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A Chilkotin BC Guest Ranch, Chilkotin Mountains Backcountry Horse Trips, Canada Guest Ranch Trips, Calgary Stampede, West Canada Trail Riding, Chilkotin Trail Riding Packages, BC Cattle Working Ranch, Vancouver / Whistler Ranch Holidays, Rocky Mountains Trail Rides, Okanagan Valley
04/07 Days Chilkotin Backcountry Pack Trips
GRT#04 Chilcotin Backcountry
Overview: This is the ultimate Horse Pack Trip Adventure! Ride into the backcountry like an explorer with packhorses in tow. Travel the mountains in nomadic style. Follow game trails, cross rivers, and enjoy open-air lunches with the world's best views. There are sweeping vistas, turquoise green glaciers, snow caves, and abundant wildlife including Mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, Mule deer, moose, wolf, Grizzly and Black bear. Travel mountain-top passes and experience wide U-shaped valleys with their mosaic of wildflowers, wild hay meadows and big-game mineral licks. If your main interest is fishing, let us know and we'll select your camp according to a suitable lake or stream. Access in and out of camp vary between 3-9 hours and 5-20 km, and includes elevation changes up to 1,000m over uneven terrain. Daily itineraries vary according to the level of the trip and group interests

The Pioneer = Horse Pack Trip Level I
Ride along well-defined horse trails once used by explorers, pioneers and gold miners. Based from camp, you will ride through flowering alpine meadows and past pristine mountain lakes. Wildlife will greet you along the trail. Loons call to you from the lake. The jingle of horse bells at night, the star-studded skies and the campfire will round out your horseback camping experience.

The Explorer = Horse Pack Trip Level II
Ride deep into the wilderness through unexplored alpine meadows to lofty mountain-top ridges for 360 degree views. Ride the mountain-top ridges where Mountain goat and Bighorn sheep have been seen. Get involved taking horses out to the meadows at night to stake and hobble - learn to pack and throw the Diamond Hitch. You will head home with wrangler skills.

The Mountain Challenger = Horse Pack Trip Level III
Each base camp takes us deeper into the mountains with new adventures in each alpine basin or mountain pass. Each valley holds new wildlife to view, new meadows to graze the horses, and a new base camp to call home. Witness some of the marvels of the Chilcotin Mountains, like a sow Grizzly with four cubs, the vibrant turquoise blue color of the glacier lakes and the amazing abilities of the Chilcotin Cayuse Horse that negotiates the mountain game trails with the greatest of ease.
The Backcountry Rides:

1. Day: Transfer to the Ranch
Our Van will pick you up at around 7:00 am from your hotel in Vancouver for a scenic ride to our ranch. After arriving at our ranch at around noon we have a lot to do on our first day. We take care in matching you with your Cayuse horse and saddle. All the "kinks" are worked out during your extensive orientation to western mountain riding that includes our gymkhana and our River Ride. That evening, maps and itineraries, and what to pack in your personal duffel bag are reviewed. Then, it's a hardy Ranch dinner with your riding friends. You overnight at our ranch.

2/3. Day: Pack Trip
Our ultimate adventure begins! We ride into the backcountry like an explorer with packhorses in tow and travel the mountains in nomadic style, seeing new scenery each day. Follow game trails, crossrivers, and ride through valleys echoing with the whistles of scurrying marmots. Enjoy open-air lunches with the world's best views. During your high alpine adventure, you'll see sweeping mountain top vistas, turquoise green glaciers and snow caves. Abundant wildlife live in these mountains, including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mule deer, moose, wolf, Grizzlies and black bear. We view them at every opportunity through spotting scopes. There's so much to learn about wildlife habits and the wilderness. Travel mountaintop passes once used by pioneers and later for prospectors. Experience the wide U shaped valleys with their mosaic of wildflowers, wild hay meadows and big-game mineral licks. There's even plenty of time for fishing (licenses available on site), gold panning, and exploring ancient geological features. If your main interest is fishing, let us know and we'll select your camp according to lake or stream interests. Access in and out of camp is a 6-8 hour horse ride with elevation changes of up to 1,000 m. Daily itineraries vary according to the level of trip and group interests. At then end of the third day we are returning to the ranch for the last overnight stay.

4. Day: Return Transfer
The last morning at the Ranch you can participate in one of our Activity Options. There's target practice, horse logging, bareback lessons and more.  After a delicious lunch you depart from the ranch at around 1:00 pm and arrive in Vancouver at 6:00 pm.

The Ranch & Outfitter Service

Our Guest Ranch is a Licensed Guide Outfitter since 1880 and conducts guided wilderness adventures throughout the 5,000 square km operating area in the South Chilcotin Mountains. While our Ranch is easily reached by vehicle, access to the pristine wilderness of our guide territory is by foot, horse or float plane only. Its remoteness helps preserve the outstanding quality of wilderness. Located on the lee side of the Coast Mountains, the South Chilcotins lie within a transition zone between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau. This favoured position produces a Rainshadow. This means sunny skies and a dry climate. The environment is “almost bug-free.” The area is renowned for its bio-diversity, with vegetation ranging from Douglas fir to alpine tundra. Plants, representing both temperate vegetation to the south and boreal vegetation to the north, occur together. Massive ancient firs give way to the trembling aspen and meadows brocaded with an abundance of wild flowers that bloom May through to September at their preferred elevations. An outstanding variety of wildlife inhabits our guide area. California Bighorn sheep, Moose, Mule deer, Mountain goat, Grizzly, Black bear and wolf are plentiful and frequently sighted. "Chilcotin" is an Indian name meaning "People of the Blue Water". The glaciers give the lakes throughout our territory an emerald turquoise color. The water is clean and cold as it seeps out of the sandy shale mountain slopes
Rates & Dates
Tour Dates
Rates per Person CAD$
May - October
Thursday – Sunday (4-Days)
May - October
Sunday – Saturday (7-Days)
Services Included
• 4 or 7 Day Pack Trip
• Accommodation on Ranch/Camp
• All Meals
• Guide Service
• GST Tax
• PST Tax