Iceberg Lake Fly-in Day Trip

Overview

Choose our Iceberg Lake Fly-In Day Trip for one of the most stunning, scenic full day adventures in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. If you want more than one day, extend your stay for an overnight base camping or backpacking trip. The dramatic landscape in this remote corner of the eastern Chugach Mountains is punctuated by color – brown and black striated cliffs, steep and rocky above; grey glacier silt underfoot; electric green and deep burgundy wild grasses below; a spectrum of cyan radiating from glacier crevasses. Clear lakes, raging creeks and snowy peaks abound. In this rugged, remote country, keep an eye peeled for wildlife: grizzlies, wolverine, birds and smaller mammals call this area home. Your custom itinerary can lead through the lower reaches of the valley toward the glacier and lake, or ascend for alpine scrambles and panoramic exploration.

Availability
June 15 – September 15, 2014 
Duration
Begins In
McCarthy 
Ends In
McCarthy 
Transportation
Shuttle, Bush Plane 
Features
A stunning flight from the Kennicott Valley across Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, professionally guided climbing or instruction at novice or intermediate levels. 
Priced From
$660 per person 
Trip Includes
Round trip flight in a small bush plane between McCarthy and Iceberg Lake plus a bush landing, private guide, climbing equipment. 
Not Included
Personal clothing suitable for cool and potentially wet conditions, trail snacks or lunch. 

A meltwater lake forms at the toe of the glacier.

Choose our Iceberg Lake Fly-in Day Trip for a range of activities in a truly spectacular surrounding, an Alaskan paradise for day hikes, base camping, and multi-day trekking.

For vertical gain, traverse rolling alpine terrain up to rugged ridges, head for moderate or challenging alpine climbing routes among summit scrambles and rocky slopes. Along the way, scope out hidden lakes, clear creek seeps, muddy swift-water streams, and high alpine glaciers.

Lower down, hike on the moraine towards climbing walls and cracks of a heavily crevassed glacier on the valley floor.

Fly over massive glaciers on your way to Iceberg Lake.

explore iceberg lake with wild alpine guides on a guided fily-in day trip in wrangell st elias national park alaska

Land on a silty gravel bar, just a short hike from the lake, glaciers and climbing routes.

Iceberg Lake fly-in day trip hiking backpacking ice climbing with wild alpine guides alaska

Hike with your mountain guide towards glaciers, summit scrambles or advanced alpine routes.

Explore house-sized bergs beached on the silty moraine.

 

Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your visit to Iceberg Lake is custom to your goals.

Recommended Schedule
8:45 am: Check in at our office in McCarthy. Meet your guide.
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Get outfitted with glacier travel gear: crampons, trekking poles.
9:30 am: Scenic flight to Iceberg Lake.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Glacier and alpine hiking or climbing; hike at your own pace with breaks for photos and lunch.
5:30 pm: Meet your plane and pilot for a scenic flight back to McCarthy.
6:00 pm: Arrive back in McCarthy.

About the Area

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