High Alpine Adventure
14,000 foot mountains
Classic San Juan mountain scenery
Roughly 30 mi/63km total with optional side hiking
POINT OF ORIGIN
GEOLOGIC ADVENTURER SKILL
The Undergraduate adventurer is capable of hiking 2-6 miles daily. Trails are generally maintained and have 1500 feet or less of change in elevation. Your backpack will weigh between 20-35 lbs. Undergraduate time traveling hikers must be healthy and relatively fit. Previous camping experience is a good idea, but not required.
The San Juan mountain range of Colorado presents some of the most outstanding scenery and natural wonder in all of the Rocky Mountains. Born of violent volcanoes and carved by massive glaciers, the San Juans are truly a Colorado treasure
The San Juans are simply classic Colorado. Soaring peaks, clear blue lakes, high sawtooth ridges, and sprawling forests of aspen trees surround the historic mining towns of Ouray and Telluride, home to world famous ski resorts, hot springs, and extraordinary alpine adventure. Our adventure here explores some of the most astonishing scenery the Rockies have to offer, carved over the past 80 million years for your adventurous spirit.
Now this is camping! Many meals will consist of multi-course, freshly-prepared, restaurant quality meals with wine/drink pairings served on clothed tables. Accommodations are very comfortable with large tents, raised cots/beds, solar showers, and private bathrooms.
While hikers will pass through areas popular with tourists, they will spend most of the time in areas specially selected to be off the beaten path. There will be practically no wait time or crowds anywhere past the trail-heads. Overnighting is private and remote.
Canyons and Chefs: Colorado begins in Durango, CO at your host hotel. After final preparations we will travel along the famous Million Dollar Highway deep into the mountains between the old mining towns of Telluride and Ouray. Soaking in the spectacular views, we’ll then make our way into the park and set up our private luxury camp. Our first adventure takes us into the jagged Lizard Head wilderness, where we will begin to get a sense of the fabulous adventures that await us. We will return to camp for the first of our fabulous multi-course dinners, prepared by Chef, of course!
Time in the car: 3-4 hours
Elevation & Distance: 4 miles,
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The next 3 days of our adventure will be jam-packed with incredible sights and memorable adventures. We will explore North America’s backbone the Continental Divide, several alpine glacial cirques and lakes, secret hot springs, and heady mountain peaks and ridges. Each evening we will return to camp for some excellent dining, campfires, and unbelievable star-gazing!
Elevation & Distance: variable each day, not more than 8 miles, up to 2000 foot elevation change
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On our final day in Colorado, we will wake up early to a fabulous breakfast and fresh coffee while our staff packs up camp. We will then head to our last grand adventure, one of our favorite spots in Colorado, or anywhere in the southwest, for that matter. Our caravan will then head back to Durango.
Elevation & Distance:4-8 miles, 1000-2000 foot elevation gain/loss per day
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What is included in the Trip Rate?:
Your geologist/guide with all professional, medical, and backcountry certifications
Your professional chef with staff, multi-course meals and beverages
Gear: backpack, tent, beds, sleeping pads, trek poles
Kitchen: bowls, cups, utensils, full-scale professional kitchen
Food: Chef-prepared meals and trail snacks
Transportation: Roundtrip from the host hotel to all activities/attractions
Fees: Permits, Entrance Fees, Camping Fees, all necessary trip fees
What is the Food Situation?:
Canyons and Chefs takes care of all meals on your tour. Starting with breakfast on your first day through lunch the final day, your professional chef will prepare a variety of meals on the trail and in camp. All dietary needs are accommodated, so please get in touch with us to give us details of your requirements. There may be times where special needs necessitate a small rate increase.
Meals will include one main dish for breakfast and lunch, dinner will consist of multi-course meals with wine/drink pairings, all prepared by a professional chef and staff. All food options will be fresh, often farm-to-table. Trail snacks will include meats, cheeses, nuts, chocolate, and other filling, delicious, and varying backcountry food.
Is there anything that i need to provide myself?:
Transportation to and from the host city/hotel
Lodging prior to and following your trip
Gear such as clothes, rainwear, and boots/shoes
Personal items such as toiletries and sunscreen
BMAG does not provide water bottles or Camelback-Style bladders
Personal lighting such as headlamps or flashlights
We suggest gratuities for your guide, typically 10-15% of the total trip cost
*Booked guests will receive a detailed information packet
What kind of group size can i expect?
Standard backpacking tours will accommodate 6 people plus one geologist/guide. The maximum group size is 10 guests and 2 guides.
Can I bring small children?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Canyons and Chefs scheduled trips due to insurance liabilities. This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy
I want to book a trip, how can i do that?
Tour bookings can be completed through our online booking platform or through our office. A 50% deposit is required, and the full trip rate will be due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings within the 90-day window require payment in full. Trip rates are payable through our online booking platform or over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee).
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Where do tours start and finish?
This trip will begin/end in Durango, Colorado and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Durango. You will want to fly into Durango.
Can I meet the guide before the trip?
A pre-trip briefing is held at the host hotel the evening before trip departure. Any questions will be answered, and you will have the opportunity to discuss anything you wish with your geologist/guide. Most trips will depart between 6am and 9am the following morning.
ummm, what should i do with all my luggage and whatnot?
BMAG provides all transport throughout the trip. Our guests staying at the host hotel may choose to leave their car at the hotel. Our designated host hotels will typically store your luggage if necessary. In the event that this cannot be arranged, BMAG is more than happy to store luggage and personal belongings in a private and secure location during your tour.
how should i plan my travel after the trip?
In general, most trips can expect to be back to the host hotel by 6pm on the final day of the trip. Some trips may return earlier. BMAG typically recommends that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Each trip has its own particular set of circumstances and logistics, so please contact us with any specific questions you may have.
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