Get even further off the beaten path!
Ready-made itineraries for every age group!
Get even further off the beaten path!
Large Group Trips
Customized Group Wilderness Tours in Alaska
With over 40 years of organizing amazing trips in the Wrangells, we are definitely the adventure experts in the National Park! We’ll work with you to come up with the perfect itinerary for your large group’s guided Alaska trip!
Choose a Customized Tour Experience
- Groups of 6-12 adult participants
- Church groups
- Yoga, outdoor or other specialty clubs
- Large families or groups of friends
- Corporate retreats
- Colleges and school groups
- Use our 5 or 11-day multi-sport itineraries or work with us to build your own custom adventure itinerary.
- Our large group wilderness tours can include historical exploration, bush flying, hiking, ice climbing, camping, backpacking, and rafting, and education on a variety of topics.
- Check out our sample itineraries below for a mix of camp and lodge-based activities.
- We’ll work with you to customize each package to your group’s needs so you have the best experience
- Come with your own educator or work with our senior guide instructors to create a custom Alaskan backcountry course for your large group.
- Learn about a range of topics from history to geology to backcountry photography in a beautiful outdoor classroom.
Custom Private Trips
Get even further off the beaten path...
With over 40 years of creating amazing trips in the Wrangells, we are definitely your adventure experts! We’ll work with you to come up with the perfect itinerary for your Alaska trip!
Get even further into the backcountry and experience a landscape few have ever seen! We have experimental routes and secret spots in the Park for an extra special wilderness experience. We’ll work with you to create the perfect trip based on your abilities, goals, and interests. Custom Private Trips are recommended for folks that have already done multi-day excursions in the Park and want to do something very specific, in a particular location or format that we don’t offer on our other trip. Get in touch with our Expedition Coordinator to start planning your epic Alaskan adventure!
Tailored Wilderness Tours for Groups
Crafted Alaska Customized Group Excursions
Why Choose Customization?
Unlock the advantages of a tailored journey. Our customized tours grant flexibility, ensuring every participant relishes their ideal Alaska experience. Say farewell to cookie-cutter tours and embrace a trip uniquely yours.
Partner with us for a personalized Alaskan escapade that caters specifically to your group’s desires and preferences. Dive into the heart of Alaska, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Contact us at St. Elias Alpine Guides today for more information.
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On Basecamp Trips we fly out into the wilderness and set up camp near the airstrip. From here we explore the area on a series of day hikes with lighter packs or paddles and return to the same camp every night.
Basecamp Trips are recommended for beginner campers, families with younger children, and those with injuries that may prevent them from carrying a heavy pack. We also recommend these trips for those looking for a more relaxing experience, though please note that all the terrain in the Wrangells is quite rugged so some level of athleticism is always required to get around the wilderness.
On Mini-Backpacking Trips we fly to a backcountry destination and strap on our heavy backpacks, taking a short hike to set up our first camp. Over several days, we will explore different areas on day-hikes, moving camp at least once again.
Mini-Backpacking Trips are perfect for those newer to camping and backpacking or those looking for a less physically strenuous backpacking experience in rugged Alaska. Great for kids 12 and up!
On Point-to-Point Backpacking Trips we take 4-8 days to get from backcountry destination A to backcountry destination B, moving camp every night, being completely self-sufficient, and carrying all our gear on our backs.
Our Backpacking Trips are different in difficulty as well as terrain and scenery and each presents a unique series of challenges. Alaska requires more and burlier gear which means heavier packs and the terrain and weather can be relentless – do not underestimate the challenges a trail-less wilderness presents! We do not offer any “easy” backpacking trips and do not recommend these trips for first-time or beginner backpackers.
On Rafting Trips we usually spend 2-6hrs on the river every day, stopping for lunch and short, scenic hikes before making a camp in the wilderness. Our rafting trips are scenic floats, allowing access to otherwise unattainable views and covering more miles than you ever could on foot, with some class II-III rapids in between. Rafting trips allow a slightly more “luxurious” wilderness experience than backpacking or basecamp hiking – easier on the legs, a more casual daily schedule with more time at camp, no backpack burden, more elaborate meals with fresher ingredients, etc.
We raft a few different rivers in the Wrangells and each has unique scenery and logistics, some involving bush flights and some ending way out on the coast! We recommend our rafting trips to anyone looking for a wilderness experience at a very comfortable pace, those wanting to spend quality time with their group, or those hoping to relax while still seeing a lot. Kids ages 8+ are welcome.
On Mountaineering Expeditions we access remote big-mountain terrain, usually landing on ski planes to climb and ski some of the tallest peaks in Alaska’s endless mountain kingdom! We offer small-group objective-based expeditions where the goal is to safely summit and descend a remote peak, play-style expeditions where we set up a basecamp to access some shorter but epic lines, and technical courses where the goal is to learn and practice mountaineering techniques and skills (see below). We climb and ski in a wilderness style – there are 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. All mountaineering trips include Trip Packages with transportation and lodging logistics included (Anchorage to Anchorage).
Our mountaineering expeditions are recommended for those looking to access some of the most remote and wild mountain terrain on the planet. Each trip has a difficulty level, requires vetting and a mountaineering resume. Some trips require guide references.
On Technical Courses the goal is to learn technical skills and put them into practice on Alaska’s unique glaciated terrain. Our courses vary in length and can be highly customizable
Technical Courses are recommended for those wanting to focus on skill-building and excited to learn in an incredible outdoor classroom. All skill levels are welcome. We are not affiliated with any learning institution and these courses do not provide any type of certification. That said, we hope that what we teach you and your experience is memorable and transforms your mountain confidence and abilities!
All the pictures and descriptions sound amazing! How do I know what’s right for me? Here are some things to think about when selecting a trip:
What is my #1 goal for this adventure? Do I want to relax and get away from a hectic schedule? Do I want to push myself on an epic and athletically challenging journey? Create life-long memories with my family or partner? Learn skills from the experts and grow my scope as a mountain athlete? See new landscapes and experience Alaska’s unique glaciated terrain?
What are my interests? Birding, animals, photography, geology, wildflowers, journaling, athleticism, spirituality, art, technical climbing, etc.
Will this trip be part of a bigger Alaska trip? Where else am I going and what else will I see? Our glaciated terrain, history, high-altitude peaks, and vast backcountry wilderness are what set us apart from other areas in Alaska.
What am I comfortable with at my current level of knowledge, experience, and physical and mental ability? Alaska is bigger and tougher than anything in the lower 48 and it’s a great place to push yourself, but you want to be realistic and make sure you have a good foundation to build upon if reaching for higher heights.
Our wilderness trip guides are the best of the best! They have worked for us as day guides for at least one full season, have extensive experience in the backcountry, advanced wilderness medical training, a good head on their shoulders, and are also fun and personable people to spend a few days or a few weeks with. They love what they do and want to make sure you have the best experience possible. Our guides come in many shapes and sizes and from many different backgrounds – you can get to know them here. We assign guides to individual trips 2-4 weeks prior to the trip and do our best to match their personalities to yours and your group’s. Your guide plans to contact you 1-2 weeks before the trip to introduce themselves and answer any last minute questions you might have.* Our schedule is as dynamic as our environment and we apologize if this doesn’t happen or isn’t as timely due to busy schedules and/or last-minute scheduling additions and changes.
*Our Mountaineering Guides get assigned several months in advance and will be contacting you 2 months before the expedition to make introductions and answer any last minute questions.