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Trailside Glacier: Hiking in Glacier National Park

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Program #4863RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Hotel elevations are 4,500' and 4,900'. The highest you'll be is 7,000', with 500' to 2400' gains.

Equipment Requirements
Warm waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a day pack, collapsible walking stick, hat, binoculars and a leak proof water bottle are highly recommended.

Itinerary for Aug 12 — Aug 18, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Experience a beautiful, intimate lodge in a mountainous setting, during its quiet off season, with walking and hiking right outside your door. Relax in the living room-like lobby to chat with new friends. Enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or a mixed drink from the Snug Bar, almost like a bar in your home, to relax and recount stories of the days activities. The Lodge itself is an architectural joy and the front entry is always beautifully landscaped with pretty, cheery flowers. Kandahar is simply a marvelous, relaxing atmosphere from where to begin this program.

Contact info:
3824 Big Mountain Rd.
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-6098
web: www.kandaharlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, telephone, televisions, mini fridges, microwaves, free wireless internet service and in room coffee.

Facility amenities: The home like lobby of the Lodge features comfortable chairs and sofas for relaxing as well as a small bar for refreshments. There is a spa on site as well an exercise room and an outdoor hot tub. There is limited food service outside the food provided for the program.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for information
While the Lodge is a beautiful place it is several miles out of the town of Whitefish. Unless you're driving your own car to the program, plan to spend any pre / post time in quiet solitude. The airport shuttle will still provide service to and from the airport or train station.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, August 12 - Independent Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in anytime after 4PM. Orientation to begin at 5PM.

Dinner: Dinner at Kandahar Lodge after Orientation.

Evening: Free time to get settled in.

Lodging: Kandahar Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience a beautiful, intimate lodge in a mountainous setting, during its quiet off season, with walking and hiking right outside your door. Relax in the living room-like lobby to chat with new friends. Enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or a mixed drink from the Snug Bar, almost like a bar in your home, to relax and recount stories of the days activities. The Lodge itself is an architectural joy and the front entry is always beautifully landscaped with pretty, cheery flowers. Kandahar is simply a marvelous, relaxing atmosphere from where to begin this program.

Contact info:
3824 Big Mountain Rd.
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-6098
web: www.kandaharlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, telephone, televisions, mini fridges, microwaves, free wireless internet service and in room coffee.

Facility amenities: The home like lobby of the Lodge features comfortable chairs and sofas for relaxing as well as a small bar for refreshments. There is a spa on site as well an exercise room and an outdoor hot tub. There is limited food service outside the food provided for the program.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for information
While the Lodge is a beautiful place it is several miles out of the town of Whitefish. Unless you're driving your own car to the program, plan to spend any pre / post time in quiet solitude. The airport shuttle will still provide service to and from the airport or train station.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 13 - Interpretive Hike Along a Section of the Danny On...
Interpretive Hike Along a Section of the Danny On Trail, a Gondola Ride to the Summit of Big Mountain and Expert-led Lectures.

Breakfast: Catered breakfast in Kandahar Meeting Room

Morning: Enjoy an interpretive hike on a portion of the Danny On Trail and learn about the local flora and fauna. Next we'll ride aboard the "Glacier Chaser" gondola and chairlift—also known as Big Mountain Express—for a 15-minute scenic ride to the 7000-foot summit with panoramic views of Glacier National Park and surrounding area.

Lunch: Lunch at the Summit Restaurant

Afternoon: Introduction to Glacier National Park presentation.

Dinner: Dinner at Base Lodge via short shuttle provided.

Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation on the fascinating geology of the Crown of the Continent.

Lodging: Kandahar Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Many Glacier Hotel is on of Glacier's most popular lodges due to its stunning setting, positioned on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake. The 1945 lodge centers around its massive four-storied lobby with a large fireplace.

Contact info:
Hwy 8, Swiftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: Rooms have land-line phones. There are no T.V.s, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls.

Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, August 14 - Travel to Many Glacier Hotel via the Historic Goi...
Breakfast: Catered breakfast in Kandahar Meeting Room

Morning: This morning after checking-out of Kandahar Lodge, we'll depart for Many Glacier Hotel by way of the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. We'll include some scenic hikes along the way. (subject to weather and road conditions)

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Continuation of all day field trip to Many Glacier with hikes led by expert field instructors.

Dinner: Dinner at Many Glacier

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

Lodging: Many Glacier Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Many Glacier Hotel is on of Glacier's most popular lodges due to its stunning setting, positioned on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake. The 1945 lodge centers around its massive four-storied lobby with a large fireplace.

Contact info:
Hwy 8, Swiftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: Rooms have land-line phones. There are no T.V.s, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls.

Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, August 15 - Scenic Interpretive Hikes around Many Glacier
Breakfast: Breakfast at Many Glacier

Morning: Hike one of the beautiful Josephine Lake area trails. Trail options of 5.4-12.0 miles round-trip with elevation gains of 150'-1600'. The strenuous possibility includes overlook of Grinnell Glacier, the closest you can get to a glacier in the park.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Continuation of interpretive hikes or free time.

Dinner: Dinner at Many Glacier

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

Lodging: Many Glacier Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Many Glacier Hotel is on of Glacier's most popular lodges due to its stunning setting, positioned on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake. The 1945 lodge centers around its massive four-storied lobby with a large fireplace.

Contact info:
Hwy 8, Swiftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: Rooms have land-line phones. There are no T.V.s, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls.

Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, August 16 - Scenic Interpretive Hikes in the Swiftcurrent Val...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Many Glacier

Morning: All day hike on one of the Swiftcurrent Valley trails. Keep your eyes open for waterfalls and wildlife. Trail options of 3.6-9.8 miles round-trip with elevation gains of 150'-1200'.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Continuation of interpretive hike.

Dinner: Dinner at Many Glacier

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

Lodging: Many Glacier Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Experience a beautiful, intimate lodge in a mountainous setting, during its quiet off season, with walking and hiking right outside your door. Relax in the living room-like lobby to chat with new friends. Enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or a mixed drink from the Snug Bar, almost like a bar in your home, to relax and recount stories of the days activities. The Lodge itself is an architectural joy and the front entry is always beautifully landscaped with pretty, cheery flowers. Kandahar is simply a marvelous, relaxing atmosphere from where to begin this program.

Contact info:
3824 Big Mountain Rd.
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-6098
web: www.kandaharlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, telephone, televisions, mini fridges, microwaves, free wireless internet service and in room coffee.

Facility amenities: The home like lobby of the Lodge features comfortable chairs and sofas for relaxing as well as a small bar for refreshments. There is a spa on site as well an exercise room and an outdoor hot tub. There is limited food service outside the food provided for the program.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for information
While the Lodge is a beautiful place it is several miles out of the town of Whitefish. Unless you're driving your own car to the program, plan to spend any pre / post time in quiet solitude. The airport shuttle will still provide service to and from the airport or train station.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, August 17 - Return Trip to Kandahar Lodge on Big Mountain and...
Return Trip to Kandahar Lodge on Big Mountain and an Interpretive Hike at Logan Pass

Breakfast: Breakfast at Many Glacier

Morning: Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road with an interpretive hike at Logan Pass.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Continuation of travel and hikes. Return to Kandahar Lodge on Big Mountain.

Dinner: Final banquet in the Kandahar Meeting Room.

Evening: Closing and conclusion of program.

Lodging: Kandahar Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, August 18 - Independant Departures
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the Kandahar Lodge Lobby.

Morning: Hotel check-out by 11 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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