Kluane Colours

July 7th to 16th 2022

Explore Kluane National Park through this unique itinerary, only offered by Terre Boréale. This route is easier than the Donjek and, with two days of hiking with light packs, is an invitation to the contemplation and discovery of the fauna, the flora and the geology of the park.

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

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.

Dinner

Night in a tent

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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Night in a tent

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.

Breakfast and lunch

Night in a hotel

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.

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 trip of your dreams! My wife and myself were looking for a wild trip in Canada but we wish to avoid a trip without surprise and without a true adventure and awesome surprises. After some time looking for such a kind of trip, we found Terre Boréale… and it matched! This was exactly what we were looking for! We have chosen for a combined trip: 5 days conoë on the Yukon river followed by 10 days of trek. We have been fully satisfied and beyond. I won’t add more comment on the quality of the food, I just confirm what is said by other people who travelled with Terre Boréale. It is very good. On the top of that, I would like to emphasize the professionalism of Terre Boréale team members. They will not just guide you or provide advices, they will take care of you all along the trip, from your arrival to your “difficult” back home. Thanks again for the unforgettable trip.”

Pierre

“Bocks Lake If you are seeking adventure and on this trip a physical and mental challenge,then you should give TB a try. Max had a very good understanding of the terrain and the environment through which we traveled and was unwaveringly enthusiastic. Supported by Milena and Boris we made our way through this incredible landscape dealing with each challenge as it presented itself. The food was lovely (I had dietary requirements which Max and Milena kindly took care of) and 3 hot meals a day was certainly welcome on this trip. Unfortunately I couldn’t carry on to complete the hike due to having fallen and hurt my leg (and had to be helicoptered out). Max and Milena managed this situation very professionally, always kept me informed and Milena assisted with transport outside the park and booking extra accommodation etc that was required.”

Phillip