Trip Dates

June to early October
*available daily on demand

Price

Starting at $390 per person Dependent on location & group size

Group Size

Maximum of 4

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Related Trips

Heli-drop Hiking

Ensure your hiking day is off the beaten path, get a quick lift into the alpine…

Enjoy walking on ridges or in alpine meadows, while soaking in unending mountain views.  Discover the signs of wildlife and unique flowers that exist in the high alpine zone.  A gourmet lunch is provided, enjoy while feasting on the Selkirk Mountain vista.

Skip the gruelling ascent from the valley and enjoy the scenic tour from Nelson and the excitement of being dropped off on an alpine ridge with your interpretive guide.  Enjoy a full day adventure, with scenic views of the glaciated terrain of Kokanee Provincial Park. 

Notice the seclusion of walking along an alpine ridge where you will be dropped off with your guide.  For each of our heli-hiking adventures, you will walk with a professionally trained hiking guide and interpreter.  While in the mountains, we teach you how to travel with low impact, while on flight pilots choose routes that avoid disturbing wildlife.  Spend the rest of the day taking in majestic mountain views as you traverse through the alpine landscape.  At the end of your hike, a pick up vehicle returns you to Nelson. 

Itinerary

Choose one of our popular helicopter trips or create a unique multi-day tour around the West Kootenays.  Be the first one to book a hike and you determine the level of challenge and location with the guidance from Summit Mountain Guide staff. 

We offer day programs that drop off near the pristine wilderness of Valhalla Provincial Park, Kokanee Provincial Park, ridges near Baldface Lodge or peaks close to Whitewater Ski Resort.  Our multi-day programs can involve one or two nights at a rustic hut or backcountry lodges like Valhalla Lodge, Mt. Carlye Lodge.

Prerequisites

Programs are intermediate to advanced.  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 tour would suit you best.

Equipment

Click here for equipment list

Weather

Kootenay weather can vary drastically.  In summer you expect temperatures to be from 8 C to 28C in the day while overnight temperature can drop dramatically in the high alpine, even below zero.  Visibility could be poor or whiteout conditions when raining heavily or snowing or clear on bluebird days.  Ensure you are dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation can change within the day.

Location

Contact your guide the evening before for meeting location.

Services Included

  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Helicopter Transport
  • Fully certified ACMG guide service
  • Gourmet lunch and snacks
  • Group safety equipment (communication device, rescue kit, first aid supplies, GPS, maps)

Not included in price:

  • Lunch, snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Transportation costs to meeting location
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance, medical insurance

FAQ

Where can I purchase personal and safety equipment?

We have some equipment available for rent, contact us.  If you’d like to buy gear consider outdoor stores in Nelson that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear rental, please ensure you rent/buy gear well in advance.

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