Colorado Trek

Trip Details

Who: Incoming Georgia Tech freshman
When: June 18 - 26, 2024
Where: Begins and ends in Denver, Colorado
Cost: $1,295.00

A 9-day trip exploring the ever-remote wilds of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and other areas in or around Rocky Mountain National Park, Plus whitewater rafting, hiking to a remote alpine lake, and more.

This year's trip will include:

  • Backpacking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Camping under the stars
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A portion of each day will focus on discussions about succeeding as a Georgia Tech student. Topics include tips for making the most of your campus experience like involvement in organizations, achieving a balance between academic and personal pursuits and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Registration Details -- Open Now!

You can pay the $1,295.00 expedition fee in full or secure your space with a $50% deposit. If you secure your space with a deposit, payment of the remaining balance is due 30 days after paying the deposit or by June 1, 2024.

100% of your deposit and payments are refundable up until May 20, 2024.  After May 21, your $50% deposit is no longer refundable

  1. Go to
  2. Choose PROGRAMS
  3. Choose SEMESTER - Summer 2024
  4. You may need to search for "Colorado"
  5. You will have to create a "local account"  (your normal GT username and Password will not work--see expanded instructions at the link below.

If you are not ready to register and have specific questions email

If you experience difficulty registering, you may need to create a "local account".  Follow these instructions: Tech Treks Registration Instructions

Trip Full Details

Price includes:

  • Three Georgia Tech/ORGT guides
  • 8 nights lodging in tents
  • Satellite communication gear (phones & locators)
  • Meals and snacks from lunch day 1 through breakfast on day 9
  • All ground transportation (Vans)
  • Backpacking gear (pack, sleeping bag sleeping pad)
  • Whitewater rafting gear, equipment, and guides
  • National Park entrance/permit fees
  • Gratuities for specialty raft guides
  • Bear proof cans to store food during backpacking
  • Group gear including tents, cookware

What is not included:

  • Roundtrip airfare from your hometown to Denver, Colorado
  • Personal items as required on the gear list
  • Souvenirs
  • Other services not clearly noted above.

Things to consider:

  • Airline Tickets
  • Travel insurance - To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Sample Itinerary

Groups of multiple groups of 6 students and 2 trips leaders follow different itineraries at the same time but in a different order. Your itinerary will likely vary from the sample below:

Day 1: Arrive in Denver. GT staff will meet you at baggage claim. Travel to our 1st night of camping, meet the other students and staff, opening ceremonies.

Day 2: Begin 4-day backpacking adventure.

Day 3: Hike and enjoy the scenery of 10,000-14,000 foot peaks.

Day 4: Hike and enjoy camping above a secluded backcountry lake.

Day 5: Finish backpacking journey and camp next to a beautiful river.

Day 6: Transition day – Travel by van to Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing along the way. 

Day 7: Travel around Rocky Mountain National Park in search of Bear, Moose, Elk, Marmot, and more! 

Day 8: Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. 

Day 9: Transition back to Denver, closing ceremony, flights home. 


Summertime temperatures in these regions of Colorado typically range between the low 40's at elevation and the low 70's if it is sunny. Brief but sometimes intense afternoon thunderstorms occur daily during most of the summer. Plan for at least one day of rain. In general, the Colorado summer is similar to spring or fall in other parts of the U.S. If you go on this trip, be prepared for any type of weather and follow the Gear List recommendations to ensure you arrive properly equipped – there is nowhere to go inside and dry off when we are in the wilderness!