Long Range Traverse

Long Range Traverse

Trip Highlights

  • Be one of the few to experience postcard views atop the Westernbrook Gorge
  • Feel dwarfed by the fjords on a boat ride in Western Brook Pond
  • Be led through truly remote backcountry on an unmarked route
  • Keep your eyes open for caribou, moose, and other wildlife

Trip Summary

Challenge yourself on this bucket list backpacking trip with the help of our incredible guides who will shoulder most of the equipment and make sure you don't be led astray by the animal tracks! The epic Long Range Traverse is one of the only ways to get those iconic Newfoundland 'edge-of-the-world' views of coastal fjords sparkling between 1,000-foot granite cliffs. Famous for fog and unpredictable weather, the unmarked route is remote and wild, requiring independent hikers to first pass a navigational test with Parks Canada. Until now, the only way to hike the Long Range has been with a full pack of about 40 - 45lbs - A very challenging undertaking. With the assistance of our expert guides who allow us to keep our packs to a maximum of 30lbs, we forge through the rugged backcountry where we can enjoy an abundance of wildlife, rare arctic plants and endless photo opportunities.

Suitability

The challenging grading of this trip is primarily because of the very rugged terrain and often wet and unpredictable conditions in the Long Range Mountains. There is no altitude to consider and it is only a few days of trekking, but there is no trail; The traverse is a route through wet, muddy, rocky, and "rooty" terrain. The first day on the traverse includes a climb virtually straight up and out of a 600m tall gorge with some hand over hand scrambling (non-technical). The rest is relatively flatter (note the word 'relatively), with some river crossings and potentially some residual snow patches to cross. A major factor in the difficulty of this hike presents itself in the form of local vegetation called tuckamore. Tuckamore is a spuce tree found atop the plateau which has been gnarled and tightly wound by wind. Walking through it has been aptly compared to walking under water, against a current. We cannot have any items on the outside of our packs, as they will surely be lost to the trees! Although our guides will carry the majority of food and group equipment, you will be expected to carry all of your own gear including sleeping bag/mat, a share of a 2-person tent, and a share of the group food.

Itinerary

Arrive Deer Lake and transfer to pretty Rocky Harbour on the north side of Gros Morne National park. The approximately 1hr drive is a beautiful one and a great introduction to the topography and and beauty of the park. A 5pm thorough briefing will take place with the trek guides in order to go through the trek plan and, most importantly, organize our packs. Enjoy dinner and overnight in a rustic yet cozy cabin.

Meals:  D

This morning, we load up then walk the flat and popular 3km trail to the shore of Western Brook Pond (lake) - The location of an information centre and where a tourist boat departs for tours of the dramatic fjords. We take an hour-long boat ride (either the tourist boat, or a small private motor boat) to the innermost point of the lake where a small, square dock marks the start of the Long Range Traverse. We wave goodbye to our ride and head into the lush valley toward the wall of the gorge. Then, it's about 600m up along wet, rocky switchbacks with some squeezing through and scrambling around boulders before we find ourselves at the top, out above the trees and looking back across the dramatic glacier-carved landscape for the postcard-perfect views. The incredible, otherworldly terrain ahead of us beckons exploration. We set up camp soon after our ascent and enjoy a night under the stars.

Meals:  B,L,D

We are now walking through the most northern section of North America's Appalachian Mountains. There isn't a single trail marker along this 35km route which is packed with side trips and navigational puzzles including meandering footpaths of caribou. Our experienced guides expertly lead us through this pristine landscape, around countless peat bogs and brooks that dot the Long Range plateau. Our way is lined with 'tuckamore' and spruce groves tucked between knolls of heather and bare-bone granite. Fog often cloaks the highlands in June and July, but we hope for clear skies and incredible ocean views at the cliffy edges of Ten Mile Pond and Baker Brook Pond. For our final night on the Long Range, we set up camp overlooking iconic Gros Morne Mountain.

Meals:  B,L,D

We hike from the Long Range Mountains down to the edge of Gros Morne Mountain and finally to its base at sea level. Usually an afternoon exit from the trek allows for ample time to enjoy the evening back in town and chat about the experiences and stories from the incredible past week in the back country, where few visitors have explored. Tonight, we are rewarded with showers, a hearty farewell dinner, and comfortable cabin accommodation.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we are transferred to Deer Lake Airport where services conclude (approx 1hr drive)

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 nights wilderness camping
  • 2 night twin share cabins
  • All camping and kitchen equipment excluding sleeping bag and mat
  • Park fees and permits
  • All internal transfers
  • Airport transfers (to/from Deer Lake)
  • Licensed wilderness guide(s)
  • Emergency equipment (first aid kit, SAT phone, etc)

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfare and airport taxes
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Aerated and alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Province/Territory:Newfoundland and Labrador
Starting Point:Deer Lake
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:LRG
Prices From:USD$1790
LRG Single Supplement:USD$180 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes