Experience the world of sled dogs during an overnight trip staying in a backcountry hut in the Pisa Range.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type10+, Family, Winter
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Experience the world of sled dogs during an overnight trip staying in a backcountry hut in the Pisa Range. Your ride is a team of Huskies and with the guidance of one of our experienced mushers you will learn all you need to know about how to drive and take care of your own team. Meals and backcountry accommodation provided.
Duration – the tour starts at approximately 1430 (this may shift later in the season) and finishes around 1100 the following day. Please don’t plan to depart before 1200 as once the tour is complete the Guides would love to sit down and have a hot drink with you.
Tour Type – this is a “Drive Your Own Team” tour (Self Drive). You will join a group of other guests unless a private tour is specifically requested (this will incur additional cost)
Configuration – one guest per sled. Guests are not able to sit in the basket of a sled driven by another guest for safety reasons.
Driving another guest in your basket
Driving your own team
- Maximum weight – 115kg
- Minimum age of children riding – 10 years old, however there are exceptions so please call and ask.
- A basic level of fitness is required (the ability to walk up a hill), however guides can assist in difficult sections.
- We provide the ride (team of dogs, sled, guide and stunning alpine trails)
- A Guide to lead the group
- A headlamp
- Sleeping bag and liner
- Dinner and Breakfast
- Transport to and from the tour site
- Warm weather clothing
Day 1 - Daylight Training
1.5hrs - (20min Run)
With time on our side we have the ability to really learn about the gear and dogs. Starting with an introduction to the dogs and some instruction on how to drive, this is followed by a short training run to get you ready for whats next. (20 minute training run)
Day 1 - Pack-up and run to the hut
2hrs - (1hr Run)
After packing your sled with the equipment you will need for the trip its time to get back onto the trail making our way towards the hut arriving just before last light. Providing you with enough time to sort your dogs out, snack them and settle into your accommodation for the night.
Day 1 - Dinner Time
After the dogs are settled we will enjoy a meal in the comfort of our hut in front of the fire. A good chance to chat about dogs and whats ahead.
Day 1 - Night Run
After dinner you have the choice to go on a night run, this isn’t really something you want to miss out on. After some quick instruction on how to use your headlamp and manage dogs at night its time to get the teams back onto the trail. (1-1.5 Hours). Once in we get the dogs settle, fed and wrapped up for bed.
Day 1 - Desert
Once the dogs are settle for the night its time to get back in front the fire and enjoy some desert and have a laugh about the night events before getting some sleep ourselves.
Day 2 - Breakfast
Once up the first thing on the agenda is the dogs. Getting them fed and a few cuddles before we feed ourselves. With your assistance the Guides will get breakfast ready before setting back out onto the trail.
Day 2 - Run to the Lodge
2hrs - (1-1.5hr Run)
Once packed up its back onto the trail with your teams. Starting with a run along the rivers edge before climbing out of the valley. The Guides may even decide to through in some technical bits of trail to test your sled handling ability. Once back at the lodge we will get a team photo, get the dogs put to bed and unpack our equipment.
Day 2 - Hot Drink
Once everything is done its time to meet up in the Lodge and have a hot drink on us and a final chance to chat with your Guides.
Your accommodation for the night will be a picturesque set backcountry hut.
The hut is remote and as a result facilities are basic, but comfortable. All essential needs will be catered for. Be prepared for:
- Shared accommodation
- No power
- No Cellphone coverage
- No running water
The hut is shared with other trail users. If you wish to have exclusive use then please contact us about this option. (exclusive bookings will incur an additional fee)
Ski type clothing is perfect. Please ensure you wear layers so you can warm up or cool down as needed. A warm hat and gloves are essential. Hiking type boots are ideal, something you can walk on snow in and not get wet if the day warms up a little. Bring a change of socks if you think your feet might get wet. A neck warmer / Scarf is a great idea also. Bring your sun glasses as well.
We have taken thousands of people out on the self drive tour and its very straightforward if you listen to your guide. A majority of guests have never met a dog team before let alone driven one but they do awesome. We highly recommend you drive your own team. A guide will be in support throughout the tour.
This may be common practice overseas, but we do not allow it here. This is due to the nature ion the train, it can be technical in places and should you flip or loose your sled then the passenger could get easily hurt. Our Guides are specially training to take guests in the baskets.
No we do not advise this. You do so at your own risk.
A basic level of fitness is required, the ability to walk up a hill in snow is adequate. Whilst the dogs do a majority of work there are some hills they do need help on. Our guides are there to support and will assist if you need it. Please consider that the tours operate at approximately 1500m (5000ft). This can make things a little more difficult then you would normally expect at sea level.
No not at all, you would have already taken part in a daylight run before hand. We find guests tend to drive better at night as there are less distractions….and the dogs love it.
Please only bring the essentials and nothing bigger then a day sack. It needs to fit in this the sled and the heavier it is the slower your team will be. All you really need is spare socks, an extra layer or two, basic toiletries (toothbrush) and your camera.