Mount Denali (Mt McKinley)

  • 25 Days
  • North America
  • Moderate
  • Expedition
  • Mount Denali is also known as Mt. McKinley. Mount Denali is one of the seven summit peaks of seven continents. It is situated in North America with an altitude of 6190 meters above sea level. The peak is surrounded by Massive Glaciers and peaks of the Alaska Range. Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on the Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.

    The trails of this peak are technically straightforward because of their steady and gradual ascent climbs and are also considered one of the true expeditions ascent and a demanding climb. The first attempt recorded to climb this mountain was made by James Wickersham in 1903 which was unsuccessful. later on, it was summited by Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, and Walter Harper on June 7, 1913.

    This peak offers several routes to summit the peak such as West Buttress, Muldrow Glacier, West Rib, and Cassin Ridge.  Among these West buttress is one of the most popular and the easiest route and is also known as the successful route to summit the peak.

    Trip Highlights

     Destination: Mount Denali
    Group Size: Min 2 and above.
    Maximum altitude: 6190 m.
    Grade: Mountaineering Expedition 
    Season: Spring 
    Accommodation: Hotel and Camping 
    Duration: 25 Days

    Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01:Arrive in Anchorage.
    • Day 02:Drive to Talkeetna and fly to the Glacier.
    • Day 03:Climb to Camp 1 (2300 m).
    • Day 04:Carry necessary loads below Camp 2 (3000 m) and return back to camp 1.
    • Day 05:Climb Camp 2.(3400 m)
    • Day 06:Acclimatize day.
    • Day 07:Carry loads to cache (4,150 m), return to Camp 2
    • Day 08:Move to Camp 3 (4,350 m).
    • Day 09:Back Carry Cache.
    • Day 10:Acclimatize day
    • Day 11:Carry Cache above the top (4950 m) return to camp 3.
    • Day 12:Rest day.
    • Day 13:Climb to High Camp (5250 m)
    • Day 14:Acclimatize day
    • Day 15: Summit day of Mount Denali (6190 m)
    • Day 16:Descend High Camp
    • Day 17:(17-23 Days) Descend to Camp 1
    • Day 24:Return to Anchorage.
    • Day 25:International departure for your home country

    Detail Itinerary

    • Day 1Arrive in Anchorage.Upon our Arrival at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. We will meet our team for Expedition Orientation and transfer to our hotels in Anchorage. We will overnight there at Hotels.

    • Day 2Drive to Talkeetna and fly to the Glacier.Early in the morning, We will drive to Talkeetna and register in the National Park Service prior to flying to the glacier. We will set up the camp at Talkeetna and overnight there.
    • Day 3Climb to Camp 1 (2300 m).After having our breakfast, we will climb to Camp 1. Depending on the good weather we can either carry loads. During our expedition periods, we will typically follow the "climb high, sleep low " for better Acclimatize. Overnight at tented Camp.
    • Day 4Carry necessary loads below Camp 2 (3000 m) and return back to camp 1.We will carry loads up the Ski Hill(3000 m) and will return to Camp 1 for the night.

    • Day 5Climb Camp 2.(3400 m)After having our breakfast, we will climb to Camp 2. We can get the incredible view around us. Overnight there at a tented Camp.
    • Day 6Acclimatize day.This full day will be the acclimatization day. We will pick up the cache we left down near Kahilt­na Pass. It also helps give us anoth­er day to accli­ma­tize before mov­ing higher. Overnight the tented Camp at Camp 2.

    • Day 7Carry loads to cache (4,150 m), return to Camp 2After having our breakfast, we will Carry loads and climb to Camp 3. We will also have some fun by climb­ing with cram­pons and ice axe gets you around Windy Cor­ner. And return back to Camp 2.
    • Day 8Move to Camp 3 (4,350 m).After our breakfast, we will start climbing to Camp 3 which is in the expansive Genet Basin. As same before, we will overnight at camp 3.
    • Day 9Back Carry Cache.Our team will descend from Genet Basin to the Windy Cor­ner cache and bring every­thing up to Camp 3. We’ll spend the after­noon going over climb­ing tech­niques that we will use in the upcom­ing days.

    • Day 10Acclimatize dayThe day will be the acclimatization day for us. We explore the beautiful views near us and have some rest. Overnight at Camp 3.
    • Day 11Carry Cache above the top (4950 m) return to camp 3.We will carry cache sup­plies up on the ridge above us and return to Camp 3. Climb­ing up the Head­wall (the sec­tion of the route with fixed lines run­ning from 15,500 to 16,100 feet) with a heavy pack is one of the more stren­u­ous days of the trip because of the steep ter­rain, heavy pack and thin­ning air. The views from the ridge can be as breath­tak­ing. We will return back to Camp 3.
    • Day 12Rest day.The day will be the acclimatization day for us. We explore the beautiful views near us and have some rest. Overnight at Camp 3.
    • Day 13Climb to High Camp (5250 m) This is a real­ly tough day, as our loads are big and the ter­rain is steep in sec­tions. We will slowly and steadily climb to High Camp. Then we will quickly set up the Camp at High Camp and overnight there.
    • Day 14Acclimatize dayThe day will be the acclimatization day for us. We explore the beautiful views near us and have some rest. We will prepare the necessary climbing gear for the summit of the peak. Overnight at High Camp.
    • Day 15 Summit day of Mount Denali (6190 m)If the weather permits, we will climb to the summit of the peak. However, if the weather is not good we will not go. Our Guide will give the guidance and prepare all the gears and we will slowly climb the peak. Usually, we will depart camp early in the morning and climb up to Denali Pass and follow the route past Arch Deacon’s Tower and the Football Field to the slopes leading to Summit Ridge. On this spectacular ridge, you can often see down into the Ruth Glacier with views of beautiful peaks such as Moose’s Tooth, Mt. Huntington, and Mt. Hunter.
    • Day 16Descend High CampThe Descent from the peak to the high Camp takes two days. The descent can beat you up more than the ascent, as we often have the heav­i­est loads of the trip as we go down from High Camp to Camp 2.
    • Day 17(17-23 Days) Descend to Camp 117 to 23 days will be the descent to Camp 1. We build six ​“contingency days” into our schedule. Denali has a well-deserved rep­u­ta­tion for arc­tic weath­er and it is com­mon to take weath­er days at some point on the mountain.

    • Day 24Return to Anchorage.We will provide group transportation back to Anchorage and transfer to Hotels. Overnight there at Anchorage.
    • Day 25International departure for your home countryAs per our flight Schedule, We will fly to our home country.

    What's Includes:

    • Full board accommodation en route to/from Base camp.
    • Airport services and hotel transfers.
    • Mount Denali permit fees.
    • One head Climbing guide/Sardar.
    • Cook & kitchen boys at BC.
    • Experienced & skillful High Altitude Climbing Sherpa (One Sherpa for two Clients)
    • Mask & regulator mask set (must be returned after the Expedition).
    • Highly preferable meals at BC with complete hot drinks & normal beverages.
    • Best quality Tents at BC single or twin sharing as per the client's desire.
    • All necessary kitchen equipment.
    • Comfortable & portable wooden toilet at the base camp.
    • High-quality high altitude tents for above-BC use.
    • Necessary climbing hardware gears with fixed ropes.
    • Oxygen with the regulator set for medical purposes.
    • Radio walkie-talkie set to each client with base station & permits cost.
    • Satellite phone for emergency purposes ($ 4 chargeable for a personal call).
    • Generator/solar panel with accessories for recharging & power supply purpose.
    • Gammon bag for medical purposes.
    • Insurance of all local team members.
    • All airport/hotel transfers.
    • Last but most important COMPLETE SETUP of INTERM/MIDDLE CAMP with Sleeping bags,
    • Expedition cargo charge

    What's Excludes:

    • Personal insurance (Suggested to have evacuation policy as well)
    • North America's visa.
    • Personal climbing gears.
    • Personal nature’s expenses.
    • Cost of emergency evacuation

    Trip Note

    Mount Denali Expedition is safety and the well-being of our groups is of paramount importance to us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional Expedition guides and Sherpas who are well-trained by our Government. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go because your holiday is ours. In this regard, we work honestly and effectively to provide you with the Himalayan experience that suits your interest. We encourage you to question us freely and contribute to the planning stages of your adventure in the climbing period.

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    Trip Facts

    • Transportation:6
    • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • Accommodation:Lodge + Camping
    • Altitude:6190 meters