“Steeped in Klondike Gold Rush history and scattered with relics from the past, the famous Chilkoot Trail is a living museum.” This epic 53-kilometer (33 mile) wilderness route is a world-renowned hiking trail and Canada’s largest National Historic Site.
Winding through the Coast Mountains in the United States to Bennett, British Columbia, this trail was a major access route from the coast to the Yukon goldfields in the late 1890’s. During the Gold Rush, each prospector entering the Yukon was required by the Canadian Mounties to haul one ton of food and supplies (enough to last a year) up the steep, 3,525-foot Chilkoot pass, establishing, in the process, the landmarks that are so famous today: the Golden Stairs, the Scales, and Stone Crib.
We’ll hike the Trail in 5 days, 4 nights staying at campsites along the way. Everyone will be carrying back packs that include their gear, some group camping gear, and a portion of the food. Packs should weigh approximately 40lbs (18kg).
Sunday August 7 - Arrival
We’ll fly into Whitehorse and meet up in the evening for a kickoff celebration
Monday August 8 - Day 1 – 8KM, 2-3 hours
We’ll take a train ride on the restored White Pass & Yukon Railway from Fraser to Skagway, and then onto the trailhead in the historic townsite of Dyea, Alaska. We’ll begin the trail in the early afternoon with a reasonably easy hike that follows the Taiya River through the temperate coastal rainforest.
Tuesday August 9 – Day 2 – Finnegan’s Point to Sheep Camp – 13KM, 4-6 hours
Today will be a walking history lesson as we hike through the historical Canyon City and begin our modest ascent to Sheep Camp, the last campsite before the infamous Golden Stairs. We’ll enjoy a campfire dinner followed by an evening presentation by a US park ranger who will fill us in on the history of the area and provide an update on the current trail conditions.
Wednesday August 10 – Day 3 – Sheep Camp to Happy Camp – 12KM, 6-8 hours
Welcome to summit day, the most challenging day on the trail. We’ll leave early in the morning to begin our ascent where we’ll climb above the tree line and enjoy some spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers.
Thursday August 11 – Day 4 – Happy Camp to Lindeman – 9KM, 4-5 hours
This stretch of the trail is in some ways the most beautiful. The trail meanders past mountain streams and scenic lakes leading us into the boreal forest and onto our campsite on the shores of Lake Lindeman.
Friday August 12 – Day 5 – Lindeman to Lake Bennett – 11KM, 4-5 hours
Our last day of hiking will take us through impressive landscape with phenomenal views of Lake Bennett. A float plane will pick us up in the late afternoon for an exhilarating 45-minute flight over the mountains, lakes, and rivers back to Whitehorse where we’ll celebrate all things Gold and Beautiful.
Saturday August 13
A day of exploring Whitehorse and Kluane National Park.
Sunday August 14 - Depart to home
$3,150 CAD + HST.
Price includes: Licensed wilderness guides, meals on and off the trail (excluding alcoholic beverages), accommodation in Whitehorse (3 nights in hotel) and on the Trail, Chilkoot Park fees & licenses, camping gear (except sleeping bag) & emergency equipment (first aid kit, satellite phone, bear spray), and land transportation (including historic train ride and flight by float plane from Bennet to Whitehorse)
Price does not include: air travel and trip cancellation & medical insurance