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Kluane National Park

DONJEK GLACIER | fly-in backpacking expedition

Nature Tours of Yukon

Not for the faint of heart. The Donjek Glacier Expedition is designed for very experienced backpackers.

Overview

The fly in by floatplane to the starting point of the route is a breathtaking experience in itself,  giving you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the foothills of Kluane National Park. The scale of this very remote terrain is truly humbling. You’ll find that tracks from wolves, bear, Dall sheep and deer are much more common than human footprints.
If you're looking for a prime backpacking adventure, then get your backpack ready, strap on your hiking boots, charge your camera and join Nature Tours of Yukon for an adventure of a lifetime!

Nature Tours of Yukon’s Donjek Glacier backpacking route in Kluane National Park traverses 110 challenging kilometres of tundra and alpine terrain, more than a dozen creek crossings, two high alpine passes, and, to top it all off, arrives at the two-storey ice wall at the toe of the Donjek Glacier.

Highlights

  • Fly-in by float plane.
  • Prime backpacking adventure.
  • Close-up experience of the magnificent wilderness of the Kluane backcountry.
  • -Leave No Trace- Expedition: Take only photos - leave nothing but footprints.
  • Experienced and by Parks Canada licensed guide.
  • Excellent meals.
  • Bucket list item.
  • 10 days of extreme backpacking
  • 110 Challenging kilometres of tundra and alpine terrain.
  • 2 High alpine passes.
  • 12 Creek crossings.
  • 2 Storey ice wall

Details

Duration
12 days
Level
Advanced
Dates
July - August
Price
$4,995 + gst

Operator testimonials

NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT

Sarah, Chris, Carole and Shaheen

We wanted to send a note regarding our guide Derek. He was such a joy! We actually all really missed him when we had to say goodbye to him, I think it was harder on us than it was on him, haha. He was very informative, very kind, sweet, laid back and just overall a great person. We joked about how we wish we could adopt him into our family. In terms of our tour, the views of the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle were my favourite. The mountains, the landscape was just unreal. I've never seen anything like it. Eagle Plains and Dawson City were so INTERESTING to me! Unfortunately we didn't get to see the northern lights as it was very cloudy but I guess we'll just have to come back sometime. Thank you again all for all your help! All the best.

SIX OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE STARS

Hilde and Klaus with Tina

The holiday is over. What remains are beautiful memories. Our Tina was there for the first time in the winter – she too was so facinated. I think we've really infected her with the Canada Winter virus. The only downer: unfortunately we could not experience the finish of Allen Moore – at the time we were already over the Coast Mountain of BC. But Robert drove us the day before departure to Carmacks so we could experience Allen Moore's arrival at the checkpoint. That was really great; I filmed him on his ride over the frozen Yukon River. That was much more interesting than the arrival at the checkpoint. We would like to thank you very much. Nature Tours of Yukon is really a lucky draw in an ever-widening pot of sellers. In a possible rating of five stars, we give you six. In a nutshell, we will definitely recommend you. Greetings. Until we meet again.

ANTICIPATING THE NEXT TRIP ALREADY

Dr. Steve (Scotty, Vince and Logan)

I am back at work at the hospital and have more heart surgeries lined up than I can count. I look back on our recent experience and find solace. I am so appreciative of your work and service. I can't say enough great things about Robert, our guide ... please say hello for me.  I am looking towards next summer. Do you have other backpack trips the Bailey Clan can tackle? We would want Robert and our only request would be smiles all around. Please talk to Joost and see what might work. Thank you again.