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: Minimal experience required
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 23rd - September 13th, 2015
Price: $675
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 2-5, June 29-July 2, 2015
July 13-17, July 28-31, 2015
August 25-28, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $1,450 - $1,775
Trip Length: 4-6 Days Difficulty: Moderate
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.
June 29-July 3, July 27-31, 2015 (5 days)
July 7-10, 2015 (4 days)
August 18-23, 2015 (6 days)
Custom Dates Available
Price: $975
Trip Length: 5 Days Difficulty: Moderate
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 15-19, July 13-17, Aug 3-7, Aug 17-21, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $1,650
Trip Length: 7 Days Difficulty: Moderate
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 5-11, July 19-25, August 2-8, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $2,200
Trip Length: 7 Days Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
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 11-17, August 8-14, 2015
Custom Dates Available
Price: $1,850
Trip Length: 8 Days Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
Located in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, this legendary “Goat Trail” offers some of the most spectacular backpacking in Alaska, if not the world. It begins at the mouth of the Chitistone Canyon, hiking through spruce forests and deep canyons the color of the Southwest. Soon you climb to the high alpine, where mountains spill their glaciers onto tundra covered slopes dotted with wildflowers and wildlife.
June 22-29, 2015
Custom Dates Available