NEW Trip for Summer 2024Magdalen Islands Haven WalkView Trip Details
Duration
15 days
Activities
  • 8 day hikes
Accommodation
  • 14 nights hotel
Meals

Price

$4190USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Trip Code: YTA

Overview

Trip highlights


  • Hike amid dramatic granite pinnacles, boreal forest, colourful tundra, coastal rainforest and high alpine landscape
  • Explore historic Dawson City and the Yukon gold rush
  • Learn about the traditional lifestyle and history of Alaska and Yukon’s First Nations
  • Immerse yourself amongst mountain lakes and glacier views
  • Explore Anchorage, Alaska's largest city with picturesque mountain backdrops and coastal views

This 15 day guided itinerary highlights the best parks that the Yukon Territory and the state of Alaska has to offer. The highlighted parks you will visit are Kluane National Park, Tombstone Territorial Park, and Denali National Park where you will see a vast change in landscape. This tour allows you to step back into the past to learn about the Klondike goldrush, explore the same trails that thousands of gold hungry prospectors walked, and learn about the indigenous communities that shaped this area. As we travel through this immense landscape, you’ll be surrounded by panoramic snow covered mountains, thick boreal forest, rolling tundra, and coastal views.

Activities:
Grading:
4

Introductory to Moderate

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Upon arrival in the capital of the Yukon, you are welcomed by your tour guide and shuttled to your accommodation. Here you will meet the rest of your fellow travellers for an orientation meeting.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast, we make our way south to Alaska to reach the town of Skagway. Along the way we quickly stop to admire the picturesque beauty of Emerald Lake, Carcross Desert (the smallest desert in the world), and the town of Carcross (formerly known as Caribou Crossing). Once we are done taking a stroll through Carcross commons, we continue our drive south along the Klondike highway leaving the Yukon territory, passing through British Columbia, and ending at the pacific coast in Skagway, Alaska! Before we check into our accommodation for the night, we take a short drive to the Chilkoot Trailhead in Dyea and hike a few KM of the trail.

Meals:  Nil

Explore the town of Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike, and nearby shorter trails before taking the ferry to Haines Alaska. From Haines, we drive back into the Yukon and end up in Haines Junction where we will stay for the next few nights. Depending on time, we may have a chance to check out million dollar falls before checking into our accommodation.

Meals:  Nil

Full day hike in Kluane National Park on Sheep Mountain. This 10 km round trip hike isn’t too steep, and the trail is well maintained. Once you make your way up the southwest side of Sheep Mountain to the trail's end (5 km) you’re rewarded with endless views of the surrounding mountains and an aerial view of Slim’s River. If you’re lucky enough, you may see Dall Sheep along the mountain ridges or off in the distance. *There is an option for a charter flight over the world’s largest non-polar ice fields at an additional cost.

Meals:  Nil

We explore a different section of Kluane National Park just a bit south of Haines Junction and hike the Auriol Trail. This rewarding day hike loop offers spectacular views of the Auriol Mountain Range, wildlife, and many mushrooms found in the Boreal Forest. In the late afternoon the group drives back to Whitehorse.

Meals:  Nil

Before we leave Whitehorse, we stop to learn about the landscapes we will be travelling through at the Beringia Centre. This museum provides visitors a window to Yukon’s past, the presentation and preservation of the First Nations people, along with dioramas of extinct ice age animals. After leaving the museum we make our way north along the Klondike highway and will stop at five fingers rapids for a break and continue our drive to Dawson City. We follow the Yukon River into the Gold Rush capital where we will check into our accommodation and end the night at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall for a can-can show!

Meals:  Nil

Today we head to Tombstone Territorial Park after reaching the famous Dempster Highway. This gravel highway is Canada’s only connection to the Arctic Ocean by road and spans 730 KM long. As we head north along the Dempster Highway you will notice how drastically the landscape changes as we enter Canada’s Patagonia. This ragged mountain land is where we will spend the day hiking overlooking the tundra and syenite peaks. After hiking for the day, we return to Dawson City.

Meals:  Nil

Today we spend the entire day in and around Dawson City. We first explore Eldorado creek and Bonanza creek where in 1896 the gold rush began. It was here that settlers flocked to hoping to score big! This national historic site is rich in history and offers amazing views of the Yukon River and surrounding mountains. Afterwards we head to the top of Dome Mountain which overlooks Dawson City, the Yukon River, and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Once we return to Dawson City you have free time to roam the streets and take in all that the city has to offer.

Meals:  Nil

Today we say our final goodbyes to the Yukon and make our way to Alaska where we will reach the edge of Denali National Park. We stop at a few picturesque towns along the way to stretch our legs as we drive through the spectacular Alaskan tundra before reaching our accommodation in the Glenallen area.

Meals:  Nil

We make our way to Denali National Park along the Denali Highway. This highway was built on glacial eskers and is considered one of the most remote roads in the state. Once we arrive in Denali National Park there are many options for a shorter hike to explore the area. In the evening we will check into our accommodation in the vicinity of the park. *There is an option for a charter flight over the largest mountain in North America (Denali) and other sections of the park at an additional cost.

Meals:  Nil

We have the option of exploring certain sections of Denali National Park on foot or taking the national park shuttle to see some of the most iconic landscapes the park has to offer. This shuttle bus allows us to hop on/ hop off at the parks hot spots which highlight breathtaking panoramas of the park and surrounding peaks.

Meals:  Nil

We depart Denali National Park and make our way south towards Seward. As we drive through the interior of Alaska towards the Kenai Peninsula, we are rewarded with spectacular views along Turnaround Arm and Kenai Lake. We stop to stretch our legs in Portage where we will have lunch and stop at an interpretive center. Once we arrive in Seward we check into our accommodation and discuss tomorrow’s itinerary.

Meals:  Nil

Today we will explore Seward and the surrounding area. We have a few hiking options for the morning which include a section of the Iditarod trail, the salmon stream at Tonsina beach, or a coastal trail which ends at the historic landmark Fort McGilvray. In the afternoon we have the option to do another hike, or you can take advantage of many of the great attractions Seward has to offer. * There is an option to do a marine cruise at an additional cost. This cruise can be up to 6 hours long and offers great views of the coastline with surrounding mountain peaks, marine animals, and goes to Bear Glacier. Depending on the time of year, you may see calving ice fall from the glacier into the sea.

Meals:  Nil

Today is our last day on the road as we leave Seward and drive North for two and a half hours towards Alaska’s biggest city. Once we arrive in Anchorage, you have the day to yourself to explore the city and take in many of the attractions. The group will connect again in the evening for a fine dinner and reflect on what we accomplished over the last two weeks.

Meals:  Nil

The tour concludes in Anchorage with a transfer to the airport.

Meals:  Nil


Inclusions

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Licensed wilderness guide
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 15
  • Private transportation during the trip
  • Park fees and permits

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Items of personal nature
  • Meals and beverages
  • Applicable taxes
  • Optional tours

Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

4

The terrain on this trip is graded 'Introductory Trekking' - These trips involve trekking or walking for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and should never be misinterpreted to mean they are easy trips. Hikes are mainly on well-defined trails with undulating terrain. You will not need to carry any group camping equipment or food. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health. Suggested preparation: We recommend 45 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week from a minimum of 3 months leading up to your trip. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. Hill or stair walking with a full pack in variable weather conditions is highly recommended.


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