New England’s High Peaks 8-day Trekking and Conservation Expedition

New England’s High Peaks 8-day Trekking and Conservation Expedition

Program Highlights

New England’s High Peaks 8-day Trekking and Conservation Expedition

Dates: 8 Days   |   Tuition: $1850 assuming 35 students and four faculty Learn More

On this program...

  • Complete a rugged trek through the white mountains and New England's highest peaks
  • Complete meaningful community service with local conservation organizations.
  • Get certified as a Leave No Trace trainer
  • Visit Dartmouth College and explore career opportunities in conservation and the environment

Group Organizer/s: 

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WTT Contact: 

Morrison Mast, morrison@walkingtree.org, 202-792-8953

Deadlines: TBD

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SAMPLE PROGRAM PAGE: This is an example of what your private program webpage and itinerary might look like, as you decide to organize a program with us. Please begin by reviewing the suggested itinerary listed under the Pre-Enrollment tab, and then feel free to read through other sections to get a sense of the in-depth information and support we provide for all programs.

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Sample Itinerary

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
Day 1Boston - South Egremont MAWe will arrive in Boston, MA at 10:00am, then drive to our hotel in South Egremont, MA and drop off luggage. We'll meet our AMC partners at the Kellogg Conservation Center before having dinner in South Egremont.Hotel in South Egremont Area
Day 2South Egremont MAToday we will participate in the Leave No Trace Trainer course at Kellogg. *NOTE: Leave No Trace is the formally accepted set of outdoor ethics followed and promoted by nearly all local, state and federal agencies as well as private conservancies and non-profits. Completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course certifies you to provide sort Leave No Trace education workshops and is a often a requirement for entry conservation and environmental jobs. Hotel in South Egremont Area
Day 3South Egremont, MA - Mt. GreylockWe'll complete the Leave No Trace Trainer course with a hike to the highest peak in CT, Bear Mountain. Then we will drive to Mt. Greylock and settle into the rustic lodge at the summit. End the day enjoying dinner and sunset at the lodge.Bascom Lodge, Mt. Greylock, MA
Day 4Mt. Greylock - Pinkham Notch, NHWake-up early to see the sunrise from summit, then have breakfast at Mt. Greylock. We'll travel to Pinkham Notch, NH, stopping for lunch at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. We will then determine who is climbing and who is driving up Mt. Washington the next day, before having dinner and staying overnight at Camp Dodge.Appalachian Mountain Club's Camp Dodge
Day 5Pinkham Notch to Lakes of the Clouds HutToday we summit Mt Washington! Hikers wake-up early, eat breakfast and begin to climb the Tuckerman Ravine Trail by 8:00 am. Those driving to the summit will leave by 11:00am. Once at the summit, we will meet in the cafeteria for lunch and then take a guided tour of the weather observatory. Later we will leave Mt. Washington summit and drive down to Camp Dodge for dinner and the evening.Appalachian Mountain Club's Camp Dodge
Day 6Lake of the Clouds Hut - Pinkham NotchAfter breakfast at Camp Dodge, we'll meet with the AMC work crew leader. We will hike down to the trail work location, where we will continue trail work all morning and afternoon. Next we will meet the van at Mt. Washington summit for a drive down to Pinkham Notch before having dinner back at the lodge.Appalachian Mountain Club's Camp Dodge
Day 7Pinkham Notch - Portsmouth, NHToday we'll have breakfast at Pinkham Notch, then travel to Hampton Beach, NH. We'll take some time to relax at the beach until mid-afternoon. Later we will drive to the hotel, shower, and head into Portsmouth, NH in time to check-out the city and have our goodbye dinner.Hotel in Portsmouth
Day 8Portsmouth, NH - BostonCheckout of the hotel. Travel back to Boston airport.Home, sweet home!

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Walking Tree Travel designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Walking Tree Travel stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

Tuition & Fundraising

Program Tuition Includes

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Program Tuition Excludes: Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.*

*NOTE: If you are traveling on a program that is completed before September 1, 2018 your basic travel insurance is included. If you are traveling on a program that departs after September 1, 2018 you must purchase travel insurance if you want to have any supplemental coverage beyond what your family’s package may provide. This change is due to new federal regulations.

Estimated Airfare*

International Airfare: In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Standards of Behavior

WTT provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with WTT.

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Health and Safety

Travel Insurance

 

While we work hard to ensure the safest experience possible for our travelers while on program, experience has taught us that travel is never without risk. For this reason, we suggest you consider purchasing travel insurance which would cover you in the event your student needs to withdraw before travel due to a covered reason, loses baggage in route or encounters an emergency while traveling, among other unforeseen circumstances. Please see a summary of a plan below and follow the link for a more detailed explanation or to purchase the plan for your traveler.

Premier*
Trip Cancellation Up to 100% of Trip Cost
Reimburses your prepaid, non-refundable expenses if you must cancel your trip due to a covered reason.
Maximum coverage: $100,000.

Trip Interruption Up to 150% of Trip Cost
Reimburses for the unused, non-refundable portion of your trip and for the increased transportation costs it takes for you to return home or to continue your trip due to a covered reason. Maximum coverage: $150,000.

Missed Connection $1,600
Reimburses for covered expenses resulting from a covered delay that causes you to miss your scheduled flight or cruise.

Travel Delay $1,600
Receive up to $200 per day per person to cover additional accommodation/travel expenses and lost prepaid expenses due to a departure delay of six or more hours.

Medical Protection: 
Emergency Medical and Dental $50,000
-This primary coverage provides reimbursement for expenses incurred during your trip due to covered medical and dental emergencies. No deductible.
-$750 maximum for emergency dental care.

Baggage Protection
Baggage Loss/Damage $2,000
Covers loss, damage or theft of baggage and personal effects.

Baggage Delay $600
Covers the reasonable additional purchase of essential items during your trip if your baggage is delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for 24 hours or more. Receipts for emergency purchases are required.

Assistance Services
Emergency Medical Transportation $1,000,000
Provides medically necessary transportation to the nearest appropriate facility following a covered injury or illness. Also covers the cost of your transportation back home following a covered injury or illness.

24-Hour Hotline Help Included
Help is just a phone call away with Allianz Global Assistance. Our staff of multilingual problem solvers is available to help you with a medical, legal or travel-related emergency.

*Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. Insurance benefits underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A­” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101­C series or 101­P series, depending on your state of residence. Plan(s) may not be available in all jurisdictions. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson InsuranceCompany. Non­Insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company. Consumer may be responsible for charges incurred from outside vendors for assistance or concierge services. Contact AGA Service Company at 800­284­8300 or 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 or customerservice@allianzassistance.com.

Global Leadership Curriculum

WTT has developed a curriculum that helps each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame the experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future.

For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

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Program Staff

WTT will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have a support staff in our host countries that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Below you’ll find a list of the Walking Tree staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program. Meet your support team!

  • Maximillian Mishkin
    Maximillian Mishkin East Coast Director

    College of William and Mary – B.A. Public Policy & Sculptural Art

    Max is a long-distance hiker, conservation land manager and professional photographer. While he loves international travel, Max’s ideal trip is long-term and culturally-immersive. Max started his professional life in political and legal organizing. Having worked for a senator, a state political party, a governor and a US president, Max decided to pursue his passion for enjoying and protecting great natural spaces. In 2014, Max quit his job in a Connecticut legal firm, opted-out of law school and hiked the Appalachian Trail. His 2185.3 mile journey from Georgia to Maine took five months and transformed his life. Upon completing his pilgrimage, Max began working in Appalachian Trail management. Max believes that our greatest responsibility in a complex and global community is to better our understanding of other people and our environment. To that end, Max has collectively spent well over 15,000 hours in the backcountry of the United States, traversing over 4000 miles of trails and meeting thousands of adventurers along the way.

    Group Roster

    Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email lacey@walkingtree.org.

     

    Community & Project Details

    Join Walking Tree on a trip to New England’s highest mountains! Together we will summit the highest peaks in three states (Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.) During our trip, participants will receive certification as Leave No Trace trainers, providing students with useful and marketable skills in backcountry education. Participants will also have a private tour of the famous Mt. Washington Weather Observatory, where winds speeds can exceed 200 miles-per-hour! Working with local conservation organizations, participants will engage in meaningful volunteer work to maintain backcountry trails and cites in the beautiful and rugged White Mountains. In addition to our time in the mountains, we will visit the Ivy League Dartmouth College and finish our week with an afternoon on the shores of the Atlantic. This is a great trip for any students interested in pursuing a career in conservation, parks, environmentalism or anyone who wants to see some of New England’s most beautiful places.

    Communication & Blog

    Travelers will be able to keep in touch with family and friends at home by using Wifi (when available at hotels and restaurants) via Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

    During the program we keep families and friends updated on the group’s adventures as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, please direct all general inquiries to info@WalkingTree.org. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S. In case of an emergency, please dial 303-997-0310.

    Your blog link is – coming soon –

    Photos which appear in the blog will become available after the program ends. We will send out a link to the photo gallery, where you will have access to view and download as many of the photos as you like!

    Packing List

    Tuition Details

    Program tuition includes: All accommodations, 3 meals per day, drinking water, ground transportation, group activity and entry fees, full-time leadership team,  taxes, tips and estimated airfare*.

    Program tuition excludes: Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

    *Estimated Airfare: In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

    Insurance:  If you are traveling on a program that is completed before September 1, 2018 your basic travel insurance is included. If you are traveling on a program that departs after September 1, 2018 you must purchase travel insurance if you want to have any supplemental coverage beyond what your family’s package may provide. This change is due to new federal regulations.

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