If you’re an experienced rider, with a good level of fitness, extensive backcountry experience and have ridden in the Chilcotins (or similar terrain) before, then a self-guided mountain bike trip might be a great option. A self-guided trip allows you to plan on your own with family and friends, while still enjoying all of the luxuries that Tyax Adventures has to offer, including a floatplane drop and/or accommodation in our backcountry camps. See our complete menu of options and add-ons below!
It is important to note that this is not a “package” offered by Tyax Adventures. Those who wish to simply charter a flight, or book our backcountry accommodation are welcome to if they are experienced backcountry travellers with extensive knowledge in navigation, wilderness first aid, and wildlife interactions (including grizzly bears). They must understand what equipment is needed for backcountry communication, navigation, first aid, and bear interactions. If your group feels like they have a thorough understanding of these different aspects, then an self-guided trip may be for you, where Tyax Adventures simply provides float plane transportation and backcountry accommodation.
If you and your group have a thorough understanding of the above, then uncover the magic of the Chilcotin on your own time! Begin the adventure with a floatplane drop to an alpine lake, make your way through remote mountain passes, signature rolling Chilcotins trails and vast expanses of rocky alpine terrain. And just when you’re too tired to go any further, make the most of our backcountry camp where full service and thoughtful meals, comfort and accommodation welcomes you.
Select one of the following options for your self-guided trip:
Book a Backcountry Camp
Tyax Adventures have 4 backcountry camps available for your to book along your journey.
Location: North East end of Spruce Lake on Spruce Creek
Access: Bike & Float Plane
Bear Paw Camp:
Location:Meadows of Tyaughton Creek between Lorna Pass and Deer Pass
Access: Bike & Float Plane via Lorna Lake
Location: Meadows of Tyaughton Creek between Lorna Pass and Deer Pass
Access: Bike & Float Plane via Lorna Lake
Location: Eldorado Basin
What is included in the backcountry camps?
- A camp host to set up and maintain camp
- A cozy bed in a dual occupancy canvas walled tent (2 people per tent typically)
- Three meals a day when in the mountains. Includes a hot breakfast and dinner prepared by the host, and self prepared and packed lunches for on the trails
- Filtered water to fill your hydration packs and bottles
- Sleeping bags, sleeping pad/mattresses, and pillows (you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag liner)
- Fleece jackets to help keep you warm in the evenings
- Crocs footwear to wear while in and around camp
- Outdoor hot showers with soap
- An outdoor pit toilet that is basic in nature but fully stocked
- If ordered and paid for in advance – beer, wine and/or cider
- The opportunity to dry out wet clothes and/or shoes, with a wood fired stove
Book a Charter Flight
We operate a de Havilland Beaver float plane offering transportation throughout BC, Canada, as well as custom excursions departing from Tyax Adventures base on Tyaughton Lake in Goldbridge, BC.
Our aircraft seats up to 6 passengers (5 passengers with packs and gear; 4-5 passengers with bikes and packs, up to a maximum weight limit of 1100lbs) and features an executive interior with headsets and intercom for your comfort. All our pilots are highly experienced on the coast and the mountains to ensure your safety and comfort, and if the opportunity exists our pilots will provide a narrative describing the unique features of our province during your flight.
All our charter flight rates are one way, per plane load, and before GST. Some long distance charter locations may have added landing fees.
South Chilcotin Park Flights
Pricing for flights into the Park reflects limited access and permitting fee.
Get a map of the Chilcotin Provincial Park
We have up-to-date Topo maps of the South Chilcotin provincial park (including the riding area and camps) available for sale at the Tyax Adventures Base.
Additional information on your self-guided trip:
How do I book an add-on for my self guided trip?
There are a few ways you can book your self-guided trip components.
Call: 1-888-892-9288 (toll free in Canada) or 1-778-765-1519
Use our online booking form
There are limited spaces available in each of the backcountry camps (and limited time-slots for flights) so make sure book in advance to confirm your spot.
What’s my Fitness Rating and Skill Level
Mountain Bike – Technical Skill
- Advanced Novice – You enjoy riding singletrack that has small obstacles that may include roots and rocks that are a couple inches tall, as well as some mud and sand. You understand how to shift your gears and are often able to shift your gears in response to terrain. You are learning how to use both front and back brakes to control your speed, and to be comfortable and reasonably balanced standing up off your seat while descending. You are just learning how to climb effectively. Exposure is still intimidating.
- Intermediate – You are comfortable riding singletrack that has various obstacles including tight trees, mud, small loose rock, roots, and sand. You are able to mostly shift gears in response to terrain demands and use both front and rear brakes to control your speed. Descents are fun as long as they do not contain any obstacles and everything is easily and visibly rollable. You are practicing shifting your weight forward while climbing over technical terrain. Exposure with little to no consequence is fine.
- Advanced – You love riding singletrack and aren’t deterred by obstacles including roots and rocks that are up to 6” tall, loose sand and rock, mud, tight trees and corners. You are able to shift gears in response to terrain and modulate both front and back brakes in steep terrain. Descending is super fun and you are not intimidated by long descents with obstacles. You are able to climb technical singletrack and understand how to shift your body weight to achieve ultimate traction. Exposure is acceptable on moderate trails.
- Expert – You love to ride your bike in all terrain. Tight trees and corners, loose rock and sand, long descents with obstacles are all welcomed challenges that make the ride more fun. Modulating both front and rear brakes in varied terrain is a given, and shifting your body weight over your bike to respond to the terrain is brainless. Long descents with obstacles are exciting, and exposure with reasonable consequences often goes unnoticed.
Mountain Bike – Fitness Level
- Level 1 – exercise weekly and are reasonably fit. could ride at a comfortable pace for 3 – 4 hours including 45 min climbs
- Level 2 – exercise 2 or 3 times a week with a focus on fitness. could ride up to 6 hours a day at a moderate pace, including 1.5 hour climbs, for a few days
- Level 3 – exercise 3 or 4 times a week and are very fit. could ride up to 8 hours a day at a good pace, with 2 hour climbs, for multiple days