The hike is considered moderate difficulty, there are steep sections of trail to approach the glacier. You should be able to hike 5 km (3 miles) on uneven ground in order to do the tour. If you do regular exercise, you should have no difficulties. We don’t walk fast, and we make numerous stops along the way. However, we are located at 2000m (6500 ft) above sea level, so occasionally, people notice the altitude. If you have knee problems, joint problems, poor balance, or heart troubles, then we don’t recommend it.
The full-day IceWalks Deluxe tour is, in general, a longer hike than the shorter trips (8.5 km as opposed to 5 km). The terrain is very undulating, and you need to watch your step. There are steep sections, and at 2200 m (7000') people notice the altitude. You will sleep well that night!
No. You would need to rent a car since the schedules of public transport do not fit with the times of the IceWalks.
Warm clothes, no shorts! The guides usually wear an insulated mid-layer and a wind stopper layer. They always bring a rain jacket. Hiking pants are best, but jeans will do. We can provide all the gear you will need, but you will be most comfortable in your own equipment.
We have hiking shoes and boots from child’s size 3 up to adult size 14.
Generally between 5 and 15 degrees C. (about 40-60 degrees, F.) On sunny days there is always a wind on the glacier. Bring warm layers and wind proof layers (rain gear). Don’t wear shorts!
No refunds for late arrivals or missed tours, we will do our best to get you on another tour (subject to availability). Our cancellation policy is no refunds within 24 hours prior to your scheduled IceWalks tour. There are no refunds if you thought that you booked a bus tour. If you are fit, try the hike, you might enjoy it!
We always try to go, even if the weather is inclement. Rain at the icefield often comes and goes quickly, so sometimes we will delay for a short time. Remember that we can give you the necessary rain gear. If there are thunderstorms, we will cancel and offer you a full refund. Generally, this happens two or three times a summer.
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Discover the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield on interpretive Icewalks led by experienced guides.
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