The Massif Backpacking Trip
near Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

The ultimate backpacking trip in the Canadian Rockies

  • The Massif Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Massif Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Massif Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Massif Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Massif Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

Near Crowsnest Pass

A massif is a compact group of connected mountains. This incredible mountain backpacking trip gives surreal vistas of long mountain ranges and showcases the amazing backcountry around Crowsnest Pass. During this 5-day adventure, you will find yourself in the alpine, in the subalpine, at mountain lakes, going over high mountain cols, and seeing landscapes that will inspire you to spend more time in the South Canadian Rockies.

This backpacking trip is advanced and should only be attempted by adventurers with experience and high physical endurance.

2023 DATES


AUGUST 3 - 7

* Available for private bookings

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starting at $919
per person


Launch Special (before December 24): $919

Early Bird (December 25 to January 26): $949

Regular Price (after January 26): $1,149

* 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
  • Remote alpine lake with stunning views

  • Single-track hiking trails away from the crowds

  • Expert knowledge from our locals guides

  • Some of the best views in the Canadian Rockies


✔ Food on Day 1 (lunch, snacks, supper)

✔ Food on Day 2 (breakfast, lunch, snacks, supper)

✔ Food on Day 3 breakfast, lunch, snacks, supper)

✔ Food on Day 4 (breakfast, lunch, snacks, supper)

✔ Food on Day 5 (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)

✔ Permits

✔ 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 5

✕ Cancellation insurance


Tentative Trip Itinerary

This backpack is a thru-hike, which means we will need to park vehicles at opposite ends of the trail.

Day 0

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! Please be ready to go for the pre-meeting so it can be short and sweet. We have a big day the next day and need to start early!

Day 1


Meet in Crowsnest Pass at the designated location discussed the night before.

6AM – 8:30AM

Travel to the end of the trail to drop off vehicles, then head to the start of the trail. You are travelling deep into the backcountry on roads that are not paved. A high clearance vehicle is recommended, but not required.

8:30AM – 5PM

You will start near a lovely waterfall with great views. From here, you will start making your way towards those beautiful views. The day will be spend going up and down hills with some punchy bits. Expect to have more than one creek crossing where water shoes will be beneficial.

You will camp by a small creek your first night. Enjoy this moment while realizing that you are at the headwaters that supplies Canada with their water. It’s a special place to be.

Distance: 16km
Elevation: 750m+ 620m-

Day 2

9AM – 3PM

Your distance is shorter today, but you have one big ascend over a high alpine col today. It will be a quick ascend and a quick descend. If the weather cooperates, you will want to reward yourself with the views from this high altitude and really relish the fact that these mountains are mighty big!

You will camp along a creek again this night in a remote wilderness setting. Away from the sight of another human being.

Distance: 10km
Elevation: 730m+ 580m-

Day 3

9AM – 5PM

Watch for mountain goats as you handrail these incredible mountains. You don’t venture into the high alpine today, but you will sure feel their size while you hike below these spectacular landforms. You will have a lot of ups and downs, but they are gentler on this day.

Distance: 18km
Elevation: 606m+ 809m-

Day 4

7AM – 5PM

This will be your biggest day. You will go up and down several hills and spurs to make your daily destination of a stunning alpine lake. This will be a welcoming sight where you can take a dip and freshen up.

Distance: 17.5km
Elevation: 1,340m+ 1,140m-

Day 5

9AM – 4PM

Your last day on the trail will not disappoint. From one mountain lake to another, you will not be disappointed. You will be treated with spectacular views and decide that you need to spend more time outdoors.

Distance: 16km
Elevation: 655m+ 1,170m-

Total Distance: 77.5km

Meeting Location (Day 0): In Crowsnest Pass

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.

Cancellation Policy: 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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