Alaska Denali Private Adventure Tour

Scenic Wilderness Hikes & Mountain Flight


Explore Alaska's majestic interior on this epic 6-day private adventure. Delight in the untouched wilderness and enchanting wildlife of Denali National Park on day hikes, and then take to the skies on a bush plane flight, marveling at the expanse of six million acres of wilderness, possibly glimpsing North America's highest mountain, Mt. Denali, on a clear day. Next, explore lovely Byers Lake by foot or kayak with the Talkeetna Mountains as the backdrop. Round out this adventure zipping through the high canopy of the Talkeetna forest with spectacular views or showing off your anglers' finesse casting for salmon and trout on pristine rivers and streams. It's the ultimate Alaska adventure!

6 Days

From: $4,795

Explore Alaska's majestic interior on this epic 6-day private adventure. Delight in the untouched wilderness and enchanting wildlife of Denali National Park on day hikes, and then take to the skies on a bush plane flight, marveling at the expanse of six million acres of wilderness, possibly glimpsing North America's highest mountain, Mt. Denali, on a clear day. Next, explore lovely Byers Lake by foot or kayak with the Talkeetna Mountains as the backdrop. Round out this adventure zipping through the high canopy of the Talkeetna forest with spectacular views or showing off your anglers' finesse casting for salmon and trout on pristine rivers and streams. It's the ultimate Alaska adventure!

Highlights


  • Hike through the untouched wilderness of Denali National Park

  • Take in the untamed beauty from the sky on a bush plane flight

  • Explore the beautiful and pristine Byers Lake by foot or kayak

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Alaska Denali Private Adventure

Start: Fairbanks, Alaska  End: Anchorage, Alaska

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive Fairbanks

    Day 1

    Welcome to the Alaskan frontier! Upon arrival at Fairbanks airport, board the courtesy shuttle and travel the short distance to tonight's accommodations. After settling in, relax on the riverside deck, take a stroll through the botanical gardens, and finish the evening with a savory dinner at Pikes Restaurant- next door to the lodge.

    Accommodation: Pikes Waterfront Lodge

    Transportation: 5-minute courtesy shuttle

  • Hiking in Denali National Park

    Day 2

    After an early breakfast, meet your driver in the lobby and travel south on the Glenn Parks Highway to Denali National Park, a beautiful drive full of scenic vistas. Keep that camera handy! After dropping bags at the hotel, meet your MT Sobek guide for an afternoon hike into Denali National Park's front country. The exact trail will vary based upon weather and your desired activity level today. Stop at the park's visitor center for an introduction and then hit the trail, keeping an eye out for the hardy plants that thrive in the alpine as well as moose and Dall sheep.

    Accommodation: Denali Bluffs Hotel

    Activity: Customizable hiking

    Transportation: 2.5-hour drive

  • Denali National Park

    Day 3

    Get an early start to board a shared shuttle bus for a full day exploring Denali National Park. Accompanied by a certified naturalist, hear stories of the park's history while driving all 92 miles of the Park Road, through high tundra and along the foothills of mountains. Try to spot grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, and even illusive wolves. After lunch at a backcountry lodge, choose to take part in a gold panning demonstration or a guided nature walk. This afternoon, take to the skies in a Cessna wheel plane for a birds-eye view of the awe-inspiring Alaska Range. Cross the North Face of Denali and over the north side glaciers (weather permitting - though every flight is scenic!) before arriving back at the depot with time to explore.

    Accommodation: Denali Bluffs Hotel

    Transportation: 1-hour flight

    Meals: Lunch

  • Hiking or Kayaking at Byers Lake

    Day 4

    Those wishing to hike will meet their private guide for an easy walk along the Byers Lake shoreline, learning about native animal and plant life. Those who wish to kayak will glide across Byers Lake's tranquil waters on sit-on-top kayaks after a brief paddling demo. This afternoon, travel one hour south to Talkeetna and check into tonight's accommodations.

    Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge-Talkeetna, Alaska

    Transportation: 5-hour drive

    Meals: Lunch

  • Fishing or Zip Lining Talkeetna

    Day 5

    Today offers the choice of fresh water fishing or experience the forest canopy by zipline! Those who wish to fish will meet their private guide to fish for Sockeye salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, arctic grayling, and more. All gear is provided from the comfort of a covered, heated boat protected from the elements. For those wishing to zipline, depart the lodge this morning for Denali Park Zipline and cross a series of zips and bridges connecting towering platforms ascending higher and higher through the canopy. All equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary. Return to the lodge in time for lunch, and explore Talkeetna independently this afternoon.

    Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge-Talkeetna, Alaska

    Activity: 5 hour fishing charter and 3 hour zipline

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Travel from Talkeetna to Anchorage & Fly Home

    Day 6

    After checking out of the lodge, meet a private driver in the hotel lobby. Travel south on the Parks Highway to Anchorage International Airport for homebound flights.

    Transportation: 3-hour drive

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Dates & Prices


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  • Inclusions

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Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • All special equipment required for activities
  • Trip logistics, operations and monitoring during travel

Price Does Not Include


  • Meals not noted in the daily itinerary
  • Entry fees to National Parks, museums or other attractions when not accompanied by a guide unless noted
  • Airfare, airport taxes or baggage fees for all flights
  • Optional activities and spa services
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, laundry or souvenirs
  • Discretionary tips for guides, drivers and resort staff
  • Optional travel protection
  • Rental car

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Annie

Annie

Annie was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. After completing a bachelor's degree in Japanese from the University of Hawaii she joined the Peace Corps. She spent the next few years teaching in a small village in Kyrgyzstan and in the Philippines. Since returning home to Alaska, Annie has spent the past few years guiding and enjoying the surrounding Chugach Mountains in her hometown. In her spare time, you can find her camping, fishing, trail running and working towards her graduate degree in occupational therapy.

Dan

Dan

Dan developed his love of the great outdoors from an early age when he became an Eagle Scout. After spending two decades working with people with disabilities, he moved to Alaska to explore his dream of living closer to nature. He quickly became an active member in the community by sitting on the Parks & Recreation board, becoming a guide and producing a radio show called, 'Get Outside and Play' to encourage recreation in the Denali area. In his spare time, Dan can be found backpacking, trail running and Nordic skiing.

Larry

Larry

Larry's adventurous lifestyle was born from an active childhood in rural Michigan where he enjoyed sports and thrived on outdoor activities. He received a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration and was hired as a program director where he developed a wilderness program for at-risk boys. Since coming to Alaska in 1975 to work as a ranger for the Chugach National Forest, Larry has had numerous adventures -- kayaking the Noatak River, a climb on Denali, skiing the Ruth Glacier, photographing brown bears at McNeil River and many more! His passions include birding, building fly rods, and fishing local rivers and lakes. As a long time Alaskan, Larry thoroughly enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge of this land he loves, and conveying his enthusiasm and energy to our visitors.

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Activity Level


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Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Customizable hiking

Day 5

5 hour fishing charter and 3 hour zipline

Accommodations


Comfortable lodges with a variety of amenities, including local delicacies and breathtaking views.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge-Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge-Talkeetna, Alaska

Built on top of a high bluff, the welcoming Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers breathtaking views and a lovely lodge setting. The rooms are cozy and clean with simple furnishings, but it's the common areas that really shine. The lodge was built in 1999 from spruce logs, knotty pine, birch wood, and river rocks, including a massive, 46-foot-high rock fireplace - the centerpiece of the lobby.

Pikes Waterfront Lodge
Pikes Waterfront Lodge

Located on the Chena River in Fairbanks, Pikes Waterfront Lodge offers a warm, friendly experience. The lodge features comfortable lodge rooms and cabins, many with scenic views. The property also features a steam room, sauna, riverside deck, a restaurant, lounge and WiFi in most public spaces.

Similar Accommodation
Denali Bluffs Hotel
Denali Bluffs Hotel

Nestled into the surrounding birch and spruce trees, Denali Bluffs Hotel overlooks the majestic national park. The comfortable guest rooms are designed in a lodge style and offer breathtaking views of the Denali wilderness and modern amenities, including Wi-Fi.

Weather


Generally mild summers, but always be prepared for sun, rain, or wind.

 
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Jul
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Anchorage 
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Anchorage
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48
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42
Denali National Park 
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Denali National Park
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48
65
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47
51
38

FAQs


Does it really rain every day in Alaska?

It rains often in Alaska, but mostly when you are closest to the ocean and not so much when you are high up in the mountains. So be sure to bring a sturdy raincoat. The rain is what makes Alaska legendary!

How long is the fishing trip from start to finish and what does it entail?

It is usually 5 hours depending on weather, tides, and the fishing vessel. It entails fishing for a variety of species depending what is currently in season that can include: halibut, rockfish, silver salmon, king salmon & lingcod.

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