Kluane Country TourDay hikes in different areas of the Kluane National Park
Kluane National Park – 6 days
The tiny village of Haines Junction, surrounded by mountainous region of the Kluane Mountains, is located on the Alaska Highway west of Whitehorse. It is the starting point of our adventures in the Kluane Park, which covers 22,000 square km of remote mountain wilderness close to the Alaska boarder. Mount Logan with 5959 m, the highest mountain in Canada, is part of the ice-covered St. Elias Mountains.
This area is still an absolute insider tip for well-traveled globetrotters. Kluane means the “place of many fish” in the Tutchone language.
We pick you up at your accommodation in Whitehorse and start our tour with a drive west on the Alaska Highway to Haines Junction, the small community at the Kluane National Park. There we will visit the Kluane Park Information Center to get the first impression of this area. Here we’ll receive plenty of information about this incredible Park. Slide shows and videos provide details about plants and wildlife.
After we have informed us about the National Park, we continue to our cabins. The next five nights we will stay in cabins, located near Kathleen Lake, where we will spend the next five nights. In the afternoon we will take a short walk to nearby Kathleen Lake.
Our first hike takes us along Sheep Creek to the foot of the Sheep Mountain Ridge. With our Van we drive along the border of the National Park to the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center, from where we start our day hike.
As the name implies, this mountain is home to Dall Sheep. With some luck we can observe some of the animals at close range. Further up we are expecting a magnificent view of the river delta and the Kaskawulsh glacier that feeds Slims River. We will spend some time at this place and just enjoy the spectacular panorama presented to us.
The hike is moderate and for the 10 km distance it takes 3 to 5 hours, elevation 430 m.
Today we head for the nearby Auriol Trail Loop. The hike leads us along a small stream into a very beautifull high plateau, where we will rest for our lunch break. Along the trail we will find different berry bushes. From August on we can enjoy the delicious wild berries directly from the bush.
The hike on the Auriol Trail is easy and for the 15 km distance it takes 4 to 6 hours, elevation 400 m.
After the endeavour of the last few days, today we enjoy a shorter hike to Saint Elias Lake. On this relatively short trip, we walk through a narrow, densely covered valley, which has a very special charm.
In the end, the beautiful Saint Elias Lake awaits us, where we make a small BBQ with a camp fire and grill some sausages for lunch. With a little bit of luck we might see one of the Loons close by, which nest in the summer month at this Lake.
Afterwards, we make a trip to Klukshu, a First Nation summer village. Depending on the season, we can watch the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations catching some Salmon, in their traditional way.
As a highlight of the tour, a sightseeing flight over the glaciers of the Kluane National Park and catch a glimpse of Mt. Logan, can be undertaken in the late afternoon – facultative.
An adventure of the special kind is the trail to the “Kings Throne”. We start our hike on an old overland mail route directly at Kathleen Lake, which soon passes over to a norrow trail. From Kathleen Lake we climb up to the “Kings Throne” on the eastern edge of the park. Under us the Kathleen River Valley opens and in the west we see the summits of the Kluane Range.
A breathtaking view and a great photo opportunity are offered to us.
The hike to the King’s Throne is difficult and for the 10 km distance it takes 4 to 6 hours, elevation 548 m.
After enjoying our last breakfast we pack our belongings and say good bye. On our way back to Whitehorse we still have the opportunity for a stop and take some pictures from the beautiful Kluane National Park region.
In the early afternoon we will be back in Whitehorse, where we finish the tour.
6 day tour from/to Whitehorse
English speaking tour guide
guided tour in small groups from 2 to 8 people
All overnight stays in Cabins (bedding available)
Hot showers and bathroom facilities
5 days in Kluane National Park
- 4 day hikes in different areas of the National Park
All meals during the tour
Emergency equipment including Satellite communication
- Air fare to/from Whitehorse
- All hotel meals and during the transportation
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses and tips
- Fishing License
- Travel and cancellation Insurance
|11.06.2018 to 16.06.2018||$1700 CAD|
|02.07.2018 to 07.07.2018||$1700 CAD|
|13.08.2018 to 18.08.2018||$1700 CAD|
Single cabin supplement: $350.00 CAD
All prices are in Canadian dollars plus 5% GST.