Denali Base Camp

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 62 ° 58' 5.88" N, 151 ° 9' 55.8" W
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  • Nearest City: Talkeetna
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  • Elevation: 7067 ft (2154.02 m)
  • Parent: Kahiltna Glacier


Getting There
To get out there the easiest and fastest way is taking an air taxi from Talkeetna. There are three air taxi outfits which hold permits to land on at base camp.

Sheldon Air Service has always been our go to service as they have a long time history with flights to Denali and they are very classic climber oriented.

Denali Base Camp is on the Southeast Fork Kahiltna Glacier. People generally start arriving in mid April for early season climbers. The air taxi's and parks service usually puts in their basecamp tents around the last week of April and generally things really pick up by mid-May.

The basecamp is used by those climbing Denali, Mt. Hunter, Mount Foraker, and other day climbs such as Radio Control Tower, and Annie's Ridge.

Basecamp is often moved as summer progresses and the air strip gets melted out, either further up the Southeast Fork, or in bad years further up the Kahiltna.


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  • Amazingly Grand
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    Base camp is one of the most amazing places in Alaska! I've been up there multiple times and every time is awe inspiring. Hunter and Foraker loom high above you and the glaciers clinging to the steep slopes are quite dramatic and colorful. The atmosphere is chill and the people you meet are super friendly.

    Zachary Sheldon
    Zachary Sheldon
    April 21, 2018

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