Exploring the Ruby Range

Description

Let us guide you where no other company goes, on a five-day wilderness hiking tour into bison territory, only a few kilometers away from Kluane National Park. We have two base camps from which we hike out each day and explore the area freely, without the weight of a full backpack. We do not follow trails but rather the envy to see what lies beyond the next ridge!

dates :June 14th to 21st 2020
Group size :2 to 6
duration :7 days
difficulty :moderate
Price :$ 3400 CAD + 5% GST
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Day after day

Day 0 (June 14th): We greet you upon arrival at the Whitehorse International airport and drive you to your accommodation for the night. 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.
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!
The itinerary, built by Terre Boréale, is designed to make of this trek a fun adventure for intermediate 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.
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.

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.

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 12-14kg of personal gear for the trip.

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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)
  • Airport transfers
  • Helicopter flight from and to Haines Junction
  • Experienced guide
  • The following equipment: tent, cooking gear, bear proof container and bear spray
  • Satellite communication device for emergencies

not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic & International flights
  • Gratuities

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Travelers' reviews

"Deux merveilleux séjours en compagnie de Terre Boréale : un trek en petit groupe (un gros plus) en pleine nature sauvage. Parfaitement organisé par nos deux guides qui ont eu a cœur de partager avec nous leurs connaissances de la faune et de la flore. Des ours, des bisons, des caribous... un émerveillement au quotidien. Un "road-trip" sur la Dempster jusqu'au cercle arctique dans les lumières et paysages à couper le souffle du grand nord. Tout ça dans la joie, la bonne humeur et avec une bonne dose d'humour ! Parfait !"
Anne-Lise, June 2019

"Wild Yukon Trek Six day trek in the Yukon wilderness that surpassed all my expectations. You don't need to be a hero to do it - the guides are experts at getting ordinary mortals to do extraordinary things. Max is a remarkable guide, ably assisted by Boris. You do need to be reasonably fit and have decent gear; backpacking boots make a difference when you're hiking in the tundra. This trip ranks up there with my Annapurna trek more than 30 years ago. I cannot recommend this expedition outfit enough. I hope to do another trip with them next year!"
Andrée, June 2019

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