7 Summit
Mount Mckinley
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Duration: 14 - 28 Days Country: 7 Summits
Max. Altitude: 6190m (20310 ft) Walking Per Day: 4 - 6 Hours
Nature: Hotel + Lodge + Camping Grade:
Best Season: Earlr May - Early July Group Size: 2 - 15 People

Trip Introduction

Denali is the highest peak in North American continent and one of the seven summits with its summit elevation of 6190m (20310 ft.). Denali was previously known as Mt. McKinley. This mountain is such an exquisite mountain that magnets climbers around the world. Denali is situated in Alaska Range, 627 km from the Arctic Circle. It is the third most topographically isolated peak after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.

Depending upon the climbing ability of a climber, Denali offer four routes, which are, i) West Buttress, ii) Muldrow Glacier, iii) West Rib, iv) Cassin Ridge. Nowadays, climbers prefer West Buttress route to top and it is the most popular of them all. Before West Buttress was popular Muldrow glacier route was viewed as standard route. Road following West Rib is tough and technically more difficult than the West Buttress. Cassin Ridge is the toughest of them all, this route is intended for top climbers only.

We will be taking the route via West Buttress. However, upon request of a group of climbers, we can manage a trip from any of the four routes.  West Buttress route was first proposed by American explorer, Bradford Washburn. Washburn was one of the team members who first climbed Denali’s West Buttress in 1951. Today 50 % climbers are successful who attempt summit via West Buttress route. From 1903 to 2006m 96 climbers died on Denali, out of which 51% occurred on the West Buttress route. It takes around two to four weeks to climb and return depending upon climber’s proficiency. Some may find this route boring until upto 15,000ft. But above this level, the route stuns every trekkers with its aesthetic views. 

Basecamp is at 2200m on the southeast side of Kahitna Glacier. Climbers can reach to base camp by air from Talkeetna in Alaska.  Other camps are set at 2380m, 2900m, 3350m, 4320m and 5240m respectively. Ranger stations are established at the basecamp and 4320m during climbing season, which starts from Earl May through July. Having said that, this route is not being technically difficult, it should not be misjudged. 

Denali is the highest peak in North American continent and one of the seven summits with its summit elevation of 6190m (20310 ft.). Denali was previously known as Mt McKinley. This mountain is such an exquisite mountain that magnets climbers around the world. Denali is situated in Alaska Range, 627 km from the Arctic Circle. It is the third most topographically isolated peak after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.

Depending upon the climbing ability of a climber, Denali offer four routes, which are, i) West Buttress, ii) Muldrow Glacier, iii) West Rib, iv) Cassin Ridge. Nowadays, climbers prefer West Buttress route to top and it is the most popular of them all. Before West Buttress was popular Muldrow glacier route was viewed as standard route. Road following West Rib is tough and technically more difficult than the West Buttress. Cassin Ridge is the toughest of them all, this route is intended for top climbers only.

We will be taking the route via West Buttress. However, upon request of a group of climbers, we can manage a trip from any of the four routes.  West Buttress route was first proposed by American explorer, Bradford Washburn. Washburn was one of the team members who first climbed Denali’s West Buttress in 1951. Today 50 % climbers are successful who attempt summit via West Buttress route. From 1903 to 2006m 96 climbers died on Denali, out of which 51% occurred on the West Buttress route. It takes around two to four weeks to climb and return depending upon climber’s proficiency. Some may find this route boring until upto 15,000ft. But above this level, the route stuns every trekkers with its aesthetic views. 

Basecamp is at 2200m on the southeast side of Kahitna Glacier. Climbers can reach to base camp by air from Talkeetna in Alaska.  Other camps are set at 2380m, 2900m, 3350m, 4320m and 5240m respectively. Ranger stations are established at the basecamp and 4320m during climbing season, which starts from Earl May through July. Having said that, this route is not being technically difficult, it should not be misjudged. 

Day

Arrive in Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. We will drive you to Terskol town which takes around 4 hours. We will stay in the hotel in Baksan.

 

We will travel in a private bus to Takkeetna, the drive takes around two and half hours. We will then register in National Park Service and attend a pre climb orientation provided by NPS Climbing Rangers. We’ll then fly to the glacier if weather permits. We will set the camp in the Glacier.

Throughout the expedition we will typically follow the “climb high, sleep low” technique for better acclimatization; however, the altitude difference between Base Camp and 2,380m Camp is minimal enough to permit us to generally “single-carry” this stretch.

We’ll head out of 2380m Camp and carry loads up the Ski Hill. We will return to 2380m Camp for the night.

We will move everything to the 3350m camp. This camp is located in astonishingly amazing location.

In this day, we drop down near Kahitna Pass. during which we drop back down and pick up the cache we left near Kahiltna Pass. It also helps give us another day to acclimatize before moving higher.
 

The total elevation gain this day is about 2000ft, but total distance for this day is four miles round trip.
 

 

Our next camp is generally located at the elevation of 4320. This is usually a long, hard day. The good part is the camp is well equipped camp. The camp needs to be strengthen to counter the high velocity wind.

We will descend to the windy corner. This is another “active rest day,” We’ll spend the afternoon learning climbing techniques that we will use in the upcoming days.

We will climb the headway;; to the ridge with a heavy pack. This makes this one of the more vigorous days of the trip because of the steep terrain, heavy pack and thinning air. Nevertheless, the gorgeous views will make you forget them all.

We take rest on this day, along with resting, we acclimatize in the high altitude.

On this day we usually try to reach the camp at 5240m. This is really a tough day but the sceneries along the way will make this day the memorable day in your trip.

 We will rest on this day before the summit day. This will again help us to acclimatize before the big day.

If the weather permits, we’ll push for the summit. The round trip climb will take eight to twelve hours or more. Usually we will depart camp early in the morning and climb up to Denali Pass (5500m) and follow the route past Arch Deacon’s Tower and the Football Field to the slopes leading to the Summit Ridge.This is the most tiring and vigorous days of them all. Our guides will take the decision depending upon the weather condition whether to climb or not.

The descent from High Camp takes up to two days. The descent can beat you up more than the ascent.
 

We build six - eight “backup days” into our schedule.

We will provide group transportation back to Anchorage and safely back to your home.

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