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!

Trip Details


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 : $6,145 for 4+ participants

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June, July

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Summer Ski Mountaineering Course

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 : $3,285 for 3+ participants

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : May

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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 : $7,695

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!

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 : $2,565

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

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 : starting at $995

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

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

Travel Dates : June, July, August, September

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First Ascents Expedition

Learn how to navigate, make crucial decisions, and hone your mountain sense as you work together with your guide in absolute remote wilderness to become the first team to climb a true Alaskan big-mountain summit!

Price : $6,450

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : Customized Based on Goals and Ability

Travel Dates : May, June, July, August

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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 : $4,695

Length : Multi-Day Adventures

Difficulty : For the Fit and Experienced

Travel Dates : May, June

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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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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 : $4,875

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 : $2,595

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 : $3,275

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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