— Ice Climbing —

The Details

  • Price: $170 Adult / $150 Child
  • Trip Length: 1 Day
  • Difficulty: Requiring Fitness and a Sense of Adventure!
  • Dates: Offered daily at 9am from May 26th to September 10th, 2023. Custom/private trips available – inquire with us for details!
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I was lucky enough to go ice climbing with St Elias Alpine Guides and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

"Sail Far" Ice Climbing

Best Ice Climbing in Alaska

If you want to experience the thrill of ice climbing in Alaska, this is the trip for you. Set amidst the stunning beauty of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the Root Glacier offers the perfect venue for people of all ages and skill levels to participate in this exciting and rewarding sport. It’s a 2-mile hike on a moderate trail (with some steep sections) to get out to the Root Glacier, so make sure you’ve got a good pair of hiking boots, and a backpack to carry your gear!

Trip Highlights:

  • Try your hand at ice climbing in one of the most spectacular environments in the world
  • Climbing options for everyone from the nervous novice to seasoned climbers
  • Friendly and professional guides to teach you “the ropes”
  • Views of the 7,000ft high Stairway Icefall, 16,390ft Mt. Blackburn and other surrounding peaks

At St. Elias Alpine Guides, safety and customer experience is our number one goal. Our experienced climbing guides have been leading mountaineering courses, backpacking tours, and glacier ice climbing seminars in this remote Alaskan wilderness for over 30 years. You’ll be in good hands from the moment your guide fits you for your harness until you’re swapping stories in our office at the end of the day. Please see our Alaska ice climbing resource page for more information.

We also offer Custom Ice Climbing trips for groups wishing to have their own private guide. This option is great for families or groups who would like to split their day between climbing and hiking on the glacier. Contact us for more information!

Wondering about transportation logistics, how many people will be on your tour, or what to bring? Check out our FAQs – carefully curated to help you plan, you may find the answer to a question you didn’t even know you had! Once you book with us you’ll receive a confirmation with additional information specific to your trip.

We strongly encourage advanced reservations for all of our activities. If you’re planning on heading out to the Wrangells this summer, please make a reservation today! You can easily book online yourself by clicking the orange “Book This Trip” button on the left or give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you!

Price: $170 Adult / $150 Child

*Lunch is not included in trip prices, but you’re welcome to purchase a Snack Pack for $8.

Are you unsure if this is the trip for you? Buy a Gift Card in advance, giving you the ultimate flexibility as you plan your Alaska adventure!

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

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