— Glacier & Tundra Backpack Trip —

  • Trip Length: 5 Days
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Total Mileage: 25-30mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,000′
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $3,400
    • Private 2 Participant – $2,075/person
    • Private 3-6 Participant – $1,650/person
    • Group – $1,450/person
  • Group Trip Dates:
    June 26-30, 2023
    Aug 6-10, 2023
    Private Trips with custom dates available!
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Your company did an outstanding job! Every guide was excellent. Young men and women of great character and experience! They were great! Knowledgeable and not overbearing. Good natured & good with the kids. Exceeded our expectations!

Scout Troop 766 Backpacking Glacier and Tundra Trek

Snowy peaks, living glaciers, & lush tundra

Fly out to the Western side of the Kennicott Glacier and witness a uniquely Alaskan scene – snowy Mt. Blackburn (5th tallest peak in the US) towers over the massive Kennicott Glacier and its colorful moraine. Not for the faint of heart, this route challenges even experienced backpackers with relentless “micro-terrain”, difficult moraine, ever-changing glacial rivers, and even some light bushwacking to boot! With only one bush flight for access, this is one of our most affordable backpacking trips.

We want to emphasize the difficulty of this trip. The route starts and ends at roughly the same elevation and there are no major passes to cross. All the elevation gain and loss, and it is significant, is made up of constant ups and downs on uneven and incredibly rugged terrain. In fact, the only flat spots you may encounter will be where you set up your tents!

Trip Highlights:

  • Challenging and uniquely Alaskan terrain
  • Extensive glacial exposure and exploration
  • Incomparable views of Mt. Blackburn and other huge and snowy peaks
  • Opportunity to climb Mt. Donoho
  • Less expensive trip with only 1 short bush flight
  • Ice climb Add-on available for Private Trips

What’s Included?

  • Professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • 10min bush flight into the backcountry
  • All the food on the trip
  • Group gear (bear canisters, cookware, fuel, tents*)
  • Crampons

*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

Logistics

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.

“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”

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