July 30 to August 5, 2018

Status FULL
Cost $ 2649( double occupancy)
Travel Dates July 30 to August 5, 2018
Description This is a guided seven-day trip with 5 days of hiking and exploring Alaska’s Denali National Park.  You’ll enjoy hiking in some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes in America and experience Alaska’s wonderful wildlife, boreal forest, subarctic ecosystem and views of the Alaska Range.  Denali Park is home to North America’s highest mountain, Denali( formally known as Mt. McKinley) towering over 20,300 feet. Hiking in the 6 million acre National Park will give you one of the best opportunities to view and experience Alaska’s most beautiful nature and spectacular scenery.

We will be the guests of the Denali Educational Center that will provide informative guided hikes, enlighten evening programs and classes, transportation, delicious healthy food and comfortable newly renovated guest cabins with private bath and double occupancy.  Go to the Centers website at http://www.denali.org to review the accommodations.

Hiking experience is required for this trip. The hiking level of effort will vary from flat to moderate with some steep trail sections.  Hiking distances range from 3 to 9.3 miles RT with elevation gains varying from 100 ft. to 1,700 ft.  You must be able to hike these distances and elevation for 4 out of 6 days (One day is more exploring the wildlife and not so much hiking).

  • Knowledgeable Hiking Guide
  • Expert Educational Program Instructors
  • Guidance of experienced Program Coordinator
  • 6 Nights Lodging
  • 6 Dinners and 5 Lunches and 6 Breakfasts
  • Transportation to/from airport / Denali Education Center
  • Transportation daily
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities for drivers ( to/from) Fairbanks and guides
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Trip Insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Rafting Trip, Flightseeing or tour of Kennels of an Iditarod Champion
Payment Policy Trip price is $2649.
A deposit of $1000. Is due upon registration.
Must have at least 15 participants registered by Dec 1, for the trip to go.
The Balance of $1649 is due no later than Jan 15, 2018
Cancellation Policy
  • If registrant cancels prior to Jan 15, 2018 all payments received by ADK minus $100.00 will be refunded.
  • After Jan 15, 2018 refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100.00 will be refunded.
  • Note that there is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever.
  • If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.
What to Bring A detailed packing list will be provided after you register for the trip.
Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.



Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, July 30, 2018

We will meet at Fairbanks International Airport* and board shuttle at 2:00 PM for a 2.5-hour ride to Denali Educational Center for check-in, orientation, dinner, and introductions.

*(Depending on your air flight availability you may have to arrive the day before and have hotel accommodations at your own expense.)

Day 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Morning: Set off on a guided hike in the subarctic tundra along the newly constructed Savage Alpine Trail in Denali National Park. This will be your first opportunity to gain views of Denali, weather permitting. Be on the lookout for marmot, caribou, Dall sheep and possibly grizzly. This 4-mile hike with 1500’ elevation gain concludes at the historic Savage River Campground.

Afternoon: Free time at the Denali Visitor Center Campus or Horseshoe Lake Trail Hike time permitting.

Evening Program: “Life in Denali” with a local resident. *

Day 3: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Morning/Early Afternoon: Get oriented to the northern forest on a guided hike along the Triple Lakes Trail. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the boreal forest and high latitude aquatic ecosystems. Hike 9.3 miles with overall 900 ft. elevation gain on a maintained trail.

Late Afternoon: Learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem during our “Exploring the Subarctic” class.

Evening Program: “Climbing Denali” with a local mountaineer. *

Day 4: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Morning: Travel deep inside Denali National Park  by van on a daylong journey to the Eielson Visitor Center at Mile 66 on the park road. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the Alaska Range and its many peaks, and – weather permitting – behold majestic Mount McKinley. Have your cameras ready to take pictures of wildlife, which may include caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves and more.

Evening: Free time to rest, relax, explore or organize photos from your day in the park.

Day 5: Friday, August 3, 2018

Morning/Early Afternoon: Stretch your legs on an invigorating climb up Mount Healy. Excellent views of the Alaska Range can be had from Mount Healy, weather permitting. The second half of the trail is steep and travels over difficult terrain that is often slippery. This is the most challenging hike of the week, takes about 4-6 hours for the 4-mile round-trip with 1700 feet elevation gain.

Late Afternoon: Discover the extraordinary animals that call Denali home and learn about their marvelous adaptations to life at high latitude in our “Wildlife of Denali “class.

Evening: The Dog Days in Denali- learn about Alaska’s state sport from a local musher. *

Day 6: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Morning: The Horseshoe Lake Trail overlooks the beautiful Nenana River. Beaver and Moose can frequent this area so be sure to be on the lookout for signs of either. A 3-mile loop with just over 300 feet of elevation gain.  Great views. , this is a great stretch of your legs before exploring the Visitor Center or engaging in optional activities.

Afternoon: Free time to rest and relax, hike and explore the park independently on longer hikes) or pursue optional activities like rafting, flightseeing or visiting the kennels of an Iditarod champion.

Evening: Closing ceremony and group slideshow.

Day 7: Sunday, August 5, 2018

Morning: Checkout and departure from Center.  Shuttle ride to Fairbanks International Airport.  Your lunch and dinner on final travel day is at your own expense.


*Evening presentation topics may vary depending on speaker availability.
Activities scheduled each day may be interchanged due to weather or staff availability.

Notes  GETTING TO Fairbanks International Airport: Depending on your flight arrival/departure, you may need to stay overnight in a local hotel at your own expense..  I can help you with this information.   We will leave for Denali no later than 2 pm.  Do not make your flight arrangements until I tell you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go.
Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S. Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.
Trip Leader Micheline Kagan
171-08 Gladwin Avenue
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
516 659 8852