Day Trip

Experience the best of Alaska in just three days!

Our Three-Day Tour Package combines three incredible Alaskan adventures at a discounted price. Pair either our Full-Day Glacier Hike or Ice Climbing with our Raft & Flightsee day trip and get the Kennecott town tour for free! 


Challenge yourself on one of the most beautiful glacier in Alaska, where you can choose between spending the day hiking across the Root Glacier on our Full-Day Glacier Hike or climbing on its vertical walls with a day of Ice Climbing


Raft down the surging and fast Class II Kennicott River, enjoy a multi-course lunch on a riverside sand-bar, then wind your way through the spectacular Class III Nizina Canyon of the Nizina River. End your day being picked up on the river bank by a bush plane for a breath-taking flight home over the rivers and glaciers of the Kennicott Valley. 


Explore the old mining town of Kennecott on our Kennecott Mill Town Tour. Your highly trained interpretive guide will bring the history to light and explain details of the fascinating mining process from the early 20th century. At 2-hours, this will be your shortest day with us, and you can easily schedule this tour for one of your travel days. We have tour times available at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. When booking, please let us know if you have a time and day preference for your Mill Tour.


Tour Details

   With Ice Climbing – $565
   With Full-Day Glacier Hike – $550
   With Ice Climbing – $495
   With Full-Day Glacier Hike – $480

Dates Offered
Daily from June 15th – September 1st

Age Limit
Must be age 8 or older for rafting

Group Size
Limited availability – maximum 12 guests to 2 guides for rafting


Trip Highlights

  • Experience some of the best adventures Alaska has to offer!
  • Hike or climb on the incredible Root Glacier
  • Raft down glacially-fed rivers and see unique geography
  • Explore the historic townsite of Kennecott, Alaska
  • Fly in a bush plane for incredible aerial views!

What’s Included?

  • Experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Rafting – Neoprene top, rain boots, and a PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Glacier Hike – Crampons
  • Ice Climbing – Rope, harness, helmet, climbing boots, crampons, and ice tools!
  • Roundtrip transportation!
(Pick-up time and location vary depending on your lodging location. Please reference your confirmation for specific details.)

What’s Not Included?

Once you book your trip, you’ll receive a confirmation with all the information you need!

Equipment List

Come prepared with the following for Glacier Hiking and/or Climbing

  • Rain GearBoth jacket and pants!
  • Extra LayersWarm sweater and/or jacket
  • Hat and Light Gloves – Gloves are used to protect your hands from the jagged ice!
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen – The reflective nature of the glacier makes these an absolute necessity!
  • Hiking Boots or Other Sturdy Walking Shoes – If climbing, we will loan you full-shank boots
  • Lunch, Snacks, and a Water Bottle
  • Camera/Phone to Take Pictures!
  • BackpackPlease make sure it is big enough to carry your extra layers, lunch, water, and the crampons

Come prepared with the following for Rafting

  • Rain Gear – both jacket and pants! 
  • Warm Layers – NO COTTON!
  • Warm Hat and Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Rain/Rubber Boots – We do have loaner boots available if needed. The shoes you arrive in will  be stored in a waterproof bag if they are not waterproof.
  • Water Bottle – lunch is provided!
  • Camera/Phone to Take Pictures!


Each activity that we offer is unique and requires a different skills set that may not be suitable for all ages. Here are the age limits for our Day Trips:

Kennecott Mill Town Tour – All ages are welcome! Please keep in mind that there are steep stairs that all participants must be able to navigate independently. A hands free carrier is required for those 2 and under.

Half-Day Glacier Hike – All ages are welcome! Consider that you will hike between 5-6 miles. A hands free carrier is recommended for young children. A Private Trip is a great choice depending on the ages and abilities of your kids.

Full-Day Glacier Hike – All ages are welcome! Consider that you will hike between 8-11 miles. A hands free carrier is recommended for young children. To give your family the ultimate flexibility, a Private Trip is a great choice depending on the ages and abilities of your kids.

Ice Climbing – We recommend participants be 8 years old or older. Participants are expected to swing ice tools that can weigh between 2-5 lbs and use their own strength to move themself up the wall. Please consider your kid’s capabilities! We strongly encourage that families with children under 8 years old book a Private Trip.

Raft & Flightsee – We require participants be 8 years old or older. Participants must be able to hold on to the boat independently and be able to quickly and fully follow instructions given by the guide.

Kayaking Trips – We require participants be 3 years old or older.

Fly-In Hiking Trips – All ages are welcome! A hands free carrier is strongly recommended for those 2 or under.

We do not recommend trekking poles for the glacier portion of your trek. Trekking poles can be helpful for the 2-mile hike to the glacier, but are not required or necessary for all hikers. If you decide to bring trekking poles with you for your trek, please make sure they can easily break down so that you can store them on/in your pack while exploring the glacier.

Tipping is customary in the guiding industry and always appreciated. Our guides are paid professionals but tips make up a significant portion of their income and can go a long way toward making guiding a feasible long-term career choice. For our day trips, a good estimate is between 10% and 20% of the trip cost. So if you go on a day hike or climb with us, that would come to between $10 and $35 per person, depending on the trip and the percentage. As in any industry, your tip should be based on the service you feel you received. If you had the time of your life, the sky’s the limit! You can tip your guides in cash, via Venmo or you can leave a gratuity on your card. If your trip includes a flight you should plan on tipping your pilot independently, any amount that you pre-tip will go to your guide directly. Thank you for considering this ahead of time!

Meet the incredible guides that are the heart of our trips!

Who are the guides that make up the St. Elias Alpine Guides team? They are a diverse and competent group of people from all across the country. Their extensive outdoor experience, wilderness medical training, and great personalities make them stand out from the crowd. We put them through a thorough training program unique to our area – glaciology lessons, backcountry navigation, and training trips on the slopes of the Wrangell Mountains add to our guides’ abilities to adapt and dominate in the diverse terrain of WSENP. From a glacier hike to an 8-day expedition, they’ll be sure to make it a trip of a lifetime!

Because our schedule is as dynamic as the environment we live in, we usually assign guides the night before for our Day Trips. And while we can’t guarantee who your guide will be – we love and trust every one of them and we know you will too!

Cancellation Policy

Your payment is fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to the start of the trip. If anything comes up prior to that time, call or email us to cancel your reservation for a full refund. Within 48 hours, there is no refund for cancellations. No-shows will be charged the full price. Our trips go out rain or shine! In the rare event that we to cancel a trip due to dangerous conditions, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

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