11 days departing BOSTON from

Style: Walking
Destination: USA East
Tour Code: AMH

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Trip Overview

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. Leaving civilisation behind and with the impressive White Mountains as your backdrop, you'll explore the White Mountains National Forest on one of the most impressive sections of the famous Appalachian Trail, with your 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.

Included Highlights
  • Nine days backcountry hiking in the incredible White Mountains National Forest
  • Led by Appalachian Mountain Guides
  • Two guides to allow for varying fitness levels
  • Included meals whilst on the Appalachian Trail
  • Transfers to and from Boston
  • Naturalist talks and programmes
  • Ample wildlife viewing opportunities
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 9 nights in basic hut accommodation on a multi share, multi sex basis (sleeping bag required) and 1 hotel night.
Transport: Transportation by private vehicle to and from Boston
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
Guided: Services of two professional Appalachian Mountain guides (1:6 ratio) for maximum support and flexibility
Group size: Maximum 12
Age range: 18+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • There are no optional activities available for this tour.

Itinerary Update

For all 2018 departures, this tour will now be 8 days in duration. Itinerary includes 1 night stops in Boston, Highland Centre, Galehead Hut, Zealand Falls, Mizpah Hut, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, Madison Hut and a final days hiking before returning to Boston.

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 before you meet your Appalachian Mountain Guides tomorrow at 07:30 hrs, when you'll start your hiking adventure.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

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 national forests of 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 5km (3 mile) 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.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) | Meals: Dinner included

Day 3: Highland Center

With light packs and a packed lunch, you'll head out for the day on a 10km (6 mile) moderate hike. You'll walk from the Highland Center and loop hike over Mount Webster and Mount Jackson. Upon return to the Highland Center you'll delve into our Hut to Hut itinerary, discussing weather in the White Mountains, gear needs, hut life and trail information.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: 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 (7km/5miles), 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 a stunning sunset.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Zealand Falls Hut

Today you reach South Twin, a stunning 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 local area, flora and fauna.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Zealand Falls - Highland Center

Today you can relax a little and make the most of the hot showers at the Highland Center. Treat yourself to a well-earned beer or make the most of the short hiking trails in the area.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: 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 6.4 mile (10km - 5.5 hours) hike along the Webster Cliff Trail and allows you the opportunity to summit Mount Webster and Mount Jackson.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: 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 amazing views of the Presidential Range. This area can have extreme weather changes and you may experience high wind speeds as you hike through the stunning and 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.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: 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.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch

This morning you'll have the chance to summit Mount Madison or take a less strenuous route back down. When returning from Mount Madison down the Air Line, you'll enjoy excellent views of King Ravine. Whichever route you take to get back to reality be sure to celebrate with your fellow hikers when you reach your final destination.
Accommodation: Hut accommodation (shared facilities) I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11: White Mountains National Forest - Boston

Sadly, the tour ends today and you make your way back to the buzz of Boston city. Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, Boston is at the forefront of American history, in particular the country's fight for independence. Events such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party played pivotal roles in that struggle and have become part of American Folklore. We recommend adding additional days onto your trip to explore everything that Boston has to offer.
Meals: Breakfast included

Tour Notes

This tour is a backcountry walking adventure and as such you'll be walking from point to point. There will be no transport available until the final day, so a degree of fitness and good hiking experience is required. You will be carrying your own luggage on this walking tour, so please ensure you have a well-fitted and adjustable backpack. This is a true `back to basics' natural experience and an incredible journey for the more adventurous traveller.

Due to the strenuous nature of this tour it's important you are physically fit and have no serious pre-existing medical conditions which could affect your enjoyment of this tour. It's necessary that all persons joining this tour fill out a medical form to confirm this trip is suited to you.

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Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Due to the strenuous nature of this tour it is important you are physically fit and have no serious pre-existing medical conditions which could affect your enjoyment of this tour. It is necessary that all persons joining this tour fill out a medical form to confirm you are best suited for this trip.

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Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

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Centrally located in downtown Boston this hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and cable TV in all rooms.

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