Package Name: ALBERTA | BANFF TO JASPER
Price: Can $2,898/p
Day: 6 Day
Night: 5 Night
Starting Month: May
End Month: Sept
Canadian Rockies Adventure Vacation
Wildlife, wilderness and wildflowers in and around Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise
Destination Overview :
Soaring jagged peaks, crystalline glacial lakes, alpine meadows with wildflowers and countless species of wildlife set the perfect stage for your six-day adventure vacation in the Canadian Rockies. This customized, exclusive journey into the wild introduces you to the delicate interactions of humans with nature, leaving you with a profound sense of awe for the West’s most magnificent destinations.The solitude of the place will pierce through your soul – You’ll often be the only humans in sight for hours on end. The top rated hoke to Sentinel Pass might well be the highlight of the trip. The hike over to Yoho Rass rewards your hard work with a spectacular view of Takakkaw Falls, Western Canada’s second highest waterfall. This trip is the perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, indulge in ultimate relaxation and the best gourmet dining in Alberta. Keep your eyes peeled for wolves, elk and bighorn sheep on a bike ride along the Bow Valley Parkway. Explore limestone potholes and plunging waterfalls on a hike through Johnston Canyon. Trek alongside tottering rock walls and soaring pinnacles on Sentinel Pass. Tackle the Class III-IV whitewater rapids of Kicking Horse River. Hike from the pristine shores of Lake Agnes to the Teahouse on Lake Louise. Pick your way – crampons and all – to the top of Athabasca Glacier alongside one of Canada’s leading experts in mountain exploration. Soak up the spectacular snow-capped Rocky Mountain scenery on a bike ride from Minnewanka Lake to Two Jack Lake. Browse the internationally-acclaimed shops and galleries of Banff. Kick back after a savory dinner and listen to the gurgle of Baker Creek from the porch of your cozy mountain chalet.
A FEW MORE REASONS WHY YOU’VE GOTTA GO…
1. The solitude: You’ll often be the only humans in sight for hours on end.
2. Sentinel Pass: This top-rated hike in the Canadian Rockies is not to be missed.
3. The hike over Yoho Pass: Reward your hard work with a spectacular view of Takakkaw Falls, Western Canada’s second highest waterfall.
4. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
5. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, indulge in ultimate relaxation and the best gourmet dining in Alberta.
DAY 1: BOW VALLEY PARKWAY / JOHNSTON CANYON
Meals Included: L, D
Overnight: Baker Creek Chalet
On Day 1, prepare for early morning pick-ups in Calgary.
After a short welcome meeting, loosen up with your first bike ride. Bow Valley Parkway offers some of the best wildlife viewing and breathtaking panoramas in all of Banff National Park. Fuel up with a trailside picnic before hiking the beautiful Johnston Canyon.
Dinner tonight will be served at the Baker Creek Bistro. Afterward, relax for the rest of the night at the Baker Creek Chalet, your home for the next 3 nights.
About Baker Creek Chalets
Nestled in a peaceful, wooded setting beside Baker Creek, this lodge and cabins blend magically into their surroundings, far from the bustle of Lake Louise.
Baker Creek is an intimate casual mountain resort consisting of log chalets, lodge suites, Bistro restaurant and a Heritage Executive Conference Centre. It is family owned and operated year round.
DAY 2: MORAINE LAKE / CONSOLATION LAKES
Meals Included: B, L, D
Overnight: Baker Creek Chalet
On Day 2, we’ll embark on a full-day hike over Sentinel Pass, rated one of the top hikes in Banff.
Ascend from turquoise Moraine Lake past larch trees and alpine meadows to an above-the-tree-line lunch. Descend from the pass with spectacular vistas of Paradise Valley, boasting some of the finest views in the Canadian Rockies.
For dinner tonight, enjoy an amazing meal at The Station!
DAY 3: ATHABASCA GLACIER / JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Meals Included: B, L, D
Overnight: Baker Creek Chalet
Today, wake up early for a scenic morning drive along the Icefield Parkway past numerous ice fields and glaciers.
Arrive at Athabasca Glacier on the edge of Jasper National Park, where you’ll be outfitted with crampons and walking sticks. Spend the next few hours hiking the glacier alongside a local guide, learning about its formation and the powerful way it shapes the land.
At the end of the day, shuttle back to the Baker Creek Chalets for some R&R before tonight’s BBQ.
DAY 4: KICKING HORSE RIVER / LAKE LOUISE
Meals Included: B, L
Overnight: Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
After a hearty breakfast, gear up for a new and exciting adventure as we shuttle to our put-in before tackling the rapids of the Kicking Horse River. And after working up your appetite, indulge in a freshly-prepared meal along the riverside.
This afternoon, strap on your hiking boots and journey up one of the best trails in all of the Canadian Rockies. The Lake Agnes Teahouse trail that leads to Lake Agnes and Lake Louise offers a variety of equally magnificent views ranging from:
Old growth forests of spruce and fir trees
Blue glacial-fed lakes
After your spectacular day, enjoy dinner at a local’s favorite as you explore Banff on your own tonight. Your home for the next 2 nights will be the beautiful Banff Royal Canadian Lodge.
About the Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
Located in the heart of the mountain town, Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge is the quintessential Canadian lodge, with a distinctive Rundle Rock fireplace and walls covered in Canadian artwork.
The rooms are elegantly appointed with custom-made Canadian furnishings and Canadian artwork. The over-sized bathrooms have an Alberta granite topped vanity and full bathtub and shower. Considered one of Canada’s premiere national parks, Banff National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, renowned for its majestic mountain ranges and pristine mountain lakes and forests.
DAY 5: BANFF SPRINGS / MINNEWANKA LAKE
Meals Included: B, L, D
This morning, jump back on your bike and enjoy a ride around the stunning Banff Springs Golf Course, nestled at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Following, enjoy an amazing picnic made by your guides to fuel you up for another spectacular bike.
Pedal Lake Minnewanka Loop to Lake Minnewanka, Banff’s largest lake, and Two Jack Lake. Take advantage of the awe-inspiring views as the mountains reflect off of the turquoise lake waters.
Tonight, our farewell dinner will be served at the Evergreen Restaurant at the lodge.
DAY 6: SUNDANCE CANYON / CALGARY
Meals Included: B
A short shuttle will bring us to our trailhead where we will have time for one more bike ride together!
Keep your eyes out for rock climbers as you make your way down this beautiful trail surrounded by snow-capped peaks and amazing views of the valley.
Afterward, shuttle back to Calgary to be dropped off at the airport or your hotel for your departure home.
We hope you’ll join us again soon!
** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by our tour operators.
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6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS Next Departure: JUL 17, 2016
from $2,898 / person
($680 single supplement)
Jul 17, 2016
Jul 31, 2016
Aug 21, 2016
Aug 28, 2016
Sep 4, 2016
RECOMMENDED TRAVEL MONTHS
May, June, July, August, September.
THINGS TO CARRY:
1. Trekking Bag
2. Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Quechua Forclaz 500 or similar)
3. Crocs Shoes for rest days
4. Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
5. Sleeping Bag
6. Thermals – Top and Bottom
8. Sunblock (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblock
9. UV Protected Sun Glasses are a must
10. Trekking Poles, 2 units
11. Water disinfection Drops / Tablets to purify water so that you can use for drinking purpose. (If you don’t get it in India, there are plenty available in Kathmandu)
12. Good jacket to protect from cold
13. One Windcheater
14. One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
15. 4 passport photos for permit
16. Passport for Foreign nationals, Indian can carry Voter ID or Passport
17. Lightweight Towel (1 unit)
18. Toilet Paper (plenty)
19. Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty)
21. Trekking Socks
22. Dry Fruits and Chocolates
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE
Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
1.All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions.
2.Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
3.Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
4.Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
5.Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
6.Pre-departure and packing information.
7.Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE
1.Gratuities to our Adventures guides.
2.Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
3.One dinner on your own.
4.Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
5.Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
6.All types of personal insurance.
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Calgary airport (1:00 pm) or your Calgary hotel (1:30 pm).
ADDITIONAL TRIP INFORMATION
Hiking: 3 to 12 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
Biking: 5 to 20 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
Whitewater rafting: Class II-IV rapids, no experience necessary.
The hallmark of an our Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.