Trekking in the Ring of Fire
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Vancouver. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.
Day 2: We have a briefing and breakfast at the hotel restaurant at 7.30. We transfer the 1hr to Squamish were we set up camp for the next 2 nights. In the afternoon we have our first hike to Stawamus Chief and up First Peak. (2 -3 hours +/- 500m.).
Day 3: We drive to Whistler village where we pick up the trail for a wonderful hike along the creek to 'Singing Pass'. 8 hours. 22km up and down. +/- 1000m. There is the option to catch the gondola back down from the top.
Day 4: Leaving Canada we transfer and cross the border into the USA and North Cascade National Park. In the afternoon we hike the Sauk Mountain Trail for fantastic views over the North Cascades, and the Pyramid Lake Trail. 3 - 4 hours walking and 300 - 400m. Overnight at the campground.
Day 5: In the North Cascades National Park we have a splendid walk to the Cascade Pass, a great hike with spectacular views of peaks and glaciers. 5-6hrs walking. Return to Rockport and our campsite.
Day 6: Back in the vehicles today for a scenic drive to Seattle where we enjoy a half day visit in the city. In the mid afternoon we continue to Mount Rainier National park where we set up camp for the next 3 nights. Total driving time approximately 4 hours.
Day 7: Today we hike on the Summerland Trail in the Mount Rainier National Park. From Fryingpan Creek we ascend to meadows with beautiful wildflowers and awesome views of Mount Rainier at 4392m. Return to campsite for overnight.
Day 8: After a short drive to the Mount Rainier Visitor Centre, there are several trail-marked self-guided options for our hike today. We can enjoy 3 - 5 hours of hiking climbing up around 500 metres before returning to the camp ground.
Day 9: This morning we drive (3 hours) to Mount St-Helens where we hike the famous 'Windy ridge' and see the amazing destructive power of the 1980 eruption. 3 - 4 hours walking on a mostly level trail. After the hike we transfer (approx 2hrs) and set up camp at Hood River for 2 nights.
Day 10: We hike to the rocky summit of Lookout Mountain, considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the 3 'sisters' (volcanoes) of Washington state. 16km roundtrip.+/- 850m. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 11: A day off from hiking as we take a wonderful drive along the Columbia river and the shore of Puget Sound to Olympic Peninsula. 5 - 6 hours driving. We set up camp in Port Angeles for 2 nights.
Day 12: In the morning we drive to the incredible rain forests where the Sitka spruce and western Hemlock have grown for more than 4000 years. We then hike the Washington Hoh River Trail through the peaceful forest next to the river. Return to the campsite. 2 hours driving. 4 - 6 hours hiking.
Day 13: In the morning, we have a short (2 - 3 hours) hike to Hurricane Ridge and then we walk on the Pacific shoreline and enjoy a picnic dinner on the coast watching the waves. Return to campsite for overnight.
Day 14: This morning we board the ferry bound for Victoria, Canada. We can relax and enjoy the 1.5 hours crossing to Vancouver Island. In the afternoon we have free time in Victoria before setting up camp in Sooke Campground for 2 nights.
Day 15: Today's walk follows the Juan de Fuca trail from Botanical beach to Parkinson Creek (10 km return trip). Return to the Sooke campground. Total driving time: 3hours. Walking: 4 - 5 hours.
Day 16: We transfer to ferry terminal at Tsawassen and take the ferry to Vancouver. Back in town we have a city walking tour with a guide to discover the city. Tonight we have a farewell dinner and we overnight at the group hotel.
Day 17: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.