DENALI DREAM EXPEDITION
6 Days | 5 Nights
This is an out-and-back trip along the remote and wild Denali Highway.
Connecting Denali National Park with the wilderness of the Wrangell St. Elias Mountains, the highway is closed in winter, snowed in and abandoned to all but the most hardy of winter travelers. The route parallels the majestic Alaska Range — home to North America’s largest mountain, Denali, and its formidable sister peaks, Mt. Deborah and Mt. Hayes. In the afternoon, winter alpenglow turns the mountains into pearly pink glowing gems — a sight to remember. Wildlife is usually abundant on this trip — moose, fox, caribou, and ptarmigan are most often spotted. Wolf packs range freely. We often follow their tracks on a trip that takes us across a high mountain plateau where caribou dot the landscape, and across the vast valley of the mighty Susitna River, carved tens of thousands of years ago during the last Ice Age. Run along ancient eskers and back again on this non-technical trip along one of America’s most remote and beautiful roads.
Accommodations: Hotel room, two nights shared accommodations at a remote camp, two nights at a beautiful wilderness lodge located along the route. Private room upgrades available at hotel and at lodge.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights. This trip is approximately 100 miles roundtrip (not including road miles) and includes a half day of orientation before departure.
COVID19 Precautions: We require proof of vaccination. Social distancing is not possible on this trip. We share vehicles and common spaces.
✔ Hotel/airport pickup
✔ Alaskan-inspired meals & snacks
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ Drive your own dog team
✔ Use of expedition weight parkas
✔ Cold-weather sleeping bags and pads
why is march the best time to see the aurora?
Although the northern lights can be viewed in Fairbanks from August through April even at Kp0,* your chance of seeing the lights in increased when the skies are clear. March is historically the driest month all year in Fairbanks, meaning clear skies and good chances of spotting the aurora. Additionally, spring equinox occurs during March. The northern lights are caused by charged particles from the sun (solar wind) hitting the Earth’s magnetosphere. Around the equinoxes (fall and spring), the Earth’s axis is side-on to the sun, which happens to sync with the magnetic field of the solar wind. That means that during the equinox, charged particles are more likely to be accelerated down the field lines of Earth’s magnetosphere, therefore allowing us to see the northern lights.
*Kp is used to measure aurora strength.