When you think of winter, what comes to your mind? We’ll bet it’s more like “Netflix and takeaway” than “let’s get outdoors.” But with our new collection of active winter treks, we’re here to convince you that hiking isn’t Just for the summer.
Ah, winter. A season like no other, especially in nature. Sure, it can be extreme — freezing temperatures, freezing winds, blizzards — but it can also be pure magic. Think fresh air. Clear mountain views. Snow falls underfoot on the forest floor. And the best way to experience all that winter nature has to offer is be in it.
That’s why Intrepid has launched a new range of Winter hiking and snowshoeing tours Before the cold season in the northern hemisphere.
Why do we love hiking in the winter
Winter hiking brings a whole host of benefits that you simply don’t get with a summer hike. For starters, you get to see an iconic landscape in a whole new light. “One of the benefits of winter hiking is gaining a different perspective—even on a familiar path,” says Radek Nowak, hiking and trekking product manager at Intrepid and an expert in all activities that involve walking outdoors.
Plus, not many hikers are willing to conquer the trails in the depths of winter. The perks of this are twofold: no crowds means plenty of elbow room is guaranteed while walking (and no lines to take pictures!), and you also get extra bragging rights for taking the harder, less traveled route.
We will give you the experience, you just bring yourself
Organizing a winter adventure on your own can be challenging. “Winter logistics are different and often more complex,” says Radek. “There is less public transportation, mountain roads can be blocked or closed, and many local hotels are closing for the low season.” This is where Intrepid comes in. We have a wide network of experts and have a lot of experience in different areas, which makes it easy for us to deal with these conditions.
You don’t even have to have expert equipment or years of hiking experience to sign up (though a basic level of fitness certainly helps). Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, our experienced local leaders are ready to help make your trip as safe and smooth as possible, from renting the necessary equipment to keeping an eye on weather conditions and safety hazards, helping you get attached and hiking with snowshoes or crampons and organizing the best fuel for your trip. (Winter hikes really get it out of you.) Basil will help you with your packing list.
And when the long, cold days of hiking are over, all that’s left to do is find a warm spot, and just get some rest and relaxation. “Having a glass of wine in front of a fire after a long day of hiking is a dream,” Radek says. “And don’t forget to have a good dinner to refuel and get all the energy used up, as another beautiful day of walking awaits tomorrow.”
We have six new winter hiking and snowshoeing tours
This excursion takes you from the bustle of Marrakesh to the ‘Roof of North Africa’, the stunning snow-capped Jebel Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains. Feast on traditional, homemade Moroccan meals as you travel with your expert crew (plus a pack of mules!). Radek made the trip, and in his own words: “It was amazing and I loved every bit of it. The gala dinner at Arromed (where we stay after climbing Toubkal and Aouanocrim) is the best I’ve ever had.”
In the winter months, you’re more likely to spot an animal than another tourist in Washington’s Mt Rainier National Park—so here’s what you should do. Keep your eyes peeled for creatures in the wild as you hike the gentle terrain below the majestic peaks of Continental Divide.
Sleep under the stars on this small group hiking adventure. See the two rims of the world’s most famous canyon in a way that few people ever see – in the clear calm of winter. Expect to see waterfalls, Native American ruins, box canyons, and more.
Yosemite National Park has a muted beauty in the cooler months, and this light-filled hike lets you enjoy the best of all. Best yet? Roughness is not needed. Each night ends with you nice and cozy in your shiny Airstream trailer.
Traverse snow-covered meadows, pass frozen waterfalls and enjoy world-renowned geysers on this short but very special hike through one of the world’s most famous national parks. Sleep in comfortable accommodations and enjoy the comfort of knowing that all of your meals, equipment, and transportation are taken care of.
Enjoy the solitude that winter brings at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Spot elk, lynx and even the rare wolverine on your day trips before settling down to enjoy comfortable accommodation and delicious food with your group each evening.
Keen to serve your best food? Check out our full range of Hiking and snowshoeing tours and holidays.