Backpacking Tour

Backpacking expedition on Mount Robson | CA-YM601

Hike the tallest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains on this backpacking tour on Mount Robson

Overview

Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over Berg Lake and the extensive sub alpine forests and tundra stretching to the northwest. It is the constant and amazing backdrop on this, our most relaxed hiking trip

Tour Highlights

  • Mount Robson
  • Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • Berg Lake
  • Mount Robson Provincial Park
  • Robson Pass
  • Snowbird Pass
  • Mumm Basin
  • Whitehorn

This tour is less demanding than some of the other backpacking trips. It begins with a helicopter drop off deep in Mount Robson Provincial Park and away from the crowds. We spend two days sampling some of the excellent hiking in the region before shouldering our packs for the easy three-day hike back to civilization. It involves walking thru the furthest east coastal rainforest with towering cedars, spruce, and hemlock.

This is a great trip for a first backcountry backpacking experience or for those who like to keep pack weights to a minimum. The tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies doesn't need to be climbed to be fully enjoyed but we can do that if you so desire!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Available Aug-Sept
Duration 6 days
Departs From Canmore, AB
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 8
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Region Alberta

From

2 195 CAD

Per Adult

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  • Free Cancellation
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2019): August 25-30, September 8-13.

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What's Included

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Included

  • Group camping and cooking gear
  • Tents (accommodations are in tent camps along the trail)
  • Park permits
  • Transfers from Canmore
  • Helicopter transfers to Robson Pass
  • All meals and trail snacks from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6

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

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag (required)
  • Backpack (required)
  • Sleeping pad (requried)
  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Bowl, spoon & large mug (required)
  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight

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Itinerary

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Information

Guide information: There will be a maximum of eight guests and a minimum of four. Your hiking guides are committed professionals with relevant certifications. They are licensed by B.C. Parks to conduct hiking trips in the Park. 

Restrictions: 

Prior hiking experience is not a prerequisite but is recommended. Participants must be in the good physical condition and able to carry a backpack on a largely downhill and flat trail for two days.

Backpack weights are moderate. On the 2nd day, the group will be carrying the heaviest loads, food and gear for the entire trip but only for 2km of flat trail. Days 3 and 4 will require daypacks only. On the backpack portion (last 2 days) participants will be carrying personal clothing and gear plus a fair share of food and group gear (tents, stoves, etc).

Transportation: Trips originate and end near Canmore, Alberta.

Weather: Summer temperatures average 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

 

Meals & Dining: 

The guides will supply all meals and trail snacks from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6. Groups generally go out for dinner in Canmore on the final evening (own cost).

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

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 leaving for Mount Robson.

We drive (3.5hours) along what is arguably one of the most spectacular highways in the world, the Banff - Jasper Parkway to the town of Jasper. We will stop en-route for a short hike to stretch our legs at the Columbia Icefields. From Jasper, we head 80km west on the Yellowhead Highway to Mount Robson Provincial Park where we will first see the peak of Robson looming high above. We camp at Robson Meadows for the night.

From the nearby helipad, we fly 15 minutes to the northern side of Mount Robson, landing near Robson Pass (1600m). While mere minutes separate us from the road we couldn't feel further away. Across Berg Lake, the icefalls cloaking Mount Robson keep up a cacophony of falling ice. We are on treeline and surrounded by tundra-like meadows. It is a stunning place!

After setting up camp, which will be home for the next three nights, we can walk over to Berg Lake and soak up views for the rest of the day.

After breakfast, the day's objective is Snowbird Pass and one of the finest hikes in the area. We approach via alpine meadows and extensive moraines, with marmots sunning themselves on rocks, to finally reach the Pass and a superb view of the Reef and Robson Glaciers and the eastern flanks of the peak. Distance 21.6km. Elevation gain 780m.

Another day of hiking in the shadow of the Monarch and the views continue! This time we head to Mumm Basin to the north of Berg Lake and a marvelous vista of both Berg Lake and the mighty North Face of Mount Robson. We can then traverse high above the valley to the Hargreaves Glacier to make a circuit that will bring us back to Berg Lake. Distance 14.8 km. Elevation gain 500m.

Well, we can't put off the backpacking forever, and now it's time to head down the valley. Carrying our personal gear and a share of group camping gear, we hike down the valley past three major waterfalls: White Falls, Falls of the Pool and the magnificent Emperor Falls to arrive at Whitehorn Camp where we spend the night. Distance 11.5km. Elevation loss 525m.

After a leisurely start, we drop into the lower valley to skirt the tranquil waters of Kinney Lake then hike in the shade of lush British Columbian rain forest before arriving at the trailhead 4 hours later. We then drive back along the Icefields Parkway to Canmore and the end of our journey.  Hot showers and an evening of celebration awaits us. Distance 10.9km. Elevation loss 265m.

Payment Details

Deposit and taxes
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 canceling your program up to 8 weeks before the program start, $105 will be withheld. Higher amounts are withheld if canceling 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 the 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).