Thirst Missions will be partnered with a local church. We believe the local church is God’s biblical design and want each team to be an encouragement to the church partner. Our church partners are small but healthy churches doing God’s work in difficult conditions.

4. Is Alaska safe?

Yes! Even though there is a lot of poverty and need in Alaska, and it’s a long ways away, it is one of our 50 states! Great health care and modern conveniences are only a short drive away most of the time. We have staff members guiding the trip and are experts when it comes to local knowledge and ministry leadership. Safety is our #1 priority on all trips, and it’s not just lip service, we practice what we preach.

5. What denominations do you work with?

Every year we work with a wide variety of denominations from teams in the US and Canada and our base of church partners in Alaska is varied as well. We strive to match the team with an appropriate church partner. All churches are vetted ahead of time and sign a statement of faith. Please see our Statement of Faith for more details.

6. What is the trip length?

Our trips are a minimum of six days/five nights, but you are able to add additional days to your trip for an added cost. Travel days are included in the total number of trip days.

7. Do I need to take any medical precautions?

Though it’s 3,000+ miles away from the continental United States, Alaska is part of the US and no special precautions need to be taken in the form of immunizations or prescriptions. The greater concern is to dress appropriately considering the wide variability of summers in south central Alaska, which can range from 45 degrees up to 85 degrees and see frequent short rainy spells.

8. What travel documents do I need?

If you’re traveling from the United States to Alaska you only need a driver’s license. For adults traveling with minors who are not their children (i.e. youth leaders and youth groups), it’s a good idea to have the youth bring whatever ID they can along with a letter of consent to travel that is signed by both parents. If you’re traveling from Canada (or elsewhere in the world), bring a passport.

9. Is airfare included in the trip cost?

No, but the cost per person/day is all-inclusive from the time you arrive in Alaska until you depart.

Airfares vary too greatly to include in the trip cost. Each group is responsible for booking their own flights that arrive within a reasonable timeframe so as to be ready at our pickup times and on the exact trips dates registered for. We have a travel agent we work closely with if you’d like help booking your flights.

10. Can I make contact with my loved ones while on my trip?

While Alaska is in the United States and many cell plans will have at least some coverage, we strongly discourage trip participants from calling, texting, going online, or on social media on their phones during the trip. Most people use their phone as their main camera, and that’s fine – just put it in airplane mode.

The ministry and relationships built when putting our personal devices down is eye-opening. Our philosophy is no news is good news. We encourage each group leader to post trip updates and send pictures back home on behalf of each group. In addition we post pictures every day from every trip on our Facebook page at In the case of emergencies we have open and direct lines of immediate communication on every trip.

11. I have special dietary needs. Can these be met?

There is a section on the Individual Registration form each person fills out prior to the trip in which these needs can be listed. We read these over thoroughly and pass them along to our cooks. The food on our trips is plentiful and amazing!

We do our very best to accommodate all diets and diet restrictions, but please realize we are in a different culture without all the options we have back home. Feel free to bring supplemental food options with you if this will ease the anxiety of not knowing if there will be food which fit your tastes or diet.

12. Is the $499 registration fee deducted from my final payment?

No, it’s used right away to offset a small portion of planning and preparing for your group’s trip. Please read through our generous payment policy and cancellation agreement.

13. How do I select the ministries we desire?

Each group leader will have a missions consultant from Thirst Missions assigned who will go through ministry opportunities in detail. All group leaders have scheduled conference calls to discuss the trip and are welcome to contact their trip consultants about any other questions that arise.

14. What about on-location transportation?

On-location transportation is not included in the price of the mission trip.  Feel free to book your own team’s vans, SUVs, or other transport. If you’d like Thirst Mission to arrange transportation, we’d be glad to do so for $29/person/day.

15. Are any ministry materials provided?

Ministry materials are up to the teams to provide. Examples would be curriculum for VBS, sports equipment for sports outreach, and so on. Alaskan churches will have some resources that the group can use on a case-by-case basis. Most ministries require little in the way of materials. You can ask your missions consultant about suggestions for materials and ministry plans.

16. Are construction supplies included in the cost of the trip?

Funds will be set aside by Thirst Missions toward construction costs. Your missions consultant will give you some project and cost options—if you want to stay within the funds set aside you can, or if you’d like to do a larger project you can donate extra. All the money for supplies will be used to purchase materials which will be onsite when the group arrives.

17. Are there any additional costs?

Besides your trip cost, the only things you’ll need money for are souvenirs, church offerings, extra snacks, and money for meals at the airport.

18. How do we pay for recreation?

Payment and reservations for upgraded recreation are made by your team before your time in Alaska. Please work with your Thirst Missions Consultant or Trip leader to confirm your specific reservation.

19. Can you tell us about the food provided?

The food provided will, for the most part, be food Americans and Canadians are quite familiar with. We’ll have healthy breakfasts provided in the guest house, lunch most days will be a bagged lunch on the go, and dinners will be hearty meals served at the guest house, at the church, or at a local restaurant.

20. Can I stay in contact with people once I return home?

Yes! You can use Facebook and Instagram or email, call, or text just like you do with your friends back home. Staying in touch with new friends in Alaska is such a blessing and benefit to going and serving.

21. What are some outreach ministry ideas?

Movie nights, worship celebrations, community meals, or sports tournaments are good outreaches. If you have good outreach ideas we are certainly happy to help you make them a reality! Check out our blog for more outreach ideas.

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