Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Overview

  • What is the rendezvous point for the trips?

    The rendezvous point varies depending on the specific trip. Typically, we meet in a major city near the wilderness area and then drive together to the starting point. An orientation is held to go over route information, check individual gear, outline expectations, and cover safety protocols before beginning the expedition. The exact meeting location and address will be sent to participants prior to the course start.

  • How long will we be in the backcountry?

    The length of our trips varies depending on the specific itinerary and destination. Most trips range from a weekend to a full week or longer, with the majority falling somewhere in between. When you explore our available trips, you’ll find detailed information about the duration of each experience, including the number of days in the wilderness and any additional travel days.

  • What kind of terrain can I expect on the trips?

    Our expeditions take place in diverse wilderness areas across the United States, each offering unique landscapes and challenges. Participants can expect to encounter a mix of terrain, including forests, mountains, rivers, and desert environments.

Packing and Preparation

  • What personal clothing and gear should I bring?

    A detailed clothing and gear list will be provided to participants well in advance of the trip. Generally, you’ll need appropriate hiking clothing (avoid cotton), layers for varying weather conditions, sturdy hiking boots, and essential personal items like a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and water bottles. We’ll provide a comprehensive list to ensure you’re well-prepared.

  • What specialized equipment is provided by Tayseer Wilderness, and what do I need to bring?

    Tayseer Wilderness provides all group gear, such as tents and stoves. You are responsible for bringing your personal gear, including a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothing, and hygiene items. A detailed packing list will be provided.

  • Can I bring additional personal items?

    We recommend packing light to keep your backpack weight manageable. However, you can bring small, lightweight items like books, a camera, or a journal. Keep in mind that you’ll be carrying everything on your back, so prioritize essential items.

  • How much will our backpacks weigh?

    Backpack weight varies depending on the individual and the specific trip, but generally, expect your pack to weigh between 30-50 pounds. This includes personal gear, group gear, and food. We’ll help distribute weight evenly among the group based on each person’s size, strength, and ability.

  • How should I physically prepare for the trip?

    Our wilderness trips involve several days of hiking with a backpack, so it’s important to train beforehand. We recommend a combination of cardiovascular exercise, strength training (particularly for legs and core), and practice hikes with a weighted backpack. Gradually increase the distance and weight you carry to build up your endurance.

Skills and Environment

  • Do I need any specific skills, such as navigation, or will training be provided?

    No prior specialized skills are necessary, as our experienced guides will provide instruction and support throughout the trip. However, a willingness to learn and a positive attitude are essential. Basic wilderness skills training will be provided as part of the experience.

    All trips are led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the area, wilderness skills, and Islamic practices. They will provide guidance, support, and instruction throughout the journey.

  • What kind of weather should I expect on the trip?

    Weather conditions vary depending on the location and time of year. Be prepared for a range of conditions, from warm and sunny to cool and rainy. Detailed information about expected weather and recommended clothing and gear will be provided closer to the trip date.

  • Will there be phone service or internet access during the trip?

    Most wilderness areas do not have cell phone service or internet access. Our guides carry satellite communication devices for emergencies, but participants should be prepared to unplug and embrace the opportunity to connect with nature and each other.

Health and Safety

  • Are there age or fitness requirements for participating?

    Most trips have a minimum age requirement of 18 years old. While we welcome participants of varying fitness levels, these trips can be physically demanding. We recommend engaging in regular physical activity and training specifically for the demands of a backpacking trip prior to joining.

  • Can individuals with health conditions participate?

    Participation depends on the specific health condition and the trip. We encourage individuals with health concerns to consult their healthcare provider and contact us directly to assess whether the trip is appropriate and discuss any necessary accommodations.

  • What happens if I become ill or injured during the trip?

    Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and carry first aid kits for minor incidents. In the event of a more serious illness or injury, guides will assess the situation and take appropriate action, which may include evacuation to the nearest medical facility.

  • What safety measures and first aid provisions are in place?

    Guides are trained in wilderness first aid, carry comprehensive first aid kits, and are equipped with satellite communication devices for emergencies. Safety briefings are conducted at the beginning of the trip, and participants must follow guide instructions and adhere to safety guidelines.

  • What procedures are followed in case of an emergency or injury on the trail?

    In an emergency or serious injury, guides will assess the situation and determine the best course of action, which may include administering first aid, contacting emergency services via satellite communication, or initiating an evacuation. Participants must provide emergency contact information prior to the trip.

Food, Water, and Sanitation

  • How are bathroom and hygiene needs addressed in the wilderness?

    Participants will learn Leave No Trace principles for using the bathroom in the wilderness, which involves using designated areas away from water sources and burying waste.

  • How will food and water be handled during the trip?

    We provide all meals and snacks throughout the trip. Guides oversee food preparation, ensuring meals are nutritious, balanced, and suitable for the wilderness. Participants help with cooking and cleaning duties. Water is obtained from natural sources and treated to ensure it’s safe to drink.


  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    We understand that unexpected circumstances may arise. Our cancellation and refund policy will be clearly outlined in the trip registration materials. Generally, we require a non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. Trip insurance is recommended to protect your investment in case of unforeseen events.

  • Do you offer financial assistance?

    We never turn anyone away due to financial constraints. If you have any financial concerns, please email us at [email protected], and we will work with you to find a solution that allows you to participate in our programs.

  • Is travel/evacuation insurance required or recommended for participants?

    While travel or evacuation insurance is not required, we strongly recommend participants purchase coverage prior to the trip for peace of mind and financial protection in case of unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or the need for evacuation.