Tehjeh Deé (the South Nahanni River) is one of the world’s great wilderness destinations. It is the experience of a lifetime to explore this remote, pristine alpine river valley. You will discover a mountainous wonderland with breathtaking canyons, a magnificent waterfall, diverse wildlife, and exciting paddling on the fast flowing river. This raft-based trip is designed to pack the most possible into a shorter duration trip, with the added comfort of exploring the area by raft. The route follows the river from Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) through the spectacular canyon section of the Tehjeh Deé (the South Nahanni River) through to the Mackenzie Lowlands.

The trip is highlighted by fun class I and II whitewater, interesting day hikes up tributary canyons, wildlife viewing and exploring Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls). Although well known, the river is so remote that around 250 paddlers get to experience it each year. The Nahanni Cultural Rafting Tour is accessible to a wide range of participants, as advanced whitewater paddling skills are not required.

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Click here to access a detailed trip package with an itinerary and a full list of inclusions and exclusions for our 2023 trips and click here for our 2024 trips.

Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All trips listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies. Please contact us to be put onto a waiting list if your desired trip is full.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Wed. July 26 - Sat. Aug 5, 2023 $8,795 CAD Book Now
Sun. Aug 13 - Tues. Aug 22, 2023 $8,795 CAD Book Now
Wed. July 24 - Fri. Aug 2, 2024 $8,795 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
Sun. Aug 11 - Tues. Aug 20, 2024 $8,795 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
All 2024 Trips $9,095 CAD From Nov 1

What's included



  • 1 Raft Guide per Raft
  • At least one Dene Interpreter


  • 8 nights camping
  • 1 night in Fort Simpson


  • all meals and snacks from Day 1 dinner to Day 9  lunch
  • dinner at a local restaurant on Day 9 and breakfast Day 10 at your accommodation in Fort Simpson

Rafting & Paddling Equipment

  • expedition outfitted rafts
  • paddles, pfd’s, wetsuits (drysuits available at additional cost)
  • inflatable kayaks & SUP boards

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)


  • charter float plane flight from Fort Simpson to Virginia Falls – Day 1
  • shuttle of group and gear back back to Fort Simpson – Day 9
  • ground transfers between Fort Simpson Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane docks on Days 1 and 10