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Walking in the Yukon & Alaska

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Trip code: 
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New Walking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
1–12

Walk in America's largest remaining wild land

Traverse the untouched Yukon Territory on this two-leader, dedicated walking tour which explores some of the most scenic and untouched natural areas on planet Earth. Canada's northernmost province is a vast territory within the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Ocean. Homeland of American Indians and Inuit, Yukon is North America's largest remaining wild land. It is also where the unexpected occurs. Kluane Park is one of unceasing beauty with its pine tree forests, wide glacial valleys, tundra setting and its glacier-peaked mountain range, home to a population of wolves, Grizzly Bear, salmon and eagles. With spectacular skies and the midnight sun extending summer days, this bucket list essential is the ultimate experience for wildlife, walking and photography enthusiasts.

Highlights

  • A full range of guided hikes and wilderness trails
  • Visit the gold rush town of Skagway
  • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities

Key information

  • 12 nights basic camping and 1 night hotel
  • 8 days trekking
  • Altitude maximum 1990m, average 821m

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 12 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude, including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 57.0km/4.5miles
Day 616.0km/10.0miles
Day 715.0km/9.3miles
Day 108.4km/5.0miles
Day 116.0km/3.72miles
Day 128.0km/4.97miles
Day 135.0km/3.1miles
Ice floating in the Chilkat River near Haines Alaska on a sunny November day.

Itinerary

Whitehorse, Yukon
to
Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Day 1

    Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

    Your tour begins in the Yukon Territory city of Whitehorse. Surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and the Yukon River, there’s no surprise Whitehorse is known as the `Wilderness City’. With a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Yukon city offers the best of both worlds to anyone who ventures this far. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs where you’ll meet your guides and fellow travellers.
    This evening is free to explore as you wish.

    Optional Activities:
    • Fishing permit (Whitehorse) CA$50

    Comfortable hotel

  • Day 2

    Skagway, Alaska

    This morning you set off for Skagway (3 hours amongst high snowy peaks (no hiking today!) and along the popular Inside Passage cruise route. It is now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the streets are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, which appear as though they haven’t changed much in the past 100 years. Skagway’s history and spectacular natural setting offer unparalleled vistas, but the town also has an array of museums and shops where local artists display their work. A portion of the Skagway downtown area has been designated as the Skagway Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park; and is the embarkation point for the famous Chilkoot and White Pass trails.

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Haines, Alaska

    Today you board the ferry for Haines, another coastal town in the Alaskan fjord with a fascinating history and culture, not to mention breathtaking scenery. Our first visit is the ancient Tinglit Indian village of Klukwan, which is nestled along the banks of the Chilkat River. Local history reveals that Klukwan was originally settled many years ago by a group of Gaanaxteidi (Raven Clan) men and their Kaagwaantaan (Eagle Clan) wives. The village site was chosen because of the rich natural environment found here. A wander around the village with local information helps paint the picture of the area’s history.

    In the afternoon, we visit the world-famous Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which boasts the largest gathering of Bald Eagles anywhere in the world. Your adventure begins with an 18 mile drive on the Haines Highway to find excellent eagle viewing areas. Newly-created pull-outs along the highway are provided for eagle watchers and photographers.

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Haines, Alaska

    Today is all about peaks, with your goal being the summit of Mt Ripinski. You’ll encounter many different Alaskan ecosystems along the way including lush forest, subalpine stunted trees, alpine meadow and rocky summit. You begin your ascent through the forest, passing blueberries that the bears come to raid to fatten up in late August. The climb through the forest lasts several hours before reaching subalpine space, where you walk beside a small creek and alpine tundra dotted with wildflowers, including the white bell-shaped flowers of mountain heather.
    Views from the top are simply amazing in every direction, including the emerald blue Chilkoot Lake and Lutak Inlet, Haines town, Cathedral Peaks, the Chilkat River drainages and Takshanuk Mountains.

    Altitude gain: 3690ft/1125m
    Rating: Strenuous

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Kluane National Park and Preserve, Yukon Territory

    You leave Haines for our next stop, Kluane National Park (3.5 hours drive) stopping off en route to hike the Three Guardsmen Trail. You will set up camp in Haines Junction Village for three nights and visit the ancient town. A nearby reserve offers the perfect hiking opportunity, the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, as well as a river rafting experience for those who seek more thrills (optional activity). Kluane Park is located in Yukon’s southwest, which is dominated by North America’s highest mountain range, the Saint-Elias range. There, Mount Logan peaks at 5959m. Amidst these giants sleeps the world’s largest non-polar ice field from which entire seas originate, the Kaskawulsh Glacier. This heritage site is as challenging as it is fascinating: crossing vast ice steppes on which silence reigns, dwarfed by immense mountains, steering clear of Grizzlies and camping out underneath the Yukon sky.

    Altitude gain: 2559ft/780m
    Rating: Moderate

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Kluane National Park and Preserve, Yukon Territory

    Kluane National Park and Preserve is pure wilderness, so today you’ll have a local guide to lead you on the King’s Throne Trail. This is a truly majestic hike and although it looks as though you need to be a mountaineer to climb it, the reality is not so difficult. Bears have been commonly spotted on this trail and your local guide will be equipped with bear spray. Regardless of how much sweat you break, views of the surrounding valleys and Kathleen Lake more than compensate. Valleys, rivers, lakes and mountains seem to continue without end and on a clear day you can see the large massif of Mount Alverstone, Mount Hubbard and Mount Kennedy.

    Worth noting: The steep scree and rock slopes encountered on this trail can be unstable and make hiking difficult in patches, weather can also be a factor with strong gusts occurring on exposed ridges.

    Altitude gain: 1800ft/548m to cirque; 4729ft/1,442m to summit
    Rating: Moderate

    Wilderness camping (no showers and long drop toilet)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Kluane National Park and Preserve, Yukon Territory

    Another day, another trail - but they just keep getting more beautiful! Today you’ll hike the Auriol Trail which does not go above tree level. It was originally an old wagon trail used by cross country skiers until the land became part of the Kluane National Park and Reserve. The Auriol Trail is a loop trail, crossing over creeks and passing through aspen and spruce tree forests. There are footbridges to cross and switchbacks with plenty of elevation hiking. The Auriol Trail is in the heart of ‘Bear Country’, so chances are you will have a good chance of spotting these boisterous animals. Your tour leaders and specialist local guide will have bear spray, but typically noise and talking is enough for bears to turn and head in the opposite direction.

    Altitude gain: 1204ft/367m
    Rating: Easy to Moderate

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Tok, Alaska

    Today you transfer from Kluane to Tok, stopping to admire beautiful landscapes, virgin territory and typical Klondike villages along the way. You will be travelling for approximately 5.5 hours, not including stops. Tok is an outdoorsperson’s paradise teeming with birds, mammals and fish. The world famous Forty Mile Country, which inspired the likes of Jack London, lie to the north; while the Mentasta and Wrangell mountains lie to the south. Residents are forced to embrace the true frontier lifestyle, and there’s plenty of bird watching, camping, hiking, fishing, float trips and other exploring to be done in the area. In town, attractions include gold panning, museums and horse riding.

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Dawson City, Yukon Territory

    Transfer from Tok for Dawson City, crossing yet another American border only to head back into Canada a few hours later. We will go through old western style villages, both alive and deserted –‘ghostly’, some might say. You’ll see ancient mines and appreciate outstanding panoramas across the Kluane range. After approximately 5.5 hours, you reach Dawson City, by way of the ‘Top of the World Highway’. A lot of travelling will be done today but it is decidedly more than worth it as we visit the depths of Yukon and its people. Tonight, you’ll camp near the banks of the Yukon River at a campsite which offers a free gold panning activity. Please note that whilst your campsite has all the expected facilities, it is more basic in nature due to its location.

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Dawson City, Yukon Territory

    This morning you enjoy a walking tour of Dawson City, the Klondike’s most famous town, located along the 64th of latitude, 154 miles within the Polar Circle. This city was once called ‘the Paris of the North’ for its bustling activity. Each spring, hundreds of gold diggers still flood the town in search of the precious stone, but we will be experiencing a different kind of treasure – its ancient mines, its hot springs, its saloons’ cold beer, the midnight sun and the Jack London interpretation centre.

    Dawson City’s crowning glory is the spectacular panorama that can only be seen atop the Midnight Dome. Standing like a sentinel over the city, Midnight Dome has provided the backdrop for one of the wildest migrations in history...the Klondike Gold Rush. Between 1897 and 1899, roughly 50,000 people descended on the area around Dawson City to stake claims in the Klondike Gold Fields. So be sure that your camera batteries are charged and there is room on you memory card, because you don’t want to miss an opportunity to capture this enchanting vista. Once you have recovered from the breathtaking view, make your way to Canada’s first (and friendliest) gambling hall, Diamond Tooth Gerties. Be entertained by Gertie’s powerhouse vocals and her high-kicking ‘Gold Rush Girls’.

    Altitude gain: 1700ft/518m
    Rating: Easy to moderate

    Optional Activities:
    • Gold panning - Dawson City CA$16
    • Dawson City Museum - Dawson City CA$9

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    After a two hour transfer, the next three days are going to be spent exploring the Tombstone range, a hiking paradise. This specific region is the spirit of the Yukon territory: virgin nature, Grizzlies and solitude.

    Today you’ll enjoy a half day hiking option on the Angelcomb Peak, which is a nice easy going trail, before you venture deeper into the park. The trail itself is shorter and offers great views up the East Blackstone River, as well as the peaks and valleys to the east of the Dempster Highway. This area is an important sheep habitat.

    Altitude gain: 1936ft/590m
    Rating: Easy

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a day hike to Alpine Lakes Viewpoint. This route follows one of the many ridges that lead up to an open alpine plateau and a rocky ridge above two picturesque alpine lakes. There are often caribou on the plateau, and you get amazing views all the way up the ridge.

    Altitude gain: 2533ft/772m
    Rating: Moderate

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a day hike to Grizzly Ridge, which is one of the most popular trails in Tombstone Territorial Park, and for good reason. Within about an hour you get a view of Mount Monolith at the end of Grizzly Valley. The trail is well established, and you can continue along the ridge towards Grizzly Lake for as long as you like.

    Altitude gain: 1388ft/423m
    Rating: Easy

    Basic camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Whitehorse, Yukon

    Today is your final day in Canada’s Yukon but your adventure is not yet over. Today is mainly a drive day, which gives you the perfect chance to sit back and watch what the Yukon does effortlessly without even trying; offering perfect postcard views. It is also a great day for wildlife spotting so be prepared to stop along the way at viewpoints and as wildlife ambles throughout the area. You’ll finish your tour back at the gateway hotel in Whitehorse around 17:00. If you’re not flying out tonight, it’s the perfect opportunity for a farewell dinner and a Canadian brew.

    We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you  have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

Visas

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Vaccinations

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

12 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 12 dinners included

On all camping tours, most of the meals are included whilst camping. Your tour guides will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.
Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from $6-$12, lunches from $8-$15 and dinners from $13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately $5 per glass and beer $4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Alaska and the Yukon, specific food types can be limited.

Weather

Whitehorse

Whitehorse

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This walking tour is designed for active adults and offers a well-paced mix of walks. Most trails are of moderate difficulty and are between four to six hours in duration (depending on your speed and ability). It is advised to train for this walking tour and bring along a pair of walking boots which you have worn in and feel comfortable wearing. For the more adventurous there may be additional hikes on offer after the main group hike. You will be accompanied by two tour guides on this walking tour to offer greater support due to the remote location.

There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour guides will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which although correct at the time of publication, can fluctuate throughout the season. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time our tour guides may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Camping

We use national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers but keep in mind, the areas that you are travelling through are more remote and your campsites will reflect this. You will sleep in high quality, heavy duty tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. Our camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping matt, food storage and camp lanterns. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

CAMP DUTIES

An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing up of the campsite. Your tour guides will provide guidance on what to do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying ‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors.

Your tour guides will also co-ordinate and assist the group with food shopping, preparing meals and cleaning up. Sharing the camp duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travellers and the group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 0208 772 3936