Rockaboo has launched a new sustainability-focussed Tread Lightly Glacier Hike in Jasper National Park.
The guided tour hikes across the Athabasca Glacier in a small group, immersing participants in glacier science, environmental protection and efficient travel.
The tour starts with a walk up to the toe of the glacier, then the guide leads travellers up the ice and shows them the formations produced by ice and time including crevasses, millwells, and drainage channels.
If conditions permit, there’s a chance to take scientific samples, or brave explorers can descend into the icy depths using ropes, for a bucket list experience.
Priced from $175pp, the hike lasts 4.5 hours and is available between June 1 and September 30, with no experience required. Mountain boots, crampons, hiking poles, sunglasses, and all technical equipment used to explore glacier features such as crevasses are included in the price.
Jasper National Park is home to some of the world’s most impressive glaciated terrain. The Columbia Icefield is a sea of ice covering over 300 square km perched on the Continental Divide. Meltwater from this icefield travels to three different oceans from the hydrological apex of the country.