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Trek the Rockies

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About the Challenge

The Canadian Rockies are justifiably world-famous for their magnificent scenery: the combination of impressive, jagged mountains, bright turquoise glacial lakes and dark green forest is hard to resist.

Some steep hills and long days on rugged trails make for a demanding adventure, but with a relatively low tree-line allowing us to savour the views, and no high altitudes to worry about, this natural mountain wilderness is a trekker’s paradise.


Trek the Rockies

9 DAYS
  • On arrival transfer to the small town of Canmore, at the foot of the Rockies. Night hostel.

  • After a hearty breakfast we transfer (approx. 20 mins) to the foot of Mount Yamnuska, on the edge of the Rockies. Its slopes provide a gentle, steady warm-up hike to kick-start our Rockies adventure! The views over the Bow Valley and the foothills of the Rockies are wonderful, and only serve to whet our appetites for the days to come! Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 4-5 hours / 12km

  • We drive along the Icefields Parkway into the heart of the Rockies, with magnificent views, to our trailhead. We have a gradual, steady ascent through trees before the trail winds up into a large open alpine meadows, blooming with wildflowers in the summer months. From here Helen Creek flows down into the Bow Valley, giving us stunning views down to its turquoise lake. We cross the meadow, views of the surrounding peaks opening up around us, and arrive at the lake. It’s a spectacular setting, with the almost-symmetrical Cirque Peak and jagged Dolomite Peak dominating the views. After soaking up the views, we return to the trailhead and transfer to our hostel at the beautiful Lake Louise, where we’ll stay for three nights. Night hostel.

    Drive approx. 1.5 hour; trek approx. 5-6 hrs / 12km

  • A short drive sees us walking through forests of spruce and firs before our steadily-ascending path becomes steeper. Where the views open up between the trees, we can see Mt Athabasca across the valley. Continuing through thinning trees and over alpine meadows, where we are likely to see bighorn sheep grazing, we follow a ridge to the pass. Here we enjoy unparalleled views across to the dazzlingly-bright Athabasca Glacier. At Wilcox Pass (2428m) – named after one of the explorers who made the first recorded trip here in 1896 – we soak up the wonderful views of the glacier-scoured valley before us, and the surrounding peaks, before continuing along less-trodden paths, again accompanied by stunning views, downhill to Tangle Creek and Falls. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 6-7 hours / 11km

  • Dubbed one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rockies, this long and challenging trekking route in Yoho National Park takes us up close to breathtakingly beautiful glaciers, peaks and impressive high waterfalls as it follows the edge of several glaciers. A steep ascent takes us through dense forest up above the treeline, and we trek through more exposed, wild terrain over rocky glacial moraines. As the glaciers have advanced and retreated, they have left boulders and moraines across the slopes, and it’s a fascinating insight to these mighty forces of nature. We continue on to pass the impressive Twin Falls, before a short drive brings us back to Lake Louise. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 8-9 hours / 22km

  • Our route today takes us past picture-perfect glacial lakes of bright turquoise, and beautiful green valleys dwarfed by inspiring peaks. Heading out through forest, we come to Lake Annette, a small lake, with great views of Mount Temple and the surrounding mountains. Our trail climbs higher, its switchbacks taking us to Sentinel Pass, where we drink in the views of dramatic rock formations and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here we drop past more small lakes into Larch Valley, named for its forests of larch, which are especially beautiful in autumn. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 7-8 hours / 17km

  • Our last day of trekking is a strenuous one – we’re going out on a literal high! The trail starts misleadingly easily, on a flat path through forest in the Bow Valley, before climbing steadily to emerge from the tree-line. Jaw-dropping views surround us – snow-capped mountains rising from the forested valley, glaciers, rocky pinnacles, and unobstructed views of the jagged fang-shaped Mount Louis. Our trail continues over the rocky ridge, passing large boulders to Cory Pass (2350m). It’s a long haul, gaining over 900m in height, but we eventually come to the pass and pause to enjoy the panoramic views. A rough, high trail then contours around Mount Edith, taking us over loose rock and scree trails, before coming to Edith Pass. We then descend through forest on the flanks of Mount Edith – fairly steeply at first, but then becoming a wonderful yomp on a nice smooth trail! We are whisked back to Banff, where we have time to shower before meeting up for dinner to celebrate our big achievements. Night hostel.  (Dinner not included)

    Trek approx. 13km / 6-7 hours

  • We have some free time to explore the charming mountain town of Banff, with its many shops and cafés, before transferring to Calgary in time for our international flight.  (Lunch and Dinner not included)

  • Arrive back in the UK.

Trek the Rockies for Highland Hospice

10 DAYS

Fundraise for the Highland Hospice on this incredible trek in the word-famous Canadian Rockies. Studded with highlights such as Lake Louise, the Athabasca Glacier, and the Icefields Parkway, we trek for 50 miles through this scenic paradise. The relatively low tree-line gives us a stunning panoramas over lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and the impressive peaks that dominate the landscapes, without having to trek at high altitudes. Some long days and steep paths lie before us, but we are rewarded by every new view, and an unforgettable sense of achievement!

  • On arrival transfer to the small town of Canmore, at the foot of the Rockies. Night hostel.

  • After a hearty breakfast we transfer (approx. 20 mins) to the foot of Mount Yamnuska, on the edge of the Rockies. Its slopes provide a gentle, steady warm-up hike to kick-start our Rockies adventure! The views over the Bow Valley and the foothills of the Rockies are wonderful, and only serve to whet our appetites for the days to come! Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 4-5 hours / 12km

  • We drive along the Icefields Parkway into the heart of the Rockies, with magnificent views, to our trailhead. We have a gradual, steady ascent through trees before the trail winds up into a large open alpine meadows, blooming with wildflowers in the summer months. From here Helen Creek flows down into the Bow Valley, giving us stunning views down to its turquoise lake. We cross the meadow, views of the surrounding peaks opening up around us, and arrive at the lake. It’s a spectacular setting, with the almost-symmetrical Cirque Peak and jagged Dolomite Peak dominating the views. After soaking up the views, we return to the trailhead and transfer to our hostel at the beautiful Lake Louise, where we’ll stay for three nights. Night hostel.

    Drive approx. 1.5 hour; trek approx. 5-6 hrs / 12km

  • A short drive sees us walking through forests of spruce and firs before our steadily-ascending path becomes steeper. Where the views open up between the trees, we can see Mt Athabasca across the valley. Continuing through thinning trees and over alpine meadows, where we are likely to see bighorn sheep grazing, we follow a ridge to the pass. Here we enjoy unparalleled views across to the dazzlingly-bright Athabasca Glacier. At Wilcox Pass (2428m) – named after one of the explorers who made the first recorded trip here in 1896 – we soak up the wonderful views of the glacier-scoured valley before us, and the surrounding peaks, before continuing along less-trodden paths, again accompanied by stunning views, downhill to Tangle Creek and Falls. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 6-7 hours / 11km

  • Dubbed one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rockies, this long and challenging trekking route in Yoho National Park takes us up close to breathtakingly beautiful glaciers, peaks and impressive high waterfalls as it follows the edge of several glaciers. A steep ascent takes us through dense forest up above the treeline, and we trek through more exposed, wild terrain over rocky glacial moraines. As the glaciers have advanced and retreated, they have left boulders and moraines across the slopes, and it’s a fascinating insight to these mighty forces of nature. We continue on to pass the impressive Twin Falls, before a short drive brings us back to Lake Louise. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 8-9 hours / 22km

  • Our route today starts off flat, taking us along the shores of popular Lake Louise, with wonderful views across the lake. While the initial part of the walk is likely to be busy, by the time we reach the far end of the lake there will be far fewer hikers. As we leave the lake, we start heading uphill; the tall cliffs that loom above us are popular with rock climbers. Now in forest, we climb gradually through a narrow valley taking us towards Mount Victoria and Mount Lefroy. When we emerge above the treeline there are some great views back down to Lake Louise; its turquoise hue still startling from this height. We follow a grassy ridge, and come to the steepest part of our route, which winds up steeply in a series of switchbacks. We take it steady, and finally emerge into an alpine meadow, where a tea-house greets up, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and hanging glaciers. After time to soak up the scenery, we return the same way. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 6-7 hours / 11km

  • Our last day of trekking is a strenuous one – we’re going out on a literal high! The trail starts misleadingly easily, on a flat path through forest in the Bow Valley, before climbing steadily to emerge from the tree-line. Jaw-dropping views surround us – snow-capped mountains rising from the forested valley, glaciers, rocky pinnacles, and unobstructed views of the jagged fang-shaped Mount Louis. Our trail continues over the rocky ridge, passing large boulders to Cory Pass (2350m). It’s a long haul, gaining over 900m in height, but we eventually come to the pass and pause to enjoy the panoramic views. A rough, high trail then contours around Mount Edith, taking us over loose rock and scree trails, before coming to Edith Pass. We then descend through forest on the flanks of Mount Edith – fairly steeply at first, but then becoming a wonderful yomp on a nice smooth trail! We are whisked back to Banff, where we have time to shower before meeting up for dinner to celebrate our big achievements. Night hostel.  (Dinner not included)

    Trek approx. 13km / 6-7 hours

  • Today you’ll enjoy a full free day in Banff. You might choose to walk alongside the Bow River to Bow Falls, or perhaps visit Banff Hot Springs. There are also lots of adventure activities that can easily be arranged such as canoeing, mountain-biking and horse-riding. For those of you who may prefer to simply explore the town and relax there are plenty of shops and restaurants. (Lunch and Dinner not included, additional activities at own expense).

  • We have some more free time to explore the charming mountain town of Banff, with its many shops and cafés, before transferring to Calgary in time for our international flight. (Lunch and Dinner not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,899 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,979 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    the tour cost includes:

    • Scheduled flights from London and all transport
    • All accommodation (hostels)
    • Celebration meal
    • Most meals (exceptions detailed in itinerary)
    • Discover Adventure leaders and *doctor
    • Support vehicles and local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, etc.
    • Mobile app with event information

     

    The tour cost does not include:

    • Personal travel insurance (to cover personal injury, cancellation/curtailment, lost items etc)
    • Visa if applicable
    • Lunch and dinner on free day in Banff.

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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target £4,050 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target £3,050 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,800 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Calgary
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to National Park and any other sites included in the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target £4,050 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target £3,050 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,800 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Calgary
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to National Park and any other sites included in the itinerary

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Some accommodation (in hotels or camp) will be twin-share. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

    On some nights we are likely to sleep in more communal accommodation such as dormitories, huts, local homestays or monasteries, depending on the trip, and you may be sharing with a larger number of participants or the whole group; this type of accommodation cannot always be single-sex.

  • We stay in hostels throughout the trip. Hostels in the region are wonderful – well-located with good facilities and a sociable buzz. We stay in hostels throughout the trip. Hostels in the region are wonderful – well-located with good facilities and a sociable buzz. Rooms will be dorm-style, often sleeping up to 6 or 8, though sometimes smaller, with shared facilities.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something!

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.


Testimonials

Lesly-Ann - September 2017


Wow, what can I say? Trek the Rockies was my first adventure challenge, and no amount of training compared to the reality of the experience. The trek itself was tough at times, but worth every bit of effort. Never could I have imagined the magnitude of the views I would
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see; absolutely breath-taking! Discover Adventure leader Anna Crampin supported us throughout; the women is an absolute legend! She was always helpful and lovely to everyone, and completed the trek with us whilst feeling ill with flu symptoms, but never once complained. Nothing was ever a problem or too much trouble and she went out of her way to ensue everyone was happy whilst being out of their comfort zones. The Yamnuska guides were fantastic and provided so much lovely food that I almost had to be rolled home! Discover Adventure is an absolutely wonderful operator, going over and above, contacting me with details, itineraries and messages about the adventure before the time. This was a truly wonderful experience, made even better by the staff. Don’t change anything DA, you’ve got it right! I would definitely book with them again.
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Ruth - September 2017


This is the fourth DA trek I have completed and it certainly didn’t disappoint. As always DA was extremely helpful pre-challenge, providing relevant information and always available to answer queries. This pioneering trek the Rockies trip certainly didn’t
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disappoint, and enabled me to fulfil a life-time dream. I could have done it the easy way, staying in posh hotels and viewing the amazing scenery by coach or travelling by train, but trekking and staying in wilderness hostels added to the whole experience. I achieved this challenge with the help of Discover Adventure who never fail to impress me with their ‘in field’ support. Thanks DA for another memorable experience. When I catch my breath I’ll be signing up for another trek!
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Trek Training Weekend

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£170 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

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GRADE | demandING (2)

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Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.

See Trip Grading Explained.

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