St. Elias Alpine Guides, McCarthy

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St. Elias Alpine Guides offers hiking, backpacking & mountaineering expeditions and courses in Alaska's largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Half-day hikes to big mountain climbing expeditions. Please join our professional guides for a fabulous Alaska Adventure!

St. Elias Alpine Guides has been guiding first-rate adventures led by professional guides since 1978. From half-day glacier hikes to week-long backpacking trips and 30 day climbing expeditions, we take great pride in making sure that your experience is exceptional!

We are based in McCarthy, at the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the largest preserved wilderness area on earth. This is Alaska at its finest, where you will find massive mountains, enormous glaciers, wild rivers and none of the crowds of Denali or the Kenai. We are the local experts on this vast wilderness and love to share it with our guests!

Our one-day adventures and overnight trips are popular with folks traveling around Alaska who want to get "off the beaten path". Our glacier hikes are a highlight of any Alaska trip (or so we've been told over and over again) and if you're feeling a little more adventurous you can even try your hand at ice climbing!

If you have a little more time and want to really get out in the wilderness, we recommend that you join us for a multi-day base-camp trip or backpacking adventure. These are fully outfitted and led by some of the best guides in the industry, not only professionals, but a whole lot of fun as well!

If you're not quite up for all that hiking, you can join us for a wilderness river adventure. These are "luxury" trips - we cook three course meals and bring along just about all the comforts of home!

Finally, if you are an experienced climber or an aspiring one, we offer a variety of mountaineering courses and expeditions in the remote and spectacular Wrangell, St. Elias and Chugach Mountains. We even offer a first-ascents program, where you can be the first one to stand on top of a peak rising from the Bagley Icefield!

Whether you are an individual, family or group of friends, please call us and I know we can put together a great trip for you!

We hope you'll join us soon.
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  • Our Glacier hike was harder than we expected, being elderly and out of condition but our guide, Max, was truly excellent being extremely considerate and helpful.  more »
  • Matt was our leader and did a great job of guiding and telling us about the history and geology of what we were seeing. Once the crampons were on, we felt quite comfortable walking on the ice.  more »
  • Had a wonderful all-day hike on the glacier. We were lucky enough to have a single guide for our party of 3, which was quite helpful because one of us was much older than the other two, requiring a more uniquely designed trip so everybody got what they wanted. Our guide was VERY attentive and made the whole experience more fun and memorable. He even arranged some extra gear for free to bring since we weren't perfectly prepared for the trip. Would absolutely use St. Elias Alpine Guides again. ~Wes
  • St. Elias Alpine Guides were fantastic to work with planning our day trips out of McCarthy through phone calls and email. We had reviewed options from their website and they made useful comments and suggestions that helped us make decisions on which trips and which to schedule when. Having one guide, Chris, for several of our day trips, allowed us to get to know each other, creating a more personal experience. He assessed our skill abilities and tailored our trip to give us extensive, yet safe, experiences.

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