The Tombstones Expedition
from† from CAD $2994
Our first night in Dawson City will be at the Bunkhouse. We will have our tour orientation the evening before we leave on our expediton adventure into the Tombstone Mountains. The tour begins with a helicopter flight into the heart of the region. Our hike out will pass through an imposing landscape of hanging valleys, morraine lakes, and spectacular Tombstone Mountain vistas. After hiking our way out of the Tombstone Mountains along Grizzly Valley, we will rendezvous with our van; from there, we will drive on to Dawson City, restored to its glorious gold rush days. In Dawson City, We will will have several opportinities for tour of the area, with the possibility of visiting the old gold fields, of a drive to the Dome and an exceptional view of Dawson and surrounding regions, or to enjoy an evening of festivity at Diamond Tooth Gertie's.
You may also consider our other two options for seeing the Tombstones - The Tombstones Base Camp Fly-in/Fly-out Tour, or the Arctic Circle Drive and Hike Tour that explores the Tombstones, the Ogilvies and the Dempster Highway vistas.
Trail Rating FG9bdfg
Group Size Small
Dates and Prices
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- Day 1 Fly over the Ogilvie Mtns
We will take a flight through the Ogilvie Mountains and put down near Mt. Tombstone. The helicopter will then fly over to the Tombstone campground and fly the remaining members of the group into our camp. The flight is one of many highlights during our trip. This afternoon we will have our first day hike in Tombstone Valley.
- Day 2 In the Tombstone Range
Group ability and weather will determine our itinerary over the next 3 days. Our route will follow the impressive Tombstone Range, along the Tombstone River, past Talus Lake, Divide Lake, over Glissade Pass and into Grizzly Lake. Autumn clours, the incredible presence of Mt. Monolith, scores of hanging valleys and mountain tarns will serve as backdrop to our hike.
- Day 3 In the Tombstone Range
Day hiking. Still wandering in the Tombstone Range, along the Tombstone River, past Talus Lake, Divide Lake, over Glissade Pass and into Grizzly Lake. Autumn colours, the incredible presence of Mt. Monolith, scores of hanging valleys and mountain tarns will serve as backdrop to our hike.
- Day 4 In the Tombstone Range
Day hiking. Still wandering in the Tombstone Range, along the Tombstone River, past Talus Lake, Divide Lake, over Glissade Pass and into Grizzly Lake. Autumn clours, the incredible presence of Mt. Monolith, scores of hanging valleys and mountain tarns will serve as backdrop to our hike.
- Day 5 In the Tombstone Range
This is the day we typically hike over Glissade Pass and into the Grizzly Lake area. The views are incredible, which make up for the strenuousness of the day's hike.
- Day 6 In the Tombstone Range-Grizzly Lake
Day 6 is also a challenging day. We will make our up onto a ridge for a ling ridge walk, then down to our rendezvous with our van on the Dempster Highway. From here, we will head into Dawson City. Along the way we may drive up to the Dome with its superb views of Dawson City and the region around.
- Day 6 +1 Travel
On this seventh day, the day after the tour, we will be happy to drop guests at the airport as our guides clean up and prepare for their next trip.
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration.
Day 0: Arrive in Dawson City, stay in the Bunkhouse. Meet for orientation and preparation
inclusions and exclusions at a glance
- Transportation from the point of origin and return
- Helicopter flight in the Tombstones
- Snacks/beverages on the expedition
- All meals while on the backpacking portion**
- Meal preparation
- Camping fees, accommodation in Dawson City
- Trail ferry fees
- Exceptional guides for entire journey
- Cooking gear/camp stoves/water filtration
- Tents & tarps
- Emergency radio/satellite phone/major first aid supplies
- We can provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, poles for rent
- Transportation to point of origin, transfers, personal equipment, accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary.
- Gratuities are not included. Our guides make every effort to ensure your holiday is all you expected and more. Recognition of a job well done is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended.
SEA to SKY will pick up for all expeditions that originate in Whitehorse. Should any problems or miscommunication arise, please email our office and we will forward you the guide team's contact info. (cell number and email address).
GETTING TO WHITEHORSE
Air Canada has daily flights to Whitehorse. Air North has scheduled flights from Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver. Please check with your travel agent for details.
Whitehorse Pick up & Hotels
The following represent a cross section of available accommodation in Whitehorse. Former clients have stayed at these and have indicated a satisfaction with them. The asterisk [* ] means a budget and clean accommodation. The Yukon Inn has agreed to discount their rate for our clients. Indicate that you will be doing a trip with us and you should receive a preferred rate.
Best Western Gold Rush Inn
High Country Inn
Midnight Sun B&B
[*] Beez Kneez Hostel
[*]Hide on Jeckell Hostel
[*] Family Hotel
This is a rugged hike for some portions. The best boots for this kind of backpacking are solid-able to take rough talus slopes, water proof, and with a full, stiff shank for ankle support. If you get new boots, it is important to break them in before your trip to ensure that they are comfortable and to minimize the risk of blisters. It is also a good idea to bring a pair of comfortable sandals or water shoes for wearing around camp and for crossing streams or other bodies of water.
For a six-day backpacking trip in varied terrain, you will want a backpack with a capacity of at least 65-85 liters, depending on the size of your gear and the type of trip you are taking.
Some key features to look for in a backpack for this type of trip include:
Comfort: Look for a backpack with a comfortable and well-padded hip belt and shoulder straps, as well as a good ventilation system to prevent your back from getting too hot and sweaty.
Durability: Choose a backpack made from strong and durable materials, such as ripstop nylon, to withstand the rigors of the trail.
Weather resistance: Consider a backpack with a waterproof or water-resistant cover or built-in rain cover to protect your gear from the elements.
Load-carrying ability: Look for a backpack with a sturdy frame and good load-carrying capacity to support the weight of your gear.
Organization: Choose a backpack with plenty of pockets, compartments, and attachment points to help you keep your gear organized and easily accessible.
Size: Make sure the backpack fits you well and is the right size for your body and your gear.
It is also a good idea to try on a few different backpacks and load them with weight to get a feel for how they carry before making your final decision.
Hiking poles can be a helpful tool for a rugged backpacking trip, as they can provide additional support and stability on rough or uneven terrain. They can also help to reduce the impact on your joints and muscles by distributing some of the load to your upper body.
However, whether or not to use hiking poles is ultimately a personal decision, and it may depend on factors such as your physical abilities, the terrain you will be hiking on, and your personal preference. Some people find that hiking poles help them to maintain balance and reduce fatigue, while others prefer to hike without them.
If you do decide to use hiking poles, it is important to choose a pair that is comfortable, lightweight, and adjustable to your height. It is also a good idea to practice using them before your trip to get a feel for how they work and to ensure that you are using them correctly.
You can expect to carry up to 40 lbs, depending on the gear you bring. (about 18.2 kg)
We pack and prepare the food, which must be carried in bear-proof barrels in the Tombstones, usually about 9 to 11 lbs (4.1 to 5.0 kg). We also share out the group gear. We are also supplying the tents, which typically weight 4 to 6 lbs., depending on whether they are double or single tents (double occupancy is standard, singles require a supplemental charge). Double tents are split between guests, so usually contribute about 3 lbs. to pack weight.
Altogether, expect to be given about 14 to 16 lbs. (6.4 to 7.3 kg). If you want your pack weight to be 35 lbs. (15.9 kg) or less, then your backpack and gear that you bring, along with 2 Litres of water, can only weigh up to 19 to 20 lbs. (9 kg).
This is a very strenuous hike. We have planned in to reduce the weight as much as possible before the most strenuous sections, but this is a mountain backpacking trip, so elevation changes are the norm.
Tips, or gratuities, are not mandatory. However, please consider what service is actually being given to you. While you might think that the company should just pay the guides better, it is not so simple. We do work in a competitive market, and pay rates are a function of the trip prices. If we could double prices, we would pay guides significantly better. At Sea to Sky, we have some of the better pay rates in the industry, and we are always pushing our competitors to increase pay rates for guides, but there is only so much we can do. Guides are seasonal workers. They shift off of their summer season to winter activities, or fill in with retail work, which is usually little more than minimum wage, often to periods of no work between seasonal jobs. It is a hard job, and wearing on the body.
The guides carry most of the group gear, so they have heavier loads than you have, all for you, because they would not be carrying much of the extras on a personal trip. Your guides are teaching you, helping you through challenges, cooking for you and serving you your meals, providing a safety envelope for you, and if you have a really good guide, they are filling you up with a deeper experience of being in the place you are visiting by telling you about the flora, fauna and history of the place.
So, how much should you tip your guides?
If you ate every meal out in a day, at a good, but low-cost restaurant, you would probably tip between $10 and $15 per day. If you were travelling and visiting a city and ate all your meals out, this is about how much you would tip for the day, low end. I would submit that the guides are feeding you all three meals in a day, AND serving you in so many more ways. That makes $10-$15 a day a minimum consideration, really. 10% to 15% of a trip price has been another rule of thumb that has been used. If your trip price is $2000, then $200 to $300 split between the guides is reasonable, and falls within that standard. Like most humans, guides are motivated when they are recognized and valued.
Your circumstances matter. If you are a student and clearly struggled to put together the cost of the trip, or have other circumstances that limit your ability to tip, guides understand and honour your appreciation, no matter what the size. However, if you have a large income or high net worth and means, a small tip might be a slap in the face. If you have means and you clearly and vocally appreciated the guides and all they did, and then leave a $50 tip after a 7 to 9 day trip, that amount would probably be insulting. If you have a fairly large income or net worth, you likely spend it on higher end restaurants, and maybe higher cost wine, drinks or desserts. You might even give a $50 tip for a dinner meal out-for ONE meal, so just consider your ability to tip and the level of service you received over the whole trip.
The largest tip any of our guides has received from one person is $1,500.00 for a 9-day trip. This was highly unusual, and was because we went way out of the way to replace her boots in the middle of the trail because her boots were falling apart, and this was on top of paying for the boots and their transport out to the trail. That was extraordinary service, and an extraordinary tip. On average, guides usually receive about $75 to $125 from each guest for each guide.
At Sea to Sky, we also split the tips between the lead and assistant guides, and proportionally with any drivers. We have a strong culture of teamwork and both the lead and assistant guides play essential roles for you, so we ensure both share equally in the tips for the trip. Tips are not shared or taken by owners and managers not on your trip, unless you send it separately and specify it is for service before or after a trip.