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Heli-hikers at British Columbia's North Cariboo Glacier.

Overview

An unforgettable family adventure

Imagine exploring an enchanted alpine realm firsthand in one of the last pristine wilderness areas of North America, one that few humans have witnessed. Our Canadian heli-hiking adventure takes us to terrain once achievable only by the hardiest mountaineers but now accessible to novice day hikers thanks to our team of highly skilled mountain guides and world-class helicopter pilot.

Discover the grand landscapes of the Bugaboos in the Purcell Mountains as we walk among remote peaks, majestic glaciers, alpine lakes and wildflower-carpeted meadows. Learn about how environmental change is affecting this dramatic alpine landscape. It’s an awe-inspiring experience not to be missed!

Dates

July 6–14, 2023

Duration

9 days

Price

From $10,245 per person

Trip size

26 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Scott Burns, '69, MS '70

Geology, Portland State University

A teacher of geology and ecology for more than 52 years, Scott is well-versed on the unique natural forces that shape mountain environments in addition to the plants and animals that inhabit them.

Itinerary

Peaks and glaciers of British Columbia

Flying in and out of Calgary, we spend two nights in Banff National Park before traveling to the Purcell Mountains for six days of incredible hiking in the Bugaboos Range among wildflower-carpeted meadows, icy glaciers, clear azure lakes and alpine forests.

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Banff

    Arrive on independent flights to Calgary and transfer by coach to Banff, nestled in the heart of Canada’s first national park, Banff National Park. This evening enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel.

    Accommodations:

    Rimrock Resort Hotel

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Lake Louise

    Start the morning with breakfast and a lecture and continue to Lake Louise for a photo opportunity and a ride on the Lake Louise Gondola. Enjoy lunch and the views from the top of the Gondola before returning to the Rimrock Hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Accommodations:

    Rimrock Resort Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Banff / Bobbie Burns Lodge, Bugaboos, British Columbia

    Depart Banff early this morning and travel westward along the shores of the Bow River, past the soaring mountain citadels of Banff National Park, through Yoho National Park, to Golden, British Columbia. Drive south through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the Rockies to the east and the front ranges of the Columbia Mountains to the west. Board our helicopter and enjoy a short, scenic flight to our first lodge, where we are outfitted with all the equipment we’ll need for our hikes. Lunch is followed by our first helicopter ride and hike. Fly back to our lodge for a relaxing evening and dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Bobbie Burns Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Bobbie Burns Lodge

    Enjoy two full days of hiking with our expert mountain guides, who lead us to different scenic spots each day, depending on conditions and the interests of the group. Summit the challenging Mount Nimbus, traversing a suspension bridge 2,000 feet above the valley floor and climbing the most extensive via ferrata in North America. Hike Conrad Glacier, zip lining, crossing rivers over cabled bridges, navigating wild canyons and maneuvering around waterfalls. Or enjoy more leisurely walks and hikes. At the end of each day, fly back to our warm, cozy lodge for beverages and snacks, followed by a delicious dinner with fellow hikers and guides.

    Accommodations:

    Bobbie Burns Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bobbie Burns Lodge / Bugaboo Lodge

    Today take a helicopter ride to Grizzly Ridge for an all-day hike to the high country in the nearby Bugaboos Range, enjoying a picnic lunch along the way. After dinner perhaps enjoy the warmth of the sauna, get vertical on the lodge’s climbing wall or get horizontal curling up with a book on a couch by the fire.

    Accommodations:

    Bugaboo Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Bugaboo Lodge

    Enjoy two more full days of heli-hiking. Join the Skyladder Via Ferrata hike climbing fixed metal rungs in the morning to reach the deep valleys above, where we hike gaze over dazzling blue-and-white glaciers. If conditions permit, try a glacier trek through a labyrinth of snow and ice, using ropes, crampons, ice axes and harnesses. Alternatively, opt for a more leisurely hike or walk, or remain at the lodge to relax on the lawn and bask in the sun, enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding glacier-covered peaks and the iconic Bugaboo spires. Both evenings, we return to the lodge for drinks, snacks, dinner and the opportunity to share tales from the day’s adventures.

    Accommodations:

    Bugaboo Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bugaboo Lodge / Calgary, Alberta / Home

    Following breakfast, take one last helicopter ride to meet our coach for the drive through the Kootenay region and Banff National Park back to Calgary. Arrive at the airport and board early-evening flights back home.

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Trip details

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“Soaring mountain views, pristine mountain lakes, impressive glaciers, and challenging hiking.”

— Gretchen Milligan, ’73, MBA ’75  

Pricing

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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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