Yukon Wild - Multi Adventure

 

Canoeing - Trail Riding - Hiking in  Kluane National Park

 

Reservations


Teslin River Canoe Trip, YukonHappy Campers along Teslin River, Yukon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

Tombstone Mountain Dempster HighwayYukon Horseback Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Reservations
 

Itinerary: 

 
Day 1 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
A short drive brings us to the start of our canoe trip at Johnson's Crossing. After a brief introduction into the basics of paddling we start out on the water. The rivers wide channel  changes past  the first bend into a narrower and a bit faster stream.  Moose and maybe the odd caribou can be seen on the open marshy flats that alternate with high sandy cutbanks on which interesting rock formations can be seen. Each night finds us at a different camp spot, where we set up our tents close to the water on sandy or grassy shores.
Where the Teslin River joins  with the Yukon River we get our first glimpse of the gold rush history. The trading post and telegraph stationat Hootalinqua was a busy place- once upon a time. Now there are only some buildings and artifacts left from those heydays. Many relicts can be found hidden under an overgrowth of wild roses and willow bushes that remind of a time long gone.
The Sternwheeler " Evelyn" on Shipyard Island , is the only one left of its kind, along the river. 
Sunken in woodcutter cabins , dredges and mining equipment from the days of the Gold Rush and the Riverboats seem like a tucked awayopen air museum.

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.
On different trails we explore a variety of mountains and meadows Kluane has to offer. Starting in the boreal forest, we reach alpine meadows and vistas of the ice covered peaks in the back. The park is famous for Dall Sheep and Grizzly Bears. Kings Throne at Kathleen Lake is one of the most spectacular hikes in the area, overlooking several lakes in the vast valley and beyond. 
The open country allows for good opportunities to spot wildlife. En route we stop at a traditional native fish camp in Klukshu of the Southern Tutchone First Nations. .

At Kluane Lake, fed by the Kaskawulsh Glacier, we start our hike  towards Sheep Mountain, home of a large number of Dall SheepRed Castle Ridge on the other side of the draw got its name from the iron colored rocky cliffs.
Right below us expands the turquoise waters of Kluane Lake and the snow covered mountains in the back

Optional activities are:
white water rafting trip on the upper Tatshenshini River ( WW 4)
glacier flight, to get you into the heart of Kluane National Park. From above you can see the largest non polar icefield of the world.
If this seems to much for you, relax at the cozy log cabin, or go for a walk along the Dezadeash River.

In the afternoon we drive back to the hotel in  Whitehorse.

Day 15 - 17

Horseback Riding
Early in the morning we arrive at the ranch. After the saddle horses  are tacked up and all our pack horses are loaded, your guide will designate riders to horses. Each participant gets a short but thorough briefing about riding and being with horses for the next 4 days. Then we head out into the wilderness  A 4 hour ride brings us high up into the Grizzly Mountain area, where a set up camp awaits the riders. After a hearty meal we relax at our open camp fire.  Clear nights vibrate with the sparkling of millions of stars and might already show us a brilliant display of Northern Lights.  
For the next two days we explore nearby mountain tops, steep valleys and green meadows. This is definitely bear country - as well as home to Ptarmigan, Dall Sheep and Moose. Camp duties and  helping with horses are our daily chores.

Day 18 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

Equipment List for this tour