Trip Dates

Custom dates on demand for small groups, July through September ideal. Traverse location and goals can be adapted.

Price

$625 per person, 3 day program $795 per person, 4 day program *based on 4 people

Group Size

1:6 maximum

Skill Level

Moderate to Advanced

Related Trips

Overnight Alpine Hikes
Snow & Ice Course
Introduction to Mountaineering
Glacier Hikes
On Trail Traverses

Off-Trail Trekking

Enjoy the rewards and remoteness and safety of off trail trekking with a professional...

Take in incredible mountain scenery and vistas as you hike into the alpine.  We offer unique trekking destinations that travel across ridges, through mountain passes and both bolder or meadow fields. 

Trekking programs are designed for the experienced hiker seeking the additional thrill of moving between remote camps and learning how to safely navigate through more challenging mountain terrain.

For individuals with ample hiking experience, enjoy the challenge of walking off trail in the mountains on a unique trekking program.  Hiking treks can be a fun experience with a group or family and gives a window into the high mountain alpine terrain.

Consider lifting a pack onto your back and enjoy the rewards of stunning views, remote wilderness and the satisfaction of choosing your alpine camp every evening.  Your guide will help you safely adjust to the rigor of living daily in the back country.

Moderate Treks (3 field days)

Woodbury Cabin to Silverspray via ridge route, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
View photos by Steven Howe highlight this as one of Canada’s best routes, see March issue of Backpacker magazine for description.

Lemon Creek to Glory Basin and out Gibson Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Advanced Treks (3-7 field days)

Gimli Ridge into Mulvey Basin across to Drinnon Pass, Valhalla Provincial Park
See Backpacker’s description of this remote wilderness route with photographer Steven Howe.


Valhalla Traverse, Valhalla Provincial Park

Itinerary

The complete itinerary is somewhat flexible and will vary depending on participant needs, weather, conditions and course location. We will either hike in to and be based from different back country tent camps or from a remote mountain huts like Silverspray Hut, Woodbury Cabin or Kokanee Glacier Chalet).

Below is a sample itinerary for a four day program (3 field days).  For hiking trekking courses, skills sessions covered include pacing and walking tips, navigation (maps, compass and GPS skills), preparedness, hazard identification, safe route selection and more.

Day 1: Pre-trip meeting 5 PM in Nelson (2 hours)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waiver.
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Gear & meals check; session on packing strategy
  • Day 2 Hike in to remote mountain hut or back country camp location

  • early morning meet a predetermined location or trail head
  • 5-7 hour hike to base camp, varies on trail difficulty
  • set up tents, evening meal and optional session
  • Day 3 Hike to 2nd mountain camp

  • early camp breakfast
  • pack up tents and equipment
  • explore alpine meadows, pass or summits en route to next camp
  • set up tents, evening meal and optional session
  • Day 4 Hike out

  • early camp breakfast
  • small morning hike & camp pack up
  • 5-7 hour hike out & return to town
  • Prerequisites

    Programs are moderate to advanced hikers.  Lots of experience day hiking, good physical fitness and ability to carry a pack is required.  Prior backpacking experience useful. 

    Guests are responsible to self evaluate their skills as groups need to be matched together based on prior experience and ability.  Please contact us to discuss your background and what kind of hiking trek would suit you best.

    Equipment

    Backpacking_Equipment_List.pdf

    Weather

    Due to the higher elevations, proximity to dominant winds and weather conditions, mountain weather is difficult to predict. It is most often worse than the weather in the surrounding valleys and can change quickly as it is really hard to predict for more than 24hrs ahead. 

    In summer you expect temperatures to be from 10 C to 28C in the day while overnight temperature can drop dramatically in the high alpine, even below zero.  Temperatures are much colder at higher elevations, even in the summer. It is not uncommon to have overnight freezing temperatures in the alpine, outside a mountain hut or near a back country camp. 

    It is always an interesting challenge to know exactly what you are going to get, therefore is important to be flexible with timing and not too attached to a particular goal or objective.  Be prepared by bringing all required items, this ensure you will be dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation.

    Location

    Our Off-Trail Trekking programs occur in the Valhalla Mountains, Goat Range, Selkirk and Purcell Mountains near Kaslo, Slocan City, Nelson and New Denver.

    Contact your guide by phone or email the week before for meeting location.  Your guide will do a two hour briefing and packing demonstration the night in Nelson.

    Services Included

    • Pre-course planning support
    • Fully certified IFMGA and/or ACMG Hiking Guide, Alpine Guide or Mountain Guide services
    • 20 years of experience in the area
    • Alternative plan based on current conditions
    • technical mountain equipment
    • group kitchen, tarp, cooking supplies
    • Park permits and Liability Insurance
    • Emergency response plan
    • Group safety equipment

    Services NOT included:

    • 5% gst tax
    • dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available for $45/night
    • heli-drop if applicable ~$300/person
    • personal clothing, overnight equipment, hiking boots *see equipment list for more details
    • personal lunch & snacks
    • hut costs if hut based
    • travel to meeting location and accommodation prior to field portion trip
    • transport to trailhead
    • gratuities
    • trip interruption, cancellation insurance or medical insurance
    • additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather

    FAQ

    How experienced do I need to be?

    On this hiking trek program will benefit from previous overnight hiking and camping experience.  Good physical fitness is a must, comfort and experience with carrying a pack is very useful.

    Is it safe?

    On all back country programs, we provide you with fully certified IFMGA / ACMG Mountain, alpine and hiking guides. This gives you the highest safety standards in the industry. While it is impossible to eliminate all the hazards, our guides will maximize your experience and greatly minimize the risks involved.

    Can I rent some of the equipment needed during the programs?

    On the overnight tenting programs we offer participants access to hiking or camping equipment at no extra charge, however you are welcome to bring your own.  This includes:  hiking poles, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, stove, pots. Contact us for specifics and availability.

    Where can I rent/buy climbing & outdoor equipment?

    Here are a few outdoor stores in Nelson that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear rental, please ensure you rent gear well in advance.

    Rivers Oceans and Mountains 354-2056 www.roamshop.com
    Valhalla Pure Outfitters 354-1006 www.shop.vpo.ca