Akshayuk Pass Trail

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11 days / 662.400 ISK
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Few spots left
11 days / 662.400 ISK
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DURATION

11 Days

MINIMUM AGE

18

DIFFICULTY

Expedition

Tailored for individuals who are in good physical condition and feel comfortable hiking on uneven terrain while carrying a backpack with all the personal equipment (approximately 20 to 30kg) and overnighting in tents. Daily hikes cover approximately 15km / 9mi, demanding around 5-7 hours of hiking each day.

ACCOMODATION

Expedition campsite (tents)

GROUP

10 people

SEASON

Summer

Embark on an awe-inspiring backpacking expedition through the Akshayuk Pass in the Canadian Arctic, where untamed wilderness and rugged outlet glaciers have shaped the landscape of the Baffin island. This remote haven offers a pristine escape into the heart of nature, revealing the towering peaks of Mt Asgard & Mt Thor, and the myriad rivers cascading from the icecap paint a landscape adorned with hues of ashen gray, forming a mesmerizing array of silvery glacial lakes. Traverse challenging, rough & almost nonexistent hiking trails, surrounded by an untouched environment that echoes the spirit of exploration.

the land that
never melts

Nestled within the majestic embrace of Auyuittuq (“the land that never melts” in Inuktitut) National Park lies the legendary Akshayuk Pass trail, a breathtaking odyssey of rugged beauty and untamed wilderness.


Venture deep into the heart of the Arctic tundra, where elusive wildlife roams amidst vast expanses of untouched wilderness. The air crackles with anticipation, echoing tales of adventurers past who dared to tread these hallowed paths.

Feel the primal call of the wild as you forge ahead, guided by the spirits of the land and the wisdom of seasoned guides. Amidst the towering peaks and icy chasms, discover a profound sense of awe and reverence for the raw power of nature.


This is not merely a trek; it is a pilgrimage to the very soul of the Arctic, where the boundaries between man and wilderness blur into oblivion.

Akshayuk Pass Trail - Views

Where towering peaks, ancient glaciers, and untamed wilderness, beckoning adventurers to discover the sublime essence of the Arctic.

BACKPACK THE RAW ARCTIC

A trail spanning approximately 97 kilometers (60 miles) through the rugged terrain of Baffin Island, in the Canadian Arctic.


This epic journey demands not only physical prowess but also a mastery of wilderness survival skills as adventurers navigate treacherous passes, surrounded by peaks towering over 1,500 meters (4,900 feet), and ford frigid glacial rivers.

Set against the backdrop of majestic glaciers and imposing granite cliffs, camping under the vast Arctic sky in designated sites, each step is a testament to the indomitable human spirit.


Accessible primarily by boat, the journey to the trailhead sets the stage for a grand adventure of unparalleled magnitude, beckoning daring souls to discover the true essence of the Arctic wilderness.

Akshayuk Pass Trail - Panorama

The Aksahyuk Pass with Amarok was an absolute highlight of our life. Camping under the midnight sun in the wilderness of Baffin Island was a surreal experience, made even more remarkable by our knowledgeable guides, who not only navigated us expertly but also shared captivating insights into the land and its wildlife. If you crave a transformative journey immersed in nature, look no further – this expedition is truly unforgettable.

Where the ancient peaks of Mt. Thor & Mt. Asgard reach towards the heavens, echoing the timeless tales of gods and titans.

as remote as
it can get

Arriving & leaving the Akshayuk Pass can only done by boat. You will join a local resident of Nunavut on a journey where the imposing cliffs and towering peaks gradually come into view as we approach the entrance of the Park, creating a sense of anticipation for the adventure ahead.


Once you disembark, you will understand why the absence of permanent structures -except from emergency shelters- & the need of setting an expedition campsite every evening adds to the sense of solitude and connection with the wild nature of Nunavut.

Throughout this self-sufficient guided expedition, you and your group will be responsible for carrying all necessary belongings, including food, water, and tents, enabling you to camp along the way.


Every evening we will set camp in designated areas known by our guides & come together to prepare our dinner & share moments of contemplation beneath the expansive Arctic sky & the granite walls.

Itinerary

1
Days 1 & 2: Welcome to Baffin

Your guides will meet you at Iqaluit airport from where you head towards your accommodation. There, you will receive a briefing about the upcoming trip, followed by a delightful dinner with the entire group in Iqaluit. The following morning, you’ll embark on a flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. Upon landing, you’ll head straight to the Parks Canada office for mandatory safety training by experienced park wardens.
The rest of the day will be spent exploring the surroundings and getting all the gear ready. Overnight in local accommodation.

2
Days 3 to 4: The adventure begins

In the morning, the group will meet a local Qikiqtarjuaq resident, who will take us on a 80km (50 mi) boat ride lasting about 3 hours, towards the North Pang Emergency Cabin, the entrance to Auyuittuq National Park. Upon landing, we’ll immediately transition into hiking mode, aiming to cover several kilometers before setting up camp.

3
Days 5 to 7: Exploring the Pass

Continue the rough & remote hike through the Pass, encountering varying landscapes and natural wonders. Your guide leads the group through this rugged terrain, offering knowledge about the region’s flora, fauna, and geological features. Amidst the challenges and rewards of the trek, find a suitable camping spot for the night. Take in the tranquility and remoteness of the Arctic surroundings as you settle into camp.

4
Days 8 to 10: Final leg of Akshayuk Pass

Embark on the last leg of the Akshayuk Pass trek with the day’s destination set for Ulu Peak Emergency Cabin, our final camp within Auyuittuq National Park. The trek takes you through the remaining challenges and rewards of this iconic pass, guided by your experienced leader. As you reach Ulu Peak Emergency Cabin, take a moment to absorb the panoramic views surrounding your last campsite in the heart of the Arctic wilderness.

5
Day 11: Return home

Wake up to the tranquility of Auyuittuq National Park for the last time. In the morning, a boat will pick up the group from a location close to Ulu Peak Emergency Cabin, marking the end of your backcountry adventure. The boat transfer takes you to the village of Pangnirtung, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel, relishing the comforts of civilization. The following day, bid farewell to the Arctic wonders as you fly back home, carrying with you the memories of an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Akshayuk Pass.

*Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions or the interest of the group.

What you
should know

Included

  • Certified guide from Amarok Adventures.
  • Boat transfer to the beginning of the trail & from the end of the trail.
  • Accommodation 2-people expedition tents.
  • Accommodation in twin rooms in Qikiqtarjuaq (basic hotel).
  • Accommodation in twin rooms in Pangnirtung (basic hotel).
  • All meals during the hiking days, trail snacks & cooking equipment.
  • Technical gear, safety and communication gear.
  • All Canadian National Park fees & permits.
  • Agency support 24/7.

Not included

  • International & domestic flights.
  • Accommodation in Iqaluit if needed.
  • Any meals or beverages not mentioned.
  • Personal mountain & hiking gear.
  • Trip insurance with helicopter rescue coverage (mandatory).
  • Everything not specified in “Included”.

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