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  3. Banff
  4. Banff National Park

Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

Product ID: 226519
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Enjoy a small group guided hike along your choice of 4 iconic trails in the Canadian Rockies. Experience the raw beauty of turquoise lakes, soaring mountain peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers as you admire the incredible scenery.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take spectacular guided hike in Banff National Park and its surroundings
  • See the beautiful Consolation Lakes, Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier, or the Plain of Six Glaciers
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies
Full description
After being picked up you up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide, get ready for a day of exploring the backcountry of Banff National Park on foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to Banff National Park and today's hike as you head towards the trailhead. Choose between 4 hiking routes representing the best trails in Banff: Sundays & Thursdays - Hike to Stanley Glacier; Mondays & Saturdays - Hike to Larch Valley; Tuesdays - Hike to Consolation Lakes; Wednesdays & Fridays - Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers.

Hike to Stanley Glacier
Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. Follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock where you may even find some fossils. Be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom. Rated: Moderate; Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Return distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles); elevation gain: 395m (1,285 ft).

Hike to Larch Valley
Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well-maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass. Rated: Moderate; hiking time: 4-5 hours; distance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles); elevation gain: 535m (1,500 ft).

Hike to Consolation Lakes
This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. We’ll spend our time hiking leisurely to Consolation Lakes, and upon our return explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions, this is a great trip to do in a guided group. Rated: Easy; Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; return distance: 5.8kms (3.6 miles); elevation gain: 255m (837 ft).

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers
Your hike starts by the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. Just past the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise, with cakes and tea served at the teahouse (optional). Rated: moderate; hiking time: 5 hours; distance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles); elevation Gain: 340m (1,100 feet)
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • A friendly certified guide
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Picnic lunch
  • Use of hiking poles
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks at the teahouse
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada. Please meet in the public bus parking area behind the hotel. There is a seat located in the middle of the carpark while you wait. Please be ready for pickup 15 minutes prior to your tour start time, and look for a blue van or mini bus that says 'Discover Banff Tours'.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The minimum age is 13 years, and all children aged between 13 and 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or guardian sign their waiver
• Children aged 16 – 17 years old may go on the hike without an adult, but a parent must meet the guide in the morning to sign a waiver
• All adults must sign a waiver
• Early and late season itinerary changes may apply, subject to trail conditions
• Due to weather and trail restrictions, the location of any of hikes may be changed for the customer safety
• Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to operate
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 7 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.5/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.0/5

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Discover Banff Tours

Product ID: 226519