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Trekking the Appalachian Trail

New England, Eastern US

Trekking the Appalachian Trail

Start: Boston
End: Boston

Answer the call of the wild on the Appalachian trail

LocationNew England, Eastern US
Duration9 days
Start / EndBoston / Boston
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

New England, Eastern US

Trekking the Appalachian Trail

9 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Boston
End: Boston


Because of its booming cultural voice, many visitors to the US overlook the rugged and diverse landscape that categorises the country’s great outdoors. Beyond the 24-hour cities and ritzy metropolises lie pine-topped ranges and lake-dotted valleys. Since 1937 the Appalachian Trail has given wanderers a way to explore the intimidating forests and mountains of the Eastern US and this tour gives y...

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Day 1Boston
Welcome to Boston, the historic big city with a neighbourhood feel. You’ll meet the rest of your group and your leader at 6pm. If you can’t get a flight that will deliver you in time, it’s a good idea to arrive a day or two earlier so you can attend. We’ll collect your next of kin and insurance information at the meeting, so keep them on hand. If you're going to be late, let hotel reception know. Later, you could venture out for dinner. Located on the East Coast, Boston has dynamite seafood. Your leader can give you the lowdown on where to get the best clam chowder if you want to try a classic local dish.
Day 2White Mountains National Forest
The wilderness is calling and today you’ll answer. A half day drive will deliver you to Franconia Notch State Park, where bubbling brooks cut through thick hardwood forest and granite cliffs lead to alpine peaks. Setup camp at Lafayette Place and then embark on your first Appalachian Trail hike, a three-kilometre (1.9 mile) round trip to secluded Lonesome Lake, where still waters reflect the hills and mountains that surround it. This moderately challenging trek is a good way to get acquainted with the terrain, and your leader will give you instruction along the way.
Day 3White Mountain National Forest
After an early morning wake-up call, pack up camp and set out on the stunning Franconia Ridge Trail, one of the most famous and beloved sections of the Appalachian Trail. You’ll walk for about 10 kilometres (6 miles) and the path is often rocky. It’s also steep, the trailhead sits around 2000 feet and you'll climb roughly 3000 feet reaching altitudes of around 5000 feet above sea level. These conditions make for a demanding hike, but the sight of scarred mountainside and lush forest are unforgettable. Views aside, there’s another reward waiting at the end of your hike – included dinner at the Greenleaf Hut on Mt Lafayette. You’ll spend the night in this beautifully situated backcountry cabin, which has been a hiker’s haven since 1930. Sitting right on the treeline and looking over Eagle Lake, the accommodation tonight is a true off-the-grid highlight in a trip that is full of them.
Day 4White Mountain National Forest
Make the roughly five-kilometre (3 mile) descent to Lafayette Place. Going downhill on the uneven ground isn’t easy, but you’ll get some more of those unforgettable views on the way. During the more manageable sections, scour the sky for hawks and keep an eye out for American redstarts and sparrows in the trees. Sit down for lunch at camp and then decide whether you’d like to partake in an optional hike or take a trip on the historic Cog Railroad. Those who choose the latter will ride the cog car on a 3-hour roundtrip to the summit of Mt Washington. It’s a precipitous journey on a wooden track with incredible views of the ranges from the open windows.
Day 5Baxter State Park, Maine
Leave behind the thickets of White Mountain for Baxter State Park, where Mt Katahdin towers over the low lakes and spruce trees. Park namesake and conservationist Percival P. Baxter was right when he praised the mountain for its “massive grandeur”. It’s a 6-hour drive to your next destination and you’ll set up camp upon arrival. In the evening, you might want to take part in an optional float plane trip, which takes you soaring above the incredible landscape of Baxter State Park and delivers you for dinner in a backcountry cabin.
Day 6Baxter State Park, Maine
The official terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Mt Katahdin is breathtaking in more ways than one. If you decide to tackle the famed trek, you’ll need to scramble (use your hands to climb up and over boulders) for a large part of it and maintain sure footing on jagged rocks in others. Precipitous ridges, steep inclines and a certain amount of exposure are unavoidable and a round trip (15.8 kilometres or 9.8 miles) can take between 8-10 hours. But there’s a reason this is one of the most celebrated hikes in North America. Even though it’s well-known, foot traffic in the park and on the mountain is tightly controlled, meaning the environment is pristine and relatively untouched. On clear days, the rough terrain and granite cliffs make for awe-inspiring views and Baxter State Park’s numerous lakes and ponds dot the landscape far below. There’s no getting around the fact that this is a tough – often gruelling – hike, and if there’s a chance of better weather tomorrow then the summit climb will be delayed by a day. If that is the case, there are plenty of other outdoor activities to keep you occupied in the park, the details of which will be discussed in tomorrow’s itinerary.
Day 7Baxter State Park, Maine
If you climbed Mt Katahdin yesterday, today you are free to further explore the untamed parkland of Baxter. You may want to explore one of the many lakes by canoe – they’re just a small donation to hire and on the water you might be able to spot delicate grey jay birds and sparrows. If you can handle another hike, the trail to Sandy Stream Pond is a half-day hike on mercifully flat ground with great opportunity to spot moose.
Day 8Boston
Back to civilisation. Today you’ll make the approximately 5-hour drive back to Boston, leaving behind the wild of New England. Enjoy a final meal with your group in the city. Later, rest your weary limbs with a well-deserved evening in a hotel bed, a welcome respite after camping.
Day 9Boston
Today you're free to leave Boston after check-out. If you're staying on in the city, why not check out an Urban Adventures Bowls and Bites tour? You can smash some pins and some snacks in true Bostonian fashion.

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Trip title

Trekking the Appalachian Trail

Trip code



Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019


Because of its booming cultural voice, many visitors to the US overlook the rugged and diverse landscape that categorises the country’s great outdoors. Beyond the 24-hour cities and ritzy metropolises lie pine-topped ranges and lake-dotted valleys. Since 1937 the Appalachian Trail has given wanderers a way to explore the intimidating forests and mountains of the Eastern US and this tour gives you ... Read more




Explorer,Walking & Trekking


Private vehicle

Physical Rating


Joining point

The Midtown Hotel Boston

Finish point

The Midtown Hotel Boston

Important information

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 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.

Group leader

Your Intrepid group leader’s role involves organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and camp responsibilities. They will work to make the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid's North American trips are built around the co-operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. On ... Read more


Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more


WIFI Our vans in the USA are equipped with free WiFi however a fair use policy applies. It is limited to 5 users at one time, and is suitable for updating your Facebook status or sending an email home - not for streaming video or radio. Please be considerate of your use so that there is enough to go around. Some campgrounds also have WiFi access, as do many hotels. CHARGING BATTERIES North Americ... Read more


Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Trek the highlights of the scenic Appalachian Trail

Is this trip right for you

Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’. The focus of t... Read more


All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.... Read more

Money matters

SPENDING MONEY: When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so ... Read more

What to take

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag. Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one. A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Climate and seasonal

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: The following national holidays are observed in the US, which can affect our itinerary as traffic can be extreme, and shops, restaurants and attractions can be closed: - New Year's Day - Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Washington's Birthday - Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Columbus Day - Veterans Day - Thanksgiving Day - Christmas Day

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more


After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

The campsites that we use are selected for either their scenic beauty, their convenient location to places of interest and/or the facilities available. We aim to offer you a selection of different types of campsites. If you've never camped before - no problem! We provide a complete set of camping and cooking equipment. This includes roomy easy-to-pitch tents, which are shared by only two people ... Read more

Transport notes

FLEET Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip. Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio/tape or CD players. Your baggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van. The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously check... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyo... Read more


Camping (with facilities) (5 nts),Hotel (2 nts),Mountain hut (1 nt)
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