Search and rescue capacity has been reduced in Kluane National Park and Reserve as a result of COVID-19. As visitor safety services cannot be ensured for the Icefield Ranges, Parks Canada will not be issuing permits for this area for the 2020 season. This includes both mountaineering and aircraft landing permits.
All persons spending time within the Icefield Ranges of Kluane National Park and Reserve must have a Mountaineering Permit. An Aircraft Landing Permit must be obtained for each and every landing within the Icefields. Landing Permits are issued as part of your Mountaineering Permit. Insurance is required for all expeditions in the Icefield Ranges.
Prior to being issued a Mountaineering Permit, you must provide proof of insurance valid during your visit from the provider of your choice, that:
- Covers the cost of organized rescue / extraction from the Icefield Ranges for the activities outlined in your permit application to a minimum of CAN$100,000
Climbers requiring rescue will be billed directly for costs associated with extraction. You may then recover these expenses from your insurance provider.
Proof may be a letter issued by the insurance provider(s) confirming coverage for each group member.
Applying for your Mountaineering Permits
Mountaineering groups must apply for permits at least one month in advance of the start of your trip. Failure to do so will result in delays in processing your application. To apply, the Expedition Leader must:
- Complete an Application to Participate in an Icefields Mountaineering Expedition and sign the attached waiver.
- Provide a map or image showing the intended route.
- Provide proof of insurance for all group members.
Submit all of the above information for your expedition to:
Important notice: Permits
Staff are not available to review mountaineering permits between December 15 and March 5.
Applications received after December 15 will be processed in March; priority for review will be determined by expedition departure date.
Once your completed application is received and payment has been processed, you will be provided a copy of your Mountaineering Permit for signature. Once it has been signed, in person or electronically, you are clear to begin your trip.
All persons intending to guide a mountaineering expedition into Kluane National Park & Reserve require a license to do so. Please contact Kluane National Park and Reserve for a Business License Package.
It is mandatory that each expedition deregister in person, by phone or by email with park staff as soon as possible upon completion of the trip.
Failing to deregister is a violation of Park Regulations and will result in a search being initiated. If you fail to check back in you may be financially responsible for the search.