Yukon North: Alsek and Tombstone

21 day rafting & hiking expedition | August 2018

Imagine drifting by immense glaciers in the St Elias Mountains—feeling the raw wind on your face and riding the swift melt waters pouring down from the side valleys. This is the Tatshenshini valley in Canada’s most spectacular glacier-studded mountain range. As pristine an area as the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The ‘getting there’ part is a challenge.  By navigating river rafts downstream, we will arrive in comfort at the heart of Tatshenshini’s stunning natural beauty. Once there you can explore the varied landscape by scaling a mountain or simply gazing (an art easily forgotten by most…). Experience the deep-blue icebergs calving off the Lowell Glacier, sculpted ice bobbing in wide glacial lakes and the never-ending lure of sweeping vistas around each bend in the river.

The valley also support the largest population of grizzly bears in Canada as well as sizable populations of wolves, moose, wolverines, black bears, Dall sheep, mountain goats, lynx and countless birds. We will explore the valley and surrounding mountains and, because we spend the time there, we have a better than average chance of observing wildlife.

This rafting trip could be a stand-alone adventure, but we travel north for another dimension. The Tombstone Mountains lie just south of the Arctic Circle, where the boreal forest gradually transforms into the stark beauty of the sub-arctic. This is the land of sharp peaks and rolling tundra. A stunning wide open region, spectacularly different from the imposing St Elias Mountains. A wonderful place to hike and explore (mostly off trail, as there are none….) and maybe spot a herd of caribou!

We then return to Whitehorse down the no less spectacular Dempster and Klondike Highways

Please note:  Experience is not necessary and certified guides accompany us on the journey..

Trip Summary

Day 1 Arrival Whitehorse. Preparing and outfitting
Day 2 Haines Junction
Day 3-12 Alsek River rafting
Day 14-17 Hiking in the Tombstone Mountains
Day 17-18 Dawson City
Day 19 Whitehorse
Day 20-21 Departure
Departure July 2018
Duration 21 days
Starts Whitehorse
Group size 8-10
Price $Can 4,950 / $US 4,850 / € from 5000 (originating in Europe)

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