Climb to the top of the highest mountain in North America with one of the best providers in the area. This tour provides you the best service with carefully prepared meals and group camp supplies and climbing gear. The extra three days added to the program will ensure you finish the climb even if the weather on the summit day won't be suitable for successful ascent. This ascent will become a serious test of your skills and a new check mark on your 7 summits to do list.
Length: 49 kms
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day.
from the Base Camp to the summit and back, including all acclimatisation treks
Altitude gain: 4100 m
21 days - is a standard program, with 3 extra days included in cases of bad weather
The best time to climb Mt Denali is from May to the middle of July due to unpredictable weather changes.
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills.
1. Easy 1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.
2. Moderate 1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
3. Challenging Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
4. Strenuous Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
5. Extreme Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.
1. Beginner Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.
2. Intermediate Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.
3. Advanced Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
4. Professional Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.
Day before your climb begins
Travel to Anchorage and arrive by 4:30 p.m. Climbers must make their own arrangements with a shuttle service and book lodging at the Talkeetna Denali View Lodge near Talkeetna. Please see the Climber Information Package for details.
Fly to Base Camp
Meet at our office at 8 a.m. - we will organize transportation for climbers. After introductions, orientation and final gear check, we will board a ski-equipped aircraft and fly to Base Camp on the S.E. Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier (7 300 ft). The flight to Base Camp is marvelous, presenting outstanding views of a variety of peaks including Mt. Foraker, Mt. Hunter and the Moose's Tooth. Upon arrival, the group prepares our Base Camp (Note: Guides may perform a glacier travel review on this day.)
Altitude: 2 225 m/7 300 ft
Glacier travel review
We'll carry gear to our intermediary camp (approximately halfway to the traditional Camp I). This gives us a chance to get an easy start and let you sort out any adjustments in gear and sled-pulling setup. This is important, as we will be pulling sleds for the next eight days.
Carry loads to Camp I. Snowshoes may be necessary between camps on the lower part of the mountain.
Altitude: 2 377 m/7 800 ft
We will carry loads to cache between 9 800 and 10 000 ft (Camp II) and return to Camp I. The route this day ascents a slope called "Ski Hill", which flattens out as we approach Camp II.
Altitude: 3 048 m/10 000 ft
Our carry today depends on snow/weather conditions and how the group is feeling. We'll either ascend back to our cache and camp for the night or continue on to 11 200 ft (Camp III.) Camp III is located in a small cirque at the base of Motorcycle Hill.
Altitude: 3 414 m/11 200 ft
We'll carry all our gear to Camp III.
Altitude: 3 414 m/11 200 ft
Motorcycle - Squirrel Hill - Windy Corner - Camp III
We'll carry half our gear up Motorcycle and Squirrel Hill and then traverse a long gradually rising plateau to Windy Corner. We'll continue on around this narrow corner for a few hundred yards to make a cache (at approximately 13 500 ft) and return to Camp III. This day provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and the northeast fork of Kahiltna Glacier, 4 000 feet below.
Altitude: 4 114 m/13 500 ft
This day we will move to Camp IV.
Altitude: 4 328 m/14 200 ft
Descend to our cache at 13 500 ft and carry to Camp IV. This is an easy day as we'll descend 700 ft, pick up our gear and return to Camp IV. Altitude: 4 328 m/14 200 ft
The Crest of the West Buttress
We'll carry loads to 16 500 ft and return to Camp IV. We'll ascend 1 100 ft of moderate snow slopes to reach the beginning of the fixed lines. Using ascenders on the lines to self-belay, we'll climb the Headwall, which consists of 900 feet of 45–50 degree snow and ice up to the crest of the West Buttress. From there, the climb takes on an entirely different nature with views that fall off in both directions several thousand feet below us.
Altitude: 5 029 m/16 500 ft
Rest Day at Camp IV.
Altitude: 4 328 m/14 200 ft
Carry and move to High Camp (Camp V, 17 200 ft). We'll again ascend the fixed lines and follow the exposed ridge 600 feet up around Washburn's Tower. And on to Camp V, which we establish on a saddle just above the Rescue Gully. It overlooks Camp IV 3 000 feet below.
Altitude: 5 243 m/17 200 ft
Rest day at the High Camp. Rest and prepare for the summit attempt. Altitude: 5 243 m/17 200 ft
Summit day. We traverse across a steep snow face to Denali Pass. From here, we'll follow gentler slopes to reach Archdeacons Tower and a large plateau at 19 400 ft, known as the "football field". From the plateau, we'll ascend moderate terrain to the crest of the summit ridge, where we'll look down upon the immense 8 000 ft South Face, with Cassin Ridge and the South Buttress in full view. Once on the summit ridge, excitement grows as we'll climb the last 300 feet to the top of North America. From the summit, we'll have a 360 degree view of the entire Alaska Range, with Mt. Hunter and Mt. Huntington to the south and Mt. Foraker to the west. These peaks, along with scores of others, make this mountain view one of the most impressive in the world. After taking photos, we'll descend to our High Camp.
Altitude: 6 195 m/20 325 ft
High camp to Base Camp
Return to Base Camp. From High Camp, we spend two days returning to Base Camp, where we will board a plane and return to Talkeetna.
Altitude: 2 225 m/7300 ft
Extra days and return to Anchorage
Extra days for inclement weather, rest and acclimatization if needed. Please plan to depart from Anchorage the day after your climb ends after 1:30 p.m.
During the climb you will be sleeping in tents. At the lower camps two people share a three-person tent. At High Camp, teams often go with three people to a tent to save weight.
All meals during the expedition are included in the price of the tour. Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations, and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high altitude climbing involves. We try to make meals and breakfast varied and as normal as possible.
All water will be melted snow while the group is on the mountain. Melting will kill anything that can live at the altitude the camps are located.
There are only seven authorized guide services on Mt Denali. Any individual or group that is found to be guided by an unauthorized guide will have their registration voided, be removed from the mountain, and issued a citation. We carefully select each Denali guiding team, aiming for the highest experience level possible. The team of lead guides is composed of established climbers, instructors, and regional experts.
How hard it is
This climb requires proficiency in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, cramponing, and expedition camping skills. It is also very important that the climbers are in excellent physical condition. Your packs during the climb will weight over 45 lbs. in addition to a 20-lb. sled. Travel is sometimes through deep snow in harsh weather conditions.
Prerequisits for Denali
Our service provider takes prerequisites very seriously. It is very important that a climber completed at least a week long course on glaciers of Washington State, Alaska, Canada or New Zealand (course should cover all glacier skills, must have climbers carry 65lbs pack) and climbed 1-3 glaciated peaks. It is also very helpful if the climber didn't use help from porters while climbing such peaks as Aconcagua or Everest (sometimes even these successful ascents are not enough for Denali because of the porter assistance). Please notethat climbers who are unprepared will likely be asked to leave the expedition. If you are not ready for this ascent but really want to climb Denali someday, we recommend you to check Denali preparation course on Mt Rainier where you will be taught everything you need to prepare yourself for Denali. Based on the results of this training program the guide will decide whether you are suitable for the Denali climb or not. So make sure you come to this tour well prepared.
All climbers are required to register with the ranger's station located in the city of Talkitna, at least 60 days before the beginning of the expedition. Registration and payment for permission can be made online with a credit card on the official Denali National Park website. The $370.00 park fee is paid directly to the National Park ($270.00 park fee for those under 24 years of age). There is a limited number of permits, so if you don't get in time for 2021 climb, drop us a line and we will reserve a place for you in 2022 expedition.
On day one of your expedition a guide will pick you and your belongings up at Talkeetna Denali View Lodge and deliver toKahiltna Glacier Base Camp on a plane (included in the price of the tour). Please note that transportation to Talkeetna is not included in the price of the tour. Make sure you plan your transfer arrangments in advance.
Medicine & Insurance
In addition to standard medical insurance, we strongly recommend you to purchase specialized insurance for extreme sports. It is important that your insurance covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter.
Our service providers are deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, they not only attempt to leave the environment as they found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. They reach for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad.
The mountains are their home and they are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of they courses and climbs they teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Personal equipment The rent of the personal equipment is not included in the price of the tour. Please check our Denali Gear list for further information.
Group equipment All the group climbing gear items are included in the price of the tour.
Drop us a line to receive a full list of equipment.
Please note that it is possible to rent the equipment from our service providers, who will ship it directly to you before your trip. Rental items for climbs taking place outside of Washington are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to your trip departure. Though some items requested may be picked up in Talkeetna at your gear check rather than shipped directly to you, not all rental items are available for pickup in Talkeetna.
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Experience beauty of the Majestic Denali on this 21-day tour. During this trip you will reach the summit of the highest mountain in North America with experienced team of guides and a number of new acquaintances. This ascent will become a serious test of your skills a new check mark on your 7 summits to do list.
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May 12 – June 1 May 16 – June 5 May 17 – June 6 May 22 – June 11 – Sold Out May 23 – June 12 – Sold Out May 29 – June 18 – Sold Out
May 30 – June 19 – 2 spaces left June 5 – June 25 – Sold Out June 6 – June 26 – Sold Out June 17 – July 7 – 1 space left June 18 – July 8 – 1 space left June 20 – July 10
Dates in 2021
We understand that certain situations are perfect for a private guided trip. If you would like information on the above please contact us to take a look at private ascents of Denali.
Please note that permitting on Denali is difficult but we do offer a few private climbs each season, for those who want to travel in very small teams.
Round-trip flight to Kahiltna Glacier Base Camp
All group camp supplies, such as tents, stoves, etc.
All group climbing gear
All meals during expedition (while on the mountain)
All guiding fees
What's not included
Transportation to Alaska/Talkeetna — expeditions begin in Talkeetna
Meals & lodging
Meals & lodging in Talkeetna
Some supplemental snacks such as candy bars – see confirmation materials
National Park fee
The $370.00 park fee, which is paid directly to the National Park ($270.00 park fee for those under 24 years of age)
Personal gear equipment
Personal gear rentals
Trip cancellation insurance
Although not mandatory, we recomend to thank your mountain crew and leave tips for them
Expenses in cases of the event of early departure or bad weather
All expenses incurred from in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc.)
Charges incurred as a result of delays: weather delays are not uncommon, schedule accordingly.
Excess baggage charges
Personal expenses (i.e., laundry, mail, telecommunications)
Wire transfer fee of $25 (if applicable)
Good to know
Who is the guiding team composed of (how many guides/ climber to guide ratio)?
We utilize a 9:3 climber-to-guide ratio for added logistical support on the mountain. The most unique aspect of our climb is the 3:1 climber-to-guide ratio. Small group sizes not only improve your chance for summiting, but also provides a much richer experience.
What is the best season to climb/ which dates will have the most chance for success?
May, June, and July are the best months to climb Denali. Harsh weather and storms are not uncommon on Denali, though the frequency and duration vary from year to year making it difficult to predict which trips will encounter such conditions.
Will I be sharing a tent or lodging with other climbers?
Yes, you will share a tent. At the lower camps two people share a three-person tent. At High Camp, teams often go with three people to a tent to save weight.
How much will my pack weight?
Your pack will weigh up to 40–60 lbs. with a 30–50 lb. sled (total weight combined, 65–70 lbs.) for up to six hours per day. Higher on the mountain where we don't use sleds, your pack weight can be as high as 65 lbs.
How does you gear rental system work?
Those requesting rental gear must submit an expedition rental form with payment by fax or mail. All rental gear will be mailed to the climber prior to the climb. Climbers are expected to clean all rental gear and return it to us by mail following the expedition.
How is drinking water treated?
All water will be melted snow while the group is on the mountain. Melting will kill anything that can live at the altitude the camps are located.
What will the meals on the expedition be like?
Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations, and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high altitude climbing involves. We try to make meals and breakfast varied and as normal as possible.
What if other climbers are too slow? I don't want to be held back by that.
If the other climbers are too slow or decide to go down, a part of the crew will accompany them. The rest of the team will support you. We have enough guides in our groups to ensure that everyone walks at a comfortable pace.
Can I bring food from home?
You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars, or similar high-energy foods. Powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration. All meals will be provided on this expedition.
What is the best air route to my destination?
Arrive in Anchorage by 4:30 p.m. the day before your course and take van shuttle to Talkeetna. Overnight at Talkeenta Denali View Lodge the evening before your course. The trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna takes approximately three hours. (Please coordinate with the shuttle service and your travel agent to arrive by 4:30 p.m. the day before your course to catch the shuttle from Anchorage to Talkeetna.) You must prebook your shuttle with the shuttle service. Details are located in the climber information sheet received in your registration materials.
Where do I meet the guides?
On day one of your expedition a guide will pick you and your belongings up at Talkeetna Denali View Lodge. If you choose other overnight accommodations, please let us know.
Is there any communication while we are on the mountain?
Our guides carry satellite phones and will give daily updates on our website as to how the group is progressing.
How much should I budget for expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?
$500 should easily cover any extra expenses and tips.
What happens if I need to leave expedition early?
Our Denali guides carry two-way radios and cell phones at all times. In the event of an evacuation, our guides and local staff will make every effort to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible. There are National Park rangers stationed on the mountain, and your team works in conjunction with other teams on the mountain.
Nature and Wildlife Support
Our local providers are deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, they not only attempt to leave the environment as they found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. They reach for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. The mountains are their home and they are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of they courses and climbs they teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
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