An ascent of any of the taller mountains requires extensive glacier travel and anywhere from 10 days to three weeks of climbing depending on the route chosen, weather and snow conditions. Plan ahead. Select a trip which suits your party and ensure that you are properly equipped for your trip.
Insurance is required for all expeditions in the Icefield Ranges.
Climbing in the Icefield Ranges is permitted between March 15 and November 15. The climbing season generally extends from mid-April to late June..
Minimum group size – Mount Logan
Mount Logan is the highest peak in Canada and accounts for the majority of incidents in Kluane National Park and Reserve. Due to the increased risks associated with solo climbing at high altitude, for both climbers and response staff, a minimum group size of two people is required for expeditions attempting Mount Logan.
For those seeking the services of a guide, a list of licensed mountaineering companies for Kluane National Park and Reserve is available. Please contact Kluane National Park and Reserve.
Access into the Icefield Ranges requires an hour or more aircraft flight or one to two weeks of overland travel from the nearest road.
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:
- Whitehorse Airport
- 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 and Reserve for the current Aircraft and Ground Transportation list.
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 and 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
Visitors travelling by foot into Kluane National Park and Reserve from Alaska will not be issued a permit without prior clearance from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). For further information contact:
- Canada Border Services 1-867-667-3943 or 1-613-948-7878
Visitors intending to enter Alaska from Kluane National Park and Reserve will be required to obtain prior approval from U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Call:
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection in Haines, Alaska: 1-907-767-5511
Low impact mountaineering
Low impact mountaineering practices are critical to the future of the wilderness attributes that have made Kluane National Park and 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 icefields
- Do not burn garbage in the icefields
- Human feces should be buried as deep as possible in pit privies or deposited into crevasses