Denali National Park holiday in Alaska

“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.”

Highlights

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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17 Jun 2018
US $ 1940
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08 Jul 2018
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29 Jul 2018
US $ 1990
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19 Aug 2018
US $ 1990
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Responsible tourism: Denali National Park holiday in Alaska

Environment

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.

Community

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.

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Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Mclaren Glacier/Columbus Glacier

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Good sleeping bag/pad. Good play list

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly did financially! We left no footprints.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Had a great time. Natalie and Aaron were great guides...both going out of there ways to be helpful. Both were entertaining and could answer almost all the questions I posed .Natalie even provided a mini earthquake (at no extra cost).

The trip itself was a perfect mix of travel and adventure. It never felt like hard work and was always just outside my comfort zone (which is where I like to be) Alaska is amazing and this tour was a superb introduction to it. Ps Excellent blanket. highly questionable play list ..brace for Dirty Dancing.

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The best part for me was that we saw that many animals. Animals everywhere on the road, campground and on the day trips. It was really good that Dave
always took good pictures which we got at the end. And I also really liked the campfires in the evening where we were talking with each other and ate a lot marshmallows :)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't think about it if you really should do it or not! Do it you will love it. If you like camping and do outdoor activities then chose this trip. It will be the best decision which you made for your Alaska holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think already that you are traveling in a group it's better for the environmental because then you only need one car/ bus and not everybody is driving. And they also support the local people because we went to kind of small campgrounds. And we also stopped by small villages where we went for a coffee or to buy a souvenir.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a really good decision to choose our tour operator to travel Alaska. You are getting around which is kinda hard in Alaska without a car, you meet really cool people and you are going on good tours which are really worth it for what you pay. Nat and Dave also know a lot and they can answer many questions. And Nat and Dave are really friendly, fun and helpful people. And also the money that you are paying for this trip is worth it. You are really getting a lot for it.

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We were instantly drawn to the Alaska Denali Expedition because it encompassed everything we wanted from our time in Alaska – and it didn't disappoint! Natalie and Dave were great hosts, very knowledgeable and professional but also approachable and friendly. It is clear they have a passion for Alaska and the itinerary they have put together demonstrates that they care about showing their guests the best it has to offer.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Their converted school bus was a fantastic way to travel around and was comfortable with plenty of storage space for everyone. We were constantly
impressed with the tasty meals that Natalie and Dave managed to put together on just a couple of gas burners and there was always plenty to go around,
even in our large group. The tents they provided were really quick and easy to put up and were also very spacious. The camp sites we stayed in were all in
spectacular locations, it is worth noting that some had better facilities than others! However, for us it wasn't a problem as wilderness camping is something
we enjoy doing and it just added to the adventure! There was a very good selection of optional activities with something to suit everyone’s' tastes and
abilities. All the activities we selected were excellent, it is definitely worth spending a little extra money to experience them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Natalie and Dave have built up good relationships with local suppliers and all the optional activities they provide were all run by local companies. There were
recycling facilities and we always left each location as we found it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and it has given us some incredible memories we'll treasure forever. We would 100% recommend this trip.

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by

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.

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