Denali Multi-day Hikes


Answers to questions that everyone asks:

What about the mosquitoes?

In case you've heard horror stories...the number of mosquitoes is greatly dependent on hatching season and annual weather conditions. While we are bound to encounter some mosquitoes during the course of our adventure, their numbers have not generally presented major problems on past trips in these specific areas. That said, please arrive prepared with insect repellent and a head net to fend off any mosquitoes that are present.

Will bears be a problem?

Alaska is bear country! There are both grizzly and black bears in most of the wilderness areas of Alaska we visit. We love seeing bears in the wild and it really is one of the most thrilling experiences common in Alaska backcountry travel. With that said, traveling safely and taking precautions to minimize a negative encounter are things we take very seriously. In addition to being subject to our thorough bear safety orientation, you’ll also see that we take many precautions when traveling in Alaska’s wilderness:

  1. All food has been packaged to minimize odors – we vacuum seal most of our fresh ingredients and sauces, we pack our food in bear resistant food canisters, and we store our food well away from camp. 
  2. We make noise when we’re hiking in thick brush or when we’re hiking in windy conditions to minimize surprise encounters. 
  3. We keep an exceptionally clean camp
  4. As a last resort we travel armed. Our guides carry 44 mags or shotguns. Most of Alaska’s national parks, excluding Katmai and Denali, allow for the use of firearms and our guides are thoroughly trained in firearm use. Again, using a gun is a last resort and thankfully we’ve never had to call one into service on a trip!

What kind of food might we expect?

Our food is excellent – in fact it is something that clearly differentiates us from our competitors. We have spent the past decade fine tuning our backcountry menu. Breakfasts include pancakes, scrambles, various homemade granolas and cereals, French pressed coffee, assorted teas and hot drinks. For lunch we enjoy foccacia sandwiches, bagels and Alaska lox, hummus and toasted pita chips, and assorted wraps. We also have homemade snack mixes both salty and sweet and energy and candy bars available throughout the day. Dinners could include lasagna, pad thai, beef mole’ tacos, penne pasta with a roasted red pepper pesto, wild mushroom risotto, etc. And we ALWAYS enjoy one of Derek’s home baked desserts after dinner.

When would you require a deposit? and how much?

We require a deposit of $1000 per person to officially reserve a trip. Really the deposit is due as soon as you’d like to book. That way, we have the trip inked in on the schedule and can begin the effort to coax others into joining the adventure. When you decide to book, we then generate an invoice that we send by email. You’ll then have the option to pay the deposit by mailing us a check, calling us with a credit card number or by using a Visa, Master Card, or American Experss on our secure online payment system.

Trip cancellation insurance? Can we get it through you?

As for trip cancellation insurance, our trip-partner Alaska Alpine Adventures is licensed to sell Travel Guard - an industry leading insurance product designed specifically for adventure travelers. Please contact us for details or click here to obtain a quote.

Trip Logistics

This trip originates in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Bush Flights

All bush flights, both into and out of Denali National Park, are included in the cost of your adventure and your flight will certainly be one of the highlights of your Alaska hiking tour. For most of you, this will likely be your first trip in a bush plane, and a memorable one to be sure! This 1 hour scenic flight will take us over alpine tundra, braided rivers, and cascading waterfalls; past Mt. Mckinley, the highest peak in North America; and finally down through the mighty Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier, the deepest trench on earth! Our skilled bush pilot will then take us down to a small lake nestled in a cleft between the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers, where we will unload our gear on a small beach and then wave the airplane goodbye.

Accommodations

This is a real wilderness camping trip and you will be sleeping in expedition quality tents for the three nights in the Denali wilderness. You will have the choice of a single, double, or family size tent which is capable of sleeping 2 adults and 2 children. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, rated to 30 degrees F. or warmer, and a sleeping pad (details below). We will also have a group tent erected for eating, relaxing, and getting out of the weather. While comfortably provisioned, our camp is both rustic and simple. There will be no hot running water, showers, beds, or cabins. This is "real" Alaska and you will be completely immersed in it for the 3 nights.

The Experience

Your trip originates in Talkeetna, and we'll meet as a group for the first time for a morning hike at K2 Aviation to brief.  As you prepare for your flight, your guide(s) will be available to aid you with your gear and answer any questions you might have.

We'll then load up and begin our flight into the wilderness by floatplane. Our first afternoon in camp will allow us to collect our senses, gaze at the surrounding beauty, and get a feel for the terrain we will be covering. You will quickly become acquainted with our style of wilderness travel and camp etiquette. Meals are planned to be sumptuous, filling culinary adventures of their own. Because weight and packaging is critical, careful consideration is taken in planning and packing the ingredients. You can be assured every meal will be something you may never have experienced in the wilderness. We use organic and real food products when possible and the very best freeze-dried and dehydrated ingredients available.

What’s Included

  • All group gear (tents, stoves, fuel, cooking & eating utensils, etc.) and safety equipment.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Ground Transportation to Chugach State Park & to Lake Hood on Day 1.
  • Roundtrip scenic bush flights from Anchorage to Denali National Park
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 5:1 client to guide ratio.
  • All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary.
  • Storage for your extra travel items while in the field.

What’s Not

  • Lodging in Anchorage prior to and after your adventure.
  • Personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.).
  • Trip cancellation insurance.
  • Additional room nights in Anchorage due to weather delays.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Guide gratuities.

Reservation Policy

A deposit of $1000.00 per person is required to reserve a trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. Reservations made within 60 days of the trip starting date require payment in full.

If the participant cancels a reservation earlier than 60 days prior to the starting date, the deposit will be refunded, minus a $500.00 administration fee. If the participant cancels within 59-31 days of the starting date, 50% of the trip balance will be refunded. If cancellation is made within 30-0 days of the trip starting date, there will be no refund of any costs. Alaska Alpine Adventures recommends cancellation insurance available through Travel Guard.

Please call or email us for details.


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