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Walking in the Yukon & Alaska

from $3,399.00

Explore some of the most scenic and untouched natural areas on planet Earth

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All about the Walking in the Yukon & Alaska.

Traverse Alaska and Canada’s untouched Yukon Territory on this two-guide, dedicated walking tour which explores some of the most untouched areas on planet Earth. Canada’s northernmost province is a vast territory within the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Ocean. Homeland of American Indians and Inuit, Yukon is North America’s largest remaining wild land.With a full range of guided hikes throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory, you can really scratch below the surface of an area with a rich Gold Rush history, and teaming with wildlife in their natural habitat.Ferry from Skagway to Haines to visit an historic Tinglit Indian site as well as a Bald Eagle Reserve, plus visit the Jack London interpretation centre in Dawson City. Kluane National Park is one of unceasing beauty with its pine tree forests, wide glacial valleys, tundra setting and its glacier-peaked mountain range, home to a population of wolves, Grizzly Bear, salmon and eagles.Visit Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City, one of Canada’s oldest gambling halls and the wilderness city of Whitehorse. Visit Tombstone Territorial Park, a unique wilderness of rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and abundant wildlife.With spectacular skies and the midnight sun extending summer days, this bucket list essential is the ultimate experience for wildlife, walking and photography enthusiasts.*Please note:* this tour visits some extremely remote areas. There will be almost no mobile reception and you are likely to see more wildlife than you will humans. The Yukon and Alaska are dictated to by the environment and as a result, there may be some services which change.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All accommodation
* 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 12 dinners
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers not included

Highlights

• A full range of guided hikes and wilderness trails

• Visit Skagway – a gold rush town set at the northern end of a fjord, among high snowy peaks

• Scenic boat trip to Haines – visit an historic Tinglit village and the Bald Eagle Reserve

• Two specialist hiking guides in Kluane National Park

• Spend two nights in Dawson City – the Klondike’s most famous town

• Endless wildlife viewing opportunities

• Two guides for additional support and flexibility

• All meals while camping (12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners)

  1. Day 1 Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

    Your tour begins in the Yukon Territory city of Whitehorse. Surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and the Yukon River, there’s no surprise Whitehorse is known as the `Wilderness City’. With a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Yukon city offers the best of both worlds to anyone who ventures this far. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs where you’ll meet your guides and fellow travellers. This evening is free to explore as you wish.*Optional Activities:**• *Fishing permit (Whitehorse)* CA$50**Accommodation: *Hotel included* | Meals: *Paid locally

  2. Day 3 Haines, Alaska

    Today you will start your hiking adventure following a spectacular trail through old growth coastal forest to the Mount Riley summit and the highest point on the Chilkat Peninsula. From the top you are rewarded with 360 degree views of surrounding craggy glaciated mountains, as well as views down the Chilkoot and Chilkat inlets. In the afternoon you will visit is the ancient Tinglit Indian village of Klukwan, which is nestled along the banks of the Chilkat River. Local history reveals that Klukwan was originally settled many years ago by a group of Gaanaxteidi (Raven Clan) men and their Kaagwaantaan (Eagle Clan) wives. The village site was chosen because of the rich natural environment found here. A wander around the village with local information helps paint the picture of the area’s history. In addition you will visit the world-famous Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which boasts the largest gathering of Bald Eagles anywhere in the world. Enjoy an 18 mile drive on the Haines Highway to find excellent eagle viewing areas. Newly-created pull-outs along the highway are provided for eagle watchers and photographers.*Altitude gain: *1513ft/461m*Rating: *moderate to difficult*Accommodation: *Basic camping included

  3. Day 4 Haines, Alaska

    Today is all about peaks, with your goal being the summit of Mt Ripinski. You’ll encounter many different Alaskan ecosystems along the way including lush forest, subalpine stunted trees, alpine meadow and rocky summit. You begin your ascent through the forest, passing blueberries that the bears come to raid to fatten up in late August. The climb through the forest lasts several hours before reaching subalpine space, where you walk beside a small creek and alpine tundra dotted with wildflowers, including the white bell-shaped flowers of mountain heather. Views from the top are simply amazing in every direction, including the emerald blue Chilkoot Lake and Lutak Inlet, Haines town, Cathedral Peaks, the Chilkat River drainages and Takshanuk Mountains.*Altitude gain: *3690 ft./1125 m*Rating: *Strenuous*Accommodation: *Basic camping included

  4. Day 5 Kluane National Park and Preserve, Yukon Territory

    You leave Haines for our next stop, Kluane National Park (3.5 hours drive) stopping off en route to hike the Three Guardsmen Trail. You will set up camp in Haines Junction Village for three nights and visit the ancient town. A nearby reserve offers the perfect hiking opportunity, the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, as well as a river rafting experience for those who seek more thrills (optional activity). Kluane Park is located in Yukon’s southwest, which is dominated by North America’s highest mountain range, the Saint-Elias range. There, Mount Logan peaks at 5959m. Amidst these giants sleeps the world’s largest non-polar ice field from which entire seas originate, the Kaskawulsh Glacier. This heritage site is as challenging as it is fascinating: crossing vast ice steppes on which silence reigns, dwarfed by immense mountains, steering clear of Grizzlies and camping out underneath the Yukon sky.*Altitude gain:* 2559ft/780m*Rating:* Moderate*Basic camping*

  5. Day 6 Kluane National Park and Preserve, Yukon Territory

    The Cottonwood Trail in the Kluane National Park is still an absolute insider tip for nature travellers. Today you will hike through a true wilderness paradise to experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes of Canada. The Kluane Park is also known for the biggest Grizzly population of North America, although we take preventions from seeing them on the trail, you may have the opportunity to view various wildlife close by, along with the particularly impressive view of the south side of Mount Logan on a clear day.*Rating: *Moderate*Accommodation:* Basic camping included (no showers and long drop toilet)

  6. Day 7 Kluane National Park and Preserve, Yukon Territory

    Another day, another trail – but they just keep getting more beautiful! Today you’ll hike the Auriol Trail which does not go above tree level. It was originally an old wagon trail used by cross country skiers until the land became part of the Kluane National Park and Reserve. The Auriol Trail is a loop trail, crossing over creeks and passing through aspen and spruce tree forests. There are footbridges to cross and switchbacks with plenty of elevation hiking. The Auriol Trail is in the heart of ‘Bear Country’, so chances are you will have a good chance of spotting these boisterous animals. Your tour leaders and specialist local guide will have bear spray, but typically noise and talking is enough for bears to turn and head in the opposite direction.*Altitude gain:* 1204ft/367m*Rating:* Easy to Moderate*Basic camping*

  7. Day 8 Tok, Alaska

    Today you transfer from Kluane to Tok, stopping to admire beautiful landscapes, virgin territory and typical Klondike villages along the way. You will be travelling for approximately 5.5 hours, not including stops. Tok is an outdoorsperson’s paradise teeming with birds, mammals and fish. The world famous Forty Mile Country, which inspired the likes of Jack London, lie to the north; while the Mentasta and Wrangell mountains lie to the south. Residents are forced to embrace the true frontier lifestyle, and there’s plenty of bird watching, camping, hiking, fishing, float trips and other exploring to be done in the area. In town, attractions include gold panning, museums and horse riding.*Basic camping*

  8. Day 9 Dawson City, Yukon Territory

    Transfer from Tok for Dawson City, crossing yet another American border only to head back into Canada a few hours later. We will go through old western style villages, both alive and deserted –‘ghostly’, some might say You’ll see ancient mines and appreciate outstanding panoramas across the Kluane range. After approximately 5.5 hours, you reach Dawson City, by way of the ‘Top of the World Highway’. A lot of travelling will be done today but it is decidedly more than worth it as we visit the depths of Yukon and its people. Tonight, you’ll camp near the banks of the Yukon River at a campsite which offers a free gold panning activity. Please note that whilst your campsite has all the expected facilities, it is more basic in nature due to its location.*Accommodation: *Basic camping included

  9. Day 10 Dawson City, Yukon Territory

    This morning you enjoy a walking tour of Dawson City, the Klondike’s most famous town, located along the 64th of latitude, 154 miles within the Polar Circle. This city was once called ‘the Paris of the North’ for its bustling activity. Each spring, hundreds of gold diggers still flood the town in search of the precious stone, but we will be experiencing a different kind of treasure – its ancient mines, its hot springs, its saloons’ cold beer, the midnight sun and the Jack London interpretation centre. Dawson City’s crowning glory is the spectacular panorama that can only be seen atop the Midnight Dome. Standing like a sentinel over the city, Midnight Dome has provided the backdrop for one of the wildest migrations in history…the Klondike Gold Rush. Between 1897 and 1899, roughly 50,000 people descended on the area around Dawson City to stake claims in the Klondike Gold Fields. So be sure that your camera batteries are charged and there is room on you memory card, because you don’t want to miss an opportunity to capture this enchanting vista. Once you have recovered from the breathtaking view, make your way to Canada’s first (and friendliest) gambling hall, Diamond Tooth Gerties. Be entertained by Gertie’s powerhouse vocals and her high-kicking ‘Gold Rush Girls’.* Rating: *Easy to moderate*Optional Activities:**• *Gold panning – Dawson City CA$16*• *Dawson City Museum – Dawson City CA$9*Accommodation: *Basic camping included* *

  10. Day 11 Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    After a two hour transfer, the next three days are going to be spent exploring the Tombstone range, a hiking paradise. This specific region is the spirit of the Yukon territory: virgin nature, Grizzlies and solitude.Today you’ll enjoy a half day hiking option on the Angelcomb Peak, which is a nice easy going trail, before you venture deeper into the park. The trail itself is shorter and offers great views up the East Blackstone River, as well as the peaks and valleys to the east of the Dempster Highway. This area is an important sheep habitat.*Rating: *Easy*Accommodation: *Basic camping included

  11. Day 12 Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a hike to Alpine Lakes Viewpoint. This route follows one of the many ridges that lead up to an open alpine plateau and a rocky ridge above two picturesque alpine lakes. There are often caribou on the plateau, and you get amazing views all the way up the ridge.*Rating: *Moderate*Accommodation: *Basic camping included*Basic camping*

  12. Day 13 Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a hike to Grizzly Ridge, which is one of the most popular trails in Tombstone Territorial Park, and for good reason. Within about an hour you get a view of Mount Monolith at the end of Grizzly Valley. The trail is well established, and you can continue along the ridge towards Grizzly Lake for as long as you like.*Rating: *Easy*Accommodation: *Basic camping included

  13. Day 14 Whitehorse, Yukon

    Today is your final day in Canada’s Yukon but your adventure is not yet over. Today is mainly a drive day, which gives you the perfect chance to sit back and watch what the Yukon does effortlessly without even trying; offering perfect postcard views. It is also a great day for wildlife spotting so be prepared to stop along the way at viewpoints and as wildlife ambles throughout the area. You’ll finish your tour back at the gateway hotel in Whitehorse around 17:00. If you’re not flying out tonight, it’s the perfect opportunity for a farewell dinner and a Canadian brew. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.*Meals:* Breakfast and lunch included

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Where you stay

Camping

We use national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers but keep in mind, the areas that you are travelling through are more remote and your campsites will reflect this. You will sleep in high quality, heavy duty tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. Our camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping matt, food storage and camp lanterns. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

CAMP DUTIES

An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing up of the campsite. Your tour guides will provide guidance on what to do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying ‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors.

Your tour guides will also co-ordinate and assist the group with food shopping, preparing meals and cleaning up. Sharing the camp duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travelers and the group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

Eating and Drinking

12 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 12 dinners included

On all camping tours, most of the meals are included while camping. Your tour guides will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.
Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from $6-$12, lunches from $8-$15 and dinners from $13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately $5 per glass and beer $4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Alaska and the Yukon, specific food types can be limited.

This walking tour is designed for active adults and offers a well-paced mix of walks. Most trails are of moderate difficulty and are between four to six hours in duration (depending on your speed and ability). It is advised to train for this walking tour and bring along a pair of walking boots which you have worn in and feel comfortable wearing. For the more adventurous there may be additional hikes on offer after the main group hike. You will be accompanied by two tour guides on this walking tour to offer greater support due to the remote location.

There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour guides will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which although correct at the time of publication, can fluctuate throughout the season. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time our tour guides may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

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