Multi-Day Trips Overview

The excitement for your backcountry adventure begins the minute you first contact us.

We spend as much time as is necessary to plan your ultimate Wrangell Mountain backcountry trip.  KWG looks beyond the pages of the guide books and finds unique and creative trips that suit your objectives.  The trips listed on our website are only a few of the trips we offer.  Contact us to learn more about the many trips that travel further off the beaten path.


Every one of our backcountry adventures is offered as a custom trip.  The only factors that dictate the dates of any of our trips are our availability and mountain conditions.  If you are interested in joining another group, still feel free to contact us, as some of our clients are open to, and looking for other travelers to join their trip.The time frames we have listed in the trip descriptions are suggested trip lengths.  Let us know if you are interested in adding more days to any of our listed trips or changing them in any way.KWG offers basecamping trips, point-to-point backpacking trips, or multi-day packrafting trips.  Please read below to learn the differences between each type of trip.

All Multi-Day Trip are priced for the 2018 season.  Trip Prices include:

  • Unlimited pre-trip planning (including help with planning your entire Alaskan vacation with no extra travel agent charges).
  • 1 guide for groups up to 4 people (unless additional guides are requested at additional cost)
  • 2 guides for groups of 5+
  • Airfare into the backcountry (when applicable)
  • All Food (customized to your tastes)
  • Cooking gear/fuel
  • Backpacking pack (if needed)
  • Sleeping bag/pad combo (if needed)
  • Black Diamond Mega Lite cook/camp shelter
  • Crampons, ropes, technical climbing equipment (when traveling in glacial terrain)
  • Tent (sized appropriately for your size group)
  • SAT phone


Packraft Trip Cost Includes (includes all items listed above, plus the following):

  • 2013 – 2017 Alpacka Packraft
  • Kokatat Drysuit or Dry bibs and tops (trip dependent)
  • Paddle Gloves, neoprene socks, helmets
  • Personal Flotation Device
  • High Quality Werner Paddle
  • Waterproof Drybags for your gear


Trip Cost does NOT include:

  • Guide Gratuity
  • Day packs (for basecamping day hikes)
  • Personal Clothing & Gear
  • Alcohol in the backcountry
  • Pre & Post trip lodging
  • Transportation to and from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park



Basecamping trips involve flights into the backcountry, and camping near enough to the airstrip that it is easy to set up a comfortable camp.  These trips focus on taking day hikes with a small day-pack.  Basecamping trips are great for families or people who are looking for the wilderness adventures without carrying heavy backpacks.  Day hikes can range from a mellow amble, to a demanding full day, depending on what you want.

Basecamping Overview

TripDifficulty/Terrain DaysHighlights
The Fosse~Easy to Very Hard
~Alpine, Glacier, Rocky
2-5 daysGlaciers, fields of wildflowers, iceburg filled glacial lake, possible technical climbing objectives.
Nizina Glacier~Easy to Medium
~Moderately Rocky, Light Bushes
~Family Friendly
2-5 daysMountain and valley views, glacial lake with floating/calving icebergs, dynamic geology, opportunity to include packrafting.
Nikolai Pass~Easy to Hard
~Alpine, Rocky
~Possibility of steep, exposed and bushy
3-5 daysMountain and valley views, possible wildlife sightings, incredible wildflowers, world class ridgehiking and dynamic geology.
Steamboat Hills~Easy to Medium
~Possibility of steep ascents
~Family Friendly
3-5 daysAlpine hiking at its best, picturesque alpine lakes, huge views.
Skolai Pass~Easy to Medium
~Possibility of steep, rocky terrain and cold stream crossings
~Family Friendly
3-6 daysStunning views, multiple hiking options, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, alpine lakes.
Hidden Gems~Easy to Very Hard
~Alpine, Glacier, Rocky
2 or more nightsOur most customizable trip. Options of vast wilderness experience away from other park visitors.
Backpacking trips can start and/or end in at our office in Kennicott, or we can take a plane further into the backcountry.  You will need to be able to carry a pack on these trips that range from 35 – 50 lbs through a variety of terrain depending on the length and type of trip. 

Backpacking Overview

TripDifficulty/Terrain DaysHighlights
Guide's Choice~Easy to Very Hard
~Alpine, Glacier, Rocky
4 or more daysCustomizable trip with options of vast wilderness experience away from other park visitors.
Root Glacier~Medium to Hard
~Glacier, rocky
~Possibility of steep, exposed, and bushes
3-5 daysAmazing variety of rewarding camping and hiking without the need for a flight makes this one of our most affordable and flexible options.
Ridges Rock Glaciers and Rivers~Hard
~Alpine, rocky, steep, exposed and bushy
3-5 daysAlpine ridgewalking that you will dream of forever. Travel through three ecosystems. Possibility of wildlife.
The Classic Hike Back~Hard
~Rocky, steep, sustained sidehilling
6-8 daysWilderness views at their best: large alpine lakes, wildflowers, big mountains, iceberg filled lake.
The Ultra-Classic Hike Back~Very Hard
~ Steep, technical, rocky, cold stream crossings, glaciers.
7-8 daysSee the wilderness in its infinite forms. Travel over several major passes, cross glaciers, forge creeks, challenge yourself and reap the rewards.
Shoulders of the Giants~Very Hard
~ Steep, bushy, rocky, alpine and glacial travel, creek crossings
7-8 daysPanoramic views, classic alpine ridge hiking. Huge variety of terrain. Engaging challenges.
Forever Alpine~Medium to Hard
~ Steep, rocky, alpine, light bushes
~Family Friendly
5-7 daysStunning above brush-line alpine hiking. Incredible mountain views, wildflowers and alpine lakes. Chance to visit a historic mining bunkhouse.
Packrafting trips can also leave from or return to our office with no flight, or they can involve a plane to take us further into the backcountry.  Prior wilderness packrafting experience is necessary for all of our guided multi-day packrafting trips.  If you do not have any previous experience, we can work with your schedule to plan the appropriate amount of pre-trip training days on some of our local rivers to develop the skills necessary to be successful prior to your backcountry trip. 

Multi-Day Packrafting Overview

TripDifficulty/Terrain DaysHighlights
Packrafting Courses~Medium to Very Hard
~Cold water, Class II-III rapids
2 days (3rd day optional)Designed to learn skills necessary to become a competent packrafter in the wilderness. Level one and two courses available. Optional Fly-Out trip on 3rd day.
Lakina Packraft Traverse~Hard
~Steep, exposed, cold water, class III rapids
~Prior whitewater experience necessary
6-8 daysHike and float through a variety of mountain terrain with stunning views, alpine lakes, and exceptional hiking. Put your packrafting skills to the test!