Swap the slippers for snowshoes and discover the wonders of winter trekking.
Winter doesn’t have to be for staying in and watching TV. Instead, keep your body invigorated and your mind inspired on a Winter Hiking & Snowshoeing tour in some of the world’s most iconic national parks. Offering the chance to experience a destination in a whole new light, our expert-led adventures promise incredible scenery, unique activities, and plenty of local culture and hospitality – all without the peak season crowds. Whether you’re excited by the sight of Yosemite's snow-dusted summits or can’t wait to marvel at crystalised ice flows in the Rocky Mountains, let the magic of winter lead you on the journey of a lifetime.
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All these trips are designed in such a way that everyone with a relative level of fitness can join. You do not need any previous snowshoeing or winter hiking experience to take part, but you do need to be fit and therefore you must make yourself familiar with the length, elevation gain, terrain and altitude of the treks included on your itinerary. If you're doing a backpacking trip, you will also need to carry a share of the group's gear. Generally, shorter, and less physically demanding trips with fixed accommodation such as mountain lodges are recommended for newbies, so check our Yellowstone or Rocky Mountain itineraries for inspiration.
Yes, you will be. As safety is our highest priority, we do not let people trek or snowshoe on their own, especially in winter environments where things like snow depth, slope inclination and trail finding can be more difficult than in summer months. However, the group can sometimes be as small as a couple of people plus your expert guide, and your leader will help beginners and experts alike find exactly what they're looking for along the way.
Your guide will always be trekking or snowshoeing with you and the rest of the group, staying in the same accommodation or camping spot, and sharing (in fact, often preparing) all meals with you. That said, all our guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate and take personal downtime, so we ask our travellers to respect these requirements and to not interrupt their time off or sleep time unless there is a true (life threatening) emergency.
In the mountains the weather has the final say, and your safety is our primary concern. We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasion that any mountains are shut or have very poor conditions – taking a different trail if at all possible.
We get it, lugging your own gear around, especially when coming from overseas, can be a painful and expensive experience. We can either provide the gear (e.g. snowshoes and poles) or arrange for you to hire it from a local provider when required.
All travellers on an Intrepid trip are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
Travel insurance policies vary, but we strongly recommend double checking with your insurer that they cover ‘adventure activities' such as snowshoeing and trekking in snow, as many popular insurers have this as an optional extra rather than included.
For more information on insurance, please go to our Travel Insurance hub.
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