Glacier National Park in Montana is truly one of the crown jewels of the National Park System and now you get to experience it in a way that few others do! We combine two unique chalet trips to create a week long backcountry adventure. There were once 9 chalets in the park, but today, only 2 remain: Sperry and Granite Park. With a limited amount of permits given a year, AGC has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel on this ultimate chalet adventure! The first half of the trip we will stay in Granite Park Chalet, spending 3 days hiking with unobstructed views above the tree line. Wake up surrounded by jagged peaks, wildflowers and abundant wildlife. After our Granite Peak adventure, we spend a night at a beautiful front country lodge, allowing us time to shower and enjoy a first class dinner at Belton Chalet before hitting the trail the next morning. The next half of the trip is spent at Sperry Chalet, on the other side of the park. Sip your coffee while watching a postcard perfect sunrise, away from the crowds. The highlight of this 3-day excursion is our hike ON Sperry Glacier. With only a few glaciers left in the park, and none you can hike on, this is truly something to check off the bucket list! Maximum group size: 12.
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Not included: Travel to Glacier National Park at the start of the trip, National Park Entry Fee, Day 1 dinner, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities and travel insurance
This trip is designed for women who want to experience the backcountry without having to haul everything they own. We'll trek in to the chalets carrying just the basic necessities in our backpacks (45-50 L is ideal). Our lodging is both stunning and at times rustic but don't worry - we're never more than 48 hours away from a hot shower! We will be hiking 5 - 10 miles a day in hilly terrain with steep ascents and descents, along rocky and uneven terrain where the weather can be unpredictable. Previous hiking experience is extremely useful, as is having a sense of adventure and a good level of physical fitness. A rating of 4 requires aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Additional endurance exercise (e.g. going for a 2-hour hike once a week) and/or strength training is appropriate. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
This trip has all the best parts of trekking without having to carry everything with you! Immerse yourself in this gorgeous setting, we've got all of the details covered for you. Some of the hikes are quite challenging in terms of terrain and elevation gain. This is an excellent trip for fit intermediate and experienced hikers who like moderately challenging alpine hikes.
The lodging on this trip will vary as much as the landscape. The accommodations include: a charming lodge and two historically registered backcountry chalets. Bathrooms range from ensuite hotel bathrooms with 21st century plumbing to backcountry pit vault toilets. All accommodations are shared on this trip (the frontcountry hotels and chalets will have two queen beds in each room and you'll be with several other AGC participants in bunks or rooms with two twin beds in them while staying in the backcountry chalets). Bring your earplugs and your sense of adventure!
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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