The epic scale of the wild Yukon Territory and the State of Alaska are best appreciated on foot - surrounded by soaring mountains, immense glaciers and endless wilderness. This small group tour offers the chance to try a variety of short walks and longer hikes, as well as taking in the scenic highlights and prolific wildlife of this rugged corner of North America.
- uncover the fascinating history of the Klondike gold rush
- keep your eyes peeled for wildlife
- experience this wild and untouched corner of North America in a small group
From the Yukon's capital, Whitehorse, your memorable journey will take you through the ruggedly spectacular landscapes of Kluane National Park, Tombstone Provincial Park, Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park, before ending in the Alaskan city of Anchorage.
Follow the trails of the early pioneers and trappers and encounter wildlife from bears, wolves, caribou and moose roaming inland to belugas, orcas, sealions and otters off the coast of Alaska.
Throughout the trip a number of guided hikes will be available, ranging from short strolls to longer hikes. Each hike can be adapted to suit the requirements of the group, as well as to local weather conditions - the advantage of travelling with smaller numbers!
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Whitehorse
- On arrival in Whitehorse you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Here you will meet the rest of the group.
- Day 2: Whitehorse - Skagway
- Explore the capital of the Yukon before driving south on the Klondike Highway to Skagway, Alaska. Stop at Emerald Lake and the Carcross Desert - the smallest desert in the world. Your first hike is to Mountain Montana, from where you can enjoy views over Lakes Nares and Bennet, before continuing into Skagway.
- Day 3: Skagway - Haines Junction
- Skagway was the bustling gateway to the greatest gold rush of all time, with thousands of hopeful prospectors making their way from here over the treacherous Chilkoot Trail to the Klondike in search of their fortunes. Explore this frontier town this morning, before boarding the ferry through the Lynn Fjords to Haines and the nearby Valley of the Bald Eagles. Continue by road to Haines Junction, gateway to Kluane National Park.
- Day 4: Kluane National Park
- Today enjoy a hike (approx 5 hours) in Canada's largest national park, Kluane. Kluane is home to vast glaciers, soaring peaks and abundant wildlife. Follow one of many trails leading to Sheep Mountain to be rewarded with spectacular views of Kluane Lake.
- Day 5: Haines Junction - Whitehorse
- Spend the morning hiking in Kluane National Park (approx 4 hours). Later continue along the Alaska Highway, stopping at the Da K Cultural Centre to obtain an overview on the native cultures of the area, before arriving back in Whitehorse.
- Day 6: Whitehorse - Dawson City
- Today's long drive follows the Yukon River north. Enjoy a visit to the Beringia Centre for a fascinating insight into the Ice Ages, before arriving in Dawson City. The colourful settlement of Dawson.
- Day 7: Tombstone Provincial Park
- An early start allows the chance to travel along the first part of the Dempster Highway, which continues for 730kms north all the way to Inuvik and the Arctic Ocean. Your destination today is the rugged terrain of Tombstone Provincial Park, where a memorable hike amongst the jagged peaks should be a highlight of your holiday.
- Day 8: Dawson City
- Visit an active gold mine and explore the legendary Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks. Later drive up the Midnight Dome for views over the city, and explore the colourful streets of Dawson at leisure. Dawson City offers a wide variety of historic sites which are easily accessible on foot. For a real taste of the early goldrush days tonight you can enjoy a show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino..
- Day 9: Dawson City - Glenallen
- Today bid farewell to the Klondike as you take the ferry over the mighty Yukon River to the Top of the World Highway, one of North America's most spectacular driving routes. Cross back into the USA at Little Gold Creek, one of the highest points along the border. There may be an opportunity for a short hike along the way.
- Day 10: Glenallen - Denali National Park
- Journey west today along the scenic Denali Highway. You will be driving through a vast glacial floodplain, offering beautiful wilderness views on an epic scale. You will be spending the night just outside Denali National Park, and this evening there is the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the mountains and glaciers of the park (additional cost). Weather permitting, you may see the top of Denali, North America's tallest peak.
- Day 11: Denali National Park
- Board a national park shuttle bus this morning for a drive deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In good weather you can see majestic Denali towering over the park, at an impressive 6193 metres. Wildlife sightings may include wolves, Dall's sheep, moose, caribou and even the mighty grizzly bear. Smaller animals such as fox and coyotes are often spotted on their forays whilst golden eagles and other birds of prey soar overhead.
- Day 12: Denali National Park-Seward
- Travel south via Anchorage to scenic Turnagain Arm, named by Captain Cook after yet another unsuccessful attempt to find the Northwest Passage. The tides here are among the highest in the world and the salmon-rich waters attract distinctive white beluga whales. Continue along the Kenai Peninsula, where cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, emerald pine forests and snow-capped mountains appear around every corner as you make your way to Seward.
- Day 13: Seward
- The Exit Glacier is a favourite hiking location in the beautiful area around Seward, and today provides a great opportunity to stretch your legs and soak up the scenery. Alternatively you may wish to join an optional wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park (additional cost). This all-marine national park is teeming with wildlife including seals, sea lions, sea otters, orcas and humpback whales. Bald eagles, kittiwakes and loveable puffins fill the air whilst moose and black bears are often spotted along the shorelines. Calving glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop to your adventure.
- Day 14: Seward - Anchorage
- Head back to the city of Anchorage, where you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Visit the local micro-breweries, marvel at the volume of float planes taking off from Lake Hood, or hire a bike and enjoy a scenic ride to Kincaid Park.
- Day 15: Anchorage
- You will be transferred to the airport today.
Due to the nature of this tour, changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are at the discretion of the guide.
A variety of accommodation options are available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.
Prices & Dates
Twin-share from £2,497 per person
Single from £3,680 per person
10 - 24 June 2018
08 - 22 July 2018
05 - 19 August 2018
02 - 16 September 2018
Airport transfers on arrival and departure • all transportation as per the itinerary • services of a local guide • 14 nights accommodation in standard hotels • guided hiking trips • ferry journey on the Lynn Fjord • day trip into Denali National Park • entrance fees and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Flights • meals and beverages • items of a personal nature • tips and gratuities • optional tours • travel insurance
Minimum group size 3 people
Maximum group size 12 people
Whilst this tour includes a number of hikes there are also days that will be predominantly for travelling and/or sightseeing. Hiking opportunities will be subject to weather conditions, timings and the interests and activity levels of the group. The guide may need to alter aspects of the itinerary accordingly as you travel.
The hikes are graded moderate: average length 2-5 hours; average distance 6-14km; altitude 50-550m. You will walk with a light day pack and be accompanied by a guide.
If you are reasonably fit, you will be able to manage all the hiking trails selected. The itinerary allows for some flexibility, and there is the option to include alternate hiking routes and things to do. Before embarking on any hike your expert guide will consider the current trail conditions, the weather and the capabilities and wishes of the group.
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