NEW HAMPSHIRE APPALACHIAN TRAIL EXPLORER
Hike for miles along one of the most beautiful sections of the Appalachain Trail - New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains. Trekking from hut to hut, you’re sure to discover breathtaking views, camaraderie, and conquer new challenges. Join two Basecamp guides and a Crew of budding adventures for an epic thru hike experience!
Trek from hut to hut through the ridges and valleys of the Whites. First time trekkers will be able to look forward to the shelter of the huts and a farm fresh meal at the end of each day.
After meeting up in Concord, we’ll head toward an iconic section of the Appalachian Trail - the White Mountains. Beginning on the south west end, we drive from Concord to the trailhead that takes us to our first night at the Lonesome Lake Hut.
From Hut to Hut, we’ll trek, following the paths of centuries of hikers. We’ll wind over rock ridges of the Franconia Loop, through the remote Pemigewasset Wilderness, and past giant waterfalls. Each day we travel 5-8 miles, reaching the huts in early afternoon in time to rest, swim in lakes, explore side trails, and enjoy a warm meal prepared from local farm ingredients.
Take in the views, the sunsets, and the fields of wildflowers. Feel the rhythm of the mountains as you rise day after day, walk and climb, and fall asleep listening to the wind. Bird watching, plant identifying, and a growing closeness with nature come as we transition from “visiting” to “living” in the mountains.
For the final push, we will arise early, and Summit Mt. Washington (6,288 ft). We celebrate at the Summit with cheers and hugs. As a reward for our hard work, we ride “The Cog” (famous old railroad) down the mountainside back into town at sunset. We’ll stay the night in Bretton Woods and prepare for trip end the following morning.
White Mountain Trailblazer is a perfect introduction to thru trekking, and while not technically “introductory” rated, provides a perfect opportunity for budding mountaineers. Staying in huts saves Basecampers the weight of carrying shelters and food with them, enabling them to hike quicker and be less encumbered. This trip provides a good balance of movement and rest, with days strategically planned for a steady, achievable pace. Along the route, Basecampers will have opportunities to master Cairns and Summits and will emerge from this trip with feeling of achievement.
NEW HAMPSHIRE WHITE MOUNTAINS EXPLORER
Start/ End Location
Manchester, New Hampshire
Contact for Dates
Entering grades 6-8 in 2019
Groups limited to 12 Basecampers
5 (1-10, 1 is easiest)
Included In Trip Fee
Manchester-Boston Airport (MHT) Shuttle
Not Included In Trip Fee
Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)
Airfare/ Transportation to and from trip start & end
Trip Insurance (recommended)