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DONJEK GLACIER | fly-in backpacking expedition

Price: CA$ 4995
We can customize this tour for your private group. Ask us!
  • Single room supplement: CAD $375 (hotel & tent)
  • Price is per person based on double occupancy.
  • All transactions are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added,
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Required participants:
Min. 3 / Max. 5
Departure Dates
  • NDR 01/2021
    Jul 27 2021 to Aug 8 2021
  • NDR 02/2021
    Aug 19 2021 to Aug 30 2021
  • Trip Confirmed
  • Trip Sold Out

Not for the faint of heart. This expedition is aimed at guests seeking adventure and challenges not normally offered on an average guided tour.

Nature Tours of Yukon’s Donjek Glacier backpacking route in Kluane National Park traverses 110 challenging kilometres of tundra and alpine terrain, more than a dozen creek crossings, two high alpine passes, and, to top it all off, arrives at the two-storey ice wall at the toe of the Donjek Glacier.

The Donjek Route is not actually marked or maintained, so it will be a real wilderness experience. You may rely on your experienced guide for route-finding and creek and river crossing skills.

The scale of this very remote terrain is truly humbling. You’ll find that tracks from wolves, bear, Dall sheep and deer are much more common than human footprints.

The Donjek Glacier Expedition is designed for very experienced backpackers. It is a very difficult route, with crossing fast rivers and creeks, rock fall, difficult terrain, inclement weather and wildlife encounters (Dall sheep, Grizzly bears, etc.). Weather conditions may change dramatically, and September can already be quite cold. But you’ll be rewarded with a close-up experience of the magnificent wilderness of the Kluane backcountry. During the nights we may see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dancing over the mountains. The views of the majestic Donjek Glacier are undeniably impressive.

If you're looking for a prime backpacking adventure, then get your backpack ready, strap on your hiking boots, charge your camera and join Nature Tours of Yukon for an adventure of a lifetime!

This is a -No Trace- Wilderness TourTake only photos - leave nothing but footprints.

Trip Itinerary 
  • Day 1 | WHITEHORSE Welcome to Whitehorse! Upon arrival you will make your way to your downtown Whitehorse hotel, and you may have time to explore the shops on Main Street. At 6.00 PM your guide will meet you at your hotel to explain the details and prepare you for this backpacking expedition. Of course, he/she will advise and assist with packing your backpack.
  • Day 2 | HAINES JUNCTION In the morning we drive out to Kluane National Park (2.5 hours). First, we stop at the Haines Junction Visitor Centre to get our backcountry permits at Parks Canada.  In the afternoon we fly from Haines Junction to the starting point of your great Donjek adventure. Spend overnight on the trail.
  • Day 3 -10 | DONJEK ROUTE You will be hiking the Donjek Route accompanied by our experienced guide. You will explore this remote route and its surrounding alpine areas, learn about wilderness camping and travel with minimal impact on nature (leave no trace hiking/camping).
  • Day 11 | WHITEHORSE On the final day of your 120-km trek through this rugged landscape our van awaits to bring you back to Whitehorse to a friendly hotel with a hot shower and a comfortable bed.
  • Day 12 | DEPARTURE Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your travels on your own.

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Trip Includes 
  • All transfers and transportation according to itinerary;
  • Flight from Haines Junction to lake in Kluane National Park;
  • 2 Nights accommodation in hotel in Whitehorse;
  • All other nights during our backcountry trip in 2-person tents;
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages during backpacking;
  • All equipment such as stove, dishes, tents etc. except for sleeping bag and sleeping pad;
  • Safety equipment (bear-proof food barrels, bear spray, satellite phone, SPOT, first aid kit);
  • Fees and licenses;
  • Parks Canada licensed guide.
Hotel Accommodation

2 Nights accommodation in hotel in Whitehorse;

Meals

All meals and non-alcoholic beverages during backpacking;

Camping Equipment

All camping equipment such as tents, stove, dishes, etc. Except sleeping bag and sleeping pad;

Safety Equipment

Safety equipment (bear-proof food barrels, bear spray, satellite phone, SPOT, first aid kit)

Float Plane

Flight from Haines Junction to lake in Kluane National Park

Trip Excludes 
  • Meals and beverages in hotels and restaurants;
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad;
  • Trip cancellation and 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.
Important Information 
  • This backpacking expedition is for very experienced backpackers only!
  • During our Donjek hiking expedition everyone must carry part of the load, approximately 18 kg (40 lbs). This includes your own gear, some camping gear and a portion of the food. We will carry the bare minimum and safely store your other belongings in Whitehorse.
  • For this trip you must be in excellent health and physical condition, as this route is very difficult and challenging.
  • This trip requires hiking experience. Although you can rely on our guide for route-finding, map and compass skills and creek/river crossings, we will encounter fast rivers and creeks, rock fall and difficult terrain. Weather conditions may change dramatically and even August can already be quite cold.
  • All participants must prepare their personal gear for rapidly changing weather, steep, rugged terrain and cold, swift flowing streams. Please follow our ‘Recommended Equipment List’ when preparing for this trip, but most important items include sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots, gaiters, creek-crossing footwear and a hiking pole (useful for creek crossings).
  • On this trip there is a possibility that there may be last-minute changes to the itinerary due to the weather, park regulations or other reasons. We'll do our best to provide an alternate program.
  • There is a good chance we will see grizzly bears on this route. It's of the utmost importance for your and the bear's safety that you comply with our guide's bear encounter procedures.
  • You will be required to sign a 'release of claims and waiver of liability' form prior to the departure of this tour.

Ready to Book?

I have a question about this tour.
I am ready to book my adventure!

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Price: CA$ 4995
We can customize this tour for your private group. Ask us!
  • Single room supplement: CAD $375 (hotel & tent)
  • Price is per person based on double occupancy.
  • All transactions are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added,
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Required participants:
Min. 3 / Max. 5
Departure Dates
  • NDR 01/2021
    Jul 27 2021 to Aug 8 2021
  • NDR 02/2021
    Aug 19 2021 to Aug 30 2021
  • Trip Confirmed
  • Trip Sold Out

Trip Includes

COVID-19 Safety Measures

At Nature Tours of Yukon we pride ourselves in delivering a high standard of service and safety. Safety measures and operational plan are in place. Please bring your own face mask (required). Measures might change depending on the recommendations by the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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  • Nature Tours of Yukon is a member of Yukon Wilderness Tourism Association
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