DK Pass

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DK Pass
Appearance(s) Mario Kart DS (2005)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Cup(s) it Appears in Star Cup (MKDS)
Leaf Cup (MK7)
Staff Ghost 2:14:607 by Ninten★™NN (MKDS)
(Donkey Kong in the Wildlife)
2:35.045 by Ret★Sean (MK7)
(Donkey Kong with the Barrel Train, Wood Tires, & Super Glider)
Expert Staff Ghost 2:16.534 by Nin★MaTU (MK7)
(Donkey Kong with the Bolt Buggy, Red Monster Tires, & Parafoil)
Wi-Fi No longer available (DS)
Available (3DS)
Mario Kart DS
Course Map
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart 7
MK7 DSDKPass.png
The track icon.

DK Pass is a snowy course themed after Donkey Kong in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7 that takes the player over a mountain and back down. Numerous snowballs roll around, and crashing into them will result in being thrown backwards and losing whatever item a racer may be carrying. Snowmen also appear all over the course, and are very similar to the snowmen found in Frappe Snowland in Mario Kart 64. Collision with the snowmen has the same effect as collision with the snowballs.

There is an isolated Item Box up on a snowy cliff at the peak of the hill, after the second set of normal item boxes. To avoid drag, the player will need a Mushroom or two to get through the snow to the item box, but in it contains one of these items: Star, Mushroom, Triple Mushroom, or a Red Shell. Any of them can be received in any position, including in Wi-Fi play, but it will usually yield Triple Mushrooms or a Star. There is also a glitch: right after the player reaches the finish line on the third lap, and runs into the wall, the player will see a black pit. This only works in the DS version.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Donkey Kong racing through the snowy course.

DK Pass first apppears in Mario Kart DS, where it is the first course in the Star Cup.


There are two missions involving this circuit: 4-1 and 5-7. In mission 4-1 the player must reach the finish line before DK and in mission 5-7 they must go through the eight gates in order. Both involve the player going in the opposite direction.

Staff ghost[edit]
The staff ghost in this track is 2:14:607 using DK in the Wildlife.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The track, in Mario Kart 7.

DK Pass returns as the second track in the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart 7. All the trees in the off-road sections have been removed and some wooden ramps have been placed in the off-road area of this track, allowing players to perform a trick and gain a boost. After turn 11, the boost pad in the large jump is replaced with a gliding pad. Landing outside the barriers will result in an "out-of-bounds". The secret item box on the hill still holds a Mushroom, Triple Mushroom, or a Star, but will more often yield only a Mushroom than before, and no longer yields a Red Shell. The trees on the hill are no longer there. Much like DK Summit, the track starts out foggy in the first two laps, but the fog clears up on the final lap. It is also now snowing throughout the race, which did not happen in the original.



DS appearance[edit]

3DS appearance[edit]

Official descriptions[edit]

Mario Kart DS sites

  • Flag of USA.png "Covered with snow and ice, DK Pass is as dangerous as it gets. Tight turns and runaway snowballs make for nail-biting fun on DK's home turf."
  • Flag of Europe.png "Brr, it's chilly in them thar hills... Pack your winter woollies through for this sub-zero speed through snow-capped peaks, as you dodge rolling snowballs and negotiate rows of rock-solid snowmen that bring your kart to an abrupt halt. Keep moving or your engine might freeze up..."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese DKスノーマウンテン
DK sunō maunten
DK Snow Mountain
Spanish DK Alpino Alpine DK
French Alpes DK DK Alps
Dutch DK's Piste DK's Ski Track. In Dutch, a Piste is a snow slope prepared for skiing
German DK Alpin DK Alps
Italian Vette di DK DK's Peaks
Portuguese Passagem DK DK Pass
Russian Перевал ДК
Pereval DK
DK Pass
Korean DK 스노우 마운틴
DK Seunou Mauntin
DK Snow Mountain
Chinese DK雪山
DK Xuěshān
DK Snow Mountain