The Nahanni Paddle & Cirque Hike trip is an exceptional opportunity to see much more of Nahanni National Park Reserve than most visitors experience. This unique trip combines two weeks of canoeing on the Tehjeh Deé (South Nahanni River), with an extra week to explore Glacier Lake and the Cirque of the Unclimbables.

Beginning at Island Lakes, we make our way down a gentle section of the Tehjeh Deé (South Nahanni River) to Glacier Lake, where we will embark on foot a multi-day, self-supported hike into the Cirque of the Unclimbables. Once we return to our canoes several days later, we will continue our paddling journey down the Tehjeh Deé (South Nahanni River), making stops at Gahnîhthah Mįe (Rabbitkettle Lake), Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) and descending the four canyons.

This three week adventure is a good choice for those with some basic whitewater skills (expect to paddle class I and II whitewater), prior hiking experience, a good level of fitness, and time to explore some of the special out-of-the-way highlights of the Nahanni National Park.


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Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All dates listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies. Please contact us to be put onto a waiting list if your desired trip is full.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Tues. July 23 - Mon. Aug 12, 2024 $10,995 CAD Book Now
Tues. July 22 - Mon. Aug 11, 2025 $11,595 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Black Feather Nahanni Hike Trip

What's Included


  • 6:1 Ratio


  • 19 nights camping
  • 1 night in Ft Simpson


  • all meals and snacks from Day 1 dinner to Day 20 lunch
  • dinner Day 20 and breakfast Day 21 in Fort Simpson

Canoeing Equipment

  • ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling suits & helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)


  • charter float plane flight from Fort Simpson to Island Lakes – Day 1
  • shuttle of group and gear to Fort Simpson – Day 20
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Fort Simpson
  • ground transfers between Fort Simpson Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane docks at the beginning and end of the trip