Answer the call of the wild, hiking USA’s northeast
Who would’ve thought that, among the non-stop metropolises and historic settlements that the USA’s eastern reaches have so much wilderness to offer? See for yourself as you embark on a nine-day trekking adventure with Lonely Planet and Intrepid, taking on parts of the mighty Appalachian Trail. Get wild in New England, find your feet along Franconia Ridge and test your endurance with a hike to the summit of granite behemoth, Mt Katahdin. With a local leader joining you every step of the way as you set up camp and hike to mountain huts – and options to suit your own trekking level – you can truly discover the rugged landscapes, pine-topped ranges and lake-dotted valleys of the Appalachians.
Trek the highlights of the scenic Appalachian Trail
Enjoy dinner and drinks at the historic Greenleaf Hut, a backcountry lodge that has served hikers for nearly 100 years
Scramble over huge granite rocks to reach the spectacular summit of Mt Katahdin – the official end of the Appalachian Trail
Strictly protected Baxter State Park is as close as you’re likely to come to true wilderness in this part of the world, and moose and deer are frequently sighted
Hike to mountain-enclosed Lonesome Lake and the lush Franconia Ridge Trail in the White Mountain National Forest
Spend a little time in Boston, a city full of character and history
The focus of this trip is hiking. We tackle some of the more famous and spectacular hikes in these areas, but you must consider your physical ability for some of them. You'll get more out of the trip if you are fit and able to undertake some challenging hikes. There are always easier options if you don't feel able to do the hikes, but be aware that you will be on your own if doing a different hike to the rest of the group.
This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team. You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately USD 10 per day, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.
The weather in the north can be unpredictable at times and you need to be prepared for all weather conditions. It can get surprisingly hot in summer, but it could also be quite cold. We suggest you bring layers.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Trekking the Appalachian Trail trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes night 3 (White Mountain National Park - Backcountry Hut) where you will be in shared accommodation.
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