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Backpacking with Huskies (4 days)

Hiking / Canoeing

Hike through remote Yukon wilderness with a group of huskies as companions. For summer fun, our sled dogs join us on hiking and backpacking trips. The dogs help out by carrying most of the food and gear, so you only need to carry your personal equipment.

Day 1: Pick up in Whitehorse. We then drive 45 minutes out the North Klondike Highway to Lake Laberge where we change to a boat for the 5 1/2 mile (9 km) trip across the lake to our wilderness home and sled dog kennel. We have a picnic lunch on arrival. After lunch, we take an afternoon hike with some of our sled dogs in the spectacular area overlooking the lake. The dogs help out as pack dogs on our backpacking tour, but today they will just join us for fun and exercise. In the late afternoon, we return home for a cook-out supper at the lakeshore. Overnight at the home cabins.

Day 2: Today we put on our backpacks and head out with the dogs to a beautiful secluded lake. The hike takes us along ridge-tops, through forests, and along little lakes. After an initial climb, it is relatively flat most of the way. All together, it usually takes about 3 1/2 hours of walking time to get to our camp, plus lunch and rest stops. Once we arrive at the lake and set up camp, you may want to take a swim or relax in camp. Or we may take a late afternoon or evening hike (without backpacks) up a hill behind the camp for a wide view over the area that we hiked through.

Day 3:
On this day, after a hearty bannock breakfast, we leave the larger backpacks in camp and just take what we need for a day hike. We hike around the lake and follow a trail through forests and meadows to another little lake. If desired, we can hike up a high hill-top to overlook miles and miles of forests and lakes and mountains. We return to our camp for the night. If we are lucky, we may hear wolves, coyotes, or loons as we lie in our sleeping bags.

Day 4: This morning after dogs and people have had breakfast, we pack up camp and put on our backpacks for the trip back to the home cabins. Depending on how the group feels, we may take the shorter trail home, that we used on the way in, or we can take a different longer route (about 4 1/2 to 5 hours of walking, plus lunch and rests), which is mostly forest and ridge top walking. Guests may return to Whitehorse on the evening of Day 4 or add an optional overnight at our cabins and leave the morning of Day 5.

Below is a selection of pictures taken during a trip like this and you will also find some impressions in the photo gallery.

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