Alaska Backpacking Trips Overview
Expeditions Alaska offer guided Alaska backpacking trips for individuals and small groups (group sizes are limited to a maximum of 5 participants*) in various wilderness regions in Alaska. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Katmai National Park and the Kenai peninsula are home to the majority of our Alaska backpacking trips. We also guide backpacking trips, rafting and packrafting trips in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. You'll find a lot of information on these pages about each particular trip; below is a simple overview of where we head to.
Backpacking trips for everyone!
Classic Southern Traverse - Bremner to Tebay Lakes Trek, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park.
Backpacking Photo Tours. The longest running remote backcountry based photo tour in Alaska.
Intermediate backpacking trips - Backpack the Bremner Glacier, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park.
Backcountry basecamp & dayhike trips. Great for novice hikers and folks looking for a simpler trip.
Challenging backpacking trips - Arrigetch Peaks Backpacking trip, Gates of the Arctic National Park.
Easier backpacking trips - Kenai Peninsula backpacking trip, Chugach National Forest.
Most of Alaska, and most of Wrangell - St. Elias, is so remote that trips require a bush plane flight to reach the starting point. Hike down to the infamous 'goat trail' of Chitistone valley, or backpack along MacColl Ridge, a majestic escarpment in the middle of the park that provides possibly the best all-round view of the region. Take a flight south from McCarthy and explore the area around Iceberg Lake, on the edge of Bagley Icefield, the largest non-polar icecap in the world.
Wrangell-St. Elias offers incredible terrains, stunning vistas, plentiful wildlife and some of the most fantastic wilderness backpacking adventures anywhere in the world. I've written some more detailed notes on the blog about Wrangell - St. Elias National Park. Here are some of the trips we currently run in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve:
Expeditions Alaska offer a SUPER-EXCITING float trip in ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a 12 day rafting and hiking trip down the Marsh Fork, the Canning and the Staines River, from the Continental Divide to the Arctic Ocean. This is an awesome trip, in a critical environment that may not remain in its relatively untouched state for much longer due to a strong sustained push by the oil industry to open Section 1002, the coastal plain to oil and gas development. Visit our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Trip page for a look at the Canning River Raft Trip.
A popular Alaska Landscapes photo tour to Skolai Pass, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve. I also offer a Grizzly Bear photo tour to Katmai National Park. New in 2012 I have an Aurora borealis photo tour, which is a frontcountry trip, based out of Fairbanks. A week long photo tour shooting aurora borealis photos and Alaska winter scenic images. Also check out the Coastal Brown Bears Photo Tour. We'll also be returning in 2013 to the arctic for a great Polar Bear Photo Tour.
I aim to add a few more in the near future that I'm also excited about, including a whitetail deer photo tour in the Smoky Mountains, TN. Stay tuned!!!
Alaska's playground, and what a fantastic playground it is. Well-maintained trails make this region a favorite with lesser experienced hikers, and those seeking a slightly more 'civilized' backcountry adventure. It's even possible to book early and reserve forest service cabins for your trip. The Kenai is much more accessible than much of Alaska, yet has every bit as much to offer. The lush spruce forests, the rich green mountain sides and the open, high tundra make for fantastic vistas. No rocky moraines, dangerous scree slopes or raging glacial-fed rivers to deal with also make the Kenai a relaxing adventure. Very popular, so book early on one of these 2 fun Kenai Peninsula hikes.
* 6 people may participate on a trip only under exceptional circumstances; a family of 6 for example.