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West Canada Hiking Tours
Hiking Trips Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay Alpine Trekking, BC/Alberta Hiking Packages, Kootenay National Park Lodge, Rocky Mountains Hot Springs, British Columbia Walking Tours, Canada Trips, British Columbia Outdoor Activities, BC Adventure Tours
7 Day Kootenay National Park History Tour
HT#13 Kootenay National Park
Overview: Four mountain passes, five alpine lakes, two mountain summit shoulder scrambles, and four pristine rivers combine to provide this backpacking expedition around Mt. Vavasour with adventure and variety. This trip is our own creation. It is not in any guide book and some of the trip legs are our own routes. Beginning from a point on the Cross River, we follow the historic river up to White Man Pass, just on the edge of Banff National Park. The summits of Mt. Warre and Mt. Vavasour tower in front of us as we begin to loop around them, experiencing the varied terrain, possible wildlife sightings, and numerous views along the way. This area also has historical ties with the First Nations peoples of the region, as well as with the first European explorers of the early 19th Century. We will have opportunity to learn about some of this as we go, as well as to engage in various unique wilderness and cultural interpretive activities based on traditional First Nations teachings. These activities could help enhance your experience by providing time to slow down and really connect with this incredible landscape. The breathtaking view of the peaks of the majestic Royal Group (with Mt. King George standing at over 3000 m [11,000 ft]), from Albert Pass, and the wilderness setting of the characteristic Leman and Back Lakes help provide this expedition with much to talk about for years to come.
Day
Itinerary
01
Your arrival day into the wilderness retreat. A hot evening meal will be served over some friendly introductions, followed by some final preparations and orientation before settling in to a relaxing night at the cabins
02
After a hearty breakfast, we gather for some final preparations and head out to our trailhead on the Cross River. We hike today up to White Man Pass and around to the east side of White Man Mountain where we will camp the first night by a secluded and unnamed lake.
03
Bright and early we rise for breakfast then set out on our ascent over the alpine scree of Albert Pass. The views from here, for many past guests, have been alone worth the trip. The next leg is perhaps the most rugged off-trail section of the expedition as we wind our way down through the wildflowers, meadows, and steep forests around to Leman Lake for our second camp.
04
Today we begin to slow things down a bit for a day of exploring through the Spray River valley. This morning we head out on an off-shoot trip, without packs, to Palliser Pass and the unforgettable Back Lake for lunch. We return to the packs and head further up the Spray River to our third camp. Along the way we may also have time to participate in some unique wilderness interpretive activities based on native teachings to highlight our way.
05
After a breakfast, we set out to head back up to White Man Pass along White Man Creek. Open meadows, rock crags, cliff bands, and open avalanche runs provide this day with many great possibilities for wildlife viewing, not to mention the colorful wildflowers and interesting plants. Our final camp will be around Cross Lake, the source of the Cross River, nestled below the crags and cliff bands of Red Man Mountain.
06
Bright and early we rise for breakfast then set out for another spectacular off-shoot trip to the shoulder of the summit of Red Man Mountain for lunch. It is an amazing kitchen view, to say the least. We will return to the the lodge, just in time for a delicious, home-cooked, meal, before settling in to a well-deserved night of relaxation around the lodge. The campfire circle or the outdoor, wood-fired, hot tub will be waiting.
07
After one last meal together, we say goodbye and part ways until next time.
Difficulty/Fitness Level: 3
Dates & Rates per Person in CAD$
Month
Dates
Rates
July
14 $1190.00
August
02 $1190.00
September
20 $1190.00
Services Included
2 Night Lodge/Cabin Accommodation
4 Night Camping
Daily Hiking Program
Local Transportation
All Meals
All Park Fees (Entrance and Backcountry User Fee)
Professional, certified Guide Service
Group Camping Gear
GST Tax
Maximum 8 Clients / 2 Guides