12 Day Rockies Hiking and Camping Adventure
Guided hiking | Camping | Hot Springs | Rafting | Gondolas | Horseback riding | hot showers | Gourmet Food | Epic Views | Local Guides
Hiking Tour Quick Details
|12 days/ 11 nights|
start/ end location:
|Pick up from Calgary hotel, drop off at Banff or Calgary hotel or Calgary airport.|
|We cater to all fitness levels with flexible options, although this tour is ideal for moderately fit people. Expect to hike 4-16 km per day with some elevation gain.|
|Gourmet food prepared by your guide for all diets. All meals are included from pick up to drop off.|
|Comfortable and eaasy camping as a group. Single or double occupancy in high quality 2 or 3 person tents with good sleeping pads.|
|Sleeping bag (or rent one), your personal clothing plus good walking footwear, towel, bathing suit, daypack, sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses and camera.|
|Hiking, gondola, hot springs, plus optional whitewater rafting, horseback or train ride, Banff activities.|
Rockies Hiking and Camping tour Dates
July 14- 25, 2019- Filling fast
August 4- 15, 2019- Filling fast
August 18- 29, 2019- Half full
September 1- 12, 2019- Filling fast
12 DAY HIKING AND CAMPING ADVENTURE PRICES
(All prices are subject to a 5 percent local tax and are subject to change).
HIKING TOUR BASE PRICE: $2695
SLEEPING BAG RENTAL: $50
SINGLE TENT UPGRADE: $400
Leave no rock un-turned and no trail un-hiked on this epic hiking and camping adventure in the Canadian Rockies. Explore some of the most iconic wilderness in North America with a genuine local guide to make sure you make the most of every moment and learn some amazing things along the way. Over the course of 12 days you will get an insider's look at four of Canada's most famous mountain national parks, including a UNESCO world heritage area.
This guided small group tour is perfect for anyone travelling solo or with a friend, partner or small group, and is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to expert. Best of all.... we provide everything so all you need are a pair of shoes and a smile (although some clothes and a light day pack can really help). We have taken years to perfect this itinerary to ensure that you cover the most ground while spending the least amount of time in a bus. Your expert local guide will prepare a mouthwatering menu rich in healthy and fresh meals. We source our food from local farmers, most of whom are within a day's drive of where your tour takes place. You can count on a delicious variety of seafoods, quality meats, Canadian cheeses, fresh fruit and produce from Western Canada.
Your camping adventure in the Canadian Rockies is focused on taking you off the beaten path and away from the crowds and tour buses. Sure, we still stop at the major attractions so you can snap a picture and cross it off your bucketlist, but then we dive into a rich natural world accessible only by hiking. Did you know that only 3 percent of Banff National Park is accessible by road? The rest is left completely wild, waiting for you to discover during the guided hikes on this tour.
Travelling in a small group is ideal for anyone looking to make new friends and share an amazing adventure and lifelong memories with like minded people from the farthest reaches of the planet. And yes, it seems that the amazing people that join Fresh Adventures tours are among the coolest and most laid back. We have never had a group that didn't get along famously and most stay in touch for years after their Canada camping adventure.
Your guided hiking tour in the Rockies is the perfect blend of active travel, hiking, relaxation in hot springs and scenic views. You also have the option to join some additional activities like rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking to name a few. By the end of the tour you will have hiked many of the highlight hikes in the Rockies, seeing the best of Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. We are excited to meet you and share an amazing adventure together!
Day 1- Meet your new adventure buddies as we pick you up from any hotel in downtown Calgary between 3:30 and 4 pm and head 2 hours west into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. As we leave the grasslands behind and enter a rugged world of mountains and glaciers, we immerse ourselves in a week of adventure and exploration during your hiking and camping tour. As a group we set up camp in Banff National Park, go over a detailed orientation and learn to use the camping gear like a pro. After a delicious meal prepared by your guide we head out for a small night walk to a nearby waterfall or lake. As the sun sinks below the mountains and the stars come out we settle down for a relaxing night, sleeping in some of the freshest air on earth.
Day 2- Wake up to the smell of coffee and a campfire before we enjoy a tasty breakfast and prepare for the first full day on your guided hiking tour. Today we will be doing an iconic day hike near Banff, gaining epic views of the surrounding mountains and a chance to understand the majesty of the peaks from up close. Once your legs are properly worn out on the guided hike you can relax during a tour of Banff town centre, hearing some wild tales from the early beginnings of life in the Canadian mountains. We show you some of the highlights in one of Canada's most renown mountain towns, including a visit to the famous Banff Springs Hotel, a walk down Banff Avenue, Bow Falls, the Hoodoos and more! Relax back at the campsite and enjoy another hearty meal as a group.
Day 3- After another refreshing night of clean mountain air we pack up camp and hop in the van for a day full of exploring alpine valleys and peaks on a guided hiking tour. Today we head to Lake Louise, stopping at both Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, before hitting the trails to a beautiful hanging valley nearby. Enjoy the incredible views of Victoria Glacier, the shimmering waters of two glacial lakes with an unbelievably blue glow, and the pristine air that smells like Christmas with every breath. Did we mention that there are towering peaks in all directions, making you feel like an ant as you walk below them?! After the hike we continue North onto the Icefields Parkway, and diverting out of the national park system to a lesser known area that is too beautiful and sacred to even name online, for fear of it becoming more popular. (This is the beauty of a tour led by real locals. We are taking you off the beaten path to secret areas in the Rockies that are far less touristy and much more amazing!) Tonight we camp along the shores of another beautiful mountain lake with a secluded beach and opportunity to star gaze during your small group adventure.
Day 4- Enjoy a relaxing morning and some opportunity to rest with the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns being made over a campfire. Test out your photography skills during a guided hike to a nearby lake, waterfall, mountain ridge or all three (depending on conditions and the group). The secret area we are camping in has perfect access to more trails and attractions than you could explore in a lifetime and the best part is that the crowds all pass right by, a mere 30 kilometers away. After your big guided adventure we relax at the campsite with some time to go for a swim in the lake and roast marshmellows over a campfire.
Day 5- Today we pack up camp and continue North towards Jasper. Along the way we stop for one of the most scenic hikes in the Rockies. One great thing about this hike is that you get million dollar views of the Saskatchewan Glacier from up high, but the road actually winds up a hill on the back of the ridge so you don't have to hike as high as you normally would for such a beautiful view. After a gorgeous picnic we take a quick waterfall break where you can actually walk behind a thundering waterfall. This is another very secret part of the tour so we won't get into details, but you will be able to walk below a cliff, along a ledge right into the back of the waterfall and watch the water thunder past an arm's length away. Tonight we are camping in Jasper National Park, right along the Athabasca River, where elk often walk by with their young. You have been hiking hard and your legs must be getting sore so tonight we head to Miette Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in some therapeutic, natural spring water.
Day 6- If you are on the 9 or 12 day tour you will have some freetime this morning to explore the rustic mountain town of Jasper, checking out some of the shops, walks and museum as you desire. You are able to rent bicycles and pedal to a nearby lake or try out your cowboy/ cowgirl skills on a guided horseback tour. We meet again for lunch and then go on a guided hiking tour to a nearby canyon or system of beautiful spring fed lakes. After a gourmet meal we take a gondola up to the top of a mountain overlooking Jasper, so you can enjoy some incredible mountain vistas during sunset without having to work so hard for them.
Day 7- Today we head South along the Icefields Parkway. This is one of the most photographed driving routes in the world, and you will soon see why. We have planned this tour to cover the entire Icefields Parkway during the morning hours, which is when the light is best for the most awe inspiring mountains and lakes along this road. You will be learning about the early pioneers who paved the way for travel across Canada, and enjoying some pretty awesome sights at the same time. We stop for a couple of shorter hikers with incredible views of glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Today we hike directly under one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada, and stop at the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields area, where you can see one of the largest glacier systems in North America. We leave Alberta behind, entering British Columbia and Yoho National Park, camping along the shores of the mighty Kicking Horse River.
Day 8- Today you have the opportunity to try out a guided rafting adventure on the Kicking Horse River, which we really recommend. We spend the entire tour showing you the mountains by land, teaching you how the ice forms the landscape in a battle between rock and water. This is the perfect chance for you to experience this from up close, deep in the bottom of a canyon, seeing the area from an angle that we can't show you without a raft. If rafting isn't your thing you can also join your guide for a hiking adventure in Yoho National Park. You will likely be hiking with views of a massive waterfall in the distance, a glacier nearby and some world class mountain peaks surrounding you. If the group feels like it we can go on a night excursion to see another amazing waterfall, or just relax by the campfire.
Day 9- This morning we pack up our camp and head through Yoho National Park to hit the attractions that we missed before. While the morning sun casts the perfect lighting on the surrounding mountains, we will hike around Emerald Lake, or up to Yoho Lake, depending on the group and weather. If you feel brave enough you can jump into Emerald Lake, which is one of the best lakes to swim in during this guided small group tour in Canada. After your hiking tour we stop for a quick coffee/ snack in Field where you can see mountains towering above the old railway stop, and sometimes see elk crossing the river. As we head back into Banff, you have some free time to walk down Banff Avenue or go for a craft drink at the brewery or distillery. If you are on the 9 day tour, this is where you depart with options to hop on a shuttle to Calgary, Calgary Airport, or be dropped off at any hotel in Banff. We aim to have you in Banff by 5 pm, so you can catch any bus after that and should be able to be at Calgary Airport by 7:30 pm.
Day 10- Today you have the option to take a free day with several guided adventures in Banff available, or come with us on a guided hiking tour in the Canadian Rockies. Optional activities include rafting, horeback riding, mountain bike rentals, shopping, a via ferrata climbing course, helicopter/ atv tours and more. If you prefer to do a hike near Banff we will show you one of the most amazing hikes in the area. Pack some water and get ready for a big one, because today we are probably going to hike up a mountain or high mountain pass for some of the most incredible views in Canada. As the sun goes down we head over to a nearby lake for some more amazing views and an optional swim with the moon shimmering over the water.
Day 11- Today is your last chance to enjoy the spectacular panoramas of the Canadian Rockies on another guided hiking adventure in Banff. Our aim is to have you leave the tour on a high note, so we going for a high hike with views of all the peaks and lakes surrounding you. By now you will have learned about all the natural processes that make this area so special and should have a really good connection to your surroundings. We will be teaching you how the land was formed, how the plants survive, how the animals have adapted to the harsh conditions, and how people have thrived here for thousands of years. You will be armed with stories of the pioneers of this area, as well as the tricks that so many species have learned to make this their home. We may even teach you some tricks to help you become a better wilderness explorer, and we are happy to help with anything else you are aching to know. Tonight we exchange memories and favourite moments of our guided adventure around a campfire. Hopefully this will not be your last camping tour in Canada.
Day 12- Relax a bit this morning before we head to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. After all the hard work you have done during your adventure tour in the Canadian Rockies, you deserve a soak in some therapeutic healing waters. These hot springs have been used by the first nations to this area for thousands of years, and they are also what drew in the early Europeans to visit this area. Now is your chance to enjoy the steamy soak, and if you dare you can even rent a traditional bathing suit (that may have gone out of style by now, but perhaps you can bring it back!) After relaxing your muscles we hop back in the van and head to your drop off points. We can drop you off at any hotel in Banff, Calgary or the Calgary Airport. You should be dropped off by 12 pm in Banff or 2 pm in Calgary and the airport.
- 11 nights camping accommodation (double occupancy)
- 3 gourmet meals per day from pick up to drop off
- Transportation from pick up to drop off in van and trailer
- Park passses
- Hot pring entry fees
- Expert local guides
- Gondola Pass
- Use of our quality camping gear (Tent and sleeping pad. Sleeping bag is optional)
- Personal alcohol
- Optional activities
- Optional personal transportation around town during free time
- Getting to and from the tour
- Trip cancellation/ travel medical insurance (highly recommended)
- Single tent upgrade, sleeping bag rental
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