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White Mountains – Appalachian Hutting

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Leave civilisation behind and walk deep into the vast wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This is back to basics holiday, with a pack on our backs as we explore one of the most impressive sections of the world-famous Appalachian Trail. 

Leave civilisation behind and walk deep into the vast wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This is back to holiday basics - with a backpack on we explore one of the most impressive sections of the world-famous Appalachian Trail where every step brings us closer to the most awe-inspiring views. Our nights are spent perched on a mountain in rustic huts, and we wake each morning to an exhilarating view, beckoning us to travel further along this magnificent long-distance trail. 

We begin in Boston, where we relax and enjoy city life before the real hike begins. Wasting no time, we travel deep into the White Mountains to start our backcountry walking adventure. After meeting our guide, who will brief us about the adventure ahead, we stretch our legs with a 4.6 mile hike. The following day sees us walk from the Gale River trailhead to Garfield Ridge. Our hut tonight is the most remote of those experienced on this trip and boasts stunning views directly from the front door. A steep ascent of 350m brings us to South Twin, and then we follow the trail over Mount Guyot and Mount Zealand. We pass some mountain lakes on this section of the trail and can take a cooling dip, should the weather allow. 

We set our horizons on the Crawford Path come day 5, one of the oldest maintained trails in the US, allowing us to summit Mount Webster and Mount Jackson. From here onwards the stunning alpine scenery will ramp up a notch. We will walk to the aptly named “Lakes of the Cloud Hut”. This is the highest hut on the tour (1524m), and we are treated to some incredible views of the Presidential Range. The Webster Cliff Trail leads directly from our hut to the summit of Mount Clinton. This walk traverses yet more American icons; Mount Eisenhower, Mount Franklin and Mount Monroe. Before the trip is up, we will walk along the backbone of the Presidential Range, with an opportunity to summit a selection of peaks. Star Lake rewards us with reflecting views of Mount Madison, a perfect spot for reflecting on our own epic journey. Our final day gives us the opportunity to summit Mount Madison, the most northerly peak in the Presidential Range. 

And finally, we travel back to Boston to walk the historic Freedom Trail around the city, before heading home. 

 

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking the most impressive section of the Appalachian Trail
  • Specialist Appalachian mountain guides, provided at a ratio of 1:6
  • Spectacular views from the mountain huts 
  • Most walks take us above the tree line 

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Boston (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers 
      En suite accommodation 
      Nine breakfasts, nine dinners and six lunches 
      Specialist Appalachian mountain guides 
      All local transport costs. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 7

  1. Day 1

    Depart London (Heathrow) to Boston. On arrival we transfer by road to our hotel in Boston where we overnight. The journey to the hotel will take about 15 mins. We should have some free time to take an orientation of the city, before dinner in a local restaurant. 

    Accommodation: The Midtown Hotel, Boston
    Meals: Dinner

     
  2. Day 2

    We leave late morning and head into the White Mountains National Forest to begin our backcountry walking adventure.  The journey takes about 3hrs not including the stops we will make on the way. On arrival we will meet our Appalachian mountain guide, who will brief us on our walking adventure ahead. After we will continue to Crawford Notch, where we will spend the night at the Highland Centre. After checking in and If time allows, we may take a short walk. 

    Accommodation: Highland Centre, Crawford Notch
    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

     
  3. Day 3

    We start early and drive to Gale River Trailhead, where we begin our walk and follow the Frost Trail. We walk up to the Garfield Ridge and continue to Galehead Hut. This is the most remote of all the huts and enjoys the most spectacular position perched between Galehead and South Twin Mountains. With stunning views right from the front door. After arriving at the hut, those who wish to can climb to the summit of Mount Galehead. 

    Distance: 4.5 miles
    Ascent / descent: 670m / 2200ft ascent, negligible descent
    Duration: 4-5 hours
    Accommodation: Galehead Hut 1227m
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     
  4. Day 4

    Today we start with the ascent of South Twin (1491m).  This is a most enjoyable section of the trail, but it is no mean feat, as a steep ascent of 350 metres is required. The next section  follows the Appalachian Trail over Mount Guyot (1396m) and Mount Zealand (1300m). We will come across a mountain lake on the way, some may wish to take a dip if the weather allows! The walk continues to Zealand Falls Hut, where we stay the night. The hut hosts are specialists on the local flora and fauna and will give us a presentation on what we may be likely to find on our way. 

    Distance: 6 miles
    Ascent / descent: 471m / 1549ft ascent, 818m / 2683ft descent
    Duration: 6 hours
    Accommodation: Zealand Falls Hut  
    Meals: Breakfast and lunch & dinner

     
  5. Day 5

    Today we walk one of the oldest maintained trails in the US, the Crawford Path. We can also summit some of the South Presidential Peaks, including Mount Webster (1162m) and Mount Jackson (1211m). 

    Distance: 15.5km / 9.6 miles
    Ascent / descent: 1176m / 3857ft ascent, 804m / 2637ft descent
    Duration: 6-7 hours
    Accommodation: Mitzpah Spring Hut 1158m
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     

     

     
  6. Day 6

    On our way to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut we bag four of the Presidential Peaks. First is Mount Pierce (1308m), followed by Mount Eisenhower (1449m). After a short descent we start to rise again, deviating slightly to take in Mount Franklin (1516m), then Mount Monroe (1617m). On reaching the Lakes in the Clouds Hut it is a short but steep ascent to the highest mountain in the Presidential Range, Mount Washington, at 1917m.

    Distance: 6.8km,4.2 miles
    Ascent / descent: 642m / 2105ft ascent, 300m / 984m descent (+400m ascent and descent for Mount Washington)
    Duration: 4-5 hours
    Accommodation: Lakes of the Clouds Hut 1539m
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     
  7. Day 7

    Our penultimate day in the White Mountains takes us along the backbone of the Presidential Ranges. There is the opportunity to summit a selection of peaks and our local guide will decide which ones we head for; whichever we choose the views will not disappoint. We will also take the short and easy walk from the Madison Hut to Star Lake just below Mount Madison. Having conquered so many mountains, it will be interesting to see a different perspective as we take in the wonderful reflections of Mount Madison. 

    Distance: 10.3km / 6.4 miles
    Ascent / descent: 480m / 1574ft ascent, 555m / 1820ft descent
    Duration: 6 hours
    Accommodation: Madison Hut 1463m
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     
  8. Day 8

    To appreciate those last few epic views, we will have the opportunity to summit Mount Madison, where on the descent we can enjoy some wonderful views along the King Ravine Trail.  

    Distance: 6.4km / 4 miles
    Ascent / descent 66m / 217ft ascent, 1098m / 3601ft descent
    Duration: 3 hours

    Alternatively we can take a more relaxed pace, and follow a less strenuous walk down from the hut. During the afternoon we will travel back to the Highland Centre, for a well-deserved rest and overnight.

    Accommodation: Highland Centre, Crawford Notch
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     
  9. Day 9

    This morning we will walk the Freedom Trail, which is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that trace the city’s history from Puritans to the present day.  Later we transfer to Boston Airport for the overnight flight to the UK.

    Meals: Breakfast

     
  10. Day 10

    We arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Boston (British Airways) 
  • Airport transfers by road c.15mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Boston (1), Crawford Notch (1), Galehead Hut (1), Zealand Falls Hut (1), Mizpah Hut (1), Lakes of the Cloud Hut (1), Madison Hut (1), Crawford Notch (1), Boston (1), Overnight flight (1). Single rooms available in Boston and Crawford Notch only.