Alaska Backpacking Trips

For over 40 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! A completely trail-less and undeveloped wilderness, backpacking in the Wrangells allows you to engage with a raw and virgin landscape, negotiating unique and challenging terrain. Always an adventure, point-to-point backpacking allows you to cover the most ground and see the changing landscapes of this enormous National Park!

Recommended for

  • Beginner to expert backpackers
  • Families with older children
  • Groups with similar abilities and interests
  • Adventurers looking for an epic wilderness experience and willing to push themselves

What’s Included

  • Customized trip planning
  • Orientation and a Gear Shakedown
  • Your professional guides
  • Scenic bush flights in and out of the backcountry
  • All the food while you’re in the backcountry
  • Group gear and technical equipment

You’ll be responsible for your own personal camping and hiking gear, logistics surrounding the trip, and food in the front country, before and after the trip.

Adventures with Ease

We know this area can be a little tricky, logistically speaking, so we’re here to help! We can arrange transportation to and from the Wrangells, local lodging, and other local activities before and after the backcountry trip. Upgrade your backcountry adventure to a Trip Package!

Group & Private Trips

Most Backpacking Trips are available a couple of times this summer in a Group format and Private Trips with custom dates are available! Contact our Expedition Coordinator to start planning your trip! CLICK HERE to schedule a call at a time that works well for you.

Trip Details


Skolai Pass Mini-Backpacking

When we picture the perfect setting for a base camp or backpacking trip, the alpine tundra of Skolai Pass is right at the top. To the south, this remote valley is flanked by the exotic Hole-in-the-Wall Glacier with its seven icy tongues. To the north, the mighty Frederika Glacier lumbers down towards Skolai Valley. To the east, lofty Chitistone Pass is cloaked in wildflowers, dotted with pristine alpine lakes. All of our favorite elements of Alaska rolled into one great location.

Price : $2,200

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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Root Glacier Overnight Adventure

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"!

Price : $550

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Minimal Experience Required

Travel Dates : May, June, July, August, September

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Glacier & Tundra

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.

Price : $1,450

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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Upper Chitistone Goat Trail

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.

Price : $2,630

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

Travel Dates : June, July, August

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Three-Day Ice Climbing Camp

Spend 3 days out on the Root Glacier learning climbing technique, ropework, anchors, and other technical skills from our friendly and knowledgeable guides!

glacier ice climber with blue pool

Price : $995

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!, Customized Based on Goals and Ability

Travel Dates : May, June, July, August, September

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Donoho Peak Wilderness

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.

Price : $895

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Minimal Experience Required

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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Journey to Oz

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.

Price : $2,290

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : June, July

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Seven Pass Route

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.

Price : $3,290

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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Chugach Mountain Circuit

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.

Price : $2,630

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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Backcountry Skills Seminar

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!

Price : Varies - Contact us for details

Length : Single Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!, Customized Based on Goals and Ability

Travel Dates : May, June, July, August, September

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