Denali Expedition

Trip Information

Location: Alaskan Range, USA 20,320 ft./6,194m
Days: 21
Dates: June 9-29, 2017
Skill Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Cost of Trip: USD $8,850
Trip begins in Talkeetna, Alaska, USA

Note: This expedition is run in association with our partner Alaska Mountaineering School

Recent Trip Results

We look forward to upcoming expeditions to Denali in the spring of 2017. We offer a single departure with a limited number of spots each June to Denali through our partner Alaska Mountaineering School.

Summit Success

Our Denali Expeditions for 2017 Season

  • We are very excited to return to Denali for our Spring expeditions. We plan to run this trip each June and are already accepting interested climbers for 2017:
  • Incredible opportunity for mountaineers to reach the highest peak in North America
  • Perfect training peak to prepare for a future attempt of Himalayan peaks
  • Denali veteran American staff that have successfully led previous trips with 100% Summit Success

Highlights of our Trip

  • Veteran American mountain guides with over a decade of guiding in Alaska, to ensure seamless delivery and safety procedures
  • Access to satellite phone and email, dispatches of the team progress on our news site
  • Emphasis is placed on providing high end logistics, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers
  • Use of the AMS facility in Talkeetna for pre-trip planning and packing

Trip Description

First climbed in 1951 by Bradford Washburn and his team, Denali is the highest mountain in North America and one of the world's classic mountaineering expeditions. The Denali trip may be a lifetime goal on its own or serve as valuable expedition experience for the mountaineer who has aspirations of Himalayan climbing. An expedition to the Alaska Range is also an excellent test of winter mountaineering and living skills.

The Trek in

Standing 20,320 feet above sea level, Denali is a serious mountain undertaking and is appropriate for those who have had experience with several mountaineering high altitude objectives. Team members should be comfortable with glacier travel on 40-degree snow and ice slopes and possess a solid background of previous climbs on moderate routes. This peak often attracts those who are looking to test themselves at high altitude or on the 7 summits quest to climb all of the highest summits on each of the seven continents. Denali is the perfect next step on the road to peaks such as Vinson and Everest with Mountain Professionals.

Base Camp Setup

Denali is accessible from the town of Talkeetna via an internal flight to the Kahiltna Glacier. Here we will begin to carry loads to successively higher camps and acclimatize in route to the summit. The route above the 14,200' camp travels via moderate snow and ice slopes of up to 40 degrees. This section of the route is protected with fixed ropes as we make our way to the 17,200-foot high camp. Depending on weather and schedule, we will make our summit push from this high camp location. The route to the 20,320-foot summit of Denali is a full 10+-hour day that is demanding but extremely rewarding. The summit push may be delayed by weather so we take great care to be prepared to wait several days at the high camp in order to make a safe ascent.

Snowshoes

Projected Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Talkeetna office for expedition overview and gear check. Afternoon flight to glacier.

Day 2: Base Camp day to organize, acclimatize, review glacier travel and crevasse rescue setups.

Day 3: Travel Ski Hill and climb to Camp 1.

Day 4: Carry to Kahiltna Pass (9,700').

Day 5: Move to Kahiltna Pass, Camp 2, (9,700')

Day 6: Move to Camp 3 at 11,000'.

Day 7: Rest Day.

Day 8: Carry to 13,500' around Windy Corner.

Day 9: Move to 14,200', Camp 4.

Day 10: Logistics day, gear and food cache.

Day 11: Carry to 16,200'.

Day 12: Rest day at 14,200' camp.

Day 13: Move to 16,200 feet or 17,200' Camp 5.

Day 14: Rest day or move to 17,200 feet, Camp 6.

Day 15-18: Summit days.

Day 19: Return to 14,200 feet or 11,000'.

Day 20: Return to Base Camp, 7,200', fly back to Talkeetna.

Day 21: Extra weather day built in to schedule.

Plane Logistics

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals and National Park Concession permitted guides
  • Glacier flight to and from the mountain from Talkeetna
  • Base camp fees
  • Full mountain services, meals, group equipment, tents.
  • Group equipment, group climbing equipment, tents, communications, first aid kit, fuel, ropes etc.
  • Personal issued sleds
  • Staging area in Talkeetna for team packing.
  • Access to solar panel and satellite phone.
  • Dispatches from the team

Price Does Not Include

  • Items of personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
  • International Airfare and travel to Talkeetna
  • Personal National Park Service Fee ($360 usd)
  • Transport to and from Talkeetna
  • Lodging and meals in Talkeetna
  • Personal clothing or gear
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
  • Recommended Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Staff gratuities