Paddle the Hess River on this white water canoeing or kayaking expedition in the Yukon. This package offers two weeks of wilderness, wildlife, and whitewater. You will canoe/kayak with raft support on Class II to IV whitewater. The Hess has the most consistent whitewater in the Yukon.
Your adventure begins with a flight in a small charter plane from Mayo to Porter Lake. There is a one kilometer portage to the head water of the river. You will travel light, with inflatable canoe, small rafts and, or kayaks.
At first the river is small and narrow. It is the perfect habitat for moose, caribou and a great variety of waterfowl. The river flows South towards Keele Peak which is the highest point in the Selwyn-Mackenzie Mountains. Keele Peak is a huge circular, stand-alone massif, surrounded by valleys with small trees. The massif contains glaciers radiating out from the peak, and covering an area 10 km by 10 km. You will navigate 8 kms of grade III+ rapids before reaching Keele Creek where the river turns west towards Mayo and the Steward River. From here on the scenery changes to the typical rolling hills of central Yukon.
On this trip you will encounter rapids everyday, grade III+. This is a true wilderness trip, a long way from roads and people, the river flows through a rich wildlife habitat, you are often rewarded by animals sighting. Colorful canyons, pristine wilderness and whitewater, it is a trip you won't want to miss.
The guides are all anxious to show you the best possible time on your holiday. In addition to working hard to ensure your trip is memorable, our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and the latest river rescue techniques. These experienced and highly qualified paddlers have grown up on Yukon rivers.
Traveling on the Hess is more of an adventure. The flight in limits the amount of gear we can carry. The group iwill be using small rafts and inflatable canoes to limit the amount of portaging/lining we would have to do in a regular canoe. Guests will need to participate actively in any portaging or lining of the boats as well as paddling. Some moving water experience is required.
Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, water bottle, daypack, matches, insect repellent.
Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. Flight from Mayo to Porter Lake is included.
Average summer temperatures range between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. Weather can be unpredictable and high winds and low cloud cover can occur, reducing the travel speed on the river.
Self-bailing suport rafts and equipment, camping and cooking equipment, dry bags, inflatable canoes or kayaks and equipment.
Waterproof rain gear, long pants, sweater, warm jacket, windshell, shorts, long underwear, warm socks, hat, bathing suit, sneakers, hiking boots, neoprene booties.
Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars.
Accommodations are in tent campsites along the river.
All meals included while on the river and prepared by your guides. They will use freeze dried food, There will be plenty of food but no fancy meals.
|14 day tour, available July - August|
$2900.00 / per person - CAD