Yellowstone Backpacking Tours

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Alaska Basin Backpack

Highlights

  • Stunning views of the Tetons
  • Wild, stunningly scenic west side of the Tetons
  • Glaciers, soaring peaks, & wildlife
  • Basecamp for 3 nights
  • Spectacular alpine day hikes


Description

This justifiably popular trip takes us into a breathtaking basin below the towering peaks of the Tetons. With spectacular views surrounding us much of the time, we follow Teton Creek up a glacial-carved valley with fascinating geological formations to a breathtaking alpine camp. From our camp we day hike for the next two days, exploring the stunning west side of the American West's most famous mountain range. We'll keep an eye out for classic Wyoming wildlife like elk, deer, moose, wolves, coyotes, marmots and bears. On our final day we break camp and descend back out of the mountains. This trip is an amazing way to explore and experience Wyomings amazing Teton mountains!
One of the very unique opportunities this trip provides is the ability to not have to move camp every day. By basecamping in the same camp for 3 nights, it allows us to day hike and explore the Tetons, only requiring 2 days of hiking with heavier multi-day backpacks. This trip is a great option for anyone interested in exploring Wyoming's spectacular mountains and is also a great option for families.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

This trip is officially operated by Wildland Llamas, a permitted outfitter in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

 


Tetons Llama Trek Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Trailhead: 30 minutes
Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2200 feet


We'll pick you up at your hotel in Jackson Hole, and proceed to the trailhead. After a final pack-fitting we’ll begin our hike up the trail toward Alaska Basin. Today is a sustained uphill hike but we are richly rewarded with stunning mountain scenery along the entire length of our hike. We’ll take frequent breaks to savor the views, snack, and keep our energy high. If we are lucky we may spot moose grazing near the creek. As we climb higher into the mountains and closer to camp we’ll be presented with amazing views back down the canyon behind and below us. Before too long we'll find ourselves in stunning Alaska Basin, a rocky cirque comprised of alpine lakes and cascading creeks that slice through wildflower-filled meadows. Alaska Basin is surrounded by the towering cliffs and summits of the Teton Range. Once in camp we’ll relax and enjoy some rest in one of the most beautiful settings in the Rockies. We'll end the day around a campfire with a hearty backcountry dinner, and later a much-deserved night of sleep.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 6-8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet

We'll start our second day with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a feast of a breakfast. Then it's off to explore these amazing mountains! On this trip we stay in the same camp for multiple nights, allowing us to explore the Tetons' high country with light day packs. Today we'll tackle the Death Canyon Shelf, which is a spectacular terrace that runs two and a half miles in length above the cliffs of Death Canyon. Death Canyon is a breathtaking gorge that slices through the mountains toward Jackson Hole. Today's hike offers spectacular views of the Teton Crest, including the Grand, Middle, and South Teton peaks. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at our high point on the Shelf before turning back toward camp.

Back at camp we'll have time to relax before we gather for another exceptional backcountry dinner and roaring campfire!


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1800 feet


Today is for many guests the highlight of this trip! We'll have a quick breakfast to facilitate an early start, and then begin our hike to the absolutely stunning and unforgettable Hurricane Pass. Our hike is relatively arduous today, with elevation gaina and loss of nearly 2,000 feet, and at elevation (over 10,000 feet). Breathtaking, expansive views (and photography opportunities!) of the Grand Tetons await at the high perch of Hurricane Pass. The pass also offers incredible views down into multiple basins surrounded by an out-of-this-world landscape of recently deposited moraine, snow fields, alpine lakes, and glaciers. We'll take our time to savor the views and the experience of being in this richly rewarding place. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch and eventually return to camp.

We'll celebrate our last night in the wilderness with a hearty feast and another cozy campfire before turning in for a very restful night of sleep.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 2200 feet
Shuttle to Jackson: 30 minutes

We’ll wake up, enjoy a hot breakfast and tea/coffee before breaking camp and beginning our careful descent down Teton Canyon. Although we're going down the route we ascended on Day 1, the views are amazingly difference since we're looking back toward the lower valleys instead of up at the high peaks. We'll keep our eyes out for wildlife as we descend, and eventually arrive back at the trailhead. We'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole for much deserved beds and showers, and say our fond farewells at the conclusion of this extraordinary trip.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Wyoming backpacking guide
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming to the trailhead and back
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing List page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We 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, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group at predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size

The standard ratio of guests to guides on this trip is 1 guide for up to 5 guests, or 2 guides for 6-10 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


Weather in Northern Wyoming

Being a Northern mountain environment, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Wyoming's mountains. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you're likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures around Yellowstone:
     
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
47°
 
August
78°
45°
 
September
68°
37°