Whether you are looking to take a relaxing afternoon stroll with an intreprative guide to learn a little more about the area, or you are looking for a serious trek through the wilderness backcountry with an expert wilderness guide, Denali Backcountry Guides is likely to have something to fit your apetite. These backcountry professionals are experts on the area and the tours offered can be tailor-made to fit your needs.

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Denali Backcountry Guides has been helping guests explore the beauty of the Alaska wilderness on backcountry adventures in the Denali area for more than 24 years! Every professional wilderness guide at Denali Backcountry Guides (DBG) is required to have a minimum of 5 years of guiding experience in Alaska prior to coming on board as a DBG guide. These professional guides provide decades of combined experience guiding both locals and travelers throughout the wilderness and scenic backcountry of Alaska.

We offer three unique guided experiences from Denali Backcountry Guides for you to choose from.

Heli-Hiking Experience

Perhaps the most unique of the offerings is the ‘Heli-Hiking Experience’ which allows you to hitch a ride into the remote wilderness of Alaska to a location custom chosen for you by your guide based upon your desires and hiking experience.

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable Alaskan adventure, this is the tour for you! The Heli-Hiking Experience is a tour that is tailor-made to satisfy the goals and unique desires that you have in mind for your Alaska backcountry experience.

Witness for yourself the remarkable peace and solitude that the Alaskan wilderness has to offer. Whatever you are looking to experience… scaling a steep mountain slope for a walk along a mountain ridge... exploring the tundra, seeking out a wildlife encounter... or diving deep into the valleys and forests for some solitude... the Heli-Hiking Experience is the tour that can make it happen for you.

This tour experience can be tailored to your level of experience and endurance, but generally speaking these tours can be a bit more strenuous.

Denali Walking Tour

The 3-hour Denali Walking Tour is a more scaled back tour where you will meet up with your guide in the Denali Village and drive to a scenic local spot for an interpretive walking tour of the area. This tour includes a fascinating narrative on the local flora and fauna. Discover the intricate connection that the plants, animals and people share in this delicate ecosystem.

The Denali Walking Tour is designed to be more of a laid-back and educational experience more than a rugged workout, however, there will still be some physical exertion required. The trail is moderate with some up and down elevation as well as uneven ground and some mud and water puddles during certain times of the year.

The pace you will be traveling is around 1 mile per hour and there are frequent stops for resting, drinking, discussion and taking in the scenery.

You should come prepared with your outdoor gear for this tour, including adequate layers for warmth, sturdy walking shoes, rain gear and your camera! Some basic equipment is available from Denali Backcountry Guides if you need it, including rain gear, overshoes and trekking poles.

The purpose of the Denali Walking Tour is to get you out into the beauty of the wilderness in the Denali area and to help you to connect with nature on a deeper more meaningful level. The views of the north side of the Alaska range are breathtaking and you will learn so much from your guide on this interpretive tour.

Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour

The wilderness hiking tour is a great option for those who are looking to get out and cover more area and experience a little more backcountry adventure than the walking tour provides.

Like the walking tour, the Denali Wilderness Hiking tour is also an interpretive tour, so you still get your expert education on all of the flora and fauna, facts and history of the region, but you will also get a little more exercise and a bit more adventure!

The Wilderness Hiking Tour is a 5-hour tour, and the extra time allotted for this trip gives you more opportunity to explore some beautiful areas like the forests near the Nenana river and the rich sub-alpine tundra areas.

The hiking tour is more strenuous than the walking tour, so be sure you are up to the task before booking this trip.


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  • Experience the wild wilderness of Alaska
  • Backcountry adventures tailor-made for you
  • Interpretive tours - get an education while you explore!
  • Professional guides provide decades of combined experience guiding in Alaska
  • 24 years of providing guided services in the Denali area
  • Some of the most experienced guides in Alaska


Denali Walking Tour
Summary:A 3-hour interpretive walking tour inside the park or just outside the park boundary. This tour is moderate to easy with minimal elevation gain that covers 3 - 4 miles. This is a great way to learn more about the area.
Trip time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:15 pm - 11:15 pm (until August 5)
Tour Dates: May 12 - September 15
Hiking Level:Moderate
Distance: 3-4 miles
Duration: Approx 3 hours
Appropriate Equipment: Dress in layers // Rain gear // Sunscreen // Hats & sunglasses // Backpack with water & snacks // Camera & binoculars
Price: Adult (ages 18+) $110.00/person*
Youth (ages 5-17) $55/person*
Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour
Summary:This tour is for those who are looking for some more adventure. The wilderness hiking tour covers more ground and lasts about 5 hours. You still get an interprative narration from your expert guide, but you will be able to spend more time exploring the forests near the Nenana river, and the beauty of the tundra. You will also get more of a workout!
Trip time: 11:30am - 4:30pm daily
Tour Dates: May 12 - September 15
Hiking Level:Strenuous
Distance: 5-6 miles depending on participants
Duration: 4.5 – 5 hours
Appropriate Equipment: Dress in layers // Rain gear // Sunscreen // Hats & sunglasses // Backpack with water & snacks // Camera & binoculars
Price: Ages 15+ $155.00/person*
Heli-Hiking Experience
Summary:The Heli-Hiking Experience can be customized to suite your experience and sense of adventure! On this trip you will board a helicpoter and fly to some scenic backcountry location chosen by your guide based on your desire to explore. From there you will have the oportunity to strike out across the wilderness backcountry with your expert guide to experience the Alaskan wilderness the way you have always dreamed of seeing it.
Trip time: 3 hours 30 minutes (4 hours and 45 minutes with transfers)
Pick up times: 7:40 AM, 10:35 AM
Tour Dates: May 12 - September 17
Hiking level:Moderate to Strenuous
Distance:Varies based on chosen location and itinerary
Duration:15 minute flight time // Approx 3 hours of hike time
Appropriate Equipment: Dress in layers // Rain gear // Sunscreen // Hats & sunglasses // Backpack with water & snacks // Camera & binoculars
Price: $499.00/person*
*All tours require a two person minimum


Denali Walking Tour: Adult (ages 18+): $110.00/person*
Youth (ages 5- 15) $55/person*
Denali Hiking Tour(Available to ages 15+) $155.00/person*
*All tours require a two person minimum

Terms & Policies

Full refunds are issued up to three days in advance of a booked trip. No refunds will be given if guest cancels within 3 days of a trip.

Trips canceled within 180 days of online payment will be fully refunded. After 180 days of payment, refunds are subject to a 3.5% processing fee. Refunds can take 1 to 2 weeks to process.

In the event that a trip is cancelled due to passenger minimums or weather, a full refund will be issued. DBG Tours operate rain or shine and are seldom canceled for rainy weather.

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