Monday, 30 July 2012

Lake Louise Tea House Trek

Our original though was to hike the Lake Agnes trail to the tea house at the top. Which we did and was awesome! It really was a tea house with a variety of loose leave teas to choose from and some select home made offerings of food. I thoroughly enjoyed being perched up high with mountain peaks around, small glacial lake to gaze upon and sipping a very fine Assam tea- quite civilized! But the boys did great ( 386 elevation gain) and we were feeling so inspired up there that we tacked on a 5 km hike to the other tea house ( six plains glaciers) and that was a much tougher hike but worth it! When we got there and sitting and enjoying our packed lunch we saw two mini avalanches and one bigger one- and it's the immense rumbling sound echoing in the alpine valley that was super exciting! We finished the hike at about 7pm! We were all wiped but I'm so proud of the boys for taking in such an adventurous hike (15 km in total, some rough trails and a few steady inclines to slog through). We lined up at the lake Louise campground hoping for a site and lucked out and got one next to a tour company group. Normally that may not be so great but they kept bringing over their left overs! This morning we got sausages, blueberry pancakes, real maple syrup!, fruit salad and yogurt!!! What a treat- backroads.com- thank you!

Today we are leaving the campsite at 11am - a very slow start - and now off to Yoho National Park! And two more sleeps before we get to Kris's!
P.s the really awesome pics are on the other camera - these aren't the best.

4 comments:

  1. Wow... looks like you guys had awesome weather for your trek ... boys hiked 15k without complaining too much? ... that's even more "Wow". Kudos for taking the initiative and going for it! Any wildlife sightings?

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    1. No wildlife sightings, not the big kind anyways. We did see a Pika which looks like a cross between a dwarf bunny and a squirrel - cute little thing that hangs out on rocks.

      We saw a few sightings of the big horn sheep on the drive out of the rockies and into BC but nothing on our Tea House Trek.

      As for the 15 K hike and not complaining.. they actually did really well (just the normal grunts on the uphill slogs) we discovered that if they have their own backpack, with their own treats inside , it turns into an adventure! Gear.. it always helps!

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  2. Hi Kerri! Sounds like you are having a great time, just thought I would comment on this post as I also hiked up to the tea house in Lake Louise, it was an awesome feeling! Continued safe travels (no news on my end yet, will keep you posted).

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    1. Hi - we saw a few couples with the baby backpacks on the trek, bringing their little one along... was thinking of you.

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