Canadian Mountaineering


Canadian Mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains is the birth place of modern climbing in Canada.  Follow in the footsteps of the original alpinists from the legendary Lake Louise Group in Banff National Park to the Columbia Icefields in Jasper. We guide one day objectives throughout the summer  as well as week long all inclusive programs featuring the most classic peaks that best suit your abilities: Mount Victoria, Mount Lefroy, Mount FayMount Temple, Castle Mountain, Mt LouisMount Athabasca, Mount Assiniboine and the King of the range, Mount Robson.

Who for

Anyone with good fitness who wants to climb one or more of Canada’s most iconic peaks

What’s included

Guides fee, Group equipment, breakfast, lunch and dinner, hut fees

What’s not included

Personal climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet), Travel to Lake Louise


July through mid September


(Custom dates, duration, and prices are available)

7 day

$4000 per person 1:1 (guide : guest)

$2275 per person 1:2 (guide : guest)

5 day Custom

If you have a peak or a trip in mind we can accommodate. Anything anytime!

7 Day Itinerary

Lake Louise Mt Victoria Death Trap

(Custom dates, duration, and prices are available)

The following itinerary is an example of a 7 day program. With a variety of options and all sorts of climbing styles and difficulties we can customize the perfect trip for you.

Day 1: Warm up day on Mount Babel. A quick approach from moraine lake leads us to the base of a classic 8 pitch rock route on beautiful quartzite rock with difficulties to 5.7.

Day 2: From Moraine Lake we head up a beautiful very variety approach to the Neil Colgan hut at the start of the 10 peak chain.

Day 3: Early start we head over to make an ascent of Mount Fay either by the snow and rock west ridge or the steep ice North face.

Day 4: After another night at the Neil Colgan hut we make an ascent of Mount Little,
on snow, rock and ice, then head back down to lake Louise

Day 5: A short sleep in we travel over to the famous Lake OʼHara and head up to the Abbot pass hut (original Swiss built high mountain hut)

Day 6: From the hut a stones throw from the base of Mount Victoria we ascend the NE ridge of one of the most classic and scenic routes in the Rockies if not the world. Back down to the hut for the evening.

Day 7: Another alpine start for an ascent up the snow and ice face of Mount Lefroy’s west face.  Back out to lake Louise via one of the many exciting options.  Once in the valley, we wrap up the week over dinner at the Post Hotel.


Mount Lefroy

Mount Babel

Mount Fay

Mount Victoria

Canadian Mountaineering EQUIPMENT LIST

Please contact Altus Mountain Guides for any questions or expert advice on the best equipment to have.  Let us know what you need on the list before you purchase any gear.  We can lend you gear free of charge or can advise you on the best gear to purchase. 

 Personal Gear:

  • Boots – full-leather or plastic mountaineering boots. If leather, they should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or equivalent
  • Hut slippers/flip flops
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius (Work best: hut will well above 0c)
  • Backpack – 60-80 liters capacity, big enough to hold all gear for the trip plus some extra communal gear
  • Summit / Day-pack – 15-40 liters capacity (optional your big backpack can also work as a Summit pack)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best ) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses – 1005 UV block (1pr)
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Headlamp with new battaries
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf30
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional for log hikes

 Communal and Technical equipment / Hut Supplies:

  • (Supplied by AMG if required):
  • Compass and map
  • GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice ax and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Rope rescue cord / webbing
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Ice Ax
  • Gaiters (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, medications, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Dish soap
  • Pots and Pans
  • Cutlery
  • Cups and Bowls
  • Barbeque
  • 5 inch foam beads
  • In hut Library
  • Games and cards
  • 4 burner gas stove
  • Binoculars
  • Gas lanterns
  • Magical views and sunsets

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.