Here’s what you need
Large backpack, at least 40 liters. No daypacks, shoulder bags, duffels, etc. Everyone will be required to carry a portion of our food to the lodge.
Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees or less
Capacity for 3L of water in bottles (if you opt for a bladder, please also bring at least 2 L bottles as backup as bladders and hoses often freeze)
Neck warmer / balaclava
Trekking poles or ski poles
Small first aid kit
Money for meals on the road on day one and four
Sleeping bag liner (highly recommended)
Snowshoes and microspikes will be provided as needed
Base layers, top (moisture wicking long sleeve)
Insulating layer, top (down jacket)
Base layers, bottom (long underwear, running tights, etc)
Waterproof, insulating mountaineering or ski pants
Fleece top and pants
Waterproof, warm shell jacket with a hood
Neck warmer/balaclava (must cover all exposed skin)
Mountaineering gloves or mittens
Light or liner gloves
Round Trip Transportation from New York City
Licensed and medically trained guide team
Meals as outlined in itinerary
Park permits and fees
Personal gear and equipment
Meals not outlined in itinerary
Gratuity for guides
The White Mountains are legendary for their extreme weather. Expect high winds and extremely low temperatures at higher elevations. Summit temperatures can get as low as double digits below zero with wind chill and snow is almost certainly guaranteed. Valley conditions will be slight more mild but plan for freezing temperatures and snow anytime you're outside in this region.
Night one: Joe Dodge Lodge
Your first evening will be spent in Joe Dodge Lodge, a small room bunkhouse in Pinkham Notch. You will be in a room with up to three other guests from our group and will be in a bed with linens provided. There is a common area for all guests to enjoy. There are bathrooms and showers. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the visitor center next door.
Night two: Carter Notch Hut
Carter Notch Hut is located in the Wildcat Range and sits at 4,422 feet. During our stay, the bunkhouses will not be heated so an appropriate sleeping bag is required. Pillows are provided but blankets and linens are not. Meals will be prepared by your DO guides and all adventurers will be asked to help hike in the food for the stay along with their gear.
Night three: Shapleigh Bunkhouse
Your final evening will be spent in a shared bunkhouse adjacent to the Highland Center in Crawford Notch. You will be in a bunkhouse with up to 16 other guests and will be in a bed with linens provided. There is a common area for all guests to enjoy. There are bathrooms and showers and dinner and breakfast will be enjoyed at the Highland Center.
This trip is a perfect step into winter hiking for anyone with basic hiking experience and a moderate level of fitness. Previous snowshoeing experience is preferred but not required, and a basic comfort in winter conditions will certainly help you enjoy your trip more. We recommend allocating at least six weeks to train if you are new to winter hiking.