Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley)
20,310′ / 6,190m
Experienced Denali Guides!
Mountain Trip is an authorized concessionaire in Denali National Park and 2017 will be our 42nd consecutive year leading guided Denali expeditions.
We have learned a thing or two about taking care of our climbers over the years and this is reflected in our in our ability to attract and retain the most experienced Denali guides on the mountain, and in the extremely positive feedback we receive from our clients. Denali expeditions have been the centerpiece of our company since 1976, and our base of institutional knowledge and experience is unparalleled among Denali guides.
Our philosophy for guiding Denali can be summed up with three goals:
- Everyone comes home in good health
- Everyone has a great experience
- Everyone stands on the summit
We will never sacrifice our first two goals for the sake of the third; however, between 2004 and 2015, 133 of our 183 Denali expeditions reached the summit. Certainly, we have benefited from good weather, but our success is also based in the experience levels of our Denali guides. Our guidelines for who we allow to lead our expeditions are more stringent than any other Denali guide service, as we require our lead Denali guides to have a minimum of five Denali expeditions under their boots before they can lead one of our adventure travel expeditions. We have an almost 100% guide return rate from year to year and have guides with 10, 20 or more years of Denali experience leading our Denali climbs. We love what we do and it shows.
Which route on Denali?
Click the tab below for an overview of the different route options, or click the link below to go straight to the webpage:
- West Buttress
- West Rib
- Traverse from W. Buttress to Muldrow
- Muldrow Glacier from the North side
- Cassin Ridge
When is the best time to climb Denali?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions, and not a simple one to answer. Read the article 20 year Denali guide and co-owner of Mountain Trip, Todd Ruteldge, wrote about When to climb Denali.
Our success is also based in team work and clear communication among our team members. We do our best to help prospective Denali climbers understand what our expectations are of them and help them manage their expectations of us. To some extent this is summarized in a document we call Expectation Management on Denali. Anyone considering climbing Denali or other traverse climbs with us or any guide service should read that document.