Denali Heli-Hiking Adventure
Set off on your adventure at our private helipad where you will fly with one of our experienced pilots along with a naturalist expert of the area with over twenty years of experience in the Denali National Park area.
From here, fly over the mountainous terrain of the Alaskan Backcountry keeping an eye out from wildlife (caribou, moose, bear, and dall sheep) on your way to a landing zone custom-picked by your guide to suite your desires and hiking ability. Whether your hope is to climb a steep slope to a mountainous ridge overlooking the peaks and valleys of the vast surroundings, or wander the gentle tundra in search of an encounter with Alaska's wildlife, the heli-hike is a guided tour tailor-made for your personal desires.
Experience the peace and solitude the true Alaskan wilderness has to offer, gain an appreciation for the nature untampered by human hands, and prepare to let your mind expand and your thoughts flow as your legs begin to navigate through the great unknown!
What to Expect:
- 15 minutes of helicopter time with 3 hours of guided exploration.
- Helicopter drop-off and pick-up in a remote area approximately 10-15 miles away from our base.
- Learn of Alaskan wildlife and plant life in the Denali area from a professional expert and guide.
What you need to know:
- This moderate to strenuous hike is tailor-made based upon your desires and abilities; guests must be able to walk steadily on uneven terrain for up to 3 hours.
- Come prepared with comfortable walking shoes, warm layered clothing, rain gear, sunglasses, water, and snacks in a small hiking pack.
- Hiking packs are allowed and encouraged. They will be stored in the cargo compartments during your flight.
- Tundra over-boots, supplemental rain, wind, and cold gear are also available if necessary.
- To ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, purses, iPads/tablets, selfie sticks, drones, and other items of the sort are notpermitted aboard the helicopter, or in the cockpit.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! The entire trip will be narrated by your pilot and your voice-activated headset will allow you to speak to the pilot and other passengers any time.
In our aircraft, there are 5 passenger seats and the pilot. Some flights may be full while others may have just a few people. While this is generally thought of as a small plane, the Piper Seneca is actually quite roomy inside.
The airplane has a heater and at our normal altitudes, the air is only slightly cooler than on the ground, yet if you tend to get cold, it's a good idea to bring a sweatshirt or light jacket.
A sweatshirt or light jacket
Sunglasses (or prescription eye-wear)
A well-charged camera
Bottled water, if desired
Due to limited space bags can be stored with our team you fly
If the weather conditions are such that we cannot provide an enjoyable tour, we will work with your schedule to select an alternate day or flight time.
Unfortunately, we can't guarantee a spotting. Moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and bears are all possible to see from the plane but each trip is different. Much of it depends on how good you are at spotting animals from above.
Yes. While not expected, it's certainly appreciated.
Yes. Stampede Aviation is able to offer charter and air taxi services to take you just about anywhere in the continental US and Canada- weather permitting. If you have a special request for a custom tour we can take your request and work to build a customized experience.
Absolutely! This is one of the benefits of our more personal flights. We cannot provide car seats or boosters, so plan to bring your own FAA-approved one if desired. If your child is under age 3, we may suggest flying with only your family/friends, as to not disturb strangers if the child becomes upset during the flight.
We don't have a specific weight limit; we operate based upon the overall weight of the aircraft. Before you fly, we will ask for your current weight. Please answer honestly as our team must do the correct calculations to ensure the flight is safe. We promise that our team will protect your information. If you don't feel comfortable at any time, pull us aside and we'll ensure your privacy.
We have the ability to climb to 12,000 feet or more, but depending on weather conditions, most flights are conducted from 3,000-8,000 feet above sea level, which is generally about 1,000-5,000 feet above the ground. This is to maximize the views of the scenery near us and avoid the need for supplemental oxygen or a pressurized aircraft cabin.