Alpine Summits Expedition – 7 days
Activity Level 6/8
Duration 7 days/7 nights
Venture off the beaten track. This seven-day expedition follows trails up above the tree line, where wide-open skies mean a good chance of seeing brilliant northern lights. We’ll be camping along the way, carrying canvas tents and wood stoves and living 24/7 with our huskies. Enjoy relaxed evenings by the campfire and get feel for traditional ways of living on the land.
Meet your dog team
Welcome to Whitehorse. Before we leave the capital, we’ll do a quick gear check and use this chance to pick up any last-minute items. Then it’s up to the ranch to meet your dog team and get an introduction to the principles of dog sledding, as well as some background on the science and culture of mushing in Yukon and Alaska.
Visit the northern tundra
On Day 2 we’ll pack our sleds and hit the trail for the next 6 days. From our cabins, we’ll head up into wide open tundra surrounded by several peaks that rise above 2000m. This is woodland caribou habitat, so keep an eye out for the small herds. At night, learn to make a comfortable winter camp at our carefully chosen campsites, and watch for northern lights across the night sky.
Follow the tracks of the local wildlife
After four days with only your huskies to depend on, it’s impossible not to feel respect and gratitude for these incredible animals. On Day 4 and 5 we’ll leave the tundra and follow the Watson River from its headwaters down into prime moose and lynx habitat. We’ll spend one night in an old trapper’s cabin by the river and learn a bit about trapping, as your guide teaches you to read the snow for what the tracks can tell us about wildlife.
Mush in the alpine plateaus
By now dog mushing comes naturally. On Day 6 we’ll head up above tree line again to reach Alligator Lake and the Coal Lake plateau. This area has rich indigenous history, with many traditional hunting and fishing camps. On the last day, we’ll stop for photos on a plateau overlooking Fish Lake for a final grand vista, then head down to the ranch and to your hotel in town and a well-deserved celebratory dinner.
From December to April
$3225 CAD + GST
Hotel (2 nights)
Wood-heated tent (5 nights)
Items included in the tour priceItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Meals at the Ranch and on the trail, except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7
- Accommodation on the trail and in Whitehorse
- All camping gear: canvas tent, wood stove, cot, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow
- All cooking gear including pots, utensils, plates
- An exclusive dog team (4 to 6 dogs)
- All dog sledding supply: sleds, dog food, harness
- Guiding services
- Special activities fees: guest speaker, hot spring, museum, interpretative center
- Sanitary and hygiene goods: towel, toilet paper, hand sanitizer
Items not included in the tour priceItems that are not included in the cost of tour price.
- First night at the hotel on day of arrival in Whitehorse (Day 0)
- Celebratory dinner in town on the last day (Day 7)
- Breakfast on Day 1 and 8
- Arctic Winter Clothing (Available on rental)
- Base personal clothing (Required gear list)
- Alcoholic beverages: We provide transportation to local micro brewing and liquor stores
- Gratuity (tips)