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Hiking with Huskies Combination Trip (7 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 tours. The dogs help out by carrying the food and tents, 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 cabins 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 trip, 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 our tents, 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: Our hike takes us through beautiful Yukon scenery back down to the shores of Lake Laberge where we set up camp for the second 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.

Days 5 to 7: These days are spent based from our home cabins, exploring the spectacular Lake Laberge area by foot, boat, and canoe. You may also want to try a summer dog team ride on wheels (if it is not too hot) one evening.

For guests with less time, it is possible to return to Whitehorse on the evening of Day 4 or the morning of Day 5 (see Backpacking with Pack Dogs).

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