Late June to early September
The tour begins in Anchorage, AK
Intermediate to advanced
Explore the vast, unspoiled wilderness of the majestic Denali
With over 6 million acres of wilderness to explore, Denali National Park lives up to its title of America’s crown jewel. Featuring glaciers, waterfalls, countless rivers, and the tallest peak in North America, it hides a myriad of off-beat paths waiting to be explored. Don’t forget to savor every moment of your trip to the park, as you fly over the stunning thundra landscapes and peaks rising up to spectacular 20,320 feet! Take the road less traveled and spend 4 days on the south side of the park that sees less visitors, offering more solitude and relaxation.
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Multi-Day Basecamp Hiking Tour in Denali National Park
Join your guide on the most authentic Denali experience! Spend your days in the wilderness, exploring the wildlife and discovering natural wonders along the way. This adventure combines a genuine Alaskan atmosphere and an amazing scenic trip with a floatplane. Hike through the vast tundra and explore the seemingly endless glaciers. Relax with your group under the midnight sun, enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by your guides, and spend your nights in the greatest basecamp in Alaska. Use your days to the fullest and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Day One: Meet your guide and start hiking
After meeting your guides at 9am in Anchorage, you will have a short orientation and gear check, and then drive to Chugach State Park. Head for your first hike on this adventure and enjoy a trail side lunch with your group. In the afternoon, head to Lake Hood Seaplane Base, where you’ll board a floatplane bound for the Denali National Park. Enjoy the views over Alaska during a one-hour flight and have your first glimpse of the alpine tundra, braided rivers, and cascading waterfalls that make Alaska a world-class hiking destination.
If the weather permits, you might even see the spectacular Denali, the highest peak in North America. Land near a small lake nestled in a cleft between the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers, unload your gear and set up camp near the lake. Spend the evening hiking and relaxing with your group over dinner made by your guides!
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation gain: 500′
Day Two and Three: Continue exploring the breathtaking wilderness
Spend your second and third day exploring the endless trails of Denali National Park. With almost unlimited daylight, you will spend two days discovering the nearby tundra hills, enjoying the views of the magnificent Backside and Ruth Glaciers, and, if weather permits, you might even see Denali rising up to staggering 20,320 feet! Learn basic skills necessary for off-trail hiking, such as reading a topographic map, choosing the best route, and traveling efficiently. Explore the beautiful valleys and the glacial features of Denali’s frozen rivers, and witness the more recent visual indications of climate change.
Distance: 6-10 miles
Elevation gain: 1500-2500’
Day Four: Soak up the final views
After a hearty breakfast and hot drink, continue your last few hours of the adventure. Say goodbye to Denali and soak up the last views of this magnificent place! Pack up your equipment and wait for your ride back to Anchorage by afternoon. No doubt you’ll want to come back as soon as your plane takes off!
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation gain: 500′
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Things you need to know
Covid measures in Alaska
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Denali National Park, AK, please refer to the State of Alaska webpage.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- Professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained, wilderness guides
- All group gear including tents, group tarp, all cooking equipment and eating utensils
- Basecamp privy with toilet supplies including TP and hand sanitizer
- Safety equipment: satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
- Water treatment options
- Large, backpack-style drybag for transporting and storing personal gear while on trip
- Trekking poles
- Roundtrip flight from Anchorage to Denali National Park
- 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 included:
- Lodging in Anchorage prior to and after your adventure
- Personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.)
- Trip cancelation insurance
- Additional hotel nights in Anchorage due to weather delays
- Alcoholic beverages
How fit do I need to be?
Physical conditioning and consistent exercise prior to these trips is essential. You will be hiking off-trail over steep and uneven terrain, often covering more than 10 miles in a day with up to 3000′ of elevation gain/loss. You may encounter short stretches of thick vegetation and may also experience Alaska’s diverse selection of insect species. Intermediate hikes such as this one will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water, a portion of the group gear, and other things you’ll need throughout the day. Pre-trip physical conditioning should begin no later than two months before departure and should include walking or hiking.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25 bag)
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Insulated mug
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Hiking socks (synthetic/wool mid-weight)
- Waterproof gaiters — optional (but recommended)
- Camp shoes
- Socks for camp
- Waterproof breathable rain jacket
- Waterproof breathable rain pants
- Lightweight windshirt
- Mid-weight long sleeve synthetic top
- Mid-weight synthetic bottom
- Synthetic hiking pants
- Lightweight synthetic shorts (or convertible hiking pant/shorts)
- Lightweight synthetic T-shirt
- Mosquito head net — optional (but recommended)
- Synthetic or wool glove liners
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- 2 waterproof compression stuff sacks (1 large enough for your sleeping bag, 1 for your extra clothing)
- Spare clothes for layering
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camp chair
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Alaskan beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in Denali National Park — and it gets crowded quickly — this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
The standard group size on this Denali hiking tour is eight guests and one guide, with a guest to guide ratio of 4:1, but larger groups can be accommodated. Pricing is per person and the tours are not private.
A deposit of $1000 to secure your place is due upon booking. The balance of payment is due 45 days prior to the departure date.
If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Alaska is prone to sudden temperature and weather changes, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. During the summer months in Alaska, average daytime temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees F, nighttime and morning temperatures are cooler, but rarely dip below 40 degrees F. The same white cloud shielding you from sunbeams can easily turn into a thunderstorm within minutes.
Rest assured, your guide — all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMTs — will know the correct course of action if the weather throws a curveball. In most cases, unfavorable weather won’t stop you from experiencing a guided hiking tour within the park, but if plans need to shift, your guide will amend your itinerary to find a trail more suitable to the day’s weather.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Denali National Park, most people fly into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. From there, you will join your guides and head on to Denali.
You will join your guides on the morning of Day One at your accommodation. From there, your group will go to the guides office for an orientation and gear check before heading to Chugach State Park for a hike and lunch. Then, you’ll board an air taxi for the flight to Denali. You will start your hiking tour from there.