© Parks Canada
Mountaineering groups are encouraged to apply for your permits a few months in advance of the start of your trip.
Low Impact Mountaineering
Low impact mountaineering practices are critical to the future of the wilderness attributes that have made Kluane National Park & Reserve world famous.
Carry out what you carried in.
Do not leave fixed line, glacier wands, food caches or broken equipment in the icefields.
Reduce packaging prior to entering the Icefield Ranges.
- If garbage is burnt, carry out all remaining material including foil and ash.
Human feces should be buried as deep as possible in pit privies or deposited into crevasses.
Expeditions of four or more people are stronger and more capable of self-rescue than smaller groups.
Allow for extra time, food and fuel in the event of delays in flying into and out of the Icefield Ranges.
Travel roped on all glaciers.
Acclimatize slowly: carry high and sleep low.
Bergschrund and avalanche debris on the approach to Mount Logan’s East Ridge© Parks Canada
Reliable communication with someone outside of the Icefield Ranges is strongly recommended for all expeditions. It is important to be able to call for assistance in the event of injury or illness and to request food drops, weather information and transportation arrangements.
Iridium satellite telephones are the preferred form of communications. These may be rented locally from telecommunications business in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Personal locator beacons (PLB’s) are a good choice for emergency notification. These lightweight devices can be manually activated to transmit a distress signal that is received by satellite and relayed to a National Search and Rescue organisation. In Canada these devices should transmit at 406 MHz and should be registered with the Canadian Beacon Registry.
Other satellite GPS Messenger devices, such as a SPOT, are also effective.
Parks Canada 24 hr Emergency Dispatch
1-780-852-3100 (if calling from a satellite phone)
1-877-852-3100 (toll free)
All expeditions should be fully capable of self-rescue and should be able to bring their sick or injured members to a location where an aircraft landing and evacuation is possible.
In the event of an emergency you should be prepared for lengthy delays in search and rescue response times due to:
Delays in reporting the emergency
Availability of suitable aircraft
Adverse weather conditions
Elevation and location of the sick, injured or stranded persons
Time required for members of a rescue team to arrive and acclimatize
Access into the Icefield Ranges is accomplished by either an hour or more aircraft flight or one to two weeks of overland travel from the nearest road.
A fixed wing aircraft on glacier© Parks Canada
Aircraft access is allowed into the Icefield Ranges of Kluane National Park & Reserve for the purposes of mountaineering. An Aircraft Landing Permit must be obtained for each and every landing within the Icefields.
Both helicopters and light fixed wing aircraft on ski-wheels are normally available in Yukon at the:
- Haines Junction Airport
- Kluane Lake Research Station
- Burwash Landing Airport.
Access to the border of Kluane National Park and Reserve is available from Alaska at the:
- Haines Airport
- Chitina River at Ultima Thule Lodge
It is recommended that arrangements and reservations be made well in advance. Please contact Kluane National Park & Reserve for the current Aircraft & Ground Transportation list.
Overland access into the Icefield Ranges© Parks Canada
Ä’äy Chù (Slims River)
Access into or out from the Icefields via the Ä’äy Chù (Slims River) Valley, between April 1st and November 15th requires the use of bear resistant containers for all food, garbage and food wastes. These can be borrowed from the park.
Kaskawulsh River & Alsek River Valleys
Access into or out from the Icefields via the Kaskawulsh and Alsek River Valleys is not permitted between April 1st and November 15th.
Crossing the Yukon - Alaska Border
People travelling by foot into Kluane National Park & Reserve from Alaska must clear Canadian Customs before your trip by calling:
Canada Border Services in Whitehorse, Yukon: 1-867-667-3943 or 3944
If you will be entering Alaska from Kluane National Park & Reserve, call:
U.S. Customs & Border Protection in Haines, Alaska: 1-907-767-5511
Looking down the Logan Glacier into Alaska© Parks Canada
Topographic maps at a scale of 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 are available for all areas of Kluane National Park & Reserve. Two 1:250,000 maps cover the entire Icefield Ranges of Kluane National Park & Reserve and are ideal for planning expeditions:
- "Mount St Elias" (115 B&C)
- "Kluane Lake" (115 F&G)
Maps can be obtained through your local Canada Map Office Distributor.
Guides in the Icefields
All persons intending to guide a mountaineering expedition into Kluane National Park & Reserve require a license to do so. Please contact Kluane National Park & Reserve for the Kluane National Park & Reserve Business License Package.
For those seeking the services of a guide, a list of licensed mountaineering companies for Kluane National Park & Reserve is available. Please contact Kluane National Park & Reserve.
Registration is mandatory. Each expedition must deregister upon completion of the trip.