Wrangells Base Camp – Mills

Wrangells Base Camp – Mills


July 12, 2020 - July 17, 2020


Wrangell St Elias National Park


$6,000/ person. Party of 2



July 12, 2020 - July 17, 2020


Wrangell St Elias National Park


$6,000/ person. Party of 2

Enjoy a week of big wilderness and big views in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park this summer. From our comfortable camp on the flanks of a volcano we can explore the surrounding mountains and glaciers, search for Dall sheep, and simply enjoy the solitude and wilderness of this mountain kingdom.


The high country in Wrangell-St. Elias is beyond compare. With 9.6 million acres of designated wilderness, Wrangell- St. Elias National Park is part of the largest federally protected area in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landscape of the northern Wrangells is one of smoking volcanoes covered in ice; rocky spires jut into the blue sky above sinuous valleys with glacial torrents careening between sheer valley walls. And amongst the raw elemental power of the place we find green glens rich with fern and wildflowers and verdant plateaus dotted with Dall sheep and nesting song birds. It is a land of contrasts and beauty.

The lower elevations of the Park are forested and very brushy, beautiful but difficult to navigate. In contrast, the high-country offers endless vistas and relatively easy hiking both on the mountain sides and along the valley floor. We will make camp near the toe of the glacier and use this place as a base of operations.

We can hike to the ice and (if conditions permit) may be able to explore onto the glacier. We can take a fairly easy hike downriver along the rushing glacial stream and we can climb the ridges and small peaks near camp for views in all directions. Each day brings its own weather, its own wildlife and its own surprises.

This is a rarely visited portion of the park and requires flights in an airplane which can only take a single passenger at a time. This nimble airplane allows us to enjoy true wilderness solitude in a unique and pristine location. Join us for adventure and solitude in America’s largest National Park.

Last updated: April 2, 2021


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 12

Meet your guide at 10 am at the Arctic Wild headquarters for a pre-trip orientation. Once questions have been answered and equipment checked, we will start our drive into the mountains. Its a 4-1/2 hr drive to the Wrangells from Fairbanks with lots of interesting stops on the way. We can take a hike, fish a side creek and enjoy the scenery as we head southeast along the Richardson Highway to the town of Chistochina. Once we arrive we are greeted by our hosts who operate the Red Eagle Lodge.

July 13

The adventure begins in earnest. After enjoying a beautiful breakfast at the lodge, our pilot shuttles us into the mountains one at a time and by mid-day we have camp set-up and can take our first hike in the mountains.

July 14 - 16

Days (and nights) are yours to do as you please. With thousands of acres to ourselves the limit to our adventures are few.

July 17

One last walk to the river, one last scan for sheep above camp and it is time to pack-up then the pilot will shuttle you one at a time to a nearby airport where you’ll meet a larger plane for the one-hour flight to McCarthy.

….the caribou herd through our camping meadow, the several grizzlies, the arctic fox, the gorgeous Brooks, the exotic Arctic ocean, ice bergs, great people, excellent AW gear, and wonderful guides!!!


- Marilyn , Minnessota, USA



Transportation beyond Fairbanks and ending in McCarthy

One night lodging in Chistochina, AK

Food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Select rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included in the trip price


Lodging (except one night in Chistochina)

Non-camp meals (except breakfast at the lodge in Chistochina)

Personal clothing and gear. See equipment list


Temperatures vary dramatically in the Alaska. Mid-July is usually mild and warm, and the Northern Wrangells are one of the driest parts of the state. That said, it could be cool and rainy so be prepared for anything.  Temperatures will range from the 20s to 80s. Snow is possible any day of the year, but we get lots of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes should not be an issue but bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent just in case.


Alaska’s Wolf Man by Frank Glaser

The Copper Spike by Lone E Janson

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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