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Trek into the remote Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia on this backpacking expedition


The Southern Chilcotins have been identified as the most important unprotected area of wilderness in southern British Columbia


  • Chilcotin Mountain
  • Wilderness of British Columbia
  • Valleys
  • Flowered meadows
  • Alpine terrain
  • Coast Mountain Range

It has been carved by glaciers, shaped by time and decorated by nature. A magnificent mixture of valleys, flowered meadows, alpine terrain, and abundant wildlife, coupled with a low level of visitors, make this appealing to those looking for solitude and remoteness.  

Your route and itinerary have been designed to fully appreciate the diversity of the region. We have added a layover day in an alpine setting to enjoy the incredible scenery and to further explore surrounding peaks.

The Southern Chilcotins have been dubbed "Wildflower Heaven" for good reason. Alpine meadows present a tapestry of colors representing a variety of flower families. If you are a bee, or was one in another life, or just enjoy the smell and look of a flower garden gone crazy, then the Chilcotins is the adventure for you.   Indeed, the Southern Chilcotins are British Columbia's best-kept secret.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability August
Duration 7 days
Departs From Vancouver, BC
Difficulty Moderate
Group maximum 10
Minimum age 10
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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Availability (2024):
Price: $2349 CAD/person

August 6-12

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  • National park user fees
  • Camping fees
  • Cooking gear
  • Camp stoves
  • Tents
  • Tarps
  • Major first aid supplies
  • Emergency radio or satellite phone
  • Meals/snacks/beverages while on the expedition

Suggested Clothing

  • Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Warm socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Sneakers
  • Swim suit
  • Towel

What to bring

  • Warm sleeping bag (required) *Rentals are available
  • Sleeping pad (required) *Rentals are available
  • Backpack (required) *Rentals are available
  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle

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Guide information: All tours meet or exceed the industry standard for guides to client ratios. Tours with 5 or more guests will have two guides. Tours with fewer guests will typically have a single guide and may have a second guide. All guides are certified in wilderness first aid and guiding experience and certifications relative to the tour type.

Restrictions: Moderate level of fitness is recommended.  Be prepared to carry packs of at least 40 pounds.

Transportation: Trips originate and end in Vancouver, BC.

Weather: Summer temperatures average between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

road sign in canada

Arrive in Vancouver the night before.

We will leave Vancouver for our five-hour drive to our starting point, north of Pemberton. The drive, along Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, is an extremely scenic one. We will stop at Whistler, a renowned ski resort for lunch. We will then enjoy a scenic floatplane ride to Warner Lake and then make our way to Trigger Lake. 

woman pointing at a large lake from a mountain

Today, we will enjoy an amazing day-hike up to Deer Pass. The way up and down is a mix of forest, grassland, and wildflowers growing alongside the small creeks. Deer Pass is a window between two mountain ranges - in one direction lie the snow-covered Coast Mountain Range and in the other the rust and ochre colors of the interior. 

forest reflections on gun lake

Spruce Lake is our destination today. We will pass by Hummingbird Lake and then traverse some unique grasslands, mixed with whispering Aspen trees and lots of flowers. 

hiking on a mountain ridge in canada

We use today as another great day-hiking opportunity as we climb the hills behind Spruce Lake. The view at the top offers a fantastic taste of the surrounding lands. And of course, there just might be some more wildflowers along the way! 

colorful summer flowers in canada

Today (with lighter food bags!) we climb up and over Windy Pass into the High Country. We have a couple of options for camp tonight; we might go over a second pass to Taylor Basin or we might stay in the Eldorado Basin in an Alpine meadow. These upper meadows give us a second chance at seeing wildflowers if they have already bloomed at lower elevations. 

hiking through foggy mountains in canada

Today, our last full day in the area, we will combine moving to our last camp with a ridgeline hike in the afternoon. 

Our final morning hike will take us down, down, down towards our van and the drive back to Vancouver.

Payment Details

Deposit and taxes
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
Balance of payment is due 75 days before trip commencement.


The 30% deposit on your tour holds your tour space and guarantees your spot on the tour. Your deposit is non-refundable in most circumstances. If you pay the balance before the 75-day due date, the balance, less the non-refundable deposit, is refundable except under circumstances outlined in the Cancellation Policy (provided upon booking). Your final balance payment is due 75 days before departure, and becomes non-refundable 60 days before departure. If you fail to pay the balance by the 75-day due date, you forfeit your deposit and lose your reservation. If you cancel within 60 days before the tour departure date, you forfeit your entire trip cost. This is necessary to guarantee that tours run when there are insufficient bookings after cancellations, and to cover the significant costs and commitments to run a tour.