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Duration
9 days
Activities
  • 3 day full pack hike
  • 3 day hike with daypack
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotel
  • 5 nights wilderness camping
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$1999USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Trip Code: TMB

Overview

Trip highlights


  • Hike amid dramatic granite pinnacles, boreal forest and colourful tundra
  • Helicopter to the trail through the striking Ogilvie Mountains
  • Capture the stunning backdrop of Mount Monolith, with hanging valleys and mirror-smooth lakes
  • Encounter wildlife including bears, caribou, gyrfalcons and moose
  • Venture off trail for authentic off-the-beaten-path hiking adventures
  • Explore historic Dawson City and the Yukon gold rush

Dramatic wind-carved mountain peaks, reflecting lakes and sweeping arctic tundra await backcountry hikers to Tombstone Territorial Park, a 2000-sq km/1242-sq mile backcountry jewel known as Canada’s Patagonia. With sweeping valleys and trails padded down by the region’s abundant wildlife, this Yukon adventure promises striking vistas, pristine wilderness, and the historical richness of Dawson City. Hiking beneath a summer sun that shines late into the evening, our 48 km/30mile itinerary delivers sweeping views and diverse terrains, while elevated campsites, outhouses, and cooking tents ensure a comfortable hike throughout. Unlike Patagonia, crowds here are sparse, and the landscape encourages off-trail wanderings. As you make your way through mature boreal forest, across bubbling creeks and into tundra scrub, admire summer wildflowers, taste wild blueberries, and keep an eye out for bear, moose, Dall’s sheep and some 150 species of bird. The park is accessed via a spectacular helicopter ride through the striking splendour of the Ogilvie Mountains, with the itinerary including plenty of time to explore the gold rush heritage of Dawson City.

Activities:
Grading:
6

Moderate to Challenging

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Itinerary

A complimentary shuttle service awaits you upon arrival in the capital of the Yukon. Depending on what time you arrive, explore a city known for its eclectic pioneer character and outdoor summer lifestyle. Visiting historic sites, museums, landmarks and some fantastic restaurants.

Meals:  Nil

Ease into a leisurely day as we drive 532 km/330 miles on the famous Klondike and Dempster Highways, north to Dawson City. Acclimatizing to the sweeping views and vast expanse of the territory, we’ll stop for a picnic along the way. Upon arriving in Dawson City – at one time the most populous city north of San Francisco – we’ll have a trip briefing, checking packs and allocating each hiker’s share of food and gear. Wander among the sunken buildings, learn about the Klondike Gold Rush, and gather for dinner and drinks at one of Dawson’s character restaurants.

Meals:  L

Flightseeing doesn’t get more dramatic than your helicopter ride into the stunning Ogilvie Mountains. With 360-degree views from above, you truly get a sense of the region’s vast, unspoiled wilderness. To facilitate our aerial entry, the group will be split into two, with the first half flying directly to Talus Lake while the rest spend time at the local interpretative centre before flying out to the campground. We re-group by noon, set up tents and prepare out first camp lunch. Soon after, we’ll embark on a day-hike towards the spires of Tombstone Mountain, learning about the region from our guides while keeping an eye-out for potential wildlife sightings.

Meals:  L,D

Based at the Talus Lake campground, we’ll embark on two spectacular half day-hikes, carrying light daypacks. One hike includes a steep climb for a panoramic view of our campsite cradled by the surrounding mountains. The second takes us across the valley in search of wildlife and wildflowers, embedding us within the flat valley tundra as we cross a couple bubbling brook, immersed within the sweeping backdrop of Tombstone’s stunning shark-fin peaks.

Meals:  B,L,D

Striking camp, we hike along one of the park’s few established trails towards the east side of the valley. Weather permitting we’ll stop for lunch on top of Tombstone Pass, affording an incredible view of Divide Lake below. The afternoon presents several choices: walk the shores of Divide Lake towards a ravine below the peaks, or challenge yourself with a hike up the southeast ridge of Mount Frank Rae. With an elevation of 2,360m/7,740ft, it is the highest peak in the Ogilvie Mountains, with an extraordinary view of the Tombstone Range and North Klondike River valley below.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we take on the steep ascent of the Glissade Pass. The reward for conquering this challenge is more jaw-dropping views of the peaks, lakes and valleys. What goes up must come down, so prepare for a relatively steep descent through a lush grassy meadow until we reach the gully of the valley floor, following the stream that flows past our campsite. Rest upon the rocky shores while dipping your weary feet into the crystal waters of Grizzly Lake, admiring the reflection of mountains on the lake’s still waters.

Meals:  B,L,D

We remain at Grizzly Lake tonight, which means leaving our big packs behind to explore the area’s highlights. We’ll hike the Grizzly Pass, noticing the ecosystem change from green valley into alpine meadows. Gaining altitude, the terrain becomes rocky until we reach a breathtaking viewpoint over Grizzly Lake. Pushing further along the ridge delivers another scenic jackpot: Mount Monolith reflecting in dark, cold waters of the Twin Lakes below.

Meals:  B,L,D

Having immersed ourselves for several days in the Yukon’s remote mountain wilderness, it’s time to hike out the valley via the northwest ridge, admiring the views of Mount Monolith and Grizzly Lake along the way. Once we reach the highway, we have a quick lunch before hopping in a shuttle for a drive to the relative civilization of Dawson City. Relish a hot shower before a well-deserved farewell dinner.

Meals:  B,L

Bidding farewell to Dawson City, we drive south to Whitehorse, stopping for our final picnic lunch along the way. No doubt there will be stories and images to share with friends old and new. Although today concludes your Tombstone Range adventure today, there’s little doubt the landscape and experience will stay with you forever.

Meals:  L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Some snacks while camping
  • 3 nights hotel stay / 5 nights wilderness camping while on trek
  • Certified guides with Wilderness First Aid
  • Shuttle service from Whitehorse airport to hotel
  • Transportation as listed in the itinerary including helicopter flight into the Tombstones
  • All group camping equipment including top of the line tent, all cooking gear, tarps, and meal preparation
  • All group first aid equipment
  • Emergency group communications equipment including radio and satellite phone
  • Camping fees and permits for Tombstone Territorial Park

  • Flights to/from Whitehorse to join the trip
  • Meals in Whitehorse and Dawson City (unless otherwise noted in the itinerary)
  • Transfers and accommodation other than that which is included in the itinerary
  • Additional nights in Dawson City (can be added as an optional supplement)
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and backpacks (available for rent)
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Applicable taxes

Suitability

Moderate to Challenging

6

The full pack, steep ascents and descents, and often unstable terrain give this trip a 'challenging' trekking experience factor. Anyone undertaking a full pack trek should be aware of the physical and mental demands involved. You should expect a pack weight of 35 to 45 lbs. About 7 to 12 lbs of this will consist of shared group equipment. These treks are designed for experienced adventurers who are seeking a challenge. The trek will involve off trail hiking, unstable footing, creek/river crossings, rough terrain, and long hiking days. All while carrying your own gear in a full pack. This trek is intended for experienced hikers only. We recommend that people begin their fitness preparation immediately upon booking. Solid work outs that are aerobic (hill walking, jogging, swimming, biking or gym work) of up to one hour each day is a guide to a routine training program. The best preparation is hiking with a full pack, involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can be as fit and prepared as possible, you will enjoy the trip so much more. Please note that this trip involves a little participation. For example: putting up/taking down tents, washing up your own dishes, and potentially filtering or purifying your own water (made super easy with our MSR filters or purification tablets).


Departure dates


Notes

Note:
Dates are subject to change up to 31 January 2022 following Parks Canada permits deliverance.

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