Join the Alpine Air guides for this mega classic alpine hiking traverse through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Beginning at Moraine Lake, 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.

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

1000 m of elevation gain/loss & 18 kms of travel


  • ACMG Mountain Guide
  • Permits
  • Lake O'hara Bus
  • Use of technical gear


  • Pre / post accommodations
  • Transportation


CLOTHING LIST In the mountains it is important to layer your clothing. We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing temperature conditions in the mountains. Cotton clothing of any kind is not recommended as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. We will have time to go through your clothing and gear prior to the climb. You will need to bring:
  • WOOL / BLEND SOCKS clean socks for each day
  • Warm LONG PANTS to climb in. These should be wool/nylon blend, fleece pants or Sheoller material
  • Light SHIRT or T-SHIRT
  • Wool or fleece LONG SLEEVE SHIRT
  • FLEECE SWEATER (medium weight)
  • Heavyweight fleece or insulated/down JACKET
  • Water proof OUTER JACKET with hood (Gore-Tex)
  • Waterproof OUTER PANTS, preferably with side zips on legs
  • Waterproof knee-length GAITERS that will fit over large boots
  • Waterproof mountaineering GLOVES or wool / fleece mitts /gloves plus waterproof over mitts, two pairs
  • SUNHAT with wide brim
EQUIPMENT LIST You will need to bring:
  • MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS: You will need proper mountaineering boots designed specifically for this use. Most hiking boots are not suitable not being firm enough, waterproof and not made to take crampons. Mountaineering boots are made from leather or plastic. Leather boots have either a semi-rigid or a rigid sole. Plastic boots have rigid soles. The most important feature of a mountaineering boot is comfort followed by performance. If buying try a few different pairs and if they are not comfortable don't buy them. There are many good brands. They include Asolo, Kayland, Koflach, la Sportiva and Scarpa.
  • BACKPACK: Large enough to carry spare clothing, lunch, water and climbing gear. 35-50 litres.
  • CLIMBING HARNESS W/ locking carabiner
  • CRAMPONS which must fit your boots
  • SUNGLASSES with good UV protection, 'glacier glasses'
  • WATERBOTTLE (1L minimum)
  • BLISTER KIT ('moleskin', 'Second Skin')
  • 3 locking carabiners, 2 non locking carabiners
  • 2 x 5m 6mm prussic cord

  • ACMG Mountain Guide
  • Permits
  • Lake O'hara Bus
  • Use of technical gear