One of the world's greatest long distance backpacking trips takes place through a glacier-edged valley on Baffin Island. The Akshayuk Pass, formerly known as Pangnirtung Pass, is an extraordinary 100-km trek through a land recently vacated by glaciers - though they line the edges of the valley and send fingers of ice creeping into the edges of it. Mountains over 2000 metres high line a route through the finest scenery in North America. In 2004 Outside Magazine voted the Auyuittuq Backpacking trip one of the top "Trips Of A Lifetime". We agree
Our detailed (no comparable map exists) topographic map of the Pass from end to end plus points of interest, emergency facilities, glaciers with amount of recession, glacial streams, moraines, suggested route and extraordinary vegetation and landscape detail, PLUS text and photos about the area including natural & human history, park facilities, route suggestions, getting to the area, permits and procedures, recommended equipment, weather, safety concerns, contact info, and more. We also include a smaller map of the entire park as well as detailed maps of the two towns (Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq) closely associated with the route - even though they are many kilometres away you will go through at least one of them on your plane/boat journey. Even a mini-Inuktitut lesson. It's the ideal guide! And made by people who have actually been there (as is the case for all our Adventure Maps®) - we explored the entire Pass during our lengthy field survey visit.
In a land not without its hazards, this Adventure Map®, which has been adopted by the Park as an official map and safety guide, is an essential tool for planning the logistically challenging trip, and for the 5 to 12 day trip itself. Various routes are possible, with numerous sites well worth seeing along the way.