Private Yellowstone & Grand Teton National ParksAmerica's most dramatic landscapes

Yellowstone
Yellowstone
5+ Days
5+ Days
Intensity
6/10
18+
Starting from
$2,550
About the trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of North America

Yellowstone is a place so powerful that descriptions were initially met with disbelief by skeptical Easterners. Convinced by explorers and artists, America eventually invented the concept of a National Park system to - the first of its kind - protect it.

On this six-day adventure you will feel the active supervolcano that makes Yellowstone home to half of the world's geysers. You’ll hike the quietest sections of the park's backcountry, home to bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and bears. You will float on the Snake River through the stunning grandeur of Grand Teton National Park. And your band of adventurers will share an experience that is almost unbelievable.

Basic Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Jackson,WY check in to your hotel, short hike to acclimatize.
Day 2: Drive through Grand Teton National Park, stopping at glacial lakes. Camp in Yellowstone.
Day 3: Hike and explore Yellowstone National Park. Camp in Yellowstone.
Day 4: Hike and explore Yellowstone National Park. Stay at Yellowstone Under Canvas.
Day 5: Drive to Grand Teton National Park, hike to a backcountry glacial lake, afternoon float trip on the Snake River. Farewell dinner in Jackson. Stay in hotel.
Day 6: Transfer to airport, departure.
We'll work with you to create your custom schedule. If you prefer to stay in luxury accommodations, include fly fishing, horseback riding and more - just let us know and we'll create the perfect itinerary for you!

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Level 6/10
Yellowstone
5+ Days
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear

  • Backpack, sized 30-40 L
  • Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Bag, rated 30 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
  • Headlamp
  • Small towel or facecloth
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Recommended Gear

  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal

Wear

Essential Clothing

  • Hiking boots, waterproof with sturdy soles
  • Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
  • Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
  • Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
  • Insulating mid layers (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Light gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Casual clothes for camp
  • Casual clothes for dinners at lodges or travel to town

Trip Package

Included

  • Transport between airport and hotel
  • All park and camp fees
  • All ground transportation, beginning and ending with airport arrival and departure
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Does not Include

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals before and after trek
  • Tips for your guides
  • Personal gear or clothing for the trek is not provided but is available to rent.

Flights

We suggest that you arrive to Jackson Hole International Airport (JAC) between 10 am and 2 pm on day one of the itinerary and depart between 10 am and 2 pm on the final day. Your Discover Outdoors guide will pick you up to transport you to your hotel and return you to the airport at the end of your trip. If you arrive outside of the suggested hours, a complimentary transfer cannot be guaranteed, but we can help you arrange transportation.

Weather

Expect daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s - sometimes lower at higher elevations. You should be prepared for temperatures as low as freezing at night.

Training

This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills, while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes.

Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. For three days a week, focus on an hour or more of aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. Gym equipment such as stairmasters and rowing machines can supplement cardiovascular training. Day hikes or other longer endeavors will help you prepare for the endurance required for a backpacking trip. Carrying a 20 to 30 pound pack uphill on trails or stadium steps will simulate the real climb better than anything. Lifting moderate weights to increase core body, leg, and arm strength is also essential for injury prevention.

Upon registration, a member of the DO team will consult on your experience and fitness and recommend a regimen for training.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This is the perfect trip for experienced hikers looking for a challenging backcountry experience. We recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate to high level of fitness and basic outdoor skills. Previous backpacking experience and exposure to alpine conditions is helpful but is not required. Those will a base level of fitness are encouraged to train for about three months prior to the trip.