Day 0 (July 31st): We greet you upon arrival at the Whitehorse International airport and drive you to your accommodation for the night.*
Night in hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 1: We leave Whitehorse in the morning for Haines Junction. From this small community, we fly out by helicopter to our first camp. As we fly we leave civilization behind and discover the Yukon wilderness below us and, to the west, the magnificent mountains of Kluane National Park. Once the helicopter has gone back, we set up our first base camp and depending on the time of day we have left, we go explore around camp before dinner.
Night in tents. L - D
Day 2 to 5: For five days, we explore the Ruby Range on day hikes, coming back to camp each night. We have two base camps during this adventure, the first one for three nights and the second one for two. You discover beautiful views of Kluane National Park and will follow bison tracks that are all over the place! We keep our eyes peeled for wildlife such as caribou, moose, Dall sheep and may be even grizzly, wolves or of course bison! Also, on our first or second day of hiking, we discover a zero-fatality 1950 plane wreck, high on the ridge!
The itinerary, built by Terre Boréale, is designed to make of this trek a fun adventure for beginner as well as more experienced hikers. In fact, just like a normal backpacking adventure we hike in a new area each day but with the confort of a light pack (5 to 8 kg). We hike approximately 5 hours each day and the elevation gain will range from 300m to 900m. Terrain varies greatly from alpine meadows to rocky slopes to side hilling and even bushwhacking. As no man made trails can be found up there, the only trails we follow are the ones made by the bison themselves and when no trails are to be found at all we navigate using maps, compass and our guide's knowledge of the area.
Even though we do not carry our gear on this trek, we are limited in the amount of gear we can each take with us, because of the use of a helicopter. Therefore, each participant will be limited to about 50 liters of personal gear for the trip.
Nights in tents. B – L – D
Day 6: On the afternoon of day 6 the helicopter comes back to get us again and we fly back to Haines Junction. We will then drive back to Whitehorse that afternoon and you have a free evening in town.
Night in hotel in Whitehorse. B - L
Day 7: We will drive to the airport for your return flight.
*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.