6 days/5 nights, with 4½ days hiking
Start any date between July 1 and September 15
6-8 hours hiking per day in mountainous terrain
Options to shorten some day hikes
Fitness and sure-footedness required
Classic Accommodation: CAD$2200 Single suppl. Classic: CAD$370
*Price before tax. Canada applies a 12% HST.
- 5 nights hotels
- All breakfasts and two dinners
- Detailed route instructions and map
- Luggage transfers as well as transfers to trailheads
- All necessary transfers during the tour
- Area Manager available throughout the tour
Your tour starts in Lake Louise overlooking the turquoise lake of this world famous destination. Located 200 km (120 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta, Lake Louise is situated among the imposing peaks of Banff National Park.
There is regularly scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights to Calgary from all major Canadian and many US centres, including: Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas & Seattle. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt.
A number of companies offer an airport shuttle service to Lake Louise & Banff from the Calgary Airport. If you are flying home from Calgary Airport, a special transfer might be necessary to enable you to catch a flight on the same day as the tour end.
Arrival in Lake Louise. The gem of Canada's oldest National Park, the turquoise blue lake against the lofty mountain peaks makes this a stunning introduction to the Rockies. Soak up the natural splendour, take a canoe onto the lake, enjoy a short walk into the mountains.
You have a number of choices today to explore the staggeringly beautiful scenery of Lake Louise. Step out of your lodge and begin with a hike to the highest teahouse in Canada, hidden in a picturesque alpine valley. Take in the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Beehive formations. (18km - elevation 384m or easier option 7 km).
Start the day in Yoho National Park at Takakkaw Falls, third highest falls in Canada. Embark on a thrilling hike on one of the 5 best hikes in the Rockies. Enjoy the rugged, rocky trail along the breath-taking glaciers before descending onto the enchanted tree-lined path passing hidden lakes and glacier-fed rivers. Return to Cathedral Mountain chalets in Field for a quiet evening of relaxation. (Iceline 18km - elevation 652m - or easier option twin fall 20km - elevation 300m).
With a very short taxi transfer, begin your hike to the luxurious Emerald Lake Lodge. Feel the exhilaration as you reach Yoho Pass. Be enthralled by your first glimpse of Emerald Lake as it glistens in the afternoon sun. Stop for a picnic on the tree lined shores of secluded Yoho Lake while soaking in the natural wonder and inspiring beauty of the area. The spectacular President's Range with waterfalls cascading down the rocks merit a stop. (8km - elevation 407 m or easier option 12 km - elevation 100m).
Explore the beautiful trails around Emerald Lake. Hike to Emerald Basin in the President's Range, which ends in a rocky amphitheatre of hanging glaciers and avalanche paths. Maybe choose the less travelled route to Hamilton Lake, a classic alpine lake. Or perhaps take time to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of Emerald Lake by renting a canoe, relaxing in the hot tub or lingering on the outdoor terrace. (12km elevation 900m or easier option 9.5km - elevation 280m).
Take a final stroll around magical Emerald Lake before your transfer arrives to return you to Lake Louise, and you can continue onward to your next adventure.