Up North Adventures Ltd. in partnership with Sky High Wilderness Ranches Ltd. is excited to offer this exciting tour filled with fun and adventure for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to experience the true north in both the traditional and modern way of transportation. Spend 3 days on snow machine (2 people per machine) in some of the most beautiful landscapes the Yukon has to offer. Then step back in time and try your hand at the traditional transportation of the north at Sky High Wilderness Ranch. Spend your days mushing your own team (one person per dog sled) through the pristine wilderness of the Fish Lake area. Relax in the evenings with a shower, sauna or snuggled up by the fire recounting your day’s adventure with others on your tour! We do everything we can to ensure that this is your adventure of a lifetime and that you go home with many happy memories of your visit to the Yukon.
* Please note that dog sledding is comparable to cross country skiing and does require you to be in relatively good physical shape.
* All our tours are guided for your safety. Before commencing on any trip, we provide basic training on how to operate and ride a snowmobile/dogsled safely. Snow machine helmets are provided and we supply warm high-quality winter outer clothing and boots – if required. All our guides are fully certified, always travel with a SAT phone and a well stocked First Aid Kit on any snowmobile/dog sled tour.
* We do recommend that you arrive the day before your tour. Whether you arrive the day of your tour or days before don’t worry we’ll take care of you. All clients will be picked up at the airport upon arrival and taken to a hotel or straight to the ranch. Pre and post nights can be booked for you upon request.
|Duration:||8 days / 7 nights|
|Price:||$2,960.00 (CAN) per person + 5% GST (based on a minimum booking of 2 people|
|Additional Costs||Single room/tent $89.00 per person +5% GST.|
|Group Size:||2 – 6 per guide|
We’ll meet you at your hotel at 9:00 am. After a preliminary gear check, we’ll load up for the short drive to picturesque Fish Lake, located just south west of Whitehorse. Upon arrival move into your cozy room in the main lodge. Then head over to the Yurt for lunch and orientation before heading out on the trail. Not quite dressed for a Yukon winter? No problem, we can assist with winter outerwear rental, so you can stay warm and comfortable throughout your stay. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the main dining yurt, followed by a safety briefing and introduction to the snow machines. The balance of the day is spent exploring the trails in the area. A wonderful dinner awaits your return and if you’re lucky, a chance to see the Northern Lights, as they dance across the sky. (Lunch and dinner)
Wake up in time for a hearty breakfast, served at 9:00 am in the Main Lodge. At 10:00 am, meet your guide to start your morning snowmobile tour around Fish Lake. Return to the Yurt Basecamp for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring a new trail before finishing in time for a Yukon style dinner in the lodge. The rest of the evening is yours to spend cozied up to a fire, relaxing, reading a book, or sharing stories about your day. Don’t forget to look outside occasionally, perhaps the magical Aurora will make another appearance tonight? Overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Our final snowmobile day begins with breakfast in the Main Lodge. Be ready to ride by 10:00 am because we’re spending our entire last day out on the trail! Are you feeling like a Yukoner yet? Now that you’re a seasoned snowmobile operator, we’ll explore some new terrain today as the group travels through the boreal forest and subalpine terrain. Make sure you’ve got your camera with you because the views are breathtaking! A hearty northern lunch will be served on the trail. Enjoy a hot lunch on the trail and at the head back to the lodge for dinner and the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Now experience traditional travel by dog sled! Enjoy a hot breakfast and then be introduced to your 4 legged companions for the tour. Now you learn the basics of; dog care, checking their feet and shoulders, dog massage, sledding and parts of the sled. Harness your team, hook up and go for your very first run! Take in the untouched beauty of the northern wilderness. Lunch on the trail. A the end of the day after taking care of the dogs, cleaning and feeding, we can enjoy the sauna, have a shower, hot dinner and cozy up by the fire. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
While the morning sun lifts slowly over the magnificent horizon, we say good morning to our new canine friends and ensure they are fed, watered and happy. Then we sit in the comfort of our lodge dining room having breakfast and plan our day. Today we cover approx 35km in distance driving towards secluded Jackson Lake. The only sound will be the runners in the snow, the working dogs, and your words of encouragement. This is the day that you begin to know each dog’s personality and form a bond that only man and dog can understand. With every stop, praise and show of affection for your dogs, they will learn to trust you and you to trust them. Relax in our sod roof sauna before retiring for the night. Overnight at Sky High Wilderness Ranch. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Today your team will pull you east of the ranch. As you climb in elevation you head onto an old abandoned mining road on McIntyre Mountain. Enjoy the rugged landscape of the coastal mountains nestling Fish Lake in it’s valley. Keep an eye out for wildlife – you never know what you might see! Return to Sky High lodge for the night. Take care of the dogs, then curl up by the fire or sit around the dinner table recounting your adventures with others. There is dinner and a gravity fed shower waiting for you in the main lodge. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
This day takes you towards beautiful Bonneville Lakes, west of the ranch. The trails are narrower here with some challenging ups and downs. The scenery is breathtaking and the coastal mountains are always in view to the south and west. Part of the trip will be above the tree line and will allow you to easily cover 20-30km. A breath of new life will creep slowly into your soul and in harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature like you have never experienced it before. Take it all in and these memories will go with you as you continue your journey home. In late afternoon we drive you to Whitehorse where you spend your last night at a hotel. Here you will receive your musher’s diploma and a shuttle pass. (Breakfast & lunch)
Over breakfast you can start planning your next wilderness adventure and contact us about even more challenging tours that we offer. The shuttle van brings you to the airport for your homebound flight, or better yet, complete your Yukon winter experience, by joining another tour offered.
Due to the expeditionary nature of this program, changes to the itinerary are a possibility and are left up to the discretion of the guide. All attempts will be made to complete the trip within the outlined timeline.
Please ask us for availability and prices if you want to ride your solo snowmobile.