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4-day Mount Willingdon summit in the Banff National Park

Conquer the Canadian Rockies during this exciting 4-day summit climb of Mount Willingdon with a certified mountain guide.

Mountain RangeRockies
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Explore the vastly beautiful Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Conquer a Canadian 11,000er in the wild Siffleur Valley.

  • Experience incredible scenery that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Description

Climb to the summit of Mount Willingdon, which standing at 11,066 feet is the tallest peak between Mt Hector and Mt Forbes.

The 11,000er stands in the wild and protected Siffleur Valley that offers incredible scenery.

It’s part of the Banff National Park in western Canada, the first national park in the country, and a flagship of the park system. Even more, the incredibl natural beauty is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As we approach the peak we’ll pass the Quartzite Col, where spectacular views of the nearby Mt Willingdon, the Siffleur Valley, and the Clearwater Pass.

Throughout its history, the valley had been visited by James Hector, who searched the region for new railway routes for the trans-Canadian railway. It was also visited by British mountaineer Norman Collie, who explored and climbed the region.

The valley is also home to wonderful wildlife, including bears, wolves and caribous.

The level of the climb is easy, so there is no need to have previous climbing experience. Yet it is ideal for those who have prior scrambling experience.

The trip is ideal for those hoping to get basic mountaineering skills and who have a good level of fitness.

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the incredible Banff National Park to climb Mount Willingdon on a 4-day trip.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Gear check

We will issue any required equipment and check our gear for the trip. This will allow us to have an early start for our approach to Mt Willingdon.

Day 2: Ascend Quartzite Col

We will meet at the Yamnuska office at 6am and drive to the Mosquito Creek trail head where the trip begins. After about 6 km of walking in the valley we leave the trail to ascend to Quartzite Col and our first view of Mt Willingdon. A steep descent into the head of the Siffleur Valley leads to rolling open meadows and a beautiful hike to Devon Lake.

Day 3: Summit day

Although not technically difficult there is some exposure and a short cliff band to climb through on the way to the summit via the West Ridge. We will be rewarded by views across an impressive icefield towards Clearwater Mountain and if conditions permit we may have the opportunity to traverse the 2 other summits of Mt Willingdon which are just short of 11,000 feet.

Day 4: Retrace our steps

We break camp and retrace our steps through Clearwater Pass, the Siffleur Valley and Quartzite Col to return to the trail head.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 3444 each

Group of 2

CAD 1722 each

Group of 3

CAD 1148 each

Group of 4

CAD 861 each

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