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The Best of Banff & Jasper Hiking Trip
(Tour Code: TWTBBJ7) Departs on: Jun 08, 15, 22, 29 Jul 06, 13, 20, 27 Aug 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
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08 Jun - 31 Aug, 2020
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A 7-day hiking tour in the National Parks of the Canadian Rockies, enjoy seven guided hikes on selected beautiful and rewarding trails. Hike and camp in some of the most outstanding natural landscapes in both Banff and Jasper, with your expert guide leading the way to one breathtaking spot after the next.
Itinerary at a Glance
Demands: Easy to moderate mountain hikes with light day pack, always accompanied by the guide. Campgrounds are accessible by the bus, you never have to carry your luggage very far.
Day 1 - Calgary or Banff to Banff National Park
This morning you meet with your guide as arranged in Calgary or in Banff. On the campground (showers) in the forests of Banff National Park you will pitch your tent for the next two days. Now it is time for the first hike along the shores of Minnewanka Lake on one of the many mountain trails. Hiking time 2 – 3 hours.
Day 2 - Banff National Park
On a full day hike you explore passes above the tree line and alpine meadows. For example 7.5 km with 725 m gain (4.6 mi, 2414 ft) to a small lake and possibly 2 km further into the pass at 2470 m (8225 ft). After the hike you might want to relax in the warm sulphur pool or walk down the busy streets of Banff with its many stores and visitors from around the world. Hiking time 5 – 7 hours.
Day 3 - Banff National Park to Yoho National Park
You would not want to miss the picture postcard scenery surrounding Lake Louise. The guide suggests the 3.5 km (2 mi) path with 400 m gain (1325 ft) to the historic tea house by an alpine lake. Here a network of easy to demanding trails is tempting you to go further and higher. For example, the 15 km (9.3 mi) circuit into the Plain of Six Glaciers or a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) climb with 515 m (1705 ft) gain to a summit with exceptional views of nearby peaks and distant landscapes. Camp for today and tomorrow (showers) near the alpine village of Lake Louise. Hiking time 3 5 hours.
Day 4 - Yoho National Park Lake Louise
There is an opportunity for a great white-water rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. It involves a side trip to Golden in B.C., headquarters for many outdoor adventures. Of course, hiking is always an alternative. Among the choice of trails, the guide would like to show you is an 18 km (11 mi) circuit trough two flower decorated passes at 1830m and 2180 m (6093 ft and 7250 ft) and spectacular views of Emerald Lake. The Natural Bridge, Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel are other attractions of Yoho Park. Hiking time 6 hours.
Day 5 - Jasper National Park
Frequent stops and short excursions along the Icefields Parkway on your way into the heart of the Rockies. Famous names like Peyto Lake and Bow Summit. At the Columbia Icefields huge glaciers spawn rivers, which eventually reach three different oceans. Saskatchewan Glacier is best viewed from far above after hiking 2.5 km to a windy ridge at 2260 m (7525 ft). Camp for the next two days is near the little holiday town of Jasper (showers). Hiking time 2 hours
Day 6 - Jasper National Park
So many possibilities, swimming and a picnic at Pyramid Lake, mountain biking, trail rides, canoeing and more. Or join the guide for a side trip to Maligne Lake and a 8 km (5 mile) loop hike with 460 m gain (1532 ft) into the hills above tree line at 2150 m (7160 ft) elevation and possibly all the way to a 2790 m (9290 ft) peak overlooking this beautiful lake. Hiking time 2 6 hours.
Day 7 - Jasper to Banff or Calgary
Mighty Athabasca Falls count among the attractions of this park. Trails near the Columbia Icefields start at tree line and are especially rewarding thanks to their magnificent views of the glaciers and surrounding ranges. Here you hike is 8 km (5 mi) with 335 m (1155 ft) gain into a pass at 2375 m (7980 ft). After lunch is transfer back to Banff or Calgary (possibly in a large, comfortable coach). Hiking time 2 - 3 hours. Arrival in Banff at 18:30, in downtown Calgary at 21:00, at the airport at 21:45.
- 6 nights accommodation in spacious tents (2 pers/tent)
- Transportation to/from Calgary in a passenger van
- Meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7 plus cooking and eating utensils
- Camping gear (except sleeping bag)
- Hard-foam mattress
- National Park and Camping fees
- Welcome gift
- Services of licensed guide who accompanies the group on all day hikes. Select departures have a bilingual guide (English and German)
- Personal equipment
- Alcoholic beverages
- Sleeping bag
- Mountain bike rental
- White water rafting
- Day pack