National park service

There is a $375 fee for climbing Denali or Foraker, unless you are under 24, then the fee is $275.00, plus a park entrance fee of $15 per person.  You must register 60 days in advance for Denali and Foraker.

Continuing for the 2019 season

Appointments are required for all orientations.  Teams should contact the Talkeetna Ranger Station to schedule an appointment, time slots can fill up fast.  Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., seven days a week.  Expeditions should arrive 30 minutes prior to the appointment time to pay the special use permit and park entrance fees.

Contact: Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station 
Phone: (907)733-2231
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: National Park Service - Denali Mountaineering

Note:  If you plan to climb with a guide, make certain that the service is authorized by Denali National Park and Preserve. Each year climbers mistakenly pay illegal guides that advertise their services. Illegal guiding is prohibited, and these climbs could be canceled at any time.

Here are links to some guiding groups we recommend and fly:

Getting to Alaska & Anchorage advice:

If you are arriving in Anchorage and looking for a spot to stay here are a few places we recommend.

Anchorage Guest House
Phone:  (907) 274-0408

Base Camp Anchorage
Phone:  (907) 274-1252

Alaska Backpackers Inn
Phone:  (907)277-2770

Talkeetna gear shops:

Talkeetna is limited on gear rental, please contact Alaska Mountaineering School (AMS) if you need a rental before arriving.  If your item is not available, renting gear in Anchorage would be necessary.  AMS does sell airline approved isobutane fuel.

AMS Gear Shop

Phone: (907)733-1016

Anchorage gear shops

Phone: (907) 272-4565 
1200 West Northern Lights

Phone: (907) 272-1811
2633 Spenard Road

Satellite Phone Rental

Alaska Satellite PhonesOffering voice, short messaging & optional email capability, solar panels and external battery packs for rent.  Has lightweight and easy to use packages perfect for mountaineering expeditions. Please reserve in advance.

Contact Gregory (Alaska Satellite Phone Consultant) Please reserve in advance.
Email:  [email protected] 
Phone:  619-922-1777  (available 7 days/week)

Satellite Phone StoreSatellite Phone Store has a dedicated satellite communication logistics office located in Anchorage Alaska. Our Alaska office now offers special discounts, same day shipping and local pickup Monday through Saturday with a designated 24/7 drop off box.

Alaska Office:  1231 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 202
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907-272-7368
Email: [email protected]

Surveyors Exchange
Satellite phone rentals in Alaska.                                             
3695 Springer St,  Anchorage, AK  99503
(907) 561-6501 Toll Free: 800-770-5500

Anchorage to Talkeetna transportation

After May 1st, the Talkeetna Air Taxi office is open until 9:00 pm.  If you arrive in the evening you may either get you and your luggage dropped at the main office or the Bunkhouse.  Most shuttle services are familiar with the TAT drop-off points.

Talkeetna Taxi
(907) 355-TAXI
Email: [email protected]

Denali Overland Transportation
E-mail: [email protected]

Go Purple Shuttle
E-mail: [email protected]

Planet Earth Adventure
(907) 717-9666 
E-mail: [email protected]

Exposure Alaska
(Expedition Support Packages) 
E-mail: [email protected] 

Talkeetna Air Taxi flight service Anchorage-Talkeetna
$725 and up depending on how many people and how much gear.

TAT has a ground crew of rampers and office staff to assist you in preparing for your expedition.  They can assist in giving you a ride locally and shuttling your gear to the correct airplane.

You are allowed 125 lbs/gear per person, anything after that you will be charged $2/lb overage.  All bags must be weighed with your group name, and weight of the bag on each bag tag, TAT will provide tags for your bags.  Any personal bags left behind at TAT can be stored, the bags must be marked clearly with your name.

TAT provides secure storage in the office for wallets and passports.

After you have completed the following: 

  1. Check in with NPS
  2. Weigh your gear 
  3. Paid for your flight, then you will then be put on the flight list. 

If you are not able to fly on your scheduled date due to weather, you will need to be ready to fly at 8:00 AM the following day. 

When you are flying in with fuel (isobutane or Coleman fuel) it must be claimed as Hazmat at the office. When you are flying out for your expedition make sure your fuel is onboard the aircraft.
***Please note that JET Boil brand fuel is not approved for carrying on our aircraft.***

With any glacier drop off, make sure after you offload your gear, move it OFF the runway.


From May through early July the air services of Talkeetna jointly operate Base Camp on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Lisa Roderick, Base Camp Manager, welcomes you to the 7,200 ft. tent village that serves as a jumping off point for climbers ascending routes on Denali, Hunter, and Foraker.  

General Info:

  • Coleman fuel is available at Base Camp, you will pay for it at TAT and pick up Coleman fuel at KAH. Isobutane must be claimed and flown in with your expedition.
  • Sleds are available for rent at the TAT office.  Sleds may or may not be rigged – so bring sled rigging with you (4mm and/or 6 mm).
  • Lisa operates a family band radio to transmit weather information every morning and evening at 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM on channel 1. 
  • Check-in with Lisa when you get back from your climb and she will call TAT when your entire team is at Basecamp to arrange your pick-up.

Contact us

Call (907) 733-2218
Toll free (800) 533-2219
Fax (907) 733-1434