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Cost: $825 CDN

Includes guides, Park fees, out-trip meals, use of specialized climbing gear and group camping gear.

Not included: Canmore accommodation, transportation, gratuities & taxes.

Departures can be set up on a private basis for individuals, families, or groups. We can organize a private departure and leave the trip open for more people to join. Please contact us if you would like to arrange your own departure and we will be happy to provide you with a quote based on your group's size and trip options.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Optional pre and post trip accommodation packages are available from $80 per person per night for shared room lodging ($160 for single occupancy). Purchase with booking. Subject to availability.

More climbing: Yamnuska guides and instructors are also available for private climbing in the Rockies and elsewhere before and after the program.

Is it for you?

This is one of our most strenuous 11,000'er programs. Participants must have a high level of aerobic fitness and be able to carry a full backpack over moderate trails.

Previous backpacking experience is required. Much of the travel will be over steep and broken ground and involves significant elevation gain and loss. In addition to regular backpacking gear we will be carrying some mountaineering gear. By keeping personal gear light, pack weights need not exceed 20kg (44lbs) on the 1st and 3rd days. On the summit day we will be carrying light day packs weighing approximately 10kg (22lbs) with mountaineering equipment, food, and some personal gear.

Prior mountaineering experience is advised though not essential. Individuals with the pre-requisite fitness will be taught the necessary basic skills by our guides during the trip.

Mt Joffre Expedition

Mt Joffre combines the remote feel of an expedition peak with some of the most stunning scenery that the Canadian Rockies has to offer! This peak dominates the skyline in Kananaskis Country, a wilderness area less visited than the Mountain National Parks, but considered a hidden treasure to those of us who live and explore the Canadian Rockies. This peak brings together all the fantastic aspects of a great expedition: challenging days, alpine glow on early morning summit starts, stunning panoramas of quintessential alpine scenery, and great company. Designed as a peak-bagging trip, this program is suitable for beginner mountaineers, or fit, experienced backpackers who wish to climb their first glaciated peak.

Traverse Itinerary

This is an ambitious and strenuous program that encompasses both a fantastic summit climb and superb scenery. Please read the 'Is it for you?' section on the sidebar to the right.

Day 1:  Meet in Canmore at 6:00 am. After issuing food and gear we pack up and drive south along the spectacular Smith-Dorrien highway to Kananaskis Lakes which will take just over an hour. We enjoy a warm up hike around the Upper Lake for 5.5 km before striking into the forest towards Hidden Lake and the high country surrounding it. This is a grind with your full pack. Working around Hidden Lake we reach the trail that climbs high above Foch Creek to take us into the high alpine basins above. We camp just below Aster Lake, one of the prettiest alpine lakes in the region. Distance: 11 km, total elevation gain: 575 meters.

Rock Steps - Mt Joffre
Rock Steps on the way to the Summit

Day 2: Weather and conditions permitting our objective today will be Mount Joffre. At 11'316 ft (3449 m), this glaciated peak dominates this southern region of the Rockies. In July, there is typically still lots of snow on the glacier which makes this peak a suitable climb for beginner to intermediate mountaineers. The route traverses scree slopes, rock steps, and glaciated terrain giving guests a taste of glacier travel and mountaineering. In the event of poor weather or conditions there are several alternative peaks we can climb. Distance: 10km, total elevation gain and loss: 1150m.

Day 3: We retrace or steps as we will descend from the sub alpine into the lush forests on the valley floor that surround Upper Kananaskis Lake. The gentle hike around that lake will allow the past two days of adventure to begin to sink in. We will finish our trip back at the Yamnuska office in Canmore. Distance 11km, total elevation loss: 575m.