Hike the Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Foliage
from $4702
Duration: 4 Days
On this four-day hiking trip, immerse yourself in the breathtaking colours of the Great Smoky Mountains as they shift from summer into autumn. The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee become a sea of reds, yellows, pinks and oranges for just a few weeks each year. Hiking some of the oldest mountains in the world, you’ll tackle a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, feel the mist of waterfalls on your skin and take rests by the crystal-clear waters of rivers and streams that have been flowing for millennia. Explore this mountainous region, reaching points only accessible by foot, all against the colourful backdrop of this ancient land in autumn.
  • Spend your days in the kaleidoscopic colours of autumn in one of the Eastern US’s most beloved national parks.
  • Explore the peaks and valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains, taking in meadows, creeks, waterfalls and historical townships.
  • Wander the towns that play gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dining in local restaurants and experiencing life in the shadow of the mountains.
  • Tackle a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, treading in the footsteps of explorers that have come this way for centuries.
  • Visit one of the most iconic landmarks in the North Carolinian Appalachian Mountains– Looking Glass Rock.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Viewpoint via the Appalachian Trail hike - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Highest Point visit - Townsend
  • Shuttle from Asheville to Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mountain Farm Museum visit - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Waterfall hike - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Open air camp style hot breakfast - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Midnight Hole Falls & Mouse Creek Falls hike - Asheville
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Pioneer Cabins and Grotto Falls hike - Asheville
  • Shuttle to Asheville.
  • Asheville - Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive
  • Pisgah National Forest - Looking Glass Falls visit - Asheville
  • Pisgah National Forest - Looking Glass Rock hike - Asheville
  • Day 1 Location: Asheville to Townsend
    Welcome to North Carolina! This morning you’ll be picked up from Asheville for a scenic drive up into Great Smoky Mountains National Park where your adventure really kicks off. First stop is Mountain Farm Museum where you can take in some of the agricultural history of this incredible place before continuing into the park and onto your first hike. Hitting the famous Appalachian Trail, you’ll be treated to the panoramic views of surrounding mountains and valleys that make this part of the country so famous. Reaching your destination viewpoint for the day, enjoy a picnic lunch among the sleeping giants of the Great Smoky Mountains, then make your way back to the trailhead. Jumping back into the shuttle, you’ll stop to take in the views from Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s highest peak, Clingmans Dome (Kuwohi). Wrapping up the day, cross the border into Tennessee, checking into your lodge in Townsend, before heading out for a local Appalachian dinner.
    Day 2 Location: Townsend
    Ever dreamed of sipping coffee in a meadow, surrounded by all the of wonders the Great Smoky Mountains? This morning, your guide will prepare a hot Appalachian breakfast in a meadow-side picnic area, making the perfect starting point for today’s explorations. Keep an eye out for Tennessee locals like black bears, elk, turkeys, deer and more while you wander the meadows, forests and historic buildings of Townsend. Today’s trek takes you up a forested path into the mountains, along mountain streams and towards waterfalls. Home to what many consider the Smokies’ most beautiful waterfall hike, catch all the colours the mountains in autumn have to offer reflecting off crystal-clear creeks. Take a rest for your picnic lunch next to one of the falls before returning to your lodge for an evening of relaxation and a group dinner.
    Day 3 Location: Townsend to Asheville
    Following breakfast in a local family restaurant, a scenic drive takes you to the trailhead of the first of two hikes. Feel the mist on your face as you get up close and personal with one of the Great Smoky Mountains’ most unique waterfalls as the trail takes you behind the fall itself. Heading back to your shuttle to hit the road, stop in at historic pioneer cabins and settlements along Roaring Fork, and enjoy lunch by the banks of the picturesque mountain stream. Then lace up for your second and final hike for the day to two more waterfalls. Making your way back to Asheville for the night, catch up with your group for a stroll of downtown and head to tonight’s restaurant.
    Day 4 Location: Asheville
    Wrap up your trip on a high note by summiting one of the most iconic landmarks in this region of the Appalachian Mountains — Looking Glass Rock. You’ll ascend through deep forest, trekking through the rich colours of autumn. When you reach the summit, settle in for your picnic lunch and bask in the 360 views of the surrounding mountains and Pisgah National Forest. After your descent, stop by the spectacular Looking Glass Waterfall, before piling back into your bus and heading back into Asheville, following the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Back in Asheville, it’s time to bid your group farewell as your trip comes to an end.
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    Hike the Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Foliage

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    Validity: 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2024


    On this four-day hiking trip, immerse yourself in the breathtaking colours of the Great Smoky Mountains as they shift from summer into autumn. The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee become a sea of reds, yellows, pinks and oranges for just a few weeks each year. Hiking some of the oldest mountains in the world, you’ll tackle a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, feel the mist of waterfalls on your skin and take rests by the crystal-clear waters of rivers and streams that have been flowing for millennia. Explore this mountainous region, reaching points only accessible by foot, all against the colourful backdrop of this ancient land in autumn.




    Walking & Trekking


    Private vehicle

    Physical Rating


    Physical preparation

    You’re in for a walking trip and a good level of fitness is essential. Please read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is the right trip for you. If you’re already a regular exerciser, it might be an idea to up your game a little. Run those extra laps, or take few longer walks, ideally with a day pack on your back. If you’re not exercising so regularly (2-3 times a week), it’s important to start in the weeks leading up to your departure (4-6 weeks prior at least). Your best choice would be to start walking regularly 2-3 times a week including at least one longer walk (up to 15 km). It’s important to not only walk on flat surface, so if you cannot access a hilly terrain easily, walking up and down the stairs is a good replacement. Top that up with some general fitness exercises and any other cardio related classes and you will see a huge progress in your fitness levels. Day 1 will be the most difficult day as we hike along the Appalachian Trail, then move on to flat “rails to trails” routes on day 2. On Days 3 and 4 we will hike on rougher trails in a Wilderness area that does not get regular trail maintenance. You should be able to hike uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb (3.5-5.5 kg) backpack for 5-7 hours while maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain.

    Joining point

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Asheville Downtown

    42 Tunnel Road




    Finish point




    Important information

    1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details. 2. Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. 3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details. 4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details. 5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers. 6. You will meet your guide and group at the Holiday Inn in downtown Asheville for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We’re happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you’re not staying at the Holiday Inn. Your guide will then pick you up the next morning for transport to the trailhead. This trip will conclude at approximately 5:00 PM on the last day. 7. The Smokies’ fall foliage typically occurs between the last week of mid October and early November, but it is a natural process that varies year by year. We have done our very best to schedule the tour dates for the best chance to see the peak fall colors, but as with many things in nature there are no guarantees. Regardless of the stage of the fall foliage during your tour, it’s a stunningly beautiful area to hike and explore, and a magical season in which to be there. 8. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

    Group leader

    Your group leader’s role involves organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and camp responsibilities. Our leaders are also fully qualified and experienced to lead all the treks included in this trip, therefore, your leader is also your trekking guide. In addition, they are responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country/state. The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads. Please note that guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24 hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time/ etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask our travellers to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ time off and sleep time unless there is a true (life threatening) emergency.


    Most national governments provide regularly updated foreign travel advice 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 destinations and activities on your trip. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trips here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your group leader or local representative will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your group leader or local representative will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader or local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Intrepid's operational safety policies can be viewed on our website at the link below. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how safety is being managed on our trips.


    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.


    PASSPORT You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date. We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends. VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa for your trip and any countries you may transit through is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. You can check the entry requirements for your nationality on your government's foreign travel advisories, consular websites or on our page here:  www.intrepidtravel.com/visa-entry-requirements

    Why we love it

    Spend your days in the kaleidoscopic colours of autumn in one of the Eastern US’s most beloved national parks.

    Explore the peaks and valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains, taking in meadows, creeks, waterfalls and historical townships.

    Wander the towns that play gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dining in local restaurants and experiencing life in the shadow of the mountains.

    Tackle a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, treading in the footsteps of explorers that have come this way for centuries.

    Visit one of the most iconic landmarks in the North Carolinian Appalachian Mountains– Looking Glass Rock.

    Is this trip right for you

    This is a walking trip, so a good fitness level will help you enjoy all included walks and activities. On this tour you will be required to carry a daypack weighing approximately 3.5 to 5.5 kg (8-12 lb).


    GENERAL HEALTH 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 manage and enjoy 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/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained while travelling. PREGNANCY: For health and safety reasons, no pregnant women, no matter what stage of pregnancy, are allowed on any backcountry trip, which are defined as backpacking, portered, mule-assisted and llama trips. Additionally, for health and safety reasons no pregnant women, no matter what stage of pregnancy, are allowed on any frontcountry trip, which are defined as day hikes, lodge-based and basecamp trips, in Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and/or Southern Utah from June 15-September 15. Cardiac Policy: A written doctor’s approval, using The Trekking Release Form, is required of any guest who has undergone an open chest procedure, including but not limited to, a coronary artery bypass or graft, or a valve replacement, within one year prior to the trip start date. A written doctor’s approval, using The Trekking Release Form, is required of any guest who has undergone any procedure related to a cardiac stent, or a cardiac ablation or pacemaker, within three months prior to the trip start date. Stroke Policy: A written doctor’s approval, using The Trekking Release Form, is required of any guest who has had a stroke or undergone any procedure related to a stroke within one year prior to the trip start date. COVID-19 VACCINATION Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. However any guest who has been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or who develops flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, body aches/chills, recent loss of taste or smell), or who tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of their scheduled trip will not be allowed to join the trip without a negative COVID-19 test result. HEALTH SCREENING If you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. At the group meeting, you may be asked to complete a self-screening health form and report any COVID-19 symptoms as well as any close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are displaying any symptoms or have any health concerns at this time, we will follow the advice of local health authorities to determine whether medical assistance, isolation or further action is required. It's quite possible that the destination may have different or more strict protocols in place in relations to a Covid-19 case from your home. This may include hotel or hospital quarantine or quarantine for the group. Please check your government's travel advice to find out the details. We ask all travellers to continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms to their tour leader.

    Food and dietary requirements

    All meals on your trip are included, from breakfasts and lunches with a choice of hot and cold meals, to delicious dinners at local restaurants. If you have food allergies or preferences, please let us know in advance so we can adjust the dining options to better suit your requirements.

    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 an appropriate amount for things like optional meals, drinks, shopping, optional activities, and laundry. Make sure you have read the itinerary and inclusions thoroughly so you know what is included in the trip price and what you may need to pay for while travelling. The most convenient way to access money is via ATMs, which are plentiful throughout North America. Check with your bank for information on their international fees. Most optional activities can be paid for with credit card. TIPPING Tipping is part of the culture in North America – while it may not be customary in your home country, it is an entrenched feature of many industries including the tourism industry, in North America. YOUR LEADER Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline – not an expectation – is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 10-20% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. TIPPING WHILE OUT AND ABOUT Restaurants: We suggest 18% to 22% of your bill. Bars: We suggest US$1 per drink. A charge that isn’t normally listed in North American menus or pricing are the state and federal taxes. Keep this in mind when your bill comes out slightly higher than the original price listed. CONTINGENCY FUNDS We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or a Force Majeure Event. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights. Make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved. The recommended amount is listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however, local currency may be needed once in the country to cover these costs.

    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. 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. As well as your underwear, toothbrush and other items you always need to pack for travel, below are some items that you specifically need for this trip. https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list INCLUDED GEAR We provide all group gear which includes the following: • Deuter or Osprey backpacks • Leki trekking poles • Company-issued first-aid kit • Emergency communication device(s) ESSENTIAL ITEMS YOU NEED TO BRING - Trekking clothing: A mixture covering lightweight clothing and some warm layers is recommended. Your activities will take place in the outdoors, where weather may change quickly. Lightweight, comfortable, and quick drying clothes for the activities are best. Laundry facilities may not be available on every day basis, so make sure you have a few cycles of clothes. - Hiking boots with a good grip, ankle support and waterproof membrane that are comfortable to walk for an entire day - Comfortable shoes for shorter beach walks or evenings spend around accommodation/campsite - Sport sandals - Light jacket, fleece and base layers - Wind and waterproof jacket - Breathable, non-cotton hiking t-shirts - Long hiking pants or zip-offs - Nylon hiking shorts - Water bottle or bladder: you will need water during activities and it’s best to avoid buying unnecessary plastic. - Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat or bandana - Torch/flashlight/headtorch - Toiletries - Walking Poles if you would prefer to use your own - Quick Dry Towel RECOMMENDED ITEMS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BRINGING - Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your leader, but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, antihistamine tablets and any personal medication you may need - Ear plugs & eye mask - Camera with spare batteries/power bank: You will have access to power to recharge your electrical items daily - Travel eco-friendly wipes/hand sanitizer OPTIONAL ITEMS - Swimwear - A good book, a journal and music player VALUABLES Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. It’s also recommended to bring a copy of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary. If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list. HYDRATION SYSTEM Please bring your own hydration system of2 or 3 liters capacity, either water bottles or bladder/hose system and an additional water bottle to refill along the way.

    Climate and seasonal

    The weather in the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains varies greatly by time of year and elevation. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Low temperatures in October and November are typically between 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 to 4.5C), and high temperatures are typically between 53 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit (12 to 23C).

    A couple of rules

    We like to think our Intrepid travellers are all connected by a love of adventure and passion for seeing the world in a different way. We've laid down a few non-negotiable rules to ensure everyone feels connected, comfortable and safe on our trips. We ask that you respect your fellow travellers, group leader or local representative, and local people and places we visit in all circumstances. We don't tolerate any forms of violence and expect that you follow the local laws, customs and regulations in any destination we travel to. Any behaviour contrary to the above, including any behaviour that prevents our staff from performing their duty of care or continuing the itinerary as planned, may result in travellers being removed from the trip. If you consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect you to abide by local alcohol laws. To ensure the well-being of everyone on the trip, all decisions made by group leaders or local representatives and ground staff are final. Romantic relationships between travellers and group leader or local representative are not permitted while on trip. By travelling with us, you agree to comply with these rules and the laws and customs of all countries visited. If something is concerning you during your travels with us, please speak to your group leader or local representative immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in your Essential Trip Information’s Problems and Emergency Contact section.


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    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 local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time. For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/ In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below: POLICE AND AMBULANCE In case of an emergency, local authorities can be contacted by calling 911 – this is the toll free phone number for the police, fire department and the ambulance in the USA and Canada. In case of doubt, call the operator on 0. Intrepid's Local Operator: +1 928 224 0699

    Responsible travel

    Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable, and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip group leaders or local representatives, suppliers, and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/responsible-travel

    The Intrepid Foundation

    We created our not-for-profit, the Intrepid Foundation because you – our travellers – told us you wanted to make an even greater impact in the communities you visit. The Foundation works by teaming up with partners around the world so that together we can deliver greater positive impact at scale. Partners are identified by our local staff who live and work in our destinations. They harness their powerful community connections to determine the issues that matter most and select local partners who can deliver real solutions. Since 2002, the Intrepid Foundation has raised more than $14million dollars and supported more than 160 communities worldwide. Now, with over 40 partners all over the world, your donations are helping to restore forests in Kenya, empower women in Honduras and promote elephant welfare in Laos, to name just a few. For more information about the Intrepid Foundation, please ask your group leader or local representative or visit our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

    Accommodation notes

    Experience some of America’s best national parks in style on an inn based tour with cosy accommodation and restaurant meals to look forward to each night. Inn based tours include transportation, lodging, meals, park entrance fees, and a professional hiking guide.

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your group leader or local representative. If you have credit card insurance your group leader or local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. For travellers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or USA the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travellers from these regions who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-resources/our-services

    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 of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. SOLO TRAVELLERS The beauty of our style of travel is that it caters to travellers who are travelling solo and who want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. On our trips rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you. We also have an optional single supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room. Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will be on a single room basis. On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and travelling.

    Itinerary disclaimer

    ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. In order to travel on this trip, you: 1. Must be able to understand and recognize the risks and hazards inherent in the activities of the trip, must be able to decide to assume those risks and hazards and must actually and voluntarily assume those risks and hazards. 2. Must be able to withstand exposure to the outdoors including exposure to diverse climactic conditions during the trip, including temperatures ranging from below freezing to +100 degrees F, potentially rapidly changing precipitative conditions from dry conditions to precipitation including monsoons and flash floods, for the duration of the Program. 3. Must be able to monitor and evaluate changes in personal health condition including the onset of dehydration, hyponatremia, heat illness or stroke or hypothermia and must be able to communicate any changes in personal health condition or safety concerns to the guide(s). 4. Must be able to participate in all activities at the time scheduled for each activity; e.g. to beat the heat, guest pick-up and hike start times during summer months may range between 3-6 a.m. 5. Must be able to manage all personal care and mobility during extended periods of exertion of 10-plus hours per day, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device. 6. Must be able to enter and exit a multi-passenger vehicle either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. 7. Must be able to withstand up to eight hours as a passenger in a multi-passenger vehicle, transporting up to 14 passengers at a time, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device. 8. Must be able to immediately comprehend and follow verbal instructions either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. 9. Must be able to traverse wet and dry, sandy, rocky, uneven and/or unstable ground over a distance of 10-plus miles per day including elevation differential (gain and/or loss) of +3,000 feet per day, for a period of up to 10 hours per day, while carrying: a) BACKPACKING/BACKCOUNTRY TRIPS- a backpack weighing 25-50 pounds, b) FRONTCOUNTRY/LODGE, BASECAMP AND INN-BASED TRIPS - a fully loaded backpack weighing 10-15 pounds, either independently or with an assistance companion or an approved assistive device. 10. Must be able to self-manage and self-navigate unsupervised while in the designated camp area either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. 11. Must be able to perform basic camping activities including sleeping on the ground, consuming water from back country sources, consuming food prepared in a backcountry setting and maintaining personal health and hygiene in accordance with guide directives either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. The use of an assistive device to meet any element of the essential eligibility criteria must be approved in advance by Intrepid Travel.


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