Alaska Backpacking & Hiking Trips

Backpacking in Alaska For 35 years St Elias Alpine Guides has been leading backpacking trips in Alaska’s Wrangell St Elias National Park, with over 13 million acres of adventure! Backpacking in Alaska’s pristine wilderness is like stepping back in time; to a place many people think exists only in our past.

Our back-country backpack trips explore remote regions, most rarely visited; where the land is young, the mountains still grumble upwards, glaciers actively sculpt the rock faces, and tundra grabs a tentative hold on new soil – this is quintessential Alaskan wilderness adventure.

Our guides are professional and personable and will enthusiastically share their love and knowledge of this spectacular landscape with you. Exploring Alaska on foot with St. Elias Alpine Guides is always a fantastic adventure!

The prices listed are for a small group trip on scheduled dates.
Custom/private pricing is available – just contact us for details!

Trip Details

Price: $450
Trip Length: 2 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 1
If you want to get out and experience a bit of backpacking in Alaska but don't have time for one of our longer expeditions, this overnight adventure is perfect for you! An extended version of our popular full-day glacier hike, this overnight adventure gives you two full days to explore the crevasses and ice caves of the Root Glacier, as well as the tundra covered slopes of Donoho Peak. A great taste of backpacking the Wrangells in a "small-sampler-size"!
Available on demand from
May 26th - September 9th, 2018
2 person minimum
Price: $750
Trip Length: 4 Days Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
The Donoho Peak Wilderness Exploration is an excellent introduction to the rugged terrain and supreme natural beauty found in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Since the trip departs from our doorstep, we’re able to offer the trip at a very affordable rate.
June 13-16, June 29-July 2, 2018
July 9-12, July 28-31, 2018
August 23-26, 2017
Custom Dates Available
Price: $1,625 (4 days), $1,850 (5 days), $1,975 (6 days)
Trip Length: 4-6 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
If you’re looking for a shorter trek, but still want to experience the deep backcountry of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, our Upper Chitistone Goat Trail trek is for you! Located in the heart of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the route thru Chitistone Canyon offers some of the most spectacular backpacking in Alaska, if not the world.
July 9-12, 2018 (4 days)
June 29-July 3, July 31-August 4, 2018 (5 days)
August 10-15, 2018 (6 days)
Custom Dates Available
Price: $975 (4 days), $1,150 (5 days)
Trip Length: 4-5 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
Come experience the wild beauty of Alaska while backpacking with us on the Glacier and Tundra Exploration trip. The Wrangell St. Elias is home to massive glaciers, lofty mountain peaks, and lush, tundra-carpeted valleys. This trip gives you a great sampling of the variety of terrain found in the park as you travel through one of its most breathtaking glacial valleys.
June 19-23 (5 days)
July 2-5 (4 days)
July 12-16 (5 days)
July 28-31 (4 days)
Aug 6-10 (5 days), 2018
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,270
Trip Length: 6 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
To truly experience the remote, rugged beauty of the Chugach Mountains, there's no better way than his 6-day loop trek. With lots of glacial travel, this route has only moderate elevation gain, so you can explore the alpine at a comfortable pace, without being out of breath. Bring your camera to capture the tall, gothic spires of the Chugach Mountains surrounding by immense flowing rivers of ice.
August 14 - 19, 2018
Price: $2,295
Trip Length: 7 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
This is a great adventure for those looking for a longer trek with a moderate difficulty level. Enjoy the thrill of flying in a Super Cub bush plane, the smallest of the fleet! Then hike back through time on this 7 day point-to-point backpacking trip. View awe-inspiring peaks, massive rock glaciers, and stunning valleys as you explore the beauty and history of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
August 2-8, 2018
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,495
Trip Length: 7 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 3
If you're looking for a longer trek through an incredible variety of stunning Alaskan terrain, this trip is for you. Starting at the site of the historic Bremner gold mine in the Chugach Mountains, this route ascends high passes, crosses lush tundra, and winds across massive glaciers on its way to breathtaking Iceberg Lake. The diversity and expansiveness of the terrain provides a worthy challenge and will keep even seasoned backpackers intrigued. Some backpacking experience is recommended and strong physical condition is a must.
July 21-27, 2018
Custom Dates Available
Price: $1,850
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 2
Traversing some of the most stunning terrain in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the Kennecott to the Lakina River Trek gives backpackers a healthy helping of wild Alaska. The route crosses lumbering glaciers, high passes, and pristine alpine tundra as you make your way from the historic copper mining town of Kennecott to a remote landing strip on the Lakina River.
July 6-13, July 31-Aug 7, 2018
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,175
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: Alaska Grade 3
The High Pass Odyssey is a classic Wrangell Mountain backpacking trip. Glacial crossings, spectacular views, and high alpine tundra are just a few of the highlights. Starting at the beautiful iceberg-filled Nizina Lake, this route crosses the Nizina Glacier, and climbs up towards a high pass, offering splendid views of the Wrangells. It ends in the high expansive tundra of Skolai pass, full of wildlife viewing opportunities.
August 7-14, 2018
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,775
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
Scramble from peak-to-peak on this bush-plane accessed, rugged backpacking/alpine scrambling trip. Enjoy endless views of high alpine valleys and glaciers from the summit of rugged 6,000 to 7,000 foot peaks on this one-of-a-kind adventure!
Scheduled on Demand
Contact us for details

Custom Dates Available
Price: Varies - Contact us for details
Trip Length: 1 Day Difficulty: Customized based on goals & ability
This seminar is perfect for those who are planning to backpack through the Alaskan backcountry without a guide, but would like instruction in glacier travel, stream crossings, bear safety, and navigation. Schedule this seminar the day before you leave on your trip, and then tackle the Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry with confidence. Spend a day with a guide and receive expert instruction!
Offered daily at 9am from May 26th to September 9th, 2018.