Hiking expeditions

Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park

Friday, August 3rd to Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Akshayuk Pass, Hiking Expedition
Akshayuk Pass, Hiking Expedition

Majestic towers, carved in bedrock by glaciers, shooting straight for the sun: such scenery is what Auyuittuq National Park has to offer. It is, without a doubt, one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. Set in the middle of the Penny Ice Cap, bisected from North to South by the Akshayuk pass, an immense valley opens inland. A trek surrounded by austere looking, barren plateaus, that will take you to two of the park’s most spectacular lookouts, Thor Peak and Mount Asgard.

On your way, you will have an opportunity to see impressive rock formations dating back to the last ice age, moraines, boulder fields, and much more. During this hike, your will tread over terrain ranging from arid gravel to humid, fertile tundra, with sharp peaks and a huge glacier in the backdrop. So many images that will remain with you forever.

Following a 3-hour boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq, making our way through a maze of floating iceberg, we arrive at the park’s northern entrance, then follow, 11 days of hiking, 100 km of breathtaking scenery, to be crossed on foot. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to see impressive rock formations dating back to the last ice age, moraines, boulder fields, with spectacular views of Mount Thor and Mount Asgard. Throughout the trek, you will be mesmerized by the presence of glaciers, landscapes and mountains each more impressive than the last. Our goal, reaching the Southern entrance of the Park, where 30km of boat ride will be separating us from Pangnirtung the closest community.

The hiking trip

To hike the Akshayuk Pass you will need to be able to walk with a 40-50 pounds backpack for a distance of 8 to 15 km per day (6 to 8 hours a day). Trail is not technical and do not present an altitude challenge, be ready to have, at moment to cross glacier river (water high to your knees). Days will be spent in the great outdoor while nights will be spent in tent. You should be prepared to live outside for the entire trip and have minimal camping experience

Kekerten Island and Pangnirtung

After leaving Auyuittuq Park, an Inuit guide will take you on a boat ride to the remarkable Kekerten Island. There, you can see a remaining of an old whaling station that would have been at its busiest in the 1870s. To this day, the artifacts on Kekerten Island are carefully preserved. This guided tour will take you through a part of history that is kept alive by a few elders in the village. Pang for the intimate, is a small northern community with a rich history and a booming arts and crafts scene that serves as the gateway to the park for hikers. Remnants of historical whaling activity, Pangnirtung will fascinate you.
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Akshayuk Pass, Hiking Expedition

14 days /11 nights of camping
Friday, August 3rd to Thursday, August 16th, 2018
$ 7,195 CAD + GST 5% per person (double occupancy)
  • Return flights from Montreal. QC or Ottawa, ON to Iqaluit, NU
  • Return flights from Iqaluit, NU to Qikiqtarjuaq,NU and Pang,NU to Iqaluit, NU
  • Transportation to and from Iqaluit Airport and excursions
  • Full-service hotel accommodation in Iqaluit (double occupancy)
  • Inukpak Outfitting bilingual guides (1)
  • Meals and snacks (during the expedition)
  • Activity specific and camping equipment* sleeping bag* and mattress* can be rented at no additional cost. Please notify Inukpak Outfitting 30 days in advance.
  • Cooking and group gear
  • Safety equipment and repair kit
  • Boat Charter to and from the park
  • Parc Canada entry fees
  • Kekerten Territorial Park Boat Tour

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Auyuittuq, Hiking Expedition

Sunday, July 1st to Sunday, July 8th, 2018
Auyuittuq, Hiking Expedition
Auyuittuq, Hiking Expedition
Auyuittuq (in Inuktitut: the place that never melts) is a large valley cutting the ice cap from the North to the South. You are invited to travel up that valley toward the Pass; after a two-day hike brings us to Windy Lake, where we’ll set our base camp, we will set off for Mt. Thor, one of the most awe-inspiring vistas in the park. Boulder fields, tundra, moraines, high peaks and glaciers will be part of the land all along your hike.
Following the trek, an Inuit guide will take our group on a boat ride to discover the remarkable Kekerten Historical Park. This remarkable island shelters an old whaling station that would have been at its busiest in the 1870s. To this day, the artefacts on Kekerten Island are carefully preserved. This guided tour will take you through a part of history that is kept alive by a few elders in Pangnirtung, the hamlet close by. Memories like these are not likely to fade away.
Memories like these are not likely to fade away!
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Auyuittuq, Hiking Expedition

8 days / 7 nights
Sunday, July 1st to Sunday, July 8th, 2018
$ 4,610 CAD + GST 5% per person (double occupancy)
  • Return flights from Montreal. QC or Ottawa, ON to Iqaluit, NU
  • Return flights from Iqaluit, NU to Pangnirtung, NU
  • Transportation to and from Iqaluit Airport and excursions
  • Full-service hotel accommodation in Iqaluit (double occupancy)
  • Inukpak Outfitting bilingual guides (1)
  • Meals and snacks (during the expedition)
  • Activity specific and camping equipment* sleeping bag* and mattress* can be rented at no additional cost. Please notify Inukpak Outfitting 30 days in advance.
  • Cooking and group gear
  • Safety equipment and repair kit
  • Boat Charter to and from the park
  • Parc Canada entry fees
  • Kekerten Territorial Park Boat Tour

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