Denali - Climbing options - Cost

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Denali - Climbing options - Cost

by tguha » Wed May 31, 2017 1:33 am

I am looking for few options to explore.

- Which Guide company charge the lowest for a - Denali West Buttress Climb.
- Which company charge lowest for - Denali Prep Course?
- Is there a web link where all Denali Guide Companies are listed?

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Re: Denali - Climbing options - Cost

by Puma concolor » Wed May 31, 2017 4:33 pm

There are six guide services authorized to guide on Denali. They are listed below with their 2017 prices for a West Buttress Route expedition.

Alaska Mountaineering School - $8,300
Alpine Ascents International - $7,900
American Alpine Institute - $8,500
Mountain Trip International - $8,375
Rainier Mountaineering Inc. - $8,600
N.O.L.S - No information found, special considerations likely

Links to all of these guide services can be found here:

https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/guides.htm

These prices obviously do not include equipment or airfare so you are looking at a minimum $10,000 price tag no matter who you choose to climb with. I'm not going to tell you not to choose based on cost, but will tell you that I went with American Alpine Institute in 2015 based on things like reputation, success rate and client-guide ratio. My goal wasn't to minimize cost but to maximize my odds of success. Two years ago, the cost for me (early booking with 2014 prices) was $7,200 so there is a pretty solid cost increase each year. Everyone on my team summited - 3 guides and 7 clients.

Below is the link to American Alpine Institute's West Buttress program. I would recommend them to anyone with the proper experience.

http://www.alpineinstitute.com/catalog/denali-expedition-west-buttress/

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Re: Denali - Climbing options - Cost

by Tonka » Wed May 31, 2017 8:25 pm

All these companies are reputable and cost should be your last concern. Nobody comes back from an expedition like this and says, "man, I could have shaved a few more pennies here."

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Re: Denali - Climbing options - Cost

by tguha » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:49 am

Great Answer - Puma concolor.
Really appreciated about the thorough info.

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Re: Denali - Climbing options - Cost

by OPHIRTODD » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:06 am

I'd suggest looking a bit deeper than just the face value of the cost from each guide service.

Each provides somewhat different services for their trip fee, such as transportation to/from Talkeetna, some provide lodging in Alaska as part of the cost and some don't provide all your food for the expedition. Those additional costs can add up...

Also, something to consider is the group size and the guide to climber ratio, which can vary from company to company. My point is that the list of costs might not be a straight up apples to apples comparison.

Good luck!

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Re: Denali - Climbing options - Cost

by ExcitableBoy » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:44 pm

OPHIRTODD wrote:I'd suggest looking a bit deeper than just the face value of the cost from each guide service.

Each provides somewhat different services for their trip fee, such as transportation to/from Talkeetna, some provide lodging in Alaska as part of the cost and some don't provide all your food for the expedition. Those additional costs can add up...

Also, something to consider is the group size and the guide to climber ratio, which can vary from company to company. My point is that the list of costs might not be a straight up apples to apples comparison.

Good luck!


Good post, not all guide services are equal and the difference in cost between the cheapest and the most is expensive Is negligible when you consider the cost of gear, air transportation to Alaska, air transportation from Talkeetna to the glacier (that 30 minute trip was nearly triple the fare of my round trip ticket from Seattle to Anchorage - $550 with TAT, $200 with Alaska Airlines on my last trip to the AK Range in 2005), etc.

I used to work as a guide and have quite a few friends who still work as guides. In my opinion, the best guide services for Denali are AMS, AAI and AAI, simply based on knowing the guides and directors at all of those organizations.


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