Gorgeous Glacier!

Exploring Glacier National Park and Backcountry Llama Trekking

Trip Details

mountain goats in glacier national park

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Main squeeze: Enjoy the mountain scenery and crystal-clear, blue water as you splash through the Class II-III rapids of the tight, canyon section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead.
  • Glacial proportions: With a size of more than one million acres, Glacier National Park is an explorer’s dream come true. Ditch the cars and journey into the backcountry to find your slice of paradise.
  • No prob-llama: Get off the beaten path in Glacier Country with your new favorite camelid hiking companion. Unique, bragworthy, and family friendly? Check, check and check.

Gorgeous Glacier!

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Rocky Mountains

Trip Price: $2,415

Duration: 9 days/8 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Whitefish, Montana / Kalispell, Montana

National Parklands: Glacier NP

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or kiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Gorgeous Glacier!

Gorgeous Glacier! - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Whitefish

A Montana adventure begins! Fly into Kalispell and head to the vibrant, outdoorsy town of Whitefish, set at the edge of Whitefish Lake at the foot of the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. Spend what’s left of the afternoon browsing around local shops, art galleries, and the fine and fun restaurants that fill the town’s historic district, then head up to your high-mountain accommodations at the base of the Whitefish Mountain Resort, at Kandahar Lodge.With one full day to explore, consider a morning at the Aerial Adventure Park and a private downhill mountain bike lesson. Or, take a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Whitefish Mountain and hike or bike back down, zipline, fly fish, or rent your vessel of choice and paddle on Whitefish Lake. 

Days 3-5: West Glacier and Glacier National Park

You’re off to Glacier National Park! With a deluxe, safari-style tent camp base just a short distance from the park’s west entrance, you’ll enjoy easy access to adventure. On your arrival day, plunge into the wilderness with a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Spend one of your two full days on a private, naturalist-guided hike on the west side of Glacier National Park, an opportunity to learn about the park’s flora and fauna with a local. The next day, take to the open road with a trip up and over the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier’s centerpiece. Keep an eye out for mountain goats and grizzly bears as you travel along one of the most gorgeous ribbons of roadway anywhere! Stop at overlooks and take a short hike or two – Hidden Lake and the Highline Trails are excellent options! 

Days 6-7: Backcountry Wilderness Llama Trek

Ready, set, GO – deep into the backcountry on a llama trek, where llamas carry your gear and you hike unencumbered. Llamas are endearing and excellent company – as are your capable guides! This wilderness adventure takes you through forests, along ridgelines, and below mountain peaks to a backcountry campsite at day’s end. Camping brings the opportunity to relax, enjoy hot, hearty meals, fish, and spend evenings under a sky full of stars. 

Day 8: Bigfork

Return to civilization and spend your last night in the small, artsy town of Bigfork on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest natural, freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. From Mountain Lake Lodge, stroll Electric Avenue, enjoy a nice dinner, and consider an evening theater production at the renowned summer playhouse.

Day 9: Fly Home from Kalispell

Make the short drive to Kalispell for flights home. 

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