Another incredible holiday thanks to the wonderful team at H+I. Everyday was perfectly planned, all we had to do was ride and enjoy. The views were breathtaking and what fun we had each day and night! Thank you Catherine and H+I for another trip of a lifetime. Can't wait for the next one!
The second time was even better. Endless flowy trails, fun climbs, friendly Canadian trees, and Montana mountain with unbelievable descents. The Ranch is such a friendly place, the food is incredible and I love sleeping in the yurt. I definitely will go back!
What a trip! If you want amazing food, amazing views, amazing people and amazing biking, this is probably for you! The ranch is such a nice place to relax at the end of the day and the quality of the food is something else - you wont go hungry! The trails are fast and flowy, loads of fun and just make you want to do them again. Which I probably will.
My mountain biking holiday in the Yukon with the group was amazing in every way. A full week of nothing but awesome mountain biking with incredible views, wonderful food and I've never slept so well! Our group was so much fun and our guides gave me some great biking lessons. I can't wait to go back next summer!
Go with the flow: endless sweeping singletrack
and laid-back ranch living
in the wild north of Canada
Mountain biking gold in Canada’s wild Yukon Territory
Endless miles of flowing singletrack, pristine boreal forests, glacial rivers, long summer days, rich history, warm-hearted locals…
This is mountain biking in Canada. This is the Yukon.
The Yukon Territory is located in Canada’s wild north-west, bordering Alaska. Famous for the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s, the outdoor-loving locals have taken advantage of the abandoned trails beaten by the prospectors and turned them into their own kind of gold; mountain biking gold!
With around 800km of trails in the city limits of Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, you won’t ride the same piece of trail twice on this week-long mountain biking vacation in Canada. Not unless you really want to! Your local Yukon mountain bike guides will take you high into the alpine mountains, where you’ll be greeted by knock-out views and may even be lucky enough to have close encounters with wild caribou and grizzly bears.
The Yukon really is a land of unspoiled wilderness and adventure, and in order to keep it that way we work with local companies who are committed to responsible and sustainable tourism.
Your accommodation in the Yukon will be private bedroom yurts or our en-suite mountain lodge rooms, which are powered by solar panels that soak up the long hours of Yukon summer sun to give you lovely hot showers. Bathroom facilities are shared between the two bedroom yurts, with two toilets and two showers for four people.
The ranch is all about the group being together and having a great time with old and new friends. The main lodge contains living and dining facilities and four en-suite bedrooms, and then there are our bedroom yurts, each for two people. Your mountain accommodation is set in the woods between Whitehorse and Carcross, and at the end of a good day’s riding you can relax in the hot tub with a Yukon Gold beer!
Food is one of the most important parts of our mountain biking vacation in the Yukon and you’ll be spoiled every day with fantastic home-made gourmet meals and snacks, starting with such delicacies as waffles and maple syrup, and ending the day with a special Yukon cocktail!
Read the write-up of our mountain biking vacation in the Yukon in The Independent newspaper!
Our mountain biking vacation in the Yukon, is for intermediate mountain bikers with level 3 fitness.
Tour dates 2016
- 9 – 16 July 2016
- 20 – 27 August 2016 TRIP FULL – SORRY!
If these dates don’t work for you, why not gather some friends together and become a group organiser to open up new dates? Contact us to ask about a private group tour.
Yukon tour diary by Catherine Shearer, H+I Adventures director
Oh, what a perfect day…
We made an early start from our luxury Yukon yurt accommodation, loading the van with gear and bikes, then heading south to the old First Nation village of Carcross.
Arriving in Carcross is like going back in time to the 1800s when the town made it on to the map as a result of the alleged discovery of silver in them thar hills. First stop; the tourist centre to sign waivers and collect our individually numbered ‘dog tags’ to allow us to ride in the Tagish mountains surrounding the town.
Then it was time to get our shuttle up the bone-shaking road to the trailhead. This wasn’t any old shuttle; our ride to the start of the trails was a Swiss “Unimog”, specially converted to carry expectant mountain bikers and their bikes high above the tree line to trail heaven.
The trail we were riding that day was the Mountain Hero Mine trail, which is one of many fantastic mountain bike routes that have been purpose-built by a small team of very passionate and dedicated locals. The crew has been building trails for almost ten years, and is made up entirely of local youths of the Tagish First Nation. And for that we are truly thankful because the trail network around Carcross is definitely up there with some of the best in the world; especially when taking into account their incredible wilderness setting.
The Mountain Hero Mine trail is a big day in the saddle, starting high in the wide expanse of alpine above the tree line. Although we’d had the luxury of a lift to this point, we still had to work for our gravity-assisted fun, and got our heads down for the 45-minute climb in front of us.
Upon reaching the Mountain Hero Mine itself we took in the astounding views, both with our eyes and our cameras, and set off on what was to become the best descent we had ridden all year. Right from the word ‘go’ the trail was fast, flowing and the views made it hard to concentrate on the job in hand. With an hour and a half of descending, we passed from the high alpine terrain, to sparse low level vegetation and then into full-blown, swoopy Canadian pine forest single track, that made this a truly world-class descent.
One thing that characterises mountain biking in the Yukon is the requirement to make a lot of noise as you pedal along, so that you don’t come upon an unsuspecting bear and create a situation you’d really rather avoid. Calling “Hey bear!” at the top of your voice as you swoop down flowing, wooded single track adds a whole other level of fun to an already amazing ride.
As we were nearing the end of the trail, almost hoarse from laughing, whooping, and “Hey bear-ing”, we stopped to admire yet another colossal view and have a break for five minutes. As everyone was busy taking photos, I decided to pootle on ahead a bit by myself, then after about 20 metres, realised that this wasn’t very sensible, so stopped in my tracks. No sooner had I stopped, than I spotted a grizzly bear in the distance in front of me, heading off through the woods. Thankfully, it was far enough away and hadn’t seen
me, so I raced back up the hill to the group, who were greeted by this wide-eyed, babbling lunatic pushing her bike up the hill and pointing off into the woods. Lesson learned about ‘pootling on ahead by myself’, but I still feel overwhelmingly privileged to have seen a grizzly bear going about its business in its natural habitat. Especially since our guide confided that he’d never seen a bear out on the trails, so I was extremely fortunate. In more ways than one!
It was a happily tired and satisfied group that rolled back into Yurtville that evening, looking forward to a hot shower and another fantastically tasty – and healthy – meal. The realisation that I would have a new audience to whom I could recount my bear story gave me a burst of energy and I made my grand entrance in the main yurt to tell Marsha – a born-and-bred Yukoner – that I’d seen my first wild grizzly bear. Ever the perfect host, Marsha was suitably excited by my news, and I headed off to the shower a happy camper.
Dinner was a loud affair, with plenty of local Yukon beer and tales and laughs from the trails. The day’s exertion soon caught up with us, however, and the last stragglers headed off to their ludicrously comfortable beds at around midnight. A short while later our
deep slumber was rudely interrupted by the sound of someone screaming at the top of their lungs, “Northern Lights, Northern Lights!” With a mixture of curiosity and mild alarm we emerged from our yurts like rabbits creeping out of their burrows. What we were greeted with was, “The best Northern Lights we’ve ever seen at Yurtville.”
And there was no arguing with that. It was the most humbling display of nature’s magnificence, as the sky danced and played in pale green reams and shards of light, over a background of millions of bright stars. We were dumb-struck as we stood, eyes to the heavens, watching the ethereal light orchestra playing out above us.
The perfect end, then, to a perfect day’s mountain biking in the Yukon.
Yukon Mountain Biking Vacation Itinerary
The flow of the itinerary for your Yukon mountain bike adventure has been designed to become progressively more technical throughout the course of the week. Your guides will coach you through each new challenge so that you make the most of your Yukon experience and, in addition, go home a more technically skilled and confident mountain biker.
Please note: the itinerary may be subject to change according to weather conditions and rider fitness/ skill levels
Your mountain bike guide will greet you at the airport and take you to downtown Whitehorse where you will have some free time to look around before we meet you at 5pm to transfer you to our mountain ranch, 30 minutes’ drive away.
Over a welcoming and delicious Yukon-style barbecue and some locally-crafted beers we’ll go over the detailed itinerary for your week of unforgettable mountain biking in Canada. There will be time to build and tune your bikes as well.
Today we will ride the Grey Mountain trail network. This is a cross-country day with a flair towards gravity assisted mountain biking and smooth, flowing singletrack. Our guide will pick the perfect location for our gourmet lunch, about half way through the ride. Spectacular views of the Whitehorse valley and the coastal mountains near Carcross accompany us throughout the ride. Any technical climbs are immediately rewarded with awesome downhills.
Expect to pedal, laugh, and have the adrenalin pumping all day! This is what world-class singletrack mountain biking is all about.
Distance: c.30kms (5 hours)
Today’s ride will be a combination of classic favourites and new purpose-built trails courtesy of the local Parks and Recreation Trail Crew. We will start in the alpine of Mount McIntyre, admiring the views of the Whitehorse valley and towards Fish Lake. We can even see all the way to Lake Laberge, the lake made famous in the Robert Service poem The Cremation of Sam McGee.
As we start the descent back to Whitehorse, we will ride through many different ecosystems, starting in the alpine right down to the valley floor. While making our way back into Whitehorse, we will ride through parts of the 24 Hours of Light mountain bike race course and check out our new mountain bike skills park. As we pedal to our meeting spot in downtown Whitehorse, you will be amazed at the amount of distance you have covered today on your bike!
Distance: c.30kms (5 hours)
After another fantastic breakfast we will head out for a paddle on the famous Yukon River. We’ll set off in downtown Whitehorse and paddle downstream to the point where the Yukon and Takhini rivers meet. You can expect to see many eagles, hawks, and gulls playing in the wind tunnels created by the tall sand cliffs that line the river’s route.
After paddling on the river for a few hours, we have a few options for the rest of the afternoon. Sampling fine locally made Yukon Brewing Co. (their amber won the 2009 best in show for Canadian ambers!), spend the afternoon exploring Whitehorse or add on a short, late afternoon hike in the alpine.
We will drive to the nearby First Nation village of Carcross. This is an alpine day with outstanding 360 degree mountain views! You’ll have a shuttle to take you a good way up the access road, but there is still some stiff climbing ahead before you can reap the rewards of the awesome descent to come. After a brief lunch at the summit, we will explore the old wooden mining relics before we descend down the Mountain Hero Mine trail.
This trail follows the tram line that the historic mine created to get supplies up and down the mountain. This stupendous singletrack descent will have your braking fingers aching and have you laughing out loud as we reconvene at the side of Windy Arm Lake.
Distance: c. 20kms (6 hours)
After breakfast we will drive to the village of Carcross to ride the lower Montana Mountain trail network. This mountain has recently undergone a transformation from a silver mining hot spot in bygone years to a current mountain biking paradise! Funded through the local Carcross Tagish First Nation, the Singletrack for Success program hired local youth to create mountain biking trails for the betterment of the community.
Set in some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery, these professionally built trails snake their way down the mountain and finish at the edge of Bennett Lake. After a full day of riding, we will return to the yurts in time to enjoy happy hour before another delicious meal.
Distance: c. 20kms (5 hours)
Today’s ride takes in one of the Yukon’s ‘must-do’s’. The Yukon River is a highlight of any trip to Whitehorse. A deep bright green colour, it seems almost unreal.
We will maneuver our way through the trails to the follow the Yukon River as it flows to back to town. We will bike past the historical former town site of Canyon City, where Klondike stampeders stopped and created a makeshift canvas tent city while they pondered how to cross the rapids without losing all their gear. These same rapids were said to look like the manes of white horses, which is how the capital city of the Yukon received its name.
Distance: c. 25kms (4-5 hours)
Sadly, this is the end of your fabulous mountain biking holiday in the Yukon. After our final breakfast and delicious Midnight Sun coffee to go, your guide will transport you back to the airport in time to catch your flight back to reality!
Yukon Mountain Biking Vacation Price
£1,640 / $2,788 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two people sharing a room)
We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £350/ $595 USD will be payable.
H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.
- All meals and snacks (hand-made at our mountain ranch), starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 8
- Seven nights’ private yurt or mountain lodge accommodation
- Airport transfers – these are included for flights arriving/departing between 08:00 and 21:00, however if your flight arrives/departs outside these hours there will be a fee of $75 CAD each way payable direct to your hosts
- The services of an experienced, bi-lingual (French/English) local mountain bike guide for the duration of the trip
- One-day guided canoe trip on Yukon River
- Back-up vehicles for the duration of the trip
- All group safety equipment
- Global Rescue medical and emergency evacuation services
- Flights to and from Canada
- Travel and activity insurance
- Personal safety and cycling equipment
- Bike hire – we can arrange hire of a Norco full suspension bike at a cost of £240 / $408 USD for the duration of the trip
- Alcoholic beverages
- Any other items not listed as included
- Why not add an H+I Adventures riding shirt (shown below) to your booking?! £45/$76.50 each, available in small, medium and large
Arrival and departure details
Your mountain biking vacation in the Yukon will start and end at Whitehorse airport. Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the arrivals area of Whitehorse airport and he/she will be holding an H+I Adventures sign.
Travelling to the Yukon
There are weekly direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany to Whitehorse in the Yukon with Condor www.condor.com.
You can also fly into Vancouver, Calgary, or Edmonton from all over the world, then connect with one of the Air North daily flights to Whitehorse.
You must book your bike on to your flight in advance (except on Air North flights), otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some handy hints and tips on travelling by air with your bike.
Preparing yourself and your bike for the trip
Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain bike holiday in the Yukon, Canada, to make sure that you have everything you need!
Our mountain biking vacation in the Yukon, Canada, is for intermediate mountain bikers with level 3 fitness, and to find out what this means, read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.
The ideal bike for your Yukon mountain bike adventure is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 120mm of travel front and rear.
To get the most out of your mountain biking vacation in the Yukon you should plan some training in advance of your tour, and it is essential that you ensure that your bike has been properly serviced before the trip.
Accommodation and food
One of the things that sets our holidays apart from other mountain bike tours around the world is the excellent accommodation we use, and the Yukon is no exception. We understand that when you’ve had a big day in the saddle on the Yukon trails, you want a warm welcome, hot shower and a comfortable place to relax and unwind – and there’s no better place to relax than in the unique, informal environment of our mountain ranch!
Your accommodation in the Yukon will be comfortable yurts or our new en-suite mountain lodge rooms, which are powered by solar panels that soak up the long hours of Yukon summer sun to give you lovely hot showers. Bathroom facilities are shared between the two bedroom yurts, with two toilets and two showers for four people.
The ranch is all about the group being together and having a great time with old and new friends. The main lodge contains living and dining facilities and two en-suite bedrooms, and then there are our bedroom yurts, each for two people. Your mountain accommodation is set in the woods between Whitehorse and Carcross.
You will be spoiled all week with delicious home-cooked meals and snacks, made by your host from fresh, locally-sourced Yukon produce.
Please note: There are two – very friendly – dogs at the lodge, so if you are allergic to dogs this may not be the perfect adventure for you.
Our mountain bike guides in the Yukon
Our mountain bike guides are qualified to the very highest level in Canada. This includes first-aid and for this type of trip they also hold a Wilderness Expedition Leader Award, which means that they have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these very remote, wild and unpredictable parts of Canada.
In addition to formal qualifications, our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Yukon trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna.
The team is made up of local riders who are experts in their fields, superb local guides and genuinely nice people. Their passion for mountain biking and for the Yukon is truly infectious and they’re completely committed to responsible tourism and making sure that our business is run as sustainably as possible. Meet your mountain bike guide in the Yukon…
Health and safety in the Yukon
- No special vaccinations are required for visiting the Yukon
- The Yukon is a vibrant, natural habitat for many species of wildlife, including: grizzly bears, black bears, caribou, moose, elk, and wolves. Your guide has many years of experience and wilderness training in the Yukon environment, so you MUST follow his instructions at all times while mountain biking in the area
- Your guide is a trained first-aider/first-responder, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you are managing your own health and safety at all times on your mountain bike tour with us
Currency and foreign exchange
The currency in the Yukon is the Canadian dollar (CAD).
All meals are included in the cost of your trip, so you need only bring spending money with you for alcoholic drinks, gifts to take home, and other sundry expenses. There are cash machines and banks in Whitehorse.
It is not compulsory to tip your guides and drivers in Canada, but if you feel you have had a good experience on your tour, you can tip at your discretion.
From March 15, 2016, most visitors entering Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) or a visitor visa. Please check www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp for more details before booking your mountain bike holiday in the Yukon.
You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.
We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.
Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike holiday with us.
Further information on the Yukon, Canada
The Yukon Territory is located in the north west of Canada, bordering Alaska. There are only around 30,000 people living in the Yukon, in an area of more than 185,000 square miles. 95% of Yukoners live in the capital Whitehorse.
The Yukon is officially bi-lingual (English/French) and the Yukon government also recognises the indigenous languages of the First Nations people, who form an important part of the Whitehorse community.
Fast fun trails, breathtaking views
Just look at the Yukon...and you know why you have to bike there...book with H+I and you'll get a perfect organized trip, excellent food, brilliant guides, awesome trails....just enjoy ;-) ..some decisions won't be regretted..promised
H+I Adventures is a wonderful company to travel with. The tour of the Yukon was outstanding with great accommodations, super guides, and fun, fast, wooded single track. I would love to travel and bike with them at another destination. H+I Adventures were especially helpful when I had to change my departure date due to an injury.
What a holiday! The Yukon lived up to all expectations and more... The countryside was beautiful, the trails varied and the accommodation just perfect after a great day biking. Not forgetting how well fed we were throughout (with no problem catering for me being coeliac). Thanks to the H+I team I've come back a better rider - more eager than ever to get back out on the trails in Scotland! Think I'll need to get planning another trip...
Perfect From Start to Finish
Another incredible holiday thanks to the wonderful team at H&I.
Everyday was perfectly planned, all we had to do was ride and enjoy. The views were breathtaking and what fun we had each day and night! Thank you Catherine and H&I for another trip of a lifetime. Can't wait for the next one!
What a trip! If you want amazing food, amazing views, amazing people and amazing biking, this is probably for you!
Sylvain and the crew are brilliant, the ranch is such a nice place to relax at the end of the day and the quality of the food is something else - you wont go hungry!
The trails are fast and flowy, loads of fun and just make you want to do them again. Which I probably will.
I definitely will go back!
The second time was even better. Endless flowy trails, fun climbs, friendly Canadian trees, and Montana mountain with unbelievable descents. The Ranch is such a friendly place, the food is incredible (thanks Marsha!!!) and I love sleeping in the yurt. Sylvain and his team are just wonderful - and of course the support from Euan and Catherine is always outstanding.
I definitely will go back!
It was an amazing holiday, the yurts were comfy and the people really friendly and the food was great.
Oh, and the the trails? Endless flowy, swoopy singletrack with stunning views round every corner! A few 'fun' climbs followed by some great long descents.
I definitely want to go back!
Trip of a lifetime!
My mountain biking holiday in the Yukon with Euan, Sylvain and the group was amazing in every way. A full week of nothing but awesome mountain biking with incredible views, wonderful food and I\'ve never slept so well! Our group was so much fun and our guides gave me some great biking lessons. I can\'t wait to go back next summer!
Yukon do it too!
An 'awesome' week thanks to Euan and the wonderful Yukon team, who were incredibly welcoming, supportive and flexible. No pressure whatsoever when it came to the trails - it's all about having fun and learning when you want to.
Epic scenery, cosy yurts, and Marsha's legendary home cooking - I'm still salivating over the fresh Alaskan sockeye salmon marinaded in soy and maple syrup sauce.
We didn't want to leave!
what an amazing trip!
It was more than perfect - I definitely need to come back to the Yukon and Yurtville and ride these spectacular and flowy trails again and again and again :-)
Sylvain, Marsha and the team did everything to make sure we had a good time - and we certainly did have that!
Amazing rides, fantastic food, great company , comfortable beds, hot shower, Wi-Fi = fantastic week!
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for our mountain biking holiday in the Yukon, Canada
Q. How many people will be in the group?
A. We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will be a maximum of 12 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain bike holiday in the Yukon is four.
Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this trip?
A. Our mountain bike vacation in the Yukon caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike vacation no matter what your age.
Q. What style of mountain biking holiday is it?
A.This Canadian mountain bike adventure is a guided mountain bike tour, ideal for intermediate mountain bikers. Riding here, in the vast Canadian wilderness, you’ll experience some tough climbs and technical descents, as well as miles and miles of lovely flowing singletrack through the high alpine, pristine boreal forests, along the Yukon river, and on old prospectors’ trails .
Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?
A. The distances we cover each day range from 20km to 35km, in accordance with the technical difficulty of each trail. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
Q. What if I come across a section of trail that I can’t ride?
A. Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your Yukon mountain bike vacation. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain biking holiday!
Q. Who will be guiding us?
A. Your mountain bike guides are local to the Yukon and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and wild landscape of this region of Canada. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. Your mountain bike guide in the Yukon is also bi-lingual in French and English. Meet your mountain bike guide in the Yukon…
Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
A. On this mountain bike vacation in the Yukon you will be staying in private bedroom yurts or lodge bedrooms at our mountain ranch situated between the two best biking areas in the Yukon – Whitehorse and Carcross. On the property, we have a main lodge where everyone is welcome to relax and enjoy the views over the Grey Ridge mountains. All of your meals are served in the main lodge. Adjoining are our new interior rooms (private bathrooms) with superb views of the mountain peaks from their balconies. On site are our spacious and fully-furnished bedroom yurts or prospector tents, which are within close proximity to the shared bathroom facilities. Each comes with comfortable beds, gorgeous duvets and linens to ensure a great night’s sleep! You can also take advantage of the on-site, complimentary wi-fi, cell service and electrical plug-ins for computers, cell phones, cameras etc.
Q. What will the weather be like in the Yukon?
A. The weather in July in the Yukon will be perfect for riding, with long sunny days and a temperature of around 20C/65F most days. It does get a lot cooler at night and first thing in the morning, with possible lows of 5C/40F, so you should pack warm layers, a warm jacket and hat for enjoying the long evenings. The Yukon is a semi-arid environment and rain-fall is relatively rare during the summer months. It is wise, however, to pack a waterproof jacket, just in case. Temperatures in late August and September will be lower during the day, so make sure you have lots of warm layers, including winter riding gloves, neck warmer and long riding trousers, and a waterproof jacket for riding; you can always put these in your pack if you don’t need them, but it’s better to be too warm than too cold. If you are staying in our luxury yurts you should bring warm socks and pyjamas for mornings and evenings in the yurt.
Q. Which meals are included in the tour?
A. All meals and snacks are included in the tour price, and prepared for you from locally-sourced produce by your host at our mountain ranch. Food is an extremely important part of our mountain bike holiday in the Yukon and you’ll be spoiled every day with delicious, fresh, healthy meals and snacks.
Q. What type of mountain bike is best for this vacation?
A. A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 120mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike vacation. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip. It is possible to ride every day on a hard tail, so if this is your preference, then feel free to come with your hard tail. If you wish to travel to Canada with your own bike, we have some handy tips on how to travel by air with your bike. We can also arrange bike hire for you for the duration of the trip at a cost of £240 / $408 per bike.
Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?
A. You must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot, and you should bring a waterproof jacket. You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike vacation in the Yukon, Canada.
Q. Will I see bears?
A. There is a chance that you will see a gizzly or black bear during your mountain bike tour in Canada. Your guide is fully wilderness trained and highly experienced at guiding groups of mountain bikers through the Yukon back country, and it is imperative that you follow the instructions of your guide at all times whilst out on the trails.
Q. Will I see the northern lights?
A. In July and August, no. We visited the Yukon at the end of August 2012 and were extremely lucky to witness the magnificent display of the aurora at that time of year. There is a chance that you might be lucky enough to see the lights on our September trip, but there’s never a guarantee with Mother Nature, so don’t pin your hopes on it!
Booking your mountain biking holiday in the Yukon, Canada with us couldn’t be simpler:
- Click the ‘Book now’ button, then choose the currency in which you wish to pay
- Select your preferred dates
- Follow the simple steps to complete your online booking and pay a 25% non-refundable deposit
- The final balance for your mountain biking adventure is due 60 days in advance of the tour start date
You can add bike rental, single supplement and an H+I Adventures riding shirt as options during the booking process also, then all you need to do is ride your bike and look forward to your fantastic mountain bike vacation with us!
Attention! Don’t forget to read our booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!
Terms and conditions of booking a mountain bike holiday with H+I Adventures
Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking available in the link below prior to booking your mountain bike vacation with H+I Adventures.
We strongly recommend that you also read all the details set out in the web page relating to your holiday prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the mountain biking holiday you are undertaking.
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for H&I Adventures Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:
1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.
1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provide for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with H&I Adventures Ltd.
H+I Adventures has partnered with Global Rescue, who offer the finest medical advisory, and medical and security evacuation services, to protect all of our riders travelling around the world with us.
Global Rescue delivers world-class emergency services, from detailed reports on more than 200 countries to help travellers prepare, to medical evacuations and security extractions when needed most.
Global Rescue intelligence ensures that our guides around the world are in a position to anticipate and mitigate against any potential issues, and if the worst does happen, Global Rescue medical and evacuation services will get you to safety and the best medical provision available, as quickly as possible.
Global Rescue benefits for our travellers include:
- Medical evacuations to nearest appropriate hospital, from anywhere in the world to the nearest appropriate hospital (excludes cost of any resulting medical treatment, which must be covered by your own insurance)
- Security extractions – If you experience threats to your safety that could result in grievous bodily harm or there is a government order to evacuate, Global Rescue will extract you and bring you to the nearest safe area
- Field rescue – Global Rescue will rescue you from the point of illness or injury, even if you’re far from civilization. Their personnel and partners deploy and bring you to safety
- Medical advisory services – Our guides around the world have 24/7 access to critical medical advice from the Global Rescue team of physicians, paramedics and Johns Hopkins Medicine, ranked #1 in the U.S. 22 times since 1990
- Destination reports – Our worldwide team has access to constantly-updated intelligence on more than 200 countries with critical information on medical, security and other important events that may impact upon your travel with us
When you book your mountain biking adventure with H+I Adventures, all of these services are included as standard.
Please also be aware of the limitations and exclusions of our Global Rescue policy.
You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.
Our partnership with Global Rescue will cover costs associated with medical evacuation and field rescue to the nearest appropriate hospital, and security extraction to a safe area, so you do not need to include this in your own travel insurance policy.
We work closely with WorldNomads.com whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike tours. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them by visiting worldnomads.com and then we ask that you send us your policy details.
Please note: WorldNomads don’t cover for domestic travel, so for example, if you live in the UK and have booked on a holiday in Scotland, or you live in Canada and have booked our Yukon adventure, you cannot arrange an insurance policy with them.
You must bring a copy of your insurance policy with you on your holiday with us.
The following code of conduct is a guide to how we expect our customers to behave on our mountain biking holidays around the world. By observing them you will have a more enjoyable vacation and will gain the respect of the local people. We ask you to travel respectfully and pay attention to local rules and values.
Why do we have these guidelines?
During our mountain biking vacations we will be travelling through communities, homes and sensitive areas, and as a responsible tour operator we want our type of tourism to be sustainable and of reciprocal benefit to you and all of these communities. Over the years our guides and customers have made friends whilst travelling in these remote areas, and we don’t want any of these relationships to be compromised.
Respecting cultural differences
In the areas that we visit during our mountain bike holidays things may be done differently from where you live and work, which is why we love them, and why you are there. So when dealing with local people please accept their differences and respect their way of life. A traveller who is happy and converses with locals will have a much better experience and will leave a better impression than one who seeks fault.
There are a few general behaviour rules that apply throughout the world:
- Shouting at a member of waiting staff is frowned upon, a gentle hand signal is all that is required
- No smoking in any enclosed public places
- It is impolite to enter a store or restaurant and not say hello in the local language
- In most countries it is inappropriate to express anger in a raised voice. Becoming angry is embarrassing to the local people with whom you are dealing – they will not be embarrassed for themselves, but for you making a fool of yourself
The world is beginning to realise the impact that our waste management is having on our environment. We have identified the recycling points situated along the routes that we take during our mountain bike holidays, so we ask you to keep any rubbish that you may have, so we can dispose of it into the correct bins when we return to civilisation. There are bins for plastic bottles, paper, glass, aluminium cans and general rubbish.
When our guides are on the hill they will be picking up any litter that they come across, but more importantly, they will encourage you to do the same.
Packed lunches: some of the day rides during our adventures take place in very remote areas, where there are no food stops or support vehicle stops, so we need to carry our lunches with us. We ask the providers of these lunches not to use layers of packaging and when they need to, they use recycled paper bags or reusable containers.
Drinking water: before our holidays commence we supply you with a kit list, asking you to bring your own water carrying device, like a bladder or bottle that you can fill up at a designated place each day. We actively discourage the use of throw-away bottles. In some countries water can be taken from the taps and rivers that we will pass on our daily mountain bike rides, and the guides will be on hand to advise you and dispense purification tablets should they be needed.
Food and accommodation
Food is an integral part of any country’s identity. During our mountain biking holidays we will take you to a selection of hand-picked local restaurants and cafés that offer traditional dishes, created from locally-sourced produce. In using a selection of one-man-band cafés to top quality expensive seafood restaurants, we believe that we are distributing the tourism wealth fairly around the areas we visit.
In order for you to get the full ‘experience’ we use small family-run guesthouses, or bed and breakfasts that employ local workers, as far as is possible. If we have to use larger hotels, we opt for non-chain, locally-owned establishments.
Being a responsible traveller doesn’t finish at the end of your holiday…
We hope that during your travels with us through some of the wildest and remotest parts of the world you will have learned something from our guides and your experience, that you can take back home with you to your daily life.