|Spend some time with our world class athletes and you will be in awe of their abilities. Let our Alaska huskies show you how to sleep under the stars and connect with some of the world's top athletes - both humane and canine.
Michelle Phillips and her experienced team show you the 101 of dogmushing and let you take part in their lifes as mushers and nature people. Learn everything you need to know to run your own dogteam and let us take you into the magical winter wonderland! Outdoor camping could just as well be part of this exciting expedition as distance rides to the picturesque town of Atlin.
6 days/5 nights
between 20 March - 10 April 2016, individual departure dates per travel party,
Individual program lengths according to abilities, time frame and availability.
- Chance to learn the mushing skills from an expert and multiple Iditarod finisher
- Run your own sled and take care of the dogs yourself
- Vast, untouched wilderness
- Distance rides and/or expedition-style outdoor camping
Sample itinerary - this is how your expedition could look like
Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Tagish
In the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel or at the airport upon arrival in Whitehorse and shuttled Tagish. At Tagish Lake Kennel, you meet your musher guides and your dogteam. Time to gear up! You'll take a ride in the sled as a passenger across the frozen lake to reach your destination for today - remote Tagish Wilderness Lodge. After an approx. 1 hour journey, you will be welcomed by your Swiss hosts Sarah and Gebhard who have a hot cup of tea and some home baked goodies ready for you. Time to settle in and watch and learn from the mushers as they settle their team in for the night at the Lodge.
Day 2 - Dogsledding 101 - learning the ropes
Feeding, harnessing, massaging, putting booties on....all those things you will learn from our professional mushers and guides. Take your time and get acquainted with your dogteam, they are going to work for you the following days! If time and weather permits, you'll be heading out in the afternoon for an initiation loop!
Day 3 - Dogsledding
Your first full day on the sled - enjoy the vastness of this country, listen to the panting of your canine athletes while they take you to even more remote places along the lake. Under way, you stop for a hot trapper's lunch and give your team a rest.
Don't miss going out at night to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!
Day 4 - Dogsledding excursion to Atlin
Now almost an expert yourself, you'll ride your team on another excursion throught the untouched winter wonderland. Your destination tonight - the picturesque village of Atlin, where you will spend the night in a small Hotel, your dogs tied up in front just like in old times!
Day 5 - Return to Tagish Wilderness Lodge
Well rested, you tackle the way home through untouched boreal forest and reach the Lodge later in the afternoon. A visit to the herbal sauna is a welcome treat tonight!
Day 6 - Free day
Enjoy this day to explore the area around the Lodge on foot or on snowshoes, or take advantage of another day out on the dogsled!
Day 7 - Departure
A skiplane lands on the frozen lake and picks you up for a scenic 30-minute flight back to Whitehorse. Departure from Whitehorse or continuation of individual program.
You may want to add additional days to your dogmushing adventure or even choose to camp a night outdoors - the options are endless!
Prices per person in Canadian Dollars CAD, exclusive of 5% GST
The program is designed for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 participants.
If you have a moderate fitness level and a good feeling of balance, you will enjoy this tour. No dogmushing or wilderness experience is needed for this program. Standing on a dogsled is comparable with cross country skiing. We do however request that you fill in our health form prior to signing up for a tour, so we can make sure it suits your physical condition.
Program may change without prior notice. All activities are subject to weather conditions. No refund available for activities cancelled due to act of god.
We recommend to purchase a travel/health insurance for your trip
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking. Also, please be aware that all of our guests are required to sign a liability waiver prior to arrival at the Lodge. You will receive the waiver form together with your booking confirmation. Thank you!