Donjek Glacier

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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 the Yukon. Beyond the mountain passes and rivers, you will hike along the huge glacier that flows over nearly 56 km from the largest non-polar ice cap in the world!

dates :July 19th to 29th 2020
Group size :2 to 6
duration :10 days
difficulty :very hard
Price :$2710 CAD + 5% TPS
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Day after day

Day 0 (July 19th): We welcome you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation in town. Please 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 2-8: 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 National Park’s high peaks are magnificent… 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 one day 'off', meaning that we can go explore the surroundings of the camp without our large backpacks. This day is also a buffer in case we face adverse weather conditions.
Nights in tents. B – L – D (daily)

Day 9: As we hike 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 10: We transfer you to the airport or to your next Yukon adventure.

On this trip, we are proud to offer 100% home-made foods with home-made dehydrated meals and home-made snacks. This allows us to offer you only high quality and local food as well as to control our waste output. In fact, our trips are zero waste, we have banned plastic single-use bags and use only fabric bags to store our meals and snacks.

As we carry all our gear and food with us, you should expect between 7 and 9kg of common gear and food per person, to go in your pack with your personal gear and tent.

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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 bear-spray, except sleeping bags and sleeping mats)
  • Satellite communication device for emergencies

not included

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

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Travelers' reviews

"Un séjour avec Terre boréale sera une expérience inoubliable. Guide (Max) : sécuritaire - attentif aux besoins des clients - efficace et ponctuel - connaît le terrain et les difficultés qui s’y rapportent, la faune et la flore - toujours de bonne humeur – drôle Alimentation : 10 jours d’autonomie avec des repas maisons conçus pour le plein air - calorifique, nourrissant, avec les besoins nutritionnels adéquats, succulent et varié Trek : terrain vraiment diversifié – beaucoup de vues panoramiques à couper le souffle – aucune balise (Max est un génie de la cartographie) – beaucoup d’animaux (particulièrement les grizzlis et les aigles royaux ) Équipement : Tout l’équipement que Terre boréale vous prêtera est propre, de qualité et en bon état. Soyez prêt à faire face aux éléments ! À vous amuser et vivre une aventure mémorable. "
Gabrielle B., August 2018

"The Glacier is breathtaking. Being in a small group is a luxury. We travelled through a wide variety of landscapes, from toundra and rocky mountains, to canyons and a beautiful lake. Miléna is very kind and caring, and we did this trek with Max as our guide. Max is a very competent person. Kind, generous, caring, serious, knowledgeable and unforgettable. We crossed the path of seven grizzly bears, each situation being different, and he handled every one perfectly. He is also a great pedagogue and provided me training and a course on how to read a map and use a compass during a lot of his time. The food was delicious. Great meals that needed a long time and hard work to prepare. My favorite was Lasagna. Without Max we wouldn't have noticed anything but the fauna was really present. We were that lucky to see a wolf, royal eagles, mountain sheeps, a mountain goat, a fox, a porcupine and much more. Be well prepared with your gear and health because this adventure is challenging. The kind of trip you don't do just to add to your content of experiences. I went back home not with an identity of an adventurer or a warrior, popular on tv, but with the impression of being nothing, in the sense of simple, and not being separated from this nature."
Tony F., August 2018

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