Colorado llama Trek
Rocky Mountain National Park Outfitter
Hikers with Llamas
Backpacking with Llamas
Llama Trekking
Guided Llama Tour
Colorado Llamas
Rocky Mountain National Park llamas

Mummy Mountain Llama Trek

Highlights

  •   Enjoy remote Rocky Mountain locale
  •   Attempt summit of Mummy Mountain
  •   Alpine lakes, creeks and peaks
  •   Rugged, challening hiking
  •   Wonderful, secluded campsite


Description

The Mummy Mountain Llama Trek is a challenging mountain tour utilizing pack llamas to move all the heavy camping equipment in and out of the backcountry. This is a stunning itinerary that stages a backcountry camp in the same location for 3 nights, to give us 2 full days of trekking in to the high country from camp. The Mummy Range is a more secluded area of this iconic national park, so you can expect to see fewer people in exchange for your efforts. This trip is all about getting away from the crowds in to some brilliant backcountry, getting big mountain views, and attempting a peak summit of Mummy Mountain (13,425 ft)!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 40 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2500 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2500 feet
The day starts with a scenic drive from Estes Park to our trailhead where we will pack up and complete a llama orientation. We’ll gain altitude quickly as we make our way in to the Horseshoe Basin area, and then up the drainage of the Roaring River. Stunning mountain terrain leads us up in to the high country of the Mummy Range and our staging area for the next 3 nights. We’ll unload the llamas and set up camp under the humbling summit of Mummy Mountain. After a satisfying dinner cooked by your guide, we’ll settle in for the night.
Day 2
  • Hiking Distance: 3+ miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1400 feet
After a relaxing morning, our hiking objective is The Saddle. Leaving our llamas to relax in camp, this day is all about adjusting to the altitude and warming up for a summit attempt of Mummy Mountain tomorrow. The hike up Crystal Lake Trail is a fantastic way to spend a day in the Rockies, and the view from the saddle is sure to live in your minds-eye for a very long time. An optional side hike down to Crystal Lake a possibility. We’ll return to camp to refuel with a good meal afterward and enjoy the view.
Day 3
  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2500 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2500 feet
On this day we get up early for our summit attempt of Mummy Mountain. We need to allow ourselves enough time to get back down from the summit before afternoon thunderstorms set in, and therefore time is of the essence. The route to the top is a sustained steep hike with big views all the way. We’ll leave the llamas in camp for this noteworthy objective and have the day to ourselves in some of the Rocky Mountain’s finest country.
Day 4
  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 2500 feet
  • Shuttle to Estes Park: 40 minutes
On this fine mountain morning, we will breakdown camp, load up our pack llamas, and head back the way we came down the Roaring River. Arriving back at the trailhead marks the end of our tour, where we will say goodbye to our new friends, the Ccara Pack Llamas, and return to Estes Park where hot showers and clean beds await.



Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food and a dedicated llama handler
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Colorado hiking guides (max guest to guide ratio is 6:1, not including the llama handler)
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Estes Park, Colorado to the trailhead and back
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing List page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park, Colorado at the Estes Park Mountain Shop (2050 Big Thompson Ave) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins for an orientation meeting. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to answer any questions you have, provide you with more details about your exact trip, and coordinate the rendezvous.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size

The standard ratio of guests to guides on llama trips is 1 guide for 1-4 guests; 2 guides for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides for 9-10 guests. Private trips can have can have up to 12 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


Weather in the Colorado Rockies

Being a high mountain environment, the Rocky Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Colorado's high country. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
 
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
 
 
Month
High / Low
 
June
71°
48°
 
July
79°
55°
 
August
78°
53°
 
September
69°
45°

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