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Tatshenshini River wilderness expedition raft trips in the Yukon


Paddle the Tatshenshini River on this wilderness raft trip in the Yukon. Carving its way through the St. Elias Range, the Tatshenshini River has gained a reputation as one of the best rafting trips in the world.  These raft trips start at Dalton Post bordering Kluane National Park in the southwest Yukon. The canyon run of the first day gradually gives way to widening panoramic views of the 15,000 foot-high-peaks and glacier-covered valleys. 

The long hours of daylight and the flexibility built into these trips allows time for side hikes or an extra day at iceberg-filled Alsek Lake. Your guides do not follow a specific schedule, but prefer to run the trips catering to the speed of the group and preferences for hiking, photography or layover days. The trip ends in Dry Bay, Alaska and the scenery along the way is simply overwhelming.

These trips are run as paddle trips. This means that you are not simply rowed down the river by a guide, but you are actively participating in the maneuvering and running of the raft. Over the years many clients commented that their trip was made so much more enjoyable by being active paddling participants. You will surely come away from this trip with a real sense of accomplishment.

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$3950.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Expedition Raft Trips
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

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. 

 

RESTRICTIONS

No rafting experience needed but a good level of fitness and some camping experience is recommended. All participants on this trip are expected to paddle. 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tents, daypack, matches, insect repellent, proper identification for leaving and re-entering Canada.

Due to weather considerations in Dry Bay, planes are sometimes delayed - we recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance for your flights out of Whitehorse. 

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  

WEATHER

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.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Self-bailing rafts and equipment, camping and cooking equipment, dry bags.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Waterproof rain gear, long pants, sweater, warm jacket, windshell, shorts, long underwear, warm socks, hat, bathing suit, sneakers, hiking boots, neoprene booties.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing gear, binoculars, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals included while on the river and prepared by your guides.

11 day tour, available June - August
$3950.00 / per person - CAD
June 19-29, July 3-13, July 29-August 8, August 7-17, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Multi day trips: Due to large travel distances, guide wages and food expenses we are compelled to implement a cancellation policy. Deposits are fully refundable if reservations are cancelled verbally or in writing up to 30 days before your activity date. Between 3 weeks payments will be refunded at 50 %. No refunds or alternate dates will be given for any reason if cancelled within 2 weeks of your activity. Day tours: Due to large travel distances, guide wages and food expenses we are compelled to implement a cancellation policy. Deposits are fully refundable if reservations are cancelled verbally or in writing up to 48 hours before your activity date. Between 48 and 24 hours payments will be refunded at 50 %. No refunds or alternate dates will be given for any reason if cancelled within 24 hours of your activity.

11 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

We meet in Whitehorse and drive to Haines Junction, where we stop for lunch, after which we continue to Dalton Post, located in Kluane Game Sanctuary. The guides will prepare for the next day's start on the river and you will be able to explore this historic site.

Day 2

Days 2-10: Put-in at Dalton Post and raft to Dry Bay, Alaska. The pace on the river is relaxed and the schedule varies from trip to trip depending on the mood of the group and the weather. Time is set aside for hiking and resting, usually at Goat Mountain, Sediment or Tat Creek, Walker Glacier or Alsek Lake.
 
The Tatshenshini starts as a narrow, fast flowing river, with most of the whitewater being concentrated in the first day of paddling. The upper section rapids are graded as III - IV. After the rapids the river enters the "Quiet Canyon" where it widens in size and we begin to pass through remarkable valleys.
 
If you choose to participate in the hikes, you will see many different types of wild flowers and wildlife, including perhaps moose, grizzly bear, wolf and goats.
 
When you reach the confluence with the Alsek River, the river begins to braid into many channels. Numerous glaciers surround you. You float past the many peaks which surround the valley, including 15,300 foot Mt. Fairweather. The thunderous sound of glacier ice calving into the river can be heard from miles away.

Day 11

Return to Whitehorse from the air strip at Dry Bay via charter aircraft. Arrival in Whitehorse scheduled for early afternoon.