Hiking and backpacking trips are an excellent way to spend a day or a few days exploring the majestic Rocky Mountains. During our Banff hiking tours, we will make our away along the valley floor and to the majestic tree line. Experience the truly amazing transition from forest to alpine. With the guidance of the AAA, certified ACMG guides trained in Mountain Parks Interpretation, you will not only see amazing places but you will also have the opportunity to learn about the local geology, flora and fauna.

Our backpacking tours and Banff hikes include on and off trail walking at all elevations depending on trip booked. This could also include easy to moderate scrambles. Our classic guided hiking tours are listed below:

  • Heart Mountain Alpine Loop.
  • Edith Pass to Cory Pass and the Valley of the Gargoyles Loop
  • Mt Yamnuska Alpine Scramble
  • Stanley Glacier Alpine Valley
  • Mt Fairview Alpine Scramble, with amazing views of the North Face of Temple
  • Moraine Lake, Wenchemna Pass and Sentinal Pass

Prices

  • Day Hikes start at $89.00/person + GST
  • *If less than 4 people for day hike Base cost is $356.00/day + GST

Sulphur Mountain Highline Trek

$150.00 Select options

Price: $150 per person
Explore the subalpine and alpine terrain of Sulphur Mountain and the Sundance range of Banff. The long and esthetic ridge hike starts from the Banff gondola and transitions from tree line to alpine hiking terrain, you will trek through subalpine forests, limestone slabs and high mountain scree slopes, with views to the West of the Sundance range and the high peaks of Lake Louise and the Assiniboine area. Go with an ACMG to maximize your experience.

Cost Includes: Banff gondola up and down, and ACMG guided hike along the crest of Sulphur Mountain. Duration up to 6 hrs.

Departing at 08:00 on Fridays thru Sundays from the gondola base, register online and receive the logistics package

Cost per person is (based on minimum size of 4) is $150.00 per person and go up to 8:1.

Great for Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert hikers looking for something new and family friendly.

Castle Mountain Highline, Goat Plateau Trek

$199.00 Select options

There is no mistaking Castle Mountain from the trans-Canada highway, towering alpine rock walls and a long majestic ridge. Few people know that mid-way up the large wall is a hike-able plateau and a small ACC hut. The High-line/goat plateau trek will explore the goat plateau and discover a view of the Bow Valley from Banff to Lake Louise that only experienced climbers see.

The trek will start at 08:00 at the Castle Mountain gas station parking lot on highway 1a 20km East of Lake Louise or 25 km West of Banff, the group will meet their ACMG Mountain Guide and begin an easy hike through the forest to the old fire lookout, from there you will leave the beaten path and follow a faint climbers trail to the base of the bottom wall, one pitch of easy 5th class climbing leads to an amazing 4th class, but exposed trail up to the hut.

Once at the hut the group will stop for lunch then continue to explore the Goat Plateau, depending on timing, you will either descend the way you came or traverse all the way to Eisenhauer Tower and descend to the Rock bound lake trail.

This trek is suitable for strong intermediate-expert hikers or scramblers. Climbing skills are not necessary although will be an asset.

Cost Includes: any climbing gear needed, harness, helmet and ACMG mountain guide. Expect a 6-8 hour day.

Departing at 08:00 on Friday’s meeting at Castle junction gas station. Register online and receive the logistics package.

Cost per person based on a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 3 people per guide, larger groups can be arranged. Cost is $199.00 per person.

Floe Lake Rock Wall, August 20-26th 2016

$400.00$525.00 Select options

Experience Banff’s Best With our Hiking Tours & Guided Day Hikes

The Rockwall Trail is one of the great classics of the Rockies, and follows a dramatic escarpment of tall limestone, passing alpine lakes, meadows, and creeks along the way. The high point of the trail, Numa Pass, offers a spectacular vista at 2317m, and gives a great view of the rest of the trail to come. We’ll spend five days cruising through alpine meadows to crest broad passes, then descending to camp each night. We cover 56km, and gain a total of 2400m over the trip, with each day including at least one high pass.

Day 1: Meet at Calgary Int airport, drive to Banff to spend the night at the International Hostel. Gear sort and prep for the trip.

Day 2: we drive out to Kootenay (2.5 hours), then we hike in our longest day, but with the least elevation – 14.6km, and up 400m of gain. This gradual start to the trail takes us past the orange Paint Pots, and then steadily up the creek to Helmet Falls campground.

Day 3: is our double-pass day. We start with a steady climb past the high Helmet Falls, and over Limestone Junction, then pass some alpine lakes before continuing up to the high point at Rockwall Pass, and descending its other side to Tumbling Creek. In total, we gain 700m and lose 500m, over the 13km day.

Day 4: is our shortest, making for a nice mid-trip recovery. We have a short, steep 350m ascent through Tumbling Pass, which is broad and wonderful for lingering with brilliant meadows and a huge glacier. We then descend 700m to our lowest campground at Numa Creek – where we can change up the evening with a fire!

Day 5: takes us from the bottom to the top, as we gain 900m over a long, steady 7km ascent to Numa Pass – the highest point of the trail, with a spectacular view of our day’s destination – Floe Lake, and back across the rest of the passes. It’s an incredible place for photos, before we descend 300m in 2.5km to camp at the incredible lake. This campground is definitely the highlight evening!

Day 6: Over 10.7km, we descend 700m through the 2003 forest fire burn, which is now covered with fireweed. A beautiful end to the trip! We will rendezvous and shuttle back to Banff for dinner and drinks and to celebrate an amazing backpack trip.

Cost per person = $1375.00 + appl. Taxs.
Cost includes, guide, 2 nights shared accom. At the Banff int. Hostel or equivalent, all back packing food, (in town food not included),  backcountry permits. Gear can be rented if needed.

 

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GREAT DIVIDE PANORAMA TRAVERSE

SEPTEMBER 8th-10th 2017

  • Great Divide Panorama Traverse, September 8th-10th 2017

    $191.25$765.00

$191.25$765.00 Select options

Join the Alpine Air guides for this mega classic alpine hiking traverse through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We will begin at Moraine Lake where we will hike up and over Wenkchemna Pass to the Eagle Eyre; from there we will be hiking off trail up to Opabin Pass and descend the Opabin Glacier to Lake O’Hara. Our mountain home waits for us at The Elizabeth Parker Hut, a glass of wine and a sunset you will not forget! Early morning on our second day we will hike the All Souls Alpine route and use the Lake Oesa, Yukness ledges connector to approach Abbott Pass where we will spend our second night. Our decent to Lake Louise will be made via the Fuhrman Ledges to the Plain of six glaciers where we will make our way back to Lake Louise and the end of our journey.

This trip is a Scrambling/Hiking traverse which requires intermediate-advanced hiking fitness. There is off trail hiking, glacier travel and some exposure where a rope is required. Guest to Guide is 3:1

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Canadian Rockies Explorer, September 3rd- 9th, 2016

Guided Banff Hiking Tours That Will Take You To The Best Destinations

This week showcases some of the must do Banff hikes in the Canadian Rockies and is suitable for hikers of any age if they are in good-very good physical shape. It is a loop trip where the group will not return the way they come. This guided hiking tour introduces new locations to offer the most value and the best hiking in Banff adventure.

Day 1: arrive at Calgary Int. Airport, travel to Banff National Park with a short introduction hike at Grotto Canyon, through the canyon with high walls and ancient hieroglyphs along the steep rock walls hundreds of years old. Settle in and explore the town of Banff

Day 2: Cory Pass to Edith Pass hiking traverse. 15km and 900 elevation gain and loss, as the group ascends up and over Cory pass they will be amazed by the valley of the Gargoyles on the backside then passing under the flanks of Mt Louis. Back to Banff for food and refreshments.

Day 3: Plain of six glaciers at Lake Louise where the group will have the opportunity to hike right up to the Victoria glacier, an amazing place surrounded by rock walls and glaciers descending from the high peaks. Spending the night at the Lake Louise Alpine Center

Day 4: Leave LL and head up the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper National Park, hiking up to Helen Lake on the Dolomite Pass circuit, that evening arriving at the Rampart Creek Hostel experience the relaxed living of life in the Rockies.

Day 5: Driving a short distance North entering Jasper National Park, a must do hike into Wilcox meadows and an accent of Mt Wilcox with magnificent views of the world renowned Columbia icefields. That evening spent back at the Rampart creek hostel.

Day 6: Heading east down the David Thompson Highway, with time for short hikes and return to Calgary for returning flights on day 7.

Cost per person = $1445.00 + appl. Tax’s. Cost includes, transport to and from Calgary, guides, 5 nights shared accommodation’s, night 6 in Calgary is not included. At the international Hostel’s or equivalent, all camping style food, (in town food not included), permits. Gear can be rented if needed.

If you have any questions or to make a payment contact Jeff @ [email protected]

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