Enjoy eleven days of big wilderness and big views in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park this summer. From comfortable camps 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.
Last updated: August 17, 2019
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide at 9 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 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.
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.
Days (and nights) are yours to do as you please. With thousands of acres to ourselves the limit to our adventures are few.
Weather permitting our pilot returns and shuttles us, one at a time, to a new location on the volcano.
From our new camp we will have plenty of time for new adventures, hikes, laughs, meals and relaxation. We’ll camp less than a mile from the ice and within sight of Mt. Sanford’s summit. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful campsite!
One last stroll, one last scan for sheep above camp and it is time to pack-up and head back to Chistochina where our vehicle waits. If the weather cooperates we can be back in Fairbanks in the evening, ready for the next adventure.
Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless. A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.
You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed. Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails. He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.
Transportation beyond Fairbanks
One night lodging in Chistochina, AK
Food while in the wilderness
Stoves, cooking & eating utensils
Water filter, safety & repair gear
Professional guide service
Select 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 per our equipment list
Gratuity for guide
Temperatures vary dramatically in the Alaska. 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.