Testimonials


My trip in Alaska had been so wonderful that I have a lot of energy to restart working... The hike was one of my greatest experience I ever had. The longest, the most difficult and a discovery of an environment new for me.

Personally I discovered that I could do something very difficult; we hiked a lot with great difference of altitude each day. Physically it was very challenging, and it was great to realize that I have resources to do that. I learned to challenge difficulties... and today I still use this experience when I am in difficult situations to gain confidence.
On the landscape level, the several glaciers are so unique. So overall it is an unforgettable trip.

Patrick A.
France

Doug and I have great memories of that trip [to Donoho] and how smoothly it went. Most of that we credit to your skill...

We still can't get over how good the food was. Doug went to British Columbia in July on kayak trip and to hear him tell it - nearly starved. You're a tough act to follow.

Thanks for making our trip such a wonderful experience.

Mark and Doug from NC
father & son trip

We booked an 8-day backpacking trip through Chistone Canyon via the Goat Trail July 2010 and had the time of our lives! The entire crew was competent, careful and professional. Our guide was a good cook and cared for us beyond any expectations. He was a knowledgable docent, a tolerable harpoon player and a patient teacher. We are back just as soon as possible!

Mark L (Goat Trail 2010)

The St. Elias Guides (Tyler and Katy) who lead the Mountain House Ski Mountaineering trip were extremely personable and knowledgeable. The minute I met them, it felt like we had been friends for years. I never felt like they were guides – it felt like a “friends trip”. They provided a really custom-feel to the trip by tailoring the activities to what I wanted. If I wanted to ski, we would ski; if I wanted to learn about avalanche safety and glacier travel, they would teach me; if I wanted to try some steep ascents and descents, we would do that; if we needed rest, we would do that. Both the nature of the trip and the guides allowed for such a customized feel. Could not have asked for a better experience!

Peter B
Mountain House

Your company did an outstanding job! Every guide was excellent. Young men and women of great character and experience! They were great! Knowledgeable and not overbearing. Good natured & good with the kids. Exceeded our expectations!

Scout Troop 766
Glacier and Tundra Trek

It's a tough call, but I'd have to say that the journey from Kennecott to the Lakina River is the best backpacking trip in Wrangell St Elias National Park - possibly the best backpacking trip in Alaska! One a clear day, the views from the ridgelines surrounding Lakina Pass are the best I've ever had.

Wayne Marrs
Owner, St Elias Alpine Guides

In a mountaineering trip the journey is more important then the destination - choose the St. Elias Guides for leadership through service.

Yuri L.
Albany, NY

Exceptional guides, exceptional team, exceptional guide company. Exceeded my expectations. Would recommend to anyone.

Andrew L.
Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Matt was amazing in helping to coordinate and assist in me finally getting out. I received everything I needed to make a informed decision on which trip to take. Matt responded to my inquiries in a timely manner. I had everything I needed to have a great and memorable trip.
Chad has an amazing ability to keep his head held high with poise and character through the toughest of situations. That allowed for me to have additional comfort that things were under control. Chad was exactly what I think a professional mountain guide should be.
You guys were so gracious and good it was hard to leave to go home.

Sean L.
Anchorage, AK

The food was great. Full-blown breakfasts and dinners every day, and many of them better than what I eat at home (at least when I am doing the cooking). In my short climbing career, this was the first time I ate real bacon and eggs in the morning and salmon curry in the evening. I could get used to it.

Richard Doren
Expedition Course

Mt. Blackburn is a spectacular climb. After staring at it from the Kennicott Valley for so many years, to stand on top of it was an incredible experience..

Blackburn has everything you could ask for in a climb. Altitude, route-finding through crazy seracs, cool ridge climbing, steep snow, and powder turns. I could sit and stare out at the view of the Wrangell Mountains from the northwest ridge all day long. That's saying a lot from a guy who has a hard time sitting still!

Matt Vial
General Manager, Guide St. Elias Alpine Guides

"One of my enduring memories is the vastness and magnificence of the landscape. I can also report that we did not see another person during our trek... This is a seriously beautiful place... I feel privileged to have been guided by [St Elias Alpine Guides]. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other trekkers. This is an amazing part of the world and I am glad I saw it with such responsible people .”


Tiernan O. - Australia
Seven Pass Route

“Choosing our adventure” each and every day…everything was great – the food, the campsite, the hiking, the flights in and out…never dined so well on a backpacking trip!

Our guides were both professional and personable…we had fun, we learned, and we had freedom to do our own thing. This was my first experience with a guide and I’ve decided that’s the best way to travel!!

Mike L, Illinois
Skolai Basecamp

Everything was excellent - the flight over, the companionship, the awesome scenery and, of course, the hiking... a truly enjoyable adventure.

[Our] guides felt like family. They were fabulous, very personable, professional and helpful.

Skelly M, California
Skolai Basecamp

We wanted to tell you straight away how much we have enjoyed the Source to the Sea trip. The trip was a tremendous success for us due to the skill, professionalism, knowledge, commitment and humor of Kevin and Carleton. We had a really fantastic time and learnt a great deal about the wilderness we travelled through from them both. We will remember them and the rest of the crew for a very long time. There were moments of seriousness and quietness which we enjoyed of course but it feels as if we laughed and sang our way down those marvelous rivers. Many many thanks.

John K
Source to Sea

Matt is really the embodiment of what I’ve come to know as the professional guide mentality. He was personable but professional, always there when needed, always ready to help, very flexible, very well prepared. I would give my highest recommendation to Matt as a guide.

Tom W
Iceberg Lake Basecamp 2009

Having been to Alaska once previously on a family trip, I looked forward to experiencing the remoteness, vastness, and beauty of the Alaskan wilderness that lies beyond the usual tourist routes.

Wrangell-St. Elias NP is, in my experience, one of the best places to find that experience, and St. Elias Alpine Guides is a great way to do it. From our arrival in McCarthy to our departure, our guide, Matt, was the ideal guide. Plans were well laid but flexible, and we really felt like we had free reign of the area around Iceberg Lake.

The flight in was incredible, and the area is one of the most beautiful and remote places I’ve ever visited. We had the fortune of perfect weather and hiked, climbed, and explored the glacier upstream to our hearts’ content.

The base camp Matt brought was fairly luxurious for someone accustomed to Spartan backpacking. I felt a little guilty... almost.

I would give my highest recommendation to the park and SEAG - especially Matt - to anyone who is looking for the real remote, rugged, and incredibly beautiful Alaska. The trip was perfect, and I could not be more pleased to have gone.

Tom W
Iceberg Lake Basecamp

My husband, Jay and I were looking for a unique way to explore Alaska and end up having the experience of a lifetime thanks to St. Elias Alpine Guides. Amongst our adventures we experienced the thrill of being flown into a remote section of the park to hike up mountains and explore glaciers that very few people have ever explored or seen was amazing. From the booking of our unique adventure to the conclusion of our trip we couldn’t have felt more satisfied with our decision to book with St. Elias Alpine Guides. With so many Guide Services to choose from it is important to pick a guide service that has the experience, professionalism, and care in delivering the experience you seek. That is St. Elias Alpine Guides. A company that treats you like family and works hard to ensure you have the best time of your life.

Judith B
Iceberg Lake Basecamp 2010

Upon meeting Ben we instantly knew we were in good hands. We immediately felt he was a perfect match for us as we discussed what type of experience we were looking for and some of the adventures we had had in the past. He gave us some suggestions on what to do at Iceberg Lake and we were off and running. His adventurous nature and his love for history gave us exactly the adventure we were looking for. Each day we picked a destination and with his knowledge he helped us forage every obstacle.

The landscape of Iceberg Lake was an entirely new environment for Jay and I. As novices we felt 100% safe and trust in Ben’s abilities, skills, and experience. Ben successfully balanced our adventurous spirit with our lack of experience in this particular terrain. We walked away from Iceberg Lake with a better understanding of this unique treasure and gained confidence in our own abilities.

Ben was always professional and made us feel comfortable with him from the start. It felt like we were old friends just handing out together.

Judith B
Iceberg Lake Basecamp 2010

Lucas is a fantastic guide. While I was new to pretty much everything on the trip (ice hiking and climbing, pack rafting, etc.), I always felt encouraged to reach beyond my comfort zone and try to accomplish more without ever feeling unsafe. He's very thoughtful, always enthusiastic, and surprisingly personable for a White Sox fan.

Annie O
Ultimate Wilderness 2012

When you're ready for a real expedition, these are real professionals in real wilderness.

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Frommer's Travel Guide
Alaska

Thank you so much for the Copper River Trip. It was fabulous. The guides were the best I've ever been with. I've done a lot of river trips and this was the best!

N. Magee
Copper River Trip

Ben was personable and knowledgeable - he shared town history, animal/fauna knowledge and glacier knowledge - terrific guide.

Gail M
Glacier Hike 2013

St. Elias Alpine Guides matched us to the perfect tours to help us experience the splendor and majesty of the Wrangell-St. Elias glaciers. Our guide was experienced and knowledgeable. A once in a lifetime adventure - it was the highlight of our Alaska experience.

Gail M
Glacier Hike 2013

Thanks for an incredible trip that brought our family together while we experienced Alaska. We could not have done this without your assistance. Ben was great, as were Nick and Zack. To quote Judy "our experiences were life altering". We would be glad to be a reference for any prospective clients.

Jon S
Multi-Sport 2013

"Some of the most experienced deep-backcountry guides in south-central Alaska."

Backpacker Magazine

"One of the most experienced outfitters in the state."

Outside Magazine

How exceptional is a wilderness guide service that really delivers the tough joy of the Alaskan wilderness with passion, professional knowledge, and attention to detail – all the while, with good humor and great cooking? St. Elias Alpine Guides is that exceptional outfit. In our wildest national park – two gems, five stars!

Jim N (Goat Trail 2010)