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Alaska: Journey to Denali

6 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
With your private group of at least four, journey to iconic Denali National Park, home of North America's tallest peak and a wide diversity of wildlife, including bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Enjoy a balance of independent adventure and guided hikes with your local expert guide, who will lead the way and share fascinating information about the region while ensuring a safe experience in the untamed Alaskan wild. Embrace once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as walking across the majestic blue Matanuska Glacier - Alaska's largest glacier accessible by road - and witnessing a demonstration of the only sled dogs in the US that protect a national park. Partake in optional activities such as whitewater rafting or a flight to Denali basecamp, and relax in the evenings at your hand-picked accommodations set against a backdrop of stunning mountains.

What To Expect

This tour is graded easy to moderate with daily hikes averaging around 5 miles. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the expanse of the Denali area by foot and with the flexibility of their own private guide. Hikers should expect treks along dirt trails and varied terrain, and sometimes exposed heights. Trails are well-signed, maintained, and traveled frequently. There is a lot of flexibility on this trip so you can skip any hikes if you prefer or you can ask our expert guide for other various hikes to meet your needs as well. This trip also includes plenty of free time to enjoy optional activities such as a half-day of rafting or a once in a lifetime scenic flight around Denali with a glacier landing.

Tour Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

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:

  • Wildlife
  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains
  • Alpine Hiking

Inspiration:

  • New
  • Classic

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. 

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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. 

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.

Meals

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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Guide Gratuities
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Anchorage
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Denali Scenic Flight with Glacier Landing
  • White Water Rafting

When To Go

This 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. 

General Information

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. 

Equipment

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. 

Travel Insurance

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage Day 2 Matanuska Glacier Walking 3 miles / 5 km Day 3: Hike Little Coal Creek Trail 6 miles / 10 km Day 4: Free Day Denali National Park Day 5: Hike Mt. Healy Overlook 6 miles / 10 km Day 6: Drive to Anchorage and Onward Travel

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