Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Whitehorse and meet your travelling companions for a welcome meeting. Your guides will run through your equipment with you and you’ll have a chance to pick up any missing items. This evening is free to explore as you wish.
Yukon And Alaska Walking Tour
- 14 Days / 13 Nights
- June to August
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Accommodation for 13 nights as specified (includes 12 nights of camping)
- 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 12 dinners
- Private transportation
- Services of a tour guide
- A full range of guided hikes and wilderness trails
- Scenic boat trip to Haines
- Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
From £3504 per person based on twin occupancy in low season. Other prices available on request
This morning you set off for Skagway, Alaska, a famous gold rush town set at the northern end of a fjord, amongst high snowy peaks (no hiking today!) and along the popular Inside Passage cruise route. It is now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. From here you will board the ferry to Haines another coastal town in the Alaskan fjord with a fascinating history and culture, not to mention breathtaking scenery. You will spend the next three nights at the same campground, with beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping fjord and mountain views, so no need to worry about packing up after your first taste of hiking in Alaska tomorrow.
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.
- Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
- Duration: 4 hours (approx)
- Elevation gain: 461m
- Rating: moderate to difficult
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.
- Duration: 5.5 – 6.5 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 8 miles (13 kms)
- Altitude gain: 3690 ft. / 1125 m
- Rating: Strenuous
You leave Haines for your 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 higher 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.
- Duration: 5 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 4.5 miles (7kms)
- Altitude gain: +780 meters
- Rating: Moderate
The Cottonwood Trail in the Kluane National Park is still an absolute insider tip for nature travelers. 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 you’ll 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.
- Duration: 7 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 13km
- Altitude gain: 300m
- Rating: Moderate
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.
- Duration: 4.5 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 9.3 miles (15 kms)
- Altitude gain: 367 m (1204 ft.)
- Rating: Easy to Moderate
Today you transfer from Kluane to Tok, stopping to admire beautiful landscapes, virgin territory and typical Klondike villages along the way. You will be traveling for approximately five and a half hours, not including stops. Tok is an outdoor person’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.
Today you will transfer from Tok for Dawson City, crossing yet another American border only to head back into Canada a few hours later. You 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 five and a half hours, you reach Dawson City, by way of the ‘Top of the World Highway’. A lot of traveling will be done today but it is decidedly more than worth it as you’ll 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.
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 you 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 your 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’.
- Duration: 3-4 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 5 miles (8.4 kms)
- Altitude gain: 1700 feet
- Rating: Easy to moderate
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.
- Duration: 3 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 3.72 miles (6 km)
- Altitude gain: 590 m (1936 ft.)
- Rating: Easy
Enjoy a day 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 is often caribou on the plateau, and you get amazing views all the way up the ridge.
- Duration: 6 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 4.97 miles (8 kms)
- Altitude gain: 772 m (2533 ft.)
- Rating: Moderate
Enjoy a day 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.
- Duration: 2-3 hours (approx)
- Mileage: 3.1 miles (5 km)
- Altitude gain: 423 m (1388 ft.)
- Rating: Easy
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 in Whitehorse.
Once the tour ends you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay eslewhere in Canada!
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