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trek Canada Rockies
for Newcastle Hospice

itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive in Calgary

We arrive into Calgary mid-afternoon and have a three hour drive to our hotel in Banff admiring the majestic scenery en route. In the evening we have a welcome meal, a briefing on the challenge ahead and meet our guides, before relaxing into our new surroundings.

DAY 2

Mt. Assiniboine National Park

Today we transfer East to Banff National Park for our first hiking challenge. We start off at Sunshine Village following the trail as it takes us across the continental divide at a height of 2,300m and into the stunning Mt. Assiniboine National Park. This 10km route is a lovely first day of trekking allowing us to prepare for the rest of our challenge. After the trek we transfer back to Banff for the night.

DAY 3

Valley of Ten Peaks

Our hike begins at the shore of Moraine Lake, climbing steadily through forest until it opens up into the beautiful Larch Valley, with it’s fall foliage of golden larches blanketing the valley sides. Ahead of us is the imposing wall beneath Sentinel Pass and a faintly seen trail switching its way to the top. From the pass we look down into Paradise Valley and the rock pinnacles known as the “Sentinels”. After lunch, we return to Moraine Lake with awe-inspiring views of the Ten Peaks ahead of us along the hike. We then transfer back to Lake Louise for the night.

DAY 4

Parker Ridge and Lake Agnes

Today’s climb follows a series of switchback trails to Parker Ridge, from where we enjoy spectacular views out across the Columbus Icefield. After time for photos and a picnic lunch, we head to Lake Agnes for our afternoon hike. The trail climbs parallel to the shoreline and offers stunning views of Mount Victoria and the emerald waters of Lake Agnes herself. After the trek we transfer back to Lake Louise for a second night.

DAY 5

Jasper

This morning we set out for the mighty Columbus Icefield. We drive along one of the most beautiful highways in the world with its glittering glaciers, emerald lakes and dense conifer forests. In the afternoon we arrive at the mountain resort of Jasper in the Athabasca River Valley. Here, we are at the very heart of the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. This will be our base for two nights.

DAY 6

Maligne Lake

We start the day with a 5km trek to one of the finest views to be found in the area. From an abandoned log cabin at 2,170m, the greenish-blue waters of Maligne Lake stretch towards the hazy distance with the glacier-clad 3,000m summits rising beyond. We take an easy walk over the open meadows of this rolling mountainside, carpeted with alpine flowers during the summer months. The highest point is reached with a 500m climb to 2,600m. The rest of the day is spent exploring the shores of Maligne Lake and driving the valley road back to Jasper where we have a celebratory meal to mark the end of our treks.

DAY 7

Calgary

Today we transfer all the way back to Calgary known as the gateway to the Rockies. We have a bit of free time in the afternoon and evening to take in the sights of Calgary before winding down and preparing for our trip home and the end of the challenge.

DAY 8

Departure

We have free time to enjoy Calgary before we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

DAY 9

Arrive UK

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