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Akshayuk Pass – Hiking Expedition

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14 days (11 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel)
  • July 29th to August 11th, 2022 (Cancelled/Covid)

  • August 7th to August 20th, 2023

Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park

  • AUYUITTUQ NATIONAL PARK – 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, you will tread over terrain ranging from arid gravel to damp, fertile tundra, with sharp peaks and a huge glacier in the backdrop. So many images that will remain with you forever.

Leaving Qikiqtarjuaq, we will wind our way through a maze of islands and icebergs for three hours and get dropped off at the park’s northern entrance. Then, 11 days of hiking will take you over 100 km (62 mi) of breathtaking scenery. Throughout the trek, you will be mesmerized by the presence of glaciers, landscapes and mountains each more impressive than the last. Our goal will be to reach the Southern entrance of the Park, where we will be a mere 30 km (19 mi) boat from Pangnirtung, our destination.

The Hiking Trip

  • AUYUITTUQ NATIONAL PARK – HIKING EXPEDITION

To hike the Akshayuk Pass, you will need to be able to hike with a 20-29 kg (45-65 lb) backpack for a distance of 8 km to 15 km (5 to 9 mi) per day (6 to 8 hours a day). The trail is not technical and does not present an altitude challenge; however, at times you will have to cross glacier-fed rivers, with water up to your knees. Your days will be spent in the great outdoors, while nights will be spent in a tent. You should be prepared to live outside for the entire trip and have camping experience.

Kekerten Island and Pangnirtung

  • AUYUITTUQ NATIONAL PARK – HIKING EXPEDITION

After leaving Auyuittuq Park, a Panniqturmiutaq guide (Pangnirtung resident) will take you on a boat ride to the remarkable Kekerten Island, where you can see the remnants of a 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 art and crafts scene. Pangnirtung, this historic community, which serves as a gateway to the park, will fascinate you.

AKSHAYUK PASS

HIKING EXPEDITION

AUGUST 2022
14 days (11 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel)

July 29th to August 11th

Per person double occupancy
(min. 6 / max. 8 participants)

Can$7380

AUGUST 2023
14 days (11 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel)
August 7th to August 20th
Per person double occupancy
(min. 6 / max. 8 participants)

Can$7380

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS
Flight & Transportation
  • Mandatory group flights from Iqaluit, NU. to Qikiqtarjuaq, NU – return from Pangnirtung, NU to Iqaluit, NU.
  • Ground transportation to/from Iqaluit airport. Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq are by foot.
  • Boat charters to/from Pangnirtung, Auyuittuq National Park and Kekerten
Accommodations
  • 13 days : 11 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel
  • 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
Resources & Equipment
  • Meals, trail snacks and hot drinks while in Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq and expedition
  • Specialized equipment, safety and communication gear
  • Guided Expedition for the duration of the trip. Bilingual guide (English/French)
  • Admission fees to the Parks
Pricing alternatives
  • Solo traveller pricing available
  • Accommodation alternative
  • Preferred airfare available
Not included
  • Airfare from home to Iqaluit, NU (return) is NOT included.
  • Accommodation in Iqaluit day #14
  • Camping, clothing and personal equipment (hiking gear, tent*, 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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