Horseback – Authentic Horsepacking Experience

This trip is a true taste of the unique multi-day backcountry adventures that we offer, and a sampling of some classic South Chilcotin riding. You will join our wranglers on an authentic hut to hut expedition via horseback as they pack supplies into and between our remote backcountry camps. You can expect to travel along traditional horse packing routes to and from our camps, to gain a broad experience and understanding of the typical day for our wranglers, and to have ample opportunities to learn about the history of horse packing in the region and Tyax Adventures given the small group size. The tour will last for a minimum of 5 day / 4 nights, but additional days can be added for a premium. Our wrangler guides will uncover the magic of the Chilcotin as you travel through remote mountain passes, meadows rich with wild flowers and wildlife, shorelines of turquoise glacier fed alpine lakes, and vast expanses of rocky alpine terrain with signature rolling Chilcotin trails. And just when you’re too tired to go any further and your spirit is saturated with bliss, a backcountry camp/cabin awaits where full service and thoughtful meals, comfort and accommodation welcomes you.

  • Price:
    $1,850 per person, based on 2 person trip
  • Ride Type:
    Steep sections of trail. You may have to walk / hike your horse some sections.
  • Daily Ride Time:
    4-7 hours
  • Distance:
    ~75 kms
  • Duration:
    5 Days / 4 Nights

What to expect;

– An authentic 5 day horse packing experience, with a maximum of 2 riders per trip

– 4 nights accommodation in our shared well equipped backcountry camps.

– Spectacular views and a true wilderness experience

– Mountain trails for the strong intermediate to experienced rider

– Some sections where you may have to dismount and walk your horse

– A flexible trip itinerary dependent on our gear transport and camp requirements

– Around 5 – 8 hours per day in the saddle

What’s Included?

– 5 days of horseback riding with our experienced wrangler/s

– A horse companion

– 4 nights double occupancy accommodation in our backcountry camps

– Fresh prepared meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5

– Possible van shuttle if required to / from base

– Possible float plane flight experience to / from base

– Unbeatable mountain vistas and stories for a lifetime

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the terrain and trails like?  

The terrain of the South Chilcotin Mountains varies from dense treed bush-land and open grasslands to steep rocky mountain passes. Most trails were originally created by cattle and horses and, on average, are two feet wide and generally in excellent condition. Depending on weather and usage, some sections of the trails may be muddy, but passable.

What is the weather like in the South Chilcotin Mountains?

Tyax Resort and Spruce Lake are located on the border between the Chilcotin Mountains and the Coast Mountains. The temperature is substantially cooler in the early morning and evening, so make sure you bring warm layers for when the sun goes down. In the higher alpine areas, please be prepared for snow in the summer. The middle of the day is a great time to swim in Tyaughton Lake (Tyax Resort) or Spruce Lake.

Average temperatures are:

JUN: 77F / 25C high       JUL: 82F / 28C high         AUG: 86F / 30C high

41F / 5C low                      46F / 8C low                       50F / 10C low

What types of clothing is recommended?

Lightweight, quick-drying fabrics such as nylon, fleece and other synthetic materials are preferred. Cotton, especially denim, is not recommended as it retains heat and moisture. During the early morning and evening the temperature cools down significantly, so make sure you have a warm jacket, warm hat, socks and gloves.

Do I need a daypack?

We recommend that you carry a light, backpack (e.g. a Camelback) that is equipped with a hydration system so that you can access plenty of water during your ride. You will also be required, on some of the longer day rides, to carry your own lunch, snacks, spare parts and equipment specific to you, and possibly wet weather gear. Our tour guides always carry emergency supplies and tools.

Do I need to bring a first aid kit?

Our guides are trained and prepared for first aid situations. Packing and carrying your own first aid kit on rides is optional. If you require specific medical attention, you are required to notify Tyax Adventures upon booking to ensure our guides are prepared. Please bring sufficient prescribed medication(s) with you.

Are there Bears and/or Bugs?

During most tours, we venture into remote country and even though there will be an abundance of wildlife, it can be rare to spot them. With proper precautions, it is unlikely any will bother us on our tours. Certain times of the year there are mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and other bugs. We recommend you bring bug spray or light long sleeve shirts if you have a tendency to attract them.

Do I have to hire a guide?

We recommend our guided trips for all first time visitors to the area. Our guides are highly qualified at mountain biking, very familiar with all the trails and wildlife in the South Chilcotin Mountains, and experts at wilderness safety, first aid and rescue. The South Chilcotin Mountains are challenging to navigate if you are unfamiliar with the area – there are very few trail markings and the wilderness is very remote.

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.comby email at fun@tyaxadventures.com or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Backcountry camps

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.

What’s Included?

  • 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.

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.

  • Additional days can be added for $370 pp – subject to availability
  • Single person upgrade additional cost – subject to availability

Resort Nights

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.

What our Guests say…

“We had a fantastic tour in the mountains. The trails took us through varying spectacular scenery. The horses were really good and our guides were the best! Best horseback tour ever!!”

- 2018

“I had the pleasure of participating in one of your 3 day horseback trips at the end of June. To say I had a fabulous time would be an understatement. Our guide was amazing in every way. Her knowledge and expertise inspired confidence; and her positive, friendly demeanor was so refreshing. She went out of her way to ensure we had the best experience possible. As did our chef, who whipped up delicious chocolate mousse, beef bourginguon in a very rudimentary kitchen. Our trusty steeds – Helba, Brandy, and Dexter were also outstanding. So – Bravo Tyax Adventures! I’ll be back and will encourage others”

- 2017