Whistler Wilderness Trek

Hike past glacial peaks in the rugged sea-to-sky mountains near Whistler

4 Days | Grade/Difficulty
C
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From CAD $795.00
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Meeting in North Vancouver

Whistler Wilderness Trek Trip Overview

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. If you want an easier, shorter trek but still want to experience the beauty surrounding Whistler, check out our other Whistler guided hikes. Or, if you want to get even deeper into the wilderness, see our other Sea to Sky Treks.

Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 3 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us

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Highlights

  • Hike past ancient volcanoes, some around 4 million years old.
  • Views of 10,000 year old glaciers
  • Scramble up peaks over 2,000m high
  • Walk through alpine meadows bursting with colorful wild flowers
  • Camp in beautiful wilderness settings with incredible sunset and sunrise opportunities.
  • Comfortable camping with high quality dinners supplied by Nomad Nutrition
  • Dip your toes in glacial fed rivers and lakes
  • Relax in the peace and quiet of nature.

Itinerary

The night before the trip departs, we will meet at a Vancouver location TBD for a pre-trip meeting and gear discussion.

Day Activity
1
5-10km hiking
2
~10km hiking
  • Day hike to a nearby summit for views
  • Back to camp
3
~10km hiking
  • Day hike to a nearby lake. Swim or paddle
  • Return to camp
4
5-10km hiking
  • Pack up camp
  • Hike back to vehicle
  • Drive back to North Vancouver
  • Drop off at SeaBus terminal, North Vancouver


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!

Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner while on the trip, prepared and cooked by the guide.
  • One experienced guide
  • Insurance for the guide
  • Tents (price is on a sharing basis)
  • Transport to and from the trip location
  • Water purification throughout the trip
  • Stove gas for cooking
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for the guide
  • Breakfast on the first day of the trip
  • Dinner on the last day of the trip (we may stop somewhere on the way home)
  • Rental of sleeping bag and Thermarest/sleeping pad, if required
  • Travel to and from the pickup location
  • International air fare to Canada
  • Any visas required to enter Canada
  • Your personal insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. if we stop for coffee on route to the trip.
  • Accommodation before and after the trip.
  • Personal trip equipment e.g. clothing, rucksack.

Accommodation

Camping accomodation is provided while on the trek (3 nights).

Our tents are supplied by MSR and are lightweight and weatherproof. They are very roomy to give you the most comfortable camping experience. We can provide either 1, 2 or 3 man options, depending on the number of people in your group.

Please bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad/Thermarest. If you are unable to bring your own, please contact us and we can arrange a rental.

Additional Information

The distances travelled each day are short (less than 10km each day) because the terrain is rugged and only short sections are on defined trials. The majority of this trip is off trail, deep in the wilderness (how we like it). The route changes throughout the year depending on the amount of snow, so don’t be surprised if there’s a bit back-and-forth to find the best route. Our guides are well trained in navigation and route finding, and are very knowledgeable about this area.

You will be carrying a pack with your camping equipment, clothing, food, etc. For this reason, you must be comfortable with carrying a moderately heavy load for multiple days. This is mountainous terrain so expect to climb a lot of elevation, and move across loose or rocky ground.

Snow is common well into the summer in the BC mountains. There is a good chance we will be walking on patches of snow well into August. Please bring waterproof hiking boots with good grip to deal with any terrain and conditions.

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