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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Canadian Rockies Trek

17th Jun 2023 - 24th Jun 2023

8 days/Canada /Moderate to Challenging

Overview

This 5-day trek is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the finest scenery of the Canadian Rockies with spectacular treks in Kootenay, Banff and Yoho National Parks. Discovering the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, forests and lakes which make this area so breath-taking, you will take on some of the finest trek trails in this part of Canada.

A Moderate to Challenging trip. You will be trekking for up to 8 hours for 5 consecutive days, camping, and tackling varying terrain (including some demanding ascents).

This trek is graded moderate to challenging. You will be trekking for up to 8 hours for 5 consecutive days, camping, and tackling varying terrain (including some demanding ascents). Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable (be it because of group pace, weather conditions, local bureaucracy or other factors) and itineraries may be altered to allow for this. Do not to expect standards to be the same as you are used to at home. For you to get the most out of your challenge it is important that you are open minded, positive and flexible, enjoy the challenges of being away from home, are happy to be pushed out your comfort zone and keen to try something new. Suitable fitness preparation before departure forms a crucial part of this.

The terrain will vary throughout the five days but will generally be on good wide trails which are usually kept clear of obstacles without dangerous drop-offs or trip hazards. There will be some steady steep sections of hiking and some areas of scrambling. It is critical that your training includes hill walking and trekking up and down gradients so you are sure on your feet. Underfoot you will find uneven stony trails, forest floors, rocky sections and scree. The trails may be muddy or dusty depending on the weather conditions.

The maximum altitude you will reach during the challenge is 2611 metres at Sentinel Pass. You are unlikely to feel the effects of altitude sickness although it may make this part of the trek feel particularly demanding.

The trek is accompanied by local guides who have an excellent knowledge of trekking in the region. You will also be supported by an excellent team of support staff and drivers and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

You will stay in a hostel in Canmore, Banff and Calgary, and two different campsites in Banff National Park during the trek. Your stay at the hostels will be in mixed-gender dormitories which have 4 – 10 beds per room. While camping you will sleep in 4-man tents with two people per tent; Thermarest mattresses are provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag which must have a comfort rating of -5°C.

During your stay at the hostels you will eat breakfast at the accommodation and dinners at local restaurants. During the trek, breakfast will be at camp and will include yoghurt, fruit, cereal, bread, jam, meat and cheese. Every second day there is the option of a hot cooked breakfast, such as bacon and eggs. After breakfast, items will be laid out on a table for you to make your own packed lunch. Dinners will be cooked for you at the campsite. It is likely that there will be one or two pasta nights and other dinners may feature salmon, sausages, chicken or steak served with potatoes, rice, fresh vegetables plus a dessert. Dietary requirements can be catered for if we know in advance.

You must be at least 18 years old to participate on this trek unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout. There is no upper age limit.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.
The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.
If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.
In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre departure info
Passport + copy
eTA (Travel Authorisation)
Travel insurance info
Pen for immigration forms
Cash + credit/ATM card(s)
Head torch + spare batteries
Camera + spare batteries
Sunglasses (100% UV)
Mobile phone + charger
Adaptor 2 round pins (USA)

Clothing

Hiking boots*
Trainers for evenings at camp
Non-cotton trek socks
Underwear (ideally non-cotton)
Non-cotton base layer
Non-cotton t-shirt
Warm jacket (down/Primaloft)
Non-cotton mid layer of fleece
Non-cotton thermal top
Non-cotton thermal bottoms
Non-cotton trek trousers
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof trousers
War, waterproof gloves
Warm hat
Sun hat
Buff (www.buffwear.co.uk)
Casual attire for travel days

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Shower gel/ shave kit / loofah*
Moisturising cream*
Toilet paper* (1-2 rolls)
Nappy bags* for used toilet paper
Hand sanitizer
Small travel towel
Feminine hygiene products*

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET repellent (small bottle)
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters
Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (e.g. Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Sun cream (SPF 30+)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Decongestant (optional)
Scissors/tweezers
Throat lozenges (optional)

Zinc oxide tape (optional)

Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Books/playing cards
Video Camera + batteries/charger
Portable battery pack/power bank
iPod/MP3 player
Trekking pole(s)

Luggage

Kit bag
Daypack/backpack (25-30 litres)
Small holdall/bag for non-trek items
Lightweight day bag/rucksack liner
Combination Padlocks x 2
Suitcase (if not using kit bag for flight)

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak) plus 1-2x 1-litre bottles OR
3x 1-litre bottles
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Sleeping bag (comfort -5°C)*
Ear plugs (essential)
Silk sleeping bag liner
Pyjamas (use thermals for trek)
*can be hired on request

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please ensure you pack your boots in your hand baggage in the unlikely event your luggage is delayed or goes missing.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 17 June 2023):

London – Calgary – Canmore
Depart London for Calgary, then transfer to a hostel in the town of Canmore (approx. 1.5 hours’ drive) which is situated near the boundaries of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, where our challenge awaits. We enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and stay at the hostel overnight.
Overnight: Hostel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday 18 June 2023):

Mt. Yamnuska
After breakfast we drive for approx. 30 minutes to our starting point. Today we follow the Yamnuska trail, which traverses the outlying ridge of Mt. Yamnuska, the easternmost mountain in the Bow Valley. The trail offers spectacular views of the prairies, stretching all the way to the city of Calgary. We set up camp for the next two nights at the Johnston Canyon Campground, Banff National Park (approx. 1.5 hours’ drive).
Trekking: 7km, 4 hrs., 435m elev. gain
Overnight: Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Monday 19 June 2023):

Stanley Glacier
Today’s trek takes us into Kootenay National Park where ancient fossils, waterfalls and blue glaciers await us. We will discover the forces that built mountains and trek through an area severely burnt by forest fires from 1968 and 2003. Although this may sound unappealing, wild flowers now thrive in this area and reforestation has taken place. Later this afternoon we reach the valley’s boulder fields where we can look for fossils (but you can’t take any home!) before returning for a second night at the campsite (approx. 20 mins. drive).
Trekking: 13km, 5-6 hrs., 500m elev. gain
Overnight: Campsite Day 4: (Tuesday 21 June 2022) Paradise Valley / Sentinel Pass
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday 20 June 2023):

Paradise Valley/Sentinel Pass
Today we break camp and drive approx. one hour to the start of our trek in the Larch valley within Banff National Park where we enjoy one of the most popular hikes in the Rockies. The trail takes us through beautiful and gentle scenery to Sentinel Pass (2611m) where you are faced with steep rugged terrain with scree underfoot to reach the top. Once you reach the pass you will traverse to the other side into aptly named Paradise Valley, where you can enjoy stunning views. The trail then passes through beautiful pine forests and the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Annette, ideal for an afternoon rest stop, before returning to the road and driving to our second campsite at Lake Louise (approx. 20 min. drive).
Trekking: 19 km, 6-8 hrs. 730m elev. gain
Overnight: Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday 21 June 2023):

Lake Louise Highline Circuit
It is just a 15-minute drive to the start of today’s spectacular trek. The Lake Louise Highline combines a number of trails to form a great circuit of the Plain of Six Glaciers, including the “Deathtrap Couloir” viewpoint. This is a long day of trekking but arguably the best trek in Banff National Park and well worth the effort for spectacular views along the way and especially the Plain of Six Glaciers. We return to Lake Louise Campsite this evening for dinner and overnight.
Trekking: 16km, 7 hrs. 800m elev. gain
Overnight: Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 (Thursday 22 June 2023):

Iceline Trail
After breakfast we set off for the start of today’s trek (approx. 30 min. drive). Yoho National Park is the setting for today’s trek and is possibly one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rockies. The Iceline Trail boasts close-up views of numerous glaciers, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (Takakkaw Falls), mountain peaks and much more.
It’s a tough full day of trekking, starting the day trekking uphill through a dense pine forest, but the superb views are your reward and make a fitting finale to our Rockies challenge!
We continue to Banff (approx. one hour drive) for an overnight stay in a hostel.
Trekking: 21km, 8 hrs., 730m elev. gain
Overnight: Hostel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 (Friday 23 June 2023):

Banff – Calgary
Today we travel to Calgary (approx. 1.5 hour drive) where we have a free day to explore at our leisure. This evening we will have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Hostel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 (Saturday 24 June 2023):

Calgary – London
We transfer to the airport today for our flight home. Depending on flight schedules we may land the following day.
Meals: Breakfast

Note: The day-to-day program is subject to temperature, weather, general conditions and the ability of the group. While we do not anticipate any changes to the itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately the safety and health of the group takes priority in all circumstances.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £455
and then either…

Sponsorship: £3,970

or

Flexi: £1,985 trip costs and £1,985 fundraising for Arthur Rank Hospice.

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • 80% of the total (£3,176) must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The remaining 20% (£794) should be raised by the date of departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

FLEXI

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • 80% of the total (£3,176) must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure (£1,985 balance plus £1,191 fundraising).
  • The remaining 20% (£794) should be raised by the date of departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

What's included

  • Return flights from London
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • All transfers and transport in Canada
  • Hostel accommodation in Canmore, Banff and Calgary and camping on the trek
  • Trek permits
  • Local guides
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Different Travel UK tour manager

What's not included

  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Canada eTA
  • Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Personal trek kit

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