Husky Trekking Week in Kuhmo

A week in a lake side wilderness hotel with guided husky trekking tours and a visit to the home of the huskies.

Programme Information
Season: Quaranteed departure 17th August 2014
Place: Kuhmo
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Persons: 2-12
Price: 998 eur / person in a double room, 1 138 eur / person in a single room
Price includes: Accommodation with full board (5 nights in a hotel). Guided husky trekking tours and a husky farm visit. Airport transfers from/to Kajaani.
Price excludes: Flights, personal travel insurance
Supplements: Also tours with accommodation and full board on the husky farm.
Equipment: For the tour you need normal hiking shoes (preferred) or trainers and suitable outdoor clothing. It is also good to have a small daypack and a a water bottle (on most places it is possible to drink/fill your bottle from streams and springs).
Further information: To participate this tour one should be reasonably fit. Huskytrekking is more intensive and physically more demanding than normal hill walking.


Further information and reservations:

Routa Travel
Jyrkäntie 936
FI-88900  KUHMO
+358 44 2613 389

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Husky Trekking Week in Kuhmo

On huskytrekking tours every hiker will get an “own” husky, a local guide to show the way through the forests. Hikers will be provided with special huskytrekking gear; a shock absorbing leash between the hiker and the dog and a comfortable belt on hikers waist.

Accommodation is conveniently in a lake side hotel – a perfect combination of wilderness & wellness, hiking & huskies, outdoor life & relaxation. As a highlight of the tour the huskies invite you to spend the last evening at their home – as a thank you for keeping
them company.

Hiking with huskies is more intensive than normal hill walking as the dogs are very eager to study the surroundings. Mostly they follow the trail but sometimes they also like to study what can be found deeper in the forests! As the dogs have way better senses than us, they also help us to see and hear better what is happening in the nature.

Day 1: Arrival at Kajaani airport. Transfer to Hotel Kalevala in Kuhmo (1½) hours. Dinner.

Day 2: First husky trekking tour. You will meet your guide and the huskies at the hotel after the breakfast. After a 30 minute transfer we are ready to start the tour. Our hiking route is called the Blue Path, named after spectacular views it has to offer. The path follows a narrow, pine-growing esker surrounded by many lakes. Lunch will be enjoyed by the open fire (or in case of forest fire warning it will be prepared with a cooking stove). Total distance covered during the day will be approximately 12 kilometres. After the tour transfer back to the hotel for evening sauna and dinner.

Day 3: On the second husky trekking day we will head to Kieverrys trail in Southern Kuhmo (45 minute transfer). If you wish you can try trekking with another husky today. However it might be that you have bonded with your dog from the day before and want to trek with the same dog every day (this is allowed, for sure!). Again the trail leads us through beautiful pine forests with views over several lakes of the area. We will be very close to Russian border and we will follow the border zone for a while. Total distance of the trail is about 5 kilometres. During the lunchbreak we can also try fishing (angling) or
collect some delicious forest berries (berries are ready to harvest during the August departures).

Day 4: Last trekking day on Iso-Palonen–Maariansärkät nature protection area (45 minute transfer from the hotel). There are several route options to choose, from 5 to nearly 20 kilometres. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the many fire places along the trails.
All the fireplaces are by the lake so it is also possible to dip into a lake for the refreshment!

Day 5: After three days of hiking with huskies they invite you to their home for the last get together. The husky farm is a home of twenty dogs; mostly Siberian Huskies with some Alaskan Huskies and Greenland Dogs. Huskies live at the kennel in the yard of an old log
cabin. The place used to be a base camp for forestry workers but is nowadays a home for huskies and their owner, and a base camp for husky sledding and wilderness tours. It is situated between two wilderness lakes, neigbours being about two kilometres away: a
paradise for nature- and dog lover!. After spending the day at the kennel playing with huskies you will have a chance to exerience the traditional lake side sauna. Dinner is served at the main building, or if the weather allows, outdoors by the fire. After last goodbye for the dogs transfer (30 minutes) back to the hotel.

Day 6: Breakfast and transfer to Kajaani airport.