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Climb Mount Washington (6288ft)

A classic. Summit the highest peak in the Northeast: Mount Washington (6288ft).

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mount Washington (6288ft)

A classic. Summit the highest peak in the Northeast: Mount Washington (6288ft).

DURATION

2 nights

LOCATION

USA

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 day off work

SEASON

Jul-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 10 people

MEETING POINT

Central Manhattan

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

This is a challenging climb but no technical skills are needed. We do recommend having some previous hiking experience and good fitness.

Hike to the summit of Mt. Washington - the highest peak in the Northeast at 6288 feet - and take in the epic views of the White Mountains

Challenge yourself over boulder terrain and tackle steep ascents, with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain on the big summit day

Take your pick of the seasons! Soak up the mountain in fine Summer weather, or tackle our Winter version to gaze out at a blanket of New Hampshire snow from the top

Included

Guides

Expert, certified guides with wilderness first responder training

Accommodation

Two nights in a Lodge in the heart of the White Mountains

Meals

All meals except lunch on the drive to/from the New York

Transfers

All transfers to/from Central Manhattan

Permits

All entry fees and permits

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Tips for your guides

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Central Manhattan

06:45 on Day 1

Ends

Central Manhattan

Around 18:00 on Day 3 (depending on traffic)

Transfers

On Day 1 you'll meet your host at the corner of Broadway and W 73rd street, northwest corner in front of The North Face store. The drive to the mountains takes around 5-6 hours, with a relaxing stop for lunch. Alternatively - you are welcome to make your own way directly to the first night of accommodation if you wish.

On Day 3 you'll typically arrive back roughly between 1600-1800, however, it is entirely dependent on traffic coming into New York City, which is very unpredictable. We strongly recommend you don't make any plans for the evening or book flights departing until after 2200 - in case of delays.

Travel options

If you are flying in - there are direct flights to New York via JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports from across the US and Europe. From there you can easily make your way into central Manhatten.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Lodge · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Lodge · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The Joe Dodge Lodge will provide a delicious breakfast and dinner buffet. The breakfast buffet includes pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, fruit, and many other choices. The dinner buffet includes meat and non-meat based options and grain or pasta dishes, as well as soups and tasty desserts. Vegetarian, vegan and most dietary requirements can be accommodated on this trip.

What is the accommodation like?

Jo Dodge Lodge

You'll be staying in a bunk-room at Jo Dodge Lodge in the heart of Pinkham Notch surrounded by White Mountain National Forest.

Day 1

Head to the White Mountains

Hiking

1 hour · 1 mile · 321ft up · 321ft down

You'll depart at 7:00 am, stopping for lunch on the road. After arriving at Pinkham Notch, located in the heart of the White Mountains, you'll drop off your bags at the Joe Dodge Lodge and then go for a short warm-up hike up Square Ledge. After a moderate scramble to the top, gorgeous views of Mt. Washington will open up right in front of you, and you can trace the route you'll be taking to the summit the next day. That evening you'll have a delicious dinner at the Lodge, pack your backpack for the next day, and get a good night's sleep before the summit attempt the following morning.

Day 2

The Big One: Summit Mount Washington

Hiking

9 hours · 8 miles · 4169ft up · 4169ft down

After a hearty breakfast at the Lodge, you'll start the summit attempt of Mount Washington. The bouldery terrain will get the blood pumping right away. Be prepared for steep ascents, especially as the day goes on and you enter the Alpine Zone and make your way up the summit cone. Once above tree line, beautiful views of the White Mountains will open up, and you'll hike amongst the hardy but fragile Alpine plants. Once at the summit, you'll stop for lunch at the Mount Washington State Park building. The hike down with its steep descents can be just as challenging as the way up. Back at the Lodge: unwind, relax, and have a delicious dinner to celebrate the day's adventures.

Day 3

Time to head home

After a well-deserved lie-in, grab breakfast and relax for the leisurely drive back to New York City, stopping for lunch along the way.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Rain cover or plastic bags to waterproof backpack
  • 30+L backpack

Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton base layers (top and bottom).
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top layer
  • Insulating bottom layer
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom layers that can be worn over all other layers
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Fleece hat
  • Neck buff
  • Sun hat
  • Light and comfortable camp/lodge/car shoes

Other

  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Head torch
  • Trekking poles
  • Water bottles or bladder (must have 3L capacity in total)

This is a challenging trip, where you will be navigating very steep terrain. If you are not an experienced hiker, you should build-up to this with easier climbs first. You should aim to do cardio and endurance exercise 3-5 days a week and do hikes that involve steep ascents at least twice a month in the three months leading up to your trip.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. The amount to tip is entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip in the USA; your guides will rely on tips for a considerable portion of their income.

We suggest to budget for 10%-20% of the trip cost as a guideline.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Drinking water is available at the lodge and you'll carry all the water you need for the hike.

Mount Washington specifically is known as home to some of the worst weather in the world, and is characterized by unpredictable, often severe weather (that's a big part of what makes it a challenging mountain, even though it's a shorter mountain). So the weather will vary a lot. The weather can vary drastically from the bottom of the mountain to the summit. It's not unusual for it to be in the 70's at the base and snowing at the summit, so it's important to bring a range of gear.

Room is limited in the van, so participants should only bring their backpack and one small extra item, such as a duffel bag, for any extras.

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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