Canadian Summit Scramble

Peaks and high trails of the Canadian Rockies




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Holiday Overview


  • Hiking to spectacular viewpoints in Banff National Park
  • Climb Cirque Peak and Mount Bourgeau
  • High-level hiking in Glacier National Park
  • Stunning views of Lake Louise

Forming a natural boundary between the states of Alberta and British Columbia and rising to over 3500 metres, the snow-capped Canadian Rockies include some of the world's finest mountain scenery; to make the most of this dramatic region, we have devised a walking and trekking holiday that keeps to the high ground as much as possible. Traversing forested valleys to flower-filled alpine meadows and pretty glacial lakes, each of our day-walks will take us to a high ridge, pass or summit at the heart of the mountains. Seeking out the best walks and scrambles, our travels will take us to Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Glacier National Park, Golden, Yoho and Banff. En route, we will trek to the summit of several big and impressive mountains, including Mount Fairview (2744m), Cirque Peak (2993m), Mount Bourgeau (2931m) and Mount Allan (2820m). This action-packed walking holiday offers the very best of the Canadian Rockies.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday is a series of day hikes to peaks in the Canadian Rockies. A variety of terrain will be encountered from forest trails to scrambles on rocky ridges. Typically each day will be around 6 hours with up to a thousand metres of ascent but there are a couple of longer days where we may walk up to 9 hours and with ascents totaling up to 1500 metres. This holiday is suitable for regular hikers with a good level of fitness.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in downtown Calgary.
  • Morning briefing. Transfer to Canmore. Hike to Ha Ling Park. Transfer to Lake Louise.
  • The Mount Fairview Loop (2744m) or ascent of Mount Saint-Pirain (2649m)
  • Climb Cirque Peak (2993m). Return to Lake Louise.
  • Transfer to Revelstoke. Hike via Marion Lake to Abbot Ridge, with optional summit scramble (2465m).
  • Transfer to summit parkway. Day walk to Lake Miller, Eva and Lower Jade Lake. Return to Revelstoke.
  • Transfer into the Glacier National Park. Summit Cheops Mountain (2605m).
  • Transfer to Yoho National Park, British Colombia. Hike Takakkaw Falls and the 'Iceline Trail'.
  • Transfer to Wapta Lake. Summit Paget Peak (2564m). Transfer to Banff.
  • Trek via the Bourgeau Lake to the summit of Mount Bourgeau (2931m).
  • Ascent of the 'Middle Sister' (2769m).
  • Traverse of the Centennial Ridge to Mount Allan (2820m).
  • Banff National Park. Hike the Cory Pass (2350m)/Edith Pass Loop. Return to Calgary.
  • Departure day. Transfers can be arranged through the hotel.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in downtown Calgary.

    Meet at the group hotel in downtown Calgary. Meals are not included on this day and depending on your arrival time you can choose to eat from several restaurants close to the hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Morning briefing. Transfer to Canmore. Hike to Ha Ling Park. Transfer to Lake Louise.

    We meet our guide and have a trip briefing over breakfast at the hotel. We then have a short city tour around Calgary before transferring to the trailhead in Canmore for our hike to Ha Ling Peak. The peak was supposedly named after a Chinese railway worker who bet that he could climb it in 5 hours and did. This is a very pleasant walk initially through woodland and with a final rocky scramble to the summit which is a magnificent viewpoint over the valley. Returning from the summit we drive to Lake Louise. Drive time: 2 - 3 hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 730m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 730m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • The Mount Fairview Loop (2744m) or ascent of Mount Saint-Pirain (2649m)

    We have two options today depending on local conditions and our guides will decide the best one for the day. One option is the Mount Fairview Loop which takes us first to Fairview summit (2744m) which as its name suggests, is a superb look out over Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains and glaciers. From the top we descend by a different route over the 'saddleback'. A slightly easier option today is the ascent of Mont Saint-Piran (2649m) which also has great views over Lake Louise and Lake Agnes. Standing in the footsteps of Edward Wymper, from the summit we can see Mount Lefroy, Mount Temple and the Devil's Thumb .

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Climb Cirque Peak (2993m). Return to Lake Louise.

    Our second hike out of Lake Louise is to the Cirque Peak (2993m). We have a 1 hour transfer to the trailhead at Bow Lake and we start walking through alpine meadows covered in flowers. We hike up to the turquoise Helen Lake and then on up to the summit from where we have a sensational view of the Wapta glacier and the peaks of Mount Hector and the distant Mount Assiniboine, considered the Matterhorn of the Rockies. Afterwards, return to our hostel in Lake Louise. Drive time: 2 hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 18km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 6 - 7hrs walking

  • Transfer to Revelstoke. Hike via Marion Lake to Abbot Ridge, with optional summit scramble (2465m).

    Leaving Lake Louise today we drive 150km west (2 hours) to Revelstoke National Park. The history of this region is inseparable from that of the building of the Trans-Canada Pacific Railway, an incredible feet of engineering. We hike via Marion Lake and the Abbot Ridge on Mount Abbot with the option to scramble to the summit (2465m), depending on weather and the group. The Abbot Ridge offers a 360-degree panorama of the Western Rockies including the Hermit Range, Illecillewaet Glacier, the Asulkan Valley and its glacier, Mount Bonnet (3100m) and an endless array of peaks including: Avalanche Mountain, Eagle Peak, Uto Peak, and Mount Sir Donald. Our accommodation tonight is in rustic cabins of the hostel in downtown Revelstoke. Drive time: 2 hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1265m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1265m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Transfer to summit parkway. Day walk to Lake Miller, Eva and Lower Jade Lake. Return to Revelstoke.

    We drive (1 hour) to the summit parkway and hike via the pristine Miller and Eva Lakes to a col between Upper and Lower Jade Lake. This is a wild area in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, abundant with wildlife and we are likely to see eagles overhead and scurrying marmots and ground squirrels below. After the hike to the col we return by the same trail and drive back to the hostel in Revelstoke. Drive time: 2hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 18km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Transfer into the Glacier National Park. Summit Cheops Mountain (2605m).

    Travelling deeper into the Glacier National Park, we drive for 2 hours to Rogers Pass. We hike through the Cannaught Valley to Balu Pass (2070m). From here we scramble along rocky ledges and walk through alpine meadows to the final rocky summit ridge of Cheops Mountain (2605m) which gives us wonderful views of the entire chain of the Columbia Mountains. Returning to our vehicle we continue the drive, stopping for dinner at a restaurant en route and we overnight in a lodge. Drive time: 2 hrs.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1300m

    • Distance 22km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1300m

    • Time 9 hrs walking

  • Transfer to Yoho National Park, British Colombia. Hike Takakkaw Falls and the 'Iceline Trail'.

    We drive across the Atlantic-Pacific watershed to enter British Columbia along the Kicking Horse River. Driving into the heart of Yoho National Park we reach our trailhead for today's hike at the foot of Takakkaw falls which drop 380 vertical metres. We hike along the Yoho river to Laughing falls and then climb to reach the 'Iceline' trail which follows a contour between glacier and treeline before dropping to Little Yoho Valley and the Stanley Mitchel hut. We continue to Whiskey Jack and return to Takakkaw Falls. Drive time: 2 - 3 hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 725m

    • Distance 20km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 725m

    • Time 7 hrs walking

  • Transfer to Wapta Lake. Summit Paget Peak (2564m). Transfer to Banff.

    After breakfast we have a short transfer to Wapta Lake. For our second hike in the Yoho National Park we follow a straightforward trail to the summit of Paget Peak(2564m) for views over Sherbrook Lake and surrounding peaks and glaciers. Returning by the same route we board our tour vehicle and drive for approximately 1½ hours to Banff where we check in to the International Hostel. Drive time: 2 hrs.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs walking

  • Trek via the Bourgeau Lake to the summit of Mount Bourgeau (2931m).

    Today's long hike takes us via Bourgeau Lake to Mount Bourgeau (2931m), which is particularly impressive as we leave Banff to the west. The peak is named after a French botanist who was one of the explorers of the Rockies in 1859 and an ascent is one of the highlights to a visit to this range. From Bourgeau Lake we climb up to Harvey Col for a sensational ridge walk and final scramble to the summit. After the hike we return to the hostel in Banff.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1480m

    • Distance 23km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1480m

    • Time 9 hrs walking

  • Ascent of the 'Middle Sister' (2769m).

    We head for Canmore, once famous as a booming mining town and now known as a centre for sports and recreational mountain activities. Our hike for today is an ascent of one of the most photographed mountains in the Alberta Rockies, 'Three Sisters' peak. Originally named the Three Nuns but later called the Three Sisters, this is a triple summit peak which rises from the Bow River Valley below. Two of the summits are accessible only to climbers or accomplished scramblers but the 'Middle Sister' (2769m) provides an enjoyable easy scramble. Overnight at the hostel in Banff.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1400m

    • Distance 17km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Traverse of the Centennial Ridge to Mount Allan (2820m).

    Today we traverse of the Centennial Ridge to Mount Allan (2820m). Built by the Rocky Mountain Ramblers hiking club in 1967, this is the highest maintained trail in the Rockies. The ridge is very dolomitic in character and full of interest. We pass through a feature known as the 'rock garden', a cluster of large conglomerate rocks and beyond these is a series of gendarmes up t to 25 metres high. The final ascent to Mount Allen is steep with sensational views over the ridge.. About an hour after leaving the rock garden, we reach the summit where we have impressive views of the surrounding Rockies and over the town of Canmore. We make our descent via Bow Valley. We have our last evening in Banff staying at the hostel.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1400m

    • Distance 17km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 8 hrs walking

  • Banff National Park. Hike the Cory Pass (2350m)/Edith Pass Loop. Return to Calgary.

    A shorter day today, hiking on a circuit trail in the Banff National Park. Crossing the wild Cory Pass (2350m) between the walls of Mount Cory (2800m) and Mount Edith (2555m), we descend the Gargoyle Valley to Edith Pass and then complete the loop. After the hike we drive (1 - 1½ hours) to Calgary where we check into the group hotel and enjoy a 'farewell' dinner. Drive time: 1 - 2 hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 915m

    • Distance 15km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 915m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Departure day. Transfers can be arranged through the hotel.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers can be ordered through the hotel.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking bilingual guides (2 guides over 6 pax)
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for parks and other sites which are part of the itinerary

  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Tips to local staff
  • Optional activities
  • Miscellaneous personal spending

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Airport transfers to the hotel are not included to/from Calgary. Taxi's are available at the airport and cost around $CAD 45-50 per taxi. Alternatively there is a regular bus service from the airport to the downtown hotels. This bus costs around CAD$17. A check-in counter and waiting area is located on the arrivals level near arrivals C in the ground transportation area. Private taxi transfers are also available. Please contact the office for details. Detailed joining instructions along with an emergency number and hotel contact information will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The group will have one night at the start of the holiday and one night at the end in a hotel in Calgary where the accommodation is in comfortable twin-bedded rooms with pivate bathroom. During the holiday accommodation will be in a mix of guest house and hostel accommodation in dormitories of four to eight people with shared bathroom, shower etc. Some of the dormitories are mixed male and female. If you are travelling by yourself, we will pair you with another single traveller of the same sex for the two hotel nights in Calgary. Single rooms for these two nights are available at supplementary cost on request. Please see the 'date and prices' section of the trip page on our website for single supplement costs.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

While staying in hotels in Calgary and occasionally otherwise we will take our meals in restaurants. For the majority of the holiday meals will be prepared in the hostel or lodge by the local guide using locally purchased ingredients. Group members are invited to participate with the meal preparations and usually this is a fun and sociable event.

All meals are provided except dinner on the first night.

We recommend you allow £150 for your personal expenses, including dinner at the hotel on the day of arrival, bar bills etc.. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Your money can be carried in the form of cash (Canadian Dollars) or it is possible to withdraw your money from ATMs using your debit and credit card. There are ATMs in all towns.

The group will be accompanied throughout the holiday by two professional English-speaking bilingual guides and a driver. Please note that for groups of less than six there will be only one guide.

There is no strict weight limit on this holiday other than that imposed by your airline. We do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (your KE trek bag) and a small daypack. Your main bag will be transported in the support vehicle or attached cargo trailer.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Canada eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

Current to 14 March 2016

A passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) is required.

Citizens of the US, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and nationals of countries within the EU do not need a visa for visits to Canada up to 90 days.

From 15 March 2016

As of March 2016 all citizens (except for USA citizens) travelling to or transiting in Canada require at eTA – Electronic Travel Authorization. From 1 August 2015 travellers will be able to apply online for the eTA if travelling after 15 Mar 16. The eTA is valid for 5 years.

Applying for an eTa is an easy online process that will take just a few minutes. It costs $7 Canadian Dollars, and you require your passport that you will travel on, a credit card and an email address.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant embassy or commission in the case of recent alterations.

NOTE: If you are travelling to both Canada and the USA you will require both an eTA for Canada and an ESTA for the USA.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please restrict your luggage to one main bag (your KE trek bag) and one small daypack.


You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers for travelling etc
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Baselayer shirt(s)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Daypack c. 30 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small Towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, insect repellent, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment.
  • Insect repellant

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts
  • Gaiters
  • Travel clothes
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Pocket-knife (always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries


A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Canada

Current to 14 March 2016

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

From 15 March 2016

As of 15 March 2016 all citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The unit of currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina and general cardio-vascular fitness. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The weather in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is ever-changing and always unpredictable. Summer days are long, but the summer season is short. July is the warmest month with a mean daily maximum temperature of 22°C. We can expect to encounter temperatures during the day ranging from 18°C. to 27°C. Naturally, at the highest elevations on our trip, the daytime temperatures will be lower than this. At night, the temperatures will typically drop to around 10°C or even a few degrees lower. Although the weather is relatively stable at this time of year, we can expect some rainfall and mountains produce their own weather.

Banff and Jasper. Gem Trek Publishing

This map covers the majority of the terrain that we travel through although the scale is too small for navigation. For walking maps we can suggest the following 1:100,000 scale maps, also by Gem Trek Publishing Canmore and Kananaskis Village Columbia Icefields Lake Louise & Yoho Banff and Mt Assiniboine Waterton Lakes National Park

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