New England High Peaks Program

New England High Peaks Program

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New England High Peaks Program

Dates: TBD   |   Tuition: Starting at $1,000 Learn More

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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.

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.

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Sample Itinerary

DayLocationDescriptionMealsLodging
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.L,DHotel 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. B,L,DHotel 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.B,L,DBascom 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.B,L,DAppalachian 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.B,L,DAppalachian 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.B,L,DAppalachian 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.B,L,DHotel in Portsmouth
Day 8Portsmouth, NH - BostonCheckout of the hotel. Travel back to Boston airport.B,LHome, 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

Tuition Includes:

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

Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an WTT program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

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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

Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, WTT will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all WTT travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES

The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: travelinsurance@jshinsurance.com

– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.

– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

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 their experience, and prepare them 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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Leader Profile

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. Please read below to see who will be part of the support team on your program.

  • 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.

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    Communication & Blog

    The easiest way for students to keep in touch with family and friends at home while traveling will be using Wifi (available at most hotels and some restaurants) via Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

    WTT tries to keep families and friends updated as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, they should 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.

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    Tuition Details

    Tuition Includes:

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

    Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

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