4 day guided glacier trekking tour in Canada

Join ACMG IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide David on a unique four day glacier trekking tour adventure in the stunning Canadian mountains!




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified


Glacier trekking is a beautiful experience that allows us to explore breathtaking landscapes and mountain summits. It does of course require some preparation and skills. On this 4 day guided glacier trekking tour in Canada you will acquire the necessary techniques to take on a unique adventure!

Options for this trekking experience include exploring the  Kokanee or Woodbury Glaciers, discovering the  Whitewater or Starbird Pass, going up MacBeth Icefield, Horseshoe Glacier and more.  On this tour you will not only explore these stunning locations, but you will also learn skills and techniques necessary for this activity. Learning to use an ice axe and crampons, rope skills and more will be on the agenda! Also, you will get a chance to go on a backpacking trek and choose either a tent based excursion, or hut based trip. If you are interested in a tent based tour, you can choose to visit either Whitewater, Mt. Brennan, or Horseshoe Glaciers, as well as MacBeth Icefield. On the other hand, if you prefer a hut based experience we can go to Kokanee glacier. Whichever you choose, you are bound to enjoy it!

Of course, glacier trekking is not a simple task. However, our tours are open to all levels although you will need a good fitness level! You will at all times have a certified guide at your disposal to show you the ropes and guide you!

Are you ready for a unique adventure in the Canadian Mountains? Then book your place now and join me on this 4 day guided glacier trekking tour!

Would you like something a little more challenging? Then make sure to check out this 8-day guided ascent of Mount Waddington via Bravo Glacier route!



Price per person

Group of 5
446 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
 INCLUDED: Pre-course planning support; Fully certified IFMGA and/or ACMG Hiking Guide, Alpine Guide or Mountain Guide services; 20 years of experience in the area; Alternative plan based on current conditions; technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, harness); group kitchen, cooking supplies; hut costs; Park permits and Liability Insurance; Emergency response plan; Group safety equipment. NOT INCLUDED: 5% gst tax; dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available for $45/night; national park wilderness pass $10/night; personal clothing, overnight equipment, hiking/mountaineering boots; personal lunch & snacks; travel to meeting location and accommodation prior to field portion trip; transportation to trailhead; gratuities; trip interruption, cancellation insurance or medical insurance; additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather.


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • Day 1: Pre trip meeting in Nelson

    We will meet up at 5pm in Nelson for a trip briefing. After a welcome and introduction we will sign corresponding waivers. Then we will review itinerary and conditions. Finally, we will do a gear and meals check, and cover some packing basics.

  • Day 2: Hike in to remote mountain hut or backcountry camp location


    We will set off early in the morning from our predetermined trailhead. From there we will have to hike between 3-7 hours, depending on trail difficulty. Finally, once we arrive we will set up our site and after our evening meal we will have an optional training session. Topics we will cover include safety, pacing and walking tips, and navigation skills among others.


  • Day 3: Walking on glacial ice


    After an early camp breakfast we will have another training session where we will cover ice pick and crampon use, rope management and more. Then we will set off to the summit of our proposed destination. Finally, we will return for an evening meal and an optional skills session.


  • Day 4: Hike out


    We will set off for a short morning hike after breakfast. Then we will return to pack up before hiking back for 3-7 hours and return to town.



Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Nelson, BC

About the Guide


I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.

The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.

The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!

FROM 446 USD per person

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