The Iconic Chinese Wall Deluxe Backpack

Explore the remote peaks along the Chinese Wall

Trip Details

Trip Date:

07/19/2020 - 07/28/2020

Trip Type:


Number of Days/Nights:

10 Days - 9 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Chinese wall
  • Quintessential Bob Marshall Wilderness
  • Off-the-beaten-path
  • Peak climbing
  • Fishing
  • Backpacking Montana


Get closer to the stars and experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Iconic Chinese Wall Deluxe Backpacking Trip. One of Dropstone Outfitting’s premier backpacking treks, this trip gives guests the chance to see mountain goats, elk and bighorn sheep as they head to higher elevations to escape the summer heat and opportunities to hike off-trail where few humans go. This trip lets the stress of the modern world melt away as the beauty of the wilderness takes hold and life becomes simpler.

This ten-day/nine-night adventure explores remote peaks towering above the famed Chinese Wall and high-elevation tarns tucked beneath them. Adventure highlights include climbing the elusive Sphinx Mountain (8,540’) and hiking the Continental Divide up to Cliff Mountain (8,566’) as it towers above the face of the wall.

This backpacking adventure is strenuous, with several 10 – 12 mile-long trail days and a few days spent hiking up high and off-trail on uneven ground. The deluxe part of this trip is two-fold. The first is because this route takes you to parts of the Chinese Wall that few ever get to see. You’re not just looking at the Wall, you are standing above it looking down its length as you take in the entire breadth of its mass. The other deluxe part is that you only carry— at maximum—two days’ worth of food at any one time, making your pack weigh around 30 – 35 pounds. Also, on one of the harder days, mules will carry our camping gear for us.

This outing is perfect for those seeking adventure, the full Chinese Wall experience and wilderness immersion. While previous backpacking experience is needed, we will be carrying lighter packs than our normal backpacking trips and you can expect six days of on-trail hiking and four days of high elevation off-trail hiking. This 70-mile point-to-point route includes peak climbing, blue-ribbon trout fishing, adventure and a world-class wilderness experience.

***Please contact us if you have questions about trip difficulty and if this trip is right for you.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 289–0863


Deposits are non-refundable, and the balance is due by May 15th  unless otherwise specified.  The balance is non-refundable after this date.  We do not give refunds for any reason. This includes but is not limited to: route changes due to wildfires, smoke, floods, trail conditions, or unprecedented weather events.  We do not give refunds if personal health inhibits you from participating on a trip.  Because of this, we STRONGLY recommend purchasing trip insurance.  We recommend Global Rescue’s Signature Travel Insurance.

Trip Rating Definitions



  • 5 - 8 mile travel days along river grade trail with some undulating terrain, but no major changes in elevation. All hiking is on maintained trail.


  • 6 – 10 mile travel days with some of those days requiring changes in elevation of 500 – 1200 ft. over several miles. Short portions of route may be off-trail.

Moderately Strenuous

  • 8 – 12+ mile travel days with some days having a combined change in elevation totaling 2,500 feet, or more, over several miles. Off-trail hiking and routing finding with short portions of limited exposure possible.


  • 7 – 12+ mile travel days with regular changes in elevation over a few miles. Frequent off-trail hiking over uneven terrain with areas of exposure and route finding involved. Previous backcountry experience required.

*Please note these descriptions are used for travel days only and are our attempt to provide a rating for the overall trip difficulty. On layover days we will offer optional hiking opportunities that may not be in keeping with the rest of the trip difficulty rating.

Additionally, changes in elevation are meant to represent the days’ starting and ending elevations, but not necessarily the total elevation lost and gained throughout the course of the day. If you have questions or concerns regarding trip difficulty and your abilities please contact us.