Trip Descriptions

Basecamping:
One of those places that makes you feel like no person has ever set foot there before. A special location even among the variety of Wrangell St. Elias. An impressive flight, deep into the Chugach, brings you to the base of mountains, confluence of glaciers and birthplace of rivers. Excellent camping near the airstrip is centrally located allowing you to head in each of the cardinal directions for day hikes that are varied and rewarding. Check out hanging glaciers, emerald kettle pools and fields of wildflowers.

  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Difficulty: Easy-Hard

Backpacking Loops:
There are a few options for backpacking loops into the alpine on both sides of the valley. Steady gains and bushy terrain down low give way to alpine wonderlands above. Camp near crystal blue alpine ponds and scamper up ridges after dinner. Views of otherworldly glaciers and peaks of Bagley Icefield to the south add to the sense of being deep in untouched terrain. Add to the adventure by completing a loop via valley glacier traverse. These routes are challenging, with rocky and bushy sections, but also have amazing campsites and feel truly wild.

  • Duration: 4-6 days
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Trip Options:
Want to bring a packraft? Bringing packable boats adds another dimension to the trip. Not only giving you access to more day hikes options but allowing you to split your days between hiking and paddling.

Highlights:

  • Long bush plane flights gets you away from the crowds
  • Exciting and varied geology
  • Views of valley glaciers, hanging glaciers, and ice fields
  • Great day hikes to scenic locations
  • Potential wildlife sightings, great terrain for checking out animal tracks
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges: 
Rocky/unstable ground, elevation gain and loss in short distances, steep vegetated hillsides, side-hilling.

Who:
Novice campers to experienced backpackers

When: 
Late June-September

Where: 
We will meet you at your lodging or at the footbridge ½ hour before your flight time and provide transportation to the airstrip.

Trip Includes
  • Pre-trip planning.
  • Experienced, friendly, knowledgeable guides!
  • Small ratios: 1 guide for groups up to 5 people. 2 guides for groups of 6+ (additional porters may be requested for any group size at an additional cost)
  • Customizable itinerary.
  • Airfare into the backcountry.
  • Medical equipment, training and protocols to Wilderness First Responder Standards.
  • SAT phone & Delorme InReach.
  • Healthy, nutritious food customized to your tastes.
  • Cooking gear and fuel.
  • Backpacking pack (if needed)
  • Sleeping bag/pad combo (if needed)
  • Technical gear and equipment.
  • Personal tent(s) and group cook tent.
  • Leave No Trace and Bear Safety education/ ethics.

Trip Does not Include

  • Guide Gratuity (recommended 10-20% of tour cost)
  • Day packs (for basecamping day hikes)
  • Personal clothing & gear. For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit our Trip Planning Page for a gear list.
  • Alcohol in the backcountry.
  • Pre & Post trip lodging.
  • Transportation to and from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Trip Prices

Fan Glacier (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Client:Guide Ratio & Price

Pricing per Number of Clients – 3 Day Trip
1:1 / $3,470 per person
2:1 / $2,155 per person
3:1 / $1,840 per person
4:1 / $1,780 per person
5:1 / $1,545 per person
6+:2 / $1,615 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip
1:1 / $4,270 per person
2:1 / $2,605 per person
3:1 / $2,215 per person
4:1 / $2,105 per person
5:1 / $1,845 per person
6+:2 / $1,915 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 5 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,070 per person
2:1 / $3,055 per person
3:1 / $2,590 per person
4:1 / $2,430 per person
5:1 / $2,145 per person
6+:2 / $2,215 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 6 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,870 per person
2:1 / $3,505 per person
3:1 / $2,755 per person
4:1 / $2,755 per person
5:1 / $2,445 per person
6+:2 / $2,515 per person

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Trip Prices

Fan Glacier (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Client:Guide Ratio & Price

Pricing per Number of Clients – 3 Day Trip
1:1 / $3,470 per person
2:1 / $2,155 per person
3:1 / $1,840 per person
4:1 / $1,780 per person
5:1 / $1,545 per person
6+:2 / $1,615 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip
1:1 / $4,270 per person
2:1 / $2,605 per person
3:1 / $2,215 per person
4:1 / $2,105 per person
5:1 / $1,845 per person
6+:2 / $1,915 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 5 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,070 per person
2:1 / $3,055 per person
3:1 / $2,590 per person
4:1 / $2,430 per person
5:1 / $2,145 per person
6+:2 / $2,215 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 6 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,870 per person
2:1 / $3,505 per person
3:1 / $2,755 per person
4:1 / $2,755 per person
5:1 / $2,445 per person
6+:2 / $2,515 per person

Trip Descriptions

Basecamping:
One of those places that makes you feel like no person has ever set foot there before. A special location even among the variety of Wrangell St. Elias. An impressive flight, deep into the Chugach, brings you to the base of mountains, confluence of glaciers and birthplace of rivers. Excellent camping near the airstrip is centrally located allowing you to head in each of the cardinal directions for day hikes that are varied and rewarding. Check out hanging glaciers, emerald kettle pools and fields of wildflowers.

  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Difficulty: Easy-Hard

Backpacking Loops:
There are a few options for backpacking loops into the alpine on both sides of the valley. Steady gains and bushy terrain down low give way to alpine wonderlands above. Camp near crystal blue alpine ponds and scamper up ridges after dinner. Views of otherworldly glaciers and peaks of Bagley Icefield to the south add to the sense of being deep in untouched terrain. Add to the adventure by completing a loop via valley glacier traverse. These routes are challenging, with rocky and bushy sections, but also have amazing campsites and feel truly wild.

  • Duration: 4-6 days
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard

Trip Options:
Want to bring a packraft? Bringing packable boats adds another dimension to the trip. Not only giving you access to more day hikes options but allowing you to split your days between hiking and paddling.

Highlights:

  • Long bush plane flights gets you away from the crowds
  • Exciting and varied geology
  • Views of valley glaciers, hanging glaciers, and ice fields
  • Great day hikes to scenic locations
  • Potential wildlife sightings, great terrain for checking out animal tracks

Trip Details

Terrain Challenges: 
Rocky/unstable ground, elevation gain and loss in short distances, steep vegetated hillsides, side-hilling.

Who:
Novice campers to experienced backpackers

When: 
Late June-September

Where: 
We will meet you at your lodging or at the footbridge ½ hour before your flight time and provide transportation to the airstrip.

Trip Includes
  • Pre-trip planning.
  • Experienced, friendly, knowledgeable guides!
  • Small ratios: 1 guide for groups up to 5 people. 2 guides for groups of 6+ (additional porters may be requested for any group size at an additional cost)
  • Customizable itinerary.
  • Airfare into the backcountry.
  • Medical equipment, training and protocols to Wilderness First Responder Standards.
  • SAT phone & Delorme InReach.
  • Healthy, nutritious food customized to your tastes.
  • Cooking gear and fuel.
  • Backpacking pack (if needed)
  • Sleeping bag/pad combo (if needed)
  • Technical gear and equipment.
  • Personal tent(s) and group cook tent.
  • Leave No Trace and Bear Safety education/ ethics.

Trip Does not Include

  • Guide Gratuity (recommended 10-20% of tour cost)
  • Day packs (for basecamping day hikes)
  • Personal clothing & gear. For further suggestions on gear you will want to bring from home (this might help you pack for your whole Alaskan vacation!) visit our Trip Planning Page for a gear list.
  • Alcohol in the backcountry.
  • Pre & Post trip lodging.
  • Transportation to and from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Photo Gallery
Fan Glacier

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We are so grateful to the company and our guide, they really made this a dream day for me!

When planning our trip to Alaska, the one thing I wanted was to walk on a Glacier! Dear hubby contacted Kennicott Wilderness Guides and got it all set up. On 9/9/18 we were picked up by Payton, she was awesome and our guide for the day. After all paperwork signed she got us outfitted with crampons. We had a hike to the Root Glacier and along the way she was able and willing to point out lots of small and interesting details. Once we got to the glacier she made sure we had crampons on correcting and showed us how to walk in them. The the day just got better the glacier it was awesome and with her knowledge we learned so much, she had been there the whole season and hiked so much of the area, she gladly shared that info with us. Payton made sure along the way to make sure we were safe.  Absolutely if you want to walk and experience the beauty of the glacier get in touch with this company.

Deb W. from Sacramento, California

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Root Glacier

Duration : 2-7 days
Cost : $
Difficulty : easy-hard
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Nizina

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
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Nikolai

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Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
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Fan Glacier

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy-hard
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Skolai

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy-medium
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Wrangell Plateau

Duration : 3-5 days
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy-med
Iceberg

Iceberg

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy - hard
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Hidden Gems

Duration : 3-8 days
Cost : $$$$
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