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Glacier backpacking expedition into Kluane National Park in the Yukon


Trek to the Kaskawulsh Glacier in Kluane National Park on this backpacking trip into this spectacular area of the Yukon. This park embodies the true essence of wilderness.  Its natural features are dramatic by any measure.  During this trip you'll take in the majestic beauty of 22,000 square kilometre Kluane National Park, where large numbers of grizzly bears, Dall sheep and other wildlife roam freely. 

Soon after you set out on the hiking trail, you can experience the tranquillity and wilderness of Kluane. As the trip progresses you continue to move further into Kluane National Park and one of the highlites of this route is a strenuous climb of Observation Mountain. But as the views and vistas of the majestic Kaskawulsh Glacier are unimaginably impressive, it is definitely worthwhile the effort.

On this trek to the outlook of the Kaskawulsh Glacier you hike through a region that is home to idyllic lakes, sparkling rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers and abundant wildlife. In Yukon's Kluane National Park lies the largest non-arctic ice field in the world with the glacial valleys crowned by Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak.

The campsite at Canada Creek offers a jaw-dropping vista. Beyond the barren flood plain of Canada Creek lies the toe of the Kaskawulsh glacier, and beyond that lies the impressive peak of 9,900 foot Mount Maxwell. The view from here is payoff enough for the hike. But after a good night's sleep you climb to the summit of Observation Mountain among the peaks of the St. Elias Mountain Range and gaze upon a sea of ice; the Kaskawulsh Glacier.

This backpacking trip to Observation Mountain is a great opportunity to explore the heart of Yukon's Kluane National Park and have a peek at its vast ice-fields.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Backpacking
SEASON

July to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

This is a fully guided expedition by a Parks Canada licensed wilderness guide.

RESTRICTIONS

During this Kluane backpacking trip everyone must carry part of the load, approximately 18 kg (40 lbs). This includes your own gear, some camping gear and a portion of the food. The trip requires some hiking experience. There will be many creek crossings; some of them can be very demanding.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Backpack, sleeping bag and pad, meals and beverages while at the hotel.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. Airport transfers and transportation to and from the park are included.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures can average anywhere from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius but weather around the glacier and in the elevations can be cool.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Mini van transportation to and from Whitehorse, driver and guide, tents and group camping equipment, park fees and licenses, safety equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hiking boots, sneakers, hat, fleece underclothes, gloves.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, pocket knife, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are two nights in a local hotel in Whitehorse and tent camping along the route.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals while on the trail are included.  Meals while staying at the hotel are not included.

7 day tour, available July - August
$1715.00 / per person - CAD
Based on double occupancy. June 24-30, July 8-14, July 22-28, August 4-10, August 19-24, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation. The balance of the fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip. Cancellation fees are as follows: Until 30 days before departure: 20% of the total amount 29 to 15 days before departure: 50% of the total amount, 14 days or less before departure and less: 100% of the total amount.

7 day tour, available July - August

Day 1

We'll greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel in downtown Whitehorse. If you drive your own vehicle, please check in to the River View Hotel at your convenience.In the evening your guide will meet you at your hotel and explain the details and getting prepared for hiking in Kluane National Park. Of course, he will advise /assist you packing your backpack.

Day 2

The guide will meet you early in the morning at your hotel to pick you up for your trip to Haines Junction, gateway to Kluane National Park. Leaving Whitehorse, we will turn west on the Alaska Hyway. It will not be a long drive and we will have time to make a few stops to marvel the landscape.In the afternoon we stop at Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre, where we have to register before we start our backpacking trip in Kluane. Soon after we set out on the hiking trail, you can experience the tranquillity and wilderness of Kluane.

 

Day 3

Days 3-5: We’ll break up camp and move farther into the backcountry along Slim’s River. Every evening we will pitch our tents at a wilderness campsite and prepare a simple, but tasteful dinner. We continue to move further into Kluane National Park and one of the highlites of this route is a strenuous climb of Observation Mountain. But as the views and vistas of the majestic Kaskawulsh Glacier are unimaginably impressive, it is definitely worthwhile the effort. Then we return along Slim’s River. The route can be muddy and marshy in places and there are many creeks to cross.

Day 6

This is our last day on the trail. We hike out to the trailhead where our car awaits us for our transfer back to Whitehorse. In Haines Junction we will have a late lunch, before we continue our way and arrive late in the afternoon in Whitehorse. We’ll bring you back to your downtown hotel where you can have that longed for hot shower and enjoy dinner in one of the nearby cozy restaurants.

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.