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5 Day Donoho Wilderness Backpack : Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska

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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.

Tour Activities

Backpacking
Glacier Traverse with Crampons
Scenic Drive
Scenic flight (Optional)

Trip Length

5-Days, 4-Night

Price Includes

Meals Listed in Itinerary
Group Camping gear
Tents & Sleeping Kit
Guide Services
Flights listed
Crampons
Van Transportation
Park Fees
Backpacks Available for rent

Average Price

$ 1195

Difficulty

Moderate

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Backpack Wrangell St. Elias National Park (Cross the Root Glacier to Donoho Lakes)

Day 1 - Meeting the first morning, the group will have a brief orientation before traveling north in our van toward Wrangell St. Elias National Park. The van ride, about 4-5 hours, takes us through beautiful canyons and across open forests. The group is treated to panoramic views of both the Chugach and Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. Our destination is the quaint town of McCarthy where we spend the afternoon both enjoying the small town and preparing for the backpacking tour. Once packed, we hike to the base of the root glacier for the first night of camping.
(Lunch Dinnner)

Day 2-4 - We cross the Dramatic Root Glacier clad with crampons on our boots and hike north toward the Donoho Peak Wilderness. The Donoho Peak Wilderness trip takes backpacking a step beyond, and allows us to fully experience one of Alaska's true wonders - "glaciers". Camp will be set in the rolling tundra at the base of Donoho Peak. This section of the tour incorporates basic wilderness skills and is an introduction to off-trail, Alaskan-style hiking and glacier trekking. From this western edge of the Root Glacier we can take advantage of several options including: trying our hand at ice climbing, scaling 6,696 foot Donoho Peak, exploring a spectacular section of the Root or Kennicott Glaciers, or simply hiking through the spruce forest to picnic alongside an alpine lake.
(Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 5 - The hike back to McCarthy takes us back across the ice and into the ghost town of Kennicott. Once a thriving copper mine, Kennicott is packed with a rich history. We will have a chance to walk around the ruins of the mine and capture some Alaskan history. We will make the drive back to Valdez by late afternoon to end the trip.
(Breakfast Lunch)


 

5 Day Donoho Wilderness Backpack

5 Day Donoho Wilderness Backpack
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Date Notes:

All dates can be customized between June 1-September 4th

Price Notes:

Prices vary a bit based on if the group flies or drives to McCarthy from Chitina.

5 Day Donoho Wilderness Backpack

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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5 Day Donoho Wilderness Backpack

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5 Day Donoho Wilderness Backpack

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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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Join Pangaea Adventures for sea kayaking tours in Alaska. Guided trips in Prince William Sound. Sea Kayak Day Tours to famous glaciers like Columbia Glacier. Sea Kayak Camping Tours in Alaska wilderness. Backpacking Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Glacier Day Hikes in the Chugach Mountains. Guided glacier hikes on Worthington Glacier. Water Taxi Valdez.