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Denali National Park Walking & Hiking Tour

Alaska's Untamed Glaciers & Mountains

From $4,299 - $4,499 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$680 for sgl. occ.)

Alaska's wild and untamed corners entice and enchant. Walk where adventuring mountaineers and gold miners once explored. Hike where tundra-dwelling caribou and grizzlies have ambled and wolves have loped. You may be following in their footsteps but you'll be making your own way. From the Knik River and surrounding glaciers to Denali National Park and its magnificent namesake peak, a true Alaskan experience awaits.  

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Alaska

Start Anchorage / End Fairbanks

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Highlights

  • Unleash your sense of adventure and join us for an exhilarating wilderness escapade into the heart of Alaska
  • Roam in the Alaskan taiga—land of dwarf shrubs, spruce and birch—a unique boreal biome found between tundra and temperate forest 
  • Behold majestic Denali, North America's highest peak at 20,310 feet, while keeping an eye out for gray wolves and grizzly bears
  • Journey by helicopter through the magnificent Chugach backcountry to reach breathtaking and remote glacial landscapes
Alaska

Start Anchorage / End Fairbanks

Alaska Walking tour map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Travel from Anchorage to the Knik River. You won't have traveled far from Alaska's busiest city yet you'll find yourself in a place remote enough to feel a world away | Helicopters whisk us over stunning scenery before landing next to a glacier | Which direction do you want to explore? With no trails to hem you in, the tundra and rocky landscape beckons.

Days 3-5 Travel to unspoiled Denali National Park and Preserve, a place so big that if you explored 1,000 acres a day, it would take you 10 years to see it all | Look for the Big Five—moose, gray wolves, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and caribou—as we venture deep into the heart of the park | Journey to Kantishna, a former mining outpost at the literal "end of the road" | Explore Denali with a variety of activities, from guided hikes to an optional "flightseeing" trip around Denali's towering summit | Pause at secluded Wonder Lake to take in stunning reflections of Denali and the surrounding mountains | Keep binoculars handy to view arctic loons and eagles | Celebrate the deep-seated culture of Alaska's gold miners | Take a stroll after dinner in the glow of the midnight sun—at this latitude darkness settles in for a mere four hours a day. 

Day 6 Soak in the sunrise as we depart our remote wilderness lodge to travel along the 92-mile Denali Park Road eastward through the low valleys and high mountain passes of this pristine landscape | Along the way enjoy views of colorful Polychrome Pass and the braided Teklanika and Toklat Rivers | Gaze out over the carpet of tundra that harbors a variety of delicate plants including bright wildflowers and berries | Complete your Denali education at the park's visitor center | This is an epic journey you'll always remember. 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,299 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,999 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $7,399 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,599 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $10,399 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,299 - $4,499 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$680 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Knik River Lodge

Palmer (2 nights)

Tonglen Lake Lodge

Denali (1 night)

Denali Backcountry Lodge, Alaska
Denali Backcountry Lodge/Pursuit Collect

Kantishna (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Knik River Lodge

Palmer (2 nights)

Situated on the remote northern edge of the Chugach Range, this cozy lodge with plush amenities is set between a glacial river and the base of a mountain.

Tonglen Lake Lodge

Denali (1 night)

An arts-inspired Alaskan resort built by local artisans and builders using sustainable and recycled materials. From the furniture made from hand-hewn logs to the stained glass and ironwork, every detail is handcrafted.

Denali Backcountry Lodge, Alaska

Denali Backcountry Lodge/Pursuit Collect

Kantishna (2 nights)

Nestled deep within Denali National Park, this remote lodge allows for a true Alaskan experience with opportunities to see remarkable wildlife, including grizzly bears, Dall sheep and caribou.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 1 100 6 900
2 Helicopter Accessed Hiking & Alpine Adventures—Various Mileage & Elevation Gain Options (Levels 1-2 Available)
3 2 800
4 Denali National Park Scenic Tour (6 Hours); Hiking in Denali National Park (1–5 Miles)
5 Hiking in Denali National Park (1–9 Miles)
6 2 50
Denali National Park Scenic Tour (6 Hours)
 

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

Alaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty. While Backroads has selected the best possible lodging available in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort often outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. Generally speaking, customer service in Alaska can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and an appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help to make the most of your experience.

Alaska: Great Land, Great Distances

Did you know that Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas and four times the size of California? To experience the full grandeur of Alaska, we must cover great distances and unfortunately we can't do it all on foot. We spend more time traveling (in Backroads vans and the Denali bus) ​on this trip than on the typical Backroads trip (2–6 hours on several days and 8½ hours on the last day of the trip). Rest assured, the views from these shuttles are spectacular.

Internal Flights

On this trip we travel by helicopter (seating 5 passengers) on one day to reach our remote hiking location.

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

More Leaders to Support You

On our Alaska trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Alaska trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Alaska you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Alaska—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Alaska

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Alaska, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Alaska that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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Denali National Park Walking & Hiking Tour
Caribou - Denali National Park Walking & Hiking Tour

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

Alaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty. While Backroads has selected the best possible lodging available in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort often outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. Generally speaking, customer service in Alaska can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and an appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help to make the most of your experience.

Alaska: Great Land, Great Distances

Did you know that Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas and four times the size of California? To experience the full grandeur of Alaska, we must cover great distances and unfortunately we can't do it all on foot. We spend more time traveling (in Backroads vans and the Denali bus) ​on this trip than on the typical Backroads trip (2–6 hours on several days and 8½ hours on the last day of the trip). Rest assured, the views from these shuttles are spectacular.

Internal Flights

On this trip we travel by helicopter (seating 5 passengers) on one day to reach our remote hiking location.
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