dates :July and august 2015
Group size :2 to 6
duration :9 days
Price :$ 4110 CAD (including tax)
Yukon - Hess Mountains
Leave civilization behind and step into one of the Yukon's wildest places, the beautiful Hess Mountains. Only a handful of people have ever walked amongst these unnamed lakes, rivers and mountains. You may even be the first human the bears or caribou who live here have ever seen!
Day after day
Day 0 : We greet you upon arrival at the Whitehorse International airport and drive you to your accommodation for the night. In the evening, you will meet up with the other participants and will discuss the final details for your adventure with your guide(s).
Day 1 : Today we drive north, on the Klondike Highway and then on the Silver Trail to the village of Mayo, the heart of the Yukon. We get there in the afternoon and we take off from the Stewart River in Mayo and fly towards the remote territories of the Eastern Yukon. Shortly after flying over Mayo Lake, we see the Wernecke Mountains to the north and the Yukon plateau to the south. We will be surrounded by rugged mountains, lakes and rivers, and after a one hour flight we will land on a lake in the heart of the Hess Mountains. Only a few minutes later, the sound of the float plane will fade away, leaving us to enjoy the peace of the wilderness, almost 250km from civilization!
After enjoying our first breath of fresh wild air, we will set up our first camp on the shore of the lake.
Day 2 to 7 : Even though the schedule allows for a 40 km loop across the mountains, the high alpine valleys allow us to define our itinerary every day. Want to hike up to that mountain top to see the sun rise, to spend the day enjoying the wilderness serenity by the lake shore or event go watch the caribou on the other side of the saddle? Nothing is holding us back, you choose!
Along the way we will find a number of clear water lakes and rivers where we can set up camp. Equipped with binoculars and a spotting scope we will take the time to scout our surroundings and observe whatever wildlife we encounter. Hoary marmots, pikas and mountain rodents will be our companions along our trek but we might also have the chance to see grizzly bears, caribous, moose or even wolves. To watch these animals in their natural habitat is a thrilling and unique experience!
There is only one thing we must do : get back to the first lake on day 7 in the afternoon.
Day 8 : Our adventure in the wilderness is coming to an end and the float plane is back to pick us up where we started 10 days ago. From high up in the air, we try to find and track the route we created and followed across the wild mountains.
After landing in Mayo, we drive back to Whitehorse where you can enjoy your evening freely.
Day 9 : Connection to the airport or to your next adventure.
- Ground transportation for the whole duration of the trip
- Airport transfers
- Float plane flight to and from the Hess Mountains
- The following equipment : tent and bear spray
- Nights of day 0 and 8 in hotel or B&B in Whitehorse , based on double occupancy (+ $ 180 CAD for single occupancy)
- Nights in tent from day 1 to day 7, based on double occupancy (+ $ 100 CAD for single occupancy)
- Meals from lunch of day 1 to dinner of day 8
- Bilingual guide French/English
- Satellite phone for emergencies
- Alcoholic beverages
- Meals on day 0 and 9 and breakfast on day 1
- International flights