Exploring the Ruby Range

June 19th to 26th 2023 – 6 spots left
August 22nd to 29th 2023 – 6 spots left

Follow us on this multi-day hiking tour located in south-west Yukon, not far from Kluane National Park, this range is one of the only places where hikers can observe bison in their natural habitat!

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Whitehorse, you take the free shuttle to get to your hotel (right there when you exit the terminal). Note that we always try and book hotels which offers the free shuttle but in case there is no more availability, there are always taxis available to drive you downtown (count approximately $25 for a ride from the airport to your hotel). Depending on your arrival time, you will have time to explore Whitehorse and take a stroll on the Millennium Trail or check out the MacBride Museum.

A pre-trip meeting takes place in the lobby of your hotel at 5pm today with your guides. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any last-minute questions, do a gear check and meet your fellow adventurers!

Check our FAQ to know what date day 0 corresponds to.

Night in a hotel in Whitehorse

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.

Lunch and Dinner

Night in a tent

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 two nights and the second one for three. 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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Nights in a tent

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.

Breakfast and lunch

Night in a hotel in Whitehorse

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.

Terre Boréale respectfully acknowledges that this adventure takes place on the traditional territories of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.

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  • Meals as indicated in itinerary above
  • Accommodations as indicated in itinerary above, based on double occupancy (+ $250 for single occupancy)
  • 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
  • Single occupancy supplement of $250
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic & International flights
  • Gratuities

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Tour Reviews

“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

“My husband and I and two friends booked this trip by helicopter into the Ruby Range for 6 days of hiking. The trip was well-planned and met our expectations. Max and Milena were great guides, providing good companionship, high-quality equipment, knowledge of the local wildlife, and exceptional food that they prepared and de-hydrated at home than re-hydrated in camp. They led us on interesting day-hikes from our base camp everyday with minor adjustments to take into account each person’s physical abilities. This is a trip for people that are reasonably fit, making our own way across rough terrain (no trails) and climbing ridges for spectacular views. Highly recommended. The Ruby Range may look all the same from afar, but up close it is varied and intriguing with great views to Kluane National Park.”

Norma