Titcomb Basin Llama Trek
- Guides Choice llama trek
- High peaks and alpine lakes
- Ambitious, adventurous llama trek
- Rejuvenating solitude and scenery
- Off-trail hike into a stunning cirque
- Pristine campsites
- Fantastically vivid night skies
- Exceptional backcountry cuisine
This trip is for the traveler who wants a real adventure and to experience as much as possible over 5 days. Despite being only five days in length, this trip feels more like a seven day llama trek because of the amount of country we see and breadth of experiences.
Our trip begins in Jackson Hole, where we pick you up at your hotel for a shuttle to the trailhead (about 2.5 hours). Our route takes us along creeks, past towering cliffs, and then into the high country. We reach the alpine quickly on this trip and stay high for most of the trip (above 10,000 feet). We'll set up camp the first night on the shores of an alpine lake, and the second night deep in the wilderness with fantastic views of the towering summits of the Continental Divide. On Day 3 we'll leave camp set and explore Titcomb Basin, one of the most challenging and stunning backcountry mountaineering destinations in the United States. We'll be staring up at sheer cliffs guarding the summits of 13,000+ foot peaks like Jackson Peak and Fremont Peak. We'll discover the meandering alpine creeks, wildflower-filled meadows, crystal clear mountain lakes, and generally awe-inspiring scenery of this truly amazing area. After our day in Titcomb, we'll head back out of the mountains, again soaking up the solitude and beauty as we hike and camp our way out.
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- Shuttle to Trailhead: 2.5 hours
- Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
- Elevation Gain: 950 feet
- Elevation Loss: 200 feet
We'll pick you up at your hotel in Jackson Hole for an early start on Day 1. It's a beautiful 2.5-hour drive to our trailhead at Elkhart Park. We'll conduct a llama orientation, get them loaded up and hit the trail. Our hike takes us along a beautiful mountain stream (Faler Creek), below towering cliffs at the top of which is Photographers Point (10,095 feet), and then up to near treeline. We rise above 10,000 feet and for the last 2 hours of our hike have constant, fantastic views of the Continental Divide. We'll camp tonight at one of the Wind River Range's beautiful high country lakes, where we'll set up camp and enjoy a hearty dinner before turning in for a peaceful night's sleep.
- Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
- Elevation Gain: 600 feet
On Day 2 we'll have a relatively relaxed morning and big breakfast as we break camp. Although not the pinnacle of this trip, today could easily be the highlight of nearly any other mountain trip in Wyoming. We stay over 10,000 feet for the duration of the day, passing multiple alpine lakes including Seneca Lake, Little Seneca Lake, and Island Lake. The soaring peaks of the Continental Divide beckon us throughout the day, foreshadowing the adventure that awaits us on Day 3. We'll set up camp at one of several options, all of which are on the shores of alpine lakes or streams with stunning views of the Divide.
- Hiking Mileage: 9 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet
Today gives this trip its name and is a truly unforgettable day! We'll leave our camp set up and hike with only day packs toward the Continental Divide. Our goal is to explore the wonder and beauty of Titcomb Basin, a mountain cirque with legendary mountain scenery. The basin, which was explored by two brothers (the Titcombs) in 1901, is a quintessential U-shaped, glacial-carved valley. We'll hike through wildflower-covered meadows with one of the most stunning ridge crests in the world towering above us. We'll be surrounded by an array of stunning mountain peaks and towers including Fremont Peak, Mount Sacagawea, Mount Helen, the Titcomb Needles, the Great Needle, and the Buttress. We'll rock hop and trek higher and higher into the mountains until we're literally surrounded by glaciers and granite, where we'll enjoy a picnic lunch one the shore of one of the high lakes. We'll relax, take pictures, maybe attempt a summit of one of the lesser peaks (for very ambitious groups) before returning to camp for a hearty, much-deserved dinner.
- Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
- Elevation Loss: 600 feet
Day 4 we'll get an early start and head back the way we came in on Day 2. Again, we'll stay high for the duration of the day, above 10,000 feet, and soak up views of the Continental Divide behind us and the western Wyoming plains in front of us. We'll stop for a relaxing picnic lunch next to one of many mountain creeks or lakes that dot today's path. We'll make camp near one of several pristine lakes and settle in for a final, celebratory night of camping with an appropriately hearty dinner around the campfire.
- Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
- Elevation Gain: 200 feet
- Elevation Loss: 950 feet
- Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 2.5 hours
Day 5 we'll get an early start and head back to our starting point. However, we'll take a detour from Day 1's route through Sweeney Lakes, which offer some fantastic new scenery for us without adding any mileage. Although today's hike inevitably is a nostalgic one, it is also fantastically beautiful and a fitting end to an amazing trip. Once back at the trailhead, we'll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and the conclusion of our amazing 5-day trek.
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.
- Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food and a dedicated llama handler
- One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Wind River hiking guides (max guest to guide ratio is 6:1, not including the llama handler)
- 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!
- 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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard ratio of guests to guides on llama trips is 1 guide for 1-4 guests; 2 guides for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides for 9-10 guests. Private trips can have can have up to 12 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Ideally you desire to be on a trip with llamas, by this we mean that a trip with stock animals is different than a backpacking trip in many ways. One big difference is that it takes time for your guide to get all the animals loaded and ready to go in the morning and to unload gear and care for them once we arrive in camp. Also the pace of a llama trip can be a bit slower than you would walk without a pack and you’ll be expected to hike with the group.
On a llama trip the animals tend to take on a focus of the trip. These trips are most rewarding when the clients want to interact with and help out with caring for the llamas. The tradeoff for not having to carry a large backpack is that llamas do require extra work from their guide/handlers. If you are choosing a llama trip solely on the basis of not having to carry a backpack and do not wish to interact with a llama, you need to speak honestly with your Adventure Consultant about this and potentially add another Wildland Guide to your trip to cover the extra workload of caring for the llamas.
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:
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