Mountaineering

Since 1978 St. Elias Alpine Guides has provided Alaska mountaineering trips and courses in North America’s premier mountain wilderness, the Wrangell St. Elias National Park.

With over 150 first ascents in the Park to our name, we have the knowledge and experience to make your trip a success. We offer small-group wilderness-style expeditions – no fixed lines, no sherpas, no busy basecamp scenes and established camps, no weather stations, and usually no one on the mountain except our team! This is a different style of climbing and takes strong mental and physical fortitude as teams must be completely self-sustained.

With 7 of the 10 tallest peaks in the country in our backyard, we proclaim Wrangell St. Elias National Park an Alaskan mountain climbing paradise! The convergence of three impressive mountain ranges offers remote, world-class climbing throughout the spring and summer months.  Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran, we’ll help you select the perfect summit or the ultimate line for an expedition of a lifetime!

Why climb or ski in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park?

  • Unlike the busy basecamp scene at Mt. Denali with bushplanes and helicopters buzzing overhead, out here you’re not likely to see another party on your expedition
  • On May 25, 2022 over 100 climbers summited Mt. Everest. On the same day, our team of 10 summited Mt. Bear (15,831). They were the only team to climb and summit Mt. Bear last year…
  • Wilderness climbing is the purest form of the sport and will test your limits. No weather stations, fixed lines, sherpas, established camps, or skin tracks to follow – it’s just you and the mountain.
  • While access to this remote and less-frequented part of the world is difficult, our logistical team keeps planning easy and your trip running as smoothly as possible.
  • Our team of expert and experienced guides will help you push yourself and achieve your personal best.

Recommended for:

  • Beginner mountaineers with some previous big-mountain experience
  • Expert mountaineers looking for the challenge of a remote Alaskan objective
  • Climbers looking to tick off the tallest peaks in the country
  • Experienced backcountry skiers looking to extend their ski season
  • Experienced backcountry skiers interested in a big-mountain objective

What’s Included?

All of our mountaineering trips are all-inclusive Trip Packages!

  • Customized trip planning
  • Van transportation to and from Anchorage
  • Lodging in our historic bunkrooms (as far as capacity allows)
  • An orientation day at headquarters and group packing (most trips)
  • Your professional guides (2 minimum on each trip)
  • Scenic bush flights with technical landings for access
  • All food in the backcountry and in McCarthy
  • Group camp and technical gear (tents, fuel, sleds, ropes, etc)

You’ll be responsible for your own personal camping and technical gear, getting to and from Alaska, and gratuities for your guides.

Group, Private and Custom Trips

We offer several ascents and a ski camp each season as Group Trips, and Private Expeditions for just you and your party or Custom Trips that go even further off the beaten path may be 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


Mt. Bear Expedition

Deep in the wilderness of the Wrangells, next to the Canadian boarder lies the giant massif of Mount Bear! An epic ski-mountaineering objective, this high-altitude summit is the one of the tallest peaks in the country!

Price : $7,525

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June

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Chugach Backcountry Ski Basecamp

Carving turns on glaciers, rappelling into couloirs, skiing off of big summits – this is ski mountaineering, the art of turning mountaineering terrain into skiing terrain. Train with our experienced ski mountaineering guides to help build the skills and confidence to take your skiing to the next level.

summer ski mountaineering

Price : $5,500

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : May, June

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Mt. Blackburn Expedition

At 16,390 ft. (4,995 m), Mt. Blackburn is the tallest peak in the Wrangell Mountains and the fifth highest peak in the United States. A challenging peak, Blackburn is ideal for the mountaineer looking for a "full-on" Alaskan peak without having to take a month away from family and work.

Price : $8,380

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

Travel Dates : May

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Mt. Bona Expedition

Surrounded by nothing but rugged, remote mountains, Mt Bona is the perfect first Alaskan big-mountain expedition. The combination of heavy glaciation, arctic weather, and high-altitude mountaineering presents sufficient challenges with no technical climbing. Experience the classic remoteness of the St. Elias Range with a perfect challenging objective to provide ample opportunities to learn and practice your mountaineering skills!

Price : starting at $7,425

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June

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Introduction to Alaska Mountaineering Course

This course is a great Alaska mountaineering course for people of all skill levels to push their own personal limits, learn new skills, and spend some quality time in the splendid Alaskan wilderness.

Price : $3,120

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Minimal Experience Required, Customized Based on Goals and Ability

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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Mt. Sanford Ski and Climb

A great first Alaska Mountaineering Summit! Learn and practice mountaineering skills from our experienced guides while facing the same challenges that bring mountaineers from all over the world to Alaska!

Price : $4,945

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June

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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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Mt. Drum Expedition

With the help of our knowledgeable guides, bring your mountaineering experience to the next level as you try your hand at technical ridge climbing. Enjoy the ascent from the tundra to the summit of this stout Wrangell beauty!

Price : $4,200 (tundra landing) or $4,750 (glacier landing, early season)

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

Travel Dates : May, June, July

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University Peak Expedition

Steep snow and ice climbing, weaving through a maze of enormous seracs, and aesthetic climbing lines all characterize an ascent of the North Ridge of University Peak.

Price : Starting at $4,950

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May

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Mt. St. Elias Expedition

With its wicked combination of technical difficulty and foul weather Mt. St. Elias is the crown jewel. This is a world-class mountaineering objective for experienced climbers.

Price : $10k-$20k depending on clients/group

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June, Custom dates

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