Grand Canyon – Havasupai Escape

  • Visit one of the wonders of the world.

  • Experience it in a way very few do.

  • Visit the ancient land of the Havasupai Indians.

 

Overview

This adventure challenge is a trip of a lifetime.

When the first European explorers came to the edge of the Grand Canyon on their search for El Dorado, in 1540, they had no idea what they saw. The visual vocabulary for a gorge a mile deep, six miles wide, and 277 miles long was simply not available; the distances were deceptive, the scale unimaginable.

On this challenge, we descend into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the heart of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Canyon, where we will hike and explore this incredible landscape, crossing travertine pools of turquoise blue and spending evenings camping under the stars.

Some say you haven’t lived until you’ve taken a journey through the Grand Canyon. This challenging adventure will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, awe, and a true appreciation and love of the grandest place on earth.

For this adventure, you must prepare. No panic, there is plenty of time and we are with you all the way. While we encourage you to select a trip suitable to your abilities and overall health, you will receive training and preparation tips.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Day 1 – Pick up at “client site”, transfer to trailhead, 10 mi hike into Havasupai

Day 2 – Trek 10 miles and our most challenging day in the Grand Canyon

Day 3 – Trek 10 miles see the in Havasupai History and Waterfalls

Day 4 – Hike 10 miles out of the canyon – Celebration Meal Flagstaff – Transfer to “client site”

WHAT TO EXPECT 

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting and memorable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is their true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you would never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the Trekking Challenge.

Each day will be spent relaxing, playing in the waterfalls and exploring the canyon on awe-inspiring hikes. Your guide will make sure you are challenged each day. We will keep your energy up by serving you healthy hearty meals. On the last day, put your best foot forward as you wave goodbye to Havasupai and begin your hike back to the rim.

Itinerary

TRANSFER AND DESCEND INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON

6:00am – Group transfers to the Havasupai Trailhead. Here we will load our gear and duffels onto packhorses and begin our 10-mile trekking challenge into Havasupai.

DESCEND INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON

Starting at 5,100 feet, the trail begins with switchbacks until hikers reach a dry streambed where the trail begins to level out and even the mail still arrives by packhorse. Here at 3,200 feet, we start the journey to our basecamp. The cottonwood-lined paths will lead us to the village and into the canyon’s backcountry. A little further down the trail, you walk past 50-foot New Navajo Falls, 35-foot Rock Falls and 100-foot Havasu Falls. Estimated arrival time is between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. After we all participate in setting camp we will have free time to explore the area, or perhaps a solar heated shower, while your guides prepare a backcountry meal you will not soon forget. Sleep under the stars or retire to your tent for a peaceful night of slumber.

LODGING: Backcountry comfortable camping

MEALS: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Water on Trail

HIKING: 10 miles

ELEVATION: 2,100 feet elevation loss

BEAVER FALLS ADVENTURE HIKE

Awaken in our basecamp, nestled along a stream, beneath towering cottonwood trees and adjacent to enormous waterfalls. You will find fresh brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast waiting in the camp kitchen. Today after breakfast, we will embark on one of the most challenging and beautiful adventures in North America, crossing tropical blue streams and wading through lush meadows of wild grapevines on our way to Beaver Falls, the last waterfall in the chain of four major waterfalls in Havasu Canyon. We promise you will end this day in awe of your accomplishments! Our guides spend a large portion of their year in Havasupai, giving them the time to scout exciting off the beaten track options that are both daring and safe; traveling with them you will see and do things few have discovered.

LODGING: Backcountry comfortable camping

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Water on Trail

HIKING: 10 miles

ELEVATION: 1,200 feet elevation loss/gain

CARBONATE CANYON, HAVASU FALLS & THE NEW WATERFALLS

Today our challenge will be to hike up Carbonate Canyon and look for fossils, explore the area, and then swim Havasu Falls. Over the past several million years, Havasu Creek has carved out a natural amphitheater for itself 150 feet high and maybe six hundred feet wide. The afternoon we will prepare for another 3 mile hike up to Navajo Falls and Rock Falls. We will trek around where Navajo Falls used to be and then explore New 50 ft. Falls and 35 ft. Rock Falls which both will be a great way to end our trekking challenge and heading back to basecamp.

LODGING: Backcountry comfortable camping

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Water on Trail

HIKING: 10 miles

ELEVATION: 1,200 feet elevation loss/gain

CONQUER THE CANYON AND ASCEND FROM PARADISE

The scenery and magic of the canyon will make you never want to leave, but after breakfast it is time to conquer the canyon! Reaching the rim is an amazing feeling you’ll always remember while on the most amazing trekking challenge of your life.

LODGING: None

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Water on Trail and Celebration Dinner in Flagstaff!

HIKING: 10 miles

ELEVATION: 2,100 feet elevation gain

Included in Cost

  • Training, gear, and fundraising tips – we support you all the way!
  • All park entry fees and permit costs
  • 3 nights camping in Havasupai
  • All dining & common area camping equipment
  • Transportation from and to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce
  • Safety certified and awesome guides for trip duration
  • All meals – Lunch Day 1 through Dinner Day 4
  • Healthy snacks and assorted drinks during van rides
  • Snacks and water on trail
  • Tents and Pads
  • Sleeping bag rental with round trip packhorse service and sheet set
  • Packhorses to carry camp gear, kitchen gear, and food in and out of canyon
  • Packhorses to carry your personal belongings in and out of canyon (2 duffels up to 15 pounds each only)

Not Included

  • Optional additions (see below)
  • Personal equipment (backpack, water container, clothing, etc.)
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Alcoholic beverages (Please note that alcohol is illegal once on the Havasupai Reservation. We don’t recommend alcohol on multi-day trips).
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Optional gratuities to the guides

Optional Additions

  • Helicopter ride into or out of the canyon – $85 per person, one-way (only if necessary, THIS IS A CHALLENGE!)
  • Trekking pole set rental ($20 + tax)
  • 30- to 40-liter backpack rental ($35 + tax)
  • 3-liter Camelback Reservoir (purchase) ($35 + tax)

MIN 6 – MAX 26 | REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 11, 2018

Please fill out the registration information with as much detail as possible to help us deliver an experience of a lifetime for you. Also, PLEASE READ the Waivers, Trip and Payment Policy. This is important for you to understand given the nature and payment options for an adventure challenge.

CONTACT US for a customized itinerary and costs.