May We Suggest...

Tonglen Lake Lodge has become a destination retreat.  Our guests have continually commented that they wish they had stayed longer to have had time to relax and enjoy the Place.  Tonglen Lake is more than a spot to stay while visiting Denali National Park.  Our lodge has become a relaxing retreat; a destination that offers many enjoyable options and activities at the gateway to Denali National Park.

So, we encourage you to consider staying with us for more that the usual three-night-stay.  Choose Tonglen Lake as a vacation spot, your retreat into the wilderness of Alaska, a place to shed the stresses and responsibilities of your daily life, to breath in the fresh, nurturing mountain air and to savor the views of the surrounding, pristine wilderness.  Take the time to let Tonglen Lake sooth your soul.

Regularly at Tonglen Lake, you will have the opportunity to sit by the campfire with owner, Donna Gates, as she shares her stories of her 35 years of life in Alaska., take a yoga class, enjoy one of the many musical performances, art exhibits, workshops, classes or presentations that are scheduled weekly.  In addition, there are naturalist/photography evening classes that offer you the opportunity to learn about the area and how to best use your camera to provide vivid memories of your time in Alaska.  Roast s’mores, watch Donna demonstrate her trained border collies performing an Agility course, soak in the evening sun while dining on the Artisan Café patio or simply sit and read a book.  Savor the beauty and peace of Tonglen Lake.

Using our decades of local knowledge and experience, we have created sample itineraries that include a variety of additional excursions and activities that will offer memorable experiences while leaving you time to relax and revive for your next day.  We have included some activity and itinerary suggestions below for a variety of traveling styles.



Full Service, Private Guide Packages

Relax and Explore. Your private guide will get you everywhere you need to go in comfort, while you get up close and personal with Denali, it’s culture, landscape and wildlife. Choose your own adventure from 1 hour to multiple days. Private, round-trip transportation for you and your group is included in every adventure. From hiking, packrafting, and biking to sightseeing and dining, your adventure is exclusively designed to fit your interest, activity level, pace and schedule.  Packages are available for parties of up to 6.  Reservations are required. Please contact us for more information or visit:

In Addition:

For a premier wilderness lodge experience inside Denali Park with Camp Denali and North Face Lodge

See Denali by air with Kantishna Air Taxi

For fishing with Denali Fly Fishing Guides

For your stay in Anchorage, the Copper Whale Inn

For wilderness and wildlife river trips around Alaska with Too-loo-uk River Guides

Experience an historic family homestead and sled dog kennel with Wolf's Den Kennels

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