Experience a night in two of the ACC's most iconic backcountry facilities - the Wheeler Hut and Asulkan Cabin - and explore the majestic Rogers Pass region of BC, all under the supervision of a full ACMG alpine guide.
This trip starts at one of The Alpine Club of Canada's most accessible huts, takes you up the Asulkan valley to the spectacular Asulkan hut, and offers you the chance to climb to Asulkan Pass. You'll drive to Rogers Pass, park your car in the Illecillewaet campground, and meet your group and guide at the Wheeler hut.
On the morning of the second day, you'll set out bright and early up the Asulkan Valley to reach the Asulkan hut. While the 700m elevation gain and 6.5km to get to the hut might not sound like a big deal, keep in mind that nearly all of the elevation gain comes in the last two kilometres. The hike to the hut is on good trails.
The Asulkan hut is perched on moraines at the head of the valley, offering spectacular views towards the Dome, Young's Peak, and down the Asulkan Valley. In the afternoon of the second or the morning of the first day, your guide will offer interested guests the chance to take a morning walk to Asulkan Pass (another 300m of elevation and 6km round trip, conditions permitting).
The route will mostly skirt the glacier itself, but will traverse permanent snowfields and require microspikes and a mountaineering axe (at a minimum). The view from the pass is not to be missed. If the hike up the steep trail to get to the hut was enough for you, you will have the option to spend some time relaxing around the hut (bring a book!) or practicing your photography skills on the landscapes visible from your front porch.
On the third day, you'll hike back down the valley to your car. This trip is designed for reasonably fit hikers. No mountaineering experience is necessary, as your guide will routefind and coach you on the necessary techniques. Be prepared for steep trails with an overnight pack. If you choose to continue on to Asulkan Pass from the hut, be prepared for a long day (8+ hours) with significant elevation gain and/or loss.