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Chilkoot Trail

So you really want an adventure this year, do you? Well, a trek across the Chilkoot Pass is an experience that you’ll not soon forget. This route will keep to amaze you as you try to absorb it all. We'll retrace the Klondike Gold Rush route over the Chilkoot Pass. We camp along the trail and explore the gold rush relics on the way. Being in the center of it all, it still is hard to imagine what people must have experienced, traveling this rugged and wild country more than 100 years ago. But we're not after the gold: our treasure lies in the unsurpassed beauty of the mountains and adventure itself !

Chilkoot Trail, Alaska. Chilkoot pass
Available Departure Dates 2013
7 days / 6 nights

NCT 01/2013: June 23 - June 29
NCT 02/2013: June 30 - July 6
NCT 03/2013: July 7    - July 13
NCT ***04/2013: July 14  - July 20
NCT 05/2013: July 21  - July 27
NCT 06/2013: July 28  - Aug. 3
***NCT 07/2013: Aug. 4   - Aug. 10
***NCT 08/2013: Aug. 11 - Aug. 17
NCT 09/2013: Aug. 18 - Aug. 24
***confirmed departure
Tour begins and ends in Whitehorse
Required participants:
min. 4 / max. 6
Price*                               CAD $ 1655 Single room supplement     CAD $   160 (hotel & tent)
Surcharge p. p. for group of 3| CAD $330
Surcharge p. p. for group of 2| CAD $950
* Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST extra, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
Day 1
We'll greet you at Whitehorse airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown Whitehorse. In the evening your guide will meet you at your hotel and explain the details and getting prepared for hiking the Chilkoot Trail. Of course, he will advise /assist you packing your backpack.

Day 2
We'll drive to Carcross and over the White Pass to Skagway. There is the opportunity for an optional ride on the historic train of the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad from Fraser to Skagway. Get a first taste of the gold rush in this little historic town, and after lunch we'll continue to Dyea, where we'll start our hike on the Chilkoot Trail. Today we'll hike to our first camp (approx. 3 hours hiking time).

Day 3 After breakfast our adventure continues through the rain forest. There are lots of creek crossings, as we'll follow the banks of the Taiya River. Be prepared to get wet feet! This is a pleasant day with some easy and some fairly steep but short climbs. The next camp is 5 to 6 hours hiking away.

Day 4
Today we'll leave very early and climb above tree line where we can enjoy the superb view of mountains and glaciers. This is the toughest day on the hike. Climb the golden stairs and think about the stampeders who had to do this stretch more than 20 times! When we reach the Chilkoot pass we cross the border between Alaska and Canada, at more than 1100 meters (3700 feet) above sea level! From here we'll descend over snowfields, passing small lakes, creeks and rock outcrops to reach "Happy Camp" (6-8 hours) in late afternoon.

Day 5
From Happy Camp to Lindeman is in some ways the best part of the trail, with expansive views, gentle grades (except for a bit of ridge-work above Long Lake), and a great feeling of accomplishment tucked away safely in your vest pocket  ( 4-5 hours hiking time).

Day 6
Today we'll continue our trek to Lake Bennett where the Chilkoot Trail ends (4 to 5 hours hiking time). A float plane will pick us up by late afternoon for our spectacular flight back to Whitehorse. Upon arrival in Whitehorse, we’ll pick you up and bring you to your hotel where you definitely will enjoy a hot shower!

Day 7
We'll bring you to the airport for your flight south or you'll take off on your own for your next adventure.

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  • Airport transfers in Whitehorse; 
  • Transportation Skagway and Dyea; 
  • Flight by float plane from Lake Bennett to Whitehorse; 
  • Accommodation in Whitehorse (2 x hotel) and in tents on the trail;
  • All meals on the trail including non-alcoholic beverages; 
  • All camping equipment such as stove, dishes, tents etc. except for sleeping bag & sleeping pad; 
  • Chilkoot Park fees and licenses;
  • Emergency equipment (first aid kit, bear spray, satellite phone).
  • Licensed wilderness guide.
  • Meals and beverages in hotels and restaurants;
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping pad
  • Trip cancellation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancellation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects.
  • During our Chilkoot Trail adventure everyone carries part of the load, approximately 18 kg (40 lbs). This includes your own gear, some group camping gear and a portion of the food.
  • We will carry the bare minimum and safely store your other belongings in Whitehorse. 
  • Please make sure you have all necessary documents for entry into the USA! Conditions change on short notice and Nature Tours of Yukon assumes no liability, if you are denied entry into Alaska.
  • You will be required to sign a 'release of claims and waiver of liability' form prior to the departure of this tour.
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