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Rafting the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Raft & Hike 2017

 

We travel in 35 foot rafts for 188 miles on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from Lee’s Ferry to Whitmore Wash. This 12-day trip gives us 5 extra days for hiking compared to the traditional Grand Canyon 7 day trip. We finish with a helicopter ride out of the canyon and a scenic plane flight back to the put-in. For B & C hiking levels.

Date: April 22 - May 4, 2017 (13 days)  Price: From $4,730

Ben Nevis

Silver Falls Canyon Llama Trek (waitlist)

 

This trip will take you through geologic wonders and ancient human history.  You will be hiking on Pioneer trails, while descending geologic layers.  The hike starts in Silver Falls Canyon, a two-hour drive from Boulder, Utah via the Burr Trail Road.  We will camp on the Escalante River near the mouth of Silver Falls Canyon. We will take daypacks and llamas will carry the majority of our gear.

Date: April 30 - May 5, 2017 (6 days)  Price: From $2,042

Ben Nevis

Scotland’s West Highland Way and Optional Ben Nevis Climb

 

Hike Scotland’s West Highland Way for 95 miles beside lochs, waterfalls, and craggy mountains in the Scottish Highlands. This famous route is walked by over 50,000 people each year, making it the most popular long distance walk in Scotland. The path uses ancient roads, including drovers’ roads, military roads and old coaching roads and we will walk the traditional route from south to north to the foot of Scotland’s (and the U.K.’s) highest peak, Ben Nevis. Weather permitting, options after completing the West Highland Way include a climb to the summit of “the Ben” (4,409 feet), or an excursion on the West Highland Railway/Ferry to Mallaig and Armadale. While hiking will be the trip’s focus, the group will also tour medieval Edinburgh, Stirling (famous for being the home of William Wallace), the Eliean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands, and a Scotch distillery.

Date: May 8 - 21, 2017 (14 days)  Price: From $3,200

Moab Mountain Bike/Hike Adventure

 

We will base camp near Moab in this fun and exciting adventure and explore the famous mountain biking and hiking trails in the Moab area, and Arches & Canyonlands National Parks.  You will ride (or hike) with groups of various sizes and abilities for four days of adventure in this amazing desert wonderland.  A favorite for biking or hiking is the seldom traveled Hidden Canyon trail with its prolific Anasazi art & hunting ruins.  Savory food is provided and prepared by experienced desert gourmet chefs along with camping reservations, all your water needs, and porto-potties, etc.  You will also receive a t-shirt custom designed for this year’s adventure.  A large campfire with live music, drum circles, sweat lodge, desert croquet and other games & group activities round out the afternoon and evening fun. You provide your own transportation (carpooling encouraged) to and from the rides and hikes which are accessible with any vehicle.  You also need to bring your own camping gear and bike & helmet (if you ride) or rent one in Moab.  There are rides and hikes suited for beginning to advanced and for all ages

Date: May 17 - 21, 2017 (5 days)  Price: From $365

Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes

 

Spend Memorial Day weekend among the tallest sand dunes in North America. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and surrounding area includes a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. We will stay in nearby, historic Alamosa Colorado and day-hike in this spectacular wilderness.

Date: May 26 - 29, 2017 (4 days)  Price: From $625

Ben Nevis

Ultimate Peru Cultural and Multi-Sport Adventure

 

This cultural and multi-sport adventure tour is for the person who desires a route "off the beaten path" and who wishes to experience local life and a part of the region that has not changed much in 500 years. We will be hiking for about six days through spectacular scenery, including the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, the 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 7,970 feet above sea level. This trip also includes a day of mountain biking and zip lining. While most nights we will stay in modest 3-star hotels, this trip includes a home-stay, a couple of nights in tents and one night in a hostel.

Date: May 26 - June 8, 2017 (14 days)  Price: From $3,580

Switzerland

The Best Easy Hikes in Switzerland

 

The majestic beauty of the Swiss landscape is well known to all. The Swiss people are wonderful, and the good food and great hotels are part of the country’s tradition! A precise, extensive and safe network of transportation has made its mountains a paradise for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, snow walking (and climbing too!). This trip has been designed for those wishing to hike daily, difficult A / easy B CMC definition of hikes. We will hike as a group and my pace is slow. The majority of the hikes are magnificent ridge hikes, with extensive views. Trains, trams, gondolas will achieve the absolute majority of the altitude gain. We will stay in 4 star hotels (5 courses dinners) and will visit two areas in the country: Graubùnden (St. Moritz area) and the Jungfrau region (The Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau). We will divide our time between the towns of Pontresina (Graubünden) and Wengen (Jungfrau region). The infinite beauty of those areas, the interesting architecture and all the diverse activities one can find available will certainly please those that hike (and those that do not…) 

Date: July 5 - 15, 2017 (11 days)  Price: From $3,995

Crested Butte Wildflower Hike

Crested Butte’s title of Wildflower Capital of Colorado, designated by the state legislature in 1990, is undisputed. Imagine yourself hiking in the explosion of color—reds, yellows, blues, purples—that blankets the town and surrounding mountains in July. This 6-day (5-night) trip is scheduled during the peak of blossoms. We will see striking crimson and orange paintbrush, periwinkle columbines, scarlet glia, iridescent blue flax, yellow sunflowers, purple delphiniums and dusky blue lupines to name a few among an extensive palette of sub-alpine and alpine flowers. All hikes are rated A - B, at a causal pace. Our hikes will take us into three wilderness areas: West Elk Wilderness, Raggeds Wilderness and Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness.  We will have a tour of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and old mining town of Gothic.  A guided historic tour of Crested Butte is also planned. We will dine each evening in local establishments and once at the B&B, with a catered dinner the first night.  

Date: July 17 - 22, 2017 (7 days)  Price: From $875

ISO 2016

In State Outing

The CMC In-State-Outing has been a CMC tradition for over 100 years. This year, we will meet at the Pagosa Riverside Campground,  1 ½ miles east of the resort town of Pagosa Springs.  We will have four days of “A”. “B” and “C” hikes, 14 catered meals under the big tent, entertainment, a ranger talk, fishing in the San Juan River and the opportunity to visit local sites and local entertainment.  The ISO offers a variety of activities that appeals to a wide range of people. Some will hike four days, while others will want to fish and others will read a book of sit in the Hot Springs. Some will come to just see old friends.

Date: July 30 - August 4, 2017 (6 days)  Price: From $485

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Canoe & Hike the Canyons of the Colorado River - Hosted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters

 

Canoe and hike along the Colorado River as it cuts throughtowering red sandstone canyons deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Roads do not bound this portion of the river, and the canyons are accessible only from the river, giving the area a true wilderness setting. There may be time along the way for hiking into the canyons, swimming in the cool river, or simply relaxing on its banks. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. A special treat includes paddling through two billion year-old sculted metamorphic rock. No prior canoeing or camping experience required. River is suitable for beginner paddlers. Video: https://youtu.be/rL1WkJmKgqw 

Date: August 11 - 13, 2017 (3 days)  Price: From $374

Triglav National Park

A Hiking Sampler of Slovenia

 

This trip is a hiking sampler of Slovenia, giving the participant a varied and diverse experience. We will hike in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, the Julian Alps, do a 3 day hut -to hut hike in Triglav National Park, enjoy the great lakes of Bled and Bohinj, walk the war trails from WWI, walk the wine hills of “Slovenian Tuscany", visit the Mediterranean coast, taste the rich Slovenian cuisine, excellent wine and local organic products and get to know the local people, enter into their homes and learn about their lives, habits, culture and way of life.

Date: August 26 - September 11, 2017 (16 days)  Price: From $4,425

Portugal: Sintra Coastal & Heritage Trails

CMC has offered Adventure Travel trips for over 40 years, but NEVER to Portugal. It’s time to visit this land of fabulous cultural and historical sites, wonderful hiking, ocean views, and spend time in Lisbon, one of Europe’s great capitol cities largely undiscovered by Americans.  Come to the land of expansive views, warm temperatures, friendly people, the unique music of Fado, and a European capitol with hills even better than San Francisco, with an uphill tram instead of cable cars. Great dining opportunities for the trail overnights as well as Lisbon. Seafood anyone?  Madeira wine anyone (from the Portuguese island of the same name)? Also, Conde Nast Traveler has recognized Cascais as a Top Ten place to retire.

 

Date: September 12 - 23, 2017 (12 days)  Price: From $2975

Three Capitals of Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Suzdal

We'll start our trip from St. Petersburg where we'll be doing a lot of hiking in the suburbs of the city. Then we'll go by train to Moscow, and from there we'll go to Suzdal which is a small town south of Moscow.   It'll be a combination of sightseeing and walking activities. We'll have walking tours in the downtowns of all three cities. We'll visit the most interesting museums, including the Kremlin and the Hermitage, and many other museums. We'll see the countryside where you'll be able to walk in the beautiful parks.  We'll stay in 3-4 star hotels, and we'll use public transportation everywhere. We'll walk about 3-7 miles every day with no elevation gain.  A and B hikers are welcome. 

Date: September 1- September 10, 2017 (11 days)  Price: From $2070

Camino de Santiago: Camino Portugués and on to Finisterre


Spend one day touring the beautiful city of Porto, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is named for the Port wine that is found there. Then, travel by train to the Rio Miño, the international border between Portugal and Spain and walk the Camino Portugués—4 days along the stunning alternative Coastal Route and 4 days along the incredible Central Route. After resting up and visiting Santiago de Compostela, head out for 5 days’ walking through the gorgeous remote Galician countryside to Finisterre, the end of the world. Stay in mostly upscale 3- and 4-star hotels at the end of each day’s walk, enjoy interesting local cuisine, and taste fabulous wines—you deserve it!

Date: Septmber 23 - October 11, 2017 (18 days)  Price: From $2395

Ancient Ruins Hike Bike Adventure


The Ancients Ruin Bike & Hike Adventure is 6 days mountain bike riding, hiking and camping through the heart of Ancient Puebloan’s country in the Cedar Mesa region of S.E. Utah. This vehicle supported adventure takes you across Cedar Mesa and the "Trail of the Ancients" and deep into canyons with numerous side trips to spectacular but little known Anasazi ruins.
 

Date: October 2-7, 2017 (6 days)  Price: From $695

Oaxaca Mexico and Sierra Madre Trek

 

This 12-day adventure delves into the culture, history and tastes of the Zapotec people of Mexico. Starting in the capital city of Oaxaca (pronounced "wah-HAH-kah"), we’ll tour pyramids, ancient sites and an alijebre factory (where the famous carved figurines are made). Then, we’ll shed our city clothes and head to the Sierra Madre mountains. We’ll trek for 8 days from village-to-village in the Pueblos Mancomunados (6000’-9500’ elevation) where we’ll experience canyons, caves, waterfalls, panoramas, deciduous cactus and sub-alpine forests. We may be able to spot wildlife from among the 400 bird species--including the colorful quetzal bird--350 species of butterfly, and 6 varieties of big cats. After our fill of Zapotec hospitality, we’ll return to Oaxaca for the Dia de Los Muertos celebration--Oaxaca City is the headquarters of this colorful and tasty Mexican festival.

Date: October 21 - November 1, 2017 (12 days)  Price: From $1699

Nepal

Nepal Mountain and Cultural Trek

Explore the natural beauty of the HIMALAYA while doing volunteer work preserving conservation land, flora, fauna, and water resources. We will trek through the very beautiful area located south of Mt Everest. While trekking through the foothills, you will see amazing panoramic views of the Himalaya range. A moderate hike will bring us to one of the most scenic views called Kamo La (11,000 feet). The summit offers magnificent views of the sunrise over the mountains. Panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan range including Mt Everest, Ama Dablam (considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world), Mt Numbur and many other famous peaks make this journey an experience of a life-time.

Date: October 31 - November 11, 2017 (12 days)  Price: From $2190

 

Two Great Walks of New Zealand 2018

 

Trek two of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Milford Track and the Abel Tasman Coast Track, both on the South Island and each very unique. Take an overnight cruise on the Milford Sound, a trip from Te Anau to Queenstown on the Backroads Bus, a historic steamship cruise of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown, a crossing of Cook Strait from Picton to Wellington via the Interislander Cook Strait ferry, and conclude with an overnight stay on Kapiti Island.

Date: March 9- March 25, 2018 (17 days)  Price: From $4050

 
Rafting the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Raft & Hike 2018

 

We travel in 35 foot rafts for 188 miles on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from Lee’s Ferry to Whitmore Wash. This 12-day trip gives us 5 extra days for hiking compared to the traditional Grand Canyon 7 day trip. We finish with a helicopter ride out of the canyon and a scenic plane flight back to the put-in. For B & C hiking levels.

Date: April 29 - May 10, 2018 (12 days)  Price: From $4877

Iceland

Scotland’s Great Glen Way, Walk & Barge

 

This 11-day adventure seeks to find the Loch Ness monster while barging on Loch Ness at night and hiking the Great Glen Way during the day. We'll start in Glasgow for some good Scottish fun, getting to know Glasgow via a Food Walking Tour. We'll then head to Fort William to hike Ben Nevis, Scotland's tallest mountain at 4,406’ elevation. Our 7-day hiking trek begins along the Great Glen Way and travels alongside a series of lakes and canals including Loch Ness, looking for Nessie along the way. Each night we'll stay on a barge where the 6-person crew caters to our needs, providing local/cultural/historical information and chef-prepared meals for dinner, breakfast, and box lunches. Occasionally we'll sneak to a local pub for revelry. Each night we'll sleep on the custom barge on the Loch, and each day we'll walk the Great Glen Way, not missing a single step of this gorgeous 79-mile trail. We'll end the adventure in Inverness.

Date: May 16-26, 2018   Price: From $3860

Iceland

Iceland Trek 2018

 

The Laugavegur Trail was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic and we will include the Skógar extension, ending at the stunning 200-foot-high Skógafoss waterfall for a 50-mile trek. We start in Landmannalaugar known for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and hot springs. The breathtaking scenery throughout the 7-day hike includes fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, geysers, glaciers and glacial rivers. We spend our nights in mountain huts at beautiful remote locations including one at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which famously erupted in 2010 and stopped air traffic in Europe.

Date: July 23 - Aug 1, 2018   Price: From $4800

Iceland

Alta Via 1, 3 and 4 in the Italian Dolomites

 

The Dolomites are in the northeast corner of Italy, close to the Austrian border. From the American point of view, the Dolomites are perhaps Europe's most underappreciated mountain range. Despite their proximity to tourist-thronged Venice, not many Americans visit. Too bad. These ramparts of white and pink limestone thrusting up to 10,000 feet from rolling green meadows are more dramatic and esthetic (albeit smaller) than the familiar movie-logo snow-capped peaks of the Alps just to the north. Three-thousand-foot walls attract hard-core rock climbers, while energetic hikers tread a vast network of superb foot trails serviced by a system of rifugios—overnight huts that are really more like small basic hotels, with food, wine, heat, electric lights, bunks, many with hot showers and sometimes even private rooms. The rifugios allow a hiker carrying only a modest pack to stay out on the trail for days or even weeks at a time—an outdoor luxury virtually impossible on this side of the Atlantic.

Date: August 24 - September 9, 2018   Price: From $2853

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