22 – 29 June 2019

This magnificent trek takes place in some of the most spectacular national parks in the Canadian Rockies, including Banff and Yoho as well as the vibrant city of Calgary. Join us for a challenge you’ll never forget and help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. 


Day 1

UK – Lake Louise

After all the anticipation, excitement, packing, fundraising, and training, the day is finally upon us when we head to the Canadian Rockies! You'll meet your fellow trekkers at the airport as we board a flight to Calgary. Upon arrival we will be greeeted by the Canadian World Expeditions team and transferred to our accommodation in the beautiful Lake Louise region. 

In the evening, we have a welcome meal and get a chance to meet our guides who will give us a full briefing on the challenge ahead. We stay overnight at an Alpine lodge in Lake Louise.

Day 2


2-4 hours trekking

This morning we set out towards the mighty Columbia Icefield, along one of the most beautiful highways in the world with its glittering glaciers, emerald lakes and dense conifer forests. 

In the afternoon we drive to the town of Jasper (approx 3 hours) which is surrounded by impressive peaks in the Athabasca River Valley. Along the way there will be ample opportunities to spot Grizzly and Black bears as well as elk, deer, and Bighorn sheep. Jasper will become our base for the next two nights at the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. We make our way to our campsite where we will enjoy a hearty meal. 

In the evening, we have a welcome meal and get a chance to meet our guides who will give us a full briefing on the challenge ahead. We stay overnight at an Alpine lodge in Lake Louise.

Day 3

Maligne Lake

5-6 hours trekking

We wake up to picturesque surroundings and start the day with a 5km trek to one of the finest views in the area of the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake at 2,170m. We work our way through the open meadows and climb to 2,600m. The rest of the day is spent exploring the shores of Maligne Lake and driving along the valley road back to Jasper and our camp site. 

Day 4

Parker Ridge and Lake

4-6 hours trekking

Today's climb follows a series of switch back trails to Parker Ridge, from where we enjoy spectacular views out across the Columbia Icefield and over the Saskatchewan Glacier. After a picnic lunch, we continue south along the Icefields Parkway. Along the way we'll do short walks to either Mistaya Canyon or Panther Falls before arriving at our campground on the banks of the Bow River in Lake Louise village.

Day 5

Valley of Ten Peaks

5-6 hours trekking

Our hike begins early today as we make our way to the stunning shore of Moraine Lake. We climb steadily through forest to the beautiful Larch Valley. Ahead of us is the imposing wall beneath Sentinel Pass and faintly seen trail switch backing its way to the top. From pass we can look down into Paradise Valley, and see the rock pinnacles known as the 'sentinels'. 

After lunch, we return to Moraine Lake with the awe-inspiring views of Ten Peaks in front of us the entire way. We camp overnight in Lake Louise. 

Day 6

Banff National Park

5-6 hours trekking

A final day of hiking as we transfer west to Banff National Park for our last full day. We start off at Sunshine Village and follow a trail across the continental divide at a height of 2,300m into the stunning Mount Assiniboine National Park. The 10km route today is a fitting end to our Canadian Rockies Challenge. 

Tonight we will spend the last night under the stas and enjoy a celebation meal prepared by our trek staff to mark the end of the challenge in this remarkable area. We camp overnight in Banff.

Day 7

Banff to Calgary 

We leave our campsite in Banff and transfer to Calgary (approx 1.5hrs). Once we have checked into our accommodation, the day is free to explore the town locally known as the 'Gateway to the Rockies'. Tonight we will meet for a farewell dinner in a restaurant and celebreate the last 8 days of our spectacular challenge. 

We stay overnight in Calgary. 

Day 8

Depart Calgary

Our magnificent Canadian Rockies adventure has come to end. We say goodbye to our guides and newfound friends as we transfer to the aiport for our overnight flight back to London.

Day 9

Arrive UK


What's included?

  • Return flights
  • Local transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Medic
  • All meals

Event details

  • Distance

    Around 5-6 hours walking per day

  • Date

    22-29 June 2019

  • Location

    Canadian Rockies

  • Minimum fundraising

    £3,800 – we'll help you with your fundraising every step of the way

  • Registration fee


  • Minimum age

    You must be 18 years or older to register for this event

  • Fitness

    To take on this challenge you'll need to be fit and do some training.

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How the money you raise helps

£180 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at the hospice.

£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.

£1,250 pays for a portable oxygen system that will relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.

Brenda trekked the Great Wall of China for Marie Curie

"I could not have asked for a better group of people to trek with," says Brenda. "At different points on the trek you would have a chance to discover what inspired everyone else to get involved."

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who can take part?

    You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be approximately 30 with people of all ages from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

  • How fit do I need to be?

    This is a challenge and you will need to train hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure.

  • Will I need specialist kit?

    We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.

  • What’s not included?

    - Registration fee
    - Travel insurance
    - Recommended vaccinations
    - Tips and gratuities
    - Personal spending money.

  • What will we eat and drink?

    Bottled water is provided throughout the trip. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

  • What about vaccinations?

    We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP to ensure your vaccinations are up to date.

  • How will I be supported?

    Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.

    During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s hotel.

  • Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

    We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,800. A minimum of £2,210 will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.

  • What will the weather be like?

    In general, the weather is moderate with average temperatures of 20°C in late June. Expect changeable mountain weather.

  • Passports and visas

    Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. No visas are required for British Citizens; other nationalities are advised to check with their embassies or consulates.

  • Can I extend my stay?

    Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at a cost and subject to availability.

  • Do overseas challenges damage the environment?

    Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism.

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See those azure blue lakes and untouched pine forests for yourself. The money you raise will help Marie Curie care for people living with a terminal illness.

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This challenge is organised through World Expeditions. World Expeditions has been pioneering trips since 1975. Their itineraries give you the best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share a vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach.