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        P.O. Box 89
        Healy, Alaska 99743
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    Alaska Dogsledding Trips: A Denali Winter Adventure

    We have a number of different dogsled adventures planned in and around Denali National Park.  Below are some of our usual trips, but all trips can be modified, and we encourage people to customize trips to their individual desires/needs. 

    All of our trips pay attention to detail, are fully interactive, and offer guests an authentic exposure to backcountry wilderness dog sledding in one of the most spectacular places in the world.  Trips are limited to 2-4 guests, but we can occassionally offer a custom trip for larger groups.  Guests are trained to drive their own dog teams after a training day sharing a sled with a guide.  We offer three kinds of trips:, DAY TRIPS, CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRIPS with Dog Sled Support and OVERNIGHT DOGSLEDDING TRIPS.

    DAY TRIPS

    Day trips are $125-325 per person for 1-4 hour trip.  We run our dog sled tours for varied amounts of time:

    November 1-2 hours
    December and January 1-4 hours
    February 3-4 hours
    March 4 hours

    OVERNIGHT DOG SLEDDING TRIPS

    Dog Sled Tour in front of Yanert GlacierDog teams and guests from Texas and Wisconsin in front of an ice wall at the terminus of the Yanert Glacier

    Dog Sled Expedition Support and Logistics Denali Dog Sled Expeditions is pairing up with a local Bed and Breakfast in Healy to offer complete service and support for guests participating in our sledding trips. Denali Dome Home BB is a long-established B&B in Healy, owned and operated by Anne and Terry Miller. This service will reduce logistics, and in many cases, extra costs, for out-of-state visitors. All you will need to do is arrive at the Fairbanks Airport, and leave the rest to us. No rental cars, driving on icy roads in the dark, and wondering where to stay while in the big city. The cost of this service varies depending upon the group size and arrival time, so when inquiring about a dog trip, we can give you the options. Denali Dome Home BB is a separate business, and services rendered by them are not included in the dog sled expedition price The addition of your stay at Denali Dome Home will be an enjoyable addition to your wilderness adventure with EarthSong. If any of the trips do not fit your needs, please let us know, and we will design one for you.

     

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    NEW YEAR'S DOG SLEDDING SPECIAL!

    How are you ringing in your New Year? On the beach somewhere, Times Square, another loud crowded party? Do something unique for this special day, and ring in the New Year in a backcountry cabin with sled dogs, in the wilderness of Alaska. Denali Dog Sled Expeditions is offering one special New Years package, at a discounted rate. Book this trip for four people for three days. You will go through a day trip/training day on December 30, learning to drive a sled with our excellent guides and happy dogs. Then we'll mush you to a cabin on Sushana River Cabin, to spend New Years Eve and ring in 2015. Food and gear is included (alchohol is not, but we will carry it for you!). Trip total is $6,800 for four people. Some additional costs for lodging and transportation at the beginning and end of the trip. We can add more people for an additional rate. Do something you will remember for the rest of your life! Contact Jon now, only of these trips is available. If this trip isn't exactly right for you, we can set something else up, just let us know.

    Into The Wild BusDog teams and guests visiting the Sushana
    Bus from the story Into The Wild.
    NEW FOR 2014!

    Denali Dog Sled Expeditions and EarthSong Lodge are now authorized to use all the Denali National Park Patrol Cabins. This change allows us to offer trips up to ten days where every night is spend in a warm, comfortable backcountry cabin instead of camping. More space and comfort allows for a more enjoyable and safer trip, and each cabin is in a unique location. Cabins are available for dog sled passenger trips and cross-country ski-support trips.

    AK Dog Sled ToursMt. McKinley (Denali) with sun dog from the tundra flats near Sushana River.
    Sushana River Trip - 3 Days
    This is the perfect introduction to dog sledding in the Denali Wilderness area. The first day is spent at EarthSong Lodge, as an orientation and training day, with a short day trip on the sleds. The next two days you drive your own dog team to a backcountry cabin on the Sushana River, traveling along the historic Stampede Trail on the park's northern boundary. The trip is for those who want a short adventure, driving their own sled and learning the art of dog mushing.
    $2530 per person (discount for early season trips - December and January)

    Sushana River Cabin trip-4 Days

    AK Dog Sled ToursOur Dog sled trips can take you in the shadow of Mt. McKinley (Denali)
    This trip is similar to the Sushana River trip, but adds an extra night at the cabin. On the second day, we will take a day trip west into the Park. $3310 per person (discounted in December and January)


    Denali with caribou on the trail to Lower Toklat River.

    Stampede Trail 5 Cabin Trip - 5 Days
    For the guests who are uncertain about winter camping, but want a more in-depth experience than the Sushana River trip, we offer a trip out the park north boundary along the historic Stampede Mining Trail. This trip is similar to the Sushana River trip, but goes another 35 miles further west into the Denali Wilderness, where we stay at an historic park sled dog patrol cabin on the Toklat River. These two extra days afford guests closer views of Mt. McKinley, along with entering into an area of high wolf concentration. This trip is offered January through early April.
    $4105 per person

    Dog Mushing in Alaska
    On the Toklat River, traveling through the Alaska Range.
    Toklat River Loop - 7 Days
    The Toklat River Loop has been one of the most popular trips in our guiding history. After an orientation day at the lodge, we travel west along the Stampede Trail and the park north boundary staying the first two backcountry nights in log cabins. The middle of the trip route is up the Toklat River, into the Denali Wilderness, to the park interior. The return follows the Park Road Corridor east to Denali National Park headquarters, where the trip ends. This adventure gives an excellent mix of open tundra, river bars, mountains, and passes. It also poses some exciting sledding challenges. The Toklat Loop is for people in good to excellent condition, as it has some moderately difficult sledding situations, and elevation gains that require physical activity. It also offers two days of day trips off the main route. The usual day excursions are to the summit of Stony Hill, for an exceptional view of Denali, and a trip up a glacier valley to one of the smaller glaciers descending from the Alaska Range. The flexibility allows us to go where the sledding is best. (This trip offered February - early April).
    7 day trip $5795 per person
    10 Day Dog Sledding TourDog teams traversing Otter Pass to Wonder Lake,
    towards Mt. McKinley (Denali).

    Denali Wilderness Expedition - 10 Days
    This 10 day trip is the longest we usually offer, and will take you on a grand tour through Denali National Park.  The specific route varies from year to year, depending upon the snow and trail conditions.  Some areas we usually visit are the Clearwater Fork that takes you the back way to Wonder Lake, Wonder Lake itself, McGonnagal Pass and the Muldrow Glacier, the Kantishna Mining District, and sometimes the South Side of the Alaska Range.  We feel this trip, no matter the itinerary, is the finest dog sledding expedition adventure offered anywhere.  Usually only one 10-day trip is offered each season.  The trip may also include flying one way to or from the Kantishna Airstrip, which includes a scenic flight over the park.
    $7995 Per Person

    7 day fly out dog mushing tripDog team on McGonnagal Pass, with Mt. Tatum, Denali, and Muldrow Glacier in background. These trips often get to this overlook, one of the most scenic spots in Alaska.

    Wonder Lake Fly-out Expedition - 7 Days
    Our newest popular trip, this is a one-way seven day trip through the park to Wonder Lake with a flight out by bush plane from the Kantishna Airstrip to Healy. Some trips go the opposite direction, flying in and mushing out." Put this in as an alternate for the first sentence.   This trip allows for guests to get farther into the heart of the park, spend more time at Wonder Lake near Mt. McKinley, and not spend the usual 10 days.  The price of the trip varies, and the basic rate plus airfare applies if another trip can be set up going the opposite direction.  This trip option is popular with returning guests who are looking to see more of the park, but don't have 10 or more days to do it.  (Trip offered March to early April)
    $5795 per person

    Custom Trips
    The trips listed above are our most popular trips over the years, but we are able to customize trips for your expedition. We can easily add a day or two for guests wishing to spend more time around a cabin for exploring and photography, and adding a day can slow the trip down for people who don't want to go straight from cabin to cabin. We can also mix mushing with a day or so of skiing or snowshoeing. For returning guests, some trips can go into wilderness outside the park (Yanert River Valley) or on the South Side of Denali National Park.

    Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos from our recent Sled Dog Tours!

    Rates listed are for the 2014-2015 season and are subject to change without notice.

     
       
     

     

     
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