20,320ft / 6,194m
Mt McKinley, also known as Denali - 'the high one' by Alaska's native people, the Athabascans, is situated in the Alaska Range at latitude 63 degrees north, 390 miles from the Arctic Circle. Being the highest mountain on the North American continent, it is one of the much sought after "Seven Summits".
We offer guided expeditions ascending the West Buttress route of this spectacular mountain. Our North American based guides have extensive guiding experience on Denali and other high peaks around the world, making this an ideal expedition for those wishing to learn the essentials of high altitude mountaineering with the assurance of qualified leadership.
Our teams fly from Talkeetna to base camp on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna glacier at 7,000 ft / 2,134 m. From here we commence the climb of the West Buttress in traditional expedition style, establishing four or six camps on the mountain as part of our acclimatisation program prior to our summit bid.
An ascent of Denali is a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding experience.
- North America's highest peak
- Veteran Denali guides
- Excellent high altitude training
Expedition Dates in 2013:
Trip #5: Jun 2 - Jun 22, 2013 *Waitlist only
Trip #6: Jun 9 - Jun 29, 2013 *Waitlist only
Trip #7: Jun 16 - Jul 6, 2013 *Waitlist only
Trip #8: June 18 - July 8, 2013 *NEW trip, 1 space left
Expedition Dates in 2014:
Trip #1: May 4 - May 24, 2014
Trip #2: May 11 - May 31, 2014
Trip #3: May 18 - June 7, 2014
Trip #4: May 25 - June 14, 2014
Trip #5: June 1 - June 21, 2014
Trip #6: June 8 - June 28, 2014
Trip #7: June 15 - July 5, 2014
Duration: 3 + weeks
Departure: ex Talkeetna, Alaska
2013: US$6,500 (NPS permit fee additional charge)
2014: The prices have not yet been determined for the 2014 season. However, if you book your 2014 expedition before July 1st, 2013, the 2013 rates will apply.
For a pre-trip instruction week check out the Alaska Mountaineering and Denali Prep course
or our Alpine Expedition Course and 7 Summits training course in New Zealand. In Europe we have options for instruction time with a guide at our European Climbing School, based out of Chamonix, France.
Please click below to preview the trip notes for the Denali 2013 Expeditions online or download a pdf:
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Denali Trip Notes - itinerary and booking / cancellation details
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