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Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

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  • Trek the high alpine meadows of Canada’s Banff & Yoho National Parks on this MTS-exclusive itinerary
  • Visit Grizzly Bear Refuge, and enjoy a rare tour of Yoho National Park‘s difficult-to-visit Burgess Shale, the world’s best-preserved fossil beds—we have exclusive permits
  • Enjoy the comfort of mountain lodging, plus dine in a mountaintop restaurant with eagle-eye views of 5 different parks!

If you’re in need of a mountain getaway but don’t have the time or resources to make your way across the ocean to the Alps, then look no farther! The stunning Canadian Rockies might bear a resemblance to their American siblings, but they couldn’t be more different. Heavily glaciated, these jagged, limestone peaks enjoy more precipitation, and consequently offer greener valleys to explore. At their heart lie Banff and Yoho National Parks, two of the country’s flagship (and most popular) wilderness areas! But not to worry—at MTS we’ve found a great way to escape the crowds by designing our treks to the most far-flung, high alpine meadows of western Canada with the support of a helicopter, whisking you to its most stunning mountain paradises while also giving you a spectacular aerial perspective. You’ll hike beneath glaciers, along turquoise lakes, and see famous Takakkaw Falls—Canada’s second highest. You’ll enjoy the comfort and charm of exceptional mountain lodgings. You’ll take in the charm of Banff and enjoy a rare treat—a rare tour of Burgess Shale, the world’s best preserved fossil beds, where we have exclusive permits. After this adventure, you won’t ever want to hike any other way.

Day 1: Arrive in Banff

Meet your guides in the afternoon at Buffalo Mountain Lodge.  Situated on the slopes of Tunnel Mountain just outside of Banff’s hustle, but only a pleasant walk to access the shops and amenities of Main Street.  After you’ve checked in, join us for a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres at 5:00 pm.  We’ll get to know each other and discuss the exciting experiences and activities we’ll discover on our trip.  Afterwards dine with your new friends as we enjoy our first dinner in anticipation of our next seven days.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Day 2: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

A short morning transfer to the west will deliver us to the heart of Banff National Park to Moraine Lake.  Surrounded by the Valley of 10 Peaks, this stunning spot hosts some of the world’s best hiking!  After admiring the view from atop the moraine, we’ll hike up into Larch Valley.  These beautiful trees are deciduous-conifers; meaning their needles turn splendid colours in the autumn and then fall off for winter. Multiple trail options exist, and the most ambitious is the switch-backing path up to Sentinel Pass to gaze down into Paradise Valley.

This evening we’ll enjoy dinner and accommodation at the historic Deer Lodge.  Be sure to enjoy the view of the Victoria Glacier and the Lake Louise peaks from the rooftop hot tub!

 (3-7 mi),  (1150-2350 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Deer Lodge

Day 3: Lake Louise, Banff National Park

We’ll walk from our hotel rooms to one of the world’s most famous vistas: Lake Louise. As you’ll discover, the surreally coloured glacial lake surrounded by high rocky peaks and cascading glaciers is one of the most photographed spots on the planet – and for very good reason! We’ll stroll along the shores of the lake and then hike up above treeline for even closer views of the six glaciers that feed the lake. An historic teahouse makes a scenic viewpoint for a homemade fresh lunch and admiration of the peaks.

Your guides have climbed many of them and will be happy to explain the human and geologic history of the area. Continue hiking up a glacial moraine for a look up into the glaciated Abbot Pass, which straddles the Alberta-British Columbia border.

Once you’ve had your fill, it’s downhill back to the lake! Or if you have the energy, opt for an extra hike over the Beehive to the Lake Agnes teahouse - the effort is definitely worth the reward!

At the end of your hiking day, it’s a short walk directly back to your cozy hotel room.

 (7-9.5 mi), (1350-2375 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Deer Lodge

Days 4-5: Heli-Hiking to different destinations in the Rockies and Purcell Mountains, BC

For the next two days, after a hearty mountain breakfast, we’ll fill our packs with delicious on-trail lunches then take off with the helicopter into terrain that would be very difficult to access by foot.  This could be an alpine ridge, meadow filled with wildflowers, the toe of a mighty glacier or through a burnt forest.  Wherever we end up, we’re certain to be the only humans around! Finally at the end of a fantastic day, the heli will return us back to civilisation.  We’ll enjoy the on-site Corks dining room for dinners.

Copper Horse Lodge has an outdoor hot tub and fire pit.

(5-10 mi),  (1000-2300 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Copper Horse Lodge

Day 6: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Reluctantly we’ll say goodbye to our mountain lodge, but with everything we have planned for today it will all be worthwhile! A scenic gondola ride will whisk us to the top of Dogtooth Ridge.  We’ll hike on this ridge that divides the Rocky Mountains from the Purcell Mountains. The 360 degree views are astounding – on a clear day we can see as far as the Columbia Icefields, the hydrological apex of North America.  We’ll lunch in mountain splendour in the Eagle’s Eye restaurant at 2350m (7700 ft). Afterwards, we’ll spare our knees the long, jarring descent and ride the gondola down to the base. A subsequent quick chairlift ride brings us to the Grizzly Bear Refuge where a private guided tour will introduce us to the resident grizzly bear. Boo isn’t tame though, he lives in a fenced 8-hectare refuge that recreates his natural habitat. We’ll safely view from outside the fence...

After a full day of special exploration and adventure only Mountain Travel Sobek can deliver, we’ll have a short transfer east to Yoho National Park. Founded in 1886, the year after Banff National Park, Yoho is a paradise of waterfalls, glaciers and hiking trails. Our hotel combines the rich history and rugged scenery in a tranquil inviting setting.

We’ll dine in the relaxed atmosphere at Cilantro on the Lake.

 (3-4 mi),  (500-1000 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 7: Yoho Pass, Burgess Shale & Emerald Valley, Yoho National Park

Yoho in Cree roughly translates to “place of great beauty” and it’s a fitting name for this 1310 square kilometre park forming the western boundary of the Canadian Rockies’ UNESCO-designated contiguous national mountain parks. Takakkaw Falls tumbles  (1260 ft) from the Daly Glacier making it the 2nd highest in Canada.

We’ll need to fuel up for today’s hike as it’s the longest of the trip.  Of course if you’d rather do something shorter, plenty of equally beautiful options abound.  We’ll begin our hike over Yoho Pass and into the Emerald Valley.  On the western side of the pass lies one of the best preserved fossil beds in the world - 505 million years old Burgess Shale. Closed to the public, we’ve arranged a private guided tour to delve into this fascinating piece of our planet’s past.

This evening will be our farewell dinner in the hotel’s Mount Burgess dining room with substantive views of the Mt. Burgess and the surrounding peaks.

(7.8-10.9 mi),  (2020-2600 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 8: Back to Banff

Wake up early for a relaxing walk around Emerald Lake or sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast - the choice is yours!  After breakfast we’ll transfer to Banff and drop you off at the hotel of your choice by noon. Of course we recommend spending another day or two in the Bow Valley but regardless, private shuttle companies have multiple daily departures for the 1.5 hr trip to the Calgary International Airport.  (2.9 mi), 0 elevation gain

The above itinerary may vary because of changes made by the guides due to weather, logistics or other conditions

  • Breakfast

Jul 23 - 30, 2016

Aug 06 - 13, 2016

Aug 20 - 27, 2016

pricing

2015 & 2016 Prices
$4,895 per person (10-16 members)
$5,395 per person (4-9 members)
$1000 single supplement
 

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge — Banff, Alberta, Canada

Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by native peoples. The main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber, post and beam construction, and high open ceilings. The decor pays tribute to old-world craftsmanship with custom-made cherry, pine, and bent-willow furnishings. Simple, elegant design is a hallmark of the resort – symbolizing the lifestyle at the lodge. Guest rooms feature wood burning stone fireplaces and private baths with all modern amenities.

Copper Horse Lodge — Golden, BC

Located on mountain at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia, just 100 paces from the gondola. The Lodge offers stylish, modern accommodations and contemporary dining in a spectacular mountain setting with ski in luxury.

Nestled between Selkirk, Rocky and Purcell mountains, winter and summer travelers can enjoy year round activities, such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, golfing, and fly fishing.

Deer Lodge — Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

With much of its original hand-hewn log structure and decor still in place – this is the classic definition of rustic mountain accommodations. Located just minutes by foot from the enchanting Lake Louise, this century old property has also seen substantial restoration of its early architecture. All rooms feature private bathrooms and feather comforters. The property features a rooftop hot tub with a captivating view of the Victoria Glacier.

Emerald Lake Lodge — British Columbia, Canada

A nod to the past characterizes accommodations at Emerald Lake Lodge. Dotting the property’s 13-acre peninsula are 24 cabin-style buildings each designed to reflect the traditional architecture of the lodge. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the lodge includes an elegant dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, conference facilities, and a games room. The lounge features an oak bar salvaged from an 1890′s-era Yukon saloon. From upper and lower verandas, the vistas of surrounding mountainscapes are breathtaking. Guest rooms feature private baths, balconies and wood burning stone fireplaces, balconies, and private bathrooms with all modern amenities.

  • Trek the high alpine meadows of Canada’s Banff & Yoho National Parks on this MTS-exclusive itinerary
  • Visit Grizzly Bear Refuge, and enjoy a rare tour of Yoho National Park‘s difficult-to-visit Burgess Shale, the world’s best-preserved fossil beds—we have exclusive permits
  • Enjoy the comfort of mountain lodging, plus dine in a mountaintop restaurant with eagle-eye views of 5 different parks!

If you’re in need of a mountain getaway but don’t have the time or resources to make your way across the ocean to the Alps, then look no farther! The stunning Canadian Rockies might bear a resemblance to their American siblings, but they couldn’t be more different. Heavily glaciated, these jagged, limestone peaks enjoy more precipitation, and consequently offer greener valleys to explore. At their heart lie Banff and Yoho National Parks, two of the country’s flagship (and most popular) wilderness areas! But not to worry—at MTS we’ve found a great way to escape the crowds by designing our treks to the most far-flung, high alpine meadows of western Canada with the support of a helicopter, whisking you to its most stunning mountain paradises while also giving you a spectacular aerial perspective. You’ll hike beneath glaciers, along turquoise lakes, and see famous Takakkaw Falls—Canada’s second highest. You’ll enjoy the comfort and charm of exceptional mountain lodgings. You’ll take in the charm of Banff and enjoy a rare treat—a rare tour of Burgess Shale, the world’s best preserved fossil beds, where we have exclusive permits. After this adventure, you won’t ever want to hike any other way.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Banff

Meet your guides in the afternoon at Buffalo Mountain Lodge.  Situated on the slopes of Tunnel Mountain just outside of Banff’s hustle, but only a pleasant walk to access the shops and amenities of Main Street.  After you’ve checked in, join us for a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres at 5:00 pm.  We’ll get to know each other and discuss the exciting experiences and activities we’ll discover on our trip.  Afterwards dine with your new friends as we enjoy our first dinner in anticipation of our next seven days.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Day 2: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

A short morning transfer to the west will deliver us to the heart of Banff National Park to Moraine Lake.  Surrounded by the Valley of 10 Peaks, this stunning spot hosts some of the world’s best hiking!  After admiring the view from atop the moraine, we’ll hike up into Larch Valley.  These beautiful trees are deciduous-conifers; meaning their needles turn splendid colours in the autumn and then fall off for winter. Multiple trail options exist, and the most ambitious is the switch-backing path up to Sentinel Pass to gaze down into Paradise Valley.

This evening we’ll enjoy dinner and accommodation at the historic Deer Lodge.  Be sure to enjoy the view of the Victoria Glacier and the Lake Louise peaks from the rooftop hot tub!

 (3-7 mi),  (1150-2350 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Deer Lodge

Day 3: Lake Louise, Banff National Park

We’ll walk from our hotel rooms to one of the world’s most famous vistas: Lake Louise. As you’ll discover, the surreally coloured glacial lake surrounded by high rocky peaks and cascading glaciers is one of the most photographed spots on the planet – and for very good reason! We’ll stroll along the shores of the lake and then hike up above treeline for even closer views of the six glaciers that feed the lake. An historic teahouse makes a scenic viewpoint for a homemade fresh lunch and admiration of the peaks.

Your guides have climbed many of them and will be happy to explain the human and geologic history of the area. Continue hiking up a glacial moraine for a look up into the glaciated Abbot Pass, which straddles the Alberta-British Columbia border.

Once you’ve had your fill, it’s downhill back to the lake! Or if you have the energy, opt for an extra hike over the Beehive to the Lake Agnes teahouse - the effort is definitely worth the reward!

At the end of your hiking day, it’s a short walk directly back to your cozy hotel room.

 (7-9.5 mi), (1350-2375 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Deer Lodge

Days 4-5: Heli-Hiking to different destinations in the Rockies and Purcell Mountains, BC

For the next two days, after a hearty mountain breakfast, we’ll fill our packs with delicious on-trail lunches then take off with the helicopter into terrain that would be very difficult to access by foot.  This could be an alpine ridge, meadow filled with wildflowers, the toe of a mighty glacier or through a burnt forest.  Wherever we end up, we’re certain to be the only humans around! Finally at the end of a fantastic day, the heli will return us back to civilisation.  We’ll enjoy the on-site Corks dining room for dinners.

Copper Horse Lodge has an outdoor hot tub and fire pit.

(5-10 mi),  (1000-2300 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Copper Horse Lodge

Day 6: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Reluctantly we’ll say goodbye to our mountain lodge, but with everything we have planned for today it will all be worthwhile! A scenic gondola ride will whisk us to the top of Dogtooth Ridge.  We’ll hike on this ridge that divides the Rocky Mountains from the Purcell Mountains. The 360 degree views are astounding – on a clear day we can see as far as the Columbia Icefields, the hydrological apex of North America.  We’ll lunch in mountain splendour in the Eagle’s Eye restaurant at 2350m (7700 ft). Afterwards, we’ll spare our knees the long, jarring descent and ride the gondola down to the base. A subsequent quick chairlift ride brings us to the Grizzly Bear Refuge where a private guided tour will introduce us to the resident grizzly bear. Boo isn’t tame though, he lives in a fenced 8-hectare refuge that recreates his natural habitat. We’ll safely view from outside the fence...

After a full day of special exploration and adventure only Mountain Travel Sobek can deliver, we’ll have a short transfer east to Yoho National Park. Founded in 1886, the year after Banff National Park, Yoho is a paradise of waterfalls, glaciers and hiking trails. Our hotel combines the rich history and rugged scenery in a tranquil inviting setting.

We’ll dine in the relaxed atmosphere at Cilantro on the Lake.

 (3-4 mi),  (500-1000 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 7: Yoho Pass, Burgess Shale & Emerald Valley, Yoho National Park

Yoho in Cree roughly translates to “place of great beauty” and it’s a fitting name for this 1310 square kilometre park forming the western boundary of the Canadian Rockies’ UNESCO-designated contiguous national mountain parks. Takakkaw Falls tumbles  (1260 ft) from the Daly Glacier making it the 2nd highest in Canada.

We’ll need to fuel up for today’s hike as it’s the longest of the trip.  Of course if you’d rather do something shorter, plenty of equally beautiful options abound.  We’ll begin our hike over Yoho Pass and into the Emerald Valley.  On the western side of the pass lies one of the best preserved fossil beds in the world - 505 million years old Burgess Shale. Closed to the public, we’ve arranged a private guided tour to delve into this fascinating piece of our planet’s past.

This evening will be our farewell dinner in the hotel’s Mount Burgess dining room with substantive views of the Mt. Burgess and the surrounding peaks.

(7.8-10.9 mi),  (2020-2600 ft) elevation gain

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 8: Back to Banff

Wake up early for a relaxing walk around Emerald Lake or sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast - the choice is yours!  After breakfast we’ll transfer to Banff and drop you off at the hotel of your choice by noon. Of course we recommend spending another day or two in the Bow Valley but regardless, private shuttle companies have multiple daily departures for the 1.5 hr trip to the Calgary International Airport.  (2.9 mi), 0 elevation gain

The above itinerary may vary because of changes made by the guides due to weather, logistics or other conditions

  • Breakfast

Buffalo Mountain Lodge — Banff, Alberta, Canada

Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by native peoples. The main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber, post and beam construction, and high open ceilings. The decor pays tribute to old-world craftsmanship with custom-made cherry, pine, and bent-willow furnishings. Simple, elegant design is a hallmark of the resort – symbolizing the lifestyle at the lodge. Guest rooms feature wood burning stone fireplaces and private baths with all modern amenities.

Copper Horse Lodge — Golden, BC

Located on mountain at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia, just 100 paces from the gondola. The Lodge offers stylish, modern accommodations and contemporary dining in a spectacular mountain setting with ski in luxury.

Nestled between Selkirk, Rocky and Purcell mountains, winter and summer travelers can enjoy year round activities, such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, golfing, and fly fishing.

Deer Lodge — Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

With much of its original hand-hewn log structure and decor still in place – this is the classic definition of rustic mountain accommodations. Located just minutes by foot from the enchanting Lake Louise, this century old property has also seen substantial restoration of its early architecture. All rooms feature private bathrooms and feather comforters. The property features a rooftop hot tub with a captivating view of the Victoria Glacier.

Emerald Lake Lodge — British Columbia, Canada

A nod to the past characterizes accommodations at Emerald Lake Lodge. Dotting the property’s 13-acre peninsula are 24 cabin-style buildings each designed to reflect the traditional architecture of the lodge. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the lodge includes an elegant dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, conference facilities, and a games room. The lounge features an oak bar salvaged from an 1890′s-era Yukon saloon. From upper and lower verandas, the vistas of surrounding mountainscapes are breathtaking. Guest rooms feature private baths, balconies and wood burning stone fireplaces, balconies, and private bathrooms with all modern amenities.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 23 - 30, 2016

Aug 06 - 13, 2016

Aug 20 - 27, 2016

pricing

2015 & 2016 Prices
$4,895 per person (10-16 members)
$5,395 per person (4-9 members)
$1000 single supplement
 

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