Auyuittuq National Park in Canada’s eastern Arctic has some of the most beautiful alpine scenery on earth. This backpacking expedition crosses the entire Akshayuk Pass, including the rarely-seen northern section in the Owl River valley. With Black Feather you can choose to hike this route in either direction – start in Pangnirtung, end in Qikiqtarjuaq, or vice versa.

Both trips begin with a night in a local Inuit community, followed by a motor boat ride the next morning to the trip’s starting point. From there we will put on our packs for the first steps on our 97-km journey. We will ascend river valleys approximately 500m to then descend down to the sea once again. Our final night will be spend in an Inuit community before flights home on the final day.

Our “Auyuittuq Traverse” hiking trips are suitable expeditions for any reasonably fit hiker with some previous backpacking experience. We will be carrying full packs, and, in places, the route is challenging.

Want to Learn More?

For a detailed trip package with an itinerary and a full list of inclusions and exclusions for our trip from Pangnirtung to Qikiqtarjuaq, click here. For the package for our trip from Qikiqtarjuaq to Pangnirtung, click here.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All trips listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies. Please contact us to be put onto a waiting list if your desired trip is full.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Thurs. July 18 – Thurs. Aug 1, 2024 $8,495 CAD from Pang to Qik* Book Now
Fri. Aug 2 - Sat. Aug 17, 2024 $8,495 CAD from Qik to Pang* Book Now
Thurs. July 17 - Thurs. July 31, 2025 $8,895 CAD from Pang to Qik, pricing until Oct 31* Book Now
Fri. Aug 1 - Sat. Aug 16, 2025 $8,895 CAD from Qik to Pang, pricing until Oct 31* Book Now

Black Feather Auyuittuq Traverse Hiking Trip

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 12 nights camping on July trip / 13 nights camping on August trip
  • 1 night in Qikiqtarjuaq on July trip / 1 night in Iqaluit on August trip
  • 1 night in Pangnirtung on either trip


  • breakfast & dinner in local communities (alcohol excluded) on first and final trip days
  • all trail meals and snacks

Expedition Equipment

  • sleeping tents: free-standing expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
  • kitchen / group tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)


  • motor-boat transfer between Qikiqtarjuaq and North Pangnirtung Fiord
  • motor-boat transfer between Overlord Peak and Pangnirtung
  • airport transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung on Days 1 and 15 (as well as Iqaluit on Day 16 for August trip)
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to and from the expedition