Day 0 (Aug 9th): 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 9:30 pm we won’t be able to pick you up. That being said, you will be able to ride the free shuttle from the hotel.
Night in hotel in Whitehorse.
Day 1: You enjoy a free morning in Whitehorse where you can visit one of the museums (Beringia, MacBride, Transportation), walk along the Yukon River and do some last-minute shopping. We meet up just after lunch at your hotel and head west towards Haines Junction, on the Alaska Highway. After a 1h40min drive, we get to the small village and sign up for our adventure at the Da Ku Cultural Center. While we deal with the paperwork, you can enjoy the center which has two permanent exhibits on Kluane National Park and the local Champagne and Aishihik First Nation.
Once we have signed up, we drive north to Kluane Lake, Yukon’s largest Lake, and set up camp for the night on shore. We enjoy a hearty meal together and discuss the last details of our adventure to come.
Night in tents. D
Day 2- to 7: After breakfast, we leave the Alaska Highway behind and enter the wild boreal forest of Kluane by following a creek which leads us to a gorgeous lake, up in the alpine of the Saint Elias Mountains.
Up there, we set up camp for 2 two nights, so we have time which allow us to explore the surroundings with light packs. From the ridges, we discover the views on the hanging glaciers, the high peaks, on the wide valleys and the colourful mountains of Kluane. With a bit of luck, we are able to see Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, at 5959m.
In the following days, we hike along a route scouted by Miléna and Max through wild valleys, down scree slopes, up grassy mountains, along clear water creeks, past wide mountain passes… Through these very diverse terrains and landscapes you experience wilderness hiking at its best!
Each day, we hike between 8 and 11km with never more than 800m elevation gain.
On day 5, we enjoy a second day of hiking with light packs in a valley with purple, green and grey rocks!
At all times during our week of backpacking we keep our binoculars handy and always remain on the lookout for wildlife! We are not only in the land of grizzly bears, but also of Dall sheep, caribou, wolves, marmots, peregrine falcons, golden eagles… In order not to miss out on wildlife observations, we suggest that you bring along a pair of light binoculars.
Nights in tents. B - L - D
Day 8: After six days of backpacking through the wilderness, we still have one good day of walking before we close the loop and come back to civilization. We arrive in Whitehorse in the late afternoon.
Night in hotel in Whitehorse. B - L
Day 9: Transfer to the airport or connection with 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 6 and 8kg of common gear and food per person, to go in your pack with your personal gear and tent.