Day 1 Friday / Tuesday
At your arrival at Whitehore, Gary will welcome you and he will drive you to your hotel, the Gold Rush Inn, where you´ll spend the night.
Day 2 Saturday / Wednesday
The morning on the day of your tour you will be picked up at 10AM in the hotel lobby. As a group we will do some last minute shopping and pick up any items missing from the packing list. Afterwards we drive to the ranch, 20km South of Whitehorse where we outfit you with your expedition clothing. Enjoy a hot lunch and then be introduced to your 4 legged companions for the week. 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! After taking care of the dogs we can enjoy the sauna, have a shower, hot dinner and cozy up by the fire.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 3 Sunday/ Thursday
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 the ranch. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 4 Monday/ Friday
Today your team will pull you east of the ranch. As we climb in elevation we are heading 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 the 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 a gravity fed shower waiting for you in the main lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 5 Tuesday/ Saturday
This day takes us 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 we are above tree line and easily cover 20-30km. In harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature like you have never experienced it before. There is a gravity fed shower and sauna waiting for you in the lodge. (Beakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 6 Wednesday/ Sunday
Imagine yourself years ago when only dogsled was used for transportation. Head out into the untouched wilderness for 3 days of winter camping at our wall tent camp at Dry Creek. A surge of new life creeps into your soul as you journey farther into the amazing landscape surrounding the Fish Lake Area. The trail on this day follows the shores of Fish Lake, climbs and heads into the coastal mountain range to the south. Enjoy the crisp freshness of this day and don´t forget to take photos! Curl up at night by the woodstove for a cozy sleep in our wall tents. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 7 Thursday/ Monday
At dawn enjoy a hearty camp breakfast in our wall tent kitchen. From our camp, weather permitting we will make a run to the top of the mountain above the tree line to Ptarmigan Flats. Keep your eyes open for this beautiful white bird, while sledding on miles of wind blown hill tops. Over night at Wall tent Camp. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 8 Friday/ Tuesday
Wake with the sun, say good morning to your team as they enjoy their morning meal. Greet the day with a hot cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast. On this last day of mushing breath deeply the fresh clean air and take in the rugged landscape one last time as you run your team west towards the ranch. As you mush over the clean white snow listen one last time to the quiet whoosh of the runners and the soft panting of the dogs.
Return to the ranch for a hot lunch. Many people find that saying good bye to their new friends, that have pulled them through their stay with us, the hardest part of leaving. Now you must pack your belongings and enjoy the drive winding down Fish Lake Rd. to Whitehorse for your last night at the Gold Rush Inn. (Breakfast, lunch). Once we arrive in Whitehorse you will receive your musher diploma and a shuttle pass.
Day 9 Saturday / Wednesday
Over breakfast you can start planning your next adventure and contact us about even more challenging tours that we offer to outdoor enthusiasts. The Whitehorse shuttle service van brings you to the airport for your southbound flight…. Or better yet, complete your Yukon winter experience, by joining another tour offered.
Day 10 Sunday / Thursday
Arrival to Europe. End of our services.