Airport hotel transfer, coach transportation to Denali, round-trip flights from the Denali Park entrance to the lodge, Alaska Railroad transportation from Denali, accommodations, local guides, entrance fees and meals as specified in itinerary.
Airfare; airport taxes; additional hotel nights in Anchorage; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages; insurance of any kind; room taxes (2024: 8-Day Kantishna Roadhouse $207 per person or Denali Backcountry Lodge $232 per person).
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 50% of deposit
90 to 75 days – 100% of deposit
74 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
The 8-Day Denali Backcountry Explorer adventure begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan to arrive anytime on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 8. Transfers will be provided upon arrival on Day 1 and departure on Day 8.
Due to a major landslide in the Pretty Rocks section on the Denali Park Road in August of 2021, the road was closed at Mile 43, and will remain closed for the 2024 summer season. Consequently, there is no longer road access to Kantishna, where our lodges are located.
For 2024, Denali Backcountry Lodge will provide round-trip helicopter transportation to the lodge from the Park entrance area. Luggage limit will be 40 pounds per person, and storage for additional luggage is available at the Park entrance.
For 2024 Kantishna Roadhouse will provide round-trip fixed-wing aircraft transportation to the lodge from the Park entrance area. Luggage limit will be 25 pounds per person, and storage for additional luggage will be available at the Park entrance.
Flight times are about 35-55 minutes.
Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include daily hikes (choose from easy, moderate or challenging), bicycle rides, fishing, gold panning, sled dog demonstrations, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, historical tours, wildlife observation and flight seeing (additional charge).
Pricing is available for single, triple and quadruple use, and upgrades may be available, contact us for details. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available.
Families & Children
Families and groups with younger travelers are welcome on this trip. Call our experts to plan your Denali family vacation.
Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.