• Backpacking Kauai’s
    Na Pali Coast

    February 26th to March 2nd, 2017

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Backpacking Kauai’s Na Pali Coast

Across the Pacific Ocean situated between Asia and the Americas lies the most remote archipelago in the world – the islands of Hawaii. These islands are a collection of diverse biological gems with extremely variable life zones from tropical beaches to soaring snow-capped mountains and everything in between. On the island of Kauai, which is the oldest and most remote Hawaiian Island the Na Pali Coast begs for exploration. Na Pali literally means “the cliffs” in the ancient Hawaiian dialect and the trail from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach literally hugs the faces of giant green sea cliffs that tower nearly 4000 feet above the ocean.  The Na Pali Coast is the most untouched, unspoilt and undeveloped region of the Hawaiian Islands and for good reason – it’s rugged! The only way to access this photographic paradise is on foot.

Boats can land in the summer months when the waves aren’t huge but this is Hawaii and even the small waves are….huge! There are no roads into this Hawaiian Backcountry and the trail dead-ends at one of this most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world. The Kalalau Beach stretches out in a crescent of gorgeous white sand surrounded by a cathedral of volcanic jungle cliffs. From the Beach one can travel up into Kalalau Valley to find fruit trees, fresh water pools and waterfalls galore.

Our five day, four night backpacking excursion will leave you in a state of well earned tropical bliss. We will explore the Na Pali Coast wilderness in full with ample time to experience and photograph towering waterfalls, beautiful palm lined beaches, hanging valleys and Pacific Sunsets so powerful they can make you cry!

Please note: that this is a Backpacking Trip and unlike most of my other trips is not meant to be a Photography Tour/Workshop. We will of course have ample time for photography but please keep your gear to a minimum (lightweight mirror-less systems and carbon fiber tripods work REALLY well for this trip).


  • Small Group
  • Backpack Hawaii’s Most Beautiful Coastline
  • Great Meals & Group Gear included
  • Kalalau Beach
  • Tropical Solitude

Kauai’s Na Pali Coast

5 Days


Deposit: $600

Fitness Level: High“Must be able to hike up to six miles per day with a 35-45 pound pack on rugged, slippery, steep and uneven terrain.

Meals: Lunch Day 1 through Lunch Day 5

Lodging: Four nights wilderness camping

Start/End: Lihue, HI

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST



February 26th to March 2nd, 2017

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in excellent physical condition and have the ability to hike with a fully loaded, 35-45 pound backpack across rugged terrain. This is a difficult trail that features steep terrain that is often slippery, muddy and rocky with uneven walking conditions.

Group Size
This trip is limited to five participants.

No lodging is included with this trip. We will be spending four nights wilderness camping along the Na Pali Coast.


All meals are included during the trip dates from lunch on day one through lunch on day five.

Tropical. Although I run this trip during the winter months it is hot during the day and…not much cooler in the evenings. Pack light. It rains just about everyday along the Na Pali Coast during winter – sometimes relentlessly. That being said it is a warm, tropical rain!

Price Includes
Backpacking meals, group gear, cookware, stove, first-aid kit, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Lihue, Hawaii, ground transportation to the trailhead, backpacking gear (backpack, sleeping bag, tent or sleeping pad), alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities


Arrive the night before the trip departure date for a pre-trip meeting. I recommend staying in Princeville or Hanalei for closer access to the trail.

Day 1
We will begin our hike before dawn on the Kalalau Trail at Ke’e Beach. We’ll spend time photographing the rising sun at Ke’e Beach and the pacific ocean before heading over to Hanakapiai Beach. It is six miles to our campsite at the Hanging Valley of Hanakoa for the night.

Day 2
Breakfast will be under a mature Mango Tree surrounded by old-growth coffee forests in Hanakoa. After packing up camp we’ll head the remaining distance to Kalalau Beach to arrive in time for a sunset beach session.

Day 3
This morning we’ll rise to the glory of the sun rising over the ocean as we wake up right on the beach! After our morning session we’ll enjoy some well deserved beach time. There is an optional hike up into Kalalau Valley today to checkout some waterfalls and a beautiful fresh-water pool.

Day 4
We will enjoy the morning at Kalalau and then begin our hike back to Hanakoa Valley. If time allows we will visit a massive waterfall above Hanakoa Valley.
Day 5
We’ll pack up camp and head back to Hanakapi’ai Beach for lunch. After lunch we’ll continue the last two miles to the trailhead at Ke’e Beach. The trip will conclude at Ke’e Beach!

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“Although one of the hardest trips I’ve ever done physically it was also one of the most rewarding. The views from the Kalalau Trail are breathtaking and the beach at the end of the road is not describable using words – it’s that incredible. Russ is a fantastic guide and was able to make this trip memorable for our small group. He is knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and culture as well as about the very interesting flora and fauna that are unique to the islands. We felt safe and like we were in good hands the entire time. Don’t hesitate to book this trip with Backcountry Journeys.”

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