Join us in 2011 for our new and exclusive 7-day backpacking trip in Denali National Park. This shorter, less strenuous, but no less spectacular version of our amazing 10-day adventure through the biggest mountains in North America and the crown jewel of the National Park system is sure to become an Alaska Classic! With float plane access from Anchorage, amazing tundra hiking, and unparalleled views of America's highest summit (after all, you'll be only 15 miles from the 20,320' summit), this trip is both suitable for a new Alaska backpacker yet challenging enough for the seasoned wilderness traveler.
|from $2,995* per person||7 Days||June-September
Exertion level: 4
|Operator: Alaska Alpine Adventures
8 people max
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, Denali National Park, North, Alaska, United States
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Reviewer: Caroline Seaman
"The scenery and routes were gorgeous – we loved the area. Food was
fantastic and far exceeded our expectations. Guides were extremely
knowledgeable and fun to travel with.”"
Reviewer: Augie Spagnola
"This was a great trip, it truly exceeded my expectations."
Reviewer: John Wargo
“As a seasoned backpacker worldwide, I would rate this trip as a once in a lifetime experience! I’ve never had better food in the field. Great weather, spectacular scenery. Overall – outstanding!”
Day 1: Your trip begins today in Anchorage, Alaska. You can arrive at any time and transfer to our bed & breakfast independently. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight or to explore some of the city’s notable sites including the Anchorage Museum of History & Art or the city Park Strip. This evening, you’ll meet your guide at 6pm and head to an orientation dinner at a local restaurant. The orientation will include a discussion of the route, an introduction to our unique style of Alaska wilderness travel, a familiarization of the principles of Leave No Trace, and a conversation about traveling safely in bear country.
Day 2: This morning after a healthy breakfast at our B&B, we’ll make our way over to Lake Hood Seaplane Base, the busiest float-plane airport on earth, where we’ll board a float-plane bound for the Denali National Park and our home for the next 8 nights. This 1.5 hour 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, 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 packs on a small beach and then wave the airplane goodbye. We’ll set up camp near the lake, bask in the new-found solitude, and then take a short afternoon hike.
Days 3-6: We’ll spend the next 4 days headed doing a 30+ mile circuit. Our route will take us through gun sight passes, over open tundra benches, down spectacular creeks, and along big Alaska Range glaciers. We’ll camp near small lakes, drink from alpine streams, and walk through country that has seen few human footsteps. We’ll bask in the majesty of the Alaska Range and scan mountain sides for black & grizzly bears as we hike through north America’s crown jewel, completely immersed in the wild. When the weather permits, views of north America’s highest mountain range will dominate our panorama and we’ll savor the incomprehensible vastness of Alaska. By the afternoon of day 6, we’ll arrive back at our final camp near the lake, and we’ll spend our last evening truly enjoying our final moments of solitude in Denali.
Day 7: After a celebratory tundra blueberry pancake breakfast and coffee, our bush pilot will arrive at the nearby airstrip by early afternoon to extract us from the wilderness. Our flight path will take us down the massive Ruth Glacier, over the Tokosha Mountains, along the mighty Susitna River, and back to Anchorage by 6pm. If you’re returning home from Anchorage this evening, please schedule home-bound flights for after 10pm.
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