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Guided Backpacking Tours

There's a great big world out there - how are you going to explore it? On a guided backpacking trip, you can go hiking through the Grand Canyon, explore the Rocky Mountains, or visit national parks in California while staying safe and enjoying the very best of your destination. If you're looking to get out there in safety and style, look no further than a guided backpacking tour!

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Why Go On a Guided Backpacking Trip?

Guided backpacking trips are a fantastic way for travellers to get to know a new destination because while you're hitting exploring places inaccessible by car, bus, or plane, you can also enjoy the safety and security that comes with travelling alongside expert guides. There are hundreds of amazing places to discover on a guided backpacking tour, but here are just a few of our favourites. 

  • Grand Canyon backpacking trips

    The Grand Canyon

    A guided backpacking trip of the Grand Canyon allows travellers to see one of the most breathtaking sights in North America. Hike around the national park, the canyon rim, or kick it up a notch and trek into the base of the canyon itself.
     

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  • Everest base camp backpacking trips

    Everest Base Camp

    With the right preparation and tour, trekking to Everest Base Camp and beyond is possible! Stay with local families in Nepal, stop in at tearooms and lodges, and experience one of the most intense treks in the world. 
     

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  • Inca Trail backpacking trips

    The Inca Trail

    This ancient trail takes travellers through Peru from Cusco to the iconic ancient city of Machu Picchu. Along the way, witness some of the best sunsets in the world, learn about the Incan culture, and even stay with a local family.
     

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Best Places for Backpacking in the USA

We're rated our favourite places for a guided backpacking tour in the United States (and why you should try them too!)

Guided Backpacking Trips in Colorado

  • Hit the trails in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with guided backpacking trips that take travellers across snowy fields, steep mountains, and pristine, untouched nature.
  • If you're looking for the ultimate natural getaway for snowbunnies and trekkers alike, a guided hiking trip in Colorado is perfect for you. 

Find here all the guided backpacking trips in Colorado.

Our Favourite: Backpacking in Garden of the Gods, Colorado
Our Favourite: Backpacking in Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Guided Backpacking Trips in California

  • California's nature is some of the most diverse you'll find in the entire USA! From backpacking through the desert to exploring the Yosemite Valley, there's so much to see in California.
  • Daring travellers should consider hiking the John Muir Trail, a 211 mile (340 kilometre) adventure spanning the Sierra Nevada mountain range. 

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Our Favourite: Backpacking in Yosemite National Park, Colorado
Our Favourite: Backpacking in Yosemite National Park, Colorado

Guided Backpacking Trips on the Appalachian Trail

  • The Appalachian Trail is one of the most famous routes in the USA, and hiking it is a top bucket list item for many for a reason!
  • Explore vast forests, the Great Smoky Mountains, and some of the best national parks on the east coast, all while experiencing a taste of American history. 

Find here all the guided backpacking trips in the Appalachian Trail.
 

Our Favourite: Backpacking the Roan Highlands, Appalachian Trail
Our Favourite: Backpacking the Roan Highlands, Appalachian Trail

Guided Backpacking Trips of Alaska

  • One of America's last frontiers, Alaska is the perfect place for travellers looking to escape the everyday in a big way - from big open skies to animals like moose and bears in their natural habitat to a long and fascinating history, Alaska is the ultimate getaway.
  • On your guided backpacking trip, try exploring national parks such as Elias National Park, or taking to the mountains for some real peace and quiet. 

Find here all the guided backpacking trips in Alaska.

Our Favourite: Backpacking in Chugach National Forest, Alaska
Our Favourite: Backpacking in Chugach National Forest, Alaska

Backpacking Terms You Need to Know

Blaze
A colored mark, usually painted or nailed to a tree, about 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide
FKT
The "Fastest Known Time" is the record for completing a section of trail in the shortest possible time
NPS
Hiking and rafting
Trail Angel
A local who isn't actively hiking the trail but does nice things for hikers who are

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