Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna

activities / Scenic flight

Tour description provided by Viator

Journey into the remote Alaskan wilderness on this incredible flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley from Talkeetna. Soar high above the granite peaks, glaciers and cascading icefalls of Denali National Park, and admire geological formations such as the Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, Kahiltna Glacier and the peaks of Mt Hunter and Mt Foraker as you traverse the breathtaking Alaska Range. Choose from three flight itineraries: South Face, Base Camp or the Grand Denali tour, which combines the two. For the ultimate flightseeing experience, upgrade to include a glacier landing!

After pickup from your Talkeetna hotel, you'll be taken to your plane for an incredible flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley. Soaring high above Delani National Park and the breathtaking Alaska Range, admire views of majestic granite peaks, cascading icefalls, canyons and glaciers. Throughout your flight, enjoy informative commentary from your expert pilot about the surrounding wildlife and geological interests.

Choose from three flight itineraries:

South Face

Fly over the lush green wetlands of the northern Boreal forest before entering the Ice Age world of Mt McKinley and the Alaska Range. You’ll be awed by the Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, filled with a 4,000-foot thick (1,220-meter) river of ice. The depth of this glacier combined with the height of the towering cliffs create an abyss that is deeper than the Grand Canyon! In fact, this is one of the deepest gorges in the world. Other highlights include the Don Sheldon amphitheater and intense blue melt-water pools.

Base Camp

A pilot favorite, this flight leads right into the heart of the Alaska Range, with all the same features as the South Face tour as well as the East and West faces of Mt McKinley. Highlights include Denali’s massive sister peaks -- Mt Hunter Mt Foraker -- and the major glaciers that blanket the south side of the Alaska Range: Ruth Glacier, Tokositna Glacier, Eldridge Glacier, Kanakula Glacier, Buckskin Glacier, Coffee Glacier and Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park!

You’ll also fly over Base Camp, where daring climbers begin their epic 3-week journey of Mt McKinley.

Grand Denali

Can’t decide which flight to choose? Enjoy them both! The Grand Denali tour covers the same routes as both the South Face and Base Camp flights, giving you an unbeatable experience of Denali National Park.

Complete a whole circle around Mt McKinley’s ridges and faces, and cross over the divide of the Alaska Range, revealing the arctic alpine tundra of the north side of Denali Park’s remote interior. You’ll also see Wickersham Wall, one of world’s greatest continual vertical reliefs.

Upgrade to experience a glacier landing! Land on a glacier at the base of Mt McKinley and experience the excitement of standing among Denali's great peaks, whose immense scale will astound you. You’ll be treated to unparalleled photo opportunities here.

This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through September.

What's included

  • Live narration from your expert pilot
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off available for select hotels in talkeetna (does not include denali national park hotels)
  • Local taxes

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to denali national park (only if glacier landing option selected; usd$10 per person/usd$20 per family)