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Zillmer Glacier
Katie Goldie

Escape to a land of glaciers

Located deep in the Columbia Mountains

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Adventure takes flight

Forge lifelong memories in a pristine, remote alpine paradise. Leave the crowds behind as we heli to CMH Cariboo Lodge – the perfect headquarters for the escape of a lifetime. Each day, you and your guides will take off by helicopter to explore ancient glaciers, majestic peaks, canyon waterfalls, the Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata, vast alpine meadows or turquoise tarns. Whether you want to stride into adventure or hit new heights in quality time with your family, the rugged, remote Cariboos are calling. Book your summer 2022 trip to CMH Cariboos today.


Dates run from July to August with occasional dates in June and September.




Youth 12-17

Child 6-11

Price per person. Children and youth are eligible for child rates and must be accompanied by a guardian.
Estimated total
$1,297 per night
Price based on double-occupancy. Includes lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

Talk to our planning experts 1-800-661-0252

Arrival Day

8:00 am
Depart Banff to helipad and journey along the Icefield Parkway
2:15 pm
Arrive at helipad for heli-transfer to CMH Cariboos Lodge
3:15 pm
Upon arrival, you’ll get acquainted with the lodge and be provided with any necessary gear
3:45 pm
After a helicopter safety briefing enjoy your first hike exploring the mountains. Learn more about heli-hiking ›
5:00 pm
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy aprés-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage
7:00 pm
Enjoy your first CMH Cariboos gourmet family-style dinner – staff will join you for the meal each evening

Exploration Days

7:30 am
Wake up with a dynamic warm-up class
8 am
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast to start your day right. Pack your lunch for the day and get ready for your day of adventure through your choice of hiking or via ferrata.
9 am
First hiking group will fly up into the mountains
12 pm
Lunch in the field
4-5 pm
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy aprés-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage
7 pm
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you enjoy family style dinner with your guides and lodge staff

Departure Day

8 am
Enjoy a hearty lodge breakfast before heading out for your final morning hike
9 am
First hiking group will fly up into the mountains
11 am
First groups will return to get ready to leave the lodge
Private coach transfer from helipad to Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary International Airport
9 pm
Estimated arrival time in Banff
10:30 pm
Anticipated arrival at Calgary International Airport (YYC). We recommend guests do not book flights until the next day *Please note: Hiking schedule and lunch times may vary

Extend Your Stay

Arrive early or leave later by extending your CMH stay with additional adventures in Banff and surrounding area. Our CMH Vacation Planning team can help you with the details.

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What's Included

What CMH provides for each trip


A double occupancy room in the hotel-style CMH Cariboos Lodge for the duration of your stay, featuring a full range of inviting onsite amenities.

Food & Beverage

Three meals per day – a chef-prepared breakfast and dinner plus packed lunches, après-hiking snacks and non-premium non-alcoholic refreshments.

Heli-Assisted Guided Adventure

Professionally accredited guides will accompany you on your adventure, featuring heli flights up and down the mountains plus return flights to your lodge. Learn more about Heli-Hiking ›

Ground Transportation

From Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper to the CMH Cariboos helipad, and return to Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff or the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

Hiking boots, backpack and jacket


Use of CMH hiking equipment, including boots, rain jackets, wind pants, day packs and hiking poles. Some of our guests opt to use their own equipment – the choice is yours.

What to pack

Creature comforts in the middle of nowhere

Our hotel-style lodge is perfectly perched at 1,100m (3,600 ft) in the rugged Cariboo Mountains, about 100km (62 mi) west of Mount Robson Provincial Park in east-central BC. Cradled by thick cedars, ageless glaciers and loaded with creature comforts, it’s an ideal home base in the high country. 

Don’t let the laid-back feel fool you – we’re attuned to every little detail in this incredible retreat. From the temperature of the hot tub to the contents of our well-stocked bar and wine cellar, we go out of our way to make sure everything about CMH Cariboo Lodge is warm, inviting and unforgettable.

Take a virtual tour of Cariboo Lodge

CMH Cariboo Lodge living room

Additional details

Single supplement is available by request on a space-available basis, depending on the lodge and the number of nights in your stay. As a solo traveller you may book on a twin-share basis, and we will attempt to match you with a same-gender roommate. If we are unable to do so, you will not be charged for the upgrade to single occupancy.

Non-smoking rooms  | No pets please |  Complimentary laundry facilities 

All prices are $CAD ($USD prices shown are based on currency rates available from and are subject to change).

Group travel options 

Book an entire lodge or bring your group and mingle with other guests. Plan a corporate retreat, a family reunion or a special celebration, and let us help customize the details. Learn more ›

Journey to the Cariboos

Your CMH adventure starts with a journey on a route listed as 'One of the Most Scenic Drives in the World' – the Icefields Parkway. Choose to self-drive and take your time to explore the grand scenery, or to hop on our private coach to simply enjoy the bucket-list view out the window. Upon arrival at the helipad in Valemount, BC, you'll take a quick ride above the treetops to our hotel-style lodge in the high country, loaded with luxurious amenities.

Arrival/departure schedule Self-Driving Directions (via Banff) CMH Area Map Purchase a Parks Canada Pass

Custom Travel Options

Customize your travel details by contacting us


Banff - Cariboos Helipad

408km / 253.5 mi (5 hrs)

Our private coach from Banff takes you along the Icefields Parkway on your way to the CMH Cariboos helipad. Ascend through verdant forests, mammoth peaks, alpine lakes and plunging waterfalls on your way to where the mountains meet the sky.

Cariboos Helipad - CMH Cariboos Lodge

10 mins

It’s “all systems go” as you prepare to take to the skies for your first helicopter flight. After watching a safety video, you’ll disembark your coach for the first helicopter trip of your journey to CMH Cariboos Lodge.

What's the weather like?

Due to the high mountain environment, expect to experience various conditions. The weather can be sunny and warm, but be prepared for cooler temperatures, rain, wind and possibly snow.

Mountain weather can change with very little warning. Temperatures range from highs of 10˚C to 35˚C (50˚F-95˚F) and lows of 9˚C to -3˚C (48˚F to 26˚F).

I'm not a hiker - will I be able to keep up with the group?

Whether it’s a hike, walk or amble, each heli-hiking day is tailored to all levels of fitness, experience and age. We split the group as necessary so everyone can stay within their comfort level. The only requirement is a thirst for adventure.

I'm an avid hiker - will I be challenged?

Absolutely! Our guides share a passion for exploring all the Columbia Mountains have to offer. If you’re seeking a challenge, they’ll deliver a great workout.

Are all of your guides certified?

Yes. Most CMH guides have made a lifelong career out of their passion. They are dedicated professionals trained in the European guiding tradition, which emphasizes both respect for the mountains and a deep concern for the well-being of every guest. Our guides are fully trained and re-trained regularly in first aid, wilderness rescue, emergency procedure and prevention. Many of our guides are fully certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) – a ten-year process on average. The rest of our guides are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), also to rigorous standards. Every guide is an experienced, knowledgeable interpreter of our mountains’ flora, fauna, geology and natural history, ensuring that your heli-hiking experience is both safe and enriching.

Will we encounter wildlife?

In all of our trips, we strive to avoid any contact with wildlife. However, our guides are trained in safely dealing with wildlife encounters, should one occur.

How many helicopter trips will I get to take?

In addition to your heli trips to and from the lodge, each day offers the chance to heli to new adventures – with unprecedented access. On average, you can expect two or three helicopter trips per day, depending on your preference and weather conditions.

What happens when nature calls and we’re on the trail?

We hike and explore remote areas where there are no conventional washrooms. Mother Nature provides trees and rocks for privacy. We recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziplock bag. Paper used in the field can be disposed of back at the lodge.

Are gratuities included?

The CMH team is committed to ensuring that you enjoy the trip of a lifetime. While gratuities are not included in your trip fees – nor are they mandatory – they may be offered on a voluntary basis. Gratuities are divided among all of the lodge staff and your pilot.

How do I arrange a private group booking?

Private bookings are a great way to share the magic of a summer heli-hiking adventure with a group. Call our planning experts to arrange the details of all-to-yourself bookings for privately guided trips. Learn more ›

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Your Trip Highlights

Immerse yourself in a high-alpine rush or stride into quality time with your loved ones. Our guides curate each day’s adventures to your personal ability and preferred activity types. It’s all designed to deliver the ultimate escape on top of the world.

Every day promises a host of new adventures specifically selected for you, based on local conditions. Amazing experiences await your arrival. Explore Heli-Hiking ›

Via Ferrata

Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata

Follow the path of an ancient slot canyon route carved by an immense, glacier-fed waterfall. Securely clipped into your harness, your guide will lead the way as you venture into the canyon, before emerging above to spectacular views and endless waterfalls. The Zillmer Canyon Via Ferrata is like nothing else you've ever experienced.

Activity Level

Beginner to Advanced

Available Routes

3 routes

Green • Blue • Black

Avg. Duration

You Decide

Phase 1: 3 to 6 hrs

Phase 1 & 2: 6 to 8 hrs

Elevation Gain

Phase 1: 300 m / 984 ft

Phase 2: 350 m / 1,148 ft

Total: 650 m / 2,132 ft


  • Suspension Bridge

  • Zip-Lines

  • Burma Bridges

  • Balance Beams

  • Rungs

Group Size

2 groups of up to 11 guests

*May vary depending on dates and amount of guests.

Ages & Weight

12 and up

Min weight: 100 lbs

Max weight: 250 lbs

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A serene mountain setting

I love CMH. You guys are the best. The staff feels like family to me. That is why we return every year. Love it!

Diane Losee., CMH Cariboos Guest


Pricing and Dates

Reserve your Cariboos Adventure Today



Dates run from July to August with occasional dates in June and September.




Youth 12-17

Child 6-11

Price per person. Children and youth are eligible for child rates and must be accompanied by a guardian.
Estimated total
$1,297 per night
Price based on double-occupancy. Includes lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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