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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 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, with magnificent glacier views, to our trailhead. Today’s trek ramps up the challenge, with steeper and more strenuous trekking, but it’s full of wow moments! We head towards beautiful Bow Lake, walking through meadows of wildflowers with views across to the jagged peaks before us. Our route takes us along the shores of Bow Lake, passing the top of the impressive Bow Falls, before tackling a rocky path over glacial moraines to the impossibly green Iceberg Lake. Lying at the fringes of the icefield in a natural bowl, the setting is truly stunning. After soaking up the views, we return to the trailhead and transfer to our secluded wilderness hostel, where we’ll stay for two nights. Night hostel.

    Drive approx. 1.25 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 takes us to the inspirational 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)
  • 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)

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, with magnificent glacier views, to our trailhead. Today’s trek ramps up the challenge, with steeper and more strenuous trekking, but it’s full of wow moments! We head towards beautiful Bow Lake, walking through meadows of wildflowers with views across to the jagged peaks before us. Our route takes us along the shores of Bow Lake, passing the top of the impressive Bow Falls, before tackling a rocky path over glacial moraines to the impossibly green Iceberg Lake. Lying at the fringes of the icefield in a natural bowl, the setting is truly stunning. After soaking up the views, we return to the trailhead and transfer to our secluded wilderness hostel, where we’ll stay for two nights. Night hostel.

    Drive approx. 1.25 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 takes us to the inspirational 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)
  • 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.

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,950 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £2,950 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 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

     

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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £3,950 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £2,950 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 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 £399 Fundraising target £3,950 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £2,850 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 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 £399 Fundraising target £3,950 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target £2,850 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £399 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,750 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 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 £350 Fundraising target £3,899 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 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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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.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • 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 are often 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. 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 who have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip; they also have a wealth of knowledge about the region.

    Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there 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 number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. 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 customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. 

    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! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in most countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next (where applicable). 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.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • Clothing

    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.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. 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 will 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 up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    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.

Trek Training Weekend

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£160 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)

This trip ramps up the challenge with some tougher terrain and longer days to be expected. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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