Friday, June 28, 2024

Up for a challenge this summer? The Pemi Loop is the stuff of hiking legends. “The name alone brings a wistful smile to the faces of many New England hikers. Eight wide-open summits on the New Hampshire 48 list of 4,000+ footers—each offering spectacular views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness.”

It is as beautiful as it is challenging. We’ll go through forest that has been compared to scenes from Lord of the Rings. We’ll climb open ridges that open up to 360-degree views. And we’ll journey into the heart of the White Mountains. The weather is unpredictable. The slopes are steep and challenging. And it’s all completely worth it!

This hike was named the second hardest day hike in America. Fortunately, we are taking two days to do the route. This will allow us to take more time to enjoy the route, while still going at a strong pace and challenging ourselves.

We’ll go light! While we are camping before and after, for the two days of the hike, we’ll don our day packs and bring just what we need for day hiking plus a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner for our stay at the Galehead Hut.

Join us on this challenging, beautiful adventure!

Experience: This trip is for experienced hikers. Please contact us at for more information.

Accommodations: Tents at a campground nights 1 and 3; bunk rooms at the Galehead Hut night 2.

Day 1 (June 28)

We’ll depart at 7:00 am, stopping for lunch on the road. After arriving at camp the we’ll set up tents and go for a short warm-up hike. That evening, your guides will cook you dinner, do a gear check, and we’ll all get a good night’s sleep before starting the Pemi Loop the following morning.

Day 2 (June 29)

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll start the Pemi Loop! There will be ups, downs, and scrambles as we skirt the edge of the rugged Pemigewasset Wilderness. We’ll spend the night at the Galehead Mountain Hut, right in the heart of the White Mountains.

Day 3 (June 30)

After breakfast, we’ll take on the second portion of the Pemi Loop. This is arguably the more scenic of the two days as we get on the ridge and experience the 360-degree views of the White Mountains. We’ll hike back to our campsite, have dinner, and a good night’s sleep.

Day 4 (July 1)

You will have a choice to get up early for a short hike or rest and sleep in. After breakfast, we’ll make our way back to New York City.

All meals are included, except for food on the drive to and from the destination. We are a vegetarian company and happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.


Level: Intense (Learn More)

Mileage: 32 miles (total mileage for two days)

Elevation Gain: 10,000-12,000 feet (total elevation for both days combined)

Group Size: 2 - 9 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:45 am, June 28th

Departure Time: 7:00 am, June 28th

Return Time: Approximately 8:00 pm, July 1


Limited spots remaining


  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton base layers (top and bottom, no cotton)
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top and bottom layers
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom layers that can be worn over all other layers
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Neck buff
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable camp/car shoes

Pack (*starred items are available for rent at an extra fee)

  • Sleeping bag rated to 40 degrees F or lower*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Tent*
  • Money for lunch stops on the road
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • Snacks
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • Backpack (large enough to fit all the extra layers and supplies)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)