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Tour Duration: 13 Days | Tour Price: CAD 5,500.00/person | Tour Season: July
Stretching nearly three hundred miles from Pyramid Harbour in Alaska to Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River, the Dalton Trail is the greatest, wildest trail you’ve never heard of. Though First Nations already knew this route through the high mountains of Southern Yukon as an ancient trading route, it became known as the cowboy’s route to the Klondike during Yukon’s famous Gold Rush.

The trail was the best (and perhaps only) by horseback into the Yukon interior—and it remains that way today. The ballad-worthy cattle drives of the Gold Rush are a distant memory, but the route remains an important part of the culture and oral history of the Champagne Aishihik First Nation, who have travelled this trail since long before an American pathfinder, entrepreneur, and accused murderer named Jack Talton imprinted it with his name.

Our route retraces the line of Dalton’s historic maps, beginning at Dalton Post in the snowy St. Elias Mountains and taking us through the wildest part of the old trail. We will be travelling through remote mountains and rivers with excellent chances for wildlife viewing and fishing. Jack Dalton trained his horses to walk on improvised snowshoes to keep them from sinking through muskeg along the first part of this route, but our trek will take advantage of a more traditional form of travel along this section: paddling by canoe along the Dezadeash River. After three days on the river, we will leave our canoes at the abandoned townsite of Champagne and continue on horseback through the open tundra and grassland of Hutshi Lakes and the upper Nordenskiold River.

Here, thanks to efforts at reintroduction during the late 1980s, great herds of bison still roam, not to mention healthy populations of curious moose and Dall sheep, which gather on the mountain slopes. After a week in the saddle, our journey ends where the trail meet the Klondike highway, which follows a part of Dalton’s old route to Dawson City. The highway also offers us the chance to return to Whitehorse for a dinner and a night on the town.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival and orientation. Overnight at hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 2
Transfer to Dezadeash Lake Campground, to practise paddling and fishing. Either camp on the lake or travel a short distance down the river.

Day 3-4
Paddle and camp on Dezadeash River.

Day 5
Paddle to a campsite near Champagne landing.

Day 6
Meet the horse trailer at Champagne landing in the late morning. Here, we reorganize and begin the second phase, travelling by horseback toward Hutshi Lakes.

Day 7-12
Travel by horseback over Hutshi Lakes and the Upper Nordenskiold River following the historic trail. Transfer to Whitehorse. Night in hotel in Whitehorse.

Day 13
Transfer to return flight or connecting program.

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Details

Tour Duration

13 Days

Tour Price

Single Room/Tent: +CAD 565.00
Double Room/Tent: CAD 5,500.00
All Rates per person (+ GST)

Group Size

5 - 10 participants per tour



Demands

Not for novice paddlers. Your paddling skills are at an intermediate level, you can handle your canoe or kayak in most weather conditions and have basic whitewater skills.

Included

  • Expert guidance on the entire trip
  • Canoes and camping equipment
  • Overland transportation
  • 2 person tents
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Whitehorse
  • All meals on canoe and horseback trip
  • Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse


Not included

  • Meals in hotels
  • Fishing license
  • Personal extras
  • Gratuity