Kootenay, BC, 4 Day Guided Backpacking Course

Come and enjoy 4 wonderful days of hiking through the Columbia mountains of Kootenay, BC with David, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range

Columbia Mountains

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified


Hiking through the mountains of British Columbia is a dream for anybody who loves nature. And in the Kootenay area of the province, the Columbia mountains are absolutely stunning. They are the perfect place for this 4 day hiking adventure.

While there is a sample itinerary for this trip below, it is by no means concrete. Instead, we are happy to tailor the trip to your own abilities and desires. So if you only have a little hiking experience, there is no need to worry because there are several routes in Kootenay you can enjoy. Some examples of the easier areas include Fly Creek Canyon, Pilot Bay Canyon, Slocan Lakeshore and Beatrice Lake.

And if you are an experienced hiker looking for a great hike, you too will have your pick of routes that will give you what you want. Some examples of the more intermediate areas include Kokanee Glacier, Glory Basin, Lucifer Pass, Monica meadows, Marten mountain, Whitewater canyon, and many more.

Finally, for those hikers looking for a real challenge, we also offer several difficult, high alpine options. Those options include Gimli Ridge, Lyle Basin, Mount Brennan, Mount Loki, Heart Lakes, and many more.

Whatever kind of hiking adventure you want to enjoy in the Kootenay area, there is a great option for you. And it would be our pleasure to guide you every step of the way. So send us a request, and enjoy the gorgeous wilderness of British Columbia, Canada.

Would you like to transition from indoor rock climbing to outdoor rock climbing? If so, we also offer a full day course in the Kootenay area that will help you do just that.

Price per person

1 Person
446 USD

Group of 2
446 USD

Group of 3
446 USD

Group of 4
446 USD

Group of 5
446 USD

Group of 6
446 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
 Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes hut fees, park permits, safety equipment, kitchen equipment and group tents. However, the price does not include breakfast and dinner, which are available for $45 per person, per night, national park passes, if applicable, which can be purchased for $10 per per person, per night, personal clothing and equipment, and 5% GST tax.


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

    Today we will go over introductions and goals for the trip. Afterwards, we will review the planned itinerary, and perform an equipment and meals check and perform a session on packing strategy.

  • Day 2: Hike to mountain hut

    We will begin our 3-7 hour hike early in the morning to the agreed upon mountain hut where we will set up our base camp.

  • Day 3: Exploration hike

    We will start by eating an early morning breakfast. Afterwards, we will hike throughout the day from our base camp and return to camp for an evening meal and rest for the night.

  • Day 4: Hike out

    On the final day, we will have an early morning breakfast, take a morning hike, then hike for between 3-7 hours, depending on the routes chose and difficulty level back to Nelson.


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Nelson, BC

Hut where we will set up our base camp.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: Lunch, snacks, 1L water bottle, cool weather clothing such as fleece jacket, long johns, warm hat, sun screen, sunglasses, ball cap, rain/wind shell, nylon, lightweight pants, hiking boots, overnight backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles, headlamp, batteries, spoon, plate and cup, blister kit, first aid kit, toiletries, pocket knife and a camera because the views are great.


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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