Explore and learn about the wilderness and really connect with the Alaska Range in Denali National Park. These all-inclusive trips give travelers a chance to enjoy the backcountry in solitude, and provide ample opportunity to view wildlife, take photographs and experience the tundra up close.
Each guide has a minimum of five years guiding experience in Alaska. Combined, they have spent decades hiking, guiding throughout Alaska, climbing and packrafting in the Alaska Range.
Choose from the ‘Alpine Trails Trek’ (three nights/four days) or the ‘Maclaren Glacier Hike and Packraft Trek’ (two nights/three days). See below in Itinerary for detailed info on each excursion. Tents, cooking gear, food and sleeping pads are provided on these tours. There are also packs and sleeping bags available if you do not have your own.
Please note: Each tour requires a minimum of four people per booking.
Alpine Trails Trek:
The remote camps will be cached ahead of time. Walk from place to place with a minimum of gear. Cooking equipment, tents, sleeping pads, and all food and drink except spirits are provided. Carrying only personal gear, move about and enjoy your time. Upon arrival at camp, this trip gives travelers the time to soak up the views, watch and listen in the Alaskan wilderness.
Maclaren Glacier Hike and Packraft Trek:
- Day 1: The walk takes about seven to nine hours to access the first camp, and involves more than 2,000 feet (610 meters) of elevation gain. There are creek crossings where the walking is more difficult. It still is a rare opportunity to do it without the heavy camping gear, and is a lot of fun. The trek will begin in the Boreal Forest, and slowly ascends until reaching the first camp. The view above treeline is spectacular, and a wonderful reward for a hearty day's walk.
- Day 2: The walking is much easier on the tundra. Explore above the treeline and follow game trails past old beaver lakes, following the footsteps of caribou, Dall sheep, and grizzly bears. With luck, you may have opportunities to observe wildlife as they traverse the tundra.
All backcountry meals and certain gear are provided, but all group gear and food will be divided among participants and guide to be carried to base camp. This is a truly unique experience in the Alaska Range.
- Day 1: You will travel the remote Denali Highway to the Maclaren River Lodge, then prepare to travel upstream via jet boat on the glacial Maclaren River. Ten miles upstream, you will begin your hike. This is a challenging walk based on the amount of gear being carried for the trip. Base camp will be on 'Big Rock' with amazing views of the Maclaren Glacier and surrounding mountains.
- Day 2: You will leave the gear at base camp and walk all day to reach the toe of the Maclaren Glacier. If conditions are safe and favorable, you may get to take a walk on the glacier. In the Maclaren Valley, you may have the opportunity to see caribou, river otters, grizzly bears, moose and eagles. In the evening, hike back to base camp for a hearty meal.
- Day 3: This day will consist of packrafting back to the Maclaren River Lodge. The Maclaren River is a great experience for beginner packrafters. When you reach the lodge, you'll have the option for a hot lunch before traveling back on the Denali Highway.