Wind River Range Backpacking Adventure

Jackson Hole, WY

August 20-27, 2017 12 Explorer Chicks

On this 8 Day women only, small group trip you’ll first get a taste of the Tetons before exploring the rugged beauty of the Wind River Range.

The remote Wind River Range in Wyoming is an adventurous backpacker’s dream. Discover sheer granite headwalls, soaring spires, and alpine lakes surrounded by more than 40 peaks over 13,000 feet.

At the front end of your trip, you’ll acclimate and play in Jackson with the Tetons as the backdrop. You’ll lightly hike in the Jackson area giving your body time to safely adjust to the higher elevations. You’ll relax in the pool at Granite Hot Springs. You’ll be well rested for the backpacking portion of your trip having spent the first three nights in the comforts of a hotel.

On the back-end of your trip, you’ll backpack a 24 mile loop in the Winds setting your sights on the Cirque of Towers. Along the way you’ll traverse rolling meadows blooming with wildflowers, talus and scree fields, and dirt trails. You’ll trek through landmarks including Shadow Lake, Texas Pass, Lonesome Lake, Jackass Pass, and Big Sandy Lake. You’ll feel small amidst the glacier-carved giants circling you. You’ll spend a total of 4 enjoyable days backpacking through the Winds alpine wilderness.

Adventure Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in Jackson to acclimate trekking scenic day hikes, swimming in lakes, and meandering around town.
  • Begin your backpacking trip to the Winds well rested after spending your first 3 nights in the comfort of a hotel.
  • Backpack in the remote Winds surrounded by towering Cirques, rolling meadows, and high mountain peaks.
  • Experience two of Wyoming’s most iconic Mountain Ranges, the Winds and the Tetons, in one trip.
  • Enjoy back country gourmet meals while in the Winds and meals from local Jackson eateries.
  • Actively experience Jackson and the Winds with 2 Guides from Explorer Chick who will ensure your trip is unforgettable.


What’s included:

  • 8 days/7 nights of mixed shared accommodations. Day 1-3 & 7: Shared hotel rooms. Day 4-6: Shared tent.
  • All meals beginning with Dinner on Day 1 through Breakfast on Day 8.
  • Transportation to all hikes and backpacking during your trip.
  • Shared Gear: Tents, camp stoves, cookware, first aid kit, personal locator beacon, water purifiers.
  • All hiking including park entrance fees.
  • Small Group experience! ~ Let’s connect!
  • A commemorative Wind River Range Explorer Chick Tank Top.
  • Two experienced Explorer Chick guides ensuring your trip is unforgettable and a social media sensation!
  • A flash drive with all of photos taken by your Explorer Chick guides (Becca is a phenomenal photographer!)

*Packages do NOT include your airfare, airport transportation, alcoholic beverages, guide tips, or costs for additional activities.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival:  You’ll check into our hotel in Jackson Hole, WY. We’ll have an optional hike for early arrivals. In the evening you’ll settle down for our Welcome dinner together as a group.

Day 2 – Acclimation hike: After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll pack your day packs and lunches for a light acclimation hike in the Jackson area. We have a few options and the group will decide the hike and destination. In the evening you’ll have the opportunity to explore the town of Jackson.

Day 3 – Relaxing and Packing Day: Even though your legs will take it easy today, you’ll still be out playing. You’ll race down the alpine slide at Snow King Mountain. Then relax in the warm waters of Granite Hot Springs. Back at the hotel we’ll do a duffel shuffle, split up shared gear, and pack our packs.

Day 4 – 7 – Backpacking the Winds!: We’ll depart early from our hotel on Day 4 to drive the approximate 3 hours to the trailhead. For the next 4 days we’ll backpack a 24 miles loop setting our sights on the Cirque of Towers. We’ll trek through areas including Shadow Lake, Texas Pass, Lonesome Lake, Jackass Pass, and Big Sandy Lake setting up camps along the way. On Day 7 we’ll return to our hotel in Jackson to shower and relax before departures.

Day 8 – Departures: We’ll share one final breakfast before we say good bye!

*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.

Gear List:

We will provide you with a full gear list in our Travel Guide upon booking. However, below is the mandatory gear list.


  • *Backpack ~ 50l or greater
  • *Sleeping Bag
  • *Sleeping Pad
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Sturdy Trail shoes/boots
  • Rain gear – Jacket and Pants (light weight, water proof, breathable)
  • Camp bowl, mug, and spork (heat resistant mug if you want coffee)
  • Health insurance card/ID
  • Cold Gear – Hat, Gloves, Puffy
  • Personal hiking clothing
  • Pajamas – Separate from your hiking clothes

*Items can be rented for an additional charge. Please email us directly for rental rates and requests.

Travel Arrangements:

Your trip begins and ends at a Jackson Hole, WY area hotel. You will receive the hotel information prior to your arrival.

On Day 1 there will be an optional day hike for early arrivals. You’ll depart from the hotel showered and well rested on Day 8.

You will receive a Travel Guide prior to your arrival with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip!

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Activity Level – Extremely Strenuous

Backpacking in the remote Wind River Range is beautiful and strenuous. Prior backpacking experience is strongly recommended.

We included a three day acclimation period in Jackson. The Winds are a very remote, hard to reach back country wilderness, so the time in Jackson is to mitigate the risk of Explorer Chicks suffering from altitude sickness while backpacking. Our route in the Winds will be above 10,000 feet of elevation and roughly 24 miles over 4 days. If you chronically suffer from altitude sickness, please evaluate if this is the right backpacking trip for you.

The terrain will be a mix of trail, talus, and scree with very steep and difficult portions. Expect to carry a backpack weighing 45lbs during the trip. It absolutely essential that you train prior to your trip on trail, up hill, and with a loaded pack.

Please realistically assess your own abilities before booking this trip. It is for both your’s and the group’s safety and enjoyment. Email us directly if you are unsure if this trip is right for you. 

All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands upon booking.

Trip Price:

$1,799 (Early Bird)

$2,199 (After April 1)

Non-Refundable Deposit: $300 due at booking

Final Day to Register and Full Balance due: June 20, 2017

Payment Policy

The stated deposit is due at the time of registration. Your spot is on the Adventure is not reserved until we receive your deposit. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remaining final balance is due 60 days prior to the first day of the trip.

Your final price is determined by the date the deposit is paid.

You will receive a Paypal invoice via email after placing your reservation with payment instructions. We accept all major credit cards and checks. All discounts will be reflected on your invoice. 

You will receive a second email with all waivers and any additional information we may require for your trip. 

Cancellation Policy

Explorer Chick wants nothing more than for you to escape on one of our adventures. However, we understand emergencies do occur that may cause you to cancel your reservation. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.

60-31 Days prior to arrival: 50% of your trip is non-refundable.

There will be no refunds given for any cancellation notices given within 30 days of a trip.

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Explorer Chick Adventure Co, Inc will be fully refunded. Explorer Chick Adventure Co, Inc. CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

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