Granite Towers, Rising From the Ice.

The Bugaboos are home to North America’s most amazing alpine rock: Bugaboo, Snowpatch, Pigeon and the Howser Towers; this place has to be seen and experienced to really believe it!

From the Beckey-Chouinard (V 5.10) to the West Ridge of Pigeon (II 5.4), there is something here for everyone! A three-hour hike brings you to the commodious Conrad Kain Hut, which provides the base for a week-long binge of Alpine rock climbing or mountaineering.

Let an Altus Mountain Guide take you to high places in the Bugaboos!

We offer all-inclusive 3 or 5-day trips.

Custom duration trips all summer.

The Goods

Length: 3 or more days

Starting point: Golden, BC.

Summit Elevation: 2678M (8786ft)

Season: June 1 - October 1

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1

Style of Climbing: Rock climbing

Cost: Starting at $1050 per person

Book a Custom Trip

3 day trip $1950

1 climber

3 day trip $2250

2 climber

5 day trip $3250

1 climber

5 day trip $3750

2 climbers

Custom Dates Starting at $650 / day

Custom dates, duration, and itineraries avalable upon request


Warm up session

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What's Included

What's included

  • Guide’s fees
  • Group equipment
  • Personal climbing gear (not boots)
  • Transportation from Golden to the trailhead (4x4 road)
  • Photos of the trip
  • Group gear
  • Stove/pot/fuel if required
Not Included

Not included

  • Hut/camping fees*
  • Food*
  • Sleeping bag, mat, tent
  • Pre and post valley accommodation
  • Mountaineering boots

*Altus may arrange at additional cost

Gear list

Gear list

Personal Gear

  • Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Rock climbing shoes
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
  • Sleeping pad – Therm-a-rest style or closed-cell foam
  • Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
  • Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight 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 (2-3 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block  with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 litres
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built-in paint gaiters or boot gaiters

Communal equipment: 

  • Lightweight 2 or 3 person tent
  • Single burner stove and fuel
  • Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Compass and map
  • GPS

Technical equipment (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Tape / Repair kit

Is this for you?

  • Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside
  • Have top-roped 5.6 as a minimum
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 8 hours
  • Can hike 6 hours in gentle uphill terrain
  • Likes being outside

Sounds too basic for you? We got you covered, our crew can guide anything from the easiest to nearly the hardest routes in the Bugaboos.

Booking Policy

Booking Policy

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancellation and weather policies, as well as FAQ, may be found here.


Day 1: Meet in Golden BC and travel to the final trailhead. 3 hours of hiking leads up to the Conrad Kain Hut.

Day 2 - 4: Climb amongst the spires of the Bugaboo Mountains!  If you have specific routes or mountains you wish to climb, Altus Mountain Guides will do all we can to get you to the summit of your dreams.  Of course, conditions and weather play a huge roll in the Bugaboos of what can be climbed.  Our ACMG / IFMGA certified guides are qualified to make selections that will provide you with the most amazing experience possible, in one of the world’s premier mountaineering and rock climbing destinations.

Day 5: Pack up and hike out to the car and have lunch in Golden BC.

*Contact us for custom dates, duration and included costs


The Objectives

The bugaboos have an enormous amount of excellent alpine rock climbing routes to choose from. What to climb on your trip will depend on skill and the current conditions. There are routes suitable for completely new alpine climbers to experienced rock climbing looking to push grades.  4th to 5.13



Bugaboo Spire
Bugaboo, Pigeon Spire

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

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.