Hiking the Kluane National Park – from 5 to 10 days

HikingThe Kluane park is one of the jewels of Yukon. With its neighbours, the Tatshenshini-Aslek in British Columbia and Wrangell–St-Elias and Glacier Bay in Alaska, it belongs to the greatest reserve of the world.

Apart from the poles, it is the world’s largest icefield. The park’s management plan wants to keep its wild aspect. There is not many installation as trail or bridge. It is necessary to know how to follow a route with map and compass and how to cross a creek.

It is nevertheless one of the last true wilderness area left on the planet accessible for hiking and backpacking. It is possible to meet wild fauna like grizzly or black bear, Dall sheep or caribou, moose or wolf.

Kluane National Park – 6 days/5 nights

This package allows you to discover the Kluane national park, Haines road to Haines pass and the Kluane lake with 6 beautiful day hikes. We come back to a campground every evening. We don’t carry a big backpack.

DATES:

  • June 22 to 27, 2015
  • July 6 to 11, 2015
  • July 20 to 25, 2015
  • Other dates available on request.

RATES:

  • Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars
  • $ 1990.00/person + tax (5%)
  • Supplement single: $ 100.00
  • Children: Half rate
  • Departure Whitehorse

Included: Professional guide with GPS, satellite phone, anti bear spray, bear canister. National park’s fees. Meals from the lunch of the first day to lunch of the last day. Camping fees. Camping gear, sleeping bag. Transportation from Whitehorse to Haines Junction, from Haines Junction to Haines pass and back, from Haines junction to Kluane lake and back to Whitehorse. (950 km).

Not included: Goods and Services Tax (5 %), alcoholic beverages,  your travel/cancellation insurance, your health/rapatriation insurance. Your personal expenses.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:  Meeting with your guide in Whitehorse. Transportation  by car to Kluane National park.  Visit of the beautiful Kluane National  Park headquarter and First Nations visitor information center. We drive to Desadesh lake. Hike to St Elias lake. 3 to 4 hours. Night at Desadesh lake campground.
DAY 2: We drive south the Haines road to Haines pass. We hike to Nadahani glacier. 8 h. Night at Million dollars Fall campground.
DAY 3: We drive back to Kathleen lake in the Kluane National park. We hike to King’s Throne summit. 6h. Night at Kathleen lake campground.
Day 4: We drive to the trailhead of Mt Decoeli. We hike to the top of the mountain, to admire the view. 6 to 8 hours. Night at Kathleen lake campground.
DAY 5: We drive to Kluane lake. We visit the Sheep mountain national park interpretation center then we hike for a full day to Bouillon plateau. 6 hours. In the evening, we come back to Haines Junction. Night at Pine lake campground.
DAY 6: We drive to the trailhead of Aslek river. 4 hours hike. In the afternoon, we drive back to Whitehorse.

LEVEL: To be active and in good health. It can be compared with  alpine excursions. Possible creek crossings. Moderate to difficult, depending on the trails.

Cottonwood trail – 5 days/4 nights (70 kms)

Moderate. Classic trail. A few creek crossings. Beautiful landscape. 15 to 18 km a day.

July 27 to 31, 2015

Aug 17 to 21, 2015.

Other dates available on request.

RATES:

  • Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars
  • $ 1490.00/person + tax (5%)
  • Children: Half rate
  • Departure Whitehorse

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Meeting with your guide in Whitehorse. Transportation by vehicle from Whitehorse to Mush lake road in the Kluane National park. We will stop at Haines Junction and the Kluane national park headquarter. Camping at Mush lake.
DAY 2: We hike from Mush lake to Dalton pass. About 18 km. We camp near Dalton creek.
DAY 3:  We continue downhill to Victoria creek that we have to cross.Then, after following Victoria creek for about 3 km, we climb a little to reach another pass and we go down. We hike in meadows and cottonwood forests until we reach cottonwood creek where we will camp. 15 km.
DAY 4:  Today is the long day as we are not allow to camp for 18 km. We will arrive to Victoria creek where we will camp.
DAY 5: After crossing Victoria creek, we continue to reach Kathleen lake. We follow the lake to Goat creek. Then the trail is climbing up before reaching again Kathleen lake shore. 18 km. We will arrive in Kathleen lake in the afternoon and will go back by car to Whitehorse.

LEVEL: To be active and in good health. It can be compared with an alpine excursion. Several creeks crossing.  Backpack to carry. We will carry food and gear (About 15 kg). Moderate.

Donjek route – 10 days/9 nights (100 kms)

Very difficult. This itinerary does not follow a trail. It is harder and slower to hike. Several very cold creek crossings. Steep passes. Beautiful landscape. Challenging.
Aug 3 to 12, 2015. Other dates available on request.

RATES:

  • Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars
  • $ 2790.00/person + tax (5%)
  • Supplement single: $ 250.00
  • Children: Half rate
  • Departure Whitehorse

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Meeting with your guide in Whitehorse. Transportation by vehicle from Whitehorse to Burwash Landing.We will stop at Haines Junction and visit the DaKu (First Nations) cultural centre and the Kluane national park headquarter. We will begin our backpacking trip and we will camp in the wilderness.
DAY 2 : We will  hike to Burwash creek. We will camp near the creek.
DAY 3:  We will hike to Hoge pass. After a few kilometers,  we will reach Hoge creek that we have to cross several times then the Donjek river. We will camp nearby.
DAY 4 :  Today we will follow horses trails or animals trails with some creeks crossing. We will camp near a creek.
DAY 5:  Today, we will arrive near the glacier and we will have nice view of it. We will reach Bighorn creek and then Chert creek. We will find a nice spot to camp.
DAY 6:  Today we will go up to Mt Atlas summit, 2100m. We will camp in the alpine area.
DAY 7:  We have to go down and to reach the Duke river. We will camp nearby.
DAY 8:  We will reach Cache lake and camp nearby.
DAY 9: We will follow Copper Joe River and camp near the park boundary.
DAY 10: For our last day of hiking, we will reach the Alaska highway where a vehicle is waiting for us. We will go back to Whitehorse in the evening.

LEVEL: Difficult. To be active and in good health. It can be compared with an alpine excursion. Several creek crossings.  Backpack to carry. We will carry food and gear (About 18 kg).

DATES: Hiking or backpacking is possible in the Yukon from mid June to the end of September.

In June and July, the days are very long. From mid August, the nights can be fresh. On the other hand, the nights are longer, the possibility of seeing northern lights increases. Autumn colors are at their best near the end of August and the first week of September.

CLIMAT:  Yukon summer could be warm and usually dry but the weather is unpredictable. It is wise to have clothes for colder temperature as well as a waterproof jacket in case of rain.

SAFETY AND COMMUNICATIONS: Our guides are accredited with a wilderness medicine certificate. We have a satellite phone, a bear spray, a GPS,  a bear proof barrel for our food.

NOTICE: For safety reasons, we will take the permission to change an itinerary. Every participant will be requested to sign a waiver of acceptation of risk.

EQUIPMENT: Comfortable hiking boots and a comfortable daypack. Comfortable clothes with the possibility to cover arms and legs. Warm layer for the evening. Waterproof jacket. Hat, sun glasses, sun lotion, insect repellent.  Optional : Walking stick, camera, binocular, flashlight.