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the premier backpacking guiding company in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

More than a vacation.

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Why Book A Guided Backpacking Trip with us?

What sets The American Wild Trekking Company apart from other guided backpacking trips?

1. Exclusive Group Sizes: Our group sizes are never larger than 5 guests. We do this to minimize impact on the natural environment and provide our guests with the purest wilderness experiences possible. We can ensure that the quality of our trips is maintained and that each guests individual needs and expectations are exceeded.

2. Exceptional Cuisine: We prepare all of our backcountry meals personally. We will never serve freeze dried Mountain House meals. We have multiple options regarding preferences for meals on your trip.

3. Lightweight Gear: The gear we provide for your use while on our trips weighs under 15 pounds. The difference this makes is immense and cannot be understated. Traditional backpacking base weight (Tent, Sleeping Bag, Stuff Sack, Sleeping Pad,Backpack, and Rain Cover)  is usually over 25 pounds. With water, clothing, and food weight added we can keep the weight of each guests pack to under 25 pounds. We proudly use Sierra Designs and Kelty gear on all of our expeditions.

4. Phenomenal Guides: When we hire guides we look for three traits; resilience, competence, and a sense of adventure. All of these characteristics make our guides truly exceptional in the industry. Every one of them has qualified themselves to work in the outdoor industry by experience, not just credentials.

5. Medical Training: All of our guides possess Wilderness First Responder Certifications from the National Outdoor Leadership School. All are trained according to an Emergency Action Plan and have means to contact emergency park personnel if necessary.  


About

The American Wild Trekking Company exists to provide transformative and enriching wilderness experiences to those seeking solace from the demands of urban existence. Our trips recenter and reinvigorate through adventure. In the words of John Muir, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”

The American Wild Trekking Company is the conduit between civilization and the wilderness.

We will sleep under the stars, climb mountains, swim in waterfalls, and regain balance.

Awe is our guiding principle, a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder, and our promise is that by the end of your adventure with us you will be able to take it back with you.

The American Wild Trekking Company, more than a vacation…

Founder/ Director,

Jacob Wittman


What People Are Saying

American Wild Trekking Company Reviews

"He made our hike SUPER enjoyable! He had lots of information that he offered us the entire hike! We learned so much!"

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"I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone! Don't forget to tip your guide, they work their butts off for us."

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"We didn't know what to expect, given my husband and I aren't experienced hikers. Jake made sure the pace wasn't too hectic."

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"He showed us secret caverns under the falls and was always ready with a great story. He really made our trip special and I would highly recommend him!"

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"The trip was well-planned, our guide, Jake, was very professional, a great cook, and skillful at managing the dynamics of a diverse group so that everyone was satisfied. Jake is truly an "old soul."

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Over Leconte

2 Day Trip
Total Trip Mileage: 11.5 Miles
Moderate Difficulty
Average Mileage per day: 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation Loss: 2700 Gain, 3300 Loss

backpacking trips in the Great Smoky Mountains

Deep Creek Swimming Holes

2 day trip
Total Trip Mileage: 16.1 Miles
Moderate trip difficulty
Average mileage per day: 8 Miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation loss: Gain 500, Loss 3900

 

Big CREEK CIRCUIT

3 Day Trip
Total Trip Mileage: 17.2 Miles
Moderate Difficulty
Average Mileage Per Day: 5.7 Miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation Loss: 4000 Gain, 4000 Loss

Wilderness backpacking trips - Great Smoky Mountains

Waterfalls and Balds Loop

3 day trip
Total Trip Mileage: 24 Miles
Intermediate difficulty
Average mileage per day: 8 miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation Loss:  3400 Gain, 3000 Loss

 

Mountains to Sea

4 Day Trip
Total Trip Mileage: 40.3 Miles
Strenuous Trip Difficulty
Average Mileage Per Day : 10.1 Miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation Loss: 8500 Gain, 9700 Loss

 

Appalachian Trail Southbound

5 Day Trip
Total Trip Mileage: 33.7 Miles
Moderate to Strenuous Trip Difficulty
Average Mileage Per Day : 6.5 Miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation Loss: 2450 Gain, 7400 Loss

 

Appalachian Trail Northbound

4 or 5 Day Trip
Total Trip Mileage: 32 Miles
Moderate to Strenuous Trip Difficulty
Average Mileage Per Day : 8 Miles
Elevation Gain/ Elevation Loss: 3700 Gain, 6600 Loss

 
 
I have never backpacked before and the only backcountry knowledge I had was from watching YouTube videos. Our guide was Jake and he was awesome! Full of info about the Smoky Mountains, the A.T., and of course backpacking.
— Justin O'Dell
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