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4 Day Doubtful Creek Fly-in Base Camp: Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska

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Hike Wrangell St. Elias National Park. An Alaskan bush flight to a spectacular low elevation camp near a beautiful glacier and stream. This guided hiking trip offers both easy and challenging day hikes. Great early season journey.

Tour Activities

Camping
Day Hikes
Scenic Drive
Scenic Flight

Trip Length

4-Days, 3-Night

Price Includes

Meals Listed in Itinerary
Group camping gear
Tents & Sleeping Kit
Guide Services
Scenic flights
Park Fees
Van transportation

Average Price

$ 1590

Difficulty

Easy / Moderate (flexible day hikes)

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This is the best early season destination with snow melting our in late May or early June. Doubtful Creek is also a good option for limited budgets and is one of our shortest itineraries.

A flight brings us Southeast from McCarthy before landing near the Nizina Glacier. With a lake at the base of the glacier and surrounding high peaks this area offers great views and day hike opportunities. From camp we spend each day hiking various directions either staying in the lower elevations or challenging ourselves to explore the high country. A great family experience.

Day 1- Meet in Valdez. We suggest getting to Valdez the day before departure. We spend an hour or so reviewing gear and packing the backpacks. We then drive north to Chitina (2 hrs) where we catch a small plane flight to the ghost town of McCarthy to catch our next flight deep into the park. After being dropped by bush plane, we take a short hike to set your basecamp.
(Lunch Dinner)

Day 2-3 -For 3 days we will explore the many options to hike in the region. Options include easy hikes to explore the base of the Glacier or more challenging hikes by venturing up the adjoining valleys. The base camp offers the comforts of not having to carry a heavy pack each day. We typically head in a different direction each day.
(Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 4- The plane will pick us up after lunch for the flight back to civilization. Upon returning to McCarthy we will have time to explore town before catching the next flight to Chitina and driving in the van back to Valdez. The trip ends when we return to Valdez in the early evening.
(Breakfast Lunch)

This itinerary was designed for groups or families that are not looking to carry a heavy backpack for miles at a time, but would still like to get into the back country to experience Alaska's wild lands.  We get out on day hikes that are equal in beauty to any major backpacking expedition.

 

4 Day Doubtful Creek Fly-in Base Camp

4 Day Doubtful Creek Base Camp
Trip Date / Group Size
Price
Price (Small Group)
Notes
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Custom Dates / 2 people
$ 1590
$1790
Based on group of 2 plus 1 guide
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Custom Dates / 3 people
$1515
$1715
Based on group of 3 plus 1 guide
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Custom Dates / 4 people
$1475
$1675
Based on group of 4 plus 1 guide
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Custom Dates / 5 people
$1545
$1745
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Date Notes:

We offer this trip on a custom basis. We suggest this itinerary between June 1 and September 4th..

Price Notes:

Final group size will determine the final price. Group prices are listed for those who don't mind others joining you on your trek. We offer custom trip prices for those who want to keep the group to just who sign up under your reservation. The total group size determines the final price. The maximum guest to guide ratio is 4:1.

4 Day Doubtful Creek Fly-in Base Camp

Gear supplied by Pangaea Adventures

  1. Group Camping Equipment
  2. Tents
  3. Sleeping Bags and Pads
  4. Crampons
  5. Backpacks available to rent ($40 per trip)
  6. Meals as listed
  7. Treking poles
  8. All cooking utensils and equipment
  9. All safety gear and first aid kits

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4 Day Doubtful Creek Fly-in Base Camp

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4 Day Doubtful Creek Fly-in Base Camp

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Point to Point Backpacking

  Tour Name Basic Description Price Adult Price Child  
  5 Day
Donoho Wilderness

Hike over the Root Glacier with Crampons. Camp with views of ice falls and towering peaks. A great escape without having to hire a bush plane. Moderately strenuous. An out and back route to Donoho Lakes.

$ 1195 $

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  5 Day
Allies Valley to
Bremner Mine

Take flight in a small plane to Allies Valley to start a great hike to Bremner Mine. Over 5 days we will wonder over open tundra and rocky passes.

$ 2150 $

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  6 Day
Skolai Pass to
Wolverine

A flight in a small plane to Skolai Pass starts an incredible journey. Enjoy hiking above treeline in the Alpine Tundra. Great views of Mt. Bona. Moderately strenuous. A flight brings us back out to McCarthy.

$ 2105 $ Details
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  4 Day Shoup &
Anderson Glacier
Backpack
Motor to Shoup Bay and hike from tide water to alpine tundra. A challenging yet rewarding journey. Glacier wonderland. $ 870 $ Details
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Backpacking Trips

If the trips listed above don't fit what you are looking for, then give us a call to design the right trip. Wrangell St. Elias National Park offers endless opportunities for adventure. Call Call Details
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Base Camp Trips

  Tour Name Basic Description Price Adult Price Child  
  4 Day
Doubtful Creek
Basecamp

Hike over the Root Glacier with Crampons. Camp with views of ice falls and towering peaks. A great escape without having to hire a bush plane. Moderately strenuous. An out and back route to Donoho Lakes.

$ 1590 $

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  5 Day
Iceberg Lake
Basecamp

A flight brings us up the Tana River Valley to landnear Iceberg lake. Adorned with glaciers, high peaks, and tundra, this area offers endless views and day hike opportunities.

$ 1995 $

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