dates :June and Sept 2015
Group size :2 to 6
duration :8 days
difficulty :moderate
Price :$ 2900 CAD (including tax)
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Yukon and Alaska - From the mountains to the sea

Description

From the mountains of Kluane National Park in Yukon to the fjord of Haines and Skagway in Southeast Alaska, discover the culture, thes landscapes and the wildlife of the North in this 8 days trip.

Day after day

Day 0: We greet you upon arrival at Whitehorse 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 last details for your adventure with your guide(s).

Day 1 : We head West on the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction, a two hours drive from Whitehorse. Half way there, we see the high mountains of Kluane National Park where Mount Logan, the highest summit in Canada is situated. In 1994, Kluane and the neighboring parks (two in Alaska and one in British Columbia) were declared a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site. In Haines Junction, we stop at the Da Ku cultural center where you can check out the permanent exhibit on Aishihik and Champagne First Nations. In the afternoon we will enjoy our first hike in Kluane which will lead us to a lake surrounded by mountains. At the end of the day we head towards Kathleen lake where we will be spending two nights in cabins.

Day 2 : After a short drive, we go on an easy day hike in the Park, to Thunderegg creek where the mountain spits out round shaped rocks! On the way we take the time to check out track from grizzly bears, moose or even wolves. Maybe we will even have the opportunity to see Dall sheep on the steep slopes. At the end of the end we head back to our cabins near Kathleen lake.

Day 3 : We head south on the Haines road, and discover gorgious mountain landscapes as we get higher in the Coast Mountains. Once in the higher valley, we stop and go on a beautiful hike that will take us through the alpines to a spectacular view on Samuel glacier. Four hours are needed to go from the road to the view point. After enjoying lunch in front of the glacier, we turn around and head back to the van. We then get back on the road and finish the drive to Haines in Alaska. Haines is sitting on the shore of a fjord surrounded by high peaks and hanging glaciers. We spend the next three nights in a B&B in Haines.

Day 4 : We have the day to discover Haines and its surroundings. From the Chilkat state park we might have the chance to see whales and sea lions swimming in the fjord. Chilkoot state park is renowned for its good salmon and dolly trout fishing as well as for being frequented by Grizzly bears...

Day 5 : You have 2 options today :
You can hike up to the summit of Haines Peninsula to check out the 360° view on the fjord, mountains, glaciers and Chilkat and Chilkoot rivers. A perfect intermediate difficulty day hike.
Or you can go for day cruise to Juneau, capital of Alaska. On the way you will have time to watch for whales, sea lions, seals, bald eagle or even orcas! You then have a few hours to visit Juneau before taking a short bus ride to see Mendenhall glacier, an impressive sight! (this option is only available from mid-May till mid-September).

Day 6 : In late morning we get on the ferry to go to Skagway, an hour away. Skagway is where thousands of prospectors coming from Seattle set foot in the north before crossing the Chilkoot pass and floating down the Yukon river to Dawson City. In the afternoon, we visit the abandonned village of Dyea, starting point of the famous Chilkoot trail. We spend the night in a B&B in Skagway.

Day 7 : We drive up the Klondike highway to reach Carcross, in the Yukon. The road winds as it crosses the Coast mountains and takes us to the network of lakes which constitutes Yukon river headwaters. We take that opportunity to visit Carcross and see Carcross desert, a series of sand dunes considered to be the smallest desert in the world. Later in the afternoon we finish the drive on the Klondike highway to Whitehorse.
Other option for the day (only available from the end of May till early in September): Get in the train and climb up almost 1000 meter in just about 32 km via a number of tunnels and bridges. We meet up in Carcross and finish the drive to Whitehorse together.

Day 8 : Connection to the airport or to your next adventure.

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Included

  • Ground transportation for the whole duration of the trip
  • Airport transfers
  • Ferry transportation (Haines - Skagway)
  • The following equipment : bear spray
  • Nights in hotel, B&B or lodge from day 0 to day 7, based on double occupancy (+ $ 720 CAD for single occupancy)
  • Meals from lunch of day 1 to dinner of day 7 (except lunches for day 5 and 7 if you choose the options)
  • Bilingual guide French/English (except during the options)
  • Satellite phone for emergencies

not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals on day 0 and 8, lunches on day 5 and 7 if you choose the options and breakfast on day 1
  • International flights
  • Day excursion in Juneau ($165 / ad , $135 / child 2 -12 yrs old)
  • Train ride from Skagway to Carcross ($165 / ad, 82,5 / child 2 - 12 yrs old)

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