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“Day trip is an option”

Auyuittuq National Park
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Owner description: Called "the land that never melts," this reserve on Baffin Island covers nearly 32,000 square miles of ancient glaciers, spiny peaks and dramatic fjords.
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We always wanted to hike this trail when we lived in the Arctic, but never had the time. You can easily go by boat to the Pang trail head and walk up for several hours to get a bit of a feel for the park and scenery, or take much more time and walk to the trail head.
The huge drawback for this hike is the extreme cost to get to here. If hiking from Qik to Pang, then add one another grand in air fare, accommodation and boat from Qik. Getting to Pangnirtung is high enough- must go through Iqaluit, we used points. And you must bring in ALL your supplies or pay the high bucks in the 2 grocery stores in Pang, or the 1 store in Qik. BUT after flying over, this is by far the best hike anywhere.

2  Thank Teresa H
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

Beautiful park with challenging terrain so carefully scrutinize your groups ability or consider hiring a guide/outfitter.

A Map of the Akshayuk Pass can be purchased online or at the Park Office. The map includes plenty of helpful and interesting information. Take note that there are many areas with no visible trail - just pick the best line!

Hikers should arrive in Pangnirtung if planning to hike a portion of the trail (the southern part is the most picturesque) or in Qikiqtarjuaq if planning to hike the full traverse. Travel North to South to avoid lingering in the bear prone north end for a boat pick up.

Emergency shelters available throughout the traverse with radio connection to the Park Office; you're free to use the radio to check weather and/or sign in to the log book but don't plan on camping or cooking in these emergency shelters. This is not meant to be a hut-to-hut trail. You should be be completely self-sufficient if you sign up for this trek.

Plan on adding extra days to your trail itinerary to account for bad weather, waiting out hazardous river crossings (consider an early start to cross at a lower water level), and extra time to explore off trail. Good idea to also add extra days to your flight itinerary as well! *** There is a very good note on the Parks Canada website (Auyuittuq section) called "A Note About Time & Place" - read and then read again ***

Bring a pair of sandals or water shoes for river crossings. Keep your hiking shoes dry for comfort and avoidance of blisters. Lots of sand so gaiters may be helpful.

Visitor package can be downloaded in advance from Parks Canada website. Contact the office with questions/concern and to ask about boat transfers.

Once in Pang or Qik there is a mandatory polar bear safety session at the Parks office - ask questions like best places to camp to avoid hazards such as extreme winds and rock falls and which river crossings are more challenging.

Stop and think often. A misstep on a rock, river, or glacier can prove to be disastrous. This is a remote area and help/evacuation is *at least* a day away.

Finally, take some time to meet the people of the Pang and Qik hamlets and learn about the culture and history. The Angmarlik Visitor Centre in Pang is a must see - ask for a tour. There are many artists/carvers so do bring home a few souvenirs!

The Auyuittuq Lode in Pang is a very comfortable place to stay for pre &/or post trip; you will eat well here, this is for sure! There is also a campground available in Pang (pictures included in this review). If camping in town, arrange with Parks office to store your gear during the day.

Stay warm and dry!

8  Thank Su S
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

Chose Peter Kilabuk as a guide. He is very reliable and we had a unique experience scallop dragging. He was on time to pick us up after a long day in the Pass... The people at the Park office are great and very helpful.

5  Thank Andrew P
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Reviewed 7 May 2015

This place is utterly beautiful - it was extreme weather when we were camping, as low as -30 with wind chill, so be prepared!
Best thing I have done!

2  Thank EllaBellaB00
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

My wife and I did a ten-day hike in Auyuittuq some years ago (prior to the date in the required drop-down window). This is a haunting, incredibly beautiful place that is well worth the effort. You will never forget it. Not without risk, especially if you fall into the water during one of the many stream crossings and get hypothermia, so extreme care is a must. (There was a helicopter rescue of someone while we were there.) But if you are in good physical shape, and would like to hike above the Arctic Circle into a place that's so remote that almost no one goes to it, this is the place to be. Bring a guide who knows the place! Our guide (we had a party of 6) told us not to worry about Polar Bears because you only have to run faster than one other person! Thankfully we didn't encounter any Polar Bears on our hike. Oddly, we encountered Donald Sutherland in the Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay) Airport, and the whole village of Pangnirtung (the place nearest the National Park) turned out to see our plane land.

14  Thank Stephen S
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