Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Scenic landscape of wrangell st elias national park-Alaska-2008424

Exploring the North Wrangells

Alaska Alpine Adventures
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 4,195 $ 350 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the most dramatic wilderness Alaska’s on this Elias National Park
  • Visit the Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  • The twin peaks of mesas verdant tundra, enjoy rare opportunity to witness seven thousand feet
  • Enjoy the ride in the cub, the skilled bush pilot will bid farewell and disappear into the landscape.

Short Description

Exploring the north wrangells - wrangell-st. Elias national park

Shaped by volcanoes and scoured by ice ages, the north Wrangells give experienced backpackers the rare opportunity to feel like a mountaineer and travel like an explorer. Our 50-mile route will take you across glaciers, swift creeks, high mountain passes, and wide-open tundra.  Combine all of this with exciting bush flights and absolute Alaska solitude, and you have the markings of a true backpacking adventure of a lifetime.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Anchorage
End City Anchorage

Trip Includes

  • All group gear:  Expedition quality tents, group tarp, all cooking equipment & eating utensils
  • Safety Equipment: Satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
  • Trekking pole
  • Roundtrip van transportation from Anchorage to Nabesna
  • Roundtrip air transportation from Nabesna to the wilderness
  • Lodging on nights one and eleven at the rustic Devil’s Mountain Lodge
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 client to guide ratio
  • All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary
  • Storage for your extra travel items while in the field

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Today your guide(s) will pick-you up in Anchorage by 8:15am.  You’ll head to our Anchorage shop for a group orientation, before loading into our 15-passenger vans for the six-hour drive to Nabesna, the gateway community to the northern portion of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Our route will take us north from Anchorage, traveling through the majestic Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges. After a picnic lunch at the Matanuska Glacier, we’ll continue east on the scenic Glenn Highway toward Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  By late afternoon, we’ll arrive in Nabesna and will check into the Ellis family lodge at Devils Mountain.  After settling into our accommodations, we’ll enjoy dinner at the lodge, pour over maps, and discuss the days ahead.

Day 2

After an early breakfast, we’ll load packs and prepare for our early morning Piper Super Cub flight into the park.  As you and your pilot lift off of the gravel runway, the grand scale of this wonderful wilderness will be immediately apparent.  The stunning vastness of nearly 13-million acres is overwhelming, and you’ll immediately understand Alaska’s sense of scale as the small plane drifts over the landscape.  After half an hour, you will begin the descent toward a tundra ridge above the upper reaches of Tumble Creek.  After everyone has enjoyed the ride in the cub, the skilled bush pilot will bid us farewell and disappear into the landscape.  We’ll then shoulder our packs and begin hiking toward the headwaters of Tumble Creek, all along trying to digest the majesty of the surrounding peaks that tower well over 13000’!  We’ll camp tonight along the Tumble Creek.  Distance: 5 miles, Elevation Gain: 1500'

Days 3-5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

For the next three days, we’ll make our way south toward the expansive north face of Mt. Jarvis. The size and scope of Mt. Jarvis is really beyond description and can best be described as incomprehensible.  From the verdant tundra mesas to the twin summits, you’ll enjoy the rare opportunity to witness seven thousand feet of vertical relief and what is literally one of the most majestic vistas in North America.  We’ll cross Tumble Creek on the morning of Day 3,  move up along a stunning tundra ridge toward Jarvis, and will set up camp next to a small lake beneath a hanging glacier.  Day 4 will be spent on a long and amazing day hike where we’ll cross an unnamed glacier (no ropes or glacier skills necessary) and ascend onto a large mesa beneath Mt. Jarvis.  Scouting the tundra for caribou and sheep, we’ll stop for lunch overlooking the Jacksina Glacier and the mighty north face of Jarvis.  By day 5, we’ll be headed north and onto the second stage of our circuit.  All meals included. Average Daily Distance: 8-10 miles, Average Daily Elevation Gain: 2000'-4000'

Days 6-10

The character of the country will change as we begin stage two of our journey and head north toward Tanada Peak. Broad singular vistas will be replaced by tight steep valleys and new views around every corner.  We’ll hop glacier creeks, ascend steep and exposed sheep trails, and cross a 7000’ pass along the way.  While the weather and the terrain will dictate the exact location of each night’s camp, we will have plenty of time to truly explore this amazing and diverse landscape. By the end of Day 10, we’ll be camped along a small creek near a gravel airstrip.  All meals included.  Average Daily Distance: 8-10 miles, Average Daily Elevation Gain: 2000'-4000'

Day 11

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a celebratory breakfast in the wilderness, our pilot will begin the process of flying us out of the wilderness one to two at a time.  By early afternoon, we'll again be relaxing at the Devil's Mountain Lodge where we'll enjoy hot showers and a celebratory dinner in the lodge dining room.

Day 12

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast at the lodge, we'll pack up and by 10am we’ll be headed back to Anchorage where we’ll conclude our journey and bid one another farewell.  If you are leaving Alaska on this day, please schedule your homebound flights for after 9pm.  Better still,  you can opt to stay in Anchorage overnight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 8

Limited to 8 guests.

Accomodations

Lodging on nights one and eleven is included in your package. The group will be staying in Nabesna at the rustic Devil’s Mountain Lodge, located at the end of the Nabesna road. The lodge, an inholding located within Wrangell-St. Elias National preserve, is owned and operated by the Ellis’, whose family homesteaded the land over 50 years ago. Prices are double occupan-cy.

If you prefer your own room on night one you will be asked to pay a single supplement of

$210. The remaining nights will be spent camp-ing in the wilderness!

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Trip Excludes

  • Lodging in Anchorage prior to and after your adventure
  • Personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.) - See Equipment Lists and available rental items
  • Trip cancelation insurance
  • Additional lodge nights in Nabesna due to weather delays
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuities

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 11 Dinners

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