Why Wildland Trekking: Appalachian Mountains

1. #1 Tour Company in the Smokies on Trip Advisor
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With more than 9,000 people joining our tours annually, we have a proven track record of providing quality trips that exceed our guests' expectations. We are the #1 rated Great Smoky Mountains tour company on Trip Advisor: click here to see the page. Additionally, you can read more guest comments on our Wildland Trekking Reviews and Facebook pages.

2. A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
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We've been accredited members of the Better Business Bureau since 2009 and have an A+ rating. Click here to see our Trip Advisor pageto check out our BBB page!

3. Exceptional Certified Guides
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Our commitment is to hire and train the best guides in the industry. To ensure this we seek out career-minded guides, hire them as employees (not independent contractors), conduct periodic staff trainings, and require current medical certifications. In addition to technical competency and credentials, we also require excellent people skills. These extraordinary men and women have the ability to turn a great get-away into an unforgettable, inspiring - and sometimes truly life changing - adventure. We invite you to read more about them - including reviews for each guide - on our Meet Our Team page.

4. Fantastic Meals and Top of the Line Gear
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To provide exceptional meals we customize our menus depending on the preferences of the group, and we never use freeze-dried backpacking meals - you can expect hearty, delicious meals that will optimally fuel and inspire you during your trip! We also regularly accommodate vegetarian, vegan, kosher, non-gluten and other specialty diets.

As for gear, we provide equipment with a retail value of approximately $1,000 per guest. That's because we use only the best - Osprey and Deuter backpacks, Sierra Designs and Mountain Hardware tents, Sierra Designs sleeping bags, Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads, and MSR stoves and cookware.

5. Comprehensive Risk Management
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All of our guides are either certified Wilderness First Responders or EMTs, and each carries a field-issued first aid kit, comprehensive list of medical protocols, and a satellite phone. We require new guides to attend a comprehensive training to ensure they meet our standard of quality before putting them in the field, then we monitor their performance closely through post-trip evaluations and debriefs. Finally we have a 24-hour on-call line that our staff, guests, and family members of guests can call any time (literally) to speak with a company representative.

6. Forgiving Transfer and Refund Policy
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We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change. Some companies require 50% or more non-refundable deposits, but we ask for only $500 deposits and have a tiered refund policy that allows you to cancel more than 60 days out with only a $100 administration fee. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis.

7. Knowledgeable and Timely Customer Service
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We have 12 knowledgeable Adventure Consultants ready to help you find the right trip and get prepared for it. All are experienced hikers and travelers (many of them guides), so the assistance they provide is grounded in real wilderness and world experience. Also, we're open everyday so you can get answers to your questions any day of the week!

8. All-inclusive Tours
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Many tour companies don't provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks and other items, or they charge "gear rental" fees for use of these items - on our trips those items are fully included in the trip price. What about meals, permit fees and transportation fees? All totally included.

9. Online Gear & Apparel Store to Outfit Your Trip
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Wildland Trekking Outfitters is an online gear and apparel store specifically designed to support our guests in preparing for their trips. We invite you to take advantage of the simplicity and convenience of outfitting your trip from the comfort of your home! The inventory is very high quality and we stand by all of the products carried in the store.

10. A Lifetime of Tour Options
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Our tour offerings range from strenuous, off-trail backpacking adventures - to on-trail, moderate hiking and backpacking trips - to inn-based and basecamp hiking vacations. Our destinations range from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, with the Desert Southwest and Rockies in between. And our Global Destinations include Peru, Ecuador, Patagonia, Nepal and Iceland. This diversity allows you to enjoy the world's inspiring landscapes in a variety of ways and at different times in your life, and we hope you'll sample them all!

11. Strong Conservation Mission
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Every time you do a hiking trip with us you're helping to conserve wild landscapes for our kids and for future generations. We donate significantly to conservation efforts worldwide. Learn more by going to Our Mission page.

12. 10% Discount Off Any Trip After Your First
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When you hike with us you'll receive a Lifetime Family Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a 10% discount off any future Wildland Trekking trip.


About Us


"I scheduled this as a solo trip for myself but was excited that it was a guided group trip. Initially I was really glad that the trip included a lot of basic hiking gear that I didn't own: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, etc. I felt the value of this trip far exceeded the cost so I was pleasantly surprised that the trip offered so much! I was also glad to know that our guide would be cooking all of our meals. Since it was a 3 day overnight hiking trip I figured we would be eating dehydrated meals but boy was I pleasantly surprised that all of the food was FRESH AND DELICIOUS! Nick Weaver was our guide and I'm sad to say that all of my future guided hikes will likely pale in comparison and be a disappointment because Nick set the bar SO HIGH! He was absolutely wonderful. Full of knowledge about the Smoky Mountains, their colorful history and the park in general. He is wise beyond his years and is a fountain of useful information and historical facts and data. I cannot recommend Wildland Trekking enough and especially Nick Weaver. He was just fantastic and I can't wait to go on another trip with him! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" - Amanda Z.

"The inn-based trip was beyond my expectations. I was amazed at Nick's knowledge of the park. He was extremely prepared and I was amazed at how he accommodated everybody's needs. The accommodations we stayed at were unbelievable. The company does a great job of answering all of your questions ahead of time so you feel completely relaxed before you head out on the adventure." - Peggy A.

"There is nothing better than a walk through the woods to clear your mind and lighten your soul, unless it is a walk led by a wonderful Wildland Trekking guide who also happens to be a great cook! We had an amazing time backpacking in the Smoky Mountains. Our guide was an extremely experienced and knowledgeable backpacker who taught us so much about plant life, the trails, animals and history. We got so much more out of our trip from our guide, plus he did all the cooking! He took care of us from start to finish and was a joy to be around. His love of nature and the pride and care he took in job shone through making our trip so enjoyable. We felt safe the entire time and were able to just enjoy hiking and being surrounded by nature as Wildland Trekking took care of all the details. They are an excellent company and I cannot wait to take another trip with them." - Jennifer S.