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What You Need to Know

How do I physically prepare for this backpacking experience?

Hike! Hiking is the best way to prepare, however any type of cardiovascular activity will do. Stair climbers, summit trainers and walking/running at higher inclines will help you prepare for your trip. Adding weight to these exercises would be even more beneficial.

Strength training will also assist you in your preparations to hike longer miles with weight on your back. Squats, lunges, and core exercises will strengthen your legs and core to withstand the weight and mileage your body will endure throughout your trek.

What will I be expected to carry?

You will be expected to carry your backpack and all of the contents within in your backpack which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Clothing

  • Water

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag/pad/pillow

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Personal hygiene products

  • (1) Days worth of food

  • Anything else you decide to bring along

*The total weight of your backpack will not exceed 40 pounds.*

What type of gear and equipment does  Nomad Trekking Company provide?

  • Osprey Atmos/Aura 65 Backpacks

  • MSR & Big Agnes Tents

  • Big Agnes Sleeping Bags

  • Outdoorsman Light Sleeping Pads

  • Trekking poles

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Platypus Water Filter

  • Thermarest travel pillow

  • All food preparation equipment

  • Mess Kits

  • First Aid Kits

How much do I tip my guide?

Your guide is responsible for not only guiding the way, but also your safety, cooking, setting up camp, and ensuring your hiking experience runs as smoothly as possible. Tips for your guide should be between 15% - 20% of the cost of your trip. Please tip your guide on what you feel appropriate based on the level of service and experience you receive.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is not required, but highly recommended due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather. Unfortunately, we can not predict sometimes what Mother Nature has in store for us, so for a very affordable safeguard, travel insurance can be purchased through any provider, however we recommend Allianz.

Where do we get water?

Your guide will carry a water filter system which physically removes particles, protozoa and bacteria down to 0.2 microns in size, including giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidia and more. A water source is located at each campground where your guide will filter water for the group for the remaining portion of the day and the upcoming day ahead.

do we support any non-profits? 

Yes!! We are proud partners with Leave No Trace and follow all of their outdoor ethics guidelines. The Leave No Trace Center for

Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year. Check them out at




Are showers and bathrooms available?





Showers are only available in Windigo which can be purchased for a small fee on the day of our return from our trek. At most of the campsites you may bathe either Feldtmann Lake or the crisp waters of the Gitche Gumee. If you plan on bathing in either lake, you must bring along biodegradable soap.


Rustic outhouses, with no running water are available at every campsite. 

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