“An 18 day small group guided adventure through Alaska’s national parks, glaciers and into Canada’s Yukon wilderness. This is one wild trip.”
Anchorage | Denali National Park | Flight to the gates of Arctic Circle | Anaktuvuk Pass Village | Fairbanks | Chicken | Dawson City | Kluane National Park | Chistochina | Wrangell-St Elias National Park | Valdez | Seward | Kenai Fjords National Park
Description of Alaska and Yukon classic camping tour
Starting in Anchorage, this 18 day adventure takes you through both USA and Canada’s far frontiers of Alaska and Yukon Northern Territories respectively. It takes this long as well, because not only are Alaska and Yukon seriously big, but this is one of our planet’s greatest wilderness zones. It takes time to absorb it all too. Taking a circular route around the two regions, you start and end with three of the world’s most magnificent national parks. Camping in two out of three, you can explore independently following well marked trails, or sign up for optional extra trips such as taking a scenic flight over Mt. McKinley, USA’s highest peak, in Denali NP, ice climbing or glacier walking in Wrangell-St.Elias NP or take a wildlife cruise in the extraordinary Kenai Fjords NP where orcas swim among the calving glaciers. In Yukon we also take a couple of days to visit Kluane NP where camping beside its eponymous lake allows views of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, as well as some of the region’s most spectacular birdlife. You will be thankful of two days to savour its serenity.
There are towns and historic villages along this tour itinerary too. Such as the gold mining town of Chicken, or Anaktuvuk Pass village built in the 1950’s by the indigenous Nunamiut people, in prime position along a caribou migratory route. And, being gateway to the Arctic Circle, it’s a long way, so you will take a superb flight up to the village for this trip. In Yukon, the city of Whitehorse is the Province’s capital located on the Yukon River, an artery for indigenous life for generations as well as the famous Klondike Gold Rush years of the late 19th century. You also spend a couple of days in Valdez, towards the end of our trip, back in Alaska again, a town with a dark history, having been wiped out by an earthquake in 1964 and then revived by the controversial Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the ‘70s. Nowadays it is a top spot, right on Prince William Sound and surrounded by coastal mountains, to go sea kayaking out to Shoup or Columbia Glaciers.
This company is an avid supporter of the American Hiking Society and also Leave No Trace, and given that there is a lot of camping and wilderness trips on this trip, it is wholly committed to low impact travel. As well as leaving a positive impact on the indigenous communities who are stewards of this precious region, and who can only benefit from a short summer tourist season.
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You will be sharing your experiences with a maximum of 13 like minded travellers and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.
Responsible tourism: Alaska and Yukon classic camping tour
We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.
We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.
This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.
We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.
Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.
In Alaska we use small locally owned service providers for our included and optional activities. Due to the short tourist summer season in this region we make a special effort to use as much varied local produce whilst on tour as possible. This aims to evenly distribute money spent on tourism in Alaska between many small businesses.
Experience the cultures of the Dene, Metis and Inuvialuit peoples with a chance to interact with them and purchase local handmade crafts. This gives you the opportunity to understand the community on an individual level; it also puts money back into the local economy to sustain the future of their community.
This tour incorporates use of a local guide and National Park communal transport, as well as adhering to National Park rules and regulations. Our tour leaders will also educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans
We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.
Reviews of Alaska and Yukon classic camping tour
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 05 Jul 2008 by Mary Ellen Ruddell
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
We travelled a great distance, saw tons of great scenery and was able to do a variety of activities so I can't really say that one thing stands out however Dawson City (both times) was great.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Bring a bug hat/jacket and some good bug spray. Bring a variety of warm clothes (e.g. mitts, wool hat...) even in the summer months - you never know what the temperature will be like. It really is an active tour and to be ready for this. You do no have to be an athlete however stamina and general overall good health is a must.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
We clearly utilized a great deal of local operators and we met many of the local people and it did feel as if they were benefiting from our holiday. I did expect a little more eco-friendly focus while on the trip. I am aware that people are on vacation however it is at these times that we need to, I think, be even more cognizant of what we do. In Alaska we were hard pressed to find places to recycle and it would be nice if there was something different we could do about that. Canada was much better but the message was not always present. I am unsure how much others travelling with me actually knew that the tour operator is an "eco-friendly" tour operator and that this was rated under the eco-friendly trips on line. It seemed that we definitely tried to leave little to no trace however there were many smaller messages that could have been brought forward.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Overall, the trip was excellent. Our guide had an ever present patience and an accommodating spirit that allowed each of us to have the best trip possible. The activities were great and the locations wonderful.