“Spend 12 days in the Alaskan wilderness as you travel overland, camp, canoe, hike and watch wildlife in Denali and Wrangell St Elias national parks.”
Anchorage | Denali National Park | Maclaren Glacier | canoe and boat trips on the Maclaren River | Wrangell St Elias National Park | sea kayak in Valdez | Matanuska Glacier | Church Mountains | Optional glacial hikes, ice climbing and river rafting |
Description of Denali National Park holiday in Alaska
Holidays in Alaska are the stuff of trekking dreams with the wide open spaces and stunning glaciers of Denali National Park providing the backdrop to an incredibly exciting 12 day holiday spent hiking and camping away from the standard tourist trail.
An Alaska holiday also puts you in the realm of North America’s largest national park, Wrangell St. Elias, where hikes over glaciers and ice climbing combine with overnight wilderness camps and canoe trips along the Maclaren River.
No Alaska and Denali holiday is complete without wildlife watching with bears, moose and wolves, oh my, all to be found as well as caribou aligning the fast-flowing melt water river banks. Tour leaders ensure you never miss a movement with stories around the campfire and shared animal encounters adding to the allure of nights under Alaskan skies and clear and fresh mountain air. What’s included on a holiday in Alaska?
12 days travelling overland in a full-equipped touring truck Carefully-chosen hostel and campsite accommodation 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners cooked on the truck 2 days within Denali National Park using wildlife buses Visits to Toklat River and the Eielsen Visitor Centre Maclaren Lodge and wilderness glacier campsite Canoe and boat tours of the Maclaren River Hiking in Denali, Wrangell St Elias and Valdez National park and monuments admission fees Welcome meeting and itinerary briefing before you depart Two experienced and qualified group leaders and drivers Top quality four-person tent (to sleep two) with furniture and cooking facilities Plenty of info on the locations, history and natural surroundings
What can I expect from an Alaska holiday?
You’ll be exploring, driving and hiking in the remote regions and backcountry landscapes of Alaska with one night in a hostel, four nights in bush campsites, five nights in permanent campsites and one further night either in a lodge or at an established campsite. All of our Alaska and Denali holidays are run for a minimum of four passengers and a maximum of 16 and you’re requested to bring your own sleeping bag although high quality tents, camp kitchens and useful equipment will be provided. This 12 day trip can be increased to 20 days by adding time spent in the Kenai Peninsula and you’re invited to get in touch if you’d like to know more about this extended itinerary or any other part of the experience.
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Responsible tourism: Denali National Park holiday in Alaska
Alaska is one of the last places in this world with pristine and untouched wilderness. It goes without saying that we recycle to local possibilities and leave our campsites exactly as we found them. Being out in the wilderness also means teaching our guests how to interact with wildife safely. We make sure to not put wild animals in any danger through frequent interaction with humans. For bears this means for example to never leave any food or trash open or unlocked in our camps to make sure these beautiful wild animals don't get used to different food sources other than what mother nature provides them.
Our Overland Vehicle is running carbon neutral. As much as we believe that the only right way is to save ressources and find ways to reduce CO2 emmissions we also think running our vehicle carbon neutral is at least a start: It is a necessary second-best solution for us as a small company. We decided to go with atmosfair, which is a climate protection organisation with a focus on travel. They actively protect the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies, among other activities. This means we are calculating the fuel consumption for a whole year. 3 liters of fuel equals 3 kg of CO2. For the amount of CO2 emissions we will pay atmosfair to compensate and reinvest in green energy projects.
We believe that traveling broadens your mind. Group travel allows you not only to encounter the culture of the places you are visiting it also allows you to interact with people from different countries learning about their living experiences. Being out in the nature and sleeping under the stars brings you freedom and may give you different perspectives and views on you life back home.
Being a small family run business, we pride ourselves on developing relationships with the locals, most notably the local suppliers. When we provide accommodations, or even when we go ice climbing, we do everything we can to work with small local businesses. Going shopping, we look for local farmers’ markets to purchase local produce. If we are providing accommodations, we work with people like Susie and Allen from Maclaren River Lodge who have been running a local business for over 20 years. The activities we provide through third party suppliers are with locals like glacier hikes with a small family run company like Elias Guides. Whenever possible we include local festivals/concerts of Alaskan bands into our itinerary.
Reviews of Denali National Park holiday in Alaska
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by Rob Roberto
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
So many, the beauty of Denali National Park, the remoteness and serenity of Maclaren River, the beauty of Valdez Bay and the fabulous team guides Natalie and Aaron bit if I must single out one experience it would be the visit to Kennecott in Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and the hike to and on the Root Glacier and the subsequent ice climbing. A fantastic time in an exquisite location .
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
In order to really enjoy this expedition to the fullest and to really capitalize on all the offerings ensure that you are physically fit.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not really to any significant extent. Other than injecting money into the local economies by participating in the activities offered by local guiding/tour companies at each location there was not much else to recognize.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Overall, it was a fantastic trip and will be remembered fondly.