7 Days, 5 Days of Hiking
Price per person: CAD $3750 +GST
Single supplement: CAD $900 +GST
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Day 1: Arrival Day
We will meet all guests in Banff in our hotel for a briefing and our welcome dinner.
Day 2: The Grand Circuit Hike in the Lake O’Hara Basin
Lake O’Hara is one of the jewels in the Rockies, and is much coveted as a hiking ground. There are several loop hikes ranging from 12 to 15 kilometers covered in about 6 hours of hiking.
With only 250 vertical meters to cover, this will be a gentle introduction to hiking in the Canadian Rockies.
Day 3: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
We trek on the well-established park trails system that begins at the Moraine Lake Lodge and climbs up through the mature evergreen forest of Larch into the Alpine Zone. Depending on the weather and the group’s ability, several options are available to lengthen the trek. Our destination for the day is Wenkchemna Pass via Eiffel Lake. We then hike back to Moraine Lake, or add a trip up to the Sentinel Pass, and then back to Lake Louise for the evening.
Day 4: Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park
The trailhead is located at the Takakkaw Falls, and this path allows the group to reach one of the most breathtaking vistas of the trip. We begin to climb steadily out of the valley up to an avalanche slope in order to reach the Alpine terrain lying just below the hanging glaciers on the Vice President. Post glaciated terrain of moraines and braided streams open up to unimpeded views of the Wapta icefields to the east and to the north. The loop can be between 12.8km and 21 kilometres long, depending on group ability and weather. 700 vertical meters of elevation gain (2277ft)
Day 5: Helen and Katherine Lakes region
Our trailhead is located 30 minutes away on the Banff-Jasper Highway surrounded by some of the most majestic scenery in the park. Hiking in the high alpine, our trail takes us high on a ridge on the eastern side of the Bow Valley with stupendous views of the main range peaks surrounding Lake Louise and the Wapta Icefields. This is an active area for large mammals such as the brown bear and mountain goats. We return via the same trail before driving back to Lake Louise for the evening.
Day 6: Bow Lake area
The beautiful Num ti jah Lodge sits on the shores of Bow Lake where our day-hike begins at the headwaters of the Bow River which then flows southward towards Banff National Park and Calgary. Our walk brings us towards the base of the Bow Glacier, which descends from the majestic Wapta Icefields. Under glacier-polished cliff-bands, where glaciers terminate in melt water tarns, we weave our way up a series of protected benches taking in the beautiful alpine scenery and rugged terrain. After our last hike, we will transfer to Banff for our last evening and farewell dinner.
Day 7: Departure Day
Individual departure of all guests from Banff.