- Enjoy two nights at Virginia Falls to hike and photograph
- Fantastic canyon hiking to the top of "The Gate"
- This itinerary allows the most time to enjoy and explore the Nahanni's gems
- Paddling Trip
- Whitewater Class I
- Whitewater Class II
- North America
- 12 Days
- Wilderness Camping
South Nahanni Airways,
Fort Simpson, YT
This Nahanni River adventure allows you to experience the Nahanni’s “Grand Canyons” and many of the features for which this historic river is renowned. Our Nahanni River 12-day trip covers the same distance as our seven day trip but allows more time for additional hiking and exploring!
After loading our supplies and gear into the aircraft we begin one of the major highlights of the adventure – the upriver flight. Flying over the majestic Nahanni Range and Ram Plateau, a visually stunning panorama unfolds in front of our eyes. You want to be sure to have your camera on your lap!
This is a day for exploring and photographing the area around Virginia Falls (Náįlįcho), nearly twice the height of Niagara. The vast expanse of the falls captivates photographers and hikers with a tireless display of powerful drama. Keen hikers may undertake an all-day expedition to the top
We will make the final portage around the falls. The trail is downhill and well defined. You need carry only what is comfortable for you. Everyone pitches in to carry what they can and we take as long as we need to complete the task. It is impossible to spend too much time at Virginia Falls!
We drift past the confluence of the Flat River and then enter Third Canyon, the walls of which loom 1,200 metres above our heads. This 20 kilometres canyon is created by the river slicing through the mixed strata of shales, sandstones and limestone’s of the Funeral Range.
In the morning we do a short hike to the top of The Gate (Tthetaehtłu ́ah) and are awarded a magnificent view of Third Canyon and Pulpit Rock. After lunch it’s back in the rafts and on through Third Canyon to camp at Big Bend.
On through Second Canyon and into Deadmen Valley (Dahaehtth’į), where we will stop for a spectacular two hour walk up a dry creek bed for an overview of this immense region. After drifting by Headless Creek, we continue on to Sheaf Creek.
This may be selected by the trip guide as a layover day. If so you can spend a relaxing day around camp or exploring the massive alluvial fan of Prairie Creek (Tło Dehé). For birders it is the nesting grounds for Upland Sandpipers, Nighthawks and Whitewinged crossbills.
We start the day with a short hike up Dry Canyon, followed by the big waves of George’s Riffle. These rapids are at the western entrance to First Canyon (Ala Tthe Zhíhgojʔa). We will camp near its end at Lafferty Creek.
We spend the day hiking up Lafferty Creek canyon to view some of the hundreds of caves in the area.
After the waves of Lafferty’s Riffle, we take a quick dip in Kraus’ Hotsprings (Tułetsęę) before bidding farewell to the canyons and entering the braided channels of The Splits. A broad valley is revealed and the surrounding mountains, ridge piled upon ridge, form a dramatic contrast to the canyons.
Stopping in the village we will have an opportunity to see this traditional community. Here we board a charter plane for our flight down the Liard Valley back to Fort Simpson (Lįįdłįį Ku ́e). You will need to book accommodation for this final night in Fort Simpson (Lįįdłįį Ku ́e).
After a relaxing morning and time to look around the Village of Fort Simpson (Lįįdłįį Ku ́e), you will board your homeward plane with a load of fond memories and a relaxed and renewed spirit!
Dates & Packages
Nahanni Canyon Kingdom Raft and Canoe Combo Trip from Virginia Falls
June 24, 2019 - July 5, 2019
July 8, 2019 - July 19, 2019
July 22, 2019 - August 2, 2019
August 19, 2019 - August 30, 2019
June 8, 2020 - June 19, 2020
June 22, 2020 - July 3, 2020
July 6, 2020 - July 17, 2020
July 20, 2020 - July 31, 2020
August 3, 2020 - August 14, 2020
August 9, 2020 - August 20, 2020
August 17, 2020 - August 28, 2020
What Guests Are Saying
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