Wapta Icefield Glacier Trek Summary
Banff / Canmore

Wapta Icefield Glacier Trek

Wapta Icefield Glacier Trek


  • 2 people: $1399 per person (surcharges may apply)

Location: Canadian Rockies   Duration: 3 Days   Fitness: Good   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

Wapta Icefield Glacier Trek – Three Incredible Days on a Breathtaking Series of Glaciers. This three-day Glacier Trek over the Wapta Icefields is an outstanding trip boasting vistas which are unrivaled in North America.

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Adventure Information

Wapta Icefields Glacier Trek

This three-day Glacier Trek over the Wapta Icefields is an outstanding trip boasting vistas which are unrivaled in North America.

During the traverse we have the option of climbing glaciated peaks (over 3000m) and we will stay in Alpine Club of Canada huts along the way.

The Wapta Icefields Glacier Trek also provides the beginner with an exciting introduction to the sport of mountaineering. The traverse travels over heavily glaciated terrain everyday so it requires the group to be roped up the entire time that we travel on the ice.

The Guide leading your trip will be certified, experienced, and local. All MSA Guides are insured and have the permits that are required for guiding legitimately in Canada’s National and Provincial Parks.

All MSA Guides are also members in good standing with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and Professional Members of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

Food is provided and is included in the price of the trip. The food is tasty, nutritious and high quality. It is prepared by Kelly Major, a professional backcountry chef who prepares food for many of our trips.


We provide, if required:

  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Axe
  • Glacier Kit
  • Crampons

You will need to supply:

  • Light Sleeping Bag
  • Hut Slippers (Flip Flops or Runners depending on Weather Conditions)
  • Headlamp
  • 50 liter Backpack
  • Small 25 liter or 30 liter Backpack
  • Sunscreen & Lip Balm
  • Small Blister Kit
  • Toilet Kit (include some baby wipes) & small wash towel (keep it light!)
  • Sunglasses (Glacier Glasses or good quality sunglasses)
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Gaitors
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Trekking Poles (optional, and are a huge asset!)
  • Water bottle
  • Down or synthetic insulated “puffy” jacket
  • Gloves (2 pairs. 1 light weight and 1 warm)
  • Warm hat and balaclava
  • Base layers should be light and adjustable (no cotton except for a T-shirt at the huts for comfort)
    Camera (of course!)

Please email us or call for any further details about equipment lists or any other details. There are many excellent competitively priced mountain shops in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise.

Transport to Field Locations

Participants in this course will meet their guide at an agreed time and location, usually a local cafe, in Canmore on the morning of the first day. From there you will be expected to have private transport to get to the course location. If you don’t have private transport we can arrange transport with the guide for $20 per day.

Accommodation in Canmore

Accommodation is not included in the course price however we offer significantly discounted pricing arrangements through a selection of local providers ranging from hostel dorm beds to hotel suites.

If you require accommodation in Canmore for the length of your course please let us know when you register and we can make the arrangements. Often course participants split the cost of a room and are able to enjoy the amenity of a full service hotel at the price of a hostel dorm bed.

Food for Backcountry Field Days

Please make sure you pack plenty of high energy food and snacks as well as fluids to keep you at your best all day long. There are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in Canmore, and if you completely forget we start the day at a local coffee shop so you’ll be able to grab something for lunch from there. A thermos of tea or coffee is also a great idea.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).

Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.

Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept credit card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability.  *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.

Late Arrival Policy

Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 48 hours of start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • More than 48 hours:  $25 rescheduling & refunding fee (per booking).
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.

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