Skolai to Nizina Multi-sport

Rafting & Backpacking: The Best of Wrangell-St.Elias

Our Skolai Pass to the Nizina River Multi-Sport adventure traverses some of the most impressive terrain the Wrangell-St. Elias has to offer! The bush plane flight to Skolai Pass shadows your route; up the Nizina River Canyon, over the Nizina and Rohn Glaciers, skirting Rohn Ridge and crossing the Frederika Glacier, to finally landing in the alpine tundra of Skolai Valley. Surrounded by hanging glaciers and alpine peaks, you’ll cross fast flowing rivers, hike on glaciers as they shape the landscape, climb rocky ridges, and descend to the source of the Nizina River. After 8 days, you and your Alaska mountain guide change from land to water travel, boarding rafts and silently floating beneath towering rock walls weeping with thousand foot waterfalls. At the take-out you rendezvous with a bush plane for the flight back to McCarthy.

Trip Highlights:

  • Exploring the Wrangell-St. Elias wilderness on foot and by raft
  • Wilderness backpacking over glaciers and tundra
  • Exploring iceberg-filled Nizina Lake
  • Spectacular views of the Hole-in-the-Wall Glacier and the high peaks of the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains