Alaska: Journey to Denali6 Days & 5 Nights
- Explore Denali National Park, home of North America's tallest peak
- Walk across the expansive Matanuska Glacier, Alaska's largest glacier accessible by road
- Witness a demonstration of the only sled dogs in the US that protect a national park
- Learn about this iconic part of Alaska from your highly knowledgeable local expert guide
- Spot a wide variety of wildlife such as moose, caribou, bears, and Dall sheep
What To Expect
Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your tour.
Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour
This trip is suitable for:
Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers, Avid Adventurers
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- National Parks & Trails
- Alpine Hiking
Activity Level & Terrain
This tour is rated easy with daily distances varying between 6 miles a day. The Mt. Healy Overlook hike is the most challenging day, however, your expert local guide can offer safe alternatives that day, or the hike can be cut shorter to the groups liking.
All of the walking is on rolling terrain on well-traveled trails. There are alternative activities that can be offered by your local guide and many are outlined in our daily itinerary breakdown as well.
Operated in partnership with our local team of Alaskan experts, your professional guide will show you the many cultural and natural highlights of Alaska. Your guide will work hard to provide you with a daily briefing on the walk ahead, and what the full day will entail.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.
- Local expert guide on every hike
- 5 Nights at hand-selected mountain lodges and hotels
- 5 Breakfasts
- Transportation by tour van
- Guided Glacier Walking on the Matanuska Glacier
- 1 Lunch
- Guide Gratuities
- Lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from Anchorage
- Additional nights along the route
- Denali Scenic Flight with Glacier Landing
- White Water Rafting
When To GoThis tour is available from mid-May to mid-September. You can start on any date subject to availability. Alaska is a popular destination with limited lodging capacity, so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able. The best months to visit Alaska is anytime between June and September. In June and early July, you get to experience nearly endless daylight and clearer skies. In August, while you have more of a chance for rain, you also have the opportunity to see the Northern Lights on some lucky evenings. Alaska weather can vary but on average you will experience around mid-60s Fahrenheit as a high and down to low 40's Fahrenheit as a low.
Weather and Climate
As weather patterns in the mountains are often unpredictable and can change suddenly, hikers should be prepared for hiking in the rain, mud, and on the rare occasion, snow, should there be an early or late snow season that year.
Getting to the Start
We include an arrival pick up and drop off on the final day to Anchorage International Airport.
If you are already in Anchorage we can also start the trip with a pick-up from your hotel.
There is a minimum of 4 people needed to book this trip and a group maximum of 13. Please enquire with a sales specialist about custom pricing for groups larger than 4.
You will have a private transfer and guide each day of this trip. Your guide is a regional expert and can make suggestions for alternative hikes, restaurants, as well as other activities and things to do along your route. Your guide will be more than happy to stop for photo opportunities as well as share interesting facts about the region you are traveling through.
Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to bring. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, including rain gear, sunscreen, and appropriate hiking clothing, as the weather can vary greatly. If you have any questions, we would be happy to share our tips and advice. Please limit your baggage to 1 bag per person of no more than 50 lbs / 20 kg. Your bag will travel with you in your private transfer.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrive in Anchorage
Included in your trip is an expert guide who will drive you to all locations throughout your adventure and lead the way on hikes and excursions, sharing the fascinating history and facts of the area. You will be picked up by your guide at the Anchorage airport and transported to your accommodation in Anchorage, where you will receive a brief orientation about your trip.
Spacious rooms await your stay at The Voyager Inn. The Inn is located in the heart of Downtown Anchorage just steps away from the city’s best shops, parks, restaurants, and cultural attractions.
Your day begins with a magnificent drive along the scenic Glenn Highway, with plenty of time for photo stops.
Your drive brings you to the utterly spectacular Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier accessible by road in the United States and one of Alaska's premier destinations. At 27 miles longs and four miles wide, it's truly a sight to take in!
Meet your expert glacier guide and get set up with special glacier gear before setting out on a three-mile journey over the ice. Experience the electric blue colors of ice tunnels, learn about the fascinating geological history of the area, and revel in the mountainous backdrop of the glacier.
Afterward, enjoy an included lunch at a local eatery while reviewing your photos from this bucket-list experience, and then transfer to the charming small town of Talkeetna for the evening.
Swiss Alaska Inn is a restaurant and hotel that has been family owned and operated for 40 years. Thier cozy cabins are centrally located to the adventure and sights of Talkeetna.
Today marks the beginning of your adventure in Denali National Park, as you enjoy the exceptionally scenic drive from Talkeetna to the park, and then stretch your legs on the iconic 6.2 mile Little Coal Creek Trail. Revel in the sweeping views of the Alaska Range, and - weather-permitting - spot your first view of the national park's namesake and North America's tallest peak. Denali is often shrouded in clouds, giving it an air of mystery, and lore has it that you should consider yourself very lucky if you happen to catch a glimpse of the summit.
If time and weather permit, take advantage of the optional opportunity to partake in a scenic flight to the base of Denali. Speak with your adventure specialist or guide if interested in this add-on.
Make sure to pack your binoculars for today! This morning, catch the Eielson Bus into the park, enjoying the informative commentary from your highly knowledgeable bus driver. This is an excellent wildlife-viewing opportunity - keep your eyes peeled for bears, moose, wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep. The bus brings you to the Eielson Visitor Center, from which you can choose to walk as much or as little as you like! Head out on any number of trails, or simply explore the visitor center while soaking in the exceptional views of Denali, weather permitting.
After your day in the park, catch the bus back to town and relax at your accommodation.
This morning, enjoy a unique opportunity to witness a demonstration of the only sled dogs in the US that help protect a national park. Learn about their important role in American history and the cultural significance that they represent.
In the afternoon, soak in the panoramic views of the park while hiking the scenic Mt. Healy Overlook trail. Although this hike offers a challenge with over 2,400 feet of elevation gain, the views are well worth the effort!
Alternatively, partake in an optional half day of rafting this afternoon. Speak to your adventure specialist or guide if interested in this option.
Your adventure comes to an end as you are transferred back to the Anchorage airport for your onward travels. Alternatively, continue your travels in Alaska on one of our two trips in the Kenai Peninsula; speak to your adventure specialist if interested.
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