Climbers attempting Denali or Mount Foraker must register at least 60 days prior to their start date.
This 60-day pre-registration period allows mountaineering rangers to have direct contact with climbers before they arrive in Talkeetna. Rangers can answer questions, suggest appropriate routes for different levels of expertise, and offer first-hand knowledge of conditions encountered in the Alaska Range.
The Team Leader should register prior to the rest of the team so that they can choose a departure date based on the orientation schedule availability (see #2). Once the team leader is registered, they will receive an email with information on reserving a time slot using TimeTrade, the NPS scheduling program.
Denali climbing registration is conducted via Pay.Gov's online climbing registration form
. Climbers will immediately receive an emailed receipt confirmation from Pay.Gov if the forms and payment are submitted correctly. Climbers are responsible for ensuring forms are received in time for the desired start date.
There are two exceptions to the 60-day pre-registration period: (For more information, go to the Frequently Asked Questions
- Mountaineers that have physically climbed on Denali or Mount Foraker since 1995 can request a "seven-day exception" to the 60-day rule and instead register 7 days in advance of the climb.
- An expedition leader is permitted to add one new member to their team at least 30 days prior to the start date of the expedition.
Due to the increased risk associated with solo travel, ALL soloists must complete the supplemental solo form (found in the Expedition Planning Tools) in addition to the climbing registration form. Soloists will not be considered registered until we receive this completed form via mail, fax, or email.
The mountaineering special use fee is $375 U.S. currency for the 2019 season. A reduced fee of $275 will be charged for climbers aged 24 or younger as of the start date of the climb. The fee is payable via the Pay.Gov registration form. These funds directly offset costs such as maintaining the high altitude ranger camps, supporting ranger/volunteer patrols, providing mountaineering information, and keeping the mountain environment clean.
If the climb is cancelled prior to January 15 of the year in which the climb is scheduled, all but $100 of the fee will be refunded (i.e. $275 for adults; $175 for youth in 2019). No refunds will be made for cancellations after January 15.
In addition to the special use fee, climbers must pay the Denali National Park entrance fee of $10 per individual (increasing to $15 per person beginning May 1, 2019). This park entrance fee can be paid at the Talkeetna Ranger Station. Interagency passes are accepted in lieu of entrance fee payment (actual passes must be presented). Interagency passes are sold at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.