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Backpacking adventures into the back country of Jasper National Park


Hike some of the most scenic routes in the Canadian Rockies on these backpacking tours into Jasper National Park.  

The two day adventure is an overnight introduction to backcountry camping in the Canadian Rockies. The Jacques Lake Trail is a wonderful trail with minimal elevation gain. It is perfect for the beginner backpacker in the Rocky Mountains. This trail offers a backcountry experience that always impresses, with only 150 m of elevation gain it is a hike that most people can do that is very rewarding. There are two summit lakes on this hike.  Guests will be having lunch at the first summit lake on day one and the second summit lake on day two. These lakes are the hydrological apex of the area.   For the evening we will  be camping at Jacques Lake, which is a  habitat for the mighty Canadian Moose and home to various types of waterfowl.

The three day trip along the Skyline Trail is an iconic route and one of the most popular backcountry areas in Jasper National Park. Following along the wide ridges of the Maligne Range, the skyline is one of the most beautiful backpacks in North America. This trail stretches 44 km, with 25 km of the trail at or above treeline. As you hike through the flora rich alpine valleys you'll also enjoy the stunning landscape views of Jasper National Park. 

The four day trip takes you into the famous Tonquin Valley.The Tonquin Valley Trail is a loop trail, filled with spectacular views  that have no match and never repeat. One of the most scenic trails in Jasper, you’ll be amazed at every turn. This trail is challenging, with mud and mosquitoes, but the reward of watching a sunset over the Rampart Mountains is well worth it!   This is for the backpacker who has had at least some previous backpacking experience.  We will start the hike on Edith Cavell Road, with views of the backside of Mount Edith.  We will be camping next to Amethyst Lake  which is a mystifying experience with some of the most stunning sunsets your guides have ever seen!  If you are extremely lucky you may even see the endangered Woodland Caribou grazing in the meadows.  On day four we will make our way across the beautiful Maccarib Pass.  The Hike finishes on Marmot Basin Road, where our shuttle will be meeting us to go back to town.

The five day expedition hike is for people with some previous backcountry experience who wish to explore further in the depths of Jasper National Park. We will be out in the backcountry for five days, giving guests plenty of time to connect with nature and with themselves.  This hike has all sorts of landscapes from sweet smelling pine forests to alpine passes to glacial lakes.  It is possible to do this hike and not see any other people other than your group!  Three of the four nights we are able to have campfires and all of the campsites we stay at have spectacular scenery.   We will see views of glaciers, rivers, alpine meadows and The Beautiful Brazeau Lake and possibly some wildlife too.  Brazeau Lake is fed by glaciers and has the stunning turquoise color that glacial lakes are renowned for.  The lake keeps very cool, so after a day’s hiking you can take a quick dip in four degree water!

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Backpacking
SEASON

July to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

All the guides are qualified hiking guides certified with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and they are happy to share their knowledge of the area with you.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Backpack, sleeping bag and pad. Personal rental packages available.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end in the town of Jasper, Alberta. Jasper is about a 4 hour drive west of Edmonton, Alberta.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range from 10-25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Northern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Backcountry permits, group camping equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, hiking boots, hat, gloves, fleece shirts and pants, wool socks.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the trail.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included and prepared by your guide.

2 day tour, available July - September
$445.00 / per person - CAD
1 night.
3 day tour, available July - September
$649.00 / per person - CAD
Skyline Trail. 2 nights. September 25-27, 2018. Alternative dates available.
4 day tour, available July - September
$799.00 / per person - CAD
3 nights.
5 day tour, available July - September
$995.00 / per person - CAD
4 nights.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $200.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Backpacking tours: $200 non-refundable deposit due at reservation. Full payment required 30 days prior. 30 day no refund cancellation policy in effect. Day Tours: 48 hour cancellation policy

3 day tour, available July - September

Day 1

The first day takes you from the lake up a gentle grade through an spruce and fir forest, at Evelyn Creek the trail starts to switchback up towards Little Shovel Pass. The views continue to improve as we go up and over the crest of Little Shovel pass with magnificent views of the peaks surrounding Maligne Lake. After a break to enjoy the scenery the trail descends to our campsite in the alpine meadow known as Snowbowl. We enjoy our first night out after traveling about 13kms.

Day 2

When we arise the second day we set out on our most scenic day of the trip. We head up and over big shovel pass, and enjoy a truly alpine feel as we round the bowl and up and over the notch. At the 2510m pass known as the notch, a much needed break is taken as we enjoy the majestic views over the Athabasca Valley. On a clear day you can see Mt. Robson, over 120km away! Following along the Maligne ridge we descend to the spectacular campground just below Tekarra mountain. After this long day a hearty meal is prepared as we rest our weary feet beside the river.

Day 3

Our last day is an easy morning lounging in camp and packing our things. The hike out is roughly 14 km but is mainly downhill. As we descend wildlife becomes more abundant as we head into the montane forest and finish at the trailhead near Maligne Canyon.