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Backpacking expedition on Mount Assiniboine


Explore the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies on this backpacking expedition to Mount Assiniboine. From Mount Assiniboine, the 'Matterhorn of the Rockies', vast alpine meadows stretch far to the south. Add forested valleys and rocky peaks and you have a world-famous hiking area which we look forward to sharing with you.

This hike is designed specifically for backpackers who want to avoid more difficult itineraries whilst still preserving a true back country experience. From the vast park-like Assiniboine Meadows you drop into the eerie rockscape of the aptly named "Valley of the Rocks". From here you climb to Citadel Pass and back to beautiful meadows which will lead us to the trip's conclusion at Sunshine Village.

Join our guides in July and August when the alpine wildflowers are in full bloom or in September when the whole landscape blazes yellow and orange as the larches change color before winter.  If great scenery, healthy exercise and good company sound like a great outdoor holiday then come and join our guides for an unforgettable mountain experience.

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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

There will be a maximum of nine guests and a minimum of four. Your guide will be a fully-trained professional, licensed by Parks Canada.

 

RESTRICTIONS

Prior hiking experience is not a prerequisite but is recommended. Participants must be in good physical condition and able to carry a backpack over hilly terrain for three days.

You will be carrying backpacks of as much as 14 kg (32 lbs) on the final three days of hiking. The trails are generally excellent and there is not too much climbing involved. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, backpack, sleeping pad, hiking boots, plate spoon and large mug, flashlight, water bottle.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Canmore, Alberta. 

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Group camping and cooking gear, park permits, tents, transfers from Canmore, helicopter shuttle to and from Mt. Assiniboine.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, fleece or wool underclothes, hat, hiking boots, running shoes, shorts, wool socks, warm pants.  A full clothing list will be supplied upon booking.  We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing temperature conditions.  We discourage cotton clothing as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, first aid kit, lip balm.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent camps along the trail.  

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Your guides supply all meals and trail snacks from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5. Groups generally go out for dinner in Canmore on the final evening (own cost).

Trail cuisine is prepared from lightweight wholesome ingredients including custom-made dehydrated dinners. For guests with dietary restrictions, we are able to modify the program food pack to meet your individual needs. 

5 day tour, available July - September
$1550.00 / per person - CAD
July 15-19, August 12-16, September 16-20, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 35% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
You have 24 hours from when you make your booking to change or cancel with no charge to you (provided your booking does not depart within 15 days). If cancelling your program up to 8 weeks before the program start, $105 will be withheld. Higher amounts are withheld if cancelling Semesters or Expeditions (details on request). Between 8 and 6 weeks before the program start, the deposit is forfeited. Cancellation less than 6 weeks before the program start and during the program results in loss of entire amount paid. We will gladly accept a substitute guest should you not be able to attend provided they meet the prerequisites for the program. Cancellations must be received in writing (letter, fax or email).

5 day tour, available July - September

Day 1

Fly to Mount Assiniboine
At 8.30am we meet at the office in Canmore. We'll go over the trip with you and check to see that you are properly outfitted before packing and heading to the helipad for 12.30pm.

Twenty eight kilometers and a twelve minute helicopter flight leaves us a world away in a land of lush meadows, turquoise lakes, snow covered glaciers and rocky peaks. We fly from Spray Lakes in Kananaskis Country (50km south of Canmore), to British Columbia's Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, landing right beside the historic Assiniboine Lodge. We will be based at the Lake Magog camping area which is 2km away. Once we have set up our tents we are free to go for a walk to nearby Sunburst and Cerulean Lakes. Their names give testament to their beauty.

Day 2

Day hike in the Assiniboine area
There are many options ... the meadows and views are gorgeous. An enjoyable day which allows us to gradually acclimatize to the altitude and get used to hiking. We can finish off with tea and cake at the Lodge.

Day 3

Magog to Porcupine
Now the backpacking begins and we embark upon the most scenic hiking route out of Assiniboine, to Sunshine Meadows via Citadel Pass. Today we head south across the meadows to Og Lake from where the trail descends among the eerie formations of the Valley of the Rocks. Dropping further we enter the Golden Valley to reach our campsite below Citadel Pass for a welcome cup of tea. Distance 16km, elevation gain 250m, elevation loss 565m.

 

Day 4

Porcupine to Howard Douglas Lake
A steady climb of 430m brings us to the summit of Citadel Pass. Hiking upwards we may be distracted by  bighorn sheep at a "mineral lick" not 200m from the trail or by the profusion of wildflowers in the slide paths. Halfway to Citadel Pass we emerge back into the meadows and stop above an alpine lake for a break. Soon after we will be able to see far across the meadows to Sunshine Village, tomorrow's destination. Behind us rises Mount Assiniboine, still dominating the skyline. We continue for another 3.5km to our campsite which is nestled in the trees by Howard Douglas Lake. An optional hike up Quartz Hill provides views in all directions and will finish the day off nicely. Distance 7.5km, elevation gain 500m.

 

Day 5

The last leg of our journey takes us 6km across the famous Sunshine Meadows to the Sunshine Village ski area and an optional side trip to Rock Isle Lake. It's all downhill from here with a shuttle bus to the valley floor where transport to Canmore awaits. This allows us to finish up 3pm. After hot showers and a rest, head out to celebrate our adventure at one of the excellent local restaurants. Distance 6km, elevation gain 250m, elevation loss 400m.