The ultimate backcountry experience in the mountains of northwestern BC.

A backcountry lodge in Canada that offers all the charm of a European mountain hut - all to yourself!

Northern BC is like nothing you've ever experienced - big mountains, rich culture & more bears than people!

It's big. Much of it is alpine and glaciated. It appeals to stronger skiers.

Burnie Glacier Chalet is easy to get to - leave Vancouver in the morning and ski in the afternoon!

Expeditions, Hikes & Treks

The mountains change dramatically in the summer. Creeks rush, flowers bloom, animals move. There is wonderful mountain hiking on at Burnie on the trails we built into the alpine. But we also go further afield: Treks through the magic volcanic high deserts of Mount Edziza. Crossing high passes in the Saint Elias Mountains on the Donjek Route. Traversing the lovely Babine Mountains just outside Smithers. And we climb those high peaks under which we ski in the winter. Howson and Kitnayakwa Peaks are high quality alpine objectives.

 

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Expeditions, Hikes & Treks Expeditions, Hikes & Treks
 

Babine Mountains Traverse

Traverse the valleys and ridges of the Babine Mountain Range from Silver King basin to Harold Price cabin. Mountain goats, moose and marmots also roam these mountains. We may see them on our journey. This is our easiest non-technical trek, but rewarding nonetheless.

Donjek Route in Kluane Park, Yukon

A demanding ten day trek over high passes through the tundra burning red in fall colours, with the icy giants of the Saint Elias Mountains behind.

Howson & Kitnayakwa Peaks

In Canadian climbing history, the Howson Range has long haunted peoples’ imaginations. Remote and big, with a tragic first ascent.

Mount Edziza Traverse

Trek through the mysterious volcanic plateaus, flying from Iskut into Buckley and out of Mowdade Lake.

Mount Logan Expedition

This is Canada’s highest peak, very serious and remote. An expedition for strong mountaineers. Be prepared for high altitude, heavy loads, big storms and the promise of seeing the Gulf of Alaska from 5,500 metres.

Weesxanist Peak

The highest point in the magnificent Seven Sisters.

Summer mountaineering course

The Howsons are a wonderful place to learn mountain skills. Good trails lead to treeline and rock and ice are near. The lodge is a comfortable and secure place with warm beds and good food.
 

My husband and I did the second half of the Donjek River route with Christoph Dietzfelbinger of Bear Mountaineering in 2010. This was our first trip with him but not our last, as we intend to do another in 2011. The trip was a complete success thanks to his expertise, organization, and personality. The equipment and food were great, his enthusiasm and experience inspire confidence, and Christoph is a charming and interesting fireside companion. We both unreservedly recommend Bear Mountaineering to anyone wanting guided wilderness travel in western Canada. 

Noni Fenwick-Wilson and Stirling Fraser, Comox BC