Journey through the Clouds Mountain AdventuresReference CTS9794
With mountains as far as the eye can see, the Cariboos are stunning in every season. You will fly to rarely visited high-country terrain to enjoy guided treks with colossal glacier views. This 10 day Mountain Adventure tour offers 2 ½ days of guided heli-hiking, 3 nights nestled in stunning British Columbia backcountry at Cariboos Lodge, and a panoramic helicopter tour, and to top it all off a 2-day rail journey onboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer.
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your rail adventure continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper.
This morning your shuttle will pick you up from your hotel and will transport you to the CMH helipad where you will be flown to the Cariboos Lodge. Upon arrival you will have time to settle into your room, receive a quick lodge orientation and a mandatory helicopter safety briefing. Guides will speak to each member of the group and split as necessary to make sure everyone is within their comfort level. You will be outfitted with boots, jackets, daypacks, rain-pants, walking poles and a water bottle. For the rest of the afternoon you will have time to relax in the spa area, get a massage or enjoy a drink and tea goodie by the bar before dinner. Overnight at CMH Cariboos Lodge.
Morning offers choices: join the morning stretch or sleep a little longer. Breakfast is served at 8:00am and the first helicopter leaves at 9:00am.
Each group, with its own guide, at their own pace, spends the day roaming and hiking in the mountains. Over the course of the day, the helicopter may move each group to three or four different areas giving you a chance to experience a variety of settings. Lunch is picnic-style with food that you pack from a great selection set out at the lodge each morning.
In the late afternoon, you fly back to the lodge for tea, goodies and relaxation prior to a spectacular dinner and an evening of story-swapping. Just as our groups vary, our mileage varies from approximately one kilometre (1/2 mile) to 15 kilometres (9 miles) - guests hike as much or as little as they desire. Overnight at CMH Cariboos Lodge.
After breakfast you will head to the helipad for your final hike! In the early afternoon, you will fly back to the lodge for lunch and have some time to pack your bags before heading to the helipad to be transferred to your ground transportation to Banff. You will depart at 3:15pm and you will enjoy the incredible drive down the Icefields Parkway. View glaciers, cascading waterfalls, rock spires and beautiful lakes. You will arrive in Banff later in the evening. Overnight in Banff
Spend the entire day exploring Banff National Park on your own. Overnight in Banff
Begin the morning with a motorcoach sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Continue on to Kananaskis for a 12 minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies before you transfer to Calgary. Enjoy admission to the Calgary Tower. Overnight in Calgary.
Your holiday ends with check out of your hotel and head to Calgary International Airport for your flight back to the UK