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3-day Yukon Wilderness Base Camp Hiking

Join ACMG guide James on this 3-day exploration of the rugged Yukon territory where you can enjoy a combination of adventure and nature!

Mountain RangeCoast Mountains
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The Yukon summer is ideal for exploring its rugged wilderness. The best way of course is to immerse oneself in it on a 3-day wilderness base camp hike. Imagine a scenic lake full of fish surrounded by wildlife, and  being able to explore the surroundings only with a light pack. Then at night, back to the campsite for some great food and fun company under the stars. That’s what summer is all about!

Because we will be staying at a base camp, the hiking itself, although demanding, is a little more relaxed than if we had to carry packs all day. Hikes can be as short as one hour and last up to a full day if fitness permits and take us to some of the most stunning views in Yukon. We recommend this trip for hikers with good fitness who enjoy being out in nature all day.  Hike altitudes can be up to 15 km and descents at least 1200m.

A float-plane from Whitehorse will take you to the base camp located by a remote alpine lake in the Boundary Ranges of south-central Yukon. The camp will consist of a large Arctic Oven tent for socializing and to shelter us in case of any occasional summer storm. Guests will sleep in smaller tents on site that fit between 2-3 people. Also, we will enjoy amazing food and of course, a great time!

Still not convinced? The Yukon wilderness is home to Grizzly bears, Caribou, Dall Sheep, Ptarmigan, Wolverine, and Wolves among many other wonderful species. So you will not only enjoy the scenery, a great time, and fun packed adventures, but you will also experience the beautiful Yukon wildlife!

Book your place now and join me on the best summer of your life!

I also offer a 4-day version of this trip. Check it out if you’ve got an extra day! Or, if you’re looking for a more demanding winter excursion, try our multi-day Yukon fat bike expedition in February!


Base camp by an Alpine lake

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Day 1: Base camp fun

A 30-minute scenic floatplane from Schwatka Lake in Whitehorse delivers you to camp. Once settled, we will give you a safety briefing and we will have lunch at camp. In the afternoon, we will hike up the valley to warm up. Finally, to end the evening, we will have dinner, socializing, and wildlife viewing through the high quality optics.

Day 2: Hike into the wilderness

After a good breakfast we will load our light packs and head into the wilderness. After, you will chose the hike that you prefer as each has its own special highlights. Options include  waterfall, ridgetops, Alpine lakes and Wildlife.

Day 3: Exploring the unknown, and then back home

After another beautiful day or two of stunning hikes an evening floatplane ride will deliver you back to Whitehorse!

About the guide

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I am an ACMG ski guide, as well as a Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Professional Member and an Advanced Wilderness First Responder.
I was born and raised in Fernie, BC in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and have spent my whole life working and playing in the mountains. There is nothing I love more than exploring remote mountains on skis and sharing that experience with others.

The northwest corner of British Columbia and the western Yukon offer some of the most mind-blowing ski terrain on the planet and I have spent over a decade exploring that terrain. As one of the few certified guides in this vast region, I have intimate local knowledge of the area and can help you make the most of your Yukon adventure.

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

CAD 1547 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Includes floatplane to/from camp, food, guiding, and full base camp. WE ALSO PROVIDE: Large base camp tents, Sleeping tents (3-person tent per 2 guests), Sleeping bag, liner, and sleeping pad,Camp kitchen supplies (plates, bowls, cutlery, etc),Toilets, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, soap, Chairs for camp, Spotting scope and binoculars (at camp), Medical kit, Fishing rods and tackle, Bear spray. GUESTS MUST BRING: Max. 2 pieces of luggage. Day pack plus one SOFT-SIDED duffle bag weighing no more than 20lbs), Day pack (20-30L), Hiking boots and/or sturdy hiking shoes (broken in already!), Hiking poles (optional), Breathable hard-shell jacket, Light insulated jacket (down or poly fill), Light, packable rain pants, Base layers of your choice, High quality socks of your choice, Sun glasses, Sun hat, Sun screen, Bug spray, Water bottle (1L), Camera, Binoculars (recommended for hiking), Light gloves and light touque or knit cap, Toiletries, Medications needed, Fishing license, Head lamp (likely won’t be needed!), Camp shoes/sandals/Crocs (something that can easily dry), Light backpacking towel, Bug jacket (optional), Small pocket knife (optional but recommended), Communications, *there is no cell phone coverage at anytime on this trip due to the remote location, Satellite phone (for emergency purposes only), Guides will communicate via InReach devices and/or VHF radio, Travel Insurance. Please be aware that, though it is very unlikely, weather can prevent access to base camp in mountainous regions. It is strongly recommended that guests purchase travel insurance that covers this type of loss.

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