From 27/12/2020 to 27/12/2020
Departure dates & prices
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Conquer the legendary Chilkoot Pass to the Klondike Gold Rush.
Immerse yourself within old-growth coastal rainforest and high alpine landscape.
Train from Whitehorse with return floatplane pick-up.
Discover abandoned Gold Rush camps, towns and artifacts.
Hike the alpine border between Alaska and British Columbia.
Provided meals and gear ensure lighter loads.
4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners2 nights twin share accommodation in Whitehorse4 nights wilderness campingLicensed wilderness guide and assistant(s) to help reduce pack weightAll camping and kitchen equipment except for sleeping bag and matEmergency equipment (first aid kit, bear spray, satellite phone)Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 7Private transportation during the tripPark fees and permitsWe will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and, if we can not match you up, we will provide a single room at no extra charge.
If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
Note regarding single rooms: The single supplement guarantees the privacy of your own room, however, rooms can at times be small and in some places may not enjoy the same facilities as double/twin rooms.
Group Size: 4 - 8.
Day 1 - Whitehorse Arrival and transfer in the storied capital of the Yukon Territory.
Day 2 - Finnegan’s Point (Approx 3hrs – 7.9km/4.9mi – +/-70m/230ft). Our gradual entry day nonetheless steeps us in the region’s history and natural beauty. We’ll drive to Carcross (considered the world’s smallest desert) and into Fraser, British Columbia. Those who choose to take the iconic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad will board here while the rest continue overland to the Klondike’s historic gateway: Skagway, Alaska. After exploring the town and reuniting for a light lunch, we transfer to the Chilkoot trailhead in the abandoned gold rush town of Dyea. An undulating trail takes us along bluffs and through forests of massive cottonwood and spruce. Next up are is the boardwalk across Beaver pond. If it is flooded, we encourage you to wear your camp shoes to keep your boots dry. Our small, forest campsite is located under an impressive canopy, an ideal location to soak in the vast outdoors, and connect around a hearty campfire.
Day 3 - Sheep Camp (Approx 6hrs – 13km/8mi – +/-345m/1131ft) Following breakfast, we continue through sublime coastal rainforest, visiting all that remains of the abandoned Canyon City townsite before continuing onwards to Sheep Camp. The rugged trail runs high above the river and involves a few creek crossings and impressive bridges. Before arriving in what remains of Canyon City, we take a side trail on a suspension bridge across the milky Taiya River. Further up the valley, the trail becomes steeper, slicing across bare granite that bears evidence of glacial scouring. Sheep Camp was historically the last site before leaving the tree line and is located within the humid rainforest with views of a large waterfall in the distance. Cast your mind back to the gold rush era, when today’s humble and overgrown Sheep Camp was a bustling mile-long city, complete with saloons, aerial tramway, hotels and restaurants.
Day 4 - Chilkoot Pass and Happy Camp (Approx 7-10hrs – 12.1km/7.5mi – +/-800m/2624ft) Departing Sheep Camp, we leave the dense forest behind and enter a dramatic valley and mountain pass. This is where the demanding reality of the Chilkoot Trail took hold, forcing many stampeders to abandon their dreams, along with the goods they carried. You might notice rusted stoves, cables and tram wheels along the trail as we approach The Scales, the settlement where stampeders were weighed and assessed before their push for the summit. With the Chilkoot Pass looming in the distance, The Scales once supported six restaurants, two hotels, a saloon and many freighting offices and warehouses. As you meet the challenge of scrambling up the steep, rocky Golden Stairs, spare a thought for desperate stampeders crushed under the weight of their loads (and the occasional winter avalanche). Your triumph comes with another accolade: you’ve just successfully hiked the alpine border between the United States and Canada. We descend over snowfields passing lakes, creeks and rocky outcrops, arriving late afternoon in our camp.
Day 5 - Lake Lindeman (Approx 4hrs – 8.8km/5.4mi – +/-310m/1017ft) With the most strenuous day behind you, you may well regard today as the best of the trail. Amidst stunning views and gentle grades (save for a spot of ridge work above Long Lake), you’ve earned your place within the Chilkoot’s rugged wilderness and enduring history. You can still spot the remnants of stampeders, especially the tent terraces built into sidehills, to accommodate thousands of people as they gathered to sail directly to the Klondike. There will be plenty of time to explore the area around Lindeman City, including the eleven wooden crosses that remain in the gold rush cemetery.
Day 6 - Lake Bennett (Approx 4-5hrs – 11.3km/7mi – +/-170m/557ft) Don’t be deceived by the negative gradient; the Chilkoot has one last surprise in store: the ascent up the ridge overlooking Lindeman Lake. Fortunately, there are plenty of rest stops on wooden boards set up on the rocks. Now that we’ve entered the rain shadow of the coastal mountains, the trail’s landscape changes dramatically. At one point during the gold rush, Lake Bennett was home to 20,000 people living in one of the world’s largest cities. They skedaddled out on thousands of hand-built boats within hours of the ice breaking up in 1898. Our exit will be far more glorious. We’ll board a floatplane for a spectacular scenic flight to Whitehorse, where hot showers and comfortable hotel beds await.
Day 7 - Whitehorse Trip concludes with a transfer to the airport. Breakfast not included.
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