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
|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|
|Price||$Can 4,950 / $US 4,850 / € from 5000 (originating in Europe)|