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Long Range Traverse

Backpacking Trip

The Long Range Traverse is an adventure through the back woods of Gros Morne National park. With criss-crossing caribou leads and winding paths through thick brush this traverse is a challenge to navigate. This hike has been ranked by National Geographic® as one of the top hikes in the world, and once you first climb atop the plateau and take in the stunning vista below, it's not hard to see why. Experience for yourself breathtaking vistas and wandering caribou trails. We'll take you through the backyard of one of the most majestic National Parks in Canada.

2024 Tour Dates

July 28 - Aug 1, 2024

$1595

Per Person Plus HST

Trail Details

Difficulty

Length

Ascent

Time

5/5

35km

+800km

4 days 3 nights

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Sample Itinerary

Day before
The trip begins at the Out east Adventure Centre, where we spend some time getting to know the group and reviewing the overall plan for the trip, where we answer any questions and distribute group gear.

Day 1
We leave the Adventure Centre and drive to Western Brook Pond. After a short 3km hike along an easy trail followed by a 16km shuttle boat ride to the end of the fjord, we begin the trek. Hiking through picturesque boreal forest we eventually climb 6km to the top of the gorge and camp on top of the Long Range plateau. We enjoy a hearty backpacking meal overlooking one of the most beautiful vistas in eastern North America. It's a tough day, but worth every minute.

Day 2
We take up our backpacks after breakfast and start the trek across the top of the plateau that make up the Long Range mountains. Here we'll discover a new meaning of wet feet as we make our way through all sorts of terrain, including a river crossing. We climb up and over another hill before finding our campsite.

Day 3
We continue to travel over hills and through valleys, following the trails of the moose and caribou until coming atop a crest overlooking the spectacular ten mile pond. 

Day 4
Our trek begins to wind down with a steep descent into Ferry gulch, an ancient valley carved by the passing of glaciers long ago. From here we make our way along the Gros Morne mountain trail, finally finishing at the trail head in the afternoon. A quick drive later and we'll be back at the Centre, cool beverage in hand and ready to unwind.

Included

  • Experienced Guide

  • Shuttle to/from your accommodation within GMNP

  • Western Brook Pond shuttle crossing

  • Backcountry Park Pass

  • Meals from lunch on Day 1 to Supper on Day 4

  • Group camping equipment​​

  • Airport shuttle on request

  • First and last night night stay at our hostel

What to bring

Sturdy Hiking Boots

Leather or synthetic, they need to be comfortable and in good shape with plenty of tread left on the sole

  • 60+ Litre backpack​

  • 0°C Sleeping bag​

  • Sleeping pad

  • Active clothing (no cotton!)

  • Rain jacket & Pants (no umbrellas!)

  • Gaiters

  • Sun hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Bug repellant

  • 1L Water Bottle

​Early / Late season (before July or after August)

  • Lightweight beanie / gloves

  • Down Jacket

  • Warm socks

  • -7° sleeping bag

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Details

The fine print

01

Accommodation

You will require overnight accommodation in Norris Point or Rocky Harbour for the night before and night after your trip. Most people choose to stay in the park for a few extra days to explore.

Dorm style accommodation at our hostel in Rocky Harbour is included. Upgrades to private rooms are available on request.

You can check it out here.

03

Difficulty

This is a demanding trip, ideal for individuals who enjoy adventure and are physically fit. Although prior backpacking experience is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. We will be hiking off the trail in wet terrain, covering an average of 10km per day. You will be required to carry 10-15lbs of group equipment and food, in addition to your personal gear, with a total weight of 30-40lbs depending on your personal gear.

03

Menu

Please let us know of any dietary requirements/preferences as soon as possible and we can adjust our menu.

 

Most food is dehydrated to save on weight, and rehydrated in the field.

Breakfasts are hot oatmeal with lots of fixings. Lunches are usually wraps with peanut butter, jam and nutella.

Dinner is usually rice or pasta based and often changes trip to trip.

 

Drinking water is plentiful in the mountains, and we carry a water filtration system with us.

02

Weather changes

As any Newfoundlander can tell you, our weather is unpredictable at best. This is especially true in the mountains. Weather can change drastically and instantly, and could then change our route or schedule.  Our day to day itinerary is a sample that is subject to change.

Delays happen often in the mountains, Please provide a grace period when booking your return flight/ferry ride home.

04

Shuttles

Transport from abroad into Deer Lake is not included.

Shuttles between the Adventure Centre and to Accommodations in Norris Point or Rocky Harbour are included.

Deer lake Airport or DRL bus transfers are available on request.

04

Orientation and reservations

We have a minimum of 2 people required to run the hike. Reservations are subject to a $200 non-refundable deposit. All major credit cards and E-transfers are accepted. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start of your hike.

The trip begins at 6pm at the Out east Adventure Centre for an orientation talk with your guides. Your guides will distribute group gear, provide packing tips and answer any questions.

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