It was 1897 when gold was discovered in a creek in the heart of Canada’s Yukon Territory, placing the small town of Dawson City abruptly on the map. Soon after, over 100,000 would-be miners, carrying a year’s worth of provisions, set off in search of riches, tackling miles upon miles of rugged mountains and rushing rivers.
Local expert insight into the history of the Klondike Gold Rush.
A festive farewell feast on the banks of the Yukon River.
Carefully selected restaurants with multi-course meals and fresh and custom prepared trail fare.
- Explore the Yukon’s vibrant capital city of Whitehorse alongside a special guest with strong family ties the Klondike era, and ride the White Pass Railway through a panorama of glaciers, gorges and waterfalls to the historic town of Skagway, Alaska.
- Set off from the one-time boom town of Dyea, Alaska on a 4.5 day trek along the Chilkoot Trail, walking in the footsteps of the Gold Rushers as you traverse coastal rainforest, high alpine tundra and sub-alpine boreal forest.
- Ascend the Golden Stairs over Chilkoot Pass into Canada, marveling at the remnants of stampeder supplies, over a century old, discarded along the trail, and trek to Bennett Lake, where logs were once whipsawed into boats, and where a float plane will whisk you away over the imposing Coast Mountains.
- Countries: United States, Canada
- Host City: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada (YXY)
- Duration: 8 days / 7 Nights (4 1/2 Days Hiking)
- Accommodations: 3 Nights Hotel / 4 Nights Tented Camps
- Guest-to-Guide Support Ratio: 7:1
- Group Size Maximum: 9 people
- Trip Activity Level: Moderate*
*Please refer to our Trip Activity Level Guide or speak to one of our Adventure Consultants at 855-208-6800 to determine if this is the right trip for you.
Daily Itinerary Overview (Days 1 – 6)
Enjoy a warm welcome and walking tour of Whitehorse, the Yukon’s vibrant and historic capital city, alongside a special guest with strong ties to the Gold Rush era.
Board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway and traverse a picturesque panorama of mountains, glaciers and waterfalls en route to the coastal town of Skagway, Alaska. Visit the grave of Soapy Smith, among other landmarks, with a local historian.
Begin your 4.5 day trek in the one-time boom town of Dyea, Alaska, at the start of the Chilkoot Trail. Hike ~8 miles of coastal rainforest to Canyon City camp, home toseveral Gold Rush-era ruins.
Continue along the Chilkoot Trail, taking in a backdrop of towering, snow-capped mountains, sweeping green valleys and hanging glaciers. Settle in for dinner with a local ranger and an overnight at Sheep Camp.
Climb past the tree line into alpine tundra as you make your way steadily toward Chilkoot Pass, the mark of the US/Canadian border. Cross The Scales and climb The Golden Staircase as you summit the pass, soaking up a well-earned, postcard-perfect panorama before descending to Happy Camp.
Enjoy a gentle descent through treeless tundra and into sub-alpine boreal forest, taking in views of Long Lake and pausing for a foot soak (or an invigorating dip!) in the crystalline waters of Deep Lake. Set up camp in Lindeman City and peruse an interpretative wall-tent highlighting the trail’s colorful history.
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2018 Start Dates
All Chilkoot Trail departures require National Park permits. Please CONTACT one of our Adventure Consultants for a custom departure date.
Prices are based on per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $275
Forced Single Supplement: $137
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Gold Rush Inn | Whitehorse, Yukon
Surrounded by vibrant history and arresting wilderness, visitors often claim arriving in Whitehorse is like stepping back in time to the days of the 1898 Gold Rushers, thousands of whom gathered in the Yukon’s capital city before embarking on their journey north. Within walking distance of downtown and the banks of the Yukon River, there’s no better place to relax, explore, and prepare for your own adventure than from the comfort of the Gold Rush Inn. A true embodiment of the Klondike spirit, the Gold Rush Inn is clean, cozy, and complete with artifacts from the Klondike era. VIEW HOTEL WEBSITE
Westmark Inn Skagway | Skagway, Alaska
Victorian decor, rustic charm, and warm Alaskan hospitality capture the spirit of a bygone era at Skagway’s Westmark Inn. Nestled in heart of the historic city center, the Westmark Inn is an easy stroll from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, The Skagway Museum and Archives, and the grave of the infamous Soapy Smith! With its turn-of-the-century style and talk-of-the-town hospitality, the Westmark is the perfect place to relax and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Yukon. VIEW HOTEL WEBSITE