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- 7 hiking hrs/day
- Requires stamina!
- roped glacier travel
- gravely trails

Dates 2014:
June - October
Custom trips anytime

Scheduled departures:
WE = Weekend

June 15 - 17
June 20 - 22(WE)
Jun 27 - 29(WE)
July 4- 6(WE)
Jul 11 - 13 (WE)
Jul 13 - 15
Jul 18 - 20 (WE)
Jul 25 - 28
Jul 30 -Aug 1
Aug 4- 6(WE)
Aug 7- 9
Aug 13 - 15

Aug 22 - 24(WE)
Aug 29 - Aug 31(WE)
Sep 4- 6
Sep 12 - 14 (WE)
Sep 15 - 17
Sep 19- 21 (WE)
Sep 26 - Sep 28 (WE)

CD$690 / person plus GST

Discounts for group bookings!

Group Size:
min. 3 clients / group

max. 7 clients / guide

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Little Wapta Glacier Trek

The Canadian Rockies / Lake Louise / Banff National Park

3 Day Glacier Trek, Hut-to-Hut along the Continental Divide in Banff National Park

- Hike the Wapta Icefields
- Remote Huts - fully equipped!
- Turquoise Mountain Lakes
- Ice Climbing & Crevasse Rescue Intro
- Perfect Family Trip!
- Great introduction to Mountaineering

This 3 day glacier trek will take you to some of the most scenic glaciated mountain terrain that Western Canada has to offer. We will take advantage of a network of backcountry huts run by the Alpine Club of Canada, all of which are spectacularly located high up on the Wapta Icefields along the continental divide of the Rockies. While the huts are well equipped with all cooking ware, stoves and fuel as well as bunks with mattresses, we still have to bring our own food and a sleeping bag.

“The Wapta Horseshoe Trek” starts at the turquoise waters of Bow Lake and ends at Peyto Lake, only 10 km north of our starting point along the world famous Icefields Parkway which connects Banff and Jasper National Parks.

En route, we will have the opportunity to summit some of the surrounding glaciated peaks, which rise to a maximum of 3300 Meter (10800 ft). The trip also offers a great introduction to mountaineering with glacier travel and an optional crevasse rescue and ice climbing exercise - the perfect family trip!

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Little Wapta Glacier Trek

Trip Details and Small Print - Little Wapta Glacier Trek

Can I do it?
Strenuous multi-day trek with a combination of hiking on trails (at times steep and gravel covered) and glaciers (at times snow covered). On the glaciers you will be roped with your fellow trekkers and your guide as a rope team. The terrain is not technical and relatively gentle, however the use of crampons will likely be required. We will go through an instructional session about glacier travel and crampon / ice axe use on Day 1 and 2. All in all, you need to be in good physical and mental condition, ready to be on your feet for about 7-8 hrs on some of the days. If in doubt, give us a call!

Meeting Point:
Depending on our client's preference, we can meet you on Day 1 of the trek either a) in Canmore or Banff at 7.30 or b) in Lake Louise at the Canadian Alpine Center (a.k.a. Youth Hostel) at 8.30 AM for a trip briefing, distribution of group food and rental gear. From Lake Louise, a 20 minute drive takes us to the trail head at Bow Lake.

How to get there:
Greyhound Bus Service from Calgary to Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise 4 times a day. Driving times from the trail head at Bow Lake: To Calgary = 2.15 hrs, Canmore 1.15 hrs, Banff 1 hrs, Lake Louise 20min. Also, there are several private shuttle services providing bus service from the Calgary airport to these three towns in the Canadian Rockies. Rental cars are available in Calgary, Banff or Canmore.

Climate, Weather, Temperatures, Preferred Season:
Temperatures and weather can vary greatly on this trip: You might be able to start the hike in shorts at Bow Lake in temps around 30 C ( 86 F) and face subfreezing temperatures down to -15C (5 F)the next morning when stepping on the glacier. Fresh snow is also a possibility on this trip.

Best season for this trip is July - September. For earlier or later departures, we might have to carry snowshoes along. If you wanted to do this trip as a ski traverse, have a look at our Wapta Ski Traverse.

Services Included in the Total Price:
- Guiding by a certified (ACMG / IFMGA) and insured mountain guide, alpine guide or assistant guide under supervision.
- All trip organization, reservations as well as assistance with all pre- and post trip preparations.
- All food and food preparations for the 2 nights in backcountry huts
- Parks Canada wilderness overnight fee
- Rental of technical equipment: Ice axe, harness, crarabiner, crampons and helmets for ice climbing practice

Not Included (but can be quoted separately):
- Pre- and post trip lodging in Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise
- Airport pick up, drop off at Calgary International Airport
- Transport from and to the trail head


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