• Start: Flat Lake
  • Finish: Glacier Lake
  • Length: 17 days (9 river days, 6 hiking days plus charter flights and road shuttles)
  • Distance: 218 km (135 mi)
  • Elevation Loss: 500 m (1640 ft)
  • River Class: 2/3
  • Craft: Canoe
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Our Nahanni Headwaters trips include the headwater tributary the Little Nahanni River. This 17 day trip includes over 100k on the South Nahanni River and 4 days of hiking to explore the Cirque of the Unclimbables and Glacier Lake area. The trip is supported by a guide in a load bearing cata-raft. The highlights of this trip are many. Starting with a mini trip along the Alaska Highway through the northern Rockies, Muncho Lake, Liard Hot Springs and Watson Lake, road access makes our Little Nahanni River Expeditions one of your most affordable options for the Nahanni River. The trips environmental footprint (CO2 emissions) is less than half that of using a chartered float plane to access the river. Flowing north from a pristine alpine lake the Little Nahanni River tumbles its way through the Selwyn and Logan Mountains making a big arc for 85 kilometers to the northeast and the junction with the South Nahanni River. The Little Nahanni offers superb whitewater paddling for most of its duration and is considered more challenging than the 'Rock Gardens' of the South Nahanni. Upon entering the South Nahanni the flow takes us around the majestic Ragged Range and down past the towering Vampire Peaks. At Britnell Creek we'll store away our boats and make the 10k hike to Glacier Lake.The remainder of the trip will be spent exploring a spectacular mountain area known as the Cirque of the Unclimbables and the pristine Fairy Meadows. The trip concludes with a flight from Glacier Lake to the shuttle van at Flat Lake and the return trip to Fort Nelson.

The Little Nahanni River Expedition appeals to active people who are looking for a cooperative, though guided, river tripping adventure where the group shares in camp chores and holds an interest in further developing skills in camp and on the water. Participants should be prepared for two weeks of wilderness camping, be reasonably physically fit and confident swimmers. They should be able to help portage personal and group gear. Participants should be experienced whitewater canoeists for either tandem or solo canoes. Wilderness camping experience is also required. This trip is led by experienced and qualified Nahanni River guides.

We have added special features to each of our trips to enhance your experience.

On our Nahanni Headwater 17 day Little Nahanni Whitewater Canoe/Hiking Trip we provide:

  • Whitewater prep day on Trout River
  • Road access - reduced trip fees
  • Shorter flight distances - produce fewer CO2 emissions and reduce trip fees
  • Bare wetsuits provided at no extra charge - safety first.
  • Screened dining tent- keep mosquitoes at bay on early season trips
  • Grey Owl wooden and Werner Bandit curved blade paddles- we provide the best paddle on the Nahanni
  • Cata-raft support - to lighten your canoe

View the "Nahanni Wild Advantage".


If you have any questions regarding this trip please contact us info@nahanniwild.com

Toll free number CANADA and USA
1-888-897-5223

Callers from outside North America please dial
1-403-688-7238