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Guide’s Choice

Trip Description

Let KWG’s knowledgeable guide help plan your next adventure. We will work closely with you to determine what your abilities and objectives are to plan for the perfect trip.

KWG has been developing routes within Wrangell St. Elias National Park for over 20 years, giving us the tools to plan the perfect trip. For our Guide’s Choice trips, we are proud to partner up with the Ultima Thule as our air service partner. Because of Ultima Thule’s unsurpassed knowledge gained by 3 generations of pilots flying in the Wrangells, we can promise your backpacking trip will escape the crowds and pages of the guide books.

Our first priority is to learn what you are looking for and how long you want to be in the field. From there, we will work closely with the pilots of Ultima Thule to come up with the perfect fit for your backpacking needs. Throughout the booking process, we will stay in communication with you by sharing maps and photos of possible routes. This will allow you to take part in creating your own unique backpacking trip.

Guide’s Choice Backpacking trips require that you be able to carry a 30 – 45 lb (13 – 20 kg) through a variety of potentially unstable and steep terrain. These trips are perfect for those clients who are less concerned with the need to follow a common backcountry itinerary and are looking for a more flexible and personalized backcountry experience.

If you are looking to escape the crowds with a customized and flexible itinerary while in a more relaxed basecamping pace, take a look at our Hidden Gems Trip.

Trip Details

Difficulty: 
Easy – Very Hard

Trip Highlights:

Customizable trip with options of vast wilderness experience away from other park visitors.

Terrain Challenges May Include: 
Each possible trip will have a unique set of challenges that will be discussed during the planning processes

Available Season:
May 20 – September 15

Suggested Timeframe: 
Minimum of 3 nights & 4 days

2021 Pricing

Prices listed are a PER PERSON price, based on the number of clients in your group. These Prices are based on 4 days minimum. Contact us to determine final pricing based on trip length.

Trip Prices

Guide’s Choice (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip (Minimum # of Days)
1 / Starts at $3,800 per person
2 / Starts at $2,500 per person
3 / Starts at $2,135 per person
4+ / Starts at $1,900 per person

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2021 Pricing

Prices listed are a PER PERSON price, based on the number of clients in your group. These Prices are based on 4 days minimum. Contact us to determine final pricing based on trip length.

Trip Prices

Guide’s Choice (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip (Minimum # of Days)
1 / $3,800 per person
2 / $2,500 per person
3 / $2,135 per person
4+ / $1,900 per person

Trip Description

Let KWG’s knowledgeable guide help plan your next adventure. We will work closely with you to determine what your abilities and objectives are to plan for the perfect trip.

KWG has been developing routes within Wrangell St. Elias National Park for over 20 years, giving us the tools to plan the perfect trip. For our Guide’s Choice trips, we are proud to partner up with the Ultima Thule as our air service partner. Because of Ultima Thule’s unsurpassed knowledge gained by 3 generations of pilots flying in the Wrangells, we can promise your backpacking trip will escape the crowds and pages of the guide books.

Our first priority is to learn what you are looking for and how long you want to be in the field. From there, we will work closely with the pilots of Ultima Thule to come up with the perfect fit for your backpacking needs. Throughout the booking process, we will stay in communication with you by sharing maps and photos of possible routes. This will allow you to take part in creating your own unique backpacking trip.

Guide’s Choice Backpacking trips require that you be able to carry a 30 – 45 lb (13 – 20 kg) through a variety of potentially unstable and steep terrain. These trips are perfect for those clients who are less concerned with the need to follow a common backcountry itinerary and are looking for a more flexible and personalized backcountry experience.

If you are looking to escape the crowds with a customized and flexible itinerary while in a more relaxed basecamping pace, take a look at our Hidden Gems Trip.

Trip Details

Difficulty: 
Easy – Very Hard

Trip Highlights:
Customizable trip with options of vast wilderness experience away from other park visitors.

Terrain Challenges May Include: 
Each possible trip will have a unique set of challenges that will be discussed during the planning processes

Available Season:
May 20 – September 15

Suggested Timeframe: 
Minimum of 3 nights & 4 days

Guide’s Choice
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A great experience that I would love to do again!

We booked a tour through KWG to walk on Root Glacier.  It was a great experience that I would love to do again!  We made a short hike out to the glacier, dropped our packs, strapped on our crampons, then began the several hour walk on the glacier.  Our guide introduced us to the various unique features of the glacier and was incredibly knowledgeable about the history as well and how the glacier impacted the town.  We took many pictures, a few videos, filled our water bottles from melting glacier water (not the silty stuff), ate lunch on the glacier and basked in the warm sun.  Other than the beautiful weather, I can attribute many of those great experiences to KWG.  I’d definitely do it again!

Andrew C. Elite from Fayetteville, North Carolina

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