THE KARST BACKPACKING TRIP
Castle Parks, near Crowsnest Pass
A karst is a landscape predominantly derived from limestone and has been eroded over thousands of years to produce fissures, sinkholes, caves, and more. The karst backpacking trip takes you on a journey of exploration of moon-like landscapes. After a scenic day of backpacking, you will reach camp and want to immediately explore this awe-inspiring area. You will want to keep your eyes peeled for visitors though and it is common to see mountain goats and sheep carefully watching you from the alpine mountain slopes.
This backpacking trip can be done two different ways for private trips. You can do this as a 3-day backpack and have a basecamp at a junction point to the valleys. This will allow you to explore two valleys over three days, or book onto a 2-day trip staying high in the mountain environment.
This backpacking trip is designed for an intermediate to advanced backpacker.
2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
JULY 29 - 30
AUGUST 12 - 13
SEPT 9 - 10
* Available for private bookings
starting at $349
BOOK EARLY TO SAVE
Launch Special (before December 24): $349
Early Bird (December 25 to January 26): $399
Regular Price (after January 26): $424
* price includes meals, group gear, professional guide, and more
** price does not include taxes
Prepare for your trip!
Packing for your trip
We have the ultimate backpacking list for you on our website. Check it out. If you have more questions, ask ahead of time and ease your mind.
The day of your trip
An email is sent out at least a week before your trip. Ensure you read this email as it will review the meeting location and other information important for your trip.
We will meet up the evening before for a pre-trip briefing. If this is your first backpacking trip, please let us know and we can review even the smallest details. If you enjoy your trip, then we are happy! We are here to help you... cough, cough.. to guide you. All questions are welcome.
Highlights of this tour
- Viewing karst landscapes and exploring a cave
- High potential of seeing alpine wildlife such as goats and sheep
- Expert knowledge from our locals guides
- River crossings
- True backcountry experience
Food on Day 1 (lunch, snacks, supper)
Food on Day 2 (breakfast, lunch, snacks)
Safety equipment (carried by guide: bear spray, first aid kit, satellite communication device, repair kit, guide tarp, maps)
Group equipment (water filter / purification, cooking pots, cooking utensils, soap and scrubby, dishes, stoves, fuel, bear hang, rope)
Professional guide (our backpacking guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and are Wilderness First Responders)
Small group sizes
✕ Transportation to trailhead
✕ Personal Gear (gear can be rented at an additional and discounted cost, such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks)
✕ Accommodations before and after the trip
✕ Breakfast on Day 1
✕ Supper on Day 2
✕ Cancellation insurance
Tentative Trip Itinerary
7 – 9PM
Meet the night before in Crowsnest Pass to organize gear, go over logistics, distribute food, and make sure we are set up for success!
Meet in Crowsnest Pass at the designated location discussed the night before.
8AM – 8:30AM
Travel to trailhead.
8:30AM – 2PM
You will quickly enter the stunning Castle Parks wilderness on your backpack trip. During the day, you will have several unbridged creek crossings to give you the ultimate experience of remoteness. You do not want to forget a quality pair of water shoes on this trip! Flip flops are not recommended. With your group, you will enjoy the beautiful mountain valley and follow a stunning creek before arriving at a talus slope. Listen for pikas as your make your final ascend into camp. After dinner and setting up your campsite, you can venture to a small cave and explore around the landscape.
10AM – 2PM
Enjoy the spectacular morning views and take in the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Your hike out today will be the same trail you took yesterday. On the way back, you can take a side trail to a hidden waterfall. Just remember that you have a few creek crossings, just to make your life a little more interesting.
Total Distance: 15 km*
* Not including optional hikes from camp
Meeting Location (Day 0): In Crowsnest Pass
A pre-trip meeting will be held the night before your trip. We ask all participants to attend.
The exact location will be emailed to you the week leading up to your adventure.
Please Note: Our backpacking trips are often off-the-beaten-path and not at designated campsites. This means that we do not have a lot of infrastructure, such as picnic tables, outhouses, or bear bins. Your guide will give you the instruction on how to enjoy your time in the backcountry, while also being responsible backcountry users.
Must have a minimum of 4 participants to run the experience. Maximum group size is 8 participants per guide.
Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the trip.
Guests under 18 years of age, must have parental consent to attend the event and must be accompanied by a parent or adult who has been given written parental consent. Minimum age to participant is 15 years of age.
Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the hiking portion of the trip. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence prior to the experience. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.
Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.
We will cancel and try to reschedule or give a refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, below -25°C with wind chill, heavy snowfall warnings for the duration of our trip, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund for any reason for this trip. Participants can transfer to another backpacking trip up to 2 weeks before the start date of this trip. Transfers will not be accepted within 2 weeks of the trip start date. Due to the high cost to operate this trip, logistics and arranging high quality guides, and out of respect for all participants who are arranging to attend this course, we do not allow cancellations for this trip. At any time, you can gift the trip to someone else if you cannot attend, or you can purchase cancellation insurance through a third party.
Below is an option to purchase cancellation or interruption insurance through an organization who offers insurance for adventures and trips. Uplift Adventures is not affiliated in any way with this organization. You can also check your credit card company as some will have cancellation insurance.
Tours can be offered to private groups with a minimum of four people between July and September. Please contact us for a private booking.
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