7 Day Casual Explorer Hiking Trip

July Dall Rams Ram Plateau Solitude Camping

July to Late August

The '7-day Casual Explorer' will give you a first taste of what heli hiking means:  alighting on various ridges, soaring down to the blue eyes of little lakes, exploring mountain ranges on foot, camping amongst wildflowers, prospecting for fossils, being amazed by geological oddities, enjoying lunch in the solitude of mountains, then following the rushing waters of a glacial melt stream on your day hike up to the glacier itself.  You are likely to spot your first game, Dall sheep on the hill side, two big rams hiding in a tangle of alpine fir, or a lonely caribou on a lonely ridge in the immensity of endless mountain ranges.

Depending on your preferences our suggested program might include the most famous features of South Nahanni National Park Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The helicopter can get you an eagle’s eye view of Virginia Falls, twice the height of Niagara and the highest in all of Canada, as the South Nahanni River plunges like the arc of a rainbow split in half by a hardcore rock sentinel. The South Nahanni also offers amazing canyons, up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the Figure Eight Rapids, the Pulpit, Headless Valley, and winds through even more canyons like a bottle green snake.

Ragged Range Jewel Is This Real?

On this heli hiking trip, we can concentrate on locations with good wildlife viewing, or walk up to glaciers and ridges, or get our rock hammers out and look for a fossilized Mackenzie Mountain trilobite or ammonite, or we will scale mountains taking photographs of breathtaking scenery.  Let us know your preferences and we will put a route together that will be burnt into your inner eye for the rest of your life.

Like all our heli hiking trips, your adventures starts with a 1-hour bush plane flight from Fort Simpson to Base Camp on a tributary to the Root River in the Mackenzie Mountain wilderness of Canada’s Northwest Territories.  Base Camp is just the start - after that we will be tenting in the most amazing locations – solitude guaranteed.


$8,500 per person plus return bush plane charter flight into the area from Fort Simpson of $1,300/person.


  • Expediting services as of Fort Simpson, NWT
  • Helicopter time (up to 1 hour/day)
  • Guiding
  • Accommodation (tents; cabins in base camp)
  • Camping Gear
  • Food (high quality backpacking type food with gourmet perks; home cooked meals in base camp)
  • Full Service in Base Camp with drinks, satellite phone and internet
  • GST (Canadian Sales Tax of 5% and all government imposed service taxes)
  • All required South Nahanni National Park Licenses