Joffre Lakes Group

Coast Range Mountaineering Classics

The Duffey Lake Area has some of the finest mountaineering peaks in British Columbia.  Located just north of Whistler, BC, in the Southern Coastal Mountains' heart, is the Joffre Lakes Group.  The Joffre Lakes group is the home to the majestic glaciated peaks of Mount Matier, Slalock, Hartzel and Mount Joffre.  If not a stay at Keith's Hut, camping will be at a high col on the Anniversary Glacier within striking distance of steep north faces, classic glacier ascents, and rocky ridge climbs - all in a sensational setting!

The Joffre Lakes Group is one of Canada's great mountaineering areas on the Coast Range that is easily accessible from the highway.  It is a bit of a hike, but there are many great mountaineering objectives to choose from once in the area. Let our certified ACMG and IFMGA Mountain Guides take you to the best mountaineering the Joffre Group has to offer.

The Goods

Length: 1 or More Days

Starting point: Whistler, BC.

Summit Elevation: 2678M (8786ft)

Season: June 1 - October 1

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1

Style of Climbing: Steep snow, rock and ice,

Cost: Starting at $650/day

Book a Custom Trip

July 3, 4, 5 $1370

July 17, 18, 19 $1370

Book a Custom Trip

Custom Dates

Custom dates, duration, and itineraries avalable upon request

2 day trip $1390

One climber

2 day trip $790 / pp

Two climbers

3 day trip $1950

One climber

3 day trip $1125 / pp

Two climbers


Vancouver Heli Skiing - Altus Mountain Guides
Trip Photographer

Personal photographer to capture the trips epic moments.

What's Included

What's included

  • Guide’s fees
  • Group equipment
  • Personal climbing gear (not boots)
  • Photos of the trip
  • Group gear
  • Stove/pot/fuel if required
Not Included

Not included

  • Hut/camping fees*
  • Food*
  • Transportation to trailhead*
  • Sleeping bag, mat, tent
  • 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
  • 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, 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: (supplied by Altus if required)

  • 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?

The number one question we get from our guest is, "are they ready for a multi-pitch?". 99.9% the answer is YES, our guide job is literally to push guests' ability. If you have some minimum climbing and eagerness for a day of adventure, we can make the day 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 3 hours
  • Can hike 1 hour 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 Squamish's hardest routes.

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 Whistler at the designated time and location to organize gear and food. Drive 1.5 hours north to the trailhead. The trailhead is typically a 3 to 4-hour hike up to Keith’s Hut in the Joffre Lakes Park.  Once at the hut or camping area, your guide will assess the conditions and work with you to plan for the next days.

Day 2 and 3: We will have full days climbing peaks. Options include Vantage Peak, Mt Matier, Slalock, Hartzel and Mt Joffre. After the second day of climbing, we head back to Whistler for dinner.

*Contact us for custom dates, duration and included costs


The Objective

The Joffre Lakes area offers many options, this trip is suitable for anyone from absolute beginner to the experienced mountaineer. Routes range from mellow glacier trips to airy technical rock ridges. Joffre Lakes group, especially with the Keith’s Hut, makes for a pleasant trip into the alpine.

Start Elevation: 1200m

Summit: 2730m

Gain: 1530m

Loss: 1530m

Distance from the summit: 7.9km


Joffre Lakes Group Mt.
Joffre East Ridge
Slalok - Stonecrop Glacier (1400m run!!)
Mount Joffre North Face Couloirs

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.