Ellesmere Hiking - Quttinirpaaq Basecamp
Quttinirpaaq National Park is Canada’s most-northerly park. Situated on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, it is less than 500 miles from the North Pole. This is a vast land with fiords, mountains, glaciers, high arctic tundra, glacial streams, and one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Arctic. In places, we hike through fields of wildflowers and lichens. A strange "thermal oasis" at Lake Hazen, in the centre of the park, results in increased vegetation to support a higher density of wildlife. Muskoxen, arctic foxes and wolves, rare Peary caribou, herds of huge, white Arctic hares, and even polar bears, share the route. Humans are so rare that when you encounter the local wildlife they do not react in fear.
Over the last 4500 years, small groups of Dorset, and Thule people - in a series of epic migrations - traveled through the area to reach northern Greenland. Today the area is still so remote that only a handful of intrepid adventurers explore the park each year.
Our adventure will be based at Tanquary Fiord. There is a small facility here, which will allow us to set up a base camp and to explore the nearby environment of river valleys, mountain peaks, and icy glaciers. We'll have fascinating interpretation from Parks Canada staff, and do day hikes with many photographic opportunities. This trip is one of Parks Canada's iconic Canadian experiences and appropriate for any camper with a sense of adventure.
For those who have what it takes to undertake a more strenuous High Arctic trekking experience, check out our Quttinirpaaq Ad Astra Trek, or our Axel Heiberg trip, one that is somewhere in the middle of the two in terms of difficulty.
Dates for this expedition are subject to change!
"Truly, this is the best-organized guided trip I have ever been on." Jan, British Columbia, Canada
Recommended Skill Level And Dates
Guides 5:1 ratio
• 13 nights of camping
• hotel accommodation and restaurant meals at South Camp Inn in Resolute Bay (Arrival Day, Day 1, 15)
• excellent camp meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 15 lunch, hotel meals in Resolute (Arrival Day dinner - Day 2 breakfast, Day 15 dinner)
• rugged expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group equipment
• first aid, safety, river crossing, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)
• charter flight from Resolute Bay to Ellesmere Island and return - Days 2 and 15
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Resolute
Trip Rendezvous Point: Resolute, NU