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Duration
4 days
Activities
  • 4 day hikes
Accommodation
  • 3 nights camping
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

Price

$1399USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Trip Code: YHN

Overview

Trip highlights


  • Hike with only a daypack from our fully-equipped wilderness basecamp
  • Experience the best of the Yoho Valley backcountry trails
  • Immerse yourself amongst mountain lakes and glacier views
  • Enjoy a closeup view of Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada’s highest waterfalls
  • Challenge yourself on Yoho National Park's Iceline Trail

Our new multi-day hiking adventure explores some of British Columbia’s best backcountry trails. As we enter Yoho National Park, our team carries the food, shelter and cooking gear to our wilderness camp that is our base of exploration for the next three nights. Located at the foot of Laughing Falls on the Yoho River, the basecamp is the perfect getaway to enjoy some of the most exciting hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Over the four days, we will walk through a mix of old-growth spruce forest, sub-alpine forest, alpine flowers and pristine meadows surrounded by mountainous glaciated peaks. Our experienced wilderness guide leads you to the most stunning viewpoints of the entire Yoho Valley, Waputik Icefield and the President range of mountains. Last but not least, the spectacular Iceline Trail hike brings us within throwing distance of the Emerald Glacier and its ice that is thousands of years old.

Activities:
Grading:
5

Moderate

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Itinerary

Join your guide for the trip briefing in Banff and meet fellow travellers. A scenic drive into British Columbia takes us to the trailhead at Yoho National Park in about an hour and a half. Before beginning the hike, we’ll stretch our legs by following the path to the base of Takakkaw Falls for some closeup views. As you stand at the base and the thunderous pounding of the water falling over 1,000 feet! (380m/1250 ft) roars, you will understand why Cree used their word for “magnificent” to name these falls. Today’s hike is an easy 5km/3mi along the Yoho River, admire Angel’s Staircase and Point Lace Falls on our way to our wilderness camp at Laughing Falls. Here you will be able to relax and get settled into the fully set up basecamp. There will time to read a book or wander along the river before we all enjoy our first dinner together.

Meals:  L,D

Today we begin our hike from camp along the Yoho River before we head up the switchback towards Twin Falls. On our way, you can sometimes peek through the trees and glimpse the magnificent waterfalls. We reach the base of the falls and then continue another 180m/590ft up for a bird’s eye view from the top. From here, the ascent gets gentler, and we hike along the Whaleback ridge to our high point of the day. Take a deep breath and soak in the view of the entire Yoho Valley, Waputik Icefield and the President range of mountains. You have enough time to enjoy it all as we stop here for a lunch with a view! Our afternoon hike is mostly downhill on the way to the Little Yoho junction and then to our camp for time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

Get ready for the most challenging day of the adventure. After breakfast, we take the trail climbing into the Little Yoho Valley through the old-growth spruce forest. As we approach Stanley Mitchell Hut, we gain enough elevation that the vegetation gradually changes to lighter sub-alpine forest. Today’s hike takes us through a fascinating diversity of forest and environment, and it changes dramatically over the course of the ascent. We continue through alpine flowers and meadows and finally to a windswept barren pass at Kiwetinok Lake (2450m/8000ft). The view from here is out of this world! Expect to see mountain goats, hoary marmots and pikas who seem to love this place just as much as we do. As we make our way back to basecamp, keep your cameras handy for the views of the stunning Waputik Icefield.

Meals:  B,L,D

Breaking camp, we say goodbye to our porters who will carry the gear down. Then begin our exciting hike on the Iceline Trail, one of the best trails in the Canadian Rockies. We start again with a climb into the Little Yoho Valley, but at either Celeste Lake or Stanley Mitchell Hut junction, we turn off the trail and ascend to the base of the Emerald Glacier. In addition to the scenic views across the valley we had yesterday on the Whaleback Ridge, you will also enjoy the peaks, glaciers and lakes around the Emerald Glacier. The views on the Takakkaw Falls brighten up our descent to the trailhead, where we reunite with our team for the return drive to Banff where our tour ends.

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 3 nights fully-equipped wilderness campsite
  • Private transport for the transfer to/from Banff
  • Experienced hiking guide
  • Tente and sleeping mat
  • All permits and campground fees

  • Personal expenses
  • Arrival transfer to Banff
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated
  • Tips
  • International airfares
  • Applicable taxes

About Your Leader

Your guide is a professional hiking guides with extensive training and Wilderness First Aid training. All guides follow a comprehensive risk management and emergency protocol.


Suitability

Moderate

5

This adventure involve hiking for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace, carrying only your daypack. You should be prepared for plenty of roots, rocks, significant elevation gain, steep inclines/declines, some wilderness camping, and potential variable weather conditions. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health.


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