Donjek Glacier

Description

The trek to the Donjek Glacier in Kluane National Park is renowned for being one of the most difficult but also one of the most spectacular in Yukon. Beyond the mountain passes and rivers, you will walk along the huge glacier that flows over nearly 56 km from the largest non-polar ice cap in the world!

dates :Aug 6th to 17th 2018
Group size :2 to 6
duration :11 days
difficulty :very hard
Price :$2820 CAD + 5% TPS
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Day after day

Day 0 (Aug 6th): We welcome you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation in town.

* Note that if you're flight is schedule to arrive after 9:30pm we won't be able to pick you up but you'll be able to enjoy a free shuttle from the hotel.
Night in hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 1: We leave Whitehorse early this morning as we drive to Sheep Mountain’s Kluane National Park and Reserve (KNP&R) visitor center. There, we register for our hike and enjoy the views of the Slim’s River valley and Kluane Lake. We then keep driving north and 10 kilometers past the small community of Burwash Landing, we leave civilization behind and begin our trek towards the Donjek glacier. The first day presents no particular difficulty, especially because for most of the day we follow an old mining road, from which remains only a narrow passage through the willows in some locations.
As we reach the Burwash Uplands, we set up camp and spend our first night out in the wild.
Overnight in tents. L – D

Day 2-9: From here, we step off the trail and choose our route at every step! There are no signs along the route and all we have to find our way with are a map, a compass, GPS and your guide’s route finding skill and knowledge! Throughout the next 9 days, you will experience true wilderness trekking as we have to go up and down steep and uneven mountain sides, bushwack through willow or spruce forest, wade across fast flowing creeks… Your guide, knows these areas and always makes sure to choose the safest route, even though it might not be the shortest! Many times though we hike along rocky creek beds, across grassy alpine slopes from which the views on Kluane’s high peaks are magnificent or asphalt-like rock deposits… hiking doesn’t get easier than that!
All these efforts are worth it, every day we discover new splendid vistas of the mountains around us, the immense glacial valleys and obviously the Donjek glacier itself. As some time, we even stand right in front of the toe of the glacier, only a hundred meters from the ice!
Being alone in these land where it is not unusual to spot a moose, a bear or a caribou, looking at some of the highest mountains in North America is a feeling you will not soon forget!
Every night, we will choose our camp wisely and appreciate gourmet meals before enjoying a well-deserved rest in our tents.
On average, you should expect between 5 and 7 hours of hiking each day, with a maximum elevation gain of 800m. We will also have two days 'off' (one of which will be just in front of the glacier), meaning that we can go explore the surroundings of the camp without our large backpacks.
Nights in tents. B – L – D (daily)

Day 10: As we walk along (and sometimes across) one last small creek, we come across a dirt road and 5 kilometer further, the Alaska Highway! This is the end of our adventure, and a Terre Boréale driver comes to pick us up and drive us back to town.
We arrive in town in the early evening and drop you off at your hotel. Your guide will be happy to give some recommendations on which restaurant to go to for your last evening in town!
Night in hotel in Whitehorse. B – L

Day 11: We transfer you to the airport or to your next Yukon adventure.

Map

Included

  • Meals as indicated in itinerary above
  • Accommodations as indicated in itinerary above, based on double occupancy (+ $300 for single occupancy)
  • Van transfers before and after the hike
  • Airport transfers
  • Bilingual guide French/English
  • All gear for hiking in remote country (including tent and a bear-spray per person, except sleeping bags and sleeping mats)
  • Satellite communication device for emergencies

not included

  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, backpacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International flights
  • Gratuities

photos

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