Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this tour for?

Anyone who is over the age of 18 and loves being in the great outdoors.

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be fit and healthy and capable of walking 12-14 miles every day for a week whilst carrying a pack weighing approximately 10-15kg (25-30lbs) over undulating terrain.

Can I bring my own camping equipment?

Yes you can, but we are not responsible for the waterproof state or the serviceability of your equipment. We recommend the use of the equipment provided by Land Journeys which is guaranteed to be serviceable, plus you can purchase equipment at Delaware Water Gap at the start of the trip. We do highly recommend that you purchase walking boots at a recognised UK-based outdoor retailer and that the boots have been properly worn in.

Do I need my own insurance?

Yes. Before you join our Walk in the Woods Appalachian tour you must be covered by your own insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become too ill to continue to travel. In addition to this, we strongly recommend that you include coverage for tour cancellation in the event that you must cancel your reservation prior to departure because of serious illness or injury to yourself, a member of your immediate family or traveling companions.

I have a medical condition, is that OK?

Yes, but you must make us aware of it and consult your doctor first to get written confirmation that you are in a fit healthy condition to walk the trail.

Can I have a tent to myself?

We have a limited number of one person tents that are available on a first-come first-served basis. Be aware that having a single tent generally means more weight, including stove and food. Sharing a two person tent means this weight is shared.

Is all my food prepared for me?

No, you will need to cook your own food while out on the trail. The Instructor/Guide will be on hand to show and assist you with the stoves. All food, including snacks are provided whilst walking. Water will be carried by you (two water filters/purifiers will be brought along). We will send out a food questionnaire so we can cater for your specific dietary needs.

Do you offer transfers to/from any other airports?

We currently only offer transfers to/from JFK airport in New York and can also arrange transport to New York bus terminal in the centre of NYC. Any transfers outside of this will need to be arranged by you.

What happens if I can’t continue walking?

You will be returned back to Delaware Water Gap where, unfortunately, you will need to pay for your extra accommodation. We can arrange the accommodation for you but will not cover the cost outside of the hotel accommodation included as part of the original tour itinerary. Please make sure that your insurance covers this eventuality. If you feel you can rejoin the walk, you will be dropped back out on the trail to meet us.

What if I walk at a different pace to the others?

Groups of 5-7 will have one leader, 8-12 will have two leaders. If there are different walking speeds within the group, with two leaders, one will be at the front and one will bring up the rear. All junctions on the trail are clearly marked and this will allow the group to spread out and walk at their own speed (within reason). If the group has only one leader then everyone walks at the speed of the slowest person. If you don’t like this then this tour is not for you.

What happens if we meet a bear on the trail?

The bears in this area are Brown Bears and they are herbivores, nervous of humans and most times they will move off before we even see them as they hear a party approaching. If they don’t move off of their own accord just a few load shouts will get them moving. They may enter camp at night looking for food; many of the camps have metal food lockers, if not we will hang all foods in the trees.

Are there designated campsites?

Yes, we will be at designated campsites, some have sawdust toilets, some will have standard toilets and others will be a bush in the woods. Washing facilities do not exist at most sites, it’s washing in streams and rivers.

Do we carry our own food?

Yes, you carry everything you need with you, that’s food, tents, stoves and your clothing.

Is there anyway we can get clean clothes?

We will get you to pre-pack a change of clothes, at a designated point on the fourth day we will rendezvous with another member of the team who will deliver your change of clothes, take your dirty ones away with them, replenish any food and take away any rubbish.

What if there is an emergency on the trail?

All leaders are First Aid qualified and there is good mobile signal along the trail that we use making it easy if someone needs evacuating because of a medical emergency. The trail organisation use a small all-terrain buggy that can get to most points. If you need to leave the party to return home one of our local contacts will collect you from a road crossing.