The trail winds approx 67 km through the Weasel Valley in Auyuittuq National Park Reserve to Akshayuk Pass located just beyond Summit Lake and another 29 km on to the northern terminus of the valley.
We enter Auyuittuq through the park's Southern entrance at Overlord, a 25-kilometre trip from the community of Pangnirtung via boat. You could also hike this, but I recommend paying the fee and taking a boat. We then went from Overlord to Windy Lake (first camp), on the east side of the Weasel River, and from Windy Lake to Summit Lake on the west side of the river. A suspension bridge crosses the Weasel River about 2 km north of the Windy Lake warden cabin. This is the typical route, since the trail is well marked and passes by the Mount Thor emergency shelter, our second campsite. Our 3rd day was fun filled with numerous deep stream crossings and a little route finding, yet an easy day to the Summit Lake emergency shelter/campsite. On our way back we opted to camp just north of the Windy Lake camp (start heading to your left (east) just after crossing the bridge) in amongst a field of 3 story tall boulders. By far the best campsite in the whole valley
You could easily hike in and out in only 2 days, but if you are going to travel all that way, take your time and enjoy the park. We spent 9 days exploring the valley from the north end of Summit Lake to Overlord.
Getting to Auyuittuq National Park requires (from Western Canada) flying from Edmonton to Iqaluit via Yellow Knife and Rankin Inlet on First Air (code share with Air Canada) with a connecting flight from Iqaluit to Pangnirtung. From Pangnirtung we elected to take a boat up the fjiord rather than hike the 30 plus kilometres.
The beautiful topo map of Auyuittuq National Park above is courtesy of http://www.gotrekkers.com , extracted from TopoTracker DVD for Canada's Northern National Parks (Item #GT1012), an excellent resource to use along with Memory-Map software to explore all the northern National Parks.
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Posted By: stephen_roberge
- Mon Aug 24 20:09:42 UTC 2015
I am plannning to do this wonderful trek from north to south next August. The best dates would be from the 8th until the 29th. I am planning to go for three weeks so I have extra time for weather delays and to do some scrambling.
I did the south part in 2012 and I want to go back. My research is all done and I could coordinate a lot of aspects.
I am experience and fit. I have all the gear needed, including the winter tent.
Would you want to discuss?
I could also consider doing the south part again and bring my gears for glacier travel and climbing so we can go to the base of Asgard and climb Thor on the non technical routes.
Stephen from Ottawa.DETAILS are in this forum: Auyuittuq Park in Baffin Island