Trek the Chilkoot Trail and Canoe the Yukon
Canada & Usa, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £2,255 (land only) - from €2,820 (land only) - from $3,750 (land only)
The Really Wild Show!
Unique, remote and wild; if you're an intrepid traveller looking for something entirely different - this is the holiday you're looking for.
- Walking in the footsteps of Canada`s Klondike Gold Rush
- Trek the Chilkoot Pass on the 5 day trail from Skagway to Bennett
- Canoe the famous Yukon River from Whitehorse to Carmacks
- A remote wilderness holiday in the Yukon, hiking and canoeing
- See bears, moose, beavers and bald eagles in remote Canada
This trekking and canoeing holiday on the Chilkoot trail and the Yukon River, Canada is the ultimate in terms of remote wilderness, stark beauty and adventure. At the height of the gold rush in the Klondike in 1898 nearly 30,000 gold prospectors and 7,000 boats travelled down the Yukon River, which flows through into Alaska and out into the Pacific. Now it is a peaceful haven of remote wilderness and wildlife. We canoe the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Carmacks over the space of 6 days. We wild camp at night and learn some fly fishing skills to catch our supper. However, our experience of the gold rush would not be complete without also hiking along the famous Chilkoot Trail. We do this by transferring over the border to Skagway, USA. From here we have a challenging backpacking trek for 5 days over the Chilkoot pass, including the famously photographed ‘Golden Stairs'. We trek through coastal rainforest, over high mountain passes and boreal forest, and there are pretty streams flowing from the higher glaciers. If you want an adventure you have found it here. This North American wilderness is vast and a hidden gem; outstanding natural beauty combined with substantive history.
Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!
Is this holiday for you?
We start with 5 days backpacking along the Chilkoot trail where we need to carry all our personal belongings, as well as sleeping bags, tents and provisions. The trekking days are up to 8 hrs which involve both ascent and descent. You are required to have the correct physical fitness and have at least some experience of walking consecutive days with backpacks up to 15kg in weight. The trail is well marked but the weather can be variable over the pass. We have a couple of nights in Whitehorse to re-pack and relax before our 6-day canoeing experience along the Yukon River. No actual multi-day experience is required for the canoeing section, however you need to be comfortable in a canoe and be able to swim with confidence. Canoeing the Yukon River is non-technical and there are no significant sections of white-water. Safety equipment (lifejackets/buoyancy aids etc) is provided. We will be wild camping and you need to be prepared to join in the camp chores including setting up tents, cooking, and searching for wood and water. We will supplement our rations with fish that we have caught ourselves, and you should be prepared to have a go fishing. Group members must be in good physical condition and most importantly, should have an adventurous spirit and the ability to cope with the unexpected. With such a spirit, the holiday will provide a real adventure experience with memories to keep for a lifetime.