ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

Akshayuk Pass Hiking Expedition

13 days (11 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel)

August 3rd to August 16th, 2020 (COVID19/Park closed)
August 2nd to August 15th, 2021
  • Auyuittuq National Park

Auyuittuq National Park

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.

To hike Auyuittuq Park you will need to be able to walk with a 40-50 pound 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

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.

Akshayuk Pass Hiking Expedition

2020

August 3rd to August 16th
13 days (11 nights camping / 2 hotel)
7 695 $ CA
+ 5% GST
per person
double occupancy
Included
  • Return flights from Ottawa, ON. or Montreal, QC. to Iqaluit, NU.
    (If city of departure available on travel days)
  • Flights from Iqaluit, NU. to Qikiqtarjuaq, NU – return from Pangnirtung, NU to Iqaluit, NU
  • Full service hotel accommodation in Iqaluit
    • B&B option
    • Double occupancy
    • Days #1
  • Full service hotel accommodation in Pangnirtung
    • B&B option
    • Double occupancy
    • Days #13
  • Guided Expedition for the duration of the trip
    • Bilingual guide (English / French)
  • Meals, trail snacks and hot drinks while in Pang, Qik and expedition
  • Specialized equipment and safety gear
  • Transportation to/from Iqaluit airport. Pang and Qik are by foot.
  • Boat charters to and from, Auyuittuq National Park and Kekerten (Return)
  • Admission fees to the Parks
Not included
  • Accommodation in Iqaluit day #14
  • Camping, clothing and personal equipment (hiking gear, sleeping bag**, mattress**, personal clothing, personal hygiene kit, medication)
  • Meals in Iqaluit
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Bad weather / out of our control, cancellation related fees
  • Gratuities

  • ** Can be rented at no additional cost. Please notify 30 days in advance.

Ashayuk Pass HIking Expedition

2021

August 2nd to August 15th
13 days (11 nights camping / 2 hotel)
8 295 $ CA
+ 5% GST
per person
double occupancy
Included
  • Return flights from Ottawa, ON. or Montreal, QC. to Iqaluit, NU.
    (If city of departure available on travel days)
  • Flights from Iqaluit, NU. to Qikiqtarjuaq, NU – return from Pangnirtung, NU to Iqaluit, NU
  • Full service hotel accommodation in Iqaluit
    • B&B option
    • Double occupancy
    • Days #1
  • Full service hotel accommodation in Pangnirtung
    • B&B option
    • Double occupancy
    • Days #13
  • Guided Expedition for the duration of the trip
    • Bilingual guide (English / French)
  • Meals, trail snacks and hot drinks while in Pang, Qik and expedition
  • Specialized equipment and safety gear
  • Transportation to/from Iqaluit airport. Pang and Qik are by foot.
  • Boat charters to and from, Auyuittuq National Park and Kekerten (Return)
  • Admission fees to the Parks
Not included
  • Accommodation in Iqaluit day #14
  • Camping, clothing and personal equipment (hiking gear, sleeping bag**, mattress**, personal clothing, personal hygiene kit, medication)
  • Meals in Iqaluit
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Bad weather / out of our control, cancellation related fees
  • Gratuities

  • ** Can be rented at no additional cost. Please notify 30 days in advance.

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