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Arctic backpacking or base-camp hiking expedition on Ellesmere Island


Hike the extraordinary mountain wilderness of Ellesmere Island on this two-week backpacking expedition. Quttinirpaaq National Park is the world's most northerly park. Situated on the tip of Ellesmere Island, it is less than 500 miles from the north pole. Stunning mountains and glaciers, muskox, arctic wolf and fox and many bird species make this a naturalist's delight. The route is a circumnavigation of the Ad Astra Ice cap - allowing you to see the most spectacular hiking areas of Ellesmere!

During the brief arctic summer on Ellesmere Island, the sun remains high in the sky bathing the land in continuous daylight. There is no darkness to mark the passage of time telling you when to sleep and when to wake. There are no trees to remind you of lands further south. The scale of the land is both immense and intimate at the same time. Intricate patterns of rock, frost-cracked ground, willows and wildflowers at your feet extend out from where you stand into endless vistas in the clear, dry air. Glaciers on a mountainside fifteen kilometers away seem to be details in a landscape within reach. 

Animals in the park appear innocent in their lack of fear of people. Long-tailed jaegers may hover in front of you while caribou may approach you closely, each curious of your presence. The signs of men and women that came before you are still clearly evident even though some are 4,000 years old. A stone fox trap, a tent ring (a circle of boulders marking a campsite), and scattered remains of the equipment of North Pole exploration parties all speak of the courage and the adventurous spirit of those who first came to this solitude at the top of the world. They are all reminders that, regardless of where you have come from, you are a long way from home. On Ellesmere, you have come to Canada at the top of the world.

The hiking skills required are of an intermediate level. The route is very remote, the terrain varied and includes some stream crossings and travel around and in between glaciers. In some places frost heaving has caused hummocks making walking awkward. There are no great elevation gains on our main route, however it seems that nothing in the north is flat. You will be hiking on most of the days, but anticipate taking 2 ‘layover’ days en route which will have optional day hikes.

For those not interested in a full backpacking expedition, a base camp and photography tour will be available at the same time. Stunning mountains and glaciers, muskox, arctic wolf and fox and many bird species make this a naturalist’s and photographer’s delight.  This basecamp is perfect for the adventurer who may not want to carry a heavy pack, and still enjoy the amazing Ellesmere wilderness. The program will be ‘based’ from Tanquary Fiord. 

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$15195.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
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DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Backpacking
SEASON

July

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are seasoned expedition leaders trained in wilderness first aid, who care deeply about the areas in which they guide.  While safety is their first and foremost priority, their aim is to ensure that everyone has a trip of a lifetime.  You will find them to be great companions, and as wildlife biologists and naturalists, they provide a unique element of natural history interpretation and cultural education for each trip.  

RESTRICTIONS

Cost based on a minimum of 6 participants.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack.

Comments: $150 National Park fee extra.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  Flights between Resolute and Ottawa can be included in the package for an additional cost.

WEATHER

24 hours of daylight.  Cool and dry conditions are normal summer weather on Ellesmere, but be prepared for sudden temperature fluctuations.

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Group camping equipment and tents are included. 

 

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing to suit a variety of temperatures.  Rain gear, long pants, fleece or wool clothing, gloves, hat, warm jacket, wool socks. A full packing list will be provided upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, pocketknife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in tent camps along the route.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included. Your guides take pride in providing gourmet menus, and always receive rave reviews about the nutritious and delicious food provided.  Meals are cooked over backpacking stoves from a combination of fresh,
dried and freeze-dried products. Lightweight ovens allow your guides to bake breads, muffins and desserts. You carry all your food on your backs, so the guides plan an extremely lightweight menu plan.

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 16, 2018
$15195.00 / per person - CAD
Backpacking expedition.
Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 16, 2018
$15195.00 / per person - CAD
Base camp hiking/photography expedition.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Cancellations up to 61 days, deposit refundable minus $100. From 31 - 60 days we retain 50% of the fee. From 15 - 30 days we retain 75% of the fee. From 0 - 14 days we retain 100% of the fee.
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