private custom backpacking trip in Glacier

Private, custom backpacking trip on the Boulder Pass trail.

Private, Custom Backpacking In Glacier National Park

When you choose a private, custom guided backpacking trip in Glacier National Park, you choose when and where you’d like to go and who you’d like to hike with! Due to high demand, we recommend reserving these trips as early as possible. If you have a dream trip in mind, January is a great time to reach out to us.

Difficulty: Easy, Family Friendly, Moderate, or Advanced – you choose!

Dates: 06/01 to 09/30, depending on guide availability.  Please give us a call at 406-387-5555 to explore private, custom backpacking in Glacier possibilities.

Trip Duration: 2 to 6 Days – you choose!

Price: $245.00/Person/Day (4 person / $980 per day minimum is required. Two day/one night minimum.)

Other Price: Park entrance fee and gratuity for guide not included.

Got Gear? Backpack, hiking poles, sleeping bag, and tent are available for rent.

Let Us Personalize A Private, Custom Guided Backpacking In Glacier National Park Experience For Your Group

A private, custom backpacking trip in Glacier is ideal for those hikers who have special backpacking requests, such as less mileage or more layover days. Let us know when and where you want to go. Don’t worry – if you don’t know, we can help you choose!

Or maybe there’s a specific itinerary you’re interested in — we can never guarantee these, but we would love to lend our expertise to your dream trip logistics.

Some of our guests simply prefer to backpack only with family and friends — although we will say that since 1983 it has been a pleasure to watch strangers turn into close friends on plenty of our regularly scheduled backpacking trips. But we get it, sometimes you just feel like you have enough friends already.

Got kids? What about grandma? A private, custom backpacking trip in Glacier might be just what your family needs. You can enjoy the backcountry at your own pace and make it a more enjoyable experience for all.

Porter Services, Too

If carrying an approximately 40 pound backpack does not sound doable for you or your children, we highly recommend hiring a porter or two to go with you. One of our porters can carry up to fifty pounds worth of your gear.

What’s Included In Private, Custom Backpacking In Glacier Experiences?

Transportation is included, and we can pick you up from hotels and campgrounds in Glacier National Park.

All meals from lunch on day 1 of your trip through lunch on the last day of your trip are included, too. You will be amazed by what our guides cook for you in the backcountry! We like to eat, and it shows. Our in-house kitchen staff, who assists our guides in trip preparations, believes in sourcing locally, purchasing organic when possible, and fueling your body with the best available, homemade food. You won’t find commercially freeze dried one bag meals on this trip! We can also accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask in advance, please.

Private, Custom Backpacking In Glacier Meeting Notes

Please call our office the day before departure at 406-387-5555 to check-in. The day of the trip, arrive at our office by 8:00 AM to meet your guide, unless other arrangements have been made.  We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway, between mile marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway, tucked in the trees. Detailed directions are here.

private, custom backpacking trip in Glacier

Private Combination Adventure Packages

Want to backpack with your nearest and dearest one day, and have a different kind of fun with them on another? Let us take you whitewater rafting, scenic floating, overnight rafting, fly fishing, overnight fly fishing, or bicycling in Glacier National Park, too! We can always arrange for private experiences – just ask. info@glacierguides.com

whitewater rafting with kids in Glacier National Par

I Think I’d Rather Go Day Hiking

Prefer day hiking to backpacking? Don’t forget that we offer regularly scheduled guided hikes in Glacier every day! Sunday’s hike is to Firebrand Pass, Monday is our Introduction to Glacier hike, Tuesdays we walk the Highline Trail, Wednesdays are for waterfalls, Thursdays we tackle Piegan Pass, Fridays we enjoy Iceberg Lake, and Saturdays we climb Scenic Point. We can arrange for custom guided day hikes, too. Please call us and we’ll be happy to help you pick the right hike for your group. 406-387-5555

private, custom backpacking trip in Glacier

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Typical backpacking mileage ranges from 5 to 12 miles a day, with an average of 8 miles/day. We welcome your personalized mileage requests on a private, custom backpacking trip in Glacier, and will do our very best to accommodate them. However, we cannot guarantee them due to the nature of the permit system in Glacier National Park.
  • On longer trips we sometimes incorporate a layover day. This allows guests to explore the park without a heavy pack. Early season (through June and into first part of July) backpacking trips tend to base camp more, and then day hike to explore the alpine passes. This is due to winter snows lingering in the high country.
  • Elevation gain and loss on an average day will be about 500 to 800 feet, while a more strenuous day will be 2,000 to 3,000 feet, i.e. if you are hiking over a pass. As always, we welcome your requests, but cannot guarantee them.
  • Weight of your backpack will depend on the weight of what you choose to bring. Depending on the length of your trip, your guide will give you 2-8 pounds of food to add to your bag. Most people end up with a pack weight of around 40 pounds. Remember, ounces make pounds! And we offer porter services, too.
  • Our guides pack and prepare all meals and are great backcountry cooks. You’ll enjoy delicious, largely locally sourced and organic meals. We are happy to accommodate special dietary needs upon advanced request. Please let us know what they are when you book your trip.
  • Group size can be no larger than 8 people per backcountry trip. 7 guests per guide.
  • Don’t forget your passport, because some of our trips during mid July through early September either start or end in Waterton, Canada! Please let us know at the time of booking if you don’t have a passport
  • What’s provided? Do you need a sleeping bag? Here’s a list of what to bring.
Glacier National Park lodging

Got Lodging?

Tucked into a quiet, forested canyon, our modern, cozy, eco-friendly Glacier Guides Lodge is the perfect base before and after your private, custom backpacking in Glacier National Park adventures.  Hearty, delicious, health conscious continental breakfast is included with your stay. Open May 1 – October 15, with discounted shoulder season rates! Two people maximum per room. Traveling with a group? Check out our Guest House!

Custom 4 Day Backpacking

Our family was blown away by our experience with Glacier Guides. We lucked out and were assigned Tom Matelich and Allie Prokosch as our guide and porter. Tom was at the permit office at 4am to secure a wonderful permit to hike the Gunsight Pass Trail. The backpacking details were perfect, we felt super safe, the rigor and plan of the trip were exactly what we had described as our ideal, we were impressed with all respects shown to the environment, we learned so much about all flora and fauna and history, the meals were incredible, Tom planned perfectly for our one picky eater and we all ate like kings, just really super impressed. But what took this whole family trip over the top for us were the personalities of our guides. Tom and Allie felt like family to us by the end of our trek. Though I know they were ready to be free of our inquisitive and talkative family, (two boys 15 and 13), we adored them and could not believe how well their humor and stories and personalities blended with ours. Just really impressed with their efforts to make everything so fun and to put us at ease. Tom and Allie spoiled us with their attention to every detail and their super strong backs! Tom and Allie are Glacier Royalty! Glacier Guides as a company is super professional, their facilities and vehicles are sharp and clean, Judith was amazing to work with from the very beginning and laid out what will likely be our most talked about family trip! A ++++++ Many thanks to Tom and Allie and Judith!

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