Jun-Oct
Season
8:30am
Departure Time
7 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
Active
Activity

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked their four favourite ‘signature’ trails.

We have selected what we consider the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the Rockies should not be missed.

Our Interpretive Guides’ priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. We hike in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters. Hiking time is between four and six hours, which includes an alpine picnic lunch. Please note that you must have sturdy footwear and we recommend dressing in layers to adapt to constant weather changes.

Hiking Trail Schedule

Refer to the Trail Routes tab for the full details on the distance, elevation, hiking time and difficulty rating for each trail.

Sunday Kootenay National Park Trails (Easy)
Monday Larch Valley (Moderate)
Tuesday Stanley Glacier (Moderate)
Wednesday Plain of Six Glaciers (Moderate)
Thursday Stanley Glacier (Moderate)
Friday Plain of Six Glaciers (Moderate)
Saturday Larch Valley (Moderate)
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Hiking Schedule

Hike Days of Operation Rating
Kootenay National Park Trails Sunday Easy
Larch Valley Monday & Saturday Moderate
Stanley Glacier Tuesday & Thursday Moderate
Plain of Six Glaciers Wednesday & Friday Moderate



Hike to Kootenay National Park Trails – Sunday

Travel to three short hiking trails within Kootenay National Park such as Vista Lake, Marble Canyon, Numa Falls, Paint Pots, and Fireweed Loops. Enjoy connecting with nature with a variety of different views of the National Park. This trip is ideal for families and first time hikers!

  • Rated: Easy
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 8kms (4.5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 150m (492 ft)
  • Departs: 08:30am from Banff

Hike to Larch Valley – Monday & Saturday

Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 535m (1,500 ft)
  • Departs: 8:30am from Banff, 9:15am from Lake Louise

Hike to Stanley Glacier – Tuesday & Thursday

Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. You then follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock and may even find some fossils! Eat your lunch directly beneath the ancient ice of Stanley Glacier before you head back down.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 395m (1,285 ft)
  • Departs: 08:30am from Banff

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers – Wednesday & Friday

Your hike starts by hiking along the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. Near to your final destination is the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long – be sure to bring some cash! Just past the teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise. If time and group ability allows you may be able to hike further to view historic Abbot Pass.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 340m (1,100 feet)
  • Departs: 8:30am from Banff, 9:15am from Lake Louise
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Choose from the following lunch options:

  • Rockies Chicken Club Wrap
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Vegetarian Wrap
  • Green salad with chicken (gluten-free)

Lunches also include fruit, juice, salted potato chips and two bite brownies.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

All hiking tours start at 8:30am from Banff and run for approximately 7 hours, which includes between 4 to 5 hours of hiking time.
The full day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a 4 – 5 hour hike with a professional hiking guide. Lunch and hiking poles are provided, and some of the tours will also offer a pickup from Lake Louise.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel. Some of the tours will also offer a pickup in Lake Louise.
Hiking boots or other sturdy footwear is essential, and layers of clothing are recommended including hats, gloves and a rain jacket.
Please bring a backpack to carry lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat and layers of clothing. You may also like to bring snacks and water (to supplement lunch if required).
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

  • The minimum age is 12 years, and all children aged between 12 and 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
  • Children aged 16 – 17 years old may go on the hike without an adult, but a parent must meet the guide in the morning to sign a waiver.
  • Early season itinerary changes may apply, please enquire at the time of booking.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Hiking Lake Louise
See Larch Valley with a Professional Hiking Guide with Discover Banff Tours
Hiking in Banff and Lake Louise
Hiking in Banff and Lake Louise
Group Jumping on a Guided Larch Valley Hike