Alaska Denali Expedition

STYLE Overland
DURATION 12 Days
BETWEEN From Anchorage to Anchorage
COUNTRIES VISITED – 1 USA
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE 16
TRAVEL DATES
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WHATS INCLUDED
All tour transportation All Accommodation
All entrance fees as listed All meals as listed in itinerary
Professional Tour Leader
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
International Flights Airport Transfers
Visas Travel Insurance

Trip Overview

Alaska, often called “The Last Frontier” is the crown jewel for adventure travelers in North America. The Denali Expedition is focused on the highlights of Inside-Alaska with optional activities of sea kayaking, ice climbing, glacier walks, rafting and scenic flights. The trip will go to some of the more remote places in Alaska, such as the MacLaren River and Glacier along with Wrangell / St. Elias National Park traveling on dirt roads. View glaciers and icebergs from near or from afar, trail blaze through the wilds and maybe even come face-to-face with a grizzly! This is the adventure your adrenaline has been waiting for you to do.


Alaska Denali Adventure

Alaska, often called “The Last Frontier” is the crown jewel for adventure travelers in North America. The Denali Expedition is focused on the highlights of Inside-Alaska with optional activities of sea kayaking, ice climbing, glacier walks, rafting and scenic flights. The trip will go to some of the more remote places in Alaska, such as the MacLaren River and Glacier along with Wrangell / St. Elias National Park traveling on dirt roads. View glaciers and icebergs from near or from afar, trail blaze through the wilds and maybe even come face-to-face with a grizzly! This is the adventure your adrenaline has been waiting for you to do.


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Day 1: Anchorage

Arrive for Group Meeting and Dinner (H)

Anchorage

Welcome to the largest city of Alaska, most often thought of as the state’s capital. Start off flying into stunning scenery overlooking the Chugach, Alaskan, Kenai, and Talkeetna mountain ranges. Although Mt. McKinley is only visible 20% of the year, there’s a chance you could even catch a glimpse. Anchorage is Alaska’s most populated area yet it’s shared with the likes of bears, moose, and wolves. Aft
er your flight into this urban wilderness, make your way to our accommodations for the 6 pm pre-departure meeting followed by a group meal. Take this evening to get to know your fellow travelers and guides.

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Day 2-4: Denali National Park

Explore the famous National Park by tour bus, spot bears and moose and trail blaze in the wilderness (C)

Denali National Park

In the morning we head off to the amazing Denali National Park. Whether it’s flora or fauna you came to see, this is the place to fulfill your hopes of seeing large and small wild animals living as they have for ages. We set up our campsite and the following two days you will have the opportunity to take a bus ride through the national park along its only road and hopefully spot bears, moose, caribou, or wolves. For those of you who are looking for a heart pounding and more strenuous adventure, you’ll have the opportunity for trailblazing throughout the park’s 6 million acres. No trip would be complete without adding the optional activity of flying over Denali National Park and around Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft/6194 m.) In the evenings we will sit around the campfire, listening to the sounds of the night and telling our adventures of the day.

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Day 5-6: Maclaren River Lodge

Camp next to Maclaren Glacier in the wilderness under Alaska’s stars, canoe Maclaren River and enjoy the rustic lodge the following day (C/BC)

Maclaren River Lodge

From Denali, we drive the lightly traveled Denali Highway. First opened in 1957, this dirt road was the first to access Denali National Park (then known as Mt. McKinley National Park.) Located in the Maclaren river valley, you traverse through high alpine country on the state’s second highest highway pass. Here lies the Maclaren River Lodge run by Alan and Susie, who are fantastic hosts that will take us on a boat ride up to “The Glacier Camp.” Now we’re out in the wilderness on our own, no mobile phone reception and no roads. Here we’ll stay overnight exploring and camping out underneath the stars. The next morning we’ll take a casual canoe trip back down the river for our next night at this beautifully situated lodge. While most of us will spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, some might want to try their luck in fishing, catching our dinner? (one night bush camp)

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Day 7-9: Wrangell/St. Elias National Park

Camp alongside river in largest National Park in North America. Explore the old mining town and get your adrenalin flowing with ice climbing, glacier hikes or rafting (optional) (BC)

Wrangell/St. Elias National Park

Here we’ll visit the largest national park in the United States and camp at the “End-of-the-road” campground. Literally at the end of the McCarthy Road, these 60 miles of gravel road were built along the old Copper River and Northwestern railways. Most remnants left of this once thriving area were a part of the copper mines, but most people forget this was where the last great gold rush happened in Alaska. There are many optional activities like hiking, ice climbing, glacier walks, guided mine tours, rafting, and scenic flights around 16,000-foot peaks, 25-mile long glaciers and massive icefalls. So, days 16 and 17 are left for you to decide what to do: Take the optional historical tour and get carried away by the gold rush, hike on your own in the beautiful surroundings or try some crazy outdoor stuff like ice climbing, guided glacier hikes, or whitewater rafting. (bush camp)

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Day 10-11: Valdez

Find bears catching salmon, enjoy the scenic waterfront and Sea Kayak through icebergs (optional) (C)

Valdez

Valdez is the terminus of the 800-mile trans-Alaskan pipeline that begins at Prudhoe Bay, Valdez is an important gateway to the interior of Alaska. Valdez was brought to the forefront of national media March 1989. The Exxon Valdez ran aground causing an 11-million gallon oil spill. For many years, flora and fauna were devastated by this environmental catastrophe. Thankfully, order has been restored and the Chugach Mountains set a gorgeous backdrop to this quaint little town. When we arrive in the afternoon you will find fantastic hiking opportunities just a short walk from town. If you are tired of hiking there is enough to explore in the history-filled little town. The next day is focused on optional activities. Highly recommended is the Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking for it’s beautiful scenery, mammoth icebergs and possibility of spotting all kinds of wildlife. In the evenings we will venture out and see if we can find some bears feeding on salmon. Valdez is well known for bears to come to the local salmon fish hatchery and the surrounding creeks.

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Day 12: Anchorage

Return to Anchorage by late afternoon, approx. 3 pm (-)

Anchorage

Today it’s only a short drive around the Turnagain Arm back to Anchorage. We will stop at the famous Beluga Point. Potentially you can see Beluga Whales or Dall Sheep. The afternoon you will have time to explore Anchorage downtown. Anchorage is a lively city that houses almost 50% of the state’s 730,000 people. (Commonly it is mistaken for the capital of Alaska, but that would be Juneau.) Throughout the summer there are multiple festivals and plenty of nightly live music. Keep in mind that this city is situated right in the heart of the wilderness, where over 1,000 moose, 250 black bears, and 100 grizzly bears also call it home. The trip ends today in the afternoon.


Trip Highlights and Inclusions

  • Denali National Park wildlife buses to Toklat River and Eielsen Visitor Center (2 days)
  • Maclaren Lodge/Wilderness Glacier camp
  • Boat and canoe trips Maclaren River
  • Hikes in Denali NP, Wrangell/St. Elias NP and Valdez Admission to National Parks and Monuments

H = Hotel stay C = Camping BC = Bushcamp
*itinerary can change due to local circumstances*
*prices for optional activities are estimated costs and are
subject to change*


There are more detailed trip notes specific to each departure date and trip direction available, contact us and we will be happy to send them to you.