Horseback Tour – 7 Day / 6 Night
Explore the vast untamed wilderness of the South Chilcotin Mountains and the Big Creek Provincial Parks. This 7 day adventure is designed for those with some previous riding experience and who are looking for an immersive wilderness adventure. From Tyax Resort your wrangler and horse companion will take you out into the heart of this spectacular mountainous area. You will travel throughout the parks over hundreds of kilometres of remote trails, over high mountain passes, along valley bottoms and through wildflower filled meadows, spending each night at one of our fully outfitted camps. Without a road in sight, you will be surrounded by pristine, wild, rugged, backcountry terrain. Just you, your horse, your group, your wrangler/guide and the mountains!
- Price:$2,599 per person (based on 4 people)
- Ride Type:Cross-country; Mountain Travel
- Horseback Riding AbilityIntermediate to Expert
- Distance:~10 - 25 kms daily
- Daily Ride Time:4-7 hours
- Duration:7 Days
Tour includes: 6 nights in our Backcountry Camps, all meals, expert guide/wrangler, camp host to prepare meals and camp, horse companion
Find Your Skill Level
- Beginner – You have limited riding experience and perhaps have never ridden a horse before but are keen to try. A 1 or 2 hour ride is plenty long.
- Novice – Perhaps you have ridden a horse before and know that you are able to mount and dismount unassisted. You are comfortable and feel in control while your horse is walking and maybe even during short trots. You are comfortable on a horse for 3 to 4 hours.
- Intermediate – You have a firm and confident seat on your horse and feel comfortable while trotting and maybe even while cantering and galloping short distances. You are comfortable on a horse for 6 to 7 hours, but perhaps don’t ride regularly.
- Advanced – You are very comfortable on a horse at all paces, and perhaps can handle a spirited horse in open country. You are comfortable riding all day.
* Trail riding with us involves slow speeds and walking. Faster paces should not be expected.
Customize Your Trip
Here are a few added service offerings that can make your trip extra special! Please contact us to learn more about these custom opportunities.
Full Gear Support
Enjoy your multi-day adventure without the burden of a heavy pack. Let our team of horses transport 20lbs of your personal gear to camp daily, so you can arrive at camp with more energy and coveted fresh personal items waiting (relevant to mountain bikers and hikers only.)
Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa rests on the shores of Tyaughton Lake on the border of the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park. The Resort is our summer home base where our activity desk greets guests, and where our float plane docks. For those looking for a bit of luxury and indulgence, a night(s) at the resort before or after your adventure might be just what’s in order. Choose from amenities including full spa services, deluxe rooms, fine dining, lakeside recreation and bar service.
Door to Door Flight Service
We are happy to pick you up with our DeHavilland Beaver float plane from a destination near you, and fly you directly into the heart of the Chilcotin Mountains where the magic awaits. Return flights from locations such as Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, Seattle, Tofino… and many more, are available. Please visit our flight page for details.
Premium Performance Apparel by 7mesh
We have partnered with 7mesh apparel to provide our guides and guests with some of the world’s most specifically and thoughtfully designed mountain bike apparel. As a premium performance brand located in the Sea-to-Sky corridor we couldn’t think of a better partner to help elevate our guests experience when it comes to apparel comfort and performance. As a valued guest, we can help outfit you with the some of the best apparel for mountain biking available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Accommodations and getting here
What are the Resort accommodations like?
Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa offers accommodation in their Resort Rooms. Visit www.tyax.com for more information.
Are my valuables secure at Tyax Resort & camping?
We recommend you avoid bringing valuables with you if possible. Tyax Adventures, Tyax Resort and other accommodation partners are not responsible for the loss of valuables while on their tours or premises. Please ensure you keep valuables on you at all times.
Where is Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa?
Set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Resort is located approximately five hours by car north of Vancouver and 1.5 hours west of Lillooet. The resort is nestled in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, a 72,000-hectare area boasting some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and biking in BC. Tyax Resort offers Resort Room accommodations and a variety of services. Please visit or www.tyax.com for more information.
How do I get to Tyax Resort?
Several modes of ground and air transportation are available from Vancouver and Whistler. They include Tyax Adventures floatplane transfers, ground transportation to Whistler (Greyhound, Perimeter, private limousine) and rail (Rocky Mountaineer). You can also access Tyax Resort by private vehicle either from Pemberton (via the Hurley), or from Lillooet. Directions are available on www.tyaxair.com.
Where can I stay in Vancouver and/or Whistler?
There are many accommodation options in Vancouver and Whistler. Visit www.whistler.com (Tourism Whistler) and www.tourismvancouver.com (Tourism Vancouver) for rates, availability and to book your accommodation.
General – all tours
What are the tipping guidelines?
When your guiding and hosting team provided service that went above and beyond, in Canada it is customary in the outdoor adventure industry to express your appreciation through a cash gratuity. A gratuity is not mandatory, but if you would like to recognize the work of your team in this fashion, our recommended guideline is 10-15% of the total value of your trip.
As it takes many people – both frontline and behind the scenes – to ensure your trip is the amazing adventure you hope for, our policy is to pool all gratuities and split them amongst the whole team. To accommodate this, we ask that you pay any tips to our Guest Experience Coordinator at the activity desk, or arrange for payment through our reservations staff.
Should I bring my own snacks?
Plenty of food and snacks will be available during the trip, however, you are welcome to bring your preferred snacks. Should you bring your own, remember to never leave them in your tent or backpack unattended. Bears and other animals are a concern and will chew through anything to get to your food.
Is alcohol allowed?
Tyax Resort has a bar where you can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For multi- day trips, you are required to pre-book your alcohol with us before arriving at Tyax Resort or arrange your own.
What if I have special diet requests?
If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip (i.e. before you arrive at Tyax Resort) so that we can make the necessary allowances, if possible.
My question is specific to women…
Ladies should bring feminine hygiene products in plastic zip-lock bags. Please bring extra zip-locks for disposal after use. Please remember, your guides, female or male, have spent many days with groups in the backcountry. They have heard your question before and will always be mindful of your privacy.
What if I have additional questions?
Please visit www.tyaxadventures.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.
How much gear can I bring?
Your luggage must weigh less than 25 lbs. You will only need your personal gear, Tyax Adventures will provide all camping gear.
Can I leave extra stuff at Tyax Resort while I’m in the Backcountry?
We do not have secure storage for your belongings in the Resort however many people leave extra gear in their cars. We can store small bags if absolutely necessary however Tyax Adventure and Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa are not responsible for these items.
Do I cook my own food and what do we eat?
Your host will prepare all of your meals, including delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip so that we can make the necessary allowances.
What are the camping arrangements?
You are required to bring your own sleeping bag liner and pillow case, however the huts and camps will have sleeping shelters so no tents or cooking gear are required. The campsite is also equipped with bear-proof food containers.
Are there shower and toilet facilities?
There are outdoor showers at Spruce Lake Camp, Bear Paw Camp & Eldorado Cabin/Camp. We will have biodegradable soap available for use. There are outhouses at the Spruce Lake Camp, Bear Paw Camp and the Eldorado Cabin/Camp.
It’s my first time in the South Chilcotin should I book the Backcountry Accommodations?
Our Backcountry Accommodations are recommended for Experienced Backcountry Travelers only, we recommend booking a Guided Adventure if you’re unfamiliar with Backcountry Travel. An experienced backcountry traveler is comfortable route finding, orienteering and is prepared for wildlife encounters and first aid emergencies.
What should I pack?
- Sleeping Bag Liner or cotton sheet (Sleeping bags supplied)
- Rain Jacket or Light Puffy Jacket depending on the weather
- Change of clothes (chamois, jersey & extra socks)
- Personal Toiletries/Medications
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Hat/Toque for wearing against elements and sleeping
- Sunscreen, Insect Repellent & Sunglasses
- Camp/Travel Towel
- Backcountry Travel Items
- Emergency rations; shot bloks, energy bars, etc.
- A camp host to set up and maintain camp
- A cozy bed in our backcountry camps
- 3 meals including a hot dinner and a hot breakfast prepared by our camp host, and a packed lunch for the trail
- Sleeping bag & sleeping pad, pack only a sleeping bag liner or sheet
- Fleece jackets to help keep you warm in the evenings
- Crocs footwear to wear while in camp
- Outdoor showers with biodegradable soap available in our 3 main camps
*At Spruce Lake camp only; take advantage of our 3 tin boats to head out onto the lake for some of the best fishing in the park.
**At Eldorado Cabin only; soothe your tired muscles in the wood fired sauna after a long day on the trails.
Can you cater to special diet requirements?
We can accommodate vegetarians and we will do our best to accommodate those with allergies. Please note that due to the remote nature of our camps we may not be able to accommodate all requests. If you have specific requirements please note on your booking form and our staff will be in contact with you.
Is alcohol allowed in camps?
Alcohol is allowed in camps and you are allowed to carry your own. Tyax Adventures does not serve alcohol however we do offer beer and wine to be pre-ordered and ready waiting for you in camp. You will need to pre-book this at least 7 days in advance. Please remember that our backcountry accommodations may be shared with other guests, please be respectful and responsible when imbibing.
Does Tyax Adventures have helmets for horseback riding?
We have a limited number of helmets available for children. If your child has their own bicycle helmet or horseback riding helmet we recommend bringing it to ensure that they are wearing something that will fit them well.
Do I have to wear a helmet while riding?
We do not require adults to wear helmets while on tour with us. Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet
Is there a minimum age requirement for children?
Although there is no minimum age requirement for children there is a minimum height requirement of 52 inches for any horseback riding tour. Pony rides are available for children under this height with the child being accompanied by a parent walking beside them.
Do I need prior horseback riding experience before going on a Backcountry Horseback Riding adventure?
We recommend that you have some horseback riding experience before joining a Backcountry Horseback riding tour. If you are a beginner we recommend our 3day tour to start. The first day of all of our backcountry rides begins with an afternoon orientation ride, this is the time where your wrangler will introduce you to your steed for the trip and your chance to ask any questions you might have. Some of our longer itineraries such as the 7 or 10 day trips require previous riding experience. We recommend taking some horseback riding lessons to gain experience prior to these trips if you are inexperienced.
What should I wear on a horseback riding tour?
Wear – long pants and sturdy footwear (boots or trainers with heel are preferred, closed toe shoes, sandals or open toed shoes are not acceptable). A hat and sunscreen is also recommended. Full day tours we recommend bringing a pair of gloves.
Backcountry tours packing list:
- Sleeping Bag Liner (our camps are equipped with sleeping bags)
- Rain Gear (Tops and Bottoms)
- Riding Gloves or Cotton Gloves –for warmth
- Warm Jacket
- Change of Clothes, extra socks – additional socks as we will not have dry out on the final Ride
- Matches or lighter in waterproof bag
- Hankercheif (to tie around your neck to help against wind)
- Long Johns – warm ones
- Foot Wear for Riding (not too wide or with grips but should have good ankle support)
- Footwear for around camp (hiking or walking shoes)
- Helmet for riding if preferred or hat
- Flashlight with extra batteries or headlamp
- Hat/Toque for wearing against elements and sleeping
- Sunscreen, Insect Repellent & Sunglasses
- Soft Bag for Gear (no suitcases, or hard framed back packs please)
- Towel/travel towel
- Personal Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hygiene products)
- Medications if necessary (ie. benedryl or epipen for allergies)
- Camera and Film / Spare Battery
Will there be time to explore the area when not riding?
Yes, some days where we have shorter travel days or if we are staying in the same camp more than one night you will have time to explore the surrounding area. There are all sorts of daily activities to enjoy along with your trail riding; fishing, wildlife viewing, photography time, hiking, exploration and more. Ask your wrangler about activities.
What our guests say…
“I had an amazing time! I never realized how beautiful the Chilcotins are 🙂 We enjoyed the guides, horses and the food! Really great experience!”
“It is a majestic area to travel through – one which I think you could only really appreciate on foot, horseback or bike.”