Across the Ogilvie Mountains

Description

This itinerary takes us to the heart of the OgilvieMountains, where the odds of seeing wildlife are much greater than seeing another human being! There, we hike through all kinds of terrain for a very complete mountain experience. During the month of August, the landscapes there turn to red making the nearby Tombstone Territorial Park one of the most photographed area in the Yukon!

dates :Aug 19th to 29th 2018
Group size :2 to 6
duration :10 days
difficulty :very hard
Price :$ 3795 CAD + 5% GST
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Day after day

Day 0 (Aug 19th): We greet you upon arrival at the Whitehorse International airport and drive you to your accommodation for the night.

*Please note that if you’re plane is scheduled to land later than 9:30pm we won’t be able to pick you up. You will be able to ride the free shuttle from the hotel.
Night in hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 1: After a free morning discovery the capital of the Yukon, we drive North to Mayo. This small community is right by the Stewart river which will be where our floatplane will take off from. We will spend our first night in Mayo to get an early start the next morning.
Night in tents in Mayo. L - D

Day 2 to 7: After a hearty breakfast, we will take off for our great adventure! This 30-minute flight will take us through the Yukon plateau before reaching the Ogilvie mountains. When we set foot on the shore of a small lake in the middle of the mountain wilderness and once the plane has left again to Mayo, we are alone, far from anyone or any sign of civilization! For 7 days, we trek across the Ogilvie Mountains, where no trail can be found apart from the game trails created by the fauna that lives here: bears, moose, caribou, wolves, sheep, etc. We are always on the lookout for these animals, not only for safety but also to enjoy the excitement of seeing them evolve in their natural habitat.
Using only our paper maps, a compass and our knowledge of the area, we make our way through valleys and passes, across creek and along ridges all the way to Tombstone Territorial Park. We will hike approximately 6h/day with elevation gain ranging from +300m to +800m. The terrain will be diverse and uneven (scree slopes, side hilling, bushwhacking, ridge walking…) with a couple sections where certain people could feel the fear of heights. Therefore, this hike is recommended for experienced hikers in good physical condition looking for an uncommon adventure!
As we carry all our gear and food with us, you should expect your pack to weight, on average, between 16 and 18kg for a woman and 18 and 22kg for a man.
Nights in tents. B-L-D

Day 8: In the afternoon of day 8, after walking for approximately 60 kilometers through the Yukon wilderness, we hit the Dempster Highway, a couple kilometers south of the Tombstone Territorial Campground, where we meet with our shuttle. We then drive to Dawson City where we finally drop our packs and enjoy a shower. We then step back in time to the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush as we walk through the streets of the Dawson and enjoy an evening in town, especially at Canada’s oldest casino, Diamond Tooth Gerties.
Night in hotel in Dawson. B-L

Day 9: This morning we will drive back to Whitehorse where we should arrive in the mid-afternoon. You can enjoy your evening freely in town.
Night in a hotel in Whitehorse. B

Day 10: Transfer to the airport or connexion with your next Yukon adventure.

Map

Included

  • Van transportation during the trip
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary above
  • Accommodations as indicated in itinerary above, based on double occupancy (+ $400 for single occupancy)
  • Airport transfers
  • Floatplane flight from Mayo to the Ogilvie Mountains
  • Experienced wilderness guide
  • The following equipment: tent, cooking gear, bear proof container and bear spray
  • Satellite communication device for emergencies

not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International flights
  • Gratuities

photos

  • Travel Yukon
  • Yukon Wild
  • Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • Receptive Travel
  • Lauriers de la PME 2016