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Appalachian Trail In-Depth

Experience the vast wilderness of Northeastern USA and get back to basics as you hike the Appalachian Trail the original way, carrying all you need on your back and staying in huts along the way. Leave civilisation behind and with the impressive White Mountains as your backdrop, you'll explore this national forest on one of the most impressive sections of the famous Appalachian Trail, with dedicated guides who specialise in this area. This is true backcountry hiking and although not for the faint-hearted, the rewarding scenery is simply incredible. Nature lovers and photographers will be in their absolute element.

North America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: IAP/208601
  • Starts: Boston, United States
  • Finishes: Boston, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Boston
  • Galehead Hut
  • Zealand Falls Hut
  • Mizpah Hut
  • Madison Hut

Itinerary

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Day 1: Boston

Welcome to Boston, the largest city in New England. Boston is awash with things to do, and if you're hoping to combine revolutionary heritage with cobbled streets and one of the best park systems in America then there's no better option on the East Coast. Discover Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, located along the waterfront with plenty of opportunity to eat and shop. Enjoy your chance to explore the city before you meet your Appalachian Mountain Guides tomorrow at 07:30 hrs.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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Day 2: White Mountains National Forest - Highland Center at Crawford Notch

This morning you leave Boston for the start of your backcountry walking adventure in the beautiful White Mountains National Forest in the East. You'll meet your Appalachian Mountain Guides and your group and have a welcome meeting, where your guides will brief you on the adventure ahead. After lunch you will enjoy an easy 4.6 miles hike which is a great way to get to know your group and stretch your legs, before heading into the stunning White Mountains National Forest.

Meals Included: Dinner included

03

Day 3: Galehead Hut

From here on out, your true backcountry experience begins. Start early with a drive to the Gale River Trailhead and hike up to the Garfield Ridge. Your destination is Galehead Hut, which is the most remote of the White Mountain huts and boasts stunning views from the porch. After arriving at the hut, the summit of Mount Galehead can be climbed before dinner. As the sun sets in the surreal landscape, prepare yourself and your camera for sunset. Duration: 4-5 hours Mileage: 4.6 miles Elevation gain: 2200 feetBy advancing to the summit of Galehead Mountain, this adds one mile and 250 feet in elevation

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 4: Zealand Falls Hut

Today you reach South Twin, a wonderful section of the trail, but you'll need to be prepared for a steep ascent of 350 metres (1,150 ft.). En route to the next hut you'll scale the trail over Mount Guyot and Mount Zealand. You'll pass lakes on the trail where you might want to take a dip depending on the weather. In the evening you can enjoy talks conducted by the hut hosts who are specialists in the flora and fauna of the area. Duration: 6 hours Mileage: 7 miles Elevation gain: 1750 feet

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 5: Mizpah Hut

Choose to hike one of the oldest maintained trails in the USA, the Crawford Path, or summit some of the 'Southern Presidential Peaks' on the Webster Cliff Trail, part of the official Appalachian Trail. The Crawford Path is a hike along the Webster Cliff Trail and allows you the opportunity to summit Mount Webster and Mount Jackson. Duration: 6-7 hours Mileage: 7.9 miles Elevation gain: 2300 feet

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 6: Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Over the next few days the stunning alpine scenery will leave you awestruck. Today you'll hike to the wonderfully named Lakes of the Clouds Hut. This is the highest hut on the tour and you'll be treated to some incredible views of the Presidential Range. This area can have extreme weather changes and you may experience high wind speeds as you hike through this rugged terrain. The Webster Cliff Trail goes from the hut up to summit of Mount Clinton. Just beyond the summit, you pick up the Crawford Path to go over Mount Eisenhower, Mount Franklin, and Mount Monroe. In the afternoon you head up to Mount Washington with light packs (2.8 miles / 4.5km - 3 hours).NB: The entire day from Mount Clinton onward is above the tree line and all summits are weather permitting. Duration: 4-5 hours Mileage: 4.6 miles Elevation gain: 1800 feet

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 7: Madison Hut

Hike along the backbone of the Presidential Range and, weather permitting, you'll be in for a real treat. With the opportunity to summit a selection of peaks, make sure you also take the short and easy hike to Star Lake, which offers beautiful reflecting views of Mount Madison. Duration: 6 hours Mileage: 6.8 miles Elevation gain: 1650 feet

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 8: Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch - Boston

This morning you'll have the chance to summit Mount Madison or take a less strenuous route back down. This is dependent on the group’s stamina and whether there are enough customers for two Appalachian Mountain guides. When returning from Mount Madison down the Air Line, you'll enjoy excellent views of King Ravine. In the late afternoon you make your way back towards Boston where the tour ends upon arrival. The plan, subject to hiking time, is to arrive back to Boston at approximately 17:00 – 17:30 hrs so it is advisable not to book a flight prior to 21:00 hrs. Duration: 3 hours Mileage: 3.8 miles Elevation loss: 3500 feetDuration: 6 hours Mileage: 7.1 miles Elevation loss: 1800feet 

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included

Inclusions:
  • Services of two professional Appalachian Mountain guides (1:6 ratio) for maximum support and flexibility
  • Transportation by private vehicle to and from Boston
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Budget Lodging: 6, Hotel: 1
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Tour Highlights:
  • 6 days backcountry hiking in the incredible White Mountains National Forest
  • Support of Appalachian Mountain Guides (1:6 ratio) to allow for varying fitness levels
  • Included meals whilst on the Appalachian Trail
  • Naturalist talks and programmes
  • Transfers to and from Boston