Grand Canyon Trekking

About the Experience

This is a private journey. A physical journey, as you move your body over this rocky, golden terrain. A journey of the mind, as you are offered the quiet secrets of this breathtaking corner of the earth. A journey of the heart – feeling full to bursting with the beauty of this place.

From the moment you begin your descent into Havasu Canyon, it’s as though you’ve been welcomed to a sacred space. Camping at the banks of the Havasu Falls, the sky overhead is an explosion of stars, while the sound of the distant falls reminds you of the planet’s magnificent power. The colours of your day are like vivid slaps of paint on a canvas – the tropical blue streams cutting through the bronzed hillside, while the beauty of the Havasupai waterfalls seems almost otherworldly.

The Canyon itself doesn’t just delight… it astounds. But you journey further, heading deeper, below the rim, on a path where few hikers go. Now you are exploring the geologic wonder of this place up close. At night, you sleep nestled deep into the canyon’s heart, where you have never felt such an embrace. These days will journey on with you, long after you leave, humbled by the Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon Trekking

About the Experience

This is a private journey. A physical journey, as you move your body over this rocky, golden terrain. A journey of the mind, as you are offered the quiet secrets of this breathtaking corner of the earth. A journey of the heart – feeling full to bursting with the beauty of this place.

From the moment you begin your descent into Havasu Canyon, it’s as though you’ve been welcomed to a sacred space. Camping at the banks of the Havasu Falls, the sky overhead is an explosion of stars, while the sound of the distant falls reminds you of the planet’s magnificent power. The colours of your day are like vivid slaps of paint on a canvas – the tropical blue streams cutting through the bronzed hillside, while the beauty of the Havasupai waterfalls seems almost otherworldly.

The Canyon itself doesn’t just delight… it astounds. But you journey further, heading deeper, below the rim, on a path where few hikers go. Now you are exploring the geologic wonder of this place up close. At night, you sleep nestled deep into the canyon’s heart, where you have never felt such an embrace. These days will journey on with you, long after you leave, humbled by the Grand Canyon.

DAY ONE: MEET IN PHOENIX

Arrive in the Valley of the Sun on your own and make your way to the host hotel using their convenient $15 airport shuttle. Arrive by 1:00 pm for a trip orientation before joining your guide(s) and fellow adventurers for a transfer to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn Campground. Our 3-hour drive gives us a chance to get to know each other and learn more about our beautiful surroundings. Our endpoint for tonight, the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn Campground, is nothing fancy – it’s straight out of the 1950s with classic Americana and kitschy dinosaur statues that used to draw Route 66 crowds by the masses! Despite its age, this family-owned and operated motel offers the closest lodging possible for our drive to the Havasupai Trailhead tomorrow morning. It also gracefully eases us from the comforts of our regular lives into the backcountry setting we’ll call home for the next several days.

Tonight your guide will give a packing demonstration and answer any questions you might have about your trip. We’ll eat at a local restaurant, and sleep in clean, comfortable, amenity-filled motel rooms tonight for the last time for 4 days!

  • Vehicle transfer: 3 hours
  • Activity: Trip Orientation and Packing backpacks
  • Lodging: Grand Canyon Caverns Inn Campground on Route 66

 

DAY TWO: DESCEND INTO HAVASU CANYON

An early breakfast with your guide(s) and fellow Wild Women will begin our day, followed by a beautiful drive to the Havasupai Trailhead, passing through TWO Native American Tribal Lands, the Hualapai, and the Havasupai. Upon reaching the trailhead, views and photo-taking will abound! Here we don our packs and descend 10 miles into paradise. On the way, we learn from our guides about the history of the Havasu Tribe that make this special place their home. 

At mile 8, the canyon begins to widen and the vegetation turns lush as we enter the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S. where even the mail still arrives by packhorse. A little further down the trail, we hike past New Navajo Falls, Rock Falls and Havasu Falls. Here we make our home for the next 3 nights at the campground just a short walk from the base of Havasu Falls.

The reward for our 10- mile hike is a hearty and delicious guide-prepared dinner, served under the stars before we retire to our cozy tents for the night.

  • Hiking Distance: 10 miles/ 16 km
  • Elevation: downhill 2,200ft/ 670m (elevation loss)
  • Vehicle Transfer: 1 hour
  • Camping: Havasupai Campground

 

DAY THREE: HAVASUPAI’S HIDDEN GEMS

Awaken in camp, nestled beneath the towering cottonwood trees and a short walk from the canyon’s enormous waterfalls. Today we venture further down the canyon to explore what lies below Havasu Falls. First comes the breathtaking Mooney Falls, cascading 200 ft. down below, then grapevines and canyon views all the way to Beaver Falls. 

After a full day of exploration, we will head back to camp and clean up before a tasty meal under the stars of Havasu Canyon.  

  • Distance: 4 – 8 miles/ 6.4-12.8 km
  • Elevation:  600 ft/ 182 m elevation change
  • Camping: Havasupai Campground
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY FOUR: CANYONS AND WATERFALLS

Rise to find fresh-brewed coffee and breakfast waiting in the camp kitchen. Cross the tropical blue streams of Havasu Creek and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines. Today we head back upstream to visit waterfalls we only caught glimpses of on our first day here. Swim and relax by the waters of New Navajo Falls, Rock Falls and the famous Havasu Falls right by our camp. 

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in the blue-green waters before heading back to camp for a delicious dinner as we trade stories and treasured moments as sisters in the canyon.

  • Distance: 4-6 miles/ 6.4 – 9.6 km
  • Elevation: 400ft/ 121 m elevation change
  • Camping: Havasupai Campground
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY FIVE: ASCEND FROM PARADISE

The scenery and magic of Havasupai and its majestic waterfalls will make us never want to leave, but after breakfast, it is time to conquer the canyon! While always challenging, the exhilaration of reaching the rim is an amazing feeling we will never forget. After arriving at the rim, we will transfer east to Grand Canyon National Park with its expansive and jaw-dropping views.

We’ll settle into our campground for the evening before sharing a delicious dinner and restful night under the stars. Mather Campground is a gem, located within the National Park, minutes from the rim, and with easy access to flush toilets, electrical outlets in the restrooms, and hot showers. Elk, mule deer, and migratory birds roam the campground as well, and a large park-run store is nearby with a post office, sundries, outdoor and hiking gear, souvenirs, and groceries.

  • Distance: 10 miles/ 16 km
  • Elevation: uphill 2,200ft/ 670m
  • Vehicle Transfer: 200 miles / 3.5 hrs
  • Camping: Mather Campground

 

DAY SIX: GRAND CANYON EXPLORATION

This next stage of our journey together shows up a completely different side of the Grand Canyon. We leave behind the intimate experience of Havasupai for sweeping panoramas and vistas that are jaw-dropping in their immensity. The human scale cannot begin to adjust for the age and sheer breadth of the canyon. 

Together we descend the South Kaibab Trail through the colourful geologic layers as our guides teach us the miraculous geology that created this natural wonder of the world. Only a select few spend descend these trails and those that do find themselves in awe of the canyon’s details in a 360- degree panorama that can’t be beaten. It is this hike that truly installs the Grand Canyon into our hearts forever.

  • Distance: 3-8 miles/ 4.8-12.8 km
  • Elevation2,060ft / 628m max elevation change
  • Camping: Mather Campground  

 

DAY SEVEN: EXPLORE BELOW THE RIM

After a delicious breakfast prepared by your guides, we take the eco-friendly park shuttle out to the less-travelled and more remote Hermit Trailhead. We join only a few people who make it out this far, descending down cobblestone trails built at the turn of the century. At each turn, we are treated to views of spectacular western vistas and the possibility of a California condor sighting as we make our way toward the Santa Maria Spring. Along the way, our guides will point out fossilized lizard tracks throughout the ancient sand dunes.

Before returning to the rim, we stop at a historic masonry rest house, where our guides will tell the tale of Louis D. Boucher, the residential “hermit” the trail was named for. Breaking at Hermit’s Rest, a haphazard-looking structure built to intentionally emulate a dwelling constructed by an untrained mountain man, we will enjoy a picnic-style lunch and explore the historic building. Inside, the impressively tall ceilings and natural lighting illuminate the craftsmanship of a dome-shaped alcove containing a fireplace surrounded by a variety of antique kitchen and fireplace tools.

Next, we have the opportunity to add more miles to the stunning Rim Trail. This mostly-flat, partially paved trail winds in and out of the ponderosa pine forest, breaking away to take in unbelievable viewpoints, each one different from the last. Choose the mileage that best suits your mood today, utilizing the park shuttle at any viewpoint you choose to return to the campground for showers, elk watching, and relaxation. Tonight we dine in the grandeur of the El Tovar dining room, reminiscing about our adventures together.

  • Distance: 3-5 miles/ 4.8-8 km
  • Elevation:  1,200ft/ 365 m elevation change
  • Camping: Mather Campground

 

DAY EIGHT: CANYON CULTURE AND BEYOND

After an optional sunrise hike, we’ll pack up camp and grab a to-go breakfast from the local café. We travel to the east end of the park for a stop at the Tusayan Ruins. Here we see well-preserved evidence of the ancient Puebloan people who called the canyon home 800 years ago. Although this exact tribe is now lost to history, their descendants, the Hopi Tribe, still travel the trails and honour the land. Our next stop is the Desert View Watchtower, where early pioneering female architect Mary Jane Colter put her passion for the Hopi’s architecture into form. We’ll explore the kiva and tower to learn more about them, as well as the woman who brought this building to life.

On our way home, we’ll stop in Arizona’s mountain town, Flagstaff, where, at almost 7,000 feet, we’ll enjoy a “mile-high” lunch together to celebrate our journey through the Grand Canyon. Expect to be dropped off at the airport by 6:00 pm tonight or we can drop you off at the Holiday Inn Express on 3131 N. Scottsdale Road.  If flying out tonight, we advise that flights not be booked to depart until after 8:00 pm.

  • Distance: 1-2 miles/ 1.6-3.2 km
  • Elevation: negligible
  • Vehicle Transfer: 230 miles / 4.5 hours
  • Lodging: None

 

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