This Five Day Explorer trip offers a rich taste of mountain hiking.

Five DAY Explorer

Geared for folks who may be pressed for time but still desire a challenging adventure, this trip offers a rich taste of mountain hiking.

  • Backpacking, expedition style, in roadless wildlands 
  • Airplane access only, heart of wildlife corridor, grizzly, black bear, caribou, wolf
  • Small group dynamics
  • Valuable learning experiences for novice and pro’s alike 
  • Intimate, affordable, exhilarating, rewarding

COST: $1800 per person (includes all flights into and out of the mountains)
DATES: June 30 – July 4, July 19 – July 23, August 9 – August 13
GROUP: Maximum 6. We offer the best guide/hiker ration in the industry
DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate, depending on where you want to go
For group rates or custom dates:
Call/Text: 907-350-4455

"By far, the most awesome trip in our
3 week vacation to Alaska”
Natalie P
Rhode Island


5 Day Explorer Trek Itinerary

The five day hiking adventure is a wonderful treat for folks that are interested in a fairly in-depth sojourn in the high alpine areas of the Talkeetna Mountains. There are two possible ways to spend your time in the mountains. The first is to set off cross-country from your drop off point and spend five days exploring new terrain and country with each step you take toward your destination lake. The second way is to land at your destination lake and spend the next five days exploring the surrounding terrain each day traveling light, carrying only a day pack with camera, water bottle, lunch and spare gear. The significant difference, of course, is how we pack for these trips. Weight is not a concern if you are “day hiking” from your drop-off lake and conversely, very important if you are to carry your “house” on a cross-country trek.

Live! Learn! Laugh! Love! Hike!

We begin by launching off of Christiansen Lake in Talkeetna after an orientation at our home and base of operations. Your flight will take you right over the terrain where you will be spending your time in the field and offers you an opportunity to take some wonderful aerial photographs. It’s great to compare later with the pictures taken while on the ground.

"Five Star adventure in a Five Star world”
Peter M, Lansing MI

Explore wild country across the tundra

Once landed, if you chose to travel cross-country during your trek, then we would shoulder our packs and head off in the tundra toward a pre-selected camping spot a few miles away.

We usually make our camps 200 feet from the shorelines of lakes. They are all pristine, crystal clear, sparkling clean and a bit cold too!. Each morning after a delicious breakfast, we pack up our camp, don the backpacks and begin the days adventure; exploring wild country across the tundra to the next camp. There are no groomed trails, we walk the line of least resistance and usually follow game trails when they are prominent. We take plenty of breaks to enjoy the scenery or take photographs of wildlife or wildflowers or scramble up a knob to glass a hidden drainage for bears and caribou. The leisurely pace contributes substantially to your enjoyment of wandering in the wild tundra habitat.

At any moment your group can be surprised by wildlife. It can be a breath-taking grizzly bear or a curious fox barking from a granite boulder 100 yards away. Caribou are always on the move and often caught making circular passes around our group offering superb opportunities for magnificent photographs.

There are opportunities to fly-fish for the beautiful golden-finned char that inhabit the alpine tundra of south central Alaska. This can be the hottest fishing you might ever do. If we are lucky, we keep a trout to supplement the evening meal. Everyone enjoys these simple pleasures, available only through wilderness travel.




From start to finish you will be treated as a valued guest by DTC staff.

Our team is knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and eager to make your trip sensational.

Every question and every concern is treated with professionalism.

Questions are encouraged and welcome anytime. 

Our prompt, informative replies reflect our gratitude and appreciation for your business.

Every guest, following our guidelines, will be fully prepared for the undertaking chosen.

Each trip we offer was developed from 40 years of Alaskan wilderness experiences. 

Denali Trekking Company will provide:

  • All tents cooking equipment, including stoves, fuel, pots and pans.
  • Excellent food for our guests. Our meals are savory and nutritious designed to support a body working in the mountains.
  • Special dietary considerations are given to every guest.

You will find us easy to work with in putting together a perfect meal plan. We encourage asking questions and would be more than happy to call you to discuss any aspect of this trip in full detail. Email has been a wonderful way for corresponding as well. We pride ourselves on our punctuality in responding to any and all email inquiries.

Outcomes and Take-aways from your
Denali Trekking Experience

We hope you join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Reservation Request

Choose from the following trips, and we will be in contact regarding details.
  • Base Camp Hiking

  • Please select your preference. Custom dates are available. We will contact you regarding details.
  • Cross Country Trekking

  • Seven day backpack traverse of mountain shoulders and high alpine passes. Incredible wildlife! Magnificent Views! Please select your preference. We will contact you regarding details.
  • Five day romp of mountain hiking Pure wilderness jaw-dropping terrain Challenging and Rewarding Please select your preference. We will contact you regarding details.
  • Five days backpacking glacial carved valleys Where few humans have wandered Unspoiled wilderness, flourishing wildlife, the essence of Alaskan adventure! Please select your preference. We will contact you regarding details.
  • Wild Things

  • Ridge landing fifteen hundred feet above the mighty Susitna River. Overland, overnight and over the top fun! PackRaft finish with a “beer-thirty” airdrop. Strong hikers wanted! Summer Solstice 2021 June 18, 19 & 20
  • Three Day Rodeo! Helicopter out/floatplane back. Base Camp set up with superb hill biking in every direction. Share the high alpine plateau with caribou and grizzly. Game trail runs, scree jumps and tussock bumps The alpine has it all!
  • Floatplane in to pure alpine wilderness, home to grizzly bears, caribou and wolf Some of the most pristine fishing waters in the world! Hike and fish in lakes and streams where few have cast a fly Incredible adventure with rod and camera. Custom Dates * Group Rates available. Contact us directly
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