Rarely is it possible to combine hiking a wilderness that is so remote we are unlikely to see other people for the entire time, yet enjoy a warm and comfortable hut at the end of the day. But on this trip, you can have it all! If you want days full of hiking in beautiful wild Canadian mountains, experiencing all the joy of true wilderness and solitude, and love the idea of a warm place with a soft mattress to sleep at night, please join us as we spend six days roaming this remote area of lush meadows full of wildflowers, beautiful peaks, pristine lakes, and streams that are so clean you can drink directly from them. Maximum group size: 10.
Below is our proposed itinerary. We may follow it exactly or we may modify it based on weather, natural conditions etc
Sunday, August 6:
Our trip begins at the Kamloops airport at 2 p.m. on Sunday or at 5 p.m. at our lodging in
Clearwater, British Columbia. After introducing ourselves and starting (or continuing) to get to
know each other, we'll go out for a welcome dinner.
Monday, August 7: Today we'll go for a paddle on Clearwater Lake, one of the most pristine bodies of water in the world. We'll visit Dawson Waterfall on our way to the Lake, one of the many waterfalls that the park is known for. At the lake we'll start with some instructions in paddling and then set off for a paddle. We'll stop for lunch and if you're so inclined, you can dip your drinking water directly from the lake. Wildlife is abundant and we may see deer and moose as we paddle. This is a huge lake and our paddle will give you a taste of what wilderness paddling is all about. On the way back to our lodging, we'll visit Helmcken Falls, the largest and probably the most photographed waterfall in the park. That night after dinner we'll
review the plans for the trip and make a final clothing check, tossing
everything that might be nice to have but that you will be happy you
left behind after the first two hours of hiking.
Tuesday, August 8: After breakfast we'll have some time to check out the small visitor center across the street before loading up the van for the hour or so drive to the trailhead. Along the way we'll learn about the ecology of the area. Stepping off the road and onto the
track, we leave civilization behind as we hike through mature forests
and lush meadows while gaining 1700 feet elevation. Our hike is fairly
continuous, at times steep, uphill hiking. But we take our time,
stopping to gaze at the view, pick blueberries and huckleberries, or relax in the sun. Our destination today
is Trophy Mountain Chalet at 7000 ft, and it will take 2.5 to 3.5 hours
to get there. After settling-in to the hut we may have time for another shorter (and optional) hike to see more of the area. About 7pm we'll enjoy the first of many delicious and hearty dinners, such as curry chicken, rice, steamed broccoli and salad. That night we can go outside and see a sky more filled with
stars than many of us have ever seen. The stillness of the night is
broken only by occasional night sounds and the peacefulness of the
mountain night gradually soaks in.
Wednesday, August 9: Today is a
layover day, meaning no packing up and carrying only what we need for
the day in our packs. After a hearty breakfast we will set out on a
longer day hike, possibly climbing two or three peaks, walking along
open ridges, and, for the brave and the foolish, maybe even taking a
refreshing dip in the numerous alpine lakes. We return to our hut for
another relaxing evening of laughing, talking, eating, and hot drinks and popcorn.
Thursday, August 10:
Leaving the hut after breakfast, we hike about 7 miles through alpine
meadows, dropping down to the Valley of the Lakes for a lunch break and
perhaps another a refreshing dip in a crystal clear lake, before
crossing Eagle Pass at 6700 ft. The 6 to 8 hour hike includes crossing a
field of boulders and some steep up and downhill trail. While 7 miles
doesn't sound far, the terrain is guaranteed to make it seem further.
But our destination, Discovery Cabin, makes all the effort worth it. Set
in a remote and wild valley surrounded by mountains, there is even a
greater feeling of being in the middle of nowhere.
Friday, August 11:
We are delighted to have our second layover day, a leisurely breakfast being much appreciated after the length of yesterday's hike. Our option today is hiking into
remote lakes and to the top of Table Mountain. Or you might choose just
to stay at the cabin and relax, it is such a beautiful setting and a
lovely place to hang out. And after all, this is your vacation! More
exercise, more rest- whichever you need more, you can choose it.
Saturday, August 12:
Our final hiking day includes travel off-trail down a ridge of Table
Mountain, with spectacular views of Moul Lake and the Phillip Lakes. We
descend into the forest and follow a steep downhill trail for our final
3-hour hike back to the van. The entire hike will take anywhere from 6
to 8 hours and although largely downhill, will leave everyone feeling
accomplished. In late afternoon we return to our lodging in Clearwater and
revel in the feeling of hot showers. With clean bodies and clothes,
we rejoin the group for our farewell dinner.
Sunday, August 13:
It's hard to leave this quiet place and return to the land of cell
phones and noise, but at least we are relaxed, refreshed, and,
hopefully, recharged. If you drove on your own you are welcome to leave
anytime this morning. If you flew into Kamloops, we'll have you back to the airport by 11 a.m.
$2195 (see this page for discounts) $300 deposit. See this page for travel discounts; you can check out our cancellation policies here. There are no singles available on this trip
- Experienced guides including a local guide and an Adventures in Good Company guide
- Three nights motel lodging and four nights in huts
- All meals from dinner Sunday through Sunday breakfast
- Round trip transportation from Clearwater to the trailhead
- Transportation from Kamloops to Clearwater
Not included: Transportation to Kamloops, guide gratuities, alcoholic beverages
If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.
How do I pay for my trip?
You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.
What if I’m coming alone?
The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.
Can you accommodate special diets?
It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle.
If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.
What if I have to cancel my trip?
The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.
Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?
Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.
What other information will you send me?
When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.
Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?
For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.
How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?
If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.
What is the role of the guide(s)?
On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.
What if I have more questions?
Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.
What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?
You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.