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 colors 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 colors 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 get checked in to the host hotel. At 5:00 pm, gather in the lobby of the hotel to meet your guides. After introductions, your guides will give a trip orientation and packing lesson. Once we are organized for our adventure, we head out for dinner at a local restaurant to relax and share our excitement for the next day’s adventures!

  • Meals: D
  • Activity: Trip Orientation and Packing
  • Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suite – Old Town Scottsdale

DAY TWO: DESCEND INTO HAVASU CANYON

Meet your guides and fellow Wild Women in the lobby of our host hotel at 6:00am and prepare for a spectacular adventure in the Grand Canyon. Departing Phoenix and the vibrant Sonoran Desert we drive north to our trailhead into Havasupai. 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.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Hiking Distance: 10 miles/ 16 km
  • Elevation: downhill 2,200ft/ 670m (elevation loss)
  • Camping: Havasupai Campground
  • Vehicle Transfer: 270 miles / 5 hrs

DAY THREE: EXPLORE 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 at tasty meal under the stars of Havasu Canyon.  

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • 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.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • 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 hotel for the evening before sharing a delicious dinner and restful night at one of the lodges inside the park.

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Distance: 10 miles/ 16 km
  • Elevation: uphill 2,200ft/ 670m
  • Lodging: Twin Rooms Yavapai Lodge (or similar)
  • Vehicle Transfer: 200 miles / 3.5 hrs

DAY SIX: GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING

This next stage of our journey together shows a completely different side of the Grand Canyon. We leave behind the intimate experience of Havasupai for sweeping panoramas and vistas. Together we descend through the colorful geologic layers as our guides teach us the miraculous geology that created this natural wonder of the world. It is a hearty trek down into the canyon but one well worth it for the escape from the crowds on the rim. Only a select few spend the night in these lower reaches, making our Grand Canyon experience even more special.

**Specific trails to be determined and finalized at 4 months prior to trip departure, based on permit availability**

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Distance: 3-8 miles/ 4.8-12.8 km
  • Elevation:  downhill 5,000ft/ 1524 m 
  • Camping: Backcountry campsite below the rim (TBD)
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

DAY SEVEN: EXPLORE BELOW THE RIM

Today we can leave the heavy packs behind and continue our exploration with lighter packs. We’ll explore further down into the canyon, learning about its history and features, hopefully with a trip down to the mighty Colorado River. Afterward, our guides will prepare a hearty and delicious dinner for our final night in the canyon together. We’ll swap stories of our favorite moments together on the trail and build our strength for tomorrow’s final challenge.

**Specific trails to be determined and finalized at 4 months prior to trip departure, based on permit availability**

  • Meals: B,L,D
  • Distance: 3-5 miles/ 4.8-8 km
  • Elevation:  1,200ft/ 365 m elevation change
  • Camping: Backcountry campsite below the rim 

DAY EIGHT: TRAVEL HOME

It is an early start this morning to pack up camp and get on the trail. However, don’t forget to soak in the magnificence of the canyon around you. We journey back through the changing rock layers, taking our time as the return to the rim is a hearty uphill climb. With triumphant hearts we emerge from the canyon’s depths to the rim and enjoy a very well-deserved lunch. From here we transfer back to Phoenix with memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Expect to be dropped off at the airport by 6:00pm, followed by a drop off at the Holiday Inn.

**Specific trails to be determined and finalized at 4 months prior to trip departure, based on permit availability**

  • Meals: B, L
  • Distance: 3-8 miles/ 4.8-12.8 km
  • Elevation:  uphill 3,600ft/ 1097m
  • Lodging: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: 230 miles / 4 hours

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