Rainier 4-day Backpacking | Miyar Adventures
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Rainier 4-day Backpacking

PRICE PER PERSON

$695


DURATION

4 Days


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PRICE PER PERSON

$695


DURATION

4Days


BOOK NOW

PRICE PER PERSON

$695

DURATION

4Days

BOOK NOW
DETAILS

Join us for 4 days of backpacking in Mount Rainier National Park!

On this trip you will learn fundamental skills necessary for safe backcountry travel such as navigation, packing, leave no trace, and cooking, all while while enjoying one of the most pristine and rugged wildernesses the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

As we hike through the Carbon River region, we will witness the awesome powers of water, glaciers, volcanoes, and nature. This trip has it all: rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, meadows, cliffs, canyons and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, and an amazing opportunity to learn and practice the do’s and don’ts of backpacking. The scenery is so stunning you will probably start planning your next trip before you leave the park!

We will practice several topics such as appropriate gear, light-packing, cooking, and safety, all of which will help to ensure you have an enjoyable experience whenever you visit the outdoors. Weeks before the trip begins, we will discuss appropriate gear and packing. The hike itself is of moderate difficulty overall, but it boasts many easy stretches that will allow you to keep your eyes fixed on the vistas, glaciers, and Mount Rainier. We plan to enjoy our time in the park at a comfortable pace, since half the fun of being outdoors is escaping our busy lives! There are some tough sections, however, so be prepared for a few challenges and many breath-taking rewards!

SKILLS TAUGHT
  • Backpacking
    • Pre-Trip planning/checklist
    • How to Pack
    • How to Camp
    • Backcountry cooking
    • Water management
    • Waste management
    • Leave No Trace principles
  • Safety
    • Basic Navigation
    • Emergency planning
    • Info on First Aid kit
    • Ten Essentials
  • Mountaineering
    • Basic Snow skills
    • Optional Ice Axe Arrest

PRICE BASIS
PRICE INCLUDES

  • National Park entrance Fees and camping fees
  • Breakfast and Dinner. Chai/Tea
  • Guiding fees
  • Group gear: tents, cookware
  • Pre-Trip Planning/Information session on packing
  • Backpacking and Outdoors safety skills

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Travel to and from Seattle-Tacoma, Washington
  • Lunches/Snacks
  • Gratuities

ITINERARY
Day 1 : Saturday Hike to Ipsut Creek Campground 2400’ - 5 miles
We carpool to the Carbon River trailhead in the Carbon/Mowich areas of Mount Rainier National Park. From here we walk along the road to which has been closed to vehicles due to a flood in 2006. This is a relatively flat trail with low elevation gain of 700’, and thus it serves as a great time to see how well our gear fits. As we move along we can discuss proper fitting and packing techniques and implement these lessons as well. When we make camp at the Ipsut Creek Campground we will gather water, cook a delicious dinner, and go check out Ipsut Falls before turning in.
Day 2 : Sunday Hike to Cataract Valley camp 4620’ – 5 miles
We begin the hardest day of our trip by hiking towards the Carbon Glacier, soaking in views of this massive sheet of ice as it slices through coal deposits on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. Near the Wonderland Trail we can see a suspension bridge over a large valleyas if it were a movie set from Indiana Jones. Here we can take a slight detour to reach a fantastic viewpoint of the Carbon Glacier, where we will look and listen for falling boulders and fracturing ice. We will discuss how to plan and prepare for snow and glacier travel, then head back and make a daring cross over the bridge. We continue on to the Cataract Valley camp and cook up a well-deserved dinner while looking in awe at the ice-capped Mt. Rainier.
Day 3 : Monday Hike to Mowich Lake Campground 4929’ – 6.5 miles
On today’s hike we will enjoy a series of small ups and downs as we traverse through Seattle Park and Spray Park, alpine meadows blanketed in snow by early summer and blooming with heather and wildflowers before fall. The easy terrain will be much appreciated, as well as the outstanding views of Mt. Rainier. This section of the Wonderland Trail will surely leave you with the desire to complete its 93-mile loop around the volcano on your next visit. After making camp and meals at Mowich Lake, we can discuss basic backpacking safety measures, including what medical supplies to take and how to use them.
Day 4 : Tuesday Hike through Ipsut Pass to Carbon River Trailhead 1700’ – 9 miles
We rise early for the downhill march back to the trailhead, working our way down wooded switchbacks and past the steep mossy cliffs of Ipsut Pass. After days of lugging a heavy pack up thousands of feet this descent will be a welcome break for your quads, and here you will thank yourself for bringing trekking poles to help balance the load. The trail levels out and we can enjoy an easy pace back to the trailhead. It is always a bittersweet feeling packing up the car, but you can look forward to implementing the skills you learn here on your next backpacking adventure.
FAQs
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
We can either pick you from somewhere in Seattle area or you can meet us directly at the Mount Rainier Park Carbon river entrance.
What are the accommodations like?
Shared 2 person Tent Accommodation
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there an optional or forced supplement, and how much is it?
Single person supplement $75
If included, what is the food like?
Mix of mountain freeze dried food along with fresh food and some Indian fare.
How much extra money should people budget?
80-120$ for Gratuities, lunches, snacks etc
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
Here is what you will need. Most of the items below can be rented from

MiyarAdventures
Backpack
Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat
Outdoor clothing: base layers, rain cloths, fleece or down jackets for insulation
Lunches/Snacks

We will share the detailed packing list before the trip.
How much deposit I need to make to register for this trip? What are your cancellation and refund policies?
A deposit in the amount of 50% of the total trip cost is required at the time of registration. Each deposit, regardless of amount, includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee. All balances are due 90 days prior to the departure date. Cancellation and refund policy Trip canceled by you 90-days or more before the trip start date: Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided. Trip canceled by you 60-90 days before the trip start date: 70% less registration fees will be provided OR 100%, less registration fees, will be credited toward another Miyar trip. Trip canceled by you 30-60 days before the trip start date: 50% less registration fees will be provided OR 70%, less registration fees, will be credited toward another Miyar trip. Trip canceled by you 30 days or less before the trip start date: 50%, less registration fees, will be credited toward another Miyar trip. Trips cancelled by Miyar Adventures will be fully refunded within one month of the trip date.
Testimonials
  • Went on a 4-day backpacking trip to Mount Rainier with Miyar Advantures and Sandeep. It was a great experience! Sandeep was a great guide who was not only knowledgeable and helpful but genuinely fun to be around. The trip has sparked my interest in further challenges and adventures, and I think it is safe to say that Miyar Adventures is the first place I will look for my next big one!

    David M.
  • Sandeep and all of his guides are very personable, knowledgeable, safety conscious and a WHOLE lot of FUN to climb with! I am a beginning climber/backpacker and I enjoyed climbing/Backpacking Rainier with Miyar Adventures. They prepared me well for a successful experience. In fact, I am looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro with Miyar in December! 

    Lisa W.
  • I joined Miyar Adventures for a 4 day backpacking trip at Mt. Rainier. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Sandeep is a very knowledgeable guide that is willing to go the extra mile in order to make sure everyone in the group has a good time. I'm looking forward to joining them for another adventure in the future! 

    Min L.
  • I had the good fortune to go with Miyar Adventures for a four day backpacking trip in Mt Rainier this past August. I found the guides intelligent, accomplished, kind, patient and hard working. After talking to them about their experience and medical knowledge I felt safer than I have on any adventure I've ever been on. The food was good and the Fireball Whiskey superb! I look forward to more trips with them. Maybe even Kilimanjaro! 

    Kathy E.
  • I have been on several climbs with Miyar Adventures (including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta) and its always been an awesome experience.The leads are great and make you feel safe, will encourage you all through the climb and will make sure that everyone in the group is having a great time. Miyar Adventures is definitely my first choice when I want to go for a big climb.

    Siddarth V.
  • I have been training with Sandeep and his group of experienced guides for more than 3 months, especially to prepare myself to summit the big one - Rainier. Many people dream of climbing big mountains and have the ability too, but sometimes just have a little doubt whether they can do it. Sandeep has this unique quality to build up that confidence in such dreamers. He makes you believe in yourself and your abilities. He is very passionate about engaging more and more people with mountaineering and rock climbing. We sumitted Rainier last weekend, and Miyar adventures played a significant role in our climb. The practise climbs, pre-climb and glacier informative sessions, gear check meetings - were all planned meticulously and each team members questions were answered satisfactorily. I would definitely recommend going with Sandeep and his team for any adventures offered by Miyar. Note: Look out for their trip to Mt Kilimanjaro later this year. I am sure it would be a lot of fun.

    Ajay M.
  • I've climbed Rainier and Baker (+several other training hikes) with Sandeep and other guides from Miyar Adventures. The climbs were made super fun, safe, and informational. With Sandeep's detailed prior planning, extensive know-how of the mountaineering practices, and long climbing experience, you know the climb is going to be safe with great chances of summit. Before all big climbs, Sandeep does an indoor session to discuss the itinerary and answer any concerns. You'll definitely learn a lot whenever you spend time with Sandeep. He has expertise in all forms of climbing: mountaineering, rock and ice. So it also makes it easy to try other activities because you already know the guide well. I've taken instructions from few other guides as well and I wouldn't doubt to state that Sandeep is the best guide I've climbed with! He'll keep you motivated and answer your questions with patience. He'd have fun stories to tell from his rescue ops, first ascents, or other hard climbs. He is ready to make adjustments based on the preferences of the group which is a key in making the trip not only successful but also enjoyable. I can't recommend Miyar Adventures enough! Give them a try and you'll be glad you did.

    Prateek Sharma
  • Climbing Rainier was an incredible experience and a life changer for me having spent the previous 5 years recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Sandeep, prepared me. -- star 1 Training -- He got me to the summit -- star 2 Encouragement -- Even with high altitude sickness, he got me down again -- star 3 and 4 Safety, Knowledge -- I received an absolutely amazing experience I will never forget resulting in lasting friendships and the return of a confidence that I wasn't sure I'd ever have again -- star 5 -- Thanks Sandeep!

    Ari T.
  • I've been on several trips with Sandeep, from day hikes to mount Rainier climbs and have always had an enjoyable time. I can say by experience that he genuinely wants his clients to have a safe, enjoyable and educational experience, no matter who they are. Safety has always been the top priority on his trips and as far as education and fun, I've always gotten more than expected out of them. His level of patience and ability to lead is really unmatched, and he demands the same standards of his guides. I would definitely recommend Miyar for anyone who wants a real, hands on climbing or wilderness experience!

    Lawrence P.
  • I joined Miyar Adventures for a 4 day backpacking trip at Mt. Rainier. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Sandeep is a very knowledgeable guide that is willing to go the extra mile in order to make sure everyone in the group has a good time. I'm looking forward to joining them for another adventure in the future!

    Min W
  • Climbed Mount Rainier with Miyar Adventures. What an incredible experience! I hadn't hiked for 9 years, but was able to train for Mount Rainier under Sandeep's guidance. Thanks to Miyar's guides (Alexis, Chris, Ben) the final climb to summit felt so safe and non-strenuous. During our climb RMI group crossed us just after Camp Miur and I could hear people already panting and breathing heavily. After sometime I saw few people from RMI group returning back as they couldn't keep pace. However with Sandeep and his team of guides, all of us summited without any pressure. Sandeep and his team have many years of mountaineering experience, and they know how to make it not only safe but also enjoyable.

    Anand Sarda
  • Went on a 4-day backpacking trip to Mount Rainier with Miyar Advantures and Sandeep.  It was a great experience! Sandeep was a great guide who was not only knowledgeable and helpful but genuinely fun to be around.  The trip has sparked my interest in further challenges and adventures, and I think it is safe to say that Miyar Adventures is the first place I will look for my next big one!

    David Magana
  • Sandeep and all of his guides are very personable, knowledgeable, safety conscious and a WHOLE lot of FUN to climb with! I am a beginning climber/backpacker and I enjoyed climbing/Backpacking Rainier with Miyar Adventures. They prepared me well for a successful experience. In fact, I am looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro with Miyar in December!

    Lisa Walker
  • I am new to mountaineering, and Sandeep made the learning experience FUN, safe and informative. He goes the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable and get the most from the experience. I climbed with two of his EXCELLENT guides on Mt Adams, and with Sandeep on Mt Rainer. I look forward to Kilimanjaro this December. A TOP NOTCH company!

    Lisa Walker
  • I was part of the group that summited Mt. Rainier on 7/20/15 led by Miyar Adventures and its guides. I had a great experience training and finally climbing with Miyar and Sandeep Nain. Miyar Adventures has an experienced team of guides with most guides being a part of some or the other mountain rescue group (as an added perk, you can just sit and listen to these guys tell stories). I felt that all the guides shared common mountaineering principles which is very important in case of a mishap. Sandeep and his team believe that "getting to the summit is optional, but getting back to the parking lot is mandatory" - safety first, mountain is not going anywhere. Another thing that I particularly liked about the guides was they set strict timelines and also inspired discipline in us to adhere to those timelines. As pre-climb training, we did a lot of hikes around the area and also climbed Mt. Ruth. Sandeep would try and accompany us on our training hikes as much as he could and answered any dumb and dumber questions that we had with patience and precision. You always learn something new when you talk mountaineering with Sandeep Nain. The Mt. Ruth climb was a very good precursor to Mt. Rainier in terms of learning and practicing the basics of snow and glacier travel. Both the Mt. Rainier and Mt. Ruth training climbs were very meticulously planned. The gear distribution was done well before the actual climb so that any changes were easily accommodated. Sandeep and Ben gave us a detailed briefing about the itinerary and risks before the climb and were available to clear any doubts during and after the session. The guides Sandeep Nain teaches you, inspires you, and pushes you to your limits and lets you redefine them, I highly recommend giving Miyar Adventures a try for your next backpacking/mountaineering/climbing adventure. You will thank me!!

    Rajat Dua
  • A friend once remarked, "if you have any questions about your mountain climbing abilities, the person you need to talk to is Sandeep from Miyar adventures." It can't be more precise than that. I met Sandeep through "asha for education" with an interest to climb Mt. Rainier. My first hike with Sandeep was up tiger mountains. A small and easy hike but I reached the top a solid 30 mins after the rest of the group. That got me thinking if I should back off from climbing Rainier. But Sandeep didn't let me do so. He was confident that I could climb Rainier with some training, when I myself had very few reasons to believe so. The next 4 months, we had training hikes almost every weekend organized by Sandeep which were so much fun to call them "trainings". And fast forward to today, I'm home cherishing the feeling of having summited mount Rainier. This would not have been possible but for Sandeep and his team. Guides are super knowledgeable and amicable, the trips are very well organized, any questions about gears, health, trip details etc, answers are just an email or call away. The extent to which Sandeep and his team go to make a trip, an enjoyable experience and more importantly safe is quite admirable. Looking forward to joining Miyar adventures for more such 5-star experiences in future.

    Saraswathy Srinivasan
  • I have been training with Sandeep from Miyar Adventures for the past 6 months for a fundraiser Mt.Rainier climb. I have never done any activity on snow and I am a newbie hiker. So I had my reservations when I started training. So starting from how to get better at hiking to improving my snow skills, being my sounding board, whenever I expressed any doubts in my mind, and pushing me a little harder every time so I can get some confidence that I can accomplish this, he has been an great guide. It is unbelievable that I actually got to climb Rainier, starting from where I was. I give all the credit to Sandeep. He makes beginners like me get comfortable and build up on the skills and make their dreams become achievable. The way he organized the whole climb from picking food, group gear and personal gear for everyone, to picking great rope leads for glacier travel for us to lead the way, he has done a phenomenal job. He is very efficient about trip planning and ensures everyone summits and gets back home safely. If you ever want to climb any mountain, I strongly recommend Miyar Adventures, without any doubt.

    Prema Grandhi
  • Loved the experience training and climbing for Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. I highly recommend going via them. The climb was very well managed with experienced guides. Sandeep assisted me and guided me for several months while training.

    Ravi Jaiswal