For centuries now, ambitious mountaineers have been making their way to Alaska’s snow-capped wilderness, seeking to test their skills on Denali—North America’s tallest peak. While conquering Denali is no small feat, those fit and brave enough to achieve it are rewarded with beautiful untouched wilderness, phenomenal panoramic views, and bragging rights that will last a lifetime! For anyone looking to get into mountaineering and one day overcome this legendary challenge, there is no better learning environment than Denali’s very own Alaska Range. Jump on the opportunity to master advanced skills and techniques in this one-of-a-kind setting. And if the weather allows it, you get to climb a glacier and overcome one of Denali’s neighboring peaks, with grandiose views of the mountain itself! Head to Alaska’s pale outback and grow into your mountaineering boots.

  • Ascend one of the Alaska Range’s monumental peaks

  • Take in the astonishing views of Denali and the surrounding mountains

  • Master fundamental glacial mountaineering skills in Alaska’s wilderness

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7-Day Alaska Mountaineering Course
Available upon request
12-Day Alaska Mountaineering Course
Available upon request
5.00 (4 reviews)
Kailee V. about Mountain Trip on Tripadvisor

I highly recommend this activity and company! They were extremely flexible and wonderful to work with! I got the days of activities mixed up and they were able and willing to push back the start time. They also took amazing photos so I could enjoy the activity and not worry about snapping photos along the way. I can’t say enough good things! Also, request Jason as your guide if possible! He was great!

Erika D. about Mountain Trip on Tripadvisor

An incredible experience! Highly recommend. Jason was our guide and he was top-notch. His experience, knowledge of the area, and skillset helped put my husband and I at ease during the entire adventure.

Scott S. about Mountain Trip on Tripadvisor

Truly an EPIC experience…our group of 8 was lucky enough to have two first-class guides in Marcos and Sheldon. Really an indescribable mountain adventure…just do it!

Shalegh about Mountain Trip on Tripadvisor

Slator was an excellent guide! He kept us moving but at a non rushed pace. Absolutely breathtaking scenery!

Things to know

  • 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Alaska, please refer to Alaska’s official travel guidelines.

    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:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5-10 days of mountaineering depending on your chosen itinerary
      • Scheduled group transportation between Anchorage and Talkeetna
      • Scheduled flights between Talkeetna and Base Camp
      • All meals while on the mountain
      • All group equipment (tents, kitchen, ropes, sleds, snow pickets, shovels, group med kit, satellite phone, GPS tracker, etc.)
      • Custom dispatch blog for your climb, complete with audio posts from team members calling from the mountain
      • Assistance arranging for post-climb activities in Alaska

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Alaska
      • $15 Denali National Park entrance fee
      • Personal mountaineering equipment
      • Meals while not on the mountain
      • Lodging in Alaska before and after your course
      • Travel and/or rescue insurance
      • Costs incurred due to evacuation or unplanned departure from the Range due to illness or other problems
      • Costs incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Mountain Trip
      • Costs incurred as a result of force majeure
  • This is a very demanding mountaineering course that requires participants to be in excellent physical condition. Invest the time to train well beforehand and you will not only enjoy the course more, but you will also gain the satisfaction of being a solid member of the team as you climb. Be prepared to carry a 50-60 lb pack and pull a 20-30 lb sled for up to five miles at a stretch. Be prepared for temperatures well below freezing at night, with daytime temperatures very comfortable and sometimes hot!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Expedition backpack (85L minimum, bigger is better)
      • Large zippered duffel bag (90-100L)
      • Wool mountaineering socks 3-5 pairs)
      • Mountaineering boots
      • Custom insole
      • Gaiters
      • Expedition down parka
      • Base layer top (1-2 sets)
      • Light fleece hoody
      • Puffy light insulated jacket
      • Hardshell jacket
      • Softshell wind jacket
      • Vest — optional
      • Sun hoody — optional
      • Base layer bottoms (1-2 sets)
      • Light fleece bottoms
      • Softshell pants
      • Hardshell waterproof pants
      • Puffy insulated expedition pants
      • Synthetic or Merino underwear (3-4 pairs)
      • Heavyweight gloves
      • Medium weight gloves
      • Lightweight gloves
      • Buff neck gaiter
      • Summit mittens
      • Warm hat
      • Face mask
      • Sun hat
      • Hand warmers
      • Glacier glasses
      • Ski goggles
      • Nose guard
      • Denali sleeping bag
      • Inflatable sleeping pad
      • Foam sleeping pad
      • Ski/trekking poles
      • Ascender
      • Ice axe
      • Alpine climbing harness
      • Carabiners and locking carabiners
      • Accessory/prusik cord
      • Climbing helmet
      • Crampons
      • Primary attachment locking carabiner
      • Double length runner (48”)
      • Belay/rappel device
      • Snowshoes
      • Stuff sacks
      • Two 1L water bottles
      • Insulated bottle covers
      • Large plastic bowl, insulated cup or mug and exan spoon
      • Toiletries (lip balm,, sunscreen, pee bottle/funnel, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Personal medical kit
      • Journal and pencil — optional
      • Altimeter watch
      • Maps
      • Lighter
      • Small knife
      • Satellite tracking/texting device
      • Solar panel/battery — optional
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For the 7-day mountaineering course, groups will be made up of 3-6 participants and 1-3 instructors. A minimum of 3 participants is required for this tour to run.
      • For the 12-day mountaineering course, groups will be made up of 4-9 participants and 1-3 instructors. A minimum of 4 participants is required for this tour to run
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Mountaineering in Alaska can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has mountaineers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • All Courses require a deposit to secure a spot on the team. Your submission of a deposit constitutes your acceptance of this Fee Schedule, Refund and Cancellation Policy.

    All deposits for Courses include a non-refundable $750 administration fee (we highly recommend that you consider Trip Cancellation insurance to protect the administrative fee, if not the entire cost of your climb).

    Final payments for expeditions must be received 120 days prior to the Team Meeting Day.

    Failure to pay expedition fees by the date they are due constitutes cancellation of your spot on the team and forfeiture of your deposit.

    If you register for a climb within 90 days of the Team Meeting Day, expedition fees will be due in full to secure your spot on the team.

  • No refunds will be provided for cancellations occurring within the last 89 days prior to an expedition. All requests for refunds must be made in writing.

    Your guide reserves the right to cancel an expedition prior to the departure date for any reason. In the event that the expedition is cancelled based solely on an internal administrative decision by Mountain Trip, all monies, except for nonrefundable administrative fees, collected by Mountain Trip from team members for the canceled expedition shall be refunded within 30 days. That is the extent of their financial liability for such cancellations. This Cancellation provision shall not apply when external factors that force Mountain Trip to cancel an expedition against its will, including, but not limited to, international political upheaval, terrorism, drought/famine, epidemics/pandemics, and/or cancellations imposed by foreign or domestic governments or permitting agencies. All External Cancellations shall not be subject to a refund unless such cancellation occurs prior to the deadlines set forth in the Refund and Cancellation policies, above.

  • To get to Anchorage, AK, most people fly into Ted Stevens International Airport 5 miles away from Anchorage. From there, you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to Anchorage.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the Lakefront Hotel in Anchorage or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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