Whistler Wilderness Trek

Hike past glacial peaks and turquoise lakes in the rugged sea-to-sky Mountains near Whistler

Duration 4 days Hiking
Time of Year
Time of year June - September
Distance
Total distance 30km
Group Size
Group size 3 - 8 Guests
Difficulty Challenging
Meeting Location
Meeting in Whistler

Trip Highlights

  • Views of 10,000 year old glaciers
  • Walk through alpine meadows bursting with colorful wild flowers
  • Camp in a beautiful wilderness setting with incredible sunsets
  • Hike off-trail to a peaceful and secluded turquoise lake

The Whistler wilderness trek is situated in the heart of some of the most impressive mountains in the sea-to-sky corridor of British Columbia. The Whistler mountains have it all, from ancient glaciers to million-year-old stratovolcanoes, some of which are still rumored to have active lava tunnels deep beneath their surface.

The route of the trek takes us through peaceful alpine meadows packed with a wide variety of wild flowers. When the snow melts in July/August, these meadows erupt with colors which continues well into September. We get views of glaciers that formed 10,000 years ago which give you a glimpse of the icy history of the area, and a shocking view of how climate change has affected the landscape.

This trek is ideal for those who have done a bit of backpacking before, ideally carrying all your gear. We’ve kept distances short each day to cater for an easy going pace with lots of rests and photo opportunities. You’ll be spoilt with the alpine flowers and interesting volcanic towers.

Pricing Per Person

1 - 3 Guests
$899.00
4+ Guests
$799.00

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What our customers say about Outdoor Explore guided adventures
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We had a fantastic 3 days, 2 nights camping trip in the mountains at Whistler. As we arrived from overseas OE provided backpacks and thermarests ... and when our luggage was lost by the airline OE threw in extra jackets, sweaters, caps and the like, so we only had to buy new boots and basic wear.

Danielle (and her shadow guide Andrew) did an excellent job, and the difficulty of the trip was made challenging (as expected), but not torturous.

We had some slight miscommunication before the trip due to the lost luggage, but this was easily overcome.

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- Denmark
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Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1: (6.5km, +500m)

Our group will meet at a Whistler location (TBD) for a briefing and to sort gear and food. Once we're all ready, we'll jump in the vehicle and drive for approx 1 hour to the trailhead.

Our first day involves a steep hike through lush forest to reach our campsite on the shores of an alpine lake.


Day 2 (8km, +500m)

After a relaxing morning, we'll leave the tents pitched and head off-trail on a day hike to a secluded and beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Along the way we'll walk through alpine meadows and past ancient glaciers.


Day 3 (8-10km, +500-700m)

Today, we'll pack up camp and continue along our trek, following a high ridgeline with stunning views of the Whistler valley and surrounding peaks. Our campsite tonight is at a small alpine lake with panoramic mountain views and mind-blowing sunsets.


Day 4 (10km, +200m)

After a peaceful morning taking in the views, we'll pack up camp for the last time and start our descent back down into Whistler. A short side trip to a waterfall serves as the icing on the cake before we jump in the vehicles and head back to Whistler to celebrate with our new friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Food

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are included while on the trip.

Breakfasts consist of oatmeal or granola with mixed toppings and dried fruit, tea and coffee. Great for fueling a full day of adventures.

Lunch varies from day to day, but often consists of wraps or sandwiches with different fillings e.g. cheese, dried meat, falafel, hummus, veg, etc.

Dinners are provided by our partner Nomad Nutrition. These super tasty meals are light weight, full of wholesome ingredients, and packed with energy. Exactly what you need after an exciting day in the mountains.

We can cater to any dietary requirements. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary requirements BEFORE your trip.

Accomodation

Tented accommodation (3 nights) is included in the trip price. We use MSR Elixir tents, which are spacious, warm and comfortable. 1, 2, or 3 person options are available.

Please bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad (e.g. Thermarest). If you do not have either of these, please select the rental option when booking your trip or contact us to arrange a rental.

Price Includes/Excludes
Price Includes
  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner while on the trip, prepared and cooked by the guide.
  • One experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Tents (price is on a sharing basis)
  • Transport from the meeting location to the trailhead, and back
  • Water purification throughout the trip
  • Stove gas for cooking
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)
Price Excludes
  • Tipping for the guide
  • Transport to and from the meeting location (optional)
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • Your personal clothing and equipment. See packing list above
  • Your personal travel/cancellation insurance
  • Any rental equipment, if applicable (e.g. sleeping bags)
AdditionalInfo

Early season (May/June)

Snow sticks around in the mountains well into the summer months. For earlier season trips, expect to be hiking on snow for the majority of the route. Suitable waterproof footwear with good tread is required!

Carrying a pack

This trip requires you to carry a large multi-day backpack with you personal equipment (sleeping bag, clothes, rain gear, etc.) and some shared camping equipment (tent, food, cooking gear, etc.). Previous experience carrying a multi-day backpack is recommended.

Questions?

We're happy to answer any questions you have about this trip. Give us a call or drop us an email.

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