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.

The Wrangell St. Elias National Park is an Alaskan mountain climbing paradise. The convergence of three impressive mountain ranges offers remote, world-class climbing throughout the spring and summer months – and the remoteness insures that we rarely see other climbers. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran we’d be excited to organize a trip for you.

It goes without saying that once you climb here, mountain climbing anywhere else just won’t be the same. We hope you’ll include us in your Alaska mountaineering plans this season. Contact us to discuss your climbing trip today!

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Mt. Bona Expedition

A great stepping stone to Denali; Mt. Bona poses similar challenges: arctic weather, high elevation, and heavy glaciation. Bona, however offers more remoteness, more solitude, and less likelihood of altitude-related illness.

Price : $4,750 (discounts available for groups of 4 or more)

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

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 : $5,750 (discounts available for groups of 4 or more)

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 : $2,175

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : June

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Mt. Sanford Ski and Climb

At 16,237 feet (4,949 m) Mt. Sanford is the 6th tallest mountain in the United States and anchors the Wrangell Mountains on the north. Well-suited for ski mountaineering the ascent up the Sheep Glacier offers a great introduction to big-mountain Alaska climbing. The views aren't bad either....

Price : starting at $4,950

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June, July

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First Ascents Expedition

The magic of the Wrangell and St. Elias Ranges are the myriad of unexplored peaks and glaciers. There are few exotic places left on this earth where a climber can experience the deep awe of exploring mountains no one has ever set foot on. The First Ascents Expeditions are designed for climbers who want to weave exploration together with climbing, who want to climb in solitude and in true wilderness.

Price : $5,200

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : May, June, July

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Mt. Bear Expedition

If remote mountain climbing in Alaska appeals to you; Mt. Bear is as deep in the St. Elias Mountains as you can get.

Price : Starting at $4,650

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June

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Mt. Drum Expedition

A challenging peak, Mt. Drum offers technical climbing without the commitment or rarified air of its larger neighbors. Drum is suitable for intermediate climbers, or fit novices in search of a real challenge. Basic mountaineering skills and comfort with exposure are required for this 8-10 day climb.

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

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June, July

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Alpine Light Expedition

Exploring the mountains with knowledge and experience allows climbers to move "fast and light." The Alpine Light Expedition is an introduction to this method of Alaska mountaineering.

Price : $3,195

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : June, July

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Expedition Climbing Course

Whether you're just beginning or have some experience and want to push your mountaineering endeavors farther afield this is the course for you. Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will teach you the basics of expedition style climbing and help you hone your skills in crevasse rescue, avalanche avoidance, and roped travel.

Price : $3,195

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : June

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Alpine Scrambling: A Peak Baggers Dream

Scramble from peak-to-peak on this bush-plane accessed, rugged backpacking/alpine scrambling trip. Enjoy endless views of high alpine valleys and glaciers from the summit of rugged 6,000 to 7,000 foot peaks on this one-of-a-kind adventure!

Price : $2,850

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced, Customized Based on Goals and Ability

Travel Dates : June, July, August, Custom dates

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Technical Mountain Course

If you have personal mountain climbing experience and are looking to take your rope-work and climbing skills to the next level, or have taken our basic mountaineering course, then our Technical Mountain Course is a great next step.

Price : $3,575

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : 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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