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Helicopter-in hiking trip to a base camp at Mt. Assiniboine


Avoid carrying a heavy pack on this fly-in hiking expedition to Mount Assiniboine. Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its meadows and easy hiking peaks which lie below the 3618 metre Matterhorn-like peak that towers above. Using a helicopter to transport the guests and gear, you by-pass the typically strenuous hike to reach this alpine paradise. With the food and gear flown in you are able to travel light during the day as you explore the lakes, peaks, meadows and passes that surround the base for the four days.

A twenty eight kilometers and a twelve minute helicopter flight leaves you a world away in a land of lush meadows, turquoise lakes, snow covered glaciers and rocky peaks. This relaxed hiking program is for those interested in experiencing four days of walking in the beautiful alpine region. There are not many areas where it is possible to do this and avoid carrying the heavier backpack usually required to visit such a place.

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

July to early September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. The professional guides have extensive experience in the Canadian Rockies. Guides also have advanced wilderness first aid training and heritage interpretation accreditation. Guides carry emergency equipment including a first aid kit, bear spray and radio.

RESTRICTIONS

This a relaxed walking program and the daily itinerary will be chosen based on the groups energy and aspirations. There is NO technical mountaineering involved in the ridge walking or accessing the easy summits. We classify this program as easy to moderate.

Being in good shape for hill walking will significantly enhance enjoyment. Try to get out and do some walking and general fitness training before you come.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Hiking boots, duffel bag, daypack, sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Canmore, Alberta.  Canmore is located about a 1.25 hour drive west of Calgary.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Southern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Helicopter shuttle to and from Mt. Assiniboine and local transfers from Canmore.

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, sunglasses, sunscreen, first aid kit, lip balm, trekking poles.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You will be camping at the beautiful Magog Lake Campground.  This campground is a short 1.5 km hike from the helipad and has its own cooking shelter.  You will be camping in comfortable 2 and 3 person tents for this trip.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Your guides supply all meals and trail snacks from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4. 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 to which they can add a variety of fresh items (they do have to keep baggage weights down for the flight in). For guests with dietary restrictions, they are able to modify the program food pack to meet your individual needs.  

4 day tour, available July - early September
$1650.00 / per person - CAD

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).

4 day tour, available July - early 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 a 12.30pm departure.

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 Lodge. Upon arrival, we'll carry our packs 1.5 km to the Magog campground where we will be based for our stay. After settling in we can head out for the remainder of the day to explore a bit and get a feel for the area. Gog Lake is not far away so we can sit by the lake and watch the Osprey fish or the marmot who is checking us out!

Day 2

Day hike
There are numerous trails and scenic circuits to explore. A good outing is to hike on past Gog Lake to Wonder Pass (2395m). We will attempt the ridge walk to the summit of Wonder Peak if we find there's still energy to spare. The mountain scenery is always spectacular and depending on the season there will be wildflowers or flaming Larches to add to an already inspiring view. Then it's back to our camp for a cup of tea, followed by a hearty meal and a good rest. Distance 7km. Elevation gain 650m.

 

Day 3

Day hike
Today we will head off in a different direction - Either Sunburst, Cerulean and Elizabeth Lakes, Chuck's Ridge and the Nub (14km, 545m) or to Og Pass and Windy Ridge (17km, 500m). From high alpine meadows to rocky ridges, to crystal clear lakes and deeply shadowed forests, it's all here for us to explore!

Day 4

Our last day in paradise!
We still have some time for a last walk before we fly home in the afternoon, wandering the meadows for the last time before we head back reluctantly for the flight to Mount Shark. We should be back in Canmore by mid-afternoon where you can enjoy an evening in one of the local restaurants to cap off a rewarding trip.