Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions at the time of your ride, but always with your best interests in mind.Day One WHITEHORSE - SHINE VALLEY
You will be met at the airport in Whitehorse and transferred to the Shine Valley Ranch. Perhaps have your first experience of the midnight sun in the Yukon. Overnight in log cabins heated by a wood burning stove. Day Two SHINE VALLEY
After a relaxing breakfast and a briefing from your guide, Pierre, for the week ahead, you will meet the horses. A short introductory ride to get to know your horse takes you off into the surrounding countryside for a couple of hours before returning to base for a warming bowl of soup. After lunch the group will leave by road for a trip back into town to pick up last minute provisions for the trip and then back at the ranch enjoy a barbecue dinner around the campfire. Overnight once again in the log cabins. Day Three SHINE VALLEY - BONNYVILLE LAKE
After a good night's sleep, the morning is a hive of activity. Horses and people alike enjoy a hearty breakfast. The final preparations and packing is completed (hopefully only a stray spoon or bottle of wine is left behind) before departure into the wilderness.
This first day's ride takes about five hours to Bonnyville Lake where you will set up camp. After taking care of the horses, firewood is gathered to cook dinner. If you enjoy fly fishing, there are plenty of fish in the lake. Day Four BONNYVILLE LAKE - IBEX MOUNTAIN
After breakfast and packing up camp you head towards Ibex Lake and enter the foothills of the mountainous region of the Yukon, where snow still lingers on the high peaks. Which pass you take depends on the weather, either on the lake shores surrounded by pine forest or the 1800m high Marmot pass where there is the opportunity to encounter dall sheep.
Today you will cover around 40kms (c. six hours in the saddle) before reaching Ibex Lake and setting up camp. Day Five IBEX MOUTAIN - MUD LAKE - ROSE CREEK
The morning ride takes you above the tree line (a prime viewing position for wildlife) towards Mud Lake, an ancient lake moulded by the glaciers. Finding some good grazing for the horses you will stop for lunch and a nap on the shores of Mud Lake. Back on the trail you can look for wolves’ dens as you make your way to Rose Creek for your overnight stop.
After a long day in the saddle (six to seven hours) enjoy the evening around the camp fire overlooking the large pristine valley. Day Six ROSE CREEK - ROSE LAKE
The landscape changes today, leaving the wolf dens behind and making your way through the alpine meadows along an old path overlooking a glacial valley. To the south east rise the mighty coastal mountains. The land is pocketed with lakes created by beaver dams.
After lunch you descend to Rose Lake, arriving into camp after about five hours in the saddle.
The rest of the day is spent around camp, fishing in the magnificent lake and awaiting the arrival of the airplane carrying supplies (and the spoon and bottle of wine that were left behind at the ranch!) Day Seven ROSE LAKE (rest day)
Today is a rest day. Fishing, hiking and swimming if it is warm enough. A good opportunity to admire the rich diversity of wildlife and flora. You'll spot many birds: eagles, ducks, geese, trumpeter swans and many other migratory birds. Day Eight ROSE LAKE - BIG BEN
Refreshed and ready to continue, camp is dismantled and the day's five to six hour ride takes you up again through the forest to the meadows. After lunch, time is allowed for a siesta while the horses graze nearby. Leaving the alpine country, you follow the Watson river into the deep forest, with the opportunity to see many beaver dams.
Overnight and dinner will be spent by a trapper cabin overlooking the coastal mountains and a small lake. Pierre will describe the Yukon's trapping tradition. Day Nine BIG BEN - WATSON RIVER
After a good rest and breakfast, you will head off to the old Watson Trail that takes you mainly through the open forests. You saddle up once again and ride for another 20kms (about four hours in the saddle today) to your campsite for the night in an open forest in the wilderness along the Watson River. After dinner, roast marshmallows over the campfire as the sun sets for the night. Day Ten WATSON RIVER - ALLIGATOR LAKE
Today you will have about six hours in the saddle. A long ascent to the alpine meadows for a panoramic view towards the Alaskan glaciers. You might have to lead the horses by foot for a maximum of about an hour. You cross a large plateau and then descend to the glacial valley and the sandy banks of Alligator Lake, where you set up camp for the night.
In times past, the First Nations people used to meet in this place for the last hunt of the season, and it became known as 'All Together Lake'. When the first maps were drafted, the name was mis-translated as Alligator Lake. Day Eleven ALLIGATOR LAKE - COAL LAKE
Another long day today (about five to six hours riding), as the land opens up into generous open spaces. You follow the trail for 40kms to Coal Lake, another great spot for fishing and swimming.
Camp is set up on the lake shore before settling down around the campfire for a last evening in the wilderness. Depending on the local conditions, you may ride further on from the lake to spend the night by a trapper cabin deeper in the forest. Day Twelve COAL LAKE - SHINE VALLEY - WHITEHORSE
After camp is taken down and packed away, the final 40km ride (about four to five hours) takes you through the alpine tundra along the banks of Fish Lake. The sight of the lake from a different angle is an incredible sight; your journey has brought you full circle.
Back at Shine Valley, you will say goodbye to your trusty steeds and drive to Whitehorse for a nice hot shower and dinner at a restaurant in town (own account). Return to the cabins at Shine Valley for the night. Day Thirteen WHITEHORSE
After breakfast there may be the chance to take a scenic light aircraft flight from Whitehorse (payable locally), following the route you have ridden. Later transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight.