Kananaskis Alpine Circuit
Four day guided and catered backpacking trip
2020 Dates: By Request
Price per person: $1000 plus 5% GST
This four day trip travels through classic Rocky Mountain front range terrain, with impressive geology, alpine lakes and glacier vistas. You'll also get to visit two provinces - traversing across the divide into British Columbia on day two.
This trip is rated as 'moderate'. We will be carrying four days of food with us, but we'll stay at the same campsite for two nights, minimizing the weight we need to carry for the whole trip. Each person will be carrying a share of the group equipment and food, with pack weights up to 40 lbs (depending on how lightweight you can pack!). You will need to be fit enough to carry a backpack for multiple days in hilly terrain.
Accommodation and Meals:
We will be staying in lightweight backpacking tents and in established Kananaskis 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 fueled throughout the day.
Evening - Meet in Canmore 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 - Upper Kananaskis Lakes trailhead to Three Isle Lake.
Drive to the trailhead at upper Kananaskis Lakes about 1.5 hours from Canmore. From there we will hike along a beautiful alpine creek, up a short headwall with spectacular views to Three Isle Lake.
Distance: 11km, Elevation: 525m up.
Day 2- Three Isle Lake to Turbine Canyon
From Three Isle Lake, we'll head up and over South Kananaskis Pass and down to Beatty Lake. We'll continue down Beatty Creek, and then wrap around to Leroy creek and up to North Kananaskis Pass, and the exquisite Maude Lake. From there we'll head downhill to our campsite at scenic Turbine Canyon.
Distance: 14.2km. Elevation: 750m up, 650m down.
Day 3 - Day hike
We'll stay at Turbine Canyon for two nights, enjoying some scenic day hiking. We'll take a day trip up to view the Haig Glacier, which is an important climate and glacier study site, as well as a high altitude training location for cross-country skiers during the summer months (6 km return). There are several other locations we can explore as well, or possibly return to Maude Lake for an afternoon of relaxing by the water.
Day 4 - Turbine Lake to Upper Kananaskis Lakes trailhead
On our final day, we'll pack up and head down past the lovely Lawson Lake. We'll pass by the 'Forks', and continue out to our starting point at upper Kananaskis Lakes.
Distance: 15km. Elevation: 500m down.
Logistics: We will carpool to the trailhead on Day 1. This trip starts and finishes at the same trailhead.
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, Kananaskis backcountry camping fees, group equipment and all food beginning with lunch on the first day and concluding with lunch on the final day.
Cost does not include: pre- or post-trip accommodation, breakfast on the first day or gratuities.