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WOLVERINE
CIRQUE

Multi Day

Alaskan backpackers on tundra in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park

Circle the heights of the Wrangells!

Explore the high country of the eastern Wrangells on this super scenic circumnavigation of what the locals call “Nizina Peak”. Not for the faint of heart, this trek makes you work for it with a constantly undulating route and rocky, uneven, alpine terrain. For those that are up for the challenge, the views are reward enough!

Flying in and out of a lofty mountain plateau high above the Chitisotne River gorge, your start and end points provide views of some of the tallest peaks in the US! Hug the slopes through wildflower-covered tundra and look for goats grazing in the meadows around you. Conquer rocky scree slopes and high passes to get a view of the stunning Nizina Glacier and it’s terminal lake, dotted with icebergs.

Get a glimpse of the impressive Nizina River valley as you weave through the alpine, bagging peaks along the way. Following in the footsteps of prospectors, miners, and Alaskan frontiersmen, complete the circle and embrace the spirit of wild adventure on this historic route!

  • Unique panoramic views of the Chitistone River and Nizina River valleys
  • Engaging and challenging terrain tests your mettle
  • Potential for wildlife encounters in their element
  • Historical insights add cultural richness to the adventure
  • An active escape into the great Alaskan wilderness

Tour Details

Trip Length
6 days

Total Mileage
20 miles

Total Elevation Gain/Loss
7,500’

Rates
Private Solo
$6,425

Private 2 Participant
$4,100/person

Private 3-6 Participants
$3,400/person

Private 7-8 Participants
$3,030/person

Trip Dates
Private Trips with custom dates are available. Click the Book Now button below to see what dates are available or schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator to plan your Private Trip today!

Want to book a Private Trip or not sure if this is the right trip for you? Schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator at a time that works well for you. 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.

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FAQ

Wrangell – St. Elias National Park is home to both black bears and grizzly bears and we are honored to share our home with such majestic animals. We treat the bears with respect and do our best to maintain their wild environment and nature. The bears out here are truly very wild and have very little contact with humans – this means that they are naturally afraid of us! Yes, even grizzlies! Bears do not hunt humans and our most common bear sighting is of a bear’s butt as they run away.

Although bear sightings may be exciting, we do our best to avoid close encounters with preventative measures at camp and while hiking that our guides will share with you. Just in case of unusually close encounters, our guides carry flare guns (to scare a bear away) and pepper spray (in case of an uncomfortably close meeting). It is very uncommon to have to use either.

If you want to, you can bring your own bear spray too, however, know that your guide has one and has been trained on how to use it. With 40 years of guiding in the Park, we have found that being bear aware, taking preventative measures and the flare gun and pepper spray to be sufficient mitigations.

Please refrain from bringing firearms with you on our trips. Not only does this make our other guests and guides uncomfortable, but they are also completely unnecessary for bear safety. We know that other areas of Alaska may recommend firearms for bear safety, but we specifically recommend against them.

We pride ourselves on cooking healthy and delicious meals even under the most adverse conditions! Your exact menu will depend on the trip, your guide, and the dietary preferences/restrictions you list in your Trip Application. No matter what kind of cook your guide is at home, all our guides are well-trained backcountry chefs and use time-tested recipes from our proprietary cookbook for their trips. We carry a plentiful and varied stock of ingredients and most meals are prepared from scratch (allowing for easy substitutions, additions or subtractions of ingredients). We onlyt use pre-packed freeze-dried meals on summit pushes on our mountaineering expeditions.

On our backpacking and basecamp trips, you can expect 3 meals a day, plus snacks of your choice. Breakfasts and dinners are usually hot meals and lunches are served cold. On mountaineering trips lunches consist of a variety of snacks as it can be hard to organize group meals while on a rope team.
We use a combination of fresh, dehydrated, and freeze-dried ingredients to make our delicious meals, however on longer backpacking and mountaineering trips your guides will use more freeze-dried foods than fresh foods to keep pack weights as low as possible. On our rafting trips, we cook full multi-course meals with fresh ingredients and enjoy hot and cold breakfasts, cold lunches and hot dinners.

Meals for most trips start with Lunch on the first day and end with Lunch on the last day. *

*If you are signed up for a Custom Trip Package with us, it may include more meals. Check with us if you’re not sure. Mountaineering trips also include meals in McCarthy before and after the backcountry expedition.

We understand that you may have luggage or things you don’t want to bring into the backcountry with you so we have a designated area at our headquarters where your guide will label and store your stuff while you’re out. This area is not locked, however, we have never had any issues with loss or damage. If you have a small item of great value that you are particularly nervous about, we may be able to store it in our office for you – just ask your guide.

On the Chitina River, Copper River, Source to Sea, or Custom Trips with different start and end points, any luggage you leave behind with us will be brought out to meet you at the end of the trip.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel before 45 days of the itinerary start date you are eligible to receive a 100% refund of your deposit.

If you cancel within 30-45 days of your itinerary start date you are not eligible to receive a refund of your deposit.

30 days before your itinerary start date, your balance payment will be due and this will be final. No refunds are offered for cancellations within 30 days of the itinerary start date.

* Instead of getting a refund, you can always choose to hold the entirety of your payments with us and apply them to a future trip if you prefer. (If you choose this option, you forgo the option to receive a refund later.)

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