Garibaldi Wedgemount Lake

(3 customer reviews)

From: $525.00 CAD + Taxes

 

 

2 Days / 1 Night

FOR FULL ITINERARY AND ADVENTURE DETAILS SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN

Grab your pack, tighten your laces and strap in, as you will ascend past a roaring 300m waterfall en route to a remote alpine lake. Build up enough courage to jump in a glacier lake and enter an ice cave while surrounded by towering jagged mountains looking to crumble in at any moment on this thriller of an adventure!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Alpine Scenery
  • Swim in Alpine Lake
  • Enter an Ice Cave and touch a Glacier
  • Chance to see Wildlife
  • Educational workshops at camp: Backcountry Nutrition, How to Pack a Backpack, Camp Logistics

WHY GARIBALDI?
Where ancient old glaciers and volcanoes have formed; pristine emerald alpine lakes, lush vegetation, meadows full of wildflowers and scenic mountain landscapes abundant in wildlife make Garibaldi one of the most unique and picturesque places on Earth. Be rewarded with a super fun trail, breathtaking views around every corner, a sky blue lake, a massive glacier and an epic sunset – a true alpine experience. Come find the explorer within yourself as we hike through Garibaldi and find wildlife and fascinating geological features literally around every corner.

WHAT TO EXPECT
An awesome hiking trail consisting of soft forest floors with uneven roots and rocks, steady elevation gains with a short but steeper section right before the lake. Once at the lake the trail will then only consist of rocky alpine terrain.

Day 1
Begins with a short minimal elevation gain heading into the thick forest. As the trail continues, the steeper the trail gets – the short and steepest part of the trail being right before you get to the alpine lake. Once at Wedgemount Lake, adventuring around a massive open area is easy as there are no trees in the alpine.
Day 2
Will be the most challenging part of the hike as the 7km descent can be a really good leg workout. The trail retraces the same steps on the way down back to the parking area.

Trail Breakdown:
Day 1 – 7km, 4-5 hours
Day 2 – 7km, 4-5 hours

Fitness Level:
This specific tour is for intermediate fit people due to terrain conditions. All adventurers will carry their own backpack including; clothing, food, water, camping- and cooking equipment.

Pick Up Location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC

FOR FULL ITINERARY AND ADVENTURE DETAILS SEE TABS FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE

NEXT DATES:

July
10-11

August
21-22

Can’t find the date you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate reaching out to us!

Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC

Pickup Time:
7:00am

Drop off Time:
End of Day

Trail Length:
14km in 2 days

Elevation Gain:
1160m

Fitness Level:
Intermediate

This specific tour is for intermediate fit people due to terrain conditions. The one-way trail is 7km to the lake, but don’t let this fool you as it is only uphill and there are some steep climbs. The spectacular alpine scenery makes this tour well worth it!

Hiking Difficulty:
Moderate-Difficult

The total elevation gain of the trail to the lake is 1160m. The steepest section of the trail will be in the last 1km. There will moderate and steep climbs on soft forest floors, roots, boulders, as well as loose rocks in exposed alpine terrain. Although
steep uphill climbs can be slow going, expect the 7km descent back down to the parking area to be challenging as well.

Recommendations to prepare for this adventure:

  • Focus on cardio fitness – get your heart pumping for 20mins each day.
  • Leg strength – practice uphill hiking at the gym using “stairmaster” equipment.
  • Squats and Lunges work well for hiking uphill (train those knees and glutes)
  • Back strength – hike trails with a loaded backpack that include elevation gains and downhill descents.
  • Shoulder and core training exercises prepare for carrying a weighted backpack.
  • Walk-in your hiking boots to avoid nasty blisters on the trail!

Food:
All meals will be included for the duration of the adventure, except breakfast on Day 1. It is recommended to eat breakfast before pick-up on Day 1. All meals for the duration of the trip will be distributed at the trailhead.

Food is very important to us! The majority of your meals & snacks will be homemade and dehydrated using as many fresh, organic, healthy and nutritious ingredients sourced from local businesses.

Food creates energy within our bodies. Energy gives us the strength to live and experience the world around us. The key component in the process of dehydrating food is that it retains the maximum amount of original vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes. When hiking, dehydrated food is your best friend – it’s portable, reduces waste, extremely lightweight and super delicious!

Accommodation:
We will be sleeping in tents right at the lake in a comfortable group-camping setting. We will show you how to use our camping equipment like a pro.

Day 1: Wedgemount Lake Parking Area to Wedgemount Lake, 7km
Your epic adventure will start when we pick you up in the morning at our meeting spot downtown, Vancouver. While chatting with your new adventure friends, you’ll immediately forget the busy city life as we enter a world of serenity along the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway. A 2 hour drive North will put us at the trailhead to Wedgemount Lake where food for the day will be distribute throughout the group. The trail, with the crashing sound of Wedgemount Falls in the distance, will lead us through a lush green forest, over a boulder field and finally into the protected valley of Wedgemount Lake. Immediately after arriving at the lake, the first thing we’ll want to do is jump in, so don’t forget your swimsuit! Ever heard of a glacial facial? The rock flour in glacial water will leave you with very smooth skin. Here we will relax, set up camp, and eat our nutritious lunches. We will end the day with an epic sunset before all the million stars show their faces and then snuggle up in your comfortable tent and sleeping bag set-up.

Day 2: Wedgemount Lake – Wedgemount Glacier – Wedgemount Lake Parking, 9km
Slowly wake feeling rejuvenated from the fresh mountain air to the smell of coffee and the sight of an alpine lake surrounded by picturesque mountains. Load up on healthy breakfast options, take the time to relax and soak up the natural
environment around you to re-energize for our side-trip to Wedgemount Glacier. After touching the glacier and exploring ice caves we will pack up our camping gear, make the descent back down to the parking area and head back to Vancouver.

Multi-Day Adventure – Packing List

  • Comfortable Transportation (including pick up & drop off)
  • Home-made prepared nutritious meals and snacks to last for the duration of the trip
  • Food Allergies or preferences? We have a questionnaire for you to fill out before you join us
    on your adventure
  • Professional & Fun guides that are looking to share their passion with you
  • Guided hikes
  • Information about wildlife
  • Permits & Camping Fees
  • Tent Rental
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics
  • First Aid Supplies & Blister Plasters
  • Sunscreen & Bugspray
  • Compressed Toiletpaper
  • Airfares
  • Expenses before and after tour
  • Rental of Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat, Backpack
  • Single Tent Upgrade
  • Gear – we will send you a specific gear list once you’ve chosen your adventure
  • Personal alcohol
  • Applicable Canadian Taxes (GST – 5%)
  • Trip Cancellation/ Extended Medical Insurance
  • We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as extended medical insurance to
    cover life and health care risks
  • Personal property insurance
  • To insure your personal belongings against loss
  • Staff appreciation gratuities

Additional information

Dates

October 10

3 reviews for Garibaldi Wedgemount Lake

  1. Jas Bhatia

    We recently hire Sjef Adventures to host a trip for our group to Wedgemount Lake. It was an amazing overnight trip and I doubt if I will be able to do justice to the experience we had as a part of this trip.
    First and foremost, Richie and Sanne are genuine people. It is next to impossible to find people that are professional, hard working, ethical and genuine in this industry. Their passion is contagious and their humbleness is inspirational.
    They curated an extraordinary trip for our clients and I cannot wait to do another trip with them in the near future. I have years of experience with backcountry and hiking and I came out of this trip learning a lot more.
    In addition, on day one I personally ran into some recurring health issues on the hike caused by a combination of factors and couple of bad decisions. Both of them were professional and well equipped to handle the situation, which further reinforced my decision in working with them.
    And did I mention food? I don’t think I have eaten that well in backcountry ever!! They were inspirational enough that we were able to bring home some of their shared best practices and make a significant impact at the nutrition level even at home.
    Do yourself a favor and book a trip with them. Just do it.

  2. Leigh Taveroff

    My friend and I recently won an adventure to Wedgemount Lake with Sjef Camping and Red Hat Outfitters.

    Richie and Sanne were incredible guides, with a ton of knowledge about the area and our surroundings, leave no trace ethics and cooking and nutrition in the backcountry.

    Not only did we have an awesome hike and learn some amazing things about glaciers, mountains and forests – the food was INCREDIBLE. I’m still dreaming about their homemade granola bars! We were so well fed, and we couldn’t wait for the next meal to see what we’d be having. Seriously the best food I’ve had camping ever! Healthy, nutritious and delicious.

    I highly recommend adventuring with Sjef Camping – you won’t be disappointed!

  3. Ryley

    Even as an experienced backpacker, I walked away with SO MUCH new knowledge after my Wedgemount Lake adventure with SJEF Camping. The seminars on Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry nutrition, and local geology are what made this trip unforgettable. Highly recommend this fun group! Thanks guys 👌

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *