The Best of Banff and Jasper, Trekking TripA guided trekking tour and camping vacation in Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Yoho National Parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains with seven guided day hikes on the best and most rewarding trails of the Rockies.
Trekking, hiking, camping tour in Jasper and Banff National Parks, Canada, 7 daysYou experience the most outstanding places in this fabulous landscape not just from the window of a car, but hiking and camping as much as possible away from the roads. Don't worry about planning the details of your Canada trip. Your guide has everything arranged for your trekking tour, knows the best trails, activities and the best special places for every season.
What's Included:Transportation from and to Calgary or Banff, spacious tents (2 pers./ tent), welcome gift, cooking- and eating utensils, camping gear (except sleeping bag), hard-foam mattress, admission to the National Parks, camping fees, five departures with bilingual guide (English and French), services of a licensed guide who accompanies the group on the day hikes.
Not included:Personal equipment, meals (calculate $140.00 for the food kitty)day pack, sleeping bag and Thermarest mattress.
ExtrasMountain bike rental about: $50.00 - 60.00/day
Whitewater rafting about: $175.00
Hotel in Calgary before the tour $120.00 per room including airport shuttle
($185.00 from July 03 to 11, 2020).
Demands:Camping and trekking tour with moderate day hikes on mountain trails with light day pack,
camping on established campgrounds.
Meeting time: 8:30 am in a hotel near the Calgary airport, or at 10:30 am in Banff.
Tours are guaranteed to go
Tour DetailsDay 1: Calgary or Banff, Alberta, Canada
This morning you meet with your guide as arranged in Calgary or in Banff. On the campground (showers) in the forests of Banff National Park you pitch your tent for the next two days. Now it is time for the first hike along the shores of Minnewanka Lake, or one of the many mountain trails around Banff.
Hiking time 2 – 3 hours.
Day 2: Banff National Park, hiking day
On a full day hike you explore passes above the tree line and alpine meadows. For example 7.5 km with 725 m gain (4.6 mi, 2414 ft) to a small lake and possibly 2 km further into the pass at 2470 m (8225 ft). After the hike you might want to relax in the warm pool of the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs or walk down the busy streets of Banff with its many stores and visitors from around the world . Hiking time 5 – 7 hours.
Day 3: Yoho National Park / Lake Louise, hike
You would not want to miss the picture postcard scenery surrounding Lake Louise. The guide suggests the 3.5 km (2 mi) path with 400 m gain (1325 ft) to the historic tea house by an alpine lake. Here a network of easy to demanding trails is tempting you to go further and higher. For example the 15 km (9.3 mi) circuit into the Plain of Six Glaciers, or a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) climb with 515 m (1705 ft) gain to a summit with exceptional views of nearby peaks and distant landscapes. Camp for today and tomorrow (showers) near the alpine village of Lake Louise. Hiking time 3 – 5 hours
Day 4: Yoho National Park / Lake Louise, rafting or hiking
There is an opportunity for a great white-water rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. It involves a side trip to Golden in B.C., headquarters for many outdoor adventures. Of course hiking is always an alternative. Among the choice of trails the guide would like to show you is an 18 km (11 mi) circuit trough two flower decorated passes at 1830 m and 2180 m (6093 ft and 7250 ft) and spectacular views of Emerald Lake. The Natural Bridge, Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel are among the attractions you visit in Yoho Park. Hiking time 6 hours.
Day 5: Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park
Frequent stops and short excursions along the Icefields Parkway on your way into the heart of the Rockies, among them the few steps up to the platform at Bow Summit overlooking the stunning blue of Peyto Lake. At the Columbia Icefields huge glaciers spawn rivers, which eventually reach three different oceans. Saskatchewan Glacier is best viewed from far above after hiking 2.5 km to a windy ridge at 2260 m (7525 ft). Camp for the next two days is near the little holiday town of Jasper (showers). Hiking time 2 hours.
Day 6: Jasper and Maligne Lake day hike
So many possibilities: swimming and a picnic at Pyramid Lake, mountain biking, trail rides, canoeing and more. Or join the guide for a side trip to Maligne Lake and a 8 km (5 mile) loop hike with 460 m gain (1532 ft) into the hills above tree line at 2150 m (7160 ft) elevation and possibly all the way to a 2790 m (9290 ft) peak overlooking this beautiful lake. Hiking time 2 – 6 hours.
Day 7: via Columbia Icefields back to Banff and Calgary
Mighty Athabasca Falls count among the attractions of this park. Trails near the Columbia Icefields start at tree line and are especially rewarding thanks to their magnificent views of the glaciers and surrounding ranges. Here you hike is 8 km (5 mi) with 335 m (1155 ft) gain into a pass at 2375 m (7980 ft). After lunch is transfer back to Banff or Calgary (possibly in a large, comfortable coach). Hiking time 2 – 3 hours.
Arrival in Banff is around 6:30 pm, at the Calgary airport around 9:45 pm.
Building BlocksTour K5 — Mountain Rivers Canoe Adventure (5 days), is our popular canoe excursion and fits with all departures.
Tour V7 — Hiking and Kayak on Vancouver Island.
You do the 7-day Vancouver Island Tour first and stay one night in a hotel in Vancouver. Next day you fly with Air Canada or WestJet to Calgary, stay one night in our hotel near the Calgary airport and meet your group there next morning for your Rocky Mountain Tour.
We gladly arrange reasonable hotel accommodation and stress-free transfers between the programs.