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Alaska Denali Expedition Anchorage - Anchorage

Trip Overview

Venture out into the wilds of Alaska with our partners Infinite Adventures, owned by ex-Dragoman crew Natalie and David. Travelling in a converted school bus, you'll overland through the great outdoors getting the full wilderness experience!

The Denali Expedition is focused on the highlights of Alaska’s interior, with optional activities including sea kayaking, ice climbing, glacier walks, rafting and scenic flights. View glaciers and icebergs from near or far, trail blaze through the wilds and hopefully come face-to-face with a grizzly bear! Canoe the Maclaren River and kayak around icebergs, camp and cook under the stars and listen to the sounds of nature, and drive along the only road in Denali NP spotting bears, moose, caribou and wolves.

The memories of the towering granite spires and snowy summits of Denali National Park and the wildlife of the area will be unforgettable.

12 DAYS THROUGH USA
PRICE FROM:
$1,500 (USD) + 30 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
12 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland School Bus, Boats
CREW:
2 Trained Overland Crew
ACCOM:
91%
9%
MEALS:
11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZDA
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Maclaren Lodge/Wilderness Glacier camp

  Denali National Park wildlife buses to Toklat River and Eielsen Visitor Center (2 days)

  Boat and canoe trips Maclaren River

  Hiking Opportunities in Denali NP, Wrangell/St. Elias NP, Seward and Valdez

If you don’t have tons of time but want to really explore the back country and remote places of Alaska then this trip is perfect for you; featuring the real highlights of the Kenai peninsula. It’s perfect for wildlife fans and active people that love the great outdoors. Plenty of activities included in this trip but all at a relaxed pace. You will be camping the majority of the time.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage ( 16th Jun 2019 )

Welcome to the largest city of Alaska, most often thought of as the state's capital. Start off your vacation flying into stunning scenery overlooking the Chugach, Alaskan, Kenai, and Talkeetna mountain ranges. Although Mt. Denali 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. After 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.

Optional Activity before tour: Full Day World Famous Brooks River Alaskan Brown Bear Viewing, Katmai National Park. 

In Anchorage we will stay in a comfortable hostal in the Downtown area.

Day 2-4 - Denali National Park ( 17th Jun 2019 to 19th Jun 2019 )

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. Denali (20,320 ft/6194 m.) In the evenings we will sit around the campfire, listening to the sounds of the night and share our adventures of the day.

Included Activities: Two-Day National Park Entrance and Shuttle Bus services, Hiking in Denali National Park (short, long, off the beaten track, that's on you to decide!)
Optional Activities: Flights over Mt. Denali

In Denali National Park we will stay in tents in an established campground

Day 5-6 - Maclaren River Lodge ( 20th Jun 2019 to 21st Jun 2019 )

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 jet boat ride up to "The Remote 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 in the wilderness. The next day we'll take a canoe trip back down the river for our next night at this beautifully situated lodge. (one night bush camp/one night lodge)

Included Activities: Boat Ride up to Glacier Camp, guided overnight stay at Glacier Camp, canvas tents with cots, canoe trip on Maclaren River

Optional Activity: Hiking

Day 7-9 - Wrangell-St Elias National Park ( 22nd Jun 2019 to 24th Jun 2019 )

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 mill tours, rafting, and scenic flights around 16,000-foot peaks, 25-mile long glaciers and massive icefalls. So, days 8 and 9 are left for you to decide what to do: Take the optional historical tour, 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)

Included Activity: Hiking, Scenic Drive
Optional Activities: Ice Climbing(full day), Root Glacier Hike, Kennecott History Tour, Rafting, Flightseeing

Day 10-11 - Valdez ( 25th Jun 2019 to 26th Jun 2019 )

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 mostly restored and the Chugach Mountains set a gorgeous backdrop to this quaint little town. The next day is focused on optional activities. Highly recommended is the Columbia Glacier Sea Kayaking or the Lulu Belle Wildlife Cruise for their beautiful scenery, mammoth icebergs and possibility of spotting all kinds of wildlife.

One of the days we will venture out and see if we can find some bears, eagles or sea lions feeding on salmon. Valdez is well known for bears to come to the local salmon fish hatchery and the surrounding creeks.

Included Activities: Hiking and Scenic Drive
Optional Activities: Glacier/Iceberg Sea $270, Glacier Wildlife Cruises $125 (half day), Bike Rental ($30), Fishing (depending on season)

In Valdez we will camp in an established campground.

Day 12 - Anchorage ( 27th Jun 2019 )

Unfortunately this is the end of our tour, but not before we cross Thompson Pass with stunning views on Worthington Glacier. Our lunch stop will be at Matanuska Glacier before returning to Anchorage in the late afternoon.

Please note that the is the final day of your tour and no accommodation is provided tonight.

 

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Departing: 16 Jun 2019
Returning: 27 Jun 2019
Duration: 12 days
Route: Anchorage - Anchorage
$1,500 USD + $30 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 7 Jul 2019
Returning: 18 Jul 2019
Duration: 12 days
Route: Anchorage - Anchorage
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Departing: 28 Jul 2019
Returning: 8 Aug 2019
Duration: 12 days
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Departing: 18 Aug 2019
Returning: 29 Aug 2019
Duration: 12 days
Route: Anchorage - Anchorage
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Deposit: $350 USD
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