Trip Descriptions

Basecamping:
Get dropped off on a true alpine plateau, surrounded by massive peaks above and endless forest below. Mount Wrangell fills the entire northern skyline. The scale and proximity of the 14,163 ft shield volcano makes you feel like you’re part of this impressive mountain range. The wide open space itself lifts the load off your shoulders. Day hike to views of the impressive and reclusive Cheshnina Falls, the exceptionally beautiful Long Glacier, and the expansive Chitina Valley. Blue skies bring views of numerous glaciated giants above.

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

Backpacking Loops:
The wide open terrain of the plateau makes it easy to do short alpine loops. For those looking for a longer trip you can cross the glacier to access rarely visited alpine camping and day hiking.

  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Highlights:

  • Bush plane flight across the giant peaks of the Wrangell Mountains
  • Secluded location
  • User friendly alpine tundra hiking
  • Good camping with 360 views
  • Views of Mt Wrangell (14,163 ft.) and Mt Blackburn (16,390 ft.)
Trip Details

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

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

The Wrangell Plateau (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Client:Guide Ratio & Price

Pricing per Number of Clients – 3 Day Trip
1:1 / $3,640 per person
2:1 / $2,280 per person
3:1 / $1,955 per person
4:1 / $1,905 per person
5:1 / $1,645 per person
6+:2 / $1,730 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip
1:1 / $4,440 per person
2:1 / $2,730 per person
3:1 / $2,330 per person
4:1 / $2,230 per person
5:1 / $1,945 per person
6+:2 / $2,030 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip
1:1 / $4,440 per person
2:1 / $2,730 per person
3:1 / $2,330 per person
4:1 / $2,230 per person
5:1 / $1,945 per person
6+:2 / $2,030 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 5 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,240 per person
2:1 / $3,180 per person
3:1 / $2,705 per person
4:1 / $2,555 per person
5:1 / $2,245 per person
6+:2 / $2,330 per person

Photo Gallery

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Trip Prices

The Wrangell Plateau (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)

Client:Guide Ratio & Price

Pricing per Number of Clients – 3 Day Trip
1:1 / $3,640 per person
2:1 / $2,280 per person
3:1 / $1,955 per person
4:1 / $1,905 per person
5:1 / $1,645 per person
6+:2 / $1,730 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip
1:1 / $4,440 per person
2:1 / $2,730 per person
3:1 / $2,330 per person
4:1 / $2,230 per person
5:1 / $1,945 per person
6+:2 / $2,030 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 4 Day Trip
1:1 / $4,440 per person
2:1 / $2,730 per person
3:1 / $2,330 per person
4:1 / $2,230 per person
5:1 / $1,945 per person
6+:2 / $2,030 per person

Pricing per Number of Clients – 5 Day Trip
1:1 / $5,240 per person
2:1 / $3,180 per person
3:1 / $2,705 per person
4:1 / $2,555 per person
5:1 / $2,245 per person
6+:2 / $2,330 per person

Trip Descriptions

Basecamping:
Get dropped off on a true alpine plateau, surrounded by massive peaks above and endless forest below. Mount Wrangell fills the entire northern skyline. The scale and proximity of the 14,163 ft shield volcano makes you feel like you’re part of this impressive mountain range. The wide open space itself lifts the load off your shoulders. Day hike to views of the impressive and reclusive Cheshnina Falls, the exceptionally beautiful Long Glacier, and the expansive Chitina Valley. Blue skies bring views of numerous glaciated giants above.

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

Backpacking Loops:
The wide open terrain of the plateau makes it easy to do short alpine loops. For those looking for a longer trip you can cross the glacier to access rarely visited alpine camping and day hiking.

  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Highlights:

  • Bush plane flight across the giant peaks of the Wrangell Mountains
  • Secluded location
  • User friendly alpine tundra hiking
  • Good camping with 360 views
  • Views of Mt Wrangell (14,163 ft.) and Mt Blackburn (16,390 ft.)

Trip Details

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

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.

Wrangell Plateau
Photo Gallery

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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

Root Glacier

Root Glacier

Duration : 2-7 days
Cost : $
Difficulty : easy-hard
The Fosse

The Fosse

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

Nizina

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy-medium
Nikolai

Nikolai

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy - hard
Fan Glacier

Fan Glacier

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

Skolai

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

Wrangell Plateau

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

Iceberg

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

Hidden Gems

Duration : 3-8 days
Cost : $$$$
Difficulty : easy-hard