Ogilvie Mountains Expedition

5.0 (2)
12 days 11 nights
Canada
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Prepare to step back in time and experience the untamed beauty of the Yukon on a horseback adventure that will stay with you forever. This is a journey for those who crave the raw wilderness, those who yearn for adventure, and those who are ready to embrace the elements.

This trip is not for the faint of heart. You have to be physically fit, experienced in horseback riding, and comfortable with camping in rugged mountain terrain. Be prepared for steep grades, wind, rain, and even snow. We will ride for up to 5 hours each day, stopping for lunch and giving you the opportunity to stretch your legs.

You will camp under the stars, cook over crackling campfires, and experience the true spirit of the Yukon!

from US$ 4 287
per tourist for 12 days
Departing from
Yukon, Erik Nielsen Whitehorse Airport
Available dates
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Deb  W.
Deb W. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English
The love of the wilderness and being outside has always made up a big part of my life – the craving of my existence. Ever since I was a young child, a day has never gone by that I don’t think about the outdoors, or I am involved with it in some way or another. I live, work, play and even sleep outside. At the age of 17, I couldn’t take the confinement of the civilized theme any more and I headed north to Northwest Territories; the following spring to the Yukon and Northern B.C. I was going to live in the bush and become a trapper. So that’s what I did for the next 9 years. In addition to the work, I met my soulmate, a seasoned trapper after whom I named my son. However, I wanted to experience and live in the wilderness by myself with my dog Oona, so I would trap on a fly-in mountain line from October to January, snowshoeing to and from the cabins that my partner and I had built together. I brought in no radio, and said to the pilot, “See you in 3 months.” I loved it. There were many challenges, but it was raw and free. After that, my partner and I would come back together and live and trap until April on his line. Other than the mountain line, we did everything together until he passed of cancer in 1989. I ran into an outfitter at the age of 30 and started guiding for sheep, caribou, moose and bear. Over the years, I have guided for outfitters in Northern B.C, Yukon, and NWT and covered countless mountains by air, horseback, and foot. I’ve seen a large portion of the Yukon from the air, but mostly on horseback. When I wasn’t guiding, my son and I would go with our own horses for a month at a time covering hundreds of miles through the mountains. At 29 years old, I went to school and became a farrier – something I still am today. I also practised Equine Therapy and Dentistry. During that same time, I picked up the chainsaw and became a Faller, and since became a certified Faller and tutor. I used to fall and clean up dangerous trees on Siesmic Programs and later supervise it. I also pursued the extermination of the Mountain Pine Beetle the last 13 years as a surveyor and faller. I couldn’t get enough of the bush, but more so, the Wild Places, so back in 2009 I started buying and training horses. My son and I went to the mountains a lot then, including friends here and there. Everyone would say “Deb, why don’t you run your own horsepacking tours?” Well, I finally have... and here we are! Our trips are raw and beautiful, wild and breathtaking, hard yet simple, full of adventure and peace.

Tour highlights

Riders exploring Yukon
Adventure and Challenge
Push your limits, this trip highlights the physical demands and the sense of accomplishment
Horse eating during the stop
Discover the Local Wildlife
Our expert guides know the best spots for wildlife viewing, bringing you closer to the incredible creatures that call the Yukon home
Yukon mountains
Capture the Inimitable Beauty
Make stunning photographs of the scenery and wildlife to save the most colourful memories of the trip

Route details

Day 1
Saddle Up

A hearty breakfast fuels our adventure, followed by safety instructions and introductions to our trusty horses. 

Next saddle up and go hit the road!

Horse on the route
Riders on the route
Day 2
Keep Riding
Day 3
Explore the Beauty of Yukon Nature
Day 4
Discover Local Wildlife
Day 5
Broaden Your Horizons
Day 6
New Day- New Goal
Day 7
Keep Exploring
Day 8
Go Forward
Day 9
Discover New
Day 10
Gain New Impressions
Day 11
Almost There
Day 12
Final Day
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

In order to join this tour you must be physically fit and have some horse riding experience so that you can ride your horse up to 5 hours in one day. You must be able to walk up steep grades at times, endure wind, rain, and even snow. This trip, however, is not for everyone, you must enjoy and yearn for the true Yukon wilderness and have experience in riding, walking, camping, and enduring all kinds of weather in mountain terrain. 

Horse Breed: Mountain horses

Tack Type: Western 

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic

Camping will be in tents and under tarps, and cooking over campfires. A stove will be available if needed.

Our meals will be healthy and hearty. 

Tickets to group meeting place

Group meeting place
Yukon, Erik Nielsen Whitehorse Airport
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Weather during the tour

Weather conditions along the route
You will get a weather forecast for this tour’s route based on
  • the forecasts for this season
  • the statistics from previous years’ trips
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Tour conditions

Included

  • 12 riding days;
  • 11 nights accommodation;
  • daily meals (breakfast and dinner); 
  • instructions and guides;
  • all camping equipment;
  • horse equipment;
  • horses; 
  • tack; 
  • first aid.

Extras

  • international flights to and from Canada; 
  • airport transfers (we can meet you for $100 both ways);
  • personal travel insurance (we encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before joining the trip. Insurance is not obligatory, however, tourists will have to sign a waiver before a trip); 
  • lunch (you should bring your own snacks for the trail);
  • sleeping bags;
  • thermarests;
  • backpacks;
  • extra clothing;
  • additional activities;
  • GST taxes, gratuities and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 2 tourists

Duration

12 days
11 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • rain gear (good quality), (2 pieces) coat and pants;
  • a good hat: baseball cap, cowboy hat, water proof hat; 
  • good boots: water proof, breathable, as well as camp shoes ex. crocs;
  • 2 pair of good outdoor bush pants, long johns in case it gets cold and to give you an extra layer; 
  • 2 good outdoor marina wool shirts, (long sleeve) not cotton (cotton kills) also a good fleece sweat shirt for over layer;
  • a few good pairs of wool socks;
  • gloves (waterproof is best);
  • personal backpack;
  • rechargeable headlamp;
  • sleeping bag rated to -10 Celsius and a lightweight Thermarest;
  • good book;
  • favourite unbreakable cup. 
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 2 reviews
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    Sarah
    11 Jul, 2023
    about tour
    I love going to the mountains with Deb. She is the picture of a Yukon woman. Her knowledge with horses, the mountains and living on the land will make anyone feel at ease while travelling through the most remote parts of this wild country. We have been to the mountains twice with the horses. Both times were unforgettable experiences, filled with adventure and plenty of laughs. Deb knows the trails and the land, her horses are safe and secure in any terrain. We have went through swamps, snow, rock and crossed rivers. Deb leads without hesitation and her horses calmly navigate and follow. There is no one I rather go to the mountains with.
    11 Jul, 2023
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    Lynnal Furry Prince
    27 Jun, 2023
    about tour
    Last season I had the most wonderful experience of going on horseback with Deb into the Yukon mountains. I cannot say enough about the beauty and peace I found there. Deb was an incredible guide, knowledgable and super competent. I learned a lot about my surroundings and horsemanship tho I never got my knots right! The horses where well trained and Deb’s equipment was top notch. I would recommend a trip with her anytime and am looking forward to my next one.
    27 Jun, 2023

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