How do I redeem my voucher? For which dates is it valid?
Please note there is a two person minimum per departure date. To redeem your voucher, simply reach out to the operator as instructed in your confirmation email, and be sure to provide your order number. Voucher is valid until September 6, 2021.
What departure dates are available? Are there group departures and private departures available?
Group departures are available about twice a week from June 23, 2021 to September 6, 2021. You may also contact us about scheduling private departure dates. Additional costs may apply for private departures. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until you have confirmed dates from Wildland Trekking.
Are departures guaranteed?
There is a minimum of two participants required for each departure to run. Additionally, Wildland Trekking operates with permissions from National Park Service, BLM, and other land agencies that govern the Commercial Use Authorizations, and those management agencies can deny access based on various factors in which your guides will have to oblige. Please wait until you receive confirmation from Wildland Trekking before making travel arrangements.
Are there any other conditions that may prevent this trip from running?
All Wildland Trekking trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances beyond their control, including, but not limited to, permit or campsite availability, snowpack, river crossings, wildlife, park or land closures, and forest fires. Wildland Trekking reserves the right to cancel any trip because of internal reasons including but not limited to inadequate signups, loss of staff due to injury or illness, and significant damage/loss of inventory.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
This trip begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman has an airport served by United, Delta, Horizon Air, Northwest, Skywest, Allegiant Air, and Frontier Airlines. You can also fly into Billings and drive to Bozeman. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Billings to Bozeman on good roads.
Greyhound also offers transportation from downtown Billings (use a cab to get downtown) to Bozeman. Advance reservations required.
Do you have recommendations on where to stay before or after the trip?
If you plan to book lodging before or after your trip, Wildland Trekking recommends the the following accommodations while in town. You should make your reservations early as Bozeman is a tourist community and rooms book early.
Holiday Inn Express Bozeman West - Discounted rate if you tell the front desk you are a guest of Wildland Trekking (may vary depending upon the time of year)
Hilton Garden Inn
What are the accommodations like?
This is a camping trip and you'll be sleeping in tents. Single, double, as well as three or four person tents will be available to use.
The following camping equipment equipment is provided:
Sierra Designs, Kelty, or Big Agnes tents
Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes, and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
Can solo travelers get their own tent? Is there a single supplement fee?
Solo travelers can have their own tent for no additional fee.
What meals are included? What is the food like?
All meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 to lunch on the final day. Each guide is extensively trained on backcountry food handling and meal planning and will tailor the menu for the specific trip and group. All hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Your guides carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, all meals are supplemented with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, guests are provided with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion during the hikes.
Vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and non-gluten diets are easily accommodated, and your guides will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.
What kind of transportation is provided between trailheads?
Guests will be transported in a private 15 passenger van owned and operated by Wildland Trekking.
How large is each travel group?
This trip has a maximum capacity of 10 guests and 2 Wildland Trekking guides.
What is the minimum age required for this trip?
Age restrictions are as follows:
For scheduled group tours, the minimum age is 12 years old. However, for private tours the minimum age is 5 years old, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis.
How much extra money should people budget?
It's recommended that you bring an allotment of cash for anything additional you would like to buy during the trip (souvenirs). You should also budget for the industry recommended guide gratuity of 10-20% of the trip cost.
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
•Sturdy hiking boots - mid weight, lug-soled, above the ankle, waterproof and ideally well broken in (Note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size larger than your street shoes to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks)
•Lightweight tennis shoes or Crocs®, for camp
•Hiking socks - one pair for every two days of your trip, plus an extra pair to sleep in (recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, or similar padded socks; wearing thin liner socks under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!
•Sunhat or baseball cap and bandana
•Mosquito head net
•Warm hat and gloves - sherpa style hat and light-to-mid weight fleece or wool gloves
•Long underwear - one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight (example materials include capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc.)
•T-shirt or nylon travel shirt
•Warm top, mid-weight shirt, sweater or pullover (also wicking material such as merino wool, fleece, or polypropylene)
•Fleece jacket or insulated coat - warm, lightweight, and packable fleece jacket or coat insulated with a synthetic material
•Nylon pants and shorts (or zip-offs)
•Fleece pants (late August and September trips only)
•Rainproof jacket and pant - waterproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or coated nylon (with the pants look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your boots)
•A small duffel bag or backpack with extra hiking clothes and casual clothes
•Towel and wash cloth
•Water bottles or bladder, 2-3 liters total capacity
•Lightweight, packable camp pillow
•Contact lenses and glasses (if you wear contact lenses please also bring a pair of glasses - your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean)
•Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm
•Bug repellent - preferably a product containing at least 25% "DEET" (some people are sensitive to this product)
•Toiletries and a small washcloth in stuff sack (bandana can serve as a washcloth)
•Headlamp and spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries)
•Camera and spare batteries (optional)
•Notebook or paperback book (optional)
•Knee braces, if needed
•Prescription medicine - please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
•Money - for tipping your trip leader (optional but appreciated, generally 10-15% of your trip cost based upon the quality of your experience)
What kind of physical shape is needed in order to successfully participate in activities? Is there any special preparation/training required for this trip?
This hiking trip averages about 4-7 miles each day and a maximum elevation gain/loss of 1,384 feet. The trails are well-maintained and established and you should anticipate carrying a pack weighing about 10 pounds.
It cannot be stressed enough that the fitter you are the more fun you’ll have. A combination of cardiovascular fitness, strength in all muscle groups, and flexibility will help ensure an enjoyable experience. You should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with occasional breaks. Once you have booked your trip with Wildland Trekking, they will send a trip packet with very detailed training instructions specific to your tour. In general, it's recommended that you prepare for your trip with a moderate training program focused on walking and hiking, ideally in hilly terrain.
Do you require or recommend travel insurance?
We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance, we recommend World Nomads.
Can I cancel the trip?
Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations are subject to the full discretion of Wildland Trekking. For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.