Yellowstone Bechler Meadows 5-Day Llama Pack Trip Details
- Method: Llama Pack In Trip
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Excursion Duration: 5-Days
- Start Date: July 30, 2018 End Date: August 3, 2018
- Reservation Type: Pre-bookings Only
- Maximum Guests: 5
- Total Llamas: 5-6
- Trip Origin: Old Faithful Parking Lot, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
- Cost: $1,975
Summary Trip Description |
This is certainly not your typical Yellowstone trip. This will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience. Referred to as the Cascade Corner of Yellowstone National Park, the Bechler Meadows adventure takes you through one of the most waterfall-rich areas in the world. Located in the SW quadrant of Yellowstone Park, the Bechler River drainage is home to a dazzling number of waterfalls and cascades including the legendary Twister Falls, Three River Junction, The Cascades, Treasure Island, Iris and Colonnade Falls. There are so many gorgeous waterfalls coming off the plateaus of the Upper Yellowstone country that it would take a lifetime to visit them all. We will cross the Bechler River many times, making this trip the ultimate outdoor adventure.
On this trip, you will definitely get wet as we cross many streams along our journey. The water can be cold and the current swift, even in August, which adds to the thrill of this ultimate backcountry experience. Our trusted string of experienced pack llamas will carry all your gear. The experienced guides will make each crossing safer and more comfortable. We’ll soak in the hot springs known as Mister Bubbles, a legendary soaking pool at a temperature of 110 degrees, minus the people. The Bechler River is not accessible by road, so only hardy hikers are found along its banks. This 37-mile point-to-point hike traces the bends, bows, and cascades of the Bechler River from its headwaters. The trails are good and not too difficult.
Along the lakes, rivers and streams, we may see beaver, muskrat, river otter, osprey, bald eagle, and waterfowl. In the meadows, we may find sandhill cranes, moose, and bears, and will certainly discover an array of wildflowers. Spending time in the beautiful region, one cannot help but respect the power of water in the Bechler River drainage. For anyone seeking some peaceful time in the mountains, in a landscape surprising for Yellowstone, this is a great option for a week-long (5-day) escape from civilization. This trip has everything you would expect from an adventure in one of the wildest and most remote areas in North America.
Trip Highlights |
Visit a waterfall lover’s paradise, discover more breathtaking waterfalls than just about anywhere in the world; Visit the stunning Shoshone Geyser Basin – Yellowstone’s largest backcountry geyser; Soak in Mr. Bubbles Hot Spring – the most remote and nicest in the Park; Experience a remote region of Yellowstone unreachable by car; Escape the crowds and experience one of the wildest places in North America; Enjoy easy to moderate trails that follow rivers, lead to lakes, waterfalls, and traverse mile-long meadows; Discover habitats, valleys and views rare in the Yellowstone area. Indulge in succulent wild raspberries and delicious hearty meals.
What’s Included |
- A qualified and professional guide medically trained, energetic, knowledgeable and friendly
- Well-trained and experienced pack llamas
- Healthy and filling meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and organic trail snacks
- Trekking poles for hiking and crossing streams
- A technical day-backpack, if needed, for you to carry up to 20 pounds of personal belonging
- Industry-leading tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads
- Bear spray, and bear hanging gear
- Water filters and purification tablets
- Emergency equipment and first aid kit, as well as a satellite communication device
- Our effort and commitment to make the trip informational, exciting, and completely unforgettable.
Expect high-quality meals on our trips. Since llamas do the carrying, we can bring fresh and quality foods. We provide a diversity of foods with the necessary nutrition for sustained energy output including an assortment of proteins, carbohydrates, and fat.
Meals are made from staples that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, oatmeal, granola, etc. Meals are also supplemented with trail foods such as crackers, cheese, granola, energy bars, fresh and/or dried fruit, and electrolyte powder. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for snacks and meals; a snack selection (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) is provided at the beginning of each day. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary needs.
We can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. Special dietary requests may require an additional fee or other arrangements. Important Note: It’s critical that you specify dietary needs with registration – it’s too late once we are at the trailhead.
Gear We Provide |
We provide all group gear including: industry-leading day-backpacks fitted to your body; Kelty or Sierra Design sleeping bags (professionally cleaned prior to each trip); Big Agnes sleeping pads; Kelty or Leki trekking poles; Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves; GSI outdoor cookware, bowls, cups and utensils; Counter Assault bear spray and food-hanging gear; company-issued first-aid kit; satellite calling device. We also provide bear spray for each guest (18 years of age or older ). We will discuss and review bear safety with all guests before we get on the trail.
Gear Guests Bring |
The following items are required (unless noted ‘optional’) for any guest on our trip—they are a must for safety and comfort. We hike in rugged terrain and weather conditions can change quickly.
- Sturdy hiking boots, mid weight, lug-soled, height above the ankle, waterproof and ideally well broken in. Important note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size large to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks and be sure to break them in for at least 25 miles before you arrive.
- Lightweight, closed-toed sandals or shoes such as Crocs (with straps) to cross streams and use in camp. Your hiking boots need to breathe (as do your feet) at the end of a long day of hiking.
- Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of the trip, plus an extra pair (of socks) to sleep in. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, Wright Sock® (double or single layer) or Darn Tough®. Some individuals wear a thin silk sock liner to protect feet from hot spots/blisters. No cotton socks, ever!
- Gaiters (optional, depends on time of year).
- Sunhat or baseball cap, cotton bandana, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Warm hat and gloves—best is a lightweight beanie and light-to mid-weight fleece or wool gloves.
- Base Layer/Long Underwear: one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight, made of capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc. No cotton.
- T-shirt or nylon travel shirt. Important note: Please, no cotton hiking clothing with the possible exception of a t-shirt.
- A warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or a coat insulated with a synthetic material or down.
- Nylon or quick-dry pants and shorts, or zip-offs.
- Bathing suit (optional, if you plan to soak or swim).
- Rainproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or DWR coated nylon. For pants, look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your boots.
- Water bottle(s) or bladder system, and/or a hard sided water bottle (such as a Nalgene®) for 2 liter total capacity.
- Lightweight, quality dry bag or stuff sack (25-30 liter volume) to store clothes and belongings that go into a llama pannier during our hike.
- Lightweight, packable camp pillow (optional).
- Contact lenses and glasses (if you wear contact lenses also bring glasses—contacts may lost and/or may be difficult to clean).
- Lip balm (optional) • Bug repellent—preferably a product containing at least 25% DEET (unless sensitive to this product) and mosquito head net (optional).
- Toiletries including blister care. Store in a ziplock or reusable bag (for hanging at night in bear country).
- Small washcloth (bandana can serve as a washcloth).
- Headlamp and spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries).
- Camera (optional).
- Notebook (optional).
- Paperback book (optional).
- Knee brace, if needed.
- Prescription medicine (inform your trip leader of any medications you take); vitamins (optional).
- Fly fishing gear (optional) plus valid license and fishing regulations (it’s the guest’s responsibility to know the regulations and to purchase a valid license).
- Lightweight binoculars (optional).
- Flora and fauna field guides (optional).
- Money to tip your guide (optional and appreciated, generally 15-20% of your trip cost based on quality of experience).
Operations And Booking a Trip |
A deposit is required immediately upon booking a trip to reserve your spot in the amount of 25% of the total trip cost. Trip balance is due 60 days prior to trip start date. Final acceptance of any guest is subject to receipt and review of all required forms and documents, and payment.
Cancellation Policy |
We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate registration or other causes that make it infeasible to operate a trip. If this is the case, we will inform a booked guest at least 30 days prior to departure, and a full refund of the advertised trip cost will be issued, including the deposit. We are not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, medical expenses, etc.). If a guest cancels or leaves a trip for any reason the following applies:
- 60 or more days prior to trip start date, We will grant a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per reservation.
- Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, We will retain 50% of the trip cost.
- Less than 30 days prior to trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there is no refund.
Trip Itinerary Disclaimer |
We will do everything in its power to follow the itinerary for which the guest has registered. However, trips are subject to itinerary changes based on different circumstances including, but not limited to, permit availability, unexpected campsite closures, park closures and restrictions, extreme weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events such as fires, flooding and other natural disaster. Payments are not refundable based on these type of causes resulting in itinerary changes; refunds are only issued due to cancellation. We strongly recommends obtaining trip insurance to cover any and all travel plans. We commit to letting guests know immediately of any unforeseen itinerary change.
Our Commitment |
We are dedicated to delivering exceptional hiking and llama adventures in some of North America’s most beautiful and wild landscapes. We believe that adventure travel is one of life’s great joys and take seriously our company’s role in creating trips of lasting memories. In addition to our role as your travel partner and guide, we are dedicated to the promotion of stewardship and conservation in the places we visit. One of our primary goals is to use our business impact to foster environmental sustainability and the conservation of wild places.
All llama trips in Yellowstone are conducted under the Concession Contract YELL168-16, Llama Adventures Unlimited LLC, DBA Access Wild, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.
Treeline Pursuits works exclusively with Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas, America’s largest and best pack-llama breeder and packer. WRTL is owned by a fifth generation outfitter, Beau Baty, WRTL boasts a level of experience, passion and expertise unmatched in the United States. They are simply the best at what they do and we are very proud to be working alongside them!