Yukon Back Country Horse Tour - 6 nights

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Run by: Windows On The Wild

Reference number: WOTW-22

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Join the ranks of legendary Yukon Pioneers such as George Carmacks and Martha Louise Black and help to break a back country trail that will take you into some of the most spectacular back country of the Yukon! Although theirs was a quest for gold, a true Yukoner will tell you that the Yukon’s real riches lay in the land itself. Discover the treasure of our Yukon landscapes on horse back as you ride up majestic mountain ridges€ross creeks and through peaceful valleys. Witness the transformation of seasons in the colorful spring and autumn landscapes as the Yukon wilderness and wildlife come out of hibernation/prepare for another long winter. Visit a working Trapper’s Cabin and step back in time to the traditional way of survival off the land. This tour offers an abundance of rugged adventure that is sure to strengthen your spirit and calm your soul. After a hearty camp dinner, spend the evenings by the fire. Cosy up in your tent or sleep under the stars.

Price includes: Price includes transfer from and to Whitehorse, return via float plane and van,  first and last night accommodation in Whitehorse (double occupancy), accommodation in tents (shared accommodations), all meals listed (including non-alcoholic beverages), use of camping equipment, horses, saddles and tack. Flights, alcoholic beverages (bought jointly before the tour), camping clothing, rental of sleeping bag, meals not listed, items of a personal nature and gratuities are not included.
 
Dates: Departures dates in June and September.
 
Day 1    
Fly from the UK to Whitehorse, transfer to the Gold Rush Inn for one night on room only.

Day 2    
You will be picked up at your hotel at 10am in the lobby. We will make a short shopping trip for any items you may have forgotten to pack before driving up fish lake road to Sky Wilderness Ranch. You move into your cozy cabin or double room in the main Lodge. You will be shown around and introduces you to the horses. Lunch is in the main Lodge.   If there is time we will saddle up the horses and go for a short  ride. After taking care of the horses we enjoy a hearty meal. Overnight at Sky High Ranch. Lunch and dinner are included. (L/D)

Day 3    
We feed the horses and saddle them up for a ride up a mountain ridge to Bonneville lakes for lunch. Enjoy the wonderful view. Overnight at Sky High Ranch. (B/L/D)

Day 4    
Today we get the pack horses loaded up with all the camping gear and food and say good bye to civilization. The trail goes up and over mount McIntyre to the trapper's cabin near Coal lake.  Overnight in Trapper Cabin or set up your tent or sleep by the fire.  B/L/D)

Day 5    
After breakfast the horses are brought up and prepared for the day - the pack animals will be left to graze. We go up to Coal lake. If people wish we can take a short fishing break ( lake trout and grayling are easily caught here) before heading up to moose flats and weather permitting to the top of double mountain, where we can have lunch while we observe the world far below. We circle a high mountain lake usually seeing moose and caribou. We then ride the ledges overlooking Coal lake before heading back down to the cabin for another night. Overnight at Trapper cabin.  (B/L/D)

Day 6    
Horses will be brought up after breakfast and pack horses will be packed for the trail. We will ride down Coal Lake. The wet lands at the south end of Coal Lake are a series of beaver ponds. We will skirt the edges of this and ride along Friday Creek surrounded by alpine tundra. It is edged by grass meadows with lots of wild flowers surrounded by alder and willow. Mountain sheep, moose, caribou, and bears are often seen in this area. We will ride down the valley beside Ibex mountain to our next camp. Full Board.(B/L/D)

Day 7    
For people that can't sleep you can get up early to watch a sunrise which in June is about the same time as the sunset. Again we pack the horses to make the fairly long trip back to the ranch only stopping for lunch, this time going to the west of Fish Lake to complete the full circle. We will unload the horses and brush them down one last time before saying good bye. You will be transferred to Whitehorse and the Gold Rush Inn for your final night.   (B/L/)

Day 8    
Transfer to the airport or continue on to explore other parts of the Yukon.Meals included: B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner 

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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