Yukon Husky Trail
- Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST will be added, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
- ConfirmedYWT 2017-18Nov 22 2017 to Mar 24 2018
Day 1 – Wednesday
We pick you up at 10:00 AM in the hotel lobby. We can do some last minute shopping and pick up any items missing from the packing list. Then we drive to the ranch, 20 km South of Whitehorse, where you’ll be outfitted with expedition clothing. Enjoy the hot lunch and then you are introduced to your 4-legged companions for the week. You’ll learn the basics of dog care, checking their feet and shoulders, dog massage. Get familiar with the parts of the sled and sledding. Then you harness your team, hook them up and off you go for your very first run! When we return, and you’re finished with taking care of the dogs, you can enjoy the sauna, have a shower, enjoy a hot dinner and cozy up by the fire.
While the morning sun hits the magnificent mountains, we enjoy our breakfast in the lodge and plan the day ahead. We say good morning to our new furry friends and make sure they are fed, watered and happy before harnessing them. Today we plan to cover approx. 35 km in distance, driving towards secluded Jackson Lake. The only sounds on the way are the runners gliding over the snow, the breath of the working dogs and your words of encouragement. On this day you start to know each dog's personality. They will learn to trust you and you to trust them and you’ll form a bond that only man and dog can understand. Overnight at the Lodge.
Today your team will bring you east of the ranch. As we are heading onto an old abandoned mining road and gain in elevation. Enjoy the pristine landscape of snowy mountains nestling the lake in its valley. Keep an eye out for wildlife - you never know what you might see! Return to the lodge for the night. After you have taken care of the dogs, you can put your feet up by the fire, recounting your adventures with others.
This day takes us towards beautiful Bonneville Lakes, west of the ranch. The trails are narrower here with some challenging ups and downs. The scenery is breathtaking. Part of this trip we are above tree line and easily cover 20-30 km. In harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature like you have never experienced it before.
We head out into the pristine wilderness for 3 days of winter camping at our wall tent camp at Dry Creek. The silence of this area seeps into your soul as you journey farther into the amazing landscape. Enjoy the crisp freshness of the day and don't forget to take photos! Curl up at night by the wood stove for a cozy sleep in the wall tents.
At dawn we enjoy a hearty camp breakfast in our wall tent kitchen. From the camp, weather permitting, we will make a run to the top of the mountain to Ptarmigan Flats. Keep your eyes open for this beautiful white bird, while sledding on miles of windblown hill tops. Over night at the wall tent camp.
We wake to a hearty musher's breakfast, feed our dogs and start our journey back to the ranch for another cozy night in the lodge. A hot shower is waiting! Sit by the fire and recount the adventures of your winter camping trip.
Step back in time and leave the last trappings of civilization behind. We mush down historic trails to a trapper cabin at the remote Coal Lake. Everything we need will be packed on our sleds. We will living the simple life with just the basics and spend our time as in the old days; cutting firewood, cooking over the fire or on the wood stove, mushing the scenic trails and sharing tall stories by the fire. There is a good chance we’ll see Caribou or moose in this area, so keep your camera handy! Overnight at Coal Lake base camp.
We venture across Coal Lake towards Alligator Lake. The Alpine landscape is enticing and has a northern charm all of its own. Here your driving skills will be tested, as the trails will demand your attention. Coal Lake is a favorite spot for ice fishing and has been a food supply for many old time trappers. Over night at Coal Lake base camp.
During our run back towards the lodge, take in the rugged landscape one last time and breathe the fresh clean air. As you mush over the clean white snow, listen one last time to the quiet whoosh of the runners and the soft panting of the dogs. This is the stuff dreams are made of; these are memories that stay forever. Don’t forget to take pictures! Back at the lodge lunch is served. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your new found furry friends as we head to Whitehorse for your last night in the Gold Rush Inn. Upon arrival in Whitehorse you will receive your musher diploma.
The Whitehorse shuttle service van brings you to the airport for your southbound flight.
- Transfer from Whitehorse to ranch.
- Last night accommodation in Whitehorse ( 1 night double room).
- Accommodation in cabins (3 or 4 nights double room ) or wood heated tent outpost camps (4 or 5 nights group accommodation).
- All meals including non-alcoholic beverages, except dinner and breakfast in Whitehorse.
- Use of personal sled and 3 to 6 Huskies.
- Musher Diploma.
- Winter Boots (all other equipment can be rented).
- Alcoholic beverages
- Winter clothing rental (for 7 days);
-Northern Outfitters Jacket $35.
-Northern Outfitters Pants $35.
-Sleeping bag $45.
- Meals in restaurants
- All expenses of personal nature.
- Trip cancellation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancellation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects.
- Average temperatures at this time of winter are between -2° and - 24° Celsius (28 to -31 Fahrenheit), but extremes may be as low as -45° Celsius (-50 Fahrenheit). We ask you to bring adequate clothing to withstand these temperatures.
- A pack list is available!
- This Dog sledding adventure is a challenging but relaxed fun trip!
- We supply you with the best equipment possible and teach you all the important aspects of mushing;
- To participate you must be healthy, enjoy working with dogs and have a good team spirit,
- dog sledding is a comparable physical activity to cross-country skiing, so you should be in relatively good physical shape.
- Depending on the dynamics of the group this tour may include a 3rd tent night and the itinerary may change slightly;
- The camps have no power or telephone, showers are of basic gravity fed nature and not available in tent camp, shower and sauna at Lodge;
- We do recommend that you arrive the day before your tour. Pre and Post nights in the hotel can be booked for you upon request.
- You will be required to sign a 'release of claims and waiver of liability' form prior to the departure of this tour.
Trip Option: Check out our other dog sledding adventure: Yukon Winter Adventure