Travelers often come to Alaska craving an independent adventure—the freedom to explore the wilderness without being led around in a large group. The reality - planning for an Alaska adventure can be quite daunting. Traverse Alaska is a private, custom tour operator based in Denali that walks the fine line between offering travelers some structure, while also empowering them to enjoy Alaska on their own terms.

Traverse Alaska can craft fully-guided custom single or multi-day adventures or design your entire Alaska itinerary. The Traverse team all call Alaska home and are dedicated to helping visitors foster meaningful connections with Alaska.

Private Day Trip

Get off the beaten path and explore Alaska like the locals. A Traverse Alaska guide will take you into the backcountry through boreal forest and above alpine tundra while discussing the area’s unique natural, geological and cultural history. This full day activity is customized depending on your interests and desired activity level. Whether it’s capturing stunning photos, learning about flora and fauna or pushing your limits on a challenging, remote hike - the Traverse team will customize the day for you.

If you’re planning to explore Denali National Park or other areas of the state independently Traverse Alaska can easily incorporate wildlife safety, backcountry etiquette and basic navigational skills to help you gain confidence in Alaska terrain.

Traverse Alaska water-based activities place you on pristine and scenic rivers in the Denali area

Traverse Alaska water-based activities place you on pristine and scenic rivers in the Denali area

Rafting and Packrafting

Traverse Alaska water-based activities take you on pristine and scenic rivers in the Denali area. The most popular water activity is river rafting, which can range from a scenic float to a more whitewater experience on a class III+ river. River rafting is a great activity for families, as various activity levels can participate in the trip, with everyone in the same boat, and your professional river guide navigating the river. For a full day of adventure, you can combine a trip on the river with hiking, as a Hike & Raft trip.

Traverse Alaska also offers packrafting (each person is paddling their own small boat), which is a day-and-a-half class, transitioning from flatwater to moving water during the class.


Experience true Alaska wilderness on a remote backpacking adventure. Your guide will take you into the backcountry on an unforgettable exploration. Backpacking trips are customized depending on your interests and desired activity level. In general, travelers can plan to be out on their adventure with a private guide, for up to 8 hours per day, in varying weather conditions across uneven terrain. Guests are responsible for carrying all personal gear, food and some camp supplies throughout the duration of the trip.

Multi-day Adventures and Custom Itineraries

Full itineraries and custom multi-day adventures can incorporate a variety of different activities you hope to experience during your Alaska adventure. Want a combination of backpacking and rafting between local lodges in the backcountry? Hoping to fly in to a remote hiking destination and explore for a couple days? No matter the trip, Traverse Alaska will create an itinerary designed to satisfy your group’s appetite for adventure.

About Traverse Alaska

Traverse Alaska is a small, Alaska-owned company based in Denali Park, Alaska. They're dedicated to providing experiences that build meaningful connections with Alaska. All staff call Alaska home and work diligently to immerse clients in educational exploration. Each and every adventure is personalized to challenge clients while discovering the last frontier at their own unique pace.

Joe Meyer

Alaska is a reminder that you’re alive, and that the wildlife you came to find is the wild life inside yourself.
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What to Bring

  • Pack a sack lunch, or request Traverse Alaska to prepare one for you and your group in advance.
  • Wear proper layers (base layer, insulating layer, windproof/waterproof shell). Traverse Alaska will supply a recommended gear list upon booking.
  • Camera

Getting There

Latitude: 63.648599
Longitude: -148.811061
  • Departure points vary. Traverse Alaska will provide instructions.
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Year Round
Duration Full Day, or Multi-Day
Rates Private Day Trip // $995/group up to 4 guests. $250 each additional person.
Hike & Raft (up to 8 hrs) // $1,995 for up to 4 people, $250 each additional person
Exclusive 2-Hour Raft Trip // $1,095 for up to 6 people, $150 each additional person
Exclusive 4-Hour Raft Trip // $1,495 for up to 6 people, $150 each additional person
4-Day Guided Activity Package // $5,580 for up to 4 people
Backpacking Trips // Varies, see website for details
Custom Itinerary Building // Custom pricing, contact for rates
Multi-Day Winter Adventure // Custom pricing, contact for rates

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