High Alpine Adventure


Turquoise lakes, waterfalls


14K foot mountain scenery


upscale accommodations


quiet solitude


outstanding gastronomy


Luxury Basecamping


4 days, 3 nights


4-9 miles/day


$4000/tent (2-person capacity)


Durango, CO


undergraduate +

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.


Hikers should have the ability to hike on and off marked trails, to scramble over obstacles and/or barriers with frequent changes in elevation for up to 14 miles per day, carrying medium sized packs of gear. All hikes are one-way, except in case of emergency, and are traveled at a steady walking pace with breaks.

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.

Trip Dates

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Custom dates may be available!

Call 1-602-904-2536 or contact us for details.

2022 Trip Dates

August  12-15

Agust 17-20

2023 Trip Dates

August  12-15

August 17-20

Experience Details

What is included in the Trip Rate?:

    • Professional guide team with all  medical and backcountry certifications
    • Your professional culinary team, multi-course meals and beverages
    • Room Accommodations: Large canvas tents, king mattress, fuzzy sheets and blankets, towels/linens, bedside table, lighting, heaters, in-room water station, in-room charging/electical stations
    • Lounge Tent: large pillows, comfortable chairs, lighting, water station, cocktail/beverage cart
    • Bathrooms: large canvas tent, hot shower w/ basin and curtain, composting commode, towel rack, toilet paper rack, wash basin sink. mirror, lighting, electrical, hair dryer, curling iron
    • Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks are provided throughout your experience
    • Transportation: Roundtrip from the host hotel to all activities/attractions

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?

Group basecamp experiences accommodate up to 10 guests plus staff

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).

Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Arizona time. 1-602-904-2536, or contact us for more information.

More Information


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.

what should i do with all my luggage and personal belongings?

Canyons and Chefs 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, we are more than happy to store luggage and personal belongings in a private and secure location on-site 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.