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Stairs of Gold: Hiking the Chilkoot Pass

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8 Days | 7 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The Chilkoot Trail became a major route during the Gold Rush, and today the trail rises up over the challenging Golden Stairs and crosses into British Columbia. Hike the trail with expert instructors and your group of seven hardy hikers and enjoy historical narratives provided by local outfitters as you spend four nights camping along the route. Return to Skagway riding the narrow gauge rails of the spectacular White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.


• Relive history as you hike in the footsteps of Gold Rush adventurers and camp in pristine landscapes.
• Ride the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
• Witness dramatic contrasts in terrain from Boreal forest to Alpine tundra.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Walking/hiking 5-10 miles per day over steep terrain while carrying a 30-50 pound pack. Experience with back country camping necessary. Elevation gains of 3,100 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Skagway, 2 nights; on Chilkoot Trail, 4 nights; Skagway, 1 night; departure.

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7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
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