How to Import Custom Routes Into a Garmin

Updated April 17, 2017

Garmin BaseCamp software allows users to transfer custom routes from a PC or Mac to a Garmin GPS. Users can import custom routes into BaseCamp in .gdp, .gpx, .kml, .kmz, .loc or .mps formats. The software also allows users to create and modify custom routes using simple and intuitive tools within the program. BaseCamp displays waypoints and routes on a simple basemap of the world to provide a point of reference. After importing and customising routes, users can transfer them out of BaseCamp and into a Garmin GPS unit that is connected to the computer with a data cable.

Download, install and open Garmin BaseCamp software from the link in the resources section.

Select "Import File" from the "File" menu. Browse to the directory containing the custom route file that you would like to import and open the file.

Click on the name of the route that you imported in the "Library" pane on the left side of the screen to select your route.

Click on one of the waypoints in the panel in the lower left corner of the screen to centre the map on that waypoint and provide advanced editing options.

Edit the properties of your route and waypoints using the "Properties" tab in the lower left corner of the screen.

Connect your GPS unit to your computer using the included data cable.

Right-click on your route in the "Library" panel and select the name of your device from the "Send To" menu. The route will be sent to your device.


You can also use BaseCamp to backup your GPS data using the "Backup" option in the "File" menu.

Things You'll Need

  • Garmin data cable
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