Our multi-day trips begin with an Orientation and Gear Shakedown – the day before your trip begins you’ll need to be in McCarthy to meet your guide, grab group gear and make sure you are fully prepared to go into the backcountry. Because our weather is so hard to predict, this is a great time to ask them any last-minute gear questions – “this jacket or this fleece?” This meeting will be organized by your guide when they reach out to you, about 10 days before the trip.
Most people arrive in McCarthy the day before the trip and leave the day after the trip, but some like to come to McCarthy a little earlier or stay a couple of days later to join us for a Day Trip or rest up and enjoy the quiet town. We don’t recommend leaving McCarthy the last day of your trip as this not only cuts into your last backcountry day but also doesn’t allow time for any weather-related delays (which are not uncommon).
If you are planning your trip +2 months before your trip start date, ask us about upgrading to a Trip Package! A Trip Package will include transportation, lodging, other activities, and any other logistics you need in addition to your backcountry trip. We specialize in activities and areas in or near Wrangell – St. Elias so we can put together an amazing itinerary for you, showcasing the best of this corner of Alaska!
If you’re looking to connect your time in the Wrangells with other adventures in Alaska you may consider adding a day of salmon fishing on the Copper River, driving to Nabesna on the North side of the Park for some epic hiking, flying to the remote town of Cordova for sea kayaking or driving to Valdez for some deep-sea fishing, whale watching, and other water activities!
*Mountaineering expeditions and ski trips work on a slightly different schedule and transportation to/from McCarthy as well as basic lodging at our historic bunkrooms is included in trip costs. The Copper River Rafting Trip has different logistics, starting in Chitina and ending in Cordova. The Chitina River Rafting Trip begins the same in McCarthy but ends in Chitina.