British Columbia Hut to Hut Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 12 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Trip End: Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Helicopter deep into Canada's backcountry and immerse yourself in pristine alpine wilderness on this British Columbia Hut to Hut Hiking Adventure.

This backcountry hiking trip invites you to explore some of the lesser-trekked trails of British Columbia's Esplanade Range. On your way toward jumping off the grid, visit two of Canada's most beloved national parks – Kootenay and Yoho. Your expert guides then usher you up to the Canadian backcountry, hopping in a helicopter for a quick ride up to your starting point – Sunrise Lodge. By day you'll hike along secluded trails, delightfully disconnected from hectic schedules and entirely immersed in the beauty around you. By night, you'll rest your muscles and feast on fresh meals whipped up by a private chef. The unspoiled alpine wilderness will enchant you and restore you as you trek the trails of Canada's famed backcountry.

British Columbia Hut to Hut Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Calgary, Alberta Canada Trip End: Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Day 1Meet group in Calgary, travel to Golden with short hikes along the way

  • Day 2Helicopter to Sunrise Lodge, hike along Paradise Ridge to Meadow Lodge

  • Day 3Hike Meadow Lodge to Vista Lodge

  • Day 4Hike Vista Lodge to Sentry Lodge

  • Day 5Explore trails around Sentry Lodge

  • Day 6Helicopter to Golden, explore Lake Louise and say your goodbyes!

  • Day 1

    Meet group in Calgary, travel to Golden with short hikes along the way

    After a morning pickup, you'll set off on a day full of short, scenic hikes on your way from Calgary to Golden. You’ll begin with a welcome meeting and easy stroll among towering peaks and photo-op-worthy bridges at Cascade Ponds. From there, you’ll head to Kootenay National Park to discover the turquoise waters and skeletal spruce trees of Marble Canyon. Enjoy a picnic lunch among the newly thriving growth before heading to Yoho National Park for a hike around Emerald Lake. Compared to the more popular trails in Banff and Jasper, the Emerald Lake hike offers a quieter scene with more opportunities to see wildlife. You’ll arrive in Golden this evening where you’ll get ready for your 4-day backcountry hiking experience.
    Mountain View Inn (Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Helicopter to Sunrise Lodge, hike along Paradise Ridge to Meadow Lodge

    After breakfast, you'll arrive at Sunrise Lodge the only way you can – via helicopter! Just a short 5-minute ride brings you to the gateway of the Esplanade Range, the northernmost tip of the Purcell Mountains. As you hike along Paradise Ridge, soak in the commanding views of the Canadian Rockies to the east and the Selkirks to the west. Enjoy a midday rest and a picnic lunch along the trails before setting off to Meadow Lodge, one of the highest alpine huts in Canada and your home for the evening. Tonight, your personal chef will whip up dinner for you and your fellow hikers.
    GAH-Meadow Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Minimum Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 3hrs 
    Minimum Elevation Gain: 355 metres (1,150 feet)
    Minimum Elevation Loss: 300 metres (1,000 feet)

  • Day 3

    Hike Meadow Lodge to Vista Lodge

    An alpine wonderland few get to experience lies before you today. After breakfast, you’ll begin another day hiking along stunning and secluded trails where wild beauty thrives. And mountain goats, too! Feast your eyes on an endless panorama of sky-skimming peaks and fill your stomach with a hearty midday lunch on the trail. On your way to Vista Lodge, you’ll hike through picturesque alpine meadows and spy the sparkling waters of Vista Lake.
    GAH-Vista Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

    Minimum Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (4 miles), 4hrs
    Minimum Elevation Gain: 395 metres (1,200 feet)
    Minimum Elevation Loss: 470 metres (1,500 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike Vista Lodge to Sentry Lodge

    Step out onto the alpine meadow doorstep of Vista Lodge and hike the peaks and ridges toward Sentry Lodge, the “Crown Jewel of the Esplanade.” But before you relax your delightfully tired muscles in its legendary sauna, you’ll enjoy a trailside lunch and traverse the ridgeline to wonder at the untouched alpine beauty all around you. A new-era backcountry lodge, Sentry offers plenty of space, stellar views, running hot and cold water supplied by Tetras Lake, and even Wi-Fi! But, with the views, good company, and natural treasures surrounding you, you’re just as likely to forget you even brought your phone.
    GAH-Sentry Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Minimum Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.5 miles), 5hrs 
    Minimum Elevation Gain: 475 metres (1,500 feet) 
    Minimum Elevation Loss: 525 metres (1,725 feet)

  • Day 5

    Explore trails around Sentry Lodge

    You’ll spend the day hiking the network of trails that surround Sentry Lodge. Perhaps you’ll take a dip in an alpine lake along the way to cool off and revitalize your senses. Today is a day purely intended to explore the secluded wonderland the mountains hold with your expert guides. This evening, rest up and relax with your fellow trekkers and relive the lifelong memories made this week.
    GAH-Sentry Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

    Minimum Hiking Distance: 7-11 kilometres (5-7 miles), 5hrs 



  • Day 6

    Helicopter to Golden, explore Lake Louise and say your goodbyes!

    Bid the backcountry farewell this morning and catch a helicopter ride back to town. In just 12 short minutes, civilization comes roaring back to life. On your way back to Calgary, enjoy a lunch stop and a stop at Lake Louise to find out why its beauty has captivated visitors for over 100 years. Later this afternoon, we’ll drop you off at the airport, refreshed and renewed after your backcountry expedition.
    (Breakfast, Lunch)

British Columbia Hut to Hut Adventure Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $3999/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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Useful Information

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 12 guests plus two experienced guides.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Wyndham Garden Calgary Airport at 7:30am or at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire at 8am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Calgary for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at a hotel of your choice in Calgary around 5pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Calgary at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: We do not recommend flying out of Calgary on the last day of the trip. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don’t! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we’ll match you up with another person to share a room with. If there’s no one to share with, there’s no forced single supplement! 

* Due to limited rooming options on this trip, we cannot offer private rooms to solo travellers for a single supplement fee.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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