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Lake Louise Lodge-based Tour

Highlights

  • Hike & explore the Canadian Rockies' 3 national parks
  • Waterfalls, glaciers and lakes
  • Opportunities to see and photograph wildlife
  • High mountain passes with phenomenal views
  • Premier lodging on the shores of Lake Louise
  • All-inclusive package with expert guides
  • Small group adventure tour

Description

Picture yourself hiking in a small group of like-minded travelers to the top of a towering mountain pass with spectacular views down onto a creased and fractured glacier. The mountains are vast, snow-covered and jagged in all directions. The sky is a sharp, mesmerizing blue. The air is pure with subtle scents of pine, aspen, spruce, and a variety of grasses. You take off your backpack and snap some photos. Your guide lays down a picnic blanket and delicious lunch spread, and you sit and know this is one meal you'll never forget. This is the Canadian Rockies!

Our Lake Louise Lodge-based Tour shows you the very best hikes and features of Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks, the three major parks that comprise the Canadian Rockies. You'll see waterfalls, stunning mountain lakes, high mountain passes, glaciers, wildlife and more!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Canadian Rockies hiking adventure, a Wildland Trekking representative will pick you up from Calgary International Airport (YYC) in between 11 am and 2pm on day 1. We will then drive approximately 2 hours to the village of Lake Louise, where we will check into our accommodation for the next 5 nights, Lake Louise Inn!

Around 5pm, we will have our orientation meeting and your guide will cover introductions, a thorough briefing of our trip, hand out group and personal gear and answer any last minute questions we may have. Dinner tonight is at the Lake Louise Inn. Make sure you have a hearty one as tomorrow we hit the trail.
Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.4 miles (12 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet (457 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
This morning after a great breakfast we will head to the trailhead of Helen Lake. The trail slowly climbs in a straight direction for approximately 1.3 miles then works its way up a few switch backs before arriving at an open meadow. This meadow is over a mile long and roughly half a mile wide. One of the nicest you'll see in the Canadian Rockies. We will continue hiking through the meadows until we reach Helen Lake. Once we arrive at Helen Lake, we will continue up the headwall. Views from the headwall towards Dolomite Peak, Cirque Peak, Mount Hector, Wapta Icefields, Bow Valley and Helen Lake are absolutely amazing. Our guide will prepare a healthy and hearty lunch before we finish our hike.

Once back at the lodge you will have some free time to freshen up before dinner. Your guide will review tomorrow’s plan over dinner which is in town at Deer Lodge.
Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles (10 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1837 feet (560 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
This morning after a hearty breakfast, we will take a short drive to beautiful Yoho National Park. From the parking lot at the end of the road, we will begin walking through the Takakkaw Falls Campground. This trail leads to view points to four waterfalls. The first two Angel’s Staircase and Point Lace Falls, are small intimate cascades. We will continue hiking until we reach Laughing Falls, an impressive single plume with a lot of volume. Our guide will prepare lunch as we enjoy the natural ambiance of the area. After lunch we will hike back to the trailhead and take in the views of Takakkaw Falls, meaning ‘magnificent’ in the Cree language. Takakkaw falls plunges roughly 1,200 ft to the valley floor making it one of the highest in Canada.

Once back at our accommodations we will have some free time to freshen up before dinner is served. Your guide will share details of tomorrows day.
Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles (12 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 820 feet (250 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
This morning will start with a delicious Lake Louise breakfast. Our hike will begin from Moraine Lake. Much of this hiking trail follows along the valley floor; however, your senses won’t be disappointed. This out and back hike, although mostly in the forest, will give you a great taste of Paradise Valley. Our destination? Lake Annette!!! This lake is nestled at the foot of Mt Temple, the highest mountain in the Lake Louise area. After enjoying lunch by the lake shore you’ll have the option of heading back to the trailhead, or if the group is feeling energetic we’ll continue less than a mile past the lake. Here you’ll emerge from the trees for open views along a rockslide from 900 ft. above the valley floor. The vistas from here takes in the entire valley! After lunch we will head back to the trailhead and subsequently back to Lake Louise Inn. We will have free time to freshen up before heading out to dinner at The Station Restaurant. Your guide will provide the plan for the following day.
Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles (10 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1320 feet (402 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
  • After breakfast we will take a 30 minute drive to the trailhead for today’s hike. This trail will be challenging and beautiful as it is above tree line and in the sub-alpine zone. We begin our hike and walk up hill to a set of Parks Canada established chairs. This is a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. We then continue up hill with amazing views of Mt. Athabasca, Snow Dome and Nigel Peak. We continue walking until we reach Wilcox Pass! We have an amazing view of the Columbia Ice field and the surrounding mountain.

    The Athabasca glacier takes centre stage. In 1846 it extended to the back of the parking lot and as we can see, is now in recession. If the weather is nice, our guide will prepare lunch at the pass or we will continue down a bit to take shelter. After lunch, we head back to the trailhead to find our van waiting to take us back to Lake Louis Inn. We have free time until time for our celebratory BBQ dinner at Lake Louise Resort! We then drive back to Lake Louise Inn for our final night of the trip.
    Day 6

    This morning after breakfast, we will deliver you back to Calgary International Airport for your flight back home. Please schedule your departure flights for noon or later. We hope you have had a great time and thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking!



    Add-on Rooms: If you'd like to extend your stay, we are happy to book extra room nights at some destinations (not available at all destinations) before and/or after your trip at our preferred hotel for an additional 30% service fee.

    Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

    Trip Details

    What's Included

    • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
    • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
    • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
    • Lodging for the duration of the tour (double accommodations or single supplement)
    • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
    • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast the final morning
    • Professional, certified Wildland Canadian Rockies hiking and tour guides
    • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
    • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

    What's Not Included

    • Transportation to Calgary
    • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
    • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
    • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
    • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
    • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
    • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
    • Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD or local currency is acceptable.)
    See the Packing Lists page for more information.


    Meals: What To Expect

    This Canadian Rockies hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. For the most part we'll be enjoying in-town meals for dinner and some breakfasts and carefully-selected restaurants and lodges, and lunches are prepared on the trail by your guides.

    For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

    We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


    Gear We Provide

    We provide all group gear which includes the following:
    • Backpacks
    • Trekking poles
    • Company-issued first-aid kit
    • Satellite phone


    What Gear To Bring

    We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


    What Clothes to Bring

    Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

    NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

    Trip Logistics

    How do I Register?

    Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

    Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


    Where Do We Meet?

    We will meet you at Calgary International Airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting the first evening (your flight needs to arrive before 2PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


    Safety Considerations

    Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

    In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


    Guides

    Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


    Guide Working Parameters

    Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


    Group Size and Age Restrictions

    The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

    Age restrictions are as follows:
    • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
    • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


    Trip Insurance

    For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

    If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

    For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

    For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

    Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
    US by Phone: 877-305-9083
    Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
    If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

    If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


    Weather in the Canadian Rockies

    The weather in the Canadian Rockies is typical of high mountain climates with sunny weather, summer thunderstorms, and radical and abrupt temperature changes. We recommend being prepared for a range of conditions by packing layered, non-cotton clothing, and having high quality waterproof and breathable rain gear (jackets and pants). For a more comprehensive packing list, please refer to the detailed trip packet that you can download from this page and receive when you register.

    Month Hi Low Precip
    June 66° F 41° F 58.4 mm
    July 71° F 45° F 51.1 mm
    August 70° F 44° F 51.2 mm
    September 60° F 38° F 37.7 mm