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Hiking the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska

Price: CAD $1968
  • Single room: CAD $199 (hotel & tent)
  • Porter service: $1175 per person (1 porter per 2 guests)
  • Extra for privat group of 3: CAD $495 p.p.
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST is added, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Required participants:
Min. 4 / Max. 7
Departure Dates
  • NCT 01/2022
    Jun 26 2022 to Jul 2 2022
  • NCT 02/2022
    Jul 4 2022 to Jul 10 2022
  • NCT 03/2022
    Jul 10 2022 to Jul 16 2022
  • NCT 04/2022
    Jul 18 2022 to Jul 24 2022
  • NCT 05/2022
    Jul 24 2022 to Jul 30 2022
  • NCT 06/2022
    Jul 31 2022 to Aug 6 2022
  • NCT 07/2022
    Aug 7 2022 to Aug 13 2022
    Available Spaces: 
    0
  • NCT 08/2022
    Aug 14 2022 to Aug 20 2022
    Available Spaces: 
    0
  • Trip Confirmed
  • Trip Sold Out

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail

Yukon’s Chilkoot Trail attracts bucket-list hikers from around the world. They are drawn by the scenery, the wildlife, the challenge and the echoes of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.

The hike begins at Dyea, Alaska and retraces the Klondike Gold Rush route. The Trail is like a living wilderness museum, steeped in Gold Rush history and scattered with relics from the past. This rugged 55-kilometre route is a world-renowned hiking trail and Canada’s largest National Historic Site. The exhilarating climb to the top of the golden stairs and over the Chilkoot Pass should definitely be on every serious hiker’s bucket list. The tour promises amazing landscapes and multiple opportunities to encounter – and photograph- bears and eagles.

And as a reward for braving the Chilkoot all the way from Alaska’s coast to Bennet Lake, a float plane will return you to Whitehorse flying over the Yukon’s magnificent mountains, lakes and rivers.

Chilkoot Trail Alaska with Nature Tours of Yukon

See the amazing photos Frits Meyst, award winning photojournalist, documentary maker and outdoor & travel writer, made when he joined Nature Tours of Yukon on an epic trek over the Chilkoot Trail

Writer Peter Potterfield was on one of our trips. Read his story about hiking the Chilkoot Trail

Trip Itinerary 
  • Day 1 Arrive Whitehorse Airport, transfer to hotel in the city centre. In the evening your guide will meet you at your hotel to explain the tour details and prepare you for hiking the Chilkoot Trail. As well, he/she will advise/assist in packing your backpack.
  • Day 2 We'll drive to Carcross and over the White Pass to Skagway. There is the opportunity for an optional ride on the historic train of the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad from Fraser to Skagway. Get a taste of the gold rush in this little historic town, and after lunch we'll continue to Dyea, where we start our hike on the Chilkoot Trail. Today we'll hike about three hours to our first camp.
  • Day 3 After breakfast our adventure continues through the rain forest. There are lots of creek crossings, as we follow the banks of the Taiya River. Be prepared to get wet feet! This is a pleasant day with some easy plus some fairly steep - but short- climbs. The hike to the next camp is about 5 to 6 hours.
  • Day 4 Today we'll leave very early and climb above tree line where we can enjoy the superb view of mountains and glaciers. This 6-8 hour hike is likely the most challenging of the tour. Climb the golden stairs and think about the stampeders who had to do this stretch more than 20 times! When we reach the Chilkoot pass we cross the border between Alaska and Canada, at more than 1100 metres (3700 feet) above sea level! From here we descend over snowfields, passing small lakes, creeks and rock outcrops to reach "Happy Camp" in late afternoon.
  • Day 5 The 4-5 hour trek from Happy Camp to Lindeman is in some ways the best part of the trail, with expansive views, gentle grades (except for a bit of ridge-work above Long Lake), and your great feeling of accomplishment for getting this far!
  • Day 6 Today we'll continue our hike to Lake Bennett where the Chilkoot Trail ends (4-5 hours hiking). A float plane will pick us up by late afternoon for our spectacular flight back to Whitehorse; from there we will bring you to your hotel where you definitely will enjoy a hot shower!
  • Day 7 We'll bring you to the airport for your flight south or perhaps you'll take off on your own for your next adventure.

Read more about the Chilkoot Trail and the Yukon Gold Rush

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Trip Includes 

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Hotel accomodation

2 Nights accommodation in hotel in Whitehorse;

Transfer

Airport Shuttle in Whitehorse;
Transportation from Whitehorse to Skagway and Dyea;

Meals

All meals on the trail including non-alcoholic beverages

Camping Equipment

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

Emergency Equipment

First aid kit, bear spray, satellite phone;

Float Plane

Flight by float plane from Lake Bennett to Whitehorse;

Fees & Permits

Chilkoot National Historic Park / Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Alaska;

Certified Guide

Parks Canada licensed & certified wilderness guide;

Trip Excludes 
  • Meals and beverages in hotels and restaurants;
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping pad;
  • Optional ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route historic train from Fraser to Skagway;
  • 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.
Important Information 
  • Before you decide to book this trip please read our Chilkoot Trail hikers guide.
  • During our Chilkoot Trail adventure everyone carries part of the load, approximately 18 kg (40 lbs). This includes your own gear, some group camping gear and a portion of the food. (What to bring? Review our Chilkoot Trail Packing List.)
  • We will carry the bare minimum and safely store your other belongings in Whitehorse.
  • Please make sure you have all necessary documents for entry into the USA! Conditions change on short notice and Nature Tours of Yukon assumes no liability, if you are denied entry into Alaska.
  • 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 need more information.

I have a question about this tour.

Yes! I am ready to book my adventure.

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Price: CAD $1968
  • Single room: CAD $199 (hotel & tent)
  • Porter service: $1175 per person (1 porter per 2 guests)
  • Extra for privat group of 3: CAD $495 p.p.
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy, 5% GST is added, all transactions are in Canadian dollars
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Required participants:
Min. 4 / Max. 7
Departure Dates
  • NCT 01/2022
    Jun 26 2022 to Jul 2 2022
  • NCT 02/2022
    Jul 4 2022 to Jul 10 2022
  • NCT 03/2022
    Jul 10 2022 to Jul 16 2022
  • NCT 04/2022
    Jul 18 2022 to Jul 24 2022
  • NCT 05/2022
    Jul 24 2022 to Jul 30 2022
  • NCT 06/2022
    Jul 31 2022 to Aug 6 2022
  • NCT 07/2022
    Aug 7 2022 to Aug 13 2022
    Available Spaces: 
    0
  • NCT 08/2022
    Aug 14 2022 to Aug 20 2022
    Available Spaces: 
    0
  • 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 Travel Industry Designator Service by IATA
  • Nature Tours of Yukon is a member of Yukon Wilderness Tourism Association
  • Nature Tours of Yukon is a member of Tourism Industry Association of Yukon
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