Canada

The Challenge

This 5-day trek is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the finest scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with spectacular treks in Kootenay, Banff and Yoho National Parks. Discovering the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, forests and lakes which make this area so breath-taking, we take on some of the finest trek trails in this part of Canada.

Itinerary

Day 1: (Saturday 9th June) London - Banff
Depart the UK on a flight to Calgary, then transfer to the hostel in the town of Canmore (approx. 1.5 hours drive) which is situated near the boundaries of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, where our challenge awaits. We enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening and stay at a local hostel for the night. Overnight: Hostel

Day 2: (Sunday 10th June) Mt. Yamnuska
After breakfast we set off for a short drive (approx. 30 mins) to the start of today's trek, following the Yamnuska hike trail, which traverses the outlying ridge of Mt. Yamnuska, the easternmost mountain in the Bow Valley. The trail offers spectacular views of the prairies, stretching all the way to the city of Calgary. We set up camp for the next two nights at the Johnston Canyon Campground, Banff National Park (approx. 1.5 hours drive). Trekking: 7 km, 4 hrs., 435m elev. gain. Overnight: Campsite

Day 3: (Monday 11th June) Stanley Glacier
Today's trek takes us into Kootenay National Park, where ancient fossils, waterfalls, and blue glaciers await us. We will discover the forces that built mountains, and trek through an area severely burnt by forest fires from 1968 and 2003. Although this may sound unappealing, wild flowers now thrive in this area and reforestation has taken place. Later in the trek we reach the valley's boulder fields where we can look for fossils (but you can't take any home!) before returning for a second night at the campsite (approx. 20 mins. drive). Trekking: 13 km, 5-6 hrs., 500m elev. gain. Overnight: Campsite

Day 4: (Tuesday 12th June) Paradise Valley / Sentinel Pass
Today we trek within Banff National Park where we enjoy one of the most popular hikes in the Rockies. We drive (approx. 1 hour) to the start of our trek, in the Larch Valley. The trail takes us to the summit of Sentinel Pass and then over the other side into aptly named Paradise Valley, where you can enjoy stunning views. The trail then passes the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Annette, ideal for an afternoon rest stop, before ending back at the Moraine Lake access road, from where we head to our second campsite at Lake Louise (approx. 20 mins. drive). Trekking: 19 km, 6-8 hrs. 730m elev. gain. Overnight: Campsite

Day 5: (Wednesday 13th June) Lake Louise Highline Circuit
It is just a short journey (approx. 15 minutes drive) to the start of today's spectacular trek challenge. The Lake Louise Highline combines a number of trails to form a great circuit of the Plain of Six Glaciers, including the "Deathtrap Couloir" viewpoint. This is a long day of trekking but is arguably the best trek in Banff National Park, and well worth the effort for spectacular views along the way and especially the Plain of Six Glaciers. Although the lower areas of the trek attract many visitors, the farther reaches will be quieter, with views that reward those who make the effort! We return to Lake Louise Campsite this evening for dinner and overnight. Trekking: 16 km, 7 hrs. 800m elev. gain. Overnight: Campsite

Day 6: (Thursday 14th June) Iceline Trail
After breakfast we set off for the start of today's trek (approx. 30 mins drive). Yoho National Park is the setting for today's breath-taking trek, and we certainly finish on a high with what is possibly one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rockies. The Iceline Trail boasts close-up views of numerous glaciers, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (Takakkaw Falls), mountain peaks and much more! It's a tough full day of trekking, but a fitting finale to our Rockies Challenge! We continue to Banff (approx. 1 hour drive) for a final night in a hotel and a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant. Trekking: 21 km, 8 hrs., 730m elev. gain. Overnight: Hotel

Day 7: (Friday 15th June) Banff - Calgary - UK
Depending on flight schedules there may be some free time in Banff, before we transfer to the airport (approx. 1.5 hours drive) for your flight home which, depending on flight schedules, may arrive in London the following day.

Note: The day-to-day program is subject to flight schedules, weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While we do not anticipate any changes to the itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately the safety and health of the group takes priority in all circumstances.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Canada
  • 1 hotel, 1 hostel and camping on the trek
  • Trek permits
  • Local guides and support crew
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Canada eTA
  • Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Personal trek kit
Trip Dates

9th - 15th June 2018

Tour Price

Self Funded

£2335
(inc £395 deposit)

Sponsorship Option

Registration Fee: £395
Sponsorship: £3880

Which payment option?
Sponsorship

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • There is a registration fee payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.
Self-Funded

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.
The prices vary - please refer to individual tour pages for exact pricing.
Trip Difficulty

Moderate to Challenge

This trip is graded as Moderate to Challenging

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