dates :June 2014
Group size :2 to 6
duration :16 days
difficulty :moderate
Price :$ 4780 CAD (including tax)
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Yukon and Alaska - The grand mountains of the North

Description

A 16 day trip, during which you will drive 3000km in the Yukon and Alaska experiencing the high mountains of Kluane National Park, the great open spaces of central Alaska, the famous Into the Wild bus and Dawson City of the Klondike Gold Rush days.

Day after day

Day 1: You will be met at the Whitehorse airport and shuttled to your accommodation. You will have time to explore some of Whitehorse’s historic sites before meeting with your guide and fellow travellers to review last minute details of your Terre Boréale experience.

Day 2: Today we head West on the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction, a two hour 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 neighbouring parks (two in Alaska and one in British Columbia) were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Haines Junction, we visit the Da Ku Cultural Centre where you can explore the permanent exhibit on the Aishihik and Champagne First Nations. From here, our destination is Kluane Lake, Yukon's largest lake, where we camp for the next two nights. In the evening you can go fishing or simply enjoy the peacefullness around the camp fire.

Day 3: We hike into Kluane National Park on a gentle sloped trail. From the summit you get spectacular views of the Slim River and the toe of Kaskawulsh glacier. If you feel like it, you can hike all the way to the top of a nearby mountain to gain the amazing view on Kluane Lake. Along the trail you will look for signs of bears, moose, lynx and Dall sheep, which this area is renowned for. These white sheep love to graze on the steep slopes of the mountains of Kluane National Park! We get back to camp in the late afternoon and spend a relaxing evening recounting the sights of the day.

Day 4: We drive along the western shore of Kluane Lake on the Alaska highway and enter the US after a few hours on the road. During the course of the day, we travel through a wide variety of landscapes: such as the mountains, lakes, rivers, plains and swamps... They all are great opportunities to observe and photograph northern wildlife. We spend the night by a lake, not too far from Tok.

Day 5: Last stretch to Fairbanks. While taking our time to enjoy the beauty of Alaskan landscapes, we get to Fairbanks in the late afternoon. You will check into your B&B, and drop off your gear and then we head to the home of an Alaskan family where you will experience legendary northern hospitality!

Day 6: We drive to Healy and Eight Mile Lake, where we put on our hiking boots and take our first steps on the Stampede Trail towards the Magic Bus. This bus is famous because a young man, Christopher McCandless alias Alexander Supertramp, tried to get a real taste of the wilderness and died in the bus in 1992. Sean Penn's movie Into the Wild made his story popular, along with the bus!
Just south of Eight Mile Lake is the Denali National Park which includes the Mount MacKinley, the highest mountain in North America. We hike along the trail for about 16 km until we get to the Teklanika River, where we will camp for the night.

Day 7: We hit the trail early because of the Teklanika River crossing. This is the toughest section of the trek, so we will take our time choosing the safest crossing location. Once on the other side of the river, we continue another 16 km in a westerly direction on the Stampede Trail, until we reach the bus. You will have the time to appreciate the special atmosphere that surrounds this place and to relive the story of Alexander Supertramp. We will set up our camp by the bus, appreciate the special atmosphere that surrounds this place, learn more about Alexander Supertramp. The endless daylight experienced athigh latitudes are perfect for enjoying long evenings around the camp fire!

Day 8 and 9: We head back on the Stampede Trail and do what Supertramp would never do : get back to civilization! On day 9, we spend the night in a B&B or a lodge in Healy.

Day 10: We get back on the road and head south first and then east on the Denali Highway. This road is only open in summer and offers astonishing views of the Alaska range for more than 200 km. Because so few people travel this road, the opportunities for day hikes and wildlife watching are great. Once we pass the Clearwater Mountains, we see the Alphabet Hills and the boreal forest as far as the eye can see. We stop at the MacLaren Summit, and go for a short hike to admire the view of the MacLaren River and the high peaks that surrounds us. A good opportunity to try out the awkward tundra walk! We spend the night further down the Denali Highway, on the shore of Tangle lake.

Day 11: We finish traveling the Denali Highway and head to Tok on the Glenn Highway. This section of the highway is renowned for its beautiful boreal and mountain landscapes. We spend the night in a campground not far from Tok.

Day 12: From Tok, we drive North on the Taylor Highway which, after the Canadian border becomes the Top of the World Highway. It is one of the northernmost highways in North America and it runs on the ridge line of the mountains it crosses... The views to the north and south are amazing!
We get to Dawson City in the late afternoon. This little town founded in 1897 is full of history from the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. We explore the unique atmosphere of Dawson and visit the oldest Casino in Canada, Diamond Tooth Gerties.
We spend the night in a B&B or lodge in town.

Day 13: We have a historical day ahead of us cvisiting: the House of Jack London, Gold Rush and First nations museums, etc. At the end of the day we head off to the lodge where we will be spending the next two nights. It is the only lodge on the first section of the Dempster and the atmosphere there is very typical of the life in the woods! You will meet Gérard, our host for our stay. He always has interesting stories to tell about the north!

Day 14: From the lodge, we go to the Tombstone Territorial Park for a day hike which will give you a chance to experience unparalleled views of the rugged mountains and the tundra. Maybe we will have the chance to observe the bears, wolves and caribou that roam the park.

Day 15: We take the morning off to enjoy the lodge and its surroundings before getting back on the Klondike Highway for our drive south arriving in Whitehorse in the late afternoon. Once checked into your B&B you can enjoy your evening exploring Whitehorse.

Day 16: Connection to the airport or to your next adventure.

 

* Each participant must be sure to have all the required documents to cross the US/Canada border.

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Included

  • Ground transportation for the whole duration of the trip
  • Airport transfers
  • The following equipment : tent, bear spray and fishing gear
  • Nights in tent: day 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11
  • Nights in B&B/lodge: day 1, 5, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15 based on double occupancy (+ $ 700 CAD for single occupancy)
  • Meals from lunch of day 2 to lunch of day 15
  • Bilingual guide French/English
  • Yukon fishing license

not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals on day 1 and 16, breakfast on day 2 and dinner on day 15
  • International flights

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