Nahanni National Park

  • Emerald Lake, Nahanni National Park, NWT, Canada  - © Matt Shalvatis
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve  - © Fort Simpson Chamber of Commerce
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve  - © Matt Shalvatis
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve  - © Matt Shalvatis
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve  - © Matt Shalvatis
  • Sluice Box - © Matt Shalvatis
  • Cirque of the Unclimbables - © Alison and Fil

Key information: Nahanni National Park

  •  Varied, beautiful and fascinating scenery in northern wilderness - indeed, a World Heritage Site. This corner of the Mackenzie Mountains offers extraordinary natural interest, from geological oddities to wildlife galore.
  • This is demanding walking in remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared. 
  • ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating82

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: Variable
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Emerald Lake, Nahanni National Park, NWT, Canada  - ©Matt Shalvatis

WALK SUMMARY

Varied, beautiful and fascinating scenery in northern wilderness - indeed, a World Heritage Site. This corner of the Mackenzie Mountains offers extraordinary natural interest, from geological oddities to wildlife galore.

The fascinating World's Most Amazing Places, a compendium of World Heritage Sites; says:

"Located in the southwest corner of the Northwest Territories, along the course of the South Nahanni and Flat rivers, the park lies in a mountainous area comprising mountain ranges, rolling hills, rugged plateaus, deep canyons and spectacular waterfalls, as well as a globally significant limestone cave system. The park has many unique geological features including tufa mounds known as the Rabbitkettle Hotsprings, which rise in succession of terraces to a height of 27m. There are also wind-eroded sandstone landforms known as the Sand Blowouts."

Hiking in this near-inaccessible wild wilderness tends to be multi-day adventure expeditioning. For instance, South Nahanni Solitude Excursions operate a helicopter hike - i.e. you are flown in and out to/from your hike. 7-12 day expeditions. A hutted base camp too. Levels of difficulty can be adjusted to suit you.

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Nahanni National Park Reserve  - ©Matt Shalvatis

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