Travel Resources

Travel Resources

Logistical resources you need to prepare for your trip.

This page details travel information (including transportation, logistical, storage and lodging recommendations) for each operating area.

Please click on the link to the area you’re visiting to see the appropriate travel information:

Arizona

Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Phoenix or Flagstaff, Arizona

All Grand Canyon trips begin and end from Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff has a small airport served by Horizon and US Airways Express. From the Flagstaff Airport one can take a taxi into town. One can also fly into Phoenix and rent a car or take a shuttle to Flagstaff. This is often your cheapest option. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff.

Shuttle from Phoenix to Flagstaff

Groome Transportation

Arizona Executive Transport: 1-602-475-1125

Executive Transport to/from Phoenix

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in Flagstaff for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts at the Little America Hotel (use this¬†reservation page¬†for a 10-60% discount at Little America). We‚Äôll give you a ride to the orientation if you’re staying at one of our recommended hotels and the meeting is taking place elsewhere.The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a pack packing class.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.

Please note: 4 tours have origin points other than Flagstaff. The Mule-assisted Classic and Phantom Ranch Tours originate at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Transportation to/from the Canyon and entrance fees are not included. Please refer to your trip packet or contact us for more information.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel room in Flagstaff early on the morning of the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your hotel in Flagstaff on the final day.

Please note: the Mule-assisted Classic and Phantom Ranch Tour rendezvous is at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and we do not provide transportation. Please see your trip description for details.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

The best place to store your luggage and vehicle is at your hotel. If you stay at Little America (recommended), you will receive a room discount as well as free luggage and vehicle storage. The Drury Inn and Suites also provides this service for our guests. As a last resort, we have limited space for luggage storage at our warehouse and vehicles can be parked on the street in front of our office.

Pre & Post-Trip Lodging

Little America (location of orientation, vehicle/luggage storage if staying there, 10-60% discount for Wildland guests)
Website / Phone: 928-779-2741

Drury Inn & Suites ($105 for 1 room, $140 for 2-room suite)
Website / Phone: 928-773-4900

Sonesta Hotel ($159 studio, $189 two rooms, full kitchen in every room)
Website / Phone: 928-526-5555 ext 6005

Super 8
Website / Phone: 928-773-4888

Inn at 410 Bed & Breakfast (located downtown)
Website / Phone: 928-774-0088

Havasu Falls

HAVASU FALLS TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Phoenix, Flagstaff or Las Vegas, NV

All Havasu Falls trips begin and end from Flagstaff, Arizona. Your best gateway cities are Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Las Vegas. (If you fly into Las Vegas, you can save drive time by rendezvousing with your group in Peach Springs, AZ the first morning of the trip. Find more information below.)

Coming from Phoenix
The most popular option is to fly into Phoenix and rent a car or take a shuttle to Flagstaff. This is often your cheapest option. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff.

Flying into Flagstaff
Flagstaff has a small airport served by Horizon and US Airways Express. From the Flagstaff Airport one can take a taxi into town or uitilize hotel shuttles (Little America and the Drury Inn and Suites offer airport pickup).

Coming from Las Vegas
If you’re coming from Las Vegas, you can either meet us in Flagstaff (recommended) or at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn (east of Peach Springs, AZ) on Old Route 66 the first morning of the trip. If you do this, you will have to drive your vehicle to the trailhead and work closely with the guide beforehand to be sure you’re prepared and on time. There is no shuttle service from Las Vegas to either Flagstaff or Peach Springs, so if you’re flying into Las Vegas the only way to reach the starting point is via rental car.

Shuttle from Phoenix to Flagstaff

Groome Transportation
Arizona Executive Transport: 1-602-475-1125

Executive Transport to/from Phoenix

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in Flagstaff for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts at the Little America Hotel (use this¬†reservation page¬†for a 10-60% discount at Little America). We‚Äôll give you a ride to the orientation if you’re staying at one of our recommended hotels and the meeting is taking place elsewhere.

The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a chance to answer your questions.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.


Driving Directions to the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs if coming from Las Vegas

The Hualapai Lodge is located on Route 66 in Peach Springs. To reach Peach Springs, please follow these directions:

South on US-93 to Kingman, AZ 107 miles, East on I-40 4 miles , East on US 66 47 miles (Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes)

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel room in Flagstaff early on the morning of the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your hotel in Flagstaff on the final day. If you’re coming from Las Vegas and meeting us in Peach Springs, your guide will coordinate the rendezvous ahead of time.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

The best place to store your luggage and vehicle is at your hotel. If you stay at Little America (recommended), you will receive a room discount as well as free luggage and vehicle storage. The Drury Inn and Suites also provides this service for our guests. As a last resort, we have limited space for luggage storage at our warehouse and vehicles can be parked on the street in front of our office.

Pre & Post-Trip Lodging

Flagstaff

Little America (location of orientation, vehicle/luggage storage if staying there, 10-60% discount for Wildland guests)
Website / Phone: 928-779-2741

Drury Inn & Suites ($105 for 1 room, $140 for 2-room suite)
Website / Phone: 928-773-4900

Super 8
Website / Phone: 928-773-4888

Inn at 410 Bed & Breakfast (located downtown)
Website / Phone: 928-774-0088

Peach Springs (if coming from Las Vegas)

Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
Website / Phone: Call 928-422-3223

Sedona

SEDONA TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Phoenix, Flagstaff or Las Vegas, NV

All Sedona trips begin and end in Sedona, Arizona. Your best gateway cities are Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Coming from Phoenix
The most popular option is to fly into Phoenix and rent a car or take a shuttle to Sedona with Groome Transportation. The shuttle is your cheapest option. It is a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Phoenix to Sedona.

Coming from Las Vegas
There is no shuttle service from Las Vegas to Sedona, so if you’re flying into Las Vegas the only way to reach Sedona is via rental car.

Shuttle from Phoenix to Sedona

Groome Transportation

Arizona Executive Transport: 1-602-475-1125

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in Sedona for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts at the Arabella Hotel (use this¬†reservation page). We‚Äôll give you a ride to the orientation if you’re staying at one of our recommended hotels and the meeting is taking place elsewhere.

Important note: if you’re joining a backpacking trip, please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.

The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a chance to answer your questions.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

The best place to store your luggage and vehicle is at your hotel. If you stay at Arabella Hotel (recommended), you will receive a room discount as well as free luggage and vehicle storage. The other hotels also provide this service for our guests. As a last resort, we have limited space for luggage storage at our warehouse.

Pre & Post-Trip Lodging

Arabella Hotel (location of orientation on backpacking trips, vehicle/luggage storage if staying there, discount for Wildland guests)
Website / Phone: 855-795-8207

Inn Above Oak Creek
Website / Phone: 928-282-7896

Best Western Arroyo Roble
Website / Phone: 928-282-3072

California

Yosemite

Yosemite Travel Info

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves (backpacking trips only) and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities in California: 

Fresno, Bakersfield, Merced, Sacramento, Oakland, San Franciso, San Jose, Visalia

Gateway Cities outside of California: 

Reno, Nevada or Las Vegas, Nevada

All Yosemite backpacking trips meet in Yosemite Valley in the parking lot of Curry Village near the bear boxes at shuttle stop 14 at 6PM on Day 1. Your guide will contact you approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate this rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will be waiting for you in a Wildland Trekking hat and shirt. This trip includes dinner and camping that night at the backpackers camp.

Personal vehicles can remain parked at Curry Village during your trip.
All Yosemite basecamp trips begin and end at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley the morning the trip begins.

Concerning inn-based Yosemite tours, the Best of Yosemite Tour begins at Rush Creek Lodge (pre-trip lodging included but can be declined for a $200/person discount) The Yosemite in Winter Tour begins and ends at Curry Village.

By Rail and Bus to Yosemite

From Fresno:
Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS)¬†is offering 4 bus rides each direction from Fresno to Yosemite Valley. If you’re not renting a vehicle, this is the simplest way to reach Yosemite.

From Other Cities in California:
You can travel to and from Yosemite National Park using a combination of train and bus from much of California:

  1. Travel by rail on the Amtrak San Joaquin Train to the city of Merced (serviced by most large cities in California)
  2. Travel by¬†Amtrak “Thruway” Bus Service¬†from Merced to Yosemite Valley.
  3. Travel on Yosemite Rapid Area Transit from Merced to Yosemite Valley.

To book your trip, use Amtrak’s Online Reservation Service to book round-trip Amtrak travel to “YOS” (Yosemite Valley).

By Rail and Bus to Rush Creek Lodge (for the Best of Yosemite Tour)

YART Bus System:¬†Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YART)¬†connects Fresno, Sonora, Mammoth Lakes, Modesto and Fresno with Yosemite. It is a bus system, and Amtrak’s routes to Yosemite sub-contract YARTS. To get to Rush Creek Lodge, first connect to Yosemite Valley, then connect to the Sonora line that stops at Rush Creek Lodge.

Trains and Amtrak: from other California cities, you can connect to Yosemite by rail on the¬†Amtrak San Joaquin Train¬†to the city of Merced (serviced by most large cities in California) or by¬†Amtrak “Thruway” Bus Service¬†from Merced to Yosemite Valley. Once in Yosemite Valley you will connect with the YART Sonora line that stops at Rush Creek Lodge.

To book your train or Amtrak bus trip, use Amtrak’s Online Reservation Service to book round-trip Amtrak travel to “YOS” (Yosemite Valley).

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

For all trips your guide will contact you approximately 2 weeks before your trip start date to coordinate your exact rendezvous time and location.

All Yosemite backpacking trips begin and end at the Yosemite Valley Backpackers Camp (located 100 yards behind North Pines Campground across the footbridge). But we meet the first evening in Yosemite Valley in the parking lot of Curry Village near the bear boxes at shuttle stop 14 at 6PM on Day 1. Your guide will contact you approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate this rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will be waiting for you in a Wildland Trekking hat and shirt. This trip includes dinner and camping that night at the backpackers camp. Personal vehicles can remain parked at Curry Village during your trip.

The backpacking trip orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, a backpack packing class, and then optional dinner and camping (included).

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.

All Yosemite basecamp trips begin and end at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley the morning the trip begins.

Concerning inn-based Yosemite tours, the Best of Yosemite Tour begins at Rush Creek Lodge (pre-trip lodging included but can be declined for a $200/person discount) at 8:30 a.m. the first morning. The Yosemite in Winter Tour begins and ends at Curry Village.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will be utilizing Wildland Trekking vehicles as well as the Yosemite National Park Shuttle Service for transport inside the park.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

We recommend checking with your pre- and post-trip hotel(s) to inquire about luggage storage. Most of the time hotels are happy to accommodate. On backpacking trips and basecamp trips vehicles can be parked at Curry Village . On the inn-based trip you’ll park your vehicle at Curry Village the first day, and at the lodge for the remainder of the tour.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. If you’re unable to, or wouldn’t like to, find lodging for a backpacking trip, we provide a free camping option for the night before your trip begins.

The Best of Yosemite Tour also includes pre-trip lodging at Rush Creek Lodge. You can decline the pre-trip lodging for a $200/person discount.

Yosemite Valley Lodging
Website / 801-559-4884

Yosemite Lodge (in El Portal, 30 minutes from Yosemite Valley)
Website / 209-379-2681

Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn (in El Portal, 30 minutes from Yosemite Valleyl)
Website / 209-379-2100

The Cedar Lodge (40 minutes from Yosemite Valley)
Website / 209-379-2612

Redwoods in Yosemite Vacation Rentals
Website / 877-753-8566

Wildland Trekking Pre-trip Camping Option: free

Sequoia-Kings Canyon

Sequoia-Kings Canyon Travel Info

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves (backpacking trips only) and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities:

Fresno, California Sequoia and King’s Canyon trips originate from Fresno, California. Several major airlines serve Fresno.

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

You’ll meet your hiking guide and group at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fresno, California at 5PM the evening before your trip begins for an orientation meeting. We recommend staying at the¬†Wyndham Garden¬†before and after your trip for your convenience. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks beforehand to coordinate this meeting. The next morning we’ll meet and utilize park shuttles to reach our trailhead.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

Transportation to/from the trailhead is provided.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

If you book your pre- and/or post-trip lodging at the Wyndham Garden you can leave your vehicle and luggage there. We recommend this option.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

We recommend the Wyndham Garden for your pre-trip and post-trip lodging.

Death Valley & Joshua Tree

DEATH VALLEY / JOSHUA TREE TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point (Las Vegas, NV) is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Joshua Tree guests can also rendezvous with their groups at the Oasis Visitor Center in Joshua Tree National Park the morning of Day 1.

Gateway Cities: 

Las Vegas, Nevada

These trips begin and end in Las Vegas, Nevada. McCarran International Airport (LAS) has frequent, direct flights from over 100 cities. However, as mentioned above, Joshua Tree guests can rendezvous with their groups on Day 1 at the Oasis Visitor Center in Joshua Tree National Park as well.

Ground Transportation to Your Hotel

Many Las Vegas hotels offer airport shuttles. If your hotel does not offer a shuttle, you have several transportation options from the airport. A company called Airline Shuttle (1-888-554-1156) can help you with economic transport (ca. $10 per person) to most hotels. Taxi cabs run about $40 to downtown locations. Las Vegas is also accessible via Uber and Lyft.

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in Las Vegas for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts in the lobby of your hotel or another guest‚Äôs hotel. We can give you a ride to the meeting point if you’re staying at one of our recommended hotels and the orientation is taking place elsewhere. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of any group gear and food, and a pack packing class.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to this meeting.

For Joshua Tree tours, there is no pre-trip meeting. The tour begins with pick-up at your hotel the first morning, or if you would like to rendezvous in Joshua Tree, your guide will give you specific instructions for when and where to meet when they contact you approximately 10 days before your trip.

Transportation to and from Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks

We will pick you up at your hotel in Las Vegas on the morning of the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your hotel in Las Vegas on the final day.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

We recommend checking with your pre- and post-trip hotel(s) to inquire about luggage storage. Most of the time hotels are happy to accommodate. You’re also welcome to leave your luggage in the company vehicle; however, we don’t take responsibility for its safety.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

We highly recommend booking accomodation at the Tuscany Suites for the night before your trip.

Your 5pm pre-trip meeting will be held at the Tuscany, and your guide will be staying there as well.

Tuscany Suites and Casino (clean, off-the-strip hotel)
Website / 702-893-8933

Due to the unpredictable and often-chaotic nature of late afternoon Las Vegas traffic, it is very difficult for our guides to provide you with transportation from other hotels to/from the Tuscany for your pre-trip meeting. If you choose to stay at another hotel, we recommend using Uber, Lift or a taxi to get to the Tuscany.

The Lost Coast

LOST COAST TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point (Sacramento, CA) is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Sacramento, California

Our Lost Coast Trek begins and ends in Sacremento, CA. Sacramento International Airport has frequent, direct flights from many cities across the USA and the world.

Ground Transportation to Your Hotel

We recommend staying near the airport at a hotel with an airport shuttle, ideally at the Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Airport-Natomas, which is where hold the pre-trip orientation. If you stay elsewhere at a hotel without an airport shuttle, using Uber or Lyft will be the best methods of transportation to your hotel.

Meeting Time & Place

This trip originates in Sacramento, California with an orientation meeting the evening before the trip begins at the Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Airport-Natomas. We recommend staying at this hotel, as we will depart directly from here on the morning of Day 1 and return to this hotel on Day 5. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation.

Transportation to and from the Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel near Sacramento Airport on the morning of the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your hotel on the final day.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

We recommend checking with your pre- and post-trip hotel(s) to inquire about luggage storage. Most of the time hotels are happy to accommodate. You’re also welcome to leave your luggage in the company vehicle; however, we don’t take responsibility for its safety.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

We recommend staying near Sacramento Airport at a hotel with an airport shuttle.

Your 5pm pre-trip meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Airport-Natomas, and your guide will be staying there as well.

Eastern Sierras

Eastern Sierras Travel Info

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting points for these trips is not included in the cost. You will want to arrive at the rendezvous location by the designated time on Day 1. All Eastern Sierra trips include an evening orientation, camping accommodations and dinner on Day 1. Most guests stay at a hotel the the last night and fly out the next morning.

Gateway Cities: 

Reno, NV; Sacramento, CA; or Fresno, CA

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

The Thousand Island Lakes and Mammoth Crest trips begin and end in Lee Vining at the iconic Mobile Station at 6PM on Day 1 of their trip. Lee Vining is east of Yosemite National Park at the junction of Highways 395 and 120.

The Palisade Glacier Trek begins and ends in Bishop, CA on Day 1 of the trip. Bishop is on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, not far from the border of California and Nevada. It is located at the junction of CA Highways 395 and 168.

Getting to Lee Vining (Thousand Island Lakes & Mammoth Crest trips)

Getting to Bishop requires having a vehicle. The main driving gateways are Reno, NV; Fresno, CA; and Sacramento, CA. Bishop is a 3 hour and 30 minute drive south of Reno on Highway 395; and it’s 5 hours from both Fresno and Sacramento.

By Car

The primary gateways if driving (or flying in and then driving) are Reno, NV; Fresno, CA; and Sacramento, CA. Lee Vining is a 2 hour and 40 minute drive south of Reno on Highway 395; and it’s 4.5 hours from both Fresno and Sacramento.

By Rail and Bus

From Fresno or Yosemite:
Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) is offering 4 bus rides each direction from Fresno to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. From Tuolumne Meadows, you can catch a second YARTS bus that will drop you off directly at the Mobile station in Lee Vining. Please note that busses arrive at the Mobile at 8:42 AM, 4:47PM or after 7:30PM.

From Reno:
Eastern Sierra Transit’s CREST service offers transportation from Reno’s airport and Greyhound Station to Lee Vining, CA.

From Los Angeles:
Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line offers service from Downtown Los Angeles to Lancaster, CA.  Eastern Sierra Transit’s CREST service travels north from Lancaster to Lee Vining.

From the San Francisco Bay Area:
Yosemite Area Rapid Transit (YARTS) offers service from Merced, CA to Yosemite Valley and in the summer, continuing service to the Eastern Sierra, with stops in Lee Vining.  There are many options for travel between the Bay Area and Merced, including Greyhound and Amtrak.

By Air

Fly into Mammoth Yosemite Airport and take Eastern Sierra Transit’s CREST service north to Lee Vining.

Getting to Bishop (Palisade Glacier Trek)

Getting to Bishop requires having a vehicle. The main driving gateways are Reno, NV; Fresno, CA; and Sacramento, CA. Bishop is a 3 hour and 30 minute drive south of Reno on Highway 395; and it’s 5 hours from both Fresno and Sacramento.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

Transportation to/from the trailhead is provided.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

Your vehicle can remain parked at our rendezvous location for the duration of the trip. We recommend leaving your luggage and personal items in your vehicle. If you do not drive, you’re welcome to store your luggage and personal items in the Wildland Trekking vehicle. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of any belongings left in vehicles, including in the Wildland Trekking vehicle.

Canada

Canadian Rockies

Canada Travel Information

Gateway Cities: Calgary, Alberta Canada; Banff, Alberta Canada

Flights to and from Calgary International Airport are the guest’s responsibility and not included in the trip rates. Multiple airlines operate flights into Calgary from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Phoenix, Denver, Portland, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of nonstop flights is 2-5 hours. 

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

All Canadian Rockies inn-based Tours begin and end in Calgary, Alberta. A Wildland trekking representative will pick you up at the airport between 11am and 2pm on Day 1 of your trip. (We can also pick you up in downtown Calgary for an additional $20 transportation fee.) An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour. Your flight on the final day of the trip can depart any time after 12pm.

All Canadian Rockies backpacking Trips begin and end in Banff, Alberta. Transportation to the Calgary Airport and from Calgary Airport to Banff is the guest’s responsibility. Multiple rental car companies exist at the Calgary airport.¬† There are also two airport shuttles that provide transportation service from the airport to Banff: Banff Airporter and Brewster Banff Airport Express. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip begins (~ 5pm) and departing any time after 6pm the final day of your hike. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

All Transportation for the duration of tours are included in the trip rates.

Storage of Extra Luggage, Personal Items & Vehicles

We recommend checking with your pre and post-trip hotel(s) to inquire about luggage/vehicle storage (Canadian Rockies backpacking trips). Most of the time hotels are happy to accommodate. 

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with our recommended hotels in the origin cities. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information.¬† Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book.

Transportation is available by shuttle or scheduled bus lines both from the Calgary airport and downtown center as well as Banff and points further west. Renting a car is a convenient travel option. Numerous international car rental agencies are available at the Calgary airport and in Banff.

Banff Airporter Рhttps://banffairporter.com/ 

Brewster Banff Airport Express Рhttps://www.banffjaspercollection.com/brewster-express/# 

Recommended Lodging

(Calgary)

International Hotel of Calgaryhttps://www.internationalhotel.ca/ 

Courtyard Calgary Marriotthttps://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yycap-courtyard-calgary-airport    

(Backpacking Orientation meeting site – Banff)

Banff Centerhttps://www.banffcentre.ca/hotels

(Budget – Banff)

YWCA Hostel Banffhttps://ywcabanff.ca/hotel/

(High-end – Banff)

Elk & Avenue Hotelhttps://www.banffjaspercollection.com/hotels/elk-and-avenue/

Mount Royal Hotelhttps://www.banffjaspercollection.com/hotels/mount-royal-hotel/

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

A Visa may be required for entry into Canada, except US citizens. We recommend you purchase a Visa before your flight. Your Passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months.

For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or on Canada’s Tourism page. or additional Information.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

The main languages spoken and used in Canada are English and French.  All our guides speak fluent English.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.  

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

Currency used in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. All Canadian vendors accept Canadian Dollars. 

It’s a good idea to exchange some money before you leave your home country. ATMs are the most economical way to exchange money while you are in Canada, but the airport ATMs may be empty when you land (especially if on a weekend) and many of the currency exchange locations tend to be a more expensive option.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

International credit cards are accepted in ATMs and most shops and restaurants (VISA & Mastercard are the most widely used).

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:

  • Canada’s electrical supply and electrical outlets are the same as the United States. The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second).

Calgary and Banff are on Mountain Standard Time (MST): Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC, UTC-7

Colorado

Colorado Rockies

COLORADO ROCKIES TRAVEL INFO

Travel

Travel to and from the trip town of origin is not included in the cost of our trips.

Gateway Cities: 

Denver or Estes Park, Colorado

All Rocky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport. The most convenient airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is served by most major airlines. From DIA one can take a shuttle or rent a car to Estes Park. It is a 1.5-hour drive from DIA to Estes Park on good roads.

All Flat Tops Wilderness trips begin and end from Union Station in downtown Denver, Colorado. Union Station is centrally located in downtown Denver, has light rail to and from the airport (Denver International Airport, DIA), and provides nearby lodging and multiple dining options.

Shuttle

Estes Park Shuttle and SuperShuttle run daily vans from DIA to Estes Park:

Estes Park Shuttle 1-970-586-5151

SuperShuttle 1-970-482-0505

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-1212

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Rocky Mountain National Park Meeting Time & Place

On backpacking trips and portered trips we will meet at the 5:00 PM at the Estes Park Mountain Shop for an orientation meeting.

For inn-based and basecamp tours we will pick you up at your hotel in Estes Park early on the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your hotel in Estes Park on the last day of the trip.

Flat Tops Trips Meeting Time & Place

We will meet at Union Station in downtown Denver, Colorado at 1 p.m. on Day 1, and will shuttle to the town of Meeker, CO where lodging and meals are included. Your guide will be in touch approximately two weeks prior to coordinate the rendezvous.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

We recommend checking with your pre- and post-trip hotel(s) to inquire about luggage storage. Most of the time hotels are happy to accommodate. You’re also welcome to leave your luggage in the company vehicle; however, we don’t take responsibility for its safety.

Estes Park Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging (Rocky Mountain National Park)

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. We recommend the below-listed accommodations while in town. Make your reservations early as Estes Park is a tourist community and rooms book early.

Alpine Trail Ridge Inn
Website / Phone: 1-970-586-4585

Misty Mountain Lodge
Website / Phone: 1-970-586-4100

The Estes Park Resort
Website / Phone: 1-855-377-3778

Stanley Hotel
Website / Phone: 1-970-577-4000

European Alps

European Alps

THE ALPS TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Cities

Venice, Italy; and Geneva, Switzerland

Each Alps trip begins and ends from a different European city:

Flights to and from Geneva or Venice are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Geneva from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Newark, Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of flights is 10-30 hours normally with one or two stops.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times
  • Italian Dolomites – Arrive before 2:30pm, day 1 of itinerary; depart anytime after 6pm, day 7 of itinerary
  • Tour du Mont Blanc – Arrive no later than 3pm, day 1 of itinerary; depart anytime after 1pm, day 9 of itinerary

Important Notes:

-Travel to and from the city of trip origin is not included in trip rates.

-Airport transportation outside of planned group shuttles have additional costs and are not included in trip rates.

Meeting Time & Place

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport and transport or escort you to our first night’s hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. The orientation meeting will include introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. When registering, you will provide us with flight information to facilitate this rendezvous. Your guide or a Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of  Extra Luggage & Personal Items 
  • Italian Dolomites – Extra luggage is allowed on the trip and easily stored at hotels.
  • Tour du Mont Blanc – Extra luggage is not easily stored during the trip.¬† Luggage transfers have limits please reference our trip information packet for further details on these limits.
Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with our recommended hotels in the origin cities. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information.¬† Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

Valid passport – passports must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure. (ID cards are enough for EU citizens) No Visa required for stays under 90 days.

For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or on the website of Italy’s Department of Immigration, Switzerland’s Department of Immigration, or France’s Department for Immigration.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information *Required on all Alps trips (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

On our European Alps trips the language most frequently spoken depends on the country the trip is operating in.  Most people speak at least some English and our guides are all fluent in English.  Languages spoken in the areas our trips operate are Swiss German, German, Italian, & French. Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on all Alps trips as a condition of partnership terms with our European vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).  

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Alps requirements. 

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

All vendors in the European Union accept Euros. There may be some vendors in Switzerland who only accept Swiss Francs.

It’s a good idea to exchange some money before you leave your home country. ATMs are the most economical way to exchange money while you are in Europe, but the airport ATMs may be empty when you land (especially if on a weekend) and many of the currency exchange locations tend to be a more expensive option.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

International credit cards are accepted in ATMs and most shops and restaurants (VISA, Master Card, Euro Card are the most widely used).

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips
  • In France they use two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C has two round pins and plug type E has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. France operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
  • In Italy they use three associated plug types, types C, F and L. Plug type C has two round pins, plug type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side and plug type L has three round pins. Italy operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
  • In Switzerland they use two associated plug types, types C and J. Plug type C has two round pins and plug type J has three round pins. Switzerland operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Alps trip are all on Central European Time (CET): Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC UTC+1

Iceland

Iceland

ICELAND TRAVEL INFO

Gateway City

Reykjavik, Iceland

Flights to and from Iceland are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Reykjavik from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Denver, Portland, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of nonstop flights is 6-9 hours.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

All Iceland trips begin and end from Reykjavik. For our Iceland treks you will need to arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland on the day your trip begins, no later than 3pm. 

Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour at any time. We provide a shuttle voucher for transport to the airport from our hotel.

Meeting Time & Place

For our Iceland Hiking Tours you will need to arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland on the day your trip begins, no later than 3pm. Your guide will rendezvous with you at our hotel (we provide a shuttle voucher for transport from the airport to the hotel). An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. Your guide or a Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have. 

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items 

You can store extra luggage at our originating hotel. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Lodging Recommendations 

Fosshotel Raudara (Reykjavik)| website

Centerhotel Arnarhvoll (Reykjavik)| website

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

Valid passport (ID card is enough for E.U. citizens). No Visa required.

For Citizens from other countries please check with a competent government body or on the website of the Icelandic directorate of immigration.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Iceland the language most frequently used is Icelandic, however most people speak some English and our guides are all fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency used in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). There is a bureau for exchange in the airport. You can also exchange in some hotels in Reykjavik, at the tourist office or banks. Nearly all villages have banks & ATMs. 

*It is best to exchange your money into ISK in Iceland, and re-exchange any surplus before you leave, as foreign banks may not deal in ISK.

Some shops catering to tourists will accept payment in US dollars or euro but the exchange rate is usually not great. Almost every shop and most businesses accept Visa and MasterCard although American Express is not as commonly used or accepted. The use of credit cards is very common for even small transactions in Iceland.  Smaller towns and regions it is still good to have some cash.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • Iceland uses the standard European plug socket with two round prongs. For these plugs, you can use adapter types C or F.

Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time: Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC+0

Montana/Wyoming

Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE TRAVEL INFO

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Billings or Bozeman, Montana

All Yellowstone trips begin and end in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman has an airport served by United, Delta, Horizon Air, Northwest, Skywest, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. One can also fly into Billings and drive to Bozeman. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Billings to Bozeman on good roads.

Shuttle from Bozeman Airport

There is no regular shuttle service from the Bozeman Airport to a downtown location.

Shuttle from Billings to Bozeman

Greyhound (800-231-2222) offers transportation from downtown Billings (use a cab to get downtown) to Bozeman. $37.50 per person one way, $72 round trip. Advance reservations required (www.greyhound.com).

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in Bozeman, Montana for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts at the Bozeman Holiday Express. We’ll give you a ride from your hotel if you lack transportation. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a pack-packing class.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on taking into the backcountry to this meeting.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel room in Bozeman at 7 a.m. on the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your room in Bozeman on the last day of the trip.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

Many guests choose to store their luggage with the hotel they’ll be using before and after the trip. You are also welcome to leave your luggage with us for secure storage while you’re in the backcountry Рjust inform your guide. Vehicles may also be parked at our facility while you’re out.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. We recommend the below-listed accommodations while in town. Make your reservations early as Bozeman is a tourist community and rooms book early.

Holiday Inn Express Bozeman West (Wildland guests receive a discounted rate of $95-$149)
Website / Phone: 406-582-4995

C’mon Inn
Website / Phone: 866-782-2717 or 406-587-3555

Hilton Garden Inn
Website / Phone: 406-582-9900

Olive Branch Inn Bed & Breakfast
Website / Phone: 866-587-8403 or 406-587-8403

Beyond Yellowstone (Winds, Tetons, Jackson Hole)

BEYOND YELLOWSTONE TRAVEL INFO

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Jackson Hole, WY or Salt Lake City, UT

All Greater Yellowstone Area Llama Treks and backpacking trips begin and end from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. One can also fly into Salt Lake City and drive to Jackson Hole. It is a 4.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole on good roads.

Shuttle from Jackson Airport

Esquire Transport (307-377-8473) provides a shuttle from the Jackson Airport. Advance reservations are recommended.

Shuttle from Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily vans from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole. Advance reservations required.

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for an orientation at 6 p.m. the day before the trip starts at a predetermined hotel. We can give you a ride to the meeting point if you’re staying at one of our recommended hotels and the orientation is taking place elsewhere.

The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, and other information on the trip.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on taking into the backcountry to this meeting.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel room in Jackson Hole at 7 a.m. on the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your room in Jackson on the last day of the trip..

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

The most secure option for your luggage will be to store it with the hotel you’ll be using before and after the trip. If this is not an option please let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

The Wort Hotel (both listed below) allow guests to park their vehicles while on trips if you stay with them before and after.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. We recommend the below-listed accommodations while in town. Staying in downtown Jackson is an enjoyable experience with fine dining and a diversity of great food, shopping, a nightly town square “shootout” (a mock shootout by actors in western costume), a rodeo at least two nights a week, and fresh mountain air. Make your reservations early as Jackson is a tourist community and rooms book early.

Mountain Modern Inn (Recommended*)
* Discount for Wildland guests (contact the hotel via phone and mention Wildland when making your reservation to receive discount)
Website / Phone: 307-733-4340

The Wort Hotel
Website / Phone: 307-733-2190

49er Quality Inn and Suites
Website / Phone: 307-733-7550

Absaroka-Beartooths

ABSAROKA-BEARTOOTHS TRAVEL INFO

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Greybull Pass Traverse Gateway City: 

Cody, Wyoming

The Greybull Pass Traverse begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman has an airport served by United, Delta, Horizon Air, Northwest, Skywest, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. One can also fly into Billings and drive to Bozeman. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Billings to Bozeman on good roads.

Wyoming Alpine Wonders Gateway Cities: 

Billings or Bozeman, Montana

The Wyoming Alpine Wonders Trek begins and ends in Cody, Wyoming. Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is served by United, Delta and SkyWest airlines. Cody is also relatively easily accessed via personal or rental vehicle. It is roughly 2 hours from Billings, Montana; 3.5 hours from Bozeman, Montana; 3.5 hours from Casper, Wyoming; and 4 hours from Jackson, Wyoming.

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

The Greybull Pass Thru-hike begins the morning of day 1 around 11:00 am with pick-up at your hotel in Cody, Wyoming. The Wyoming Alpine Wonders Trek meets the evening before Day 1 for an orientation at 5 p.m. at the Bozeman Holiday Express.

For both trips your guide will contact you approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We provide transportation to and from the trailhead on Absaroka-Beartooth trips.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

Many guests choose to store their luggage with the hotel they’ll be using before and after the trip. You are also welcome to leave your luggage with us for secure storage while you’re in the backcountry Рjust inform your guide. Vehicles may also be parked at our facility while you’re out.

Bozeman Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. We recommend the below-listed accommodations in Bozeman. Make your reservations early as Bozeman is a tourist community and rooms book early.

Holiday Inn Express Bozeman West (Wildland guests receive a discounted rate of $95-$149)
Website / Phone: 406-582-4995

C’mon Inn
Website / Phone: 866-782-2717 or 406-587-3555

Hilton Garden Inn
Website / Phone: 406-582-9900

Olive Branch Inn Bed & Breakfast
Website / Phone: 866-587-8403 or 406-587-8403

Nepal

Nepal

NEPAL TRAVEL INFO

Gateway City:

Kathmandu, Nepal

All Nepal Hiking Tours begin and end from Kathmandu. Flights to and from Nepal are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Kathmandu, but there are no direct flights from U.S. or European cities. Most flights connect through Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Doha (Qatar), New Delhi (India), Seoul (South Korea). The duration of these multiple-stop flights, including layovers, is normally between 29 and 35 hours.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport (any time before 5pm on day 1 of your itinerary) and transport or escort you to our first night’s hotel. When registering, you will provide us with a copy of your passport and flight information to facilitate this rendezvous.¬†

Your departure flight can be any time on the final day of itineraries.

Meeting Time & Place

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport (anytime before 5pm on day 1 of itinerary) and transport you to the first night’s hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items 

You can store extra luggage at our originating hotel in Kathmandu. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Lodging Recommendations

(Kathmandu) Hotel Manang | website

(Pokhara) City Inn Hotel | website

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

A Visa is required for entry into Nepal. You can purchase (cash only, USD) upon arrival at the Tribhuvan Intl Airport but you can purchase a Visa before your flight from a Nepal Embassy. Your Passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months.

For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or on Nepal’s Department of Immigration. Nepal Tourism Website for additional Information.  

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information *Required for all Nepal trips (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Nepal the language most frequently spoken is Nepali, however there are many other languages commonly spoken. At many hotels and restaurants people speak at least some English and our guides are all fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

No vaccinations are required to visit Nepal, but always check websites below for the most up to date information.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

Field evacuation and repatriation insurance is required on all Nepal trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Nepali vendors. We also strongly recommend medical insurance.

If you need to purchase field evacuation or repatriation insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Nepali requirements.  

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. There is a bureau for exchange in the airport. You can also exchange in some hotels in Kathmandu or banks. There are money exchanges everywhere throughout the city and the exchange rate tends to be better than in the airport.

Some larger hotels and shops accept Visa and MasterCard, but cash is needed in markets and most places you visit. ATMs are usually available in most banks.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • For Nepal there are three associated plug types, types C, D and M. Plug type C has two round pins, plug type D has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type M has three round pins. Nepal operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Nepal Standard Time (NPT) is the time zone for Nepal. Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC+5:45

New Hampshire

White Mountains

WHITE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL INFO

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting on Day 1 and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Airports: 

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport or Logan International Airport

All White Mountains trips begin and end at the AMC Highland Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Most guests fly into a regional New Hampshire airport and drive to Bretton Woods via rental car. The nearest airport to is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in central New Hampshire, approximately two driving hours away. Manchester-Boston is served by domestic airlines including Delta, United, Southwest, and American. Many international carriers serve Logan International Airport in Boston, an additional 30 minutes away in Massachusetts. Bretton Woods is also accessible via bus, Greyhound and Concord bus lines.

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire at the AMC Highland Center at 5 p.m. on Day 1 for an orientation meeting. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a pack-packing class.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on taking into the backcountry to this meeting.

Driving Directions From central and south-central New Hampshire (Manchester, Concord, etc.):

  1. Take Interstate 93 North to Route 3 North (Exit 35).
  2. Take Route 3 North to Route 302 East (near Twin Mountain).
  3. Take Route 302 East approximately 10 miles to the Highland Center, located roadside right on Route 302.

From Boston and its suburbs:

  1. Take Interstate 93 North to central New Hampshire.
  2. Follow directions above for central New Hampshire. From Portland, Maine:
  3. Take Route 302 West to the Crawford Notch Depot Visitor Center, located roadside left on Route 302.
Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We provide transportation to/from the trailhead, which leaves from the Highland Center.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

The best place to leave personal belongings while on the trip is in your vehicle, which will remain parked at the Highland Center for the duration of the trip.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. There are many small New Hampshire towns within 50 miles of Bretton Woods worth visiting.

New Zealand

New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Cities:

Christchurch and Queenstown, New Zealand

All New Zealand trips begin and end from Christchurch and Queenstown (beginning in one and ending in the other). Flights to and from New Zealand are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Christchurch and Queenstown. Most flights connect through Auckland or major cities in Australia. All international airports in the USA fly either direct or with connections to Auckland and/or major Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the first day and departing the final day of your trip. 

  • For our South Island Lodge Based Tour you will need to arrive in Christchurch on the day the trip begins, no later than 4pm. Your departing flight is from Queenstown and is recommended after 12pm on the final day of your tour.
  • For our South Island Hut to Hut Tour you will need to arrive in Queenstown on the day the trip begins, no later than 4pm. Your departing flight is from Christchurch and is recommended after 5pm on the final day of your tour.

Important: New Zealand customs are very strict on hiking boots. Make sure your boots are very clean, dry and packed at the top of your luggage ready for inspection on arrival into New Zealand.

Meeting Time & Place

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the first night’s hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Arrival before 4pm is needed to do so. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. Your guide or a Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items

You can store extra luggage in the vehicles that transport us between destinations. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Early/Late Arrival Transportation: 

Guests must book their own transportation from Queenstown Airport: located 10km (~6 miles) west of the town and there are two transport options. Both options can easily be arranged on arrival as both stands are located immediately outside the airport terminal doors:

  • Taxi – 15 mins, approx NZ$40 (US$35) per vehicle
  • Super Shuttle – 20 mins, approx NZ$20 (US$17) per person, good for solo travelers
  • Uber – 15mins, approx NZ$20 (US$14) per vehicle

For further details please see www.queenstownairport.co.nz

Guests must book their own transportation from Christchurch Airport: located 12km (~8 miles) north-west of the city and there are two transport options. Both options can easily be arranged on arrival as both stands are located immediately outside the airport terminal doors:

  • Taxi – 20-25 mins, approx NZ$60 (US$45) per vehicle
  • Super Shuttle – 30-40 mins, approx NZ$25 (US$17) per person, good for solo travelers
  • Uber – 20-25mins, approx NZ$30 (US$20) per vehicle

For further details please see www.christchurchairport.co.nz

Lodging Recommendations

Crown Plaza (Queenstown) | website

Merivale Manor (Christchurch) | website

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

A visa or an ETA is required for entry into New Zealand. For guests (within this list of 60 countries) instead of a visa you will need to go online here to secure their Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and pay the Tourism Levy. Both are valid for two years.

**EXCEPTION: Australian citizens are exempt from both fees, but Australian permanent residents need to pay the ETA.

Your Passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months. For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or on New Zealand’s Department of Immigration website.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information *Required on all New Zealand trips (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In New Zealand the languages most frequently spoken are English & MńĀori. Our guides all speak fluent English. Learning a few words in MńĀori is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance with coverage of at least $100,000 is required on all New Zealand trips as a condition of partnership terms with our New Zealand vendors.  International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.  

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies all meet New Zealand trip requirements.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

*Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar. There is a Bureau de Change kiosks in the airport. You can also exchange currency in some hotels, and all banks. All cities and towns have banks & ATMs available.

Most shops and businesses accept Visa and MasterCard although American Express is not as commonly used or accepted.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, they use Plug type I angled two or three pin plugs. Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors.

New Zealand Timezone: Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC+12

North Carolina/Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains / Appalachia

Smokies and Blue Ridge Travel Info

Arrival and Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Asheville, North Carolina

All Smoky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville has an airport served by Allegiant Air, Delta, United, and US Airways. One can also fly into Greenville, South Carolina or Charlotte, North Carolina and drive to Asheville. It is a 1.5-hour drive from Greenville to Asheville and a 2-hour drive from Charlotte on good roads.

Shuttle & Ground Transportation

From Asheville AirportAsheville Airport Express (1-828-691-1121) runs shuttles to and from downtown. Also a number of taxis are usually available on the curb in the Arrivals area.

From Greenville/Charlotte…Asheville Airport Shuttle also runs daily vans from Charlotte and Greenville to Asheville. Cost per shuttle is $235 from Charlotte and approximately $140 from Greenville.

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet at the Holiday Inn in downtown Asheville, North Carolina ($99 for our guests, info below) for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts.

The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a backpack packing class.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel room in Asheville between 6 and 8 A.M. (depending on the time of year and weather conditions) on the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your room in Asheville on the last day of the trip by approximately 5 P.M. (not guaranteed).

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

Many guests choose to store their luggage with the hotel they’ll be using before and after the trip. You are also welcome to leave your luggage with us for secure storage while you’re on your trip Рjust inform your guide. We recommend parking your vehicle at your hotel as our facility has limited parking. You can park your vehicle at your hotel or move it to the Asheville Visitor Center on the first morning of your trip. These logistics can be planned at your orientation meeting with your guide.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Lodging options in Asheville are numerous. Below are some recommended options based on convenience, location, and our experience. We recommend making your reservation early as Asheville is a tourist community and rooms book early. For more information on visiting Asheville we recommend visiting Explore Asheville.

Holiday Inn and Suites Asheville (location of orientation, $99-140 year round for WTC guests)
Website / 828-225-5550

Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown
Website / 828-253-1851

The Hyatt Place Downtown Asheville
Website / 828-505-8500

Sweet Peas Hostel
Website / 828-285-8488

Norway

Norway

NORWAY TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Cities:

Oslo, Norway; Bergen, Norway; and Bod√ł, Norway

Our Norway Hiking Tours begin in either Oslo or Bod√ł and end in either Bergen or Bod√ł. Flights to Oslo or Bod√ł Airport and from the Bergen or Bod√ł airport are the guest‚Äôs responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Oslo, Norway from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Dallas and Minneapolis. From Oslo, you can easily fly into Bod√ł. SAS, Norwegian or Widero are the local airlines to fly nationally within Norway to get to and from Bod√ł.¬†

If possible, we recommend arriving in Norway a day early, as it will help your recovery from jet-lag and provide a buffer for possible flight delays or cancellations. 

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

On our Mountains to Fjords Hut to Hut Trek, you will need to fly into Oslo, Norway and out of Bergen, Norway. We recommend guests travel into Oslo a day before their trip begins and spend a night in Oslo near the city center. We recommend the Thon Hotel Opera (website) for convenience. This hotel is a 1-minute walk from the central train station, where you can get off the airport train and into the city. It is central, right next to the Opera House, National Gallery and Peace Center. You will meet the group and guide(s) on the morning of Day 1 for an orientation meeting. On the last day of the trip, guests are together for breakfast and will have a scheduled transfer to the Bergen Airport at 9am-10am. This is included in the price of the trip. Departing flights should not be planned before 12pm to utilize our provided airport transportation this day. Any airport transportation needs outside of this will be at the guest’s expense.

On our Lofoten Islands Inn-based Tour, you will need to fly into Bod√ł, Norway, landing no later than 2:30pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will rendezvous with your guide and group at 3:30pm in Bod√ł at a restaurant called Bryggerkaia for an early dinner and orientation meeting. The restaurant is either a 3-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute walk from the airport. Bod√ł is an extremely easy city to navigate. On this tour we are unable to wait for guests whose flights are delayed or cancelled but in those situations can help with information on getting to Lofoten to join up with the rest of the group. Flights on the final day of the trip can depart any time after 6pm. On the last day we will arrange a taxi from the ferry dock to the airport at 4pm for the entire group. This is optional depending on your travel plans.

Meeting Time & Place

Your guide or a Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your orientation meeting rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more.

  • On our Mountains to Fjords Hut to Hut Trek, you will meet your guide(s) in the morning (~10am*) on Day 1 of the itinerary in Oslo, Norway for an orientation meeting.¬† The location and exact time will be determined by your guide and coordinated in pre-trip communication.¬† *Time varies based on our transportation‚Äôs schedule for that day.
  • On our Lofoten Islands Inn-based Tour, you will meet your guide(s) at 3:30pm on Day 1 of your itinerary in Bod√ł, Norway at a restaurant called Bryggerkaia for an early dinner and orientation meeting. The restaurant is either a 3-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute walk from the airport.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items

You will not be able to store extra luggage on our Norway trips and all luggage will be transported with us during the trip.  If staying in Norway before or after some hotels may store extra luggage.  Please see trip specific information on baggage in our PDF trip information packet for your tour.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Lodging Recommendations

Thon Hotel Opera (Oslo) | website

Clarion Hotel Admiral (Bergen) | website

Clarion Collection Hotel Grand (Bod√ł) | website¬†

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

Valid passport (passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure). (ID cards are enough for EU citizens.) No Visa required for stays under 90 days.

For citizens from other countries please check with a competent government body or on the website of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Norway the language most frequently spoken is Norwegian, however most people speak English and our guides are fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.  

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

*Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

Norway’s currency is “kroner”, abbreviated NOK. Norway is generally a cashless society, you can take out cash upon arrival, but all locations accept cards. Make sure your card is ready to use in Norway. Notify your bank. Check the bank card charges for international use. Gratuities are still done in cash.¬†

Some shops do not accept foreign credit cards, although they happily take debit cards. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted credit cards, with far fewer accepting Amex or Diners. If in doubt, ask before shopping. Prices for items will have VAT or tax already included in the listed price.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • 220 volts AC (50 Hz) is the Norwegian standard. Norway uses the continental European standard socket.
  • All of Norway uses Central European Time (CET): Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC+2

Great resource for Norway travel info: https://www.visitnorway.com/plan-your-trip/travel-tips-a-z/

Patagonia

Patagonia

PATAGONIA (TORRES DEL PAINE) TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Cities:

Puerto Natales, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile

For our Patagonia Hiking Tours we recommend flying directly into Puerto Natales, Chile on the day the trip begins. LATAM Airlines and Sky Airline offer direct flights from Santiago to Puerto Natales. However, you can also fly into Punta Arenas and we will pick you up and shuttle you to Puerto Natales*.

Flights to and from Chile are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Punta Arenas (and LATAM Airlines or SKY Airlines flies into Puerto Natales), but there are no direct flights from U.S. or European cities. Most flights connect through Lima, Santiago, and/or Puerto Montt, Chile. The duration of these multiple-stop flights, including layovers, is normally between 20 and 28 hours.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

If flying into Punta Arenas, guests should arrive in the morning no later than 12pm, and we will shuttle 3 hours to Puerto Natales. If flying into Puerto Natales, guests should arrive before 3pm. A Wildland Trekking representative will rendezvous with you at either airport and transport you to our hotel*. An orientation meeting, dinner* and accommodations are included on Day 1.

Your flight on the final day should depart no earlier than 3PM if you’re flying from Punta Arenas. If you’re flying from Puerto Natales your flight can leave at any time.

*Our Torres del Paine Base Camp trip does not include airport transportation to/from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas. You may check into your day 1 accommodations in Puerto Natales any time after 2pm. Dinner is not included in trip rates on day 1 of this trip.

Please Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.

Meeting Time & Place

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the first night’s hotel*. An orientation meeting, dinner* and accommodations are included on Day 1. Arrive at Punta Arenas airport by 12pm or Puerto Natales airport by 3pm. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

*Our Torres del Paine Base Camp trip does not include airport transportation to/from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas. You may check into your day 1 accommodations in Puerto Natales any time after 2pm. Dinner is not included in trip rates on day 1 of this trip.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items

You can store extra luggage at our originating hotel. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Lodging Recommendations

Kau Lodge in Puerto Natales | website

Hotel Natalino in Puerto Natales | website

Recommended Bus Companies

https://www.bussur.com

http://www.busesfernandez.com

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

For US citizens a Visa is not required for entry into Chile. However, your Passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months past the planned date of departure. Other nationalities may have different requirements for entry.  Please check Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.

Important note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Chile the language most frequently spoken is Spanish, however most people speak at least some English and our guides are fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.  

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

*Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso. The Santiago Airport has ATMs and Exchange Bureaus.  Most larger hotels and shops accept both Visa and Mastercard.  Smaller Patagonian towns might not have ATMs available or banks.  Punta Arena and Puerto Natales have multiple ATMs and Bank locations for changing money.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • In Chile the power plugs and sockets are of type C and L. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Puerto Natales Timezone: Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC –¬† UTC-3

Peru

Peru

PERU TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Cities:

Lima, Peru; Cusco, Peru; and Huaraz, Peru

All Machu Picchu Treks begin and end from Cusco and all Cordillera Treks begin from Huaraz. Flights to and from Peru are the guest’s responsibility. All transportation to Cusco and Huaraz connect through Lima. Multiple airlines operate flights into Lima from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The duration of nonstop flights to Lima is 5-9 hours. The duration of flights from Lima to Cucso is 80 minutes. 

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times 
Cusco (Machu Picchu Treks)

For our Extended Package Tours & Short Inca Trail Lodge Based you will need to arrive in Cusco, Peru on the day your trip begins earlier than 3pm. A Wildland Trekking representative will rendezvous with you at the airport and transport you to our hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour leaving at any time. 

For our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek & Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek we do not provide airport pick-up or drop-off.¬† For guest safety, due to the high elevations of this trek (13,828′), it is required that you acclimatize (at 10,000 feet or greater) for a minimum of 2 nights prior to the trip start date. This can be accomplished simply by arriving in Cusco (11,152‚Ä≤) 2 days prior. Acclimatizing, being well rested, staying hydrated, and eating well are important steps to helping your body adjust to the higher elevations of this trip. Being well adjusted will give you the best opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable trek. Your departure can be planned for any time the day after the final day of your tour or later.

Huaraz from Lima (Cordillera Treks)

Traveling to Huaraz by Bus/Auto

We recommend taking a bus from Lima to Huaraz. Here’s everything you need to know about the bus option from Lima to Huaraz:

  • The flight operator from Lima to Huaraz is known to cancel their flights a week before because they don‚Äôt fill enough seats, which is the primary reason we recommend taking the bus. **Currently not operating flights!
  • The bus ride is a highlight for many guests. The buses are deluxe with reclining seats, movies, great views of the Peruvian countryside, and follow all paved roads from Lima to Huaraz.
  • The ride is roughly 248 miles (400 km), and takes around 8 hours.
  • Two of the most reputable bus companies are: Cruz del Sur and Movil Tours.
Meeting Time & Place (Machu Picchu Treks)

For our Extended Package Tours & Short Inca Trail Lodge Based, a Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the first night’s hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

For our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek & Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek, unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at the Tierra Viva Centro Hotel in Cusco, Peru for an orientation meeting at 5pm the evening before the trip begins. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. Your guide will pick you up at any hotel in Cusco the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at an agreed upon time. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have. 

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Meeting Time & Place (Cordillera Treks)

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the bus station and transport you to the first night’s hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items 

You can store extra luggage at our originating hotel. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

*For our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek & Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek, extra luggage may be able to be stored at your hotel in Cusco.  Many hotels offer this service.  If not, your guide can help you organize storage at your orientation meeting.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book.

Lodging

Tierra Viva Centro (Cusco) | website

Hotel Andino (Huaraz) | website

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

A Visa is issued at the port of entry into Peru. However, your Passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months past the planned date of departure.

Travelers will need to show proof of departure from Peru to customs and immigration as you arrive in the country (which simply can be a return or onward airline ticket). You must have at least 1 page blank on your passport for a visa stamp.

For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or on the Embassy of Peru website.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number 928-255-4142.

  • U.S. Embassy: +51-1-618-2000 (phone is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • Local police: 105 (National Police)
  • Tourist Police: 0800-22221
  • iPeru: 01-574-8000 (a tourist information service which has English-speaking personnel)
4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Peru the languages most frequently spoken are Spanish and Quechua, however most people speak at least some English in the main areas tourists visit. Our guides are fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.  

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

*Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sole. The Lima and Cusco Airports have ATMs and Exchange Bureaus.  Most larger hotels and shops accept both Visa and Mastercard.  You will need cash for smaller markets, shops and restaurants. Smaller Peruvian towns might not have ATMs available or banks, so plan ahead.  Cusco and Huaraz have multiple ATMs and Bank locations for changing money.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • While much of northern Peru (Huaraz) operates on the same plug shape as the United States (Type A), parts of the region and most of southern Peru (Cusco) use what’s known as C-type outlets and the entire country runs on 220-volt currents, which is higher than America’s 110-volt standard.

Cusco/Huaraz Timezone: Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC-5

Tanzania

Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

TANZANIA (KILIMANJARO) TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Airport:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania)

All Kilimanjaro Treks and Wild Africa Safaris begin and end at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Flights to and from Tanzania are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate connecting flights into JRO from Doha, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, and Zanzibar. Most international airports in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe have flights that fly to these five connecting cities. The total travel time varies from 14 to 30 hours depending on the origin and number and duration of layovers.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Please Note: We recommend not flying with Kenya Airways because the connecting flight from Nairobi is often changed or cancelled, and they have a poor track record with losing luggage.

Arrival/Departure Times

For our Kilimanjaro Trek you will need to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania, airport code JRO) on the day the trip begins, no later than 3pm*. Your guide will rendezvous with you at the airport and transport you to our hotel for the first 2 nights, Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel. The shuttle from the airport to the resort is usually 45 minutes-1 hour. 

Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour after 9am. 

For our Wild Africa Safari:

If you are joining us for the Kilimanjaro Trek before Safari you will need to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania, airport code JRO) on the day the trip begins, no later than 3pm*.

If you are not joining us for the trek on Kilimanjaro before doing the Safari, you will need to arrive the day prior to Day 1 by 3pm* at the JRO International Airport, where we will pick you up and transfer you to our hotel. This night’s hotel and dinner are included in the trip rate.

Departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport is recommended after 9am on the final day of your safari tour. 

*Arrival/Departure outside of the time specified above will have additional airport shuttle costs not included in trip rates.

Meeting Time & Place

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the first night’s hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1.The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to the orientation meeting.

Storage of Extra Luggage & Personal Items

You can store extra luggage at our originating hotel. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels and operators. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Lodging Recommendations

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel (Moshi)| website 

Kibo Palace Hotel (Arusha)| website

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.

Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. Applicants may complete the e-visa application form and make payment online with a credit card or bank transfer. If the e-visa is approved, the applicant will receive a ‚Äúgrant notice‚ÄĚ via email. Present a copy of the grant notice to the Immigration Officer on arrival at the airport in Tanzania.

U.S. citizens may also obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania. The cost is $100 USD. Be prepared to pay in cash in case connectivity issues make electronic transactions impossible.

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page, is required. Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay.

For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or on the Embassy of Tanzania website.

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Tanzania the official language is Swahili. There are over 100 languages spoken in Tanzania. In areas most commonly visited by tourists, most people speak at least some English and our guides are all fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.  

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

*Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling. The JRO Airport has a few ATMs available.  Most larger hotels and shops accept both Visa and Mastercard, but local cash is needed in most other situations and smaller markets.  Moshi and Arusha both have larger banks and ATMs available.  Some larger hotels may allow payments in US Dollars for drinks, food, etc.

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • In Tanzania the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Tanzania uses East Africa Time: Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC+3

Utah

Zion, Bryce, & Escalante

ZION, BRYCE AND ESCALANTE TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Las Vegas, Nevada or St. George, Utah

All Utah trips begin and end from St. George, Utah. St. George has a small airport served by Delta Connection and United Express. From the St. George Airport one can take a taxi into town or some hotels offer a complimentary airport shuttle. One can also fly into Las Vegas and rent a car or take a shuttle to St. George. This is often your cheapest option. It is a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas to St. George on good roads.

Shuttle from Las Vegas to St. George

St. George Shuttle (run daily vans from Las Vegas to St. George): 435-656-9040

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-1212

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

We will meet in St. George for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts in the lobby of your hotel or another guest‚Äôs hotel. We can give you a ride to the meeting point if you’re staying at one of our recommended hotels and the orientation is taking place elsewhere. The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a pack packing class.

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.

Transportation To & From The Trailhead

We will pick you up at your hotel in St. George on the morning of the first day of the trip, and provide transportation back to your hotel in St. George on the final day.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

We recommend checking with your pre- and post-trip hotel(s) to inquire about luggage storage. Most of the time hotels are happy to accommodate. You’re also welcome to leave your luggage in the company vehicle; however, we don’t take responsibility for its safety.

Pre & Post-Trip Recommended Lodging

Lodging options in St. George are numerous. Below are recommended options based on convenience, our experience, and reviews on Trip Advisor.

Best Western Coral Hills (20% discount for Wildland guests, downtown hotel with indoor/outdoor pools, in-room mini-fridge/microwave, coin-operated laundry on-site and ample parking)
Website / 435-673-4844

Seven Wives Inn¬†(10% discount for Wildland guests, fashionable B and B in a historic building on a quite street in the town center. Small, outdoor pool. Shaded yard)¬†Website¬†/ 435-628-3737 (Mention “Wildland” to ensure your 10% discount)

Vietnam

Vietnam

VIETNAM TRAVEL INFO

Gateway Airport:

Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam

All Vietnam Hiking Tours begin and end at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Flights to and from Vietnam are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate connecting flights into Hanoi through Guangzhou, China; Xiamen, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo, Japan. Most international airports in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe have flights that fly to these cities, sometimes with additional connections. The total travel time varies from 17 to 40 hours depending on the origin and number and duration of layovers.

Travel to and from gateway city is not included in our trip rates. 

Arrival/Departure Times

For our Vietnam Hiking Tours you will need to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on the day the trip begins, no later than 12pm. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour at 5pm or later. 

Meeting Time & Place

A Wildland Trekking representative will meet you at the airport (anytime before 12pm) and transport you to the first night’s hotel for an orientation meeting on day 1 of your itinerary. The orientation meeting includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, safety information, and more. A Wildland Trekking representative will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.¬†

Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to this meeting.

Storage of Luggage & Personal Items 

You can store extra luggage at our originating hotel. Please note we do not take responsibility for the security of stored belongings.

Planning on Extra Time Before/After Your Trip?

For guests who are planning to arrive early or stay late and enjoy more in-country experiences, we can provide you with the names of our preferred hotels and operators. Please call 800-715-HIKE (4453) or email international@wildlandtrekking.com for that information. Any pre and post-trip lodging is the guest’s responsibility to book. ¬†

Lodging Recommendations

Hanoi Essence Hotel and Spa | website

Our Traveler’s Checklist:
1. Be Aware of Any Travel Alerts.

Most Governments maintain websites dedicated to providing their citizens with the most up to date travel information. The websites below publish online travel reports containing the most recent news in addition to background on each country.

US Bureau of Consular Affairs

We recommend US residents enroll with the STEP program 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

2. Do you have all the required Travel Documents?

Passport – Your Passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months.

VISA – A Visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You should know that getting a visa for Vietnam is a little confusing. In Vietnam you can be denied entry for the smallest of errors on your Visa. Therefore we suggest you do thorough research and double check all information.

There are 3 methods to obtain a visa:

Through a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.

EVisa – Launched in 2017. Be aware that this is a new program that might still have flaws in it. If purchasing from this site make sure and double check your visa for accuracy including all spelling details.

VOA -Generally the preferred method where online visa agencies email you the VOA. You might try Vietnam Visa Choice or Vietnam Visa Center.

For Non US Citizens, please check with a competent government body for your country or Vietnamese Embassy.

Vietnamese Tourism information: Website

3. In an emergency, contact phone numbers:

In case of emergency you can call Wildland International Emergency 24/7 number l 928-255-4142.

4. Do you have Photocopies of important personal items?
  • Passport ID Page
  • Itinerary
  • Airline Ticket
  • Driver‚Äôs License
  • Credit cards brought on trip
  • Travel/Medical Insurance information (please have an extra copy for your guide)
5. Learn about the local laws and customs.

In Vietnam the official language is Vietnamese. In areas most commonly visited by tourists, most people speak at least some English and our guides are all fluent in English.  Learning a few words in the local language is recommended and a fun way to interact with the culture and people you meet during your travels.

6. Do you need any new vaccinations?

We always recommend discussing immunization requirements with your Primary Care Provider.

Below are additional websites that provide additional information related to travel health issues.

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Travelers 

World Health Organization (WHO)‚Ä©

7. Do you need travel/trip insurance?

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.  

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com

US by Phone: 877-305-9083

Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

*Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

8. Currency, Bank & Credit Card Information

*Did you contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know you are traveling?  Some banks and CC companies require this to not have issues accessing your accounts internationally.

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. The Hanoi Airport has ATMs and currency exchanges available but rates might be more expensive.  Most larger hotels and shops accept both Visa and Mastercard, but local cash is needed in most other situations and smaller markets.  Larger cities always have banks and ATMs available.  

For additional information on current currency exchange rates you can click here.

Medical & Personal First Aid Kit Suggestions

In our many years of organizing adventure travel itineraries all over the world, we have found that everyone who travels should carry a small personal first aid kit. On all our treks, our staff carry emergency equipment available to help guests, staff and really anyone we come in contact with during a trip. This equipment always includes emergency communication devices and a full first aid kit with contents that we have found to cover most illnesses and injuries we have most commonly dealt with during our trips. But what about on your travels to meet our group or after our trip ends when you continue on? We like to educate our guests to be prepared and travel smart. In many of the areas we travel, certain medicines and first aid supplies can be hard to come by or are even nonexistent. Because of this, it is always important to have a small amount of first aid supplies and any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines you may need with you while you travel. We also always recommend discussing travel plans, immunization requirements and any OTC medicine use with your Primary Care Provider before trips.

Here is a basic list of what we think makes a good personal travel first aid kit:

MEDS* РBrands of your choice 

Prescription Drugs

Any prescriptions you have from your doctor with back-up doses (always kept with you in carry-on luggage)

*Consider bringing multiple doses of Epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have any severe known allergies and have a prescription from your doctor.

Pain Relief

Ibuprofen 

Aspirin 

Non-Aspirin: Comparable to Tylenol                   

Antihistamine

Diphen: Comparable to Benadryl  

Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief

Loratadine: Comparable to Claratin  

Antacid/Heartburn Relief

Bismuth: Comparable to Pepto-Bismol 

Antacid tablet  

Anti-Diarrheal

Loperamide hydrochloride: Comparable to Imodium  

Cold/Flu Medicine

Brand of choice 

*Think small amounts of any medicine.  No need to carry a family size bottle around.  Just bring what you think you may need.

Sore Throat

Throat lozenges 

Electrolyte Replacement/Drink Mix

Brand of choice

Creams

Anti-Itch: Hydrocortisone 

Antibiotic ointment

Eye Problems: Dry/Itchy

Eye drops  

Feminine Hygiene

Tampons 

Wound Care

A various pack of band aids

Antiseptic swabs  

Blister Care

Brand of your choice 

Sun Protection

Sun screen

Lip balm w/ sunscreen

Various Items

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Sewing kit (clothing/button repairs)

Disposable surgical gloves (2-3 pairs)

Other Helpful Travel Tips:
  • In Vietnam they use three plug types, types A, C and F. Plug type A has two flat parallel pins, plug type C has two round pins and plug type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Vietnam operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Vietnam Timezone: Universal Time Coordinated GMT/UTC – UTC+7

Washington

Pacific Northwest

PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAVEL INFO

Arrival & Departure Dates

Travel to and from the trip starting point is not included in the cost of our trips. Please plan on arriving in time for the orientation meeting the day before the trip leaves and departing the day after getting back from the field.

Gateway Cities: 

Seattle/Tacoma, WA – Many international and domestic airports offer direct flights into SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma) Airport

  • Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park trips begin and end in Olympia, WA
  • North Cascades trips originate in Seattle
Shuttle from SeaTac to Olympia

Capital Aeroporter: 800-962-3579

Train from Tukwila, WA (near SeaTac) to Olympia

Amtrak Cascades: 800-USA-RAIL (872-7245)

Car Rentals

Avis: 800-331-121

Hertz: 800-654- 3131

National: 800-227-7368

Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Alamo: 800-327-9633

Meeting Time & Place

Mount Rainier & Olympic
We will meet in Olympia for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts at the Hotel RL Olympia (we recommend staying here as well – mention you’re hiking with us and get a discounted rate as low as $99, 360-943-4000).

North Cascades We will meet at a hotel in Seattle close to SeaTac Airport. Your guide will contact you approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate the rendezvous.

Important note: if you’re joining a backpacking trip, please bring all gear you plan on backpacking with to this meeting.

The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, a checking of personal gear, the dividing up of group gear and food, and a chance to answer your questions.

Storage of Personal Items & Vehicles

The best place to store your luggage and vehicle is at your hotel. If they don’t allow that, please work with your guide (they will contact you approximately 10 days before your trip) to find a solution.

Pre & Post-Trip Lodging in Olympia

Hotel RL Olympia (location of orientation, vehicle/luggage storage if staying there, discounted rate as low as $99)
Website / 360-943-4000

Pre & Post-Trip Lodging in Seattle

We recommend staying at any of the many hotels near SeaTac Airport in Seattle.