Spend 10 days exploring, adventuring and reconnecting with yourself and those on the river with you, 10 days that will be with you for the rest of your life!

  • Activity Level: Adventurous beginners.
  • Experience Level: No prior rafting experience is required.
  • Check-in: Start and end in Whitehorse, Yukon. Rafters are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Whitehorse, YT, both before and after the trip.
  • Adventure Duration: 10 days and 9 nights, with approximately 3-4 hours of rafting per day. A total rafting distance of approximately 213 km (132 miles) throughout the expedition.
  • Requirements: Must be 6+ years of age and weigh over 50 lbs.

“If you’re looking for a unique adventure that’s rugged, but you also feel pampered and excited to see what culinary surprise is on hand each day, this is the trip for you! Thanks guys for the trip of a lifetime!” ~ MelRod1950

Prices, Dates & Times

  • At CAD $6,999 per person*, this is one of North America’s best multi-day expedition value that will last a lifetime! All prices are in Canadian funds. 5% GST and National Park access fee not included.
  • 2022 Departure Dates: July 15 and July 28
  • Meeting time for the trip is 7:00 pm the night prior to departure at the designated meeting location in Whitehorse, Yukon.
  • Rafters are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Whitehorse, YT, both before and after the trip.

*Prices are subject to change
An initial deposit of 25% is taken at the time of booking and is non-refundable. The balance payment is due 60 days before the scheduled trip departure.

What’s Included

Canadian Outback Rafting provides everything you need for an incredible 10-day experience:

  • Instruction, training, and leadership from expert rafting guides.
  • Rafting gear; wetsuits, life jackets, helmets, rain jacket, rain pants, and rubber boots.
  • Camping gear; tent (for 2 people), sleeping mat and sleeping bag.
  • Dry bags to keep all your clothes and personal items secure and dry.
  • Multi-course gourmet meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners, snacks & beverages.
  • A limited selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are provided on the trip.
  • Transfer from Whitehorse, Yukon, to the River and a return scenic flight from Glacier Bay, Alaska, back to Whitehorse after the trip.

Take action! Give yourself a well-deserved gift of adventure.

National Geographic’s #1 rated river rafting journey

Visit one of the most remote and pristine wilderness areas remaining in the world. Over ten days you will separate completely from your daily lives and focus your energy on the sights, sounds and people around you. This is a world-class rafting trip, but it is more than that; it is a journey that reconnects us with nature and adjusts our perspectives in life. What more can you ask for from a vacation?

Travelling through remote sections of Yukon, British Columbia and Alaska, you will encounter glaciers sitting on the water’s edge and calving into icebergs in front of your eyes, all worth the journey in itself. You will also view grizzlies, eagles and several other animals and birdlife as you become one with your natural surroundings on the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers.

The Journey is not solely focused on the time spent on the river; the shorter river days and long hours of sunlight allow for excursions from camp each afternoon before settling in for a campfire dinner under a star-filled sky. Two layover days also allow those who chose to attempt more vigorous hikes to take in the surrounding tundra and glaciers.

To maximize your experience in BC’s wilderness, group sizes are limited.

“The 10-day rafting trip on the Tatshenshini/Alsek River was truly bucket list, trip of a lifetime stuff!” ~ suzette558

Itinerary

On DAYS ONE & TWO, begin your journey by heading out on the Alaska Highway to enter the Kluane National Park. Take in the scenery and bountiful wildlife before continuing to Dalton Post, Yukon Territory to settle in for the first of many sumptuous dinners at camp. The next morning, awake to a delicious breakfast and coffee, then set off on your first river day deep into the canyons of the St. Elias Mountains and raft through the most continuous white-water section of the trip before camping for the night.

On DAYS THREE & FOUR, relax as you meander through Quiet Canyon, the Oxbows and Bear Bite Creek. Take in panoramic mountain vistas and a variety of wildlife before setting camp at Sediments Creek. Spend your first layover day relaxing, or join a group hike to an open ridge and an alpine meadow bursting with flowers, and maybe continue to Goat Ridge to view glaciers.

On DAYS FIVE & SIX, raft through the Monkey Wrench before passing the O’Connor River, and take in the spectacular scenery as the valley broadens. As the river expands, lose track of its flow and take in its colour caused by the presence of glacial sediment. Before meeting the confluence with the Alsek River, set camp at Melt Creek and recover from SOS (Scenic Overdose Syndrome).

On DAYS SEVEN & EIGHT, slowly travel down the Alsek to reach Walker Glacier where you will settle for lunch before hiking near the glacier to marvel at its seracs and crevasses. Come morning, cut through the Barbazon Range, pass by the massive Novatak Glacier, and take in views of Mount Fairweather.

On DAYS NINE & TEN, enter the ice age on the breathtaking Alsek Lake filled with floating icebergs. Row through the lake in a once-in-a-lifetime experience before camping a final time. Float down to Dry Bay, Alaska on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, then hop on a scenic flight back to Whitehorse where the group will gather a final time for a dinner among friends, old and new.

“My wife and I (70’s range) went down the tat and alsek rivers with 4 other travellers and 2 guides and it was amazing from beginning to end. The guides were excellent on the water and in the kitchen! Food was top-rate and equipment too. The trip was challenging but never strenuous and an experience never to be forgotten.” ~ allan p

We think our rafting adventures are truly unique. However if you are comparing us with other rafting tour operators and find a comparable rafting trip at a better price, we will beat the best price you find. Just give us a call!

Tatshenshini FAQ’s

A: We accommodate all skill levels on our Tatshenshini Expedition, from first-time beginners to frequent rafters. From of six to mid-eighties, with an average in the mid-fifties, people of all ages participate on the Tatshenshini Expedition. If you can walk over rocky uneven ground, if your sore back is manageable, and if your doctor agrees that you should embark on the journey of a lifetime, then you likely have all the skills necessary to enjoy yourself. If you have any doubts, please contact us to discuss any concerns.
A: On our expeditions, we set a high standard when it comes to meal planning and preparation to deliver multi-course gourmet meals three times a day, every day. We don’t just accommodate special dietary requirements or allergies, we go above and beyond to customize meals, snacks and beverages to everyone’s preferences and personal favourites.
A: All our expeditions are camping adventures. On the Tatshenshini Expedition, we provide you with a top quality free standing expedition tent, sleeping mattress, sleeping bag and pillow. Our tents are based on double occupancy, but if you would like a tent to yourself, let us know!
A: We setup a toilet and sanitation station at every campsite in a very discreet and private location, well away from the camp and always with a stunning view.
A: Yes, on the Tatshenshini Expedition we spend around 3-4 hours on the river per day and have two layover days, leaving time for group hikes, photography, relaxing, etc. However, note that fishing isn’t optimal on the trip due to the amount of sediment in the waters.
A: Each river region is different. On the Tatshenshini Expedition we often see grizzly bear, black bear, bald eagle, golden eagle, hawk, flacon, goose, salmon, moose, Dall’s sheep, mountain goat and wolf. Indigenous species also include coyote, lynx, marten and red fox. Each expedition abides with wildlife and “bear aware” practices, has a bear safety kit with bear spray and bangers, and camp is setup with guides camping between the kitchen and expeditioner tents. Bears of the area are not habituated and don’t associate us with food
A: The unique glacial environment on the Tatshenshini Expedition provides poor breeding grounds for bugs. We generally see few or no pesky creatures, trip leaders have gone without seeing them for the past three years, however there may be odd visitors at times.
A: Our Tatshenshini Expedition takes place in July and August, which are the driest times of the year, so be prepared for the best weather the region has to offer. However, there’s no guarantee against a few days of overcast weather or rain. The mountain weather environment is best described as highly variable. In July, we also experience the north’s incredible, long hours of daylight.
A: When you reserve your seat on the tour, we send you a comprehensive trip planner which contains a detailed packing list. But in short, all you need to provide is your personal gear, and we provide the rest: camping gear, river gear, safety gear, food and beverages, kitchen and sanitation equipment.
A: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation, medical and evacuation insurance. We recommend you ensure the insurance covers you both in Canada and the USA for the Tatshenshini Expedition as the journey takes you through both countries.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure they have a valid passport and any necessary visas for their expedition. Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on nationality. It is important that you check and apply for each of the visas you need whilst in your home country and consult the relevant embassy if you need more information.

You must be eligible to clear customs in both Canada and the United States at the time of your expedition.

Should you fail to clear customs Canadian Rafting Adventures powered by Canadian Outback Rafting is not at liberty to offer a refund for the booked expedition outside of the cancellation policy.

For more information, these websites can be helpful with up to date immigration rules.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/

Want to read more about our Expeditions? Check out our Expedition Booklet!

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