If you are travelling from any location outside of Western Canada and the western United States, you will need to take one full day to travel to Vancouver.
You will fly into Whitehorse on the morning flight. We will meet you at the airport, then bring you out to the kennel. Once here you will meet our very friendly huskies, especially your team. Then we will load the teams into our dog boxes and head up the highway to Eagle Plains. The trip takes several hours, so an early start is needed. Once there, we will unload the dogs and you can help with the late feeding. You can spend the rest of the evening getting to know your guides, along with the history of our dogs, the Yukon Quest and the use of dogs by aboriginal peoples. We will spend the night in the lodge at Eagle Plains.
Start the day by helping with the morning feed and getting an orientation to our dogs and equipment. Our dogs are very powerful – probably the strongest dogs in the Quest pound for pound – and you will get to see and feel that power in action as you head out on your first run. We will drive a short distance along the trail towards Old Crow and get a chance to harness and "boot up" your team, practice braking, balancing and steering the sled on corners, and other basics of driving your team.
Today we will start down the trail to Old Crow, crossing through spectacular wilderness in the northern Yukon. We will follow routes long used by First Nations people in this region. As one of the guides is a Gwitchin musher who lives in Old Crow, you will have a very special opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of those peoples.
We will spend four more days on this wilderness trail before reaching the remote northern community of Old Crow. You will have a chance to see the dogs work with a loaded sled, and experience the joys of traversing the wilderness with your team. When you set up camp, you will feed and care for the dogs much as mushers in long distance races do. Then you will enjoy a fine meal prepared by your guide, before you snuggle into a cozy wall tent or Arctic Oven tent. As you drift off to sleep under the shimmering aurora borealis, you will probably hear the haunting howls of your K-9 companions – and if you’re lucky, the answering song of the wolf.
We will spend today in the community of Old Crow, visiting with local people and learning about the traditions and practices of the Gwitchin. We will stay in a lodge and have a traditional meal.
After a hearty breakfast for you and your team, you will fly back to Whitehorse. You can either spend a night at our kennel, or in Whitehorse, before connecting with a flight out of the Yukon. We can arrange for you to spend some time exploring Whitehorse before your flight home.
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