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.



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: dena_talkeetna_office@nps.gov
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 Gear Shops:


Satellite Phone Rental

  • Alaska Satellite Phones
    Offering 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:  Greg@satmodo.com 
    Phone:  (619) 922-1777
    (available 7 days/week)
  • Satellite Phone Store
    Satellite 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
    Email: alaska@satellitephonestore.com
    Phone: (907) 272-7368
  • Surveyors Exchange
    Satellite phone rentals in Alaska.3695 Springer St,  Anchorage, AK  99503
    Phone: (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.

Larger Expedition Transportation


Flight Transportation

  • Talkeetna Air Taxi
    Flight service Anchorage-Talkeetna
    $825 and up depending on how many people and how much gear
    Call the office for more information: (907) 733-2218

Your Flight

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 expedition 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.

You will be put on the flight list after you have completed the following:

  1. Check in with NPS
  2. Weigh your gear
  3. Pay for your flight
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 on board the aircraft.

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


Denali Base Camp (KAH)

From May through early July the air services of Talkeetna jointly operate Base Camp on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Our 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).
  • The Base Camp Manager 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 Base Camp Manager when you get back from your climb and s/he will call TAT when your entire team is at Base Camp to arrange your pick-up.

We perform more glacier landings than any other company in the world.