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Canadian Back-Country Summer Heli-Hiking All-Inclusive Adventure

  • Valemount, British Columbia, Canada

  • 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 nights

Grade 3 - Brisk

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You don’t need to conquer the mountains to enjoy them to the fullest. CMH has designed a relaxed, heli-assisted alpine experience that’s perfectly within your comfort zone and far beyond anything you’ve imagined. 

Immerse yourself in a high-alpine rush or stride into quality time with your loved ones. CMH's guides will curate each day’s adventures to your personal ability and preferred activity types. It’s all designed to deliver the ultimate escape on top of the world. Every day promises a host of new adventures specifically selected for you, based on local conditions. Amazing experiences await your arrival.

Heli-Assisted Guided Adventure

Leave the crowds behind as you heli to CMH Cariboo Lodge—the perfect headquarters for the escape of a lifetime. During your stay, take off by helicopter to explore ancient glaciers, majestic peaks, canyon waterfalls, the Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata vast alpine meadows and turquoise tarns. Forge lifelong memories in a pristine, remote alpine paradise. Whether you want to stride into adventure or hit new heights in quality time with your family, the remote Cariboos is calling.

Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata

Liven up your trip, with a Via Ferrata half-day experience. Italian for ‘iron way’, a via ferrata is a series of iron rungs and wire cables that are affixed to a mountainside, providing a secure climbable route for those with little to no experience. The Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata is like nothing else you've ever experienced. Follow your guide as you scale the iron rungs to the best vantage point in the mountains, emerging above to impressive views and endless waterfalls.

Cap off your adventure with either a stunning hike or a flight back to the lodge for a cold drink on a sunny deck.



Hike among swirling glaciers and theatrical spires or raise your adrenaline on a thrilling Via Ferrata. Safe, accessible, and entirely unforgettable, CMH’s excursions are designed for your ability and to satiate your thirst for adventure. Your guides will plan each day’s excursions according to your preferred activity types and ability. Every day promises amazing new adventures you won’t find anywhere else but CMH. 

  • Astounding hiking options accessible by helicopters daily
  • Traverse through the ice-carved valleys, viewing the expanse of Zillmer Glacier and the enormity of the Canoe Glacier
  • Soak in memories in the making as you hike to summits and walk along alpine lakes
  • A network of mindblowing high route trails matched to all generations and fitness levels
  • You decide—relaxed, regular or fast
  • Conquer the Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata—securely clipped into your harness, your guide will lead the way as you follow the path of an ancient route carved by a millennia-old glacier.



8:00 a.m.
Depart Banff to helipad and journey along the Icefield Parkway

2:15 p.m.
Arrive at helipad for heli-transfer to CMH Cariboos Lodge

3:15 p.m.
Upon arrival, you’ll get acquainted with the lodge and be provided with any necessary gear

3:45 p.m.
After a helicopter safety briefing enjoy your first hike exploring the mountains

5:00 p.m.
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy aprés-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage

7:00 p.m.
Enjoy your first CMH Cariboos gourmet family-style dinner – staff will join you for the meal each evening

*Please note: Hiking schedule and lunch times may vary

7:30 a.m.
Wake up with a dynamic warm-up class

8:00 a.m.
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast to start your day right. Pack your lunch for the day and get ready for your day of adventure through your choice of hiking or via Ferrata.

9:00 a.m.
First hiking group will fly up into the mountains

12:00 p.m.
Lunch in the field

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy aprés-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage

7:00 p.m.
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you enjoy family-style dinner with your guides and lodge staff

*Please note: Hiking schedule and lunch times may vary

8:00 a.m.
Enjoy a hearty lodge breakfast before heading out for your final morning hike

9:00 a.m.
First hiking group will fly up into the mountains

11:00 a.m.
First groups will return to get ready to leave the lodge

12:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
Private coach transfer from helipad to Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary International Airport

9:00 p.m.
Estimated arrival time in Banff

10:30 p.m.
Anticipated arrival at Calgary International Airport (YYC). CMH recommend guests do not book flights until the next day

*Please note: Hiking schedule and lunch times may vary


Italian for ‘iron way’, a via Ferrata is a series of iron rungs and wire cables that are affixed to a mountainside, providing a secure climbable route for those with little to no experience. It allows a person to navigate their way through otherwise impassable terrain.

CMH wants you to enjoy your trip. So whether you want to step-it-out and conquer a peak or amble at a gentle speed, they split groups based on fitness, experience and age. This means you can enjoy a pace that best suits you.

  • Lightweight sweater/fleece/vest
  • 2 long- and short-sleeved shirts or technical shirts
  • Comfortable pants for hiking (jeans are not recommended)
  • 2-3 pairs of socks (wool or synthetic; thick and thin pairs)
  • Shorts (or zip-off combination long pants/shorts)
  • Good-quality sunglasses
  • Hat or ball cap
  • Warm gloves (be prepared for all types of weather)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Thin leather (or similar) gloves if you are participating in a Via Ferrata or Glacier Trek (you can also purchase these gloves in our lodge shop)
  • Optional items: alarm clock, flashlight, trekking poles, binoculars, lunch container

Alcoholic beverages and retail goods available for purchase, massages, airfare to and from your city of origin and travel from airports to coach pick-up locations.

Due to the high mountain environment, expect to experience various conditions. The weather can be sunny and warm, but be prepared for cooler temperatures, rain, wind and possibly snow. Mountain weather can change with very little warning. Temperatures range from highs of 10 to 35 degrees C (50 - 95F) to lows of -1 to 15 degrees C (30 - 50F)


Prices quoted in USD are an estimation and the actual price will be different based on normal exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are subject to change. Subject to applicable taxes.

Deposit & Refund Policy

Book with peace of mind. In order to give additional assurance, CMH has an adjusted Deposit refund policy and booking/cancellation policies for 2022 Summer Adventure Trips: 

  • Deposits are fully refundable up to ninety (90) days prior to your trip start date 

Final payment will not be collected ninety (90) days prior to your trip if one or more of the following conditions remain in place due to COVID-19:

  • Canadian borders remain closed to non-essential travel 
  • Travelers coming into Canada are required to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days
  • The government imposed travel restrictions that do not allow you to leave your country of residence

2022 Final Payment Policy

For Summer 2022 season only, If the above restrictions are still in place, CMH will make these changes to the Final Payment Policy: 

  • Your remaining trip cost will be due sixty (60) days prior to your trip’s start date
  • Sixty (60) days prior to your trip start date, if travel restrictions remain in place, your final payment due date will change to thirty (30) days prior to your trip’s start date
  • Thirty (30) days prior to your trip date, if COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place, CMH will contact you to cancel your trip and discuss the following options:
    • Move your full funds to a trip in the 2023 season, with no change fee
    • Put your funds on account to be used towards a new trip within 2 years
  • Provide a full refund if the above options are not suitable for you

Yes, ground Transportation from Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper to the CMH Cariboos helipad, and return to Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff or the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is included.