Donjek Glacier

July 18th to 29th 2022 – 4 spots left

Here is a hiking trip like you’ve never done! Off the path, we walk for 9 days to approach the Donjek Glacier and its astonishing views! A difficult trek for mountain and wilderness lovers!

Itinerary

You will be met at the Whitehorse airport and shuttled to your accommodation. 

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.

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Night in a hotel in Whitehorse

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. We enjoy a hearty meal together and discuss the last details of our adventure to come.

Dinner

Night in a tent

After a good breakfast, a short drive takes us to the trailhead, 10km north of the small community of Burwash Landing. There, 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.

Lunch and Dinner

Night in a tent

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 8 days, you experience true wilderness trekking as we have to go up and down steep and uneven mountain sides, bushwhack 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. At some point, 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 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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Nights in a tent

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!

Breakfast and lunch

Night in a hotel in Whitehorse

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.

Elevation

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  • 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
  • Single occupancy supplement of $300
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, backpacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic & International flights
  • Gratuities

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Tour Reviews

“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.

“Me and my partner spent a total of 14 days with Max, first a relaxing 4 day canoe trip in Snafu lake and then the main highlight – a 10 day wilderness backpacking hike along the Donjek unmarked trail, in Kloane national park, which I’ll focus on. The hike was amazing, easily one of the most beautiful and extraordinary we’ve ever done. Serene and pristine landscape, spectacular views filled with wild-life, away from it all (we saw a few people on the first day and that was pretty much it), truly a unique once in a lifetime kind of experience. The hike is considered very difficult by Parks Canada – it is an unmarked route, and there were certainly quite a few technical hiking stretches (scree climbing and descending, river crossing, bushwhacking, rock cliffs, etc). We are both in our late 30s, and experienced hikers, but whenever needed Max did a great job at instructing us, and teaching us some good hiking skills. We felt very safe all the time from that aspect as well as bear safety, navigation etc. He did a great job on the logistical side – it was all very organized, the meals (that are home made and dehydrated by Terre Boreale) were varied and good for a trip like that where all has to be lightweight and carried on our backs. We even had cookies/treat for lunch and desert every night 🙂 . Max is a great naturalist and very familiar and knowledgeable of the flora and fauna. He also has super-human eyesight and spots wildlife everywhere all the time so we didn’t miss a thing. In the park we saw grizzlies, caribou, mountain sheep and goats, gophers, pikas, hares, many different raptors (golden eagles, bald eagles, goshawks, peregrines, northern harriers) and many other birds, we heard wolves, and we found lots of bones, tracks and scats he taught us to identify. In general he answered our many questions, we had fun and interesting conversations, and it was a very pleasurable experience from the social perspective (which isn’t something to take for granted on such a long hike!). If you like wilderness hiking, and looking for something amazing and different, I would highly recommend this trip with Terre Boreale and Max.”

Gad N.