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Overview

Day 1: Kalispell, Montana

Arrive in Kalispell and transfer to your hotel in town or in nearby Whitefish (depending on specific departure date/itinerary) where your Glacier National Park tour begins with a welcome dinner this evening.

Hotel: Kalispell Grand Hotel

Days 2 & 3: Glacier / Two Medicine Valley

This morning we drive east to Glacier National Park, commencing our retreat into one of the United States’ most treasured natural landscapes, where glacially carved valleys and dramatic mountain peaks beckon. Glacier boasts the most intact natural ecosystem left in the lower 48 states, and we’ll have abundant opportunity to view many of the species that call it home, including the mountain goat, the park’s emblematic animal. We learn about the Lewis Overthrust fault and the region’s tumultuous geological history – studied by scientists from around the world. A boat cruise across Two Medicine Lake reveals the grandeur that is Glacier as we glide across its sapphire waters. Later, we hike through winding Two Medicine Valley, bright with multicolored rock layers on the mountain walls and once a site for sacred Native American rituals. Our accommodations are at remarkable Glacier Park Lodge & Resort. Built by the Great Northern Railway in 1913 to attract visitors to the park’s wonders, the hotel lobby features log pillars over 40 feet high and 40 inches in diameter, crafted from Douglas fir trees hundreds of years old. The Blackfoot Indians, awed by the size of the timbers, called it “Omahkoyis,” or Big Tree Lodge.

Hotel: Glacier Park Lodge & Resort

Days 4 & 5: Many Glacier Valley

At Many Glacier, we enter one of the park’s iconic valleys. Scoured into a broad U-shape by rivers of ice that retreated some 10,000 years ago, Many Glacier features granite crags, waterfalls glissading from icy ledges high above and alpine lakes set like gems in the rocky backdrop. We readily see why the Blackfeet gave the name “Backbone of the World” to the greater Glacier Park ecosystem. Keep an eye out for black bears and grizzlies feeding among the bushes in avalanche chutes, mountain goats and bighorn sheep perched on cliffs, and elk grazing in the meadows. Our hotel, built in 1915, is a grand Swiss-style chalet meant to complement its setting in the “American Alps,” in the vision of the rail barons who constructed it. It sits regally on the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake, overlooking a panorama of crenellated peaks. Walks, hikes and boat rides take us right into the natural environs and close to an active glacier, an experience that future visitors may be less likely to have as global climate change hastens the melting of the park’s permanent ice features.

Hotel: Many Glacier Hotel

Day 6: Going-to-the-Sun Road / Lake McDonald

An engineering marvel completed in 1932, Going-to-the-Sun Road twists and climbs around Glacier’s granite spine all the way to the Continental Divide. Waterfall spray creates rainbows as streams pour off rock precipices, while serrated peaks poke the blue sky. On the summit at Logan Pass, we wander trails through alpine tundra thick with white bear grass and avalanche lilies, listening for the whistle of marmots darting among the rocks. Cresting the divide, we descend to the wetter west side of the park, where thick forests of fir and cedar hug the mountain flanks, and fern and mosses grow in their shadows. At Lake McDonald Lodge, another historic hostelry evocative of Swiss alpine architecture, there’s time to relax in front of the soaring stone fireplace and muse on the week’s wonders.

Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge

Day 7: Kalispell / Home

This morning our Glacier National Park trip concludes as we get an early start back to Kalispell for flights home.
 

Day 8: Arrive Home

Arrive back in the UK.

 

What's Included:

  • Return transatlantic scheduled flights
  • Accommodation in hotels as described above or similar standard
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day
  • Purified drinking water
  • Services of NHA Expedition Leader
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and final day
  • All permits, entrance fees and taxes.

What's Not Included:

  • Travel to and from start and end point of trip
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Some gratuities.

Physical Requirements:

Moderate to Flexible. This Glacier National Park tour does not require an exceptionally high degree of physical fitness, as the hikes during the expedition are easy to moderate in physical exertion. However, please be aware that hiking is the main activity, with 2–3 excursions per day occurring at an altitude of 4,000–5,000 feet above sea level. Hikes may be two to four miles in length over rough terrain, and some gain in altitude (no more than 500 feet) is required in certain locations. Note that all hikes/activities are completely optional, and travellers should only participate in those activities with which they feel comfortable.

Group Size:

Approximately 7 people.

Details

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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