Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip

Bozeman, MT, USA

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Karina Safari
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May 27 - 31, 2021
Group size: 8 - 10
Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip
Bozeman, MT, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
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25 reviews

May 27 - 31, 2021
Group size: 8 - 10

About this trip

Join a Team of Fellow Hikers & Travelers on exploring unique volcanic landscapes of Yellowstone National Park, MT and classic Wild West mountain scenery of Grand Teton National Park, WY.


Yellowstone National Park has approximately half of the world's geysers, fumaroles, hot steams  and mudpots - you can find them all here (enjoy this park without crowds this year!)

Grand Teton National Park, a home to several varieties of hikes, vast backcountry that expose the valley and the Teton range, is the perfect place for photographers, painters and landscape enthusiasts. The scenery will blow your mind away!

Learn about the rich history, geology and ecology of the region, stories and legends of native people of the region.

Enjoy a recreational  benefit:  after 4 active days of hiking and walking, relax and "recharge" in the natural hot springs  :-) 


Trip start/end: Bozeman, MT 

Walking & hiking distance:  30+ miles total / ~ 10 miles Daily 

Level of difficulty:  moderate with some strenuous sections

Highest elevation: 10.000 feet 

Accommodation:  Standard hotel, dbl sharing rooms w/ private bathroom 

NOT a backpacking trip

Good for Kids:  16+

Weather

Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change, especially at the higher elevations. Be prepared for rain , shine and wind.


The weather in the region in the late May can be very different and it depends on altitude. In general, we should expect day temperatures in the mid 60s, dropping close to freezing at night. 

Wearing layers is the best solution for this. Make sure you take waterproof jacket in case of rain! 

Cancellations policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Registration deposit (if applicable) is non-refundable after being paid;

- Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost 

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

Packing list

Gear items:

- A small-size suitcase or Duffel bag or a Backpack for your main luggage  (Note: Please don't bring too big and bulky backpacks)

- A small backpack 25-30L for day-hikes (to carry a water reservoir, an extra layer, a hiking snack,  sun block, and a personal first aid kit). 

- Head lamp - optional (good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – optional (if you are used to hike with trekking poles, bring them. Otherwise, not necessary. Note: Hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5-2L)

- Several zip lock bags for your personal garbage/leftovers during hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Mosquito repellent

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Your personal first aid kit (personal medications you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.

- Sunglasses 

- Face covering (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper


Outfit for hiking:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid painful blisters while on a trip

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Hiking pants  (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (for sun and bugs protection)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A lightweight down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- A windproof/waterproof jacket

- Sunhat

- Swim suite/ sarong/quick try small towel (there will be an opportunity to swim in lakes and rivers)

What’s included

  • Lodging
    4 night in comfortable hotels, twin rooms
  • Private Transportation
    Mini-van (12 seater), gas, parking fees included
  • Professional Assistance
    Local expert & guide Katya Belykh
  • Admissions
    Parks entrance fees, Granite hot springs
  • Flights
    to/from BZM, MT
  • Meals
    Allow a total average budget of ~$250
  • Travel Insurance
    advisory

Itinerary

Day 1
Yellowstone National Park; North & West

Team arrival in the morning to the airport of Bozeman, MT. 

Drivel to Yellowstone National Park,  North ( 1.5 h, mini-van)..

Exploring geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone NP.  You will learn about Yellowstone history and geology:  “Why there are so many earthquakes happening around Yellowstone caldera? Is the super-eruption possible  in the nearest future and should we afraid of that?"

Hiking around Mammoth Hot Springs – lower & upper loop ~3 miles.  

Exploring geysers and hot springs of Norris and Lower Geyser Basins ~1 to 3 miles  

Overnight in the lodge, West Yellowstone.

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
25 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 2021
Friendly guide who has expertise in geology, a good mix of popular and less traveled points. The trip was well planned and time was used efficiently without creating a sense of rush. An eclectic group of co-travelers added to the experience. Hot springs were amazing and so was the stake & beer place in the desert. thank you for the great experience!
By Ilya L for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 16 Mar, 2021
Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
By Margarita M for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 04 Mar, 2021
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I am so glad we did this trip. Katya is an awesome guide with great knowledge of DV. She took us to places we probably won’t get to on our own. She kept everything very well organized and easy to follow. We really enjoyed our time and made a lot of great memories. This is my second trip and definitely not the last.
By Mila I for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 02 Mar, 2021
Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
By Ella G for Sedona: Spiritual & Hiking Escape on 05 Feb, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019