— Seven Pass Route —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 7 Days
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Total Mileage: 30mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 7,200′
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $6,450
    • Private 2 Participant – $4,225/person
    • Private 3-6 Participant – $3,620
    • Group – $3,290
  • Group Trip Dates:
    Aug 10-16, 2023
    Private Trips with custom dates are available.
  • Trip Itinerary / Download PDF
  • Equipment List 
  • Photo Gallery

One of my enduring memories is the vastness and magnificence of the landscape. I can also report that we did not see another person during our trek... This is a seriously beautiful place... I feel privileged to have been guided by [St Elias Alpine Guides]. Read More >

Tiernan O Backpacking Seven Pass Route

A classic Wrangell – St. Elias backpacking route!

Fly to Bremner mine where relics of a bush mining camp from the turn of the century will inspire you to take on the wilderness. High in the alpine of the Chugach, the route traverses rocky slopes, tundra valleys, spectacular glaciers, and, of course, a few high mountain passes, but it’s only 3 passes, unlike the historic name suggests! Alaska’s finest expansive views accompany dips in alpine lakes, blueberries found among the tundra, and grizzly bear sightings in the distance. The rugged landscape forged by ice, challenges even experienced backpackers with terrain variability, moraine, elevation gain, and stream crossings – making this one of the most epic routes in the Chugach Mountains!

Trip Highlights:

  • A challenge of endurance and athleticism
  • Spectacular tour of the Chugach Mountains
  • Terrain variability
  • Some glacier time but not the focus of the trip
  • Explore the incredibly well-preserved Bremner Mine


What’s Included?

  • Professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • 45min roundtrip bush flight in and out of the backcountry
  • All the food on the trip
  • Group gear (bear canisters, cookware, fuel, tents*)

*We recommend that you bring your own tent, if possible.

What’s not Included?

  • Gratuities
  • Personal camping and hiking gear (see Equipment List)
  • Logistics surrounding your trip


You’ll need to be in McCarthy the day before your trip begins for an Orientation and Gear Shakedown. You’ll meet your guide, grab group gear and make sure you are fully prepared to go into the backcountry.

Please account for a full day for travel both to and from McCarthy and the next Alaskan destination. We don’t recommend leaving McCarthy the last day of your trip as this cuts significantly into your last backcountry day and usually makes for a very hectic drive.

Check out our Transportation Page to learn how to get to and from McCarthy.
Check out our Lodging Page for lodging recommendations in the area.
Contact us if you have questions about logistics.

Trip Package

If you are planning your trip +2 months before your trip start date, upgrade to a Trip Package! A Trip Package will include transportation to/from McCarthy, local lodging, and any other local activities you’re interested in. We charge a non-refundable $50 Trip Package fee per person for this service.


Get in Touch!

Looking to book a Private Trip or not sure if this is the right trip for you? Schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator  – she’ll help you narrow down which trip is best for you and answer any questions you have about our trips, the local area, or surrounding logistics!
CLICK HERE to schedule a call at a time that works well for you.

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