Trip Description:

A Wrangell Mountain tour de force. Initially pioneered by KWG guides, this route has become a modern classic for experienced backpackers looking to push themselves. The distance, terrain, elevation gain and loss, and remote nature of the route makes this our most challenging and committing trip. The four major passes and five valley glacier crossings keep the challenges coming. The terrain demands a fast and light approach, moving camp everyday. The pass into the famous Super Alpine and crossing Nizina Glacier are big, but just a warm up for traversing up, over and through the mysterious West Fork Valley. Steep terrain and captivating scenery invite you into the jaw-dropping Upper McCarthy Creek. Some travel on exposed slopes delivers you to a final camp overlooking the 7,000 ft tall Stairway Icefall. A full day of hiking down the Root Glacier brings you triumphantly back to Kennicott.

Duration: 6-8 days
Difficulty: Expert

Highlights:

  • Bush plane flight in and drop-off at Skolai
  • Hike over passes, through alpine, along ridges, and across glaciers (with very little bushwacking!)
  • Our most challenging and committing trip
  • Start and end at popular places, traveling through an incredible amount of remote wilderness in between.
  • See seldom visited places only accessible by backpacking.
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges: Rocky/unstable ground, considerable elevation gain and loss, steep vegetated hillsides, side-hilling, glacier travel, creek crossing, bushwacking, sections of exposure.

Who: Experienced backpackers. This trip has the potential to be challenging for any level. We will discuss your experience to see if it’s the right trip for you. You will need to be able to carry a pack that ranges from 35 – 50 lbs for 8+ hours a day.

When: 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

The Ultra-Classic Hike Back (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Client:Guide Ratio & Price

Pricing per Number of Clients – 6 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,285 per person
2:1 / $3,065 per person
3:1 / $2,575 per person
4:1 / $2,315 per person
5:1 / $2,095 per person
6+:2 / $2,125 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 7 Day Trip
1:1 / $6,085 per person
2:1 / $3,515 per person
3:1 / $2,950 per person
4:1 / $2,640 per person
5:1 / $2,395 per person
6+:2 / $2,425 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 8 Day Trip
1:1 / $6,885 per person
2:1 / $3,965 per person
3:1 / $3,325 per person
4:1 / $2,965 per person
5:1 / $2,695 per person
6+:2 / $2,725 per person

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Trip Prices

The Ultra-Classic Hike Back (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Client:Guide Ratio & Price

Pricing per Number of Clients – 6 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,285 per person
2:1 / $3,065 per person
3:1 / $2,575 per person
4:1 / $2,315 per person
5:1 / $2,095 per person
6+:2 / $2,125 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 7 Day Trip
1:1 / $6,085 per person
2:1 / $3,515 per person
3:1 / $2,950 per person
4:1 / $2,640 per person
5:1 / $2,395 per person
6+:2 / $2,425 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 8 Day Trip
1:1 / $6,885 per person
2:1 / $3,965 per person
3:1 / $3,325 per person
4:1 / $2,965 per person
5:1 / $2,695 per person
6+:2 / $2,725 per person

Trip Description:

A Wrangell Mountain tour de force. Initially pioneered by KWG guides, this route has become a modern classic for experienced backpackers looking to push themselves. The distance, terrain, elevation gain and loss, and remote nature of the route makes this our most challenging and committing trip. The four major passes and five valley glacier crossings keep the challenges coming. The terrain demands a fast and light approach, moving camp everyday. The pass into the famous Super Alpine and crossing Nizina Glacier are big, but just a warm up for traversing up, over and through the mysterious West Fork Valley. Steep terrain and captivating scenery invite you into the jaw-dropping Upper McCarthy Creek. Some travel on exposed slopes delivers you to a final camp overlooking the 7,000 ft tall Stairway Icefall. A full day of hiking down the Root Glacier brings you triumphantly back to Kennicott.

Duration: 6-8 days
Difficulty: Expert

Highlights:

  • Bush plane flight in and drop-off at Skolai
  • Hike over passes, through alpine, along ridges, and across glaciers (with very little bushwacking!)
  • Our most challenging and committing trip
  • Start and end at popular places, traveling through an incredible amount of remote wilderness in between.
  • See seldom visited places only accessible by backpacking.
Trip Details

Terrain Challenges: Rocky/unstable ground, considerable elevation gain and loss, steep vegetated hillsides, side-hilling, glacier travel, creek crossing, bushwacking, sections of exposure.

Who: Experienced backpackers. This trip has the potential to be challenging for any level. We will discuss your experience to see if it’s the right trip for you. You will need to be able to carry a pack that ranges from 35 – 50 lbs for 8+ hours a day.

When: 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.

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