• Hike in pristine, remote mountainous wilderness
• Helicopter flights to/from lodges to hiking areas
• Tailor your own hikes — easy or hard, long or short
• 7 land days
• Start and finish in Banff, Alberta
• All meals included
• Includes bus shuttle from Banff to helipad and helicopter flight to/from lodges
• Activity Level: 1-5
Imagine hiking in a pristine area surrounded by stunning and surreal landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. Your accommodation is in comfortable lodges. Your guides are fully certified, professional mountain guides with years of training and experience. YOU choose how rigorous or how relaxing your day will be. And the final touch…you are delivered and picked up from this magical wilderness by helicopter. The scenery, the service, the experience does not get any better. Welcome to helihiking.
We are offering a superb 7-day heli-hiking journey in the Columbia Mountain Range. Located on the western side of the great swash of the Rocky Mountain Trench, the Columbia's are technically not part of the Rockies, but run parallel to it and are a stunning and little-known collection of peaks and ranges.
Older than the Rockies by a couple of hundred million years, comparable to them in height and fully their equal in majesty, the Columbia Range attracts only a tiny fraction of the Rockies visitors. Why? A simple reason: it's very hard to get to. Only the most inspired, experienced and stubborn backpackers are able to bushwhack their way to the dazzling heights, which we attain with ease, thanks to our helicopters. No trails, no campgrounds, no pre-packaged view spots. Expect to encounter no one else, as you are simply that remote, making it almost impossible for anyone to get to the places our helicopter takes us to.
A typical day of heli-hiking: After a great sleep and hearty breakfast, our helicopter delivers us to one of several possible starting points. We set out hiking and exploring, always at a comfortable pace, with long or short, strenuous or leisurely hikes to choose from. Our guests, not our guides, set the pace. Our guides are in constant communication with the lodge's helicopter, so we may take two or three different hikes during the day. Our golden rule is flexibility and adaptability.
Each day we immerse ourselves into a different terrains, which could include being dropped in a meadow beneath a stupendous glacial cirque for a morning hike followed by a picnic lunch. With the help of our helicopter, we begin our traverse around a cobalt lake, all the time soaking in the mountain beauty and solitude. In the late afternoon, we fly back to the lodge for a massage, an outdoor hot tub soak or a sauna, a well earned, beautifully prepared dinner, and some story swapping while sipping wine by the fireplace in our comfortable lodge.
We hope you can join us and enjoy the magic that is heli-hiking.
NOTE: For the 2014 season, Bugaboo Lodge will be under renovation. Therefore, accommodation for the entire tour will be at Bobbie Burns Lodge. Hiking will include the Bugaboo Terrain.