Yukon Wild - Multi Adventure
Canoeing - Trail Riding - Hiking in Kluane National Park
Start with a 9 days canoe trip on the Teslin River
Day hikes in Kluane National Park based out of our log cabin
4 days on horseback in the Grizzly Montain area
Paddling on the green waters of Teslin River, we are placed right into the heart of the Yukon. With abundant wildlife and astonishing landscapes, the Teslin River winds between high cut banks with hoodos and wide valleys, always on its way north. The river starts out slow and develops into a more swift current. That allows beginners as well the seasoned canoeists to either drift or to paddle - always with a feeling of exploring wildernessas its best. Quietly we pass through untouched, wild nature while fishing for grayling and pike may supplement our camp dinner. Every night we camp out while supper is cooked on the open fire. For over a week we enjoy nature and solitude. Bears, moose and beaver can be seen along the shores and with some luck we may hear the stirring howl of a wolf pack at night.
The last three days on the legendary Yukon River we retrace the steps of thousands of adventurers on their quest for gold. Numerous gold rush relicts can be explored along the river. Fallen in cabins, old police posts and telegraph stations, rusted machinery, sunken or beached sternwheelers - they all ask us to listen to their tales of hope, hardship and defeat. Nature is slowly claiming back what had been taken from it a long time ago.
For 4 days you explore the area around Grizzly Mountain, one of the most scenic routes on horse back. It takes you along clear lakes, teaming with fish and over high mountain passes where Grizzlies and Dall Sheep roam. Starting in the boreal forest with spruce and poplar stands, we will get up into the open alpine tundra, sprinkled with wildflowers and far reaching views. The narrow horsetrail is the only way to get up into this remote part of Yukon wilderness. You ride your own saddle horse while the gear is carried by pack horses. Each day we set up camp, care for the horses, prepare our meals over the open fire, and enjoy being out in the bush with long nights and many a tale to tell . There is no special experience needed in horsemanship, though a few previous hours in a saddle would help.
A week of day hike excursions follows. We have plenty of time to explore those wonderful areas of Kluane National Park, that makes it a World Heritage Site. The level of these hikes will be adjusted to the group's average capability. Wildlife viewing and taking pictures, getting to know more about the indigenous flora and learning how to behave in bear country are only a few topics that will fill our days in nature.
Besides, having the highest concentration of Grizzly Bears, Kluane is home for Dall Sheep, Mountain Goat Moose, Black Bear and Eagles. Opportunities for wildlife viewings are very likely. Here we have the largest non polar icefield in the world.
Arrival in Whitehorse, pick up at the airport, transfer to your hotel. Time for discovering Whitehorse, last minute shopping before the trip.
In the evening introduction to the other participants.
|Day 2 - 9||
Canoe Trip on Teslin and Yukon River
Soon we arrive at the native village of Carmacks, the end of the river trip.
Our Van picks us up and after a short stopover in Whitehorse we continue on to Kluane National Park. At the base of the Saint Elias Mountains we settle into the log cabin for the next days of hiking
|Day 10 - 14||
Hiking in Kluane National Park.
At Kluane Lake, fed by the Kaskawulsh Glacier, we start our hike towards Sheep Mountain, home of a large number of Dall Sheep. Red Castle Ridge on the other side of the draw got its name from the iron colored rocky cliffs.
Optional activities are:
In the afternoon we drive back to the hotel in Whitehorse.
|Day 15 - 17||
After breakfast you can appreciate your final day on the horse down the twisty mountain trail towards the ranch. A totally different view compared to going up awaits. Most likely you have a hard time leaving the horses behind and trading in the camp life with the hotel room in Whitehorse.
Your last evening in the Yukon lets you acclimatise to civilisation.
|Day 19||Transfer to the Airport|