This epic heli-hiking experience starts from the heliport base overlooking the Nenana River in the Denali Park area. The small group's destination is a ridgeline east of Denali National Park. As the pilot touches down on the high tundra, the group hops out and moves clear of the helicopter, ducking against the rush of air as it takes off again. What took 10 to 15 minutes by air would have taken a day to reach on foot. There's no one else, no hint of civilization, for miles and miles.
No hint of civilization, for miles and miles.
Led by a naturalist guide with vast experience in the Alaskan backcountry, the group spends the next three hours hiking through this pristine Alaskan wilderness. When the weather is favorable, guests can see Denali towering to the west and the harsh granite peaks of the Hayes Range to the east.
Along the trek, the guide points out the ridgeline's diverse and abundant plant life. Guests get to try edible plants, especially enjoying abundant berries in the later summer. The area is also full of wildlife. The guide has an eye for the resident animals, spotting caribou and maybe even grizzly bears feeding from the lush hillsides. The memorable trip concludes with a return helicopter ride.
The Denali Heli-Hike tour averages 20 to 30 minutes of flight time and three hours of hiking. The hiking guide tailors the hike to the interests and fitness of their guests. Weather in the Alaska Range can change quickly, so guests should prepare to be flexible as hiking destinations change to suit to the conditions.
What to Bring
Proper gear is critical for comfort and safety in remote Alaskan environments. Wear synthetic hiking pants, top, and hiking boots. Guests should bring rain gear, warm layers, fleece or down jacket, hat, gloves, and water. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and personal medications are highly recommended. Don't forget a camera and, most importantly, a sense of adventure.
This is an active adventure. Guests must be in good physical condition and able to hike continuously on uneven ground for up to three hours. Accurate passenger weight is required for helicopter weight and balance. For safety reasons, passengers weighing more than 250 pounds will be accessed a small surcharge.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The tour departs from the operator's heliport on the Nenana River in the Denali Park area. Transfers are available from area hotels.
Rates & Dates
Here are the rates and operating dates for this product. Remember, we have a lowest price guarantee for nearly everything we sell.
There is no child rate for this service, and it is not recommended for younger children.
|5/15/23 (M) to 9/9/23 (Sa)5/15/23 (M) to 9/9/23 (Sa)||Adult: $499.00||Child: $499.00||Infant: $0.00||Comfort Class: $599.00|
|The rates above are subject to change without notice.|
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Denali Bluffs Hotel|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Denali Cabins|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Denali Park Village Lodge|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Denali Princess Lodge|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Grande Denali Lodge|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: McKinley Chalet Resort|
|Depart: 7:40 AM||Location: Temsco Denali Heliport|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Denali Bluffs Hotel|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Denali Cabins|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Denali Grizzly Bear Resort|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Denali Park Village Lodge|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Denali Princess Lodge|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Grande Denali Lodge|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: McKinley Chalet Resort|
|Depart: 10:35 AM||Location: Temsco Denali Heliport|
- Price $499
- Duration 4 Hours
- Departures 7:40 AM, 10:35 AM
- Operating Dates Daily from 5/15/2023 to 9/14/2023
- Activity Level Most Active
- Roundtrip helicopter flight.
- Additional hiking gear as needed.
- Expert backcountry hiking guide.
"This was fantastic in every way with a very knowledgeable guide. What a great, professional company. 5 stars!"
~Heather from California~