Kluane National Park and Reserve

The Icefield Ranges of the St. Elias Mountains occupy two-thirds of Kluane National Park and Reserve's interior and represent a portion of the most extensive non-polar icefield in the world. Major mountains found within the Icefield Ranges of Kluane National Park and Reserve include: Mount Logan (5,959 m), Mount St. Elias (5,489 m), Mount Lucania (5,226 m), King Peak (5,173 m), Mount Steele (5,073 m), Mount Wood (4,842 m) and Mount Vancouver (4,812 m), to name a few.

The climbing season generally extends from mid-April to late June. The 2023 climbing season commences on April 10. Climbing parties must apply in advance of their trip and all climbers are required to register. For permits beginning April 10 onwards, please submit your applications at minimum one month in advance of your intended departure.

Travel within the icefields is not permitted BETWEEN NOV 15 AND April 9. 

Permits are required for any filming or photography for commercial purposes in Kluane National Park and Reserve.  Recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, drones) in national parks and historic sites is prohibited, but special permits may be issued for research or filming activities.

Expedition logistics

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...

Mountaineering permits

Climbers in the Icefield Ranges of Kluane must have a Mountaineering Permit, and an Aircraft Landing Permit must be obtained for every landing in the...

Mountaineering hazards and safety

Mountaineering parties must be entirely self-sufficient and able to handle any emergency situations on their own.

Planning your expedition

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