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Alaska Backpacking Trips

Experience true solitude on these remote Alaska backpacking trips into seldom visited wilderness. Many of the  backpacking trips we offer were first pioneered by Trek Alaska. No one knows these wilderness routes like we do. Our deep knowledge of the Alaska backcountry led to the publishing of the definitive guide to hiking and backpacking in Wrangell St. Elias National Park by Falcon Books. We are focused on your Alaska wilderness experience so we keep our groups small - usually with 4-5 participants and a guide. Guided groups of twice that size are not unusual in the industry.  This is an overview of all our guided backpacking and base-camp trips for the coming season. If you are only interested in a particular Alaskan park, see our pages for Wrangell St.Elias National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Gates of the Arctic, Denali State Park and the Talkeetna Mountains High Country.

Some trips appear under multiple headings because they can be done as an easier or more challenging trip depending on the group. Click on a thumbnail to see a trip detail page.

Easier Backpacking, Base Camp and Family Trips

Good for all ages and abilities, families with small children, first time campers, or those wanting an easygoing trip.

Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Lake Loop/Base Camp Trek
Base Camp/Loop Trip
5 days trekking
$1595.00/person
Trip Info

Stunning and dramatic terrain with hanging glaciers, icefields, glacier hiking, ridge walks, alpine lakes, moderate scramble summits. A classic Alaskan valley and ridge-line for moderate backpacking and exploration.

Steamboat Hills

Steamboat Hills
Base Camp/Loop Trip
5 days trekking
$1,695.00/person
Trip Info

Alpine Alaskan lakes nestled amid rolling tundra and easier terrain make it a more laid back choice - also a great family spot. Usually done as a base camp or hybrid trip with some backpacking and some day hiking. Enjoy the fantastic scenery with more moderate hiking.

Fan Glacier

Fan Glacier Basecamp
Base Camp Trip
4 days trekking
$1,495.00/person
Trip Info

Ideal for folks with no backpacking experience as usually set a base camp and do some day hikes on the Fan Glacier and alpine ridges with stunning views. This area of Alaska gets little snow making it a great early season hiking destination.

Moderate Backpacking Trips

Anyone in good condition will do well on these routes.

Donoho Glacier Trek

Donoho Lakes Glacier Trek
Backpacking Trip
5 days trekking
$955.00/person
Trip Info

One of our most popular shorter trips. Quintessential Alaskan terrain featuring glacier exploration and jaw-dropping, in-your-face views of the glaciers, icefalls and Wrangell range peaks. Our most econimical backpacking trip.

Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Lake Loop/Base Camp Trek
Base Camp/Loop Trip
5 days trekking
$1595.00/person
Trip Info

Stunning and dramatic terrain with hanging glaciers, icefields, glacier hiking, ridge walks, alpine lakes, moderate scramble summits. A classic Alaskan valley and ridge-line for moderate backpacking and exploration.

Steamboat Hills

Steamboat Hills
Base Camp/Loop Trip
5 days trekking
$1,695.00/person
Trip Info

Alpine Alaskan lakes nestled amid rolling tundra and easier terrain make it a more laid back choice - also a great family spot. Usually done as a base camp or hybrid trip with some backpacking and some day hiking. Enjoy the fantastic scenery with more moderate hiking.

Skolai Pass

Skolai Pass Loop Trek
Base Camp/Loop Trip
5 days
$1,595.00/person
Trip Info

One of the most popular spots in the park due to the dramatic peaks, hanging glaciers and great Alaska wildlife spotting including Dahl sheep and caribou. Backpacking, base camp and loop style trips are possible. This is a classis Alaskan pass.

Twin Lakes Ramble

Twin Lakes Ridge Ramble
Backpacking Trip
7 days trekking
$3250.00/person
Trip Info

A unique Alaska backpacking trip in our line up. Features a wide-open itinerary centered around exploration, ridge hiking and moderate summit hikes. We craft this trip around the group’s interests - sometimes there is more backpacking and sometimes more stops along the way to just explore the Alaska high country.

Kesugi Ridge

Kesugi Ridge
Backpacking Trip
5 days trekking
$1425.00/person
Trip Info

Shorter, closer to Anchorage - ridge walk with awesome Denali views! Great for those not looking for a hard core Alaska trip. We do backpack most days on this trip but once we hump it up the ridge the terrain eases back a bit. Good for fit beginners.

Talkeetna Mts. Alpine

Talkeetna  Mountains High Country
Backpacking Trip
5 Days
$1855.00/person
Trip Info

Great Alaska backpacking trip with moderate terrain and easy logistics. Trip departs out of Anchorage and has you in the backcounty by lunch same day! Reasonable cost and total solitude on this backpacking trip in a seldom visited part of Alaska!

Easter Creek

Easter Creek - Brooks Range
Backpacking Trip
6 Days
$3450.00/person
Trip Info

A new addition to our Alaska lineup. Enjoy an Alaska backpacking trip in remote solitude in the Brooks Range. We have the freedom on this trip to do lots of backpacking or mix it up with some day hiking and exploration. Remote doesn’t have to mean hard-core.

More Challenging Backpacking Trips

Best for those with some backpacking experience. You should be in good shape and up for some challenges along the way.

Seven Pass

Seven Pass Route (Iceberg to Bremner)
Backpacking Trip
8 days trekking
$2,395.00/person
Trip Info

This is our ultimate Alaskan sampler trek with a lot of variety over the route. Terrain runs from glaciers to verdant valleys to high lonesome passes. If you think you will only go on one Alaska backpacking trip, this is the one to do.

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak Traverse
Backpacking Trip
7 days trekking
$2,255.00/person
Trip Info

Remote Alaskan adventure with amazing ridge walks, views of the University range and gold mining history. Not quite as demanding as the Seven Pass but still with some backpacking challenges up and over the ridges. But the ridge tops rewards with great Alaskan vistas of snow covered peaks.

The Goat Trail

Goat Trail (Skolai Pass to Wolverine)
Backpacking Trip
7 days trekking
$2,195.00/person
Trip Info

Unique Alaska high country backpacking route with amazing views, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, bears, caribou and Dall sheep. Those with and interest in Alaska geology will love this trip - geodes, fossils and more abound.

Arrigetch Pks - Gates of the Arctic

Arrigetch Peaks - Gates of the Arctic
Backpacking Trip
8 days trekking
$3795.00/person
Trip Info

Explore one of the most stunning spots in Alaska’s Brooks Range. The Arrigetch Peaks will leave a lasting impression. A challenging backpacking trip so you need to be ready. The payoff for the rugged hiking terrain is the chance to get up close to the unique granite spires of the Arrigetch bowl.

Lake Clark Alpine

Lake Clark N.P. - Turquoise Lake High Country Trek
Backpacking Trip
8 days trekking
$3,550.00/person
Trip Info

High alpine route through amazing Alaska lake country. This is a lake to lake backpacking trip with the added bonus of opportunities to fish at the lakes along the way. Trip originates with flight out of Anchorage so the day we depart is same day we start backpacking in this Alaska gem of a park. Challenging at times but worh it.

Twin Lakes Ramble

Twin Lakes Ridge Ramble
Backpacking Trip
7 days trekking
$3250.00/person
Trip Info

A unique Alaska backpacking trip in our line up. Features a wide-open itinerary centered around exploration, ridge hiking and moderate summit hikes. We craft this trip around the group’s interests - sometimes there is more backpacking and sometimes more stops along the way to just explore the Alaska high country.

Extremely Challenging Treks

Experience is required and you need to be ready for a very serious challenge.

Wrangell/Skyscraper

Mt. Wrangell/Skyscraper Traverse
Backpacking Trip
10 days trekking
$3,355.00/person
Trip Info

An extremely challenging Alaska backpacking trip that is recommended only for those with backpacking experienced and preferably experience on Alaskan routes. Very rugged and steep terrain but the reward is the chance to see Alaskan country that only a handful have travelled. One of the only routes that passes through the rugged Wrangell range. Private groups only. A great capper to a wilderness travel career.

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