8 daywalks. Altitude maximum 1605m, approx. average 830m.
1 night 3-star hotel (en suite) in New York, 9 nights participatory camping; high quality camping equipment provided (excluding sleeping bags).
Both camping and lodge departures are available for this tour; please enquire for details or visit our website to see lodge and camping departure dates.
Start hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable three star hotels or lodges with en suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple. In the event that you cannot be matched with another passenger there will not be a single supplement charge.
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners included on camping departures. On lodge departures four course dinner included at lodge in White Mountains only.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures (GAA), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and Grand American Adventure clients.
This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. GAA operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.
This walking tour is designed for active adults and offers a well-paced mix of walks, all of which are day walks and are therefore optional. Whilst a number of the walks, such as the Hopper Trail, Lonesome Lake and Ocean Path hikes are suitable for all fitness levels, others require a good level of fitness suitable for those who are used to regular exercise. All walks are at low altitude.
The hikes available on this trip vary in both difficulty and duration, ranging from short (approx. 2 hour) leisurely low gradient strolls on well marked trails, to longer (approx. 6-10 hour) moderate and challenging hikes on steep and/or loose terrain.
The Franconia Ridge Hike and the Mount Katahdin/Baxter Peak climb are both considered challenging, and involve steep ascents and descents with some scrambling over rocks and boulders. Our leaders enjoy spending as much time as possible on the trail with their groups.
As interests and capabilities vary, our leaders will typically guide day hikes according to group's needs and the difficulty of particular hikes. With two tour leaders on this trip, they will either guide separate hikes chosen by the majority, or offer additional activities and support. However, it will not always be possible for every hiker to be accompanied by a guide when groups divide up to explore different trails. Many of the day hikes allow walkers to do their own thing so it is essential for participants to have a reasonable knowledge of the outdoors and show a degree of common sense. Should you wish to try one of the alternative trails without a guide you will be suitably briefed in advance of what to expect and given a meeting point.
The leader will also advise those who do not wish to participate, of the other options available in the area. Please note, some of the areas are remote and hiking or relaxing will be the only possible entertainment. In order to get the most out of the holiday and have the best experience, those on participatory camping departures will be expected to get involved with camp chores including cooking, cleaning, pitching tents and tidying up.
There are a couple of longer drives on this trip (4-6 hours), although the scenery en route is stunning and there will be plenty of stops for refreshments, stretching your legs and taking photo's. Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour.
Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.
Normal group size and age
Normally 5 to 12, plus 2 leader/drivers. Minimum age 18.
Lodge departures are also available on selected dates if you prefer a little more comfort. These include 10 nights 3-star hotels/lodges. Unlike our camping version of this trip, meals are not included on the lodge departures.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Fitness is important and you may have to improve yours before departure. Most treks at this grade compare to extended walking in mountainous terrain such as the Lakes of Snowdonia, but usually at significantly higher altitudes; climate and remoteness can also play a part. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.
Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.
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Certain departures of this trip are marked in our brochures and online as Premium Departures labelled with against the specific date. On these departures some elements of the trip have been changed to provide more comfort - this will generally mean we have raised the standard of hotels or switched from camping to comfortable lodges, but it may also include other changes, for example, where a long train journey has been replaced by an internal flight. Specific details about what elements of the trip have been changed can be found in the relevant sections of the Trip Notes.