- Day 1: Meet 9:00 am at the Alpine Bakery in Whitehorse, YT (411 Alexander St). Meet your guides, review paperwork, and load the shuttle. Take the shuttle to the Haines Junction Visitor Centre for your group to check in for the hike and be issued your bear cannisters. You'll then be dropped off at the hostel. Your group will have the place to themselves to go over gear, pack food into the bear cannisters, and review the hike and objectives.
Day 2: Burwash Uplands. After a quick stop at the local bakery for breakfast, you'll head for the trailhead and the start of your hike! The route starts at the Duke River, about 10km north of Burwash Landing. Your shuttle will drive you as far up the old mining road as they're able, and then you're on your own. On the first day, you'll mostly follow old mining roads towards the park boundary. You'll choose a campsite next to one of the several lakes or creeks.
Day 3: Burwash Creek. Leaving the road, you'll work your way over the tundra. Head up and over a saddle and down to Burwash Creek. You'll then follow the creekbed towards the boundary of Kluane National Park. Just inside the park boundary, you'll pass a warden cabin. You'll camp at one of the many flat benches alongside the river, just before the climb up to Hoge Pass.
Day 4: Hoge Pass. Pick up an old mining road to the top of Hoge Pass. Once you're at the saddle, the road disappears. On top of the pass, you'll take in Hoge Creek far below, as well as the panorama across the Donjek River. Carefully choosing the right gully, you'll pick your way down to the creek. Follow the creek down to the confluence with the Donjek River, and set up camp on its banks.
Day 5: Donjek River. Follow the Donjek River along its flat valley. In most seasons, the river is nearly black with glacial silt: the contrast with blue side streams is remarkable. You'll set up camp in moraines just before your first glimpse of the toe of the Donjek Glacier.
Day 6: Donjek River to Donjek Glacier. This section provides the classic views of the toe of the Donjek glacier. Leave the river and work your way back up the hill onto the meadows opposite the glacier. You'll follow an old horse trail for most of the hike through the trees. Viewpoints allow you to see how the river of ice completely fills the valley opposite. The horse trail disappears into meadows just before you work your way back down to creek level, and head for the sand dunes opposite the toe of the glacier. This section of the hike allows you to see and hear the cracking, 2-storey high walls of ice directly opposite you. If conditions permit, you might be able to walk along the bank of the river and see the ice walls towering overhead.
Day 7: Expectation Pass to Atlas Pass. Your next objective for a campsite is the meadow area just below Atlas Pass. Work your way up Expectation Pass for one last panoramic view of the glacier; or, conditions permitting, work your way up an adventurous route through the Bighorn Creek canyon to Chert Creek, and up a steep slope to a hanging valley.
Day 8: Atlas Pass to Duke River. Atlas Pass provides panoramic views of the rugged terrain in all directions. Pick your way down the improbable route to the creek, and follow it out to the Duke River. You'll head along the banks of the Duke river and scout out both a likely crossing spot and potential camp spots.
Day 9: Duke River to Cache Lake. Wade across the Duke river in the morning to take advantage of the lowest stream flows. Soon, you'll be bushwhacking to catch another old mining road that will take you to the meadows surrounding Cache Lake. You'll either camp here, or get a jump on the next day's hiking by following the road back towards the park boundary.
Day 10: Copper Joe Creek. The route down Copper Joe Creek is fairly straightforward in terms of navigation, but a challenging hike in terms of routefinding. Soon after the park boundary, the road disappears into washouts, and was taken out by landslides in many places. Your guides will find you the best possible route over, under, and through. About 5km before the highway, you'll meet another road, this one in current use and in much better shape. At this point, you'll set up camp and relax. Your guides will get in touch with the shuttle company via satellite phone to coordinate the next day's pickup.
Day 11: Back to Whitehorse. Meet your shuttle at the Alaska Highway: it's back to civilization! You'll return to Whitehorse, where you can check into your choice of hotel and enjoy your first hot shower in over a week. While the camp officiallly ends upon your return to Whitehorse, you might enjoy one last dinner out with your fellow participants and camp staff.