Jasper Skyline Traverse
Three day guided and catered backpacking trip
This three day traverse travels through the alpine of the Maligne mountain range in Jasper National Park. Scheduled for early September, the autumn foliage is sure to amaze!
2019 Dates: By Request
Price per person: $650 plus 5% GST
This trip is rated as 'challenging'. We will be carrying three days of food, keeping the pack weights low, but our legs will still be challenged by the mountain travel. Each person will be carrying a share of the group equipment and food, with pack weights of 30-45 lbs. You will need to be fit enough to carry a backpack for multiple days in mountainous terrain.
Accommodation and Meals:
We will be staying in lightweight backpacking tents and in established Jasper National park backcountry campgrounds. Each campsite is equipped with outhouses and food storage facilities. You are responsible for supplying your own tent, however, we will arrange for a tent rental on your behalf if you require (extra charge will apply).
Meals will be lightweight backpacking food (dried food), although we will have some fresh food earlier in the trip.
Each day will consist of three nutritious (and tasty!) meals and some snacks to keep us fuelled throughout the day.
Evening - Meet in Jasper the evening before the trip start date to sign waivers, discuss the logistics and to ensure everybody has appropriate equipment for the trip.
Day 1 - Trailhead to Snowbowl
We will catch a shuttle in the morning to Maligne Lake where our adventure begins! We'll ease into the trip with a gradually ascending trail through the forest, passing Lorraine and Mona Lakes on the way. Midway through our day we'll emerge into the alpine tundra, with great views enroute to our campsite at Snowbowl Campground.
Distance: 12km, Elevation: 400m up, 150m down.
Day 2- Snowbowl to Tekarra
Today is the day you came for! We'll pass through broad alpine meadows enroute to Big Shovel Pass, followed by an easy descent to Curator Lake. We'll climb up to our high point of the trip, "The Notch", at 2510m. From here we'll follow Amber ridge, an amazing alpine ramble, with views of Mt Robson, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. From the end of the ridge we'll descend to Tekarra Campground.
Distance: 18km, Elevation: 500m up, 450m down.
Day 3 - Tekarra to Trail end
On this final day, we'll gradually climb while contouring around Mount Tekarra and Signal Mountain, with views of the Maligne Valley. Our final descent will take us along a fire road to the trail head. From here, we'll head on to Jasper for showers and a well-deserved celebratory dinner!
Distance: 13.5km, Elevation: 150m up, 1000m down.
Logistics: This is a one way trip, and Aster Mountain Adventures will arrange for a shuttle to both the starting and finishing trailheads from the town of Jasper.
Group equipment supplied by Aster Mountain Adventures: all cooking equipment, group tarp in case of rain, first aid and equipment repair kits, and emergency communication devices.
Personal equipment: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cup/bowl/utensils, personal clothing and toiletries.
Cost includes guiding, group equipment and all food beginning with lunch on the first day and concluding with lunch on the final day. It also includes the cost of shuttles to and from the trailhead and backcountry camping fees.
Cost does not include: personal equipment, pre- or post-trip accommodation, breakfast on the first day or gratuities.