— Root Glacier Overnight Adventure —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 2 Days
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $1300
    • Private 2 Participant – $725/person
    • Private Group (3-8 Participants) – $550/person
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Total Mileage: 10-30mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000-5,000ft
    (This trip is highly customizable with many route options to choose from.)
  • Trip Itinerary / Download PDF
  • Equipment List 
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Patrick A Backpacking Wrangell-St. Elias

Camping & Glacier Exploration

If you want to get out and experience the grandeur of an Alaskan backpacking trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, but simply don’t have time for a longer trip – or perhaps it’s your first trip and you’d prefer a shorter outing – this overnight adventure is perfect for you!

The majestic Kennicott valley is a great introduction to hiking and backpacking in the Alaska backcountry. An extended version of our popular full-day glacier hikes, this overnight trip allows two full days to explore the glacier and its surrounds, as well as a night under the stars…or midnight sun, or northern lights, depending on the time of year!

Trip Highlights:

  • Flexible itinerary and route can include exploring Donoho Basin, climbing Mt. Donoho, jumping in a blue pool, or exploring the fins, cracks, caves and crevasses of the Root Glacier!
  • Only Custom Private trips so each itinerary and route is tailored to your abilities, goals, and desires!
  • Ice climbing add-on available!

What’s Included?

  • Professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • 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


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.

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.

Some people arrive in McCarthy the day before the trip and leave the day after the trip, but some like to come to McCarthy a little earlier or stay a couple of days later to join us for a Day Trip or rest up and enjoy the quiet town. We don’t recommend leaving McCarthy on the last day of your trip as this usually cuts significantly into your backcountry time.

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

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