Our journey will take us past the iconic Black Tusk mountain, which in the First Nations language means “Landing Place of the Thunderbird”. We will also spend time on the shores of the stunning turqouise coloured waters of Garibaldi Lake and our path will skirt along the flanks of at least two spectacular glaciers. Garibaldi park is part of the greater “Ring of Fire” and as such it has many unique geological features formed by volcanic activity. In addition there are over 150 distinct glaciers throughout the park boundaries. Our trek will take us both on established park trails and also off-trail into the true backcountry of this amazing alpine area. We have no hesitation in guaranteeing that you will see some of the most incredible scenery anywhere in British Columbia.
Cost: Cdn: $1695 + 5% GST [Federal Tax]
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A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. Sea to Sky Expeditions will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing. Please note that all tours in B.C and the Yukon. are subject to a 5% GST federal tax. No one may depart on a trip unless all payments and necessary documents (including medical and liability release forms) are received by Sea to Sky Expeditions. Due to the nature of operating in the wilderness and international destinations, prices are subject to change [rare]. Where necessary to change a price, we will try to provide as much notice as possible, and offer you the choice of another trip, or to cancel, with full refund. Our prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you choose to pay by credit card, we have to process the payment in Canadian funds. Your credit card company will automatically change it to your currency based on their exchange rate. If you paid your deposit in Canadian funds, please continue to make all further payments in Canadian funds to avoid any confusion in the daily changing exchange rate. Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to alter itineraries or cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient booking levels or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient booking levels will generally occur at least 30 days prior to departure. Sea to Sky Expeditions is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.).
GARIBALDI PARK ITINERARY
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration. Included: Transportation from the point of origin and return, helicopter flights, national and provincial park user fees, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides. Excluded: Transportation to point of origin, transfers, accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary, gratuities, and personal equipment. Meals: All meals while on the backpacking portion of the trip. Day 0: Arrival in North Vancouver, BC. This denotes the day or days spent in Vancouver before the listed start date of the trip. Day 1 – We will leave North Vancouver for a 2 hour drive to the trailhead at Cheakamus Lake. This is a dramatic opportunity to see some of the most incredible scenery on the Sea to Sky Highway. We will stop in Squamish on the way North for a coffee or late breakfast and any last minute supplies. From the trailhead we will start our 8.5km hike into our first camp at Helm Creek. Days 2: With the Black Tusk rock formation dominating the view from our campground we will use today as a base camp/ day-hike opportunity along Emperium Ridge. Day 3: Today we will head completely off trail and work our way either along or above Helm Glacier (no crevasse walking!) towards Gentian ridge where we will experience a true backcountry campground experience with stunning views all around. Day 4-5: Following the ridges over to Panorama Ridge (and the amazing vista it’s name implies) we will move camp to either Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi Lake. Day 6: Today we head off of the more beaten paths and back into the wild! Our destination today depends on conditions as we pass by Mount Price and Clinker Peak on our way to mountain meadows camping. Day 7: Hiking now along routes rather than paths we will make our way just below the Warren Glacier towards Brohm Ridge and the way down, down, down towards our pick-up on the Sea to Sky Highway.
Vancouver Many of the major North American carriers fly into Vancouver or alternately, Seattle. Check with your travel agent for options. There is a bus service, Quick Shuttle , from Seattle’s airport to hotels in Vancouver. These run daily and are reasonably priced. For more information, in North America, phone 1/800/665-2122 or 1/604/940-4428 – Fax 1/604/940-4429. Check the link regarding shuttles and other airport information.