Why Wildland Trekking
Read about 12 reasons to do your next hiking or backpacking vacation with Wildland.
Choosing the right company for your outdoor adventure is important for many reasons. First and foremost your trip is going to involve potential risk. Possible hazards can include everything from heat in the desert to river crossings to grizzly bears to simply driving on highways. Does the company have a long history of excellence, risk management protocols, training systems, insurance, quality control systems and more? Second, you’re trusting what we believe is your most precious resource – time – to this company. Having confidence the experience will rejuvenate you and enrich your life is crucial. Do they have good reviews? How long have they been in business? Do their trips sound exciting to you? Third, do they have integrity? What is their standing with the BBB and other professional organizations and associations? What do their past guests say? What is their reputation?
We invite you to read on to learn 12 solid reasons why choosing Wildland for your next adventure is a sound choice.
1. PROVEN TRACK RECORD WITH EXCELLENT REVIEWS
With more than 10,000 people joining our tours annually, we have a proven track record of providing quality trips that exceed our guests’ expectations. We are the top-rated company, and in fact activity, on five different national park Trip Advisor pages (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, and Zion National Park. We also have 5-star status for Yosemite and Sedona on Trip Advisor, as well as on Trust Pilot, Google Reviews, and Yelp. You can check out our online reviews by clicking here.
2. ALWAYS SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES
Our hiking and backpacking tours are always small group adventures with never more than 12 guests (no more than 8 during COVID), and most of the time between 5-10, per trip. What this means for you is you’re joining a personalized hiking vacation that prioritizes quality of experience above all else.
3. EXCEPTIONAL CERTIFIED GUIDES
Our commitment is to hire and train the best guides in the industry. To ensure this we seek out career-minded guides, hire them as employees (not independent contractors), conduct periodic staff trainings, and require current medical certifications. In addition to technical competency and credentials, we also require excellent people skills. These extraordinary men and women have the ability to turn a great get-away into an unforgettable, inspiring – and sometimes truly life changing – adventure. We invite you to read more about them – including reviews for each guide – on our Meet Our Team page.
4. FANTASTIC MEALS AND TOP OF THE LINE GEAR
To provide exceptional meals we customize our menus depending on the preferences of the group, and we never use prepackaged freeze-dried backpacking meals – you can expect hearty, delicious meals that will optimally fuel and inspire you during your trip! We also regularly accommodate vegetarian, vegan, kosher, non-gluten and other specialty diets.
As for gear, we provide equipment with a retail value of approximately $1,000 per guest. That’s because we use only the best – Osprey and Deuter backpacks, Sierra Designs and Mountain Hardware tents, Sierra Designs sleeping bags, Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads, and MSR stoves and cookware.
5. COMPREHENSIVE RISK MANAGEMENT
All of our guides are either certified Wilderness First Responders or EMTs, and each carries a field-issued first aid kit, comprehensive list of medical protocols, and a satellite phone. We require new guides to attend a comprehensive training to ensure they meet our standard of quality before putting them in the field, then we monitor their performance closely through post-trip evaluations and debriefs. Finally we have a 24-hour on-call line that our staff, guests, and family members of guests can call any time (literally) to speak with a company representative.
6. KNOWLEDGEABLE AND TIMELY CUSTOMER SERVICE
We have knowledgeable Adventure Consultants ready to help you find the right trip and get prepared for it. All are experienced hikers and travelers (many of them guides), so the assistance they provide is grounded in real wilderness and world experience. Also, we’re open everyday so you can get answers to your questions any day of the week!
7. ALL-INCLUSIVE TOURS
Many tour companies don’t provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks and other items, or they charge “gear rental” fees for use of these items – on our trips those items are fully included in the trip price. What about meals, permit fees and transportation fees? All totally included.
8. ONLINE GEAR & APPAREL STORE TO OUTFIT YOUR TRIP
Wildland Trekking Outfitters is an online gear and apparel store specifically designed to support our guests in preparing for their trips. We invite you to take advantage of the simplicity and convenience of outfitting your trip from the comfort of your home! The inventory is very high quality and we stand by all of the products carried in the store.
9. A LIFETIME OF TOUR OPTIONS
Our tour offerings range from strenuous, off-trail backpacking adventures – to on-trail, moderate hiking and backpacking trips – to inn-based and basecamp hiking vacations. Our destinations range from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, with the Desert Southwest and Rockies in between. And our Global Destinations include Peru, Patagonia, Nepal, Iceland and many more. This diversity allows you to enjoy the world’s inspiring landscapes in a variety of ways and at different times in your life, and we hope you’ll sample them all!
10. STRONG CONSERVATION MISSION
Every time you do a hiking trip with us you’re helping to conserve wild landscapes for our kids and for future generations. We donate significantly to conservation efforts worldwide. Learn more by going to Our Mission page.
11. 10% DISCOUNT OFF ANY TRIP AFTER YOUR FIRST
When you hike with us you’ll receive a Lifetime Family Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a 10% discount off any future Wildland Trekking trip.
12. A+ RATING BY THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB)
We’ve been accredited members of the Better Business Bureau since 2009 and have an A+ rating. Click here to see our Trip Advisor page to check out our BBB page!
MEET OUR TEAM
Meet Wildland Trekking’s guides, leadership and logistics staff and owners.
Read about Wildland’s origins, who we are, and what makes us tick.
WHY WILDLAND TREKKING
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Our Mission & Vision
Learn about Wildland’s mission to enrich lives and conserve wild places.
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