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Best of Banff and Jasper on this hiking and camping tour in the Rocky Mountains


Experience the best of Banff National Park, Yoho National Park and Jasper National Park on this hiking and camping trip to some of these park's most beautiful settings. Begin in Banff, where you will have a chance to hike on the many trails in the area. Then it is off to scenic Yoho National Park and the stunning sights around beautiful Lake Louise. Several different hikes are planned for this area as well an opportunity to try some whitewater rafting.

Then you will be transported up the scenic Icefields Parkway, towards Jasper, stopping along the way to view wildlife and do a short hike to view the Saskatchewan Glacier.  Once in Jasper National Park, more scenic hiking awaits or you may choose to do one of the many other activities in the area including mountain biking, canoeing and horseback riding. The last day is spent hiking before being transferred back to Banff or Calgary.

If you have limited vacation time, this trip is a perfect introduction, or re-introduction to these two beautiful national parks. You experience the most outstanding places in this fabulous landscape not just from the window of a car, but hiking and camping as much as possible away from the roads. Don't worry about planning the details. Your guide has everything arranged, knows the best trails, activities and special places for every season.

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

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are all residents of western Canada and their experience and leadership will provide you with a worry-free vacation.  

RESTRICTIONS

This is a camping and hiking tour with moderate mountain hikes with light day pack. Suitable for beginners but participants should be in good physical condition.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag.

Several tour departures offer German and/or French speaking guides.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin in Calgary or Banff and ends in Jasper. Transportation back to Banff and Calgary is included.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Van transportation, camping gear, park fees, sleeping pad, tent.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions, rain gear, hiking boots, sneakers, warm jacket, sweater, shorts, hat, bathing suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, fishing gear, sunglasses, daypack, flashlight, pocketknife.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the way. All sites are served National Park campgrounds, some with showers.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7 and all prepared by your guides.

7 day tour, available June - September
$1560.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates: June 3-9, June 10-16, June 17-23, June 24-30, July 1-7, July 8-14, July 15-21, July 22-28, Jul 29-Aug 4, Aug 5-11, Aug 12-18, Aug 19-25, Aug 26-Sep 1, Sep 2-8, 2019. Based on double occupancy. Single tent is $165.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 45 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
In case of cancellation of the travel agreement we are entitled to a cancellation fee. The cancellation should be in writing, forwarded to us or the travel agent. From the date of receipt the cancellation fee is calculated as follows: 31 or more days before start of tour:full refund less credit card- PayPal- or bank charges 21st -30th day before start of tour: full refund less 20% 14th -20th day before start of tour: full refund less 40% 8th -13th day before start of tour: full refund less 60% 1st -7th day before start of tour: no refund unless you find replacement.

7 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

CALGARY OR BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA
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 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). This evening you sit be the camp fire or walk along the busy streets of Banff with its many stores and visitors from around the world. Hiking time 5 – 7 hours.

Day 3

YOHO NATIONAL PARK
You would not want to miss the picture postcard scenery surrounding Lake Louise. The guide suggests a short but steep path of 7.5 km with 600 m gain (2.5 mi, 1998 ft) to a viewpoint, or hike for another 2 km to the summit.  Now a short drive into the mountain wilderness on the western flank of the Rockies. You set up camp under the pines of Yoho Park (showers) before you visit Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel and other attractions. Hiking time 3 – 5 hours.

Day 4

YOHO NATIONAL PARK
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 1830 m and 2180 m (6093 ft and 7250 ft) and spectacular views of Emerald Lake. 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

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. Your final hike is the 11 km (6.9 mi) loop with 335 m (1155 ft) gain through Wilcox Pass at 2375 m (7980 ft). After lunch is transfer back to Banff or Calgary. Hiking time 2 – 3 hours. Arrival in Banff at 18:00, in downtown Calgary at 20:15, at the airport at 20:45.