Many years ago, when I was on an adventurous tour of northern Pakistan, an incident occurred that continues to trouble me. Our hardy band of 10 had been told by both our Pakistani guide and our U.S. guide that we should not take pictures of local women, as this was extremely disturbing to the Pakistanis. […]
Trekking along the edge of a glacier, wandering through technicolor alpine meadows, hopping across meandering streams, and marveling at the turquoise blue, ever-present glacier lakes – this is heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies! From a fabulous collection of lodges and settings, immerse into nature and the great outdoors by day, enjoying well-deserved meals and settling in to comfort at day’s end.
Banff is world-renowned for its spectacular scenery, and you’ll take it in from two locations, the Banff Townsite and Lake Louise. The views from Banff’s main street are stunningly beautiful, and Lake Louise – well – we suspect you’ve heard! In between the two, travel by helicopter to a remarkable high-mountain lodge, for three days of high-mountain bliss. Depart the lodge each day, in a small group with a guide, and helicopter to high plateaus, wildflower-filled meadows, alpine lakes, and impressive glaciers.
Then, travel the Icefields Parkway – twice! –to and from Jasper National Park, the most spacious of the Canadian Rockies parks. From centrally-located resort accommodations, take a boat cruise on Maligne Lake, explore a waterfall-filled gorge, hike to high places, and consider the array of lodge activities and restaurants right on the lodge property.
End in the “real” town of Canmore, just outside of Banff, staying within walking distance of the lively town center. Spend your last full day on one more heli-hiking extravaganza, taking you above treeline for open hiking and amazing views. A grand finale to an exquisite trip brimming with brand-new experiences in stunning surroundings.
The Canadian Rockies, in all their splendor!