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Tour Duration: 15 Days | Tour Price: CAD 3,995.00/person | Tour Season: June - September
On top of the world

As you hike up to a magnificent vista the memory of the effort slides away with awe. Hiking in Alaska and the Yukon offers some of the most beautiful and remote hiking in North America. Follow the paths of gold diggers, fur traders and explorers while watching for a myriad of wildlife.

On this hotel and hiking tour you will experience the massive mountain ranges and glaciers of the Northern American Continent. Your guide will lead you through wild and untouched territory where bears, wolves, caribou and a myriad of other creatures wander free. As any true hiker knows, only on foot can we fully engage in this landscape of rugged beauty.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Anchorage
Individual arrival to Anchorage. At the airport you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel where we will meet the rest of the group. (Anchorage, overnight in hotel).
Day 02: Anchorage to Seward
Sit back and enjoy the spectacular landscape roll by as we head to the seaside town of Seward. Following Turnagain Arm we have sweeping views of first the Chugach Mountains then the Kenai Range. Imagine this route plied by Native peoples, Russian fur traders, European explorers and American gold prospectors. The drive along the dramatic shoreline of Turnagain Arm with its immense tidal flats is one of the most beautiful roads in North America. As we approach Seward we come to Moose Pass where the start of the 1600 km Iditarod Trail begins. Here teams of hardy men and huskies begin one of the toughest, most arduous races in the world. Along our route we will stop for some short hikes. Our hikes will depend on the group’s interest whether it be looking for ideal bird-watching or catching a glimpse of the local salmon runs. Make sure to take time to communicate with your guide since there are so many options! We’ll finish the day once we arrive in Seward to enjoy a hike at Exit Glacier, which provides an excellent opportunity to get an up-close look at this beautiful glacier. (Overnight accommodation in Seward).
Day 03: Seward
This morning we’ll hike in the Seward area. Here hiking options include the Iditarod Trail, the spectacular Coastal Trail (tide dependent), historic Fort McGilvary with its dark tunnels and Tonsina Beach with its salmon stream just to name a few. Your guide will have a plan based on seasonal events and weather conditions. In the afternoon you have the option to hike but today you might like to take advantage of one of the main draws of the Seward area – the Kenai Fjords National Park. This optional six-hour marine life viewing cruise is teeming with wildlife including seals, sea lions, sea otters, as well as orca (killer) and humpback whales. Seabirds abound, including bald eagles, kittiwakes and the loveable puffins. Moose and black bears are often spotted along the shorelines. One of this tour’s highlight is when Bear Glacier calves sending up huge waves as the ancient ice crashes into the ocean. (Overnight accommodation in Seward).
Day 04: Seward to Denali National Park
Today we say goodbye to Seward heading along the Seward Highway through the scenic Turnagain Arm. Here are spectacular tides, among the highest in the world, which attract the beluga whales who hunt salmon in the turbulent, murky waters. We’ll continue surrounded by cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, emerald pine forests and snow-capped mountains with wildlife appearing around every corner. As we pass through Portage, we’ll visit one of Alaska’s beautiful glaciers before continuing to the George Parks Highway and on to the magnificent vistas waiting for us in Denali National Park. In the evening there is the option to participate in a scenic one hour glacier flight that will provide a chance to view Mt. Denali, North America’s tallest peak (over 6000m!) in good weather. (Overnight accommodation in the vicinity of the park)
Day 05: Denali National Park
Without question, today will be a highlight of your trip. A national park shuttle bus takes us deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. In good weather you can see majestic Mt. Denali, which at 6193 meters it is the highest mountain in the USA. The wildlife in Denali is impressive. With a little luck you will see all the wildlife on your list including 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 while golden eagles and other birds of prey soar overhead. This is the Alaska of your dreams! (Overnight accommodation in the vicinity of the park).
Day 06: Denali National Park to Glenallen
Although we say goodbye to Denali National Park today we still travel along the panoramic views of the famous Denali Highway. The Denali Highway offers an almost cinematic wilderness panorama. The route takes us through a vast glacial floodplain; the road is actually built on glacial eskers as it follows the border of Denali National Park. This is one of the most remote regions in the north; few Alaskans have ever travelled this route. (Overnight accommodation in Glenallen).
Day 07: Glenallen to Dawson City
Today we will drive the Top of the World Highway one of the most beautiful and spectacular high roads of North America. We will cross the highest border between Canada and the US at Little Gold Creek. During this drive we will have opportunities for short hikes along the way. Dawson City offers a wide variety of historic sites which are easily accessible on foot. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City.).
Day 08: Dawson City
A highlight is the drive into the Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks where we visit an active gold mine. Later we will drive up the Midnight Dome, the mountain overlooking Dawson. We can stroll through the quaint little town where so many buildings from the gold rush era are preserved. Dawson City offers a wide variety of historic sites which are easily accessible on foot. At the end of the day we will visit the Diamond Tooth Casino featuring the Cancan-Dance girls. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City.).
Day 09: Dempster Highway
After getting up real early we will drive two hours up the Dempster Highway, which in total is 730 km long and is the only connection to the peak of Inuvik at the Polar Sea. We will start hiking at the foot of the Tombstone Mountains, which will lead us into this spectacular mountain’s tundra regions where every season has its unique attraction. (Overnight accommodation in Dawson City.)
Day 10: Dawson City to Whitehorse
On our journey to Whitehorse we will travel parallel to the Yukon River, which at 3200 kms is one of the longest rivers in North America. We’ll take a break at the Five Finger Rapids to walk down to the overlook and have a bite to eat. On our way into Whitehorse we will stop at the Beringia Centre, a museum featuring prehistoric ice age history and the ancient landscape of Beringia. In late afternoon we will have some time for a short hike along the Yukon River to see the gold rush ghost town of Canyon City. You will have this evening free to enjoy Whitehorse’s distinct character. This wilderness city offers everything from Vaudeville shows to quiet walks along the mighty Yukon River. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse).
Day 11: Whitehorse to Haines Junction
After a short drive we will arrive in the quaint town of Haines Junction with the magnificent mountains of Kluane National Park hanging in the distance. On our way into Haines Junction, we will stop at the Da Kų Cultural Centre to orient ourselves on the cultures of the area. Once we’ve settled into our hotel and had a quick lunch, we will head out to trek the Auriol Trail in Kluane National Park. This four-hour trail is an excellent introduction to the park as it explores mixed boreal forest surrounded by mountain vistas. (Overnight accommodation in Haines Junction).
Hiking in Kluane National Park Hiking in Kluane National Park
Day 12: Haines Junction / Kluane National Park
Today we will spend all day hiking through the Kluane National Park, which is the largest national park Canada. We do a full-day hike on one of many trails leading to Sheep Mountain and offering views of Kluane Lake. This evening you will have the option of taking a sightseeing flight over the glaciated ranges of Kluane National Park. (Overnight accommodation in Haines Junction)
Day 13: Haines Junction to Skagway
Today we will take the spectacular road to Haines. Shortly before arriving at the pacific coast we will pass the Valley of the Bald Eagles. In Haines we’ll catch the ferry through the picturesque Lynn Fjords to Skagway – once the gate to the greatest gold rush of all time! Late afternoon/evening free to explore this interesting town, hike to Yakutania Point, do some shopping or just grab a coffee and watch the otters play in the river. (Overnight in Skagway)
Day 14: Skagway to Whitehorse
After breakfast we will head back to the Yukon on the Klondike Highway. After passing through White Pass and crossing the border, we will stop to explore Montana Mountain just outside of Carcross. Here we will enjoy the look out to the Lakes Nares and Bennet. After our hike we will stop to see the Tlingit Facades in the village of Carcross then head on to the Carcross Desert – the smallest desert in the world. As we follow the road to Whitehorse we will also stop to admire the beauty of Emerald Lake, which is also called the Rainbow Lake by the locals because of its sensational watercolours. (Overnight accommodation in Whitehorse)
Day 15: Whitehorse Departures
Transfer to airport or connecting program.



(Due to the nature of this tour last-minute changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide.)



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Details

Tour Duration

15 Days

Tour Price

Double Room: CAD 3,995.00
Single Room: +CAD 1,990.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

3 - 12 participants per tour





Demands

Moderate hikes with light day pack, courses and activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.

Hiking Details

  • Hiking time around 2-5 hours
  • Hiking length around 6-14km
  • Hiking altitude around 50-550m


Included

  • 15 days trip from Anchorage to Whitehorse
  • Personal Guide with interpretation throughout the trip
  • Local hiking and tour guide
  • 14 nights accommodation in superior middle class double rooms
  • All overland transportation
  • Air-conditioned Maxi Van (capacity 15 seats)
  • Guided hiking trips
  • Ferry trip on the Lynn fjord
  • Day tour through the Denali National Park
  • Admissions for the National Parks
  • Admissions as of itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Fee for U.S.A. visitor visa


Not included

  • Meals and beverages
  • Personal extras
  • Optional tours
  • Gratuity