Intrepid Travel – the B Corp certified world-leader in responsible travel – has added 15 new itineraries across the United States focused on backcountry and hiking adventures that provide both a minimal footprint and immersive nature-based experiences few others get to see.
The new trips will more than double Intrepid’s trekking portfolio within the U.S., with tours in sought after destinations such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion, and will primarily focus on backcountry adventures on off-the beaten-track trails away from most signs of civilization, allowing travelers to reconnect with nature in its purest form.
In 2021, over 3.3 million people visited Yosemite National Park, yet just 1% of visitors got off the main (and often crowded) trails. With the addition of these new trips to its U.S. tour range, Intrepid hopes to change this trend. Backcountry trekking allows adventurers to see these iconic destinations away from the popular trails, often times with no vehicles or fixed facilities in sight, while relying on responsible camping and a “pack in, pack out” philosophy that makes for some of the most sustainable holidays on the planet.
Demand for this style of travel in the U.S. has increased dramatically since the onset of the pandemic, which saw people wanting to get away from city crowds and closer to nature. In April 2022, the company saw bookings in North America up 208% year-over-year, with customers predominantly planning active summer trips. For the U.S. year-to-date, active trip bookings are up 61% vs. 2019, with walking and trekking tour bookings up a remarkable 211%.
Samples of the new backcountry trips offered by Intrepid include:
- Hiking and Backpacking Yosemite's North Rim
- Hiking and Camping in Zion
- Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park and Mt Rainier
- Hike New Hampshire's Appalachian Trail and Presidential Peaks
- Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Trail
The addition of these new experiences are a result of Intrepid’s recent acquisition of Wildland Trekking, an environmentally-conscious U.S.-based tour operator focused on walking and trekking experiences, which was done to build upon Intrepid’s operational capability in the United States, providing more diverse and robust outdoor adventure-based options for both domestic and international travelers.
Intrepid Travel also launched its own dedicated American operations hub in 2021, Intrepid DMC North America, to increase its capacity in the region, ensure the utmost quality control over each trip and incorporate the highest sustainable and responsible measures. The company has additionally been increasingly focused on building more impactful relationships with BIPOC-owned businesses and suppliers throughout the United States to offer its travelers a broader range of experiences and perspectives.