Middle Earth Trek

Scramble along high rocky ridges through spectacular alpine wilderness in British Columbia

5 Days | Grade/Difficulty
D
4
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From CAD $995.00
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Meeting in North Vancouver

Middle Earth Trek Trip Overview

The Middle Earth Trek gets its name from the mountains along the route. This range is known as the Tolkien group, and includes a series of mountains named after Lord of the Rings characters. This part of British Columbia is perfect for multi-day backpacking trips with the majority of the time spent above the treeline, in a rugged, alpine landscape.

This area is remote and wild, situated right on the border between the Coast Range and the Interior Range, meaning the landscape is very varied from glacial and snow capped peaks, to rocky volcanic ridges. The route passes a number of crystal clear lakes with sandy beaches which are ideal for swimming.

This circuit is a ideal for those who have some backpacking experience and want to explore a new area or try some scrambling in the British Columbia mountains. The route is demanding and requires a good level of fitness. We will be carrying heavy packs over steep terrain to access some of the more interesting scrambling peaks. For more treks near this area, check out 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

  • Immerse yourself in a truly remote and wild landscape
  • See glaciers formed in the last ice age
  • Scramble up summits and hike along rocky ridgelines
  • Walk through alpine meadows bursting with colorful wild flowers
  • Camp in beautiful wilderness settings with incredible sunset and sunrise opportunities.
  • Learn the history of the area from knowledgeable guides
  • 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
12km hiking
2
10-15km hiking & scrambling
  • Day hike with 2 optional scrambles to summits
  • Return to camp
3
7-10km hiking & scrambling
  • Pack up camp
  • Hike to camp 2
  • Optional afternoon scramble
4
10-15km hiking & scrambling
  • Day hike to an alpine lake
  • Return to camp
5
12km hiking
  • Pack up camp
  • Hike out to vehicle
  • Drive back to Vancouver, drop off at SeaBus terminal


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 (4 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 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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Trip reviews

What our customers say about Outdoor Explore guided adventures
"
This was my fourth trip with Outdoor-Explore - the previous ones being canoeing and hiking in Canada and trekking in Nepal. They have all been well organised and enjoyable. The Middle Earth Trek is in the mountains north of Pemberton in an area where several of the peaks are named after characters in "The Lord of the Rings". Our route took five days and in that time we climbed mountains, hiked through forests, crossed boulder fields and snow slopes and wandered through Alpine meadows awash with flowers and dotted with lakes. From the summits there is an almost endless vista of dark mountains, green valleys and lingering snow. Given that everything has to be carried - tent, clothes, food, etc. - this should be considered as a tough trek but there was no rush and there was plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. Even though there were limits on what we could carry, the food was well balanced and the quantities were just right. I already have my eyes set on another couple of treks with OE....
Christopher G - UK
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