Hut Discovery: Abbot Pass Hut

Experience a night in one of the ACC's most iconic and remote huts safe in the knowledge you will be travelling in and out under the supervision of a full alpine guide.


Have you stayed at one of our easy access facilities such as the Wheeler Hut or Elk Lakes Cabin and want to go somewhere higher and more remote? Or maybe just seen some of the incredible pictures of our unique and spectacularly-set alpine huts in the media or on our website, and want to check them out for yourself? But lacking the skills necessary in mountain travel (navigation, glacier travel, using axe and crampons) to make this happen safely and comfortably? Then our Hut Discovery program is for you! This year we are launching this new program to open up our incredible hut network to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to access them. Maybe you will gain new found sense of appreciation for Canada's alpine environments. Or maybe it will inspire you to continue your mounaineering journey by going on to acquire the skills to reach these places indpendently. Whatever your aim, our Hut Discovery program will provide a unique and memorable experience.


The Abbot Hut edition of the program will see you travel up to the remote and spectacular Abbot Pass, where our hut is located on a perilous saddle between Mt. Lefroy and Mt. Victoria, at an altitude of nearly 3000m. The approach to the hut is easily underestimated. Although under optimal conditions it can be an involved hike and scramble, this is a full-on alpine environment in which conditions can change quickly. There are risks from rockfall as well as avalanches. And so we aim to give you the safest and most enjoyable experience possible by providing a fully certified ACMG guide.


If you're looking for a place to stay before or after this Camp, the ACC welcomes all participants to join them at the Clubhouse. We’re located just outside of Canmore with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and a cozy kitchen and common area. You can reach us most hours at 1 (403) 678-3200.

Level of Difficulty: Introductory

This program is designed for people who want to experience a stay in an ACC backcountry hut but don't yet possess the skills in alpine travel required to get there independently and safely. No previous mountaineering experience is necessary, although you willl require a good basic level of hiking fitness and experience. Be prepared for loose rock, steep slopes, and to potentially need to use your hands for balance.


  • July 6th-7th, 2018
  • July 20th-21st, 2018
  • August 3rd-4th, 2018
  • August 25th-26th, 2018
  • $350 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet your guide and the rest of the group at the Lake O'Hara Parking Lot, adventure up to the Abbot Pass Hut and stay the night
  • Day 2: Pack up, descend and depart 

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Supervision by a full ACMG alpine guide
  • Hut accommodation
  • Wilderness passes
  • Bus transportation to Lake O'hara
  • All group gear
  • Food
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Hut Discovery: Abbot Pass Hut Staff