Grand Canyon Havasupai Hiking

Challenge yourself on a trek into the Grand Canyon for charity

OFFERED: March 1 – November 15

Overview

  • Visit one of the wonders of the world.

  • Experience it in a way very few do.

  • Visit the ancient land of the Havasupai Indians.

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.

Itinerary

ARRIVE IN PHOENIX

Participants fly to Phoenix, where we will be met by our guides. We will transfer to the hotel, where we’ll have a briefing on the challenge ahead.

LODGING: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Old Town Scottsdale

MEALS: On own

HIKING: None

SEDONA AND ROUTE 66

After an early breakfast, we transfer through the Sonoran Desert to Sedona, AZ, where we’ll acclimate with a trek in Red Rock State Park, featuring the red sandstone cliffs for which Sedona is renowned worldwide. After a picnic lunch, we continue our journey to our hotel on the famous Route 66.

LODGING: Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HIKING: 3-6 mi

ELEVATION: +/- 900 ft

DESCEND THE GRAND CANYON

We start early with a transfer to our trailhead: Hualapai Hilltop. We hike switchbacks until reaching a dry stream bed, where the trail levels out. After a trailside lunch, we descend deeper in the labyrinth of red sandstone, passing through an Indian village. Soon, we’ll view Havasu Falls before reaching camp.

LODGING: AOA Havasupai Basecamp

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HIKING: 10 mi

ELEVATION: – 2100 ft

MOONEY FALLS CHALLENGE

Today, we meet our first challenge, Mooney Falls, a steep descent utilizing tunnels and ladders. At the bottom, we work further down canyon, scrambling over rocks, wading the creek, and ducking through foliage. Those willing can cliff jump at Beaver Falls and explore underwater grottos before a climb down the limestone to a giant pool.

LODGING: AOA Havasupai Basecamp

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HIKING: 8-10 mi

ELEVATION: +/- 1200 ft

THE GEM OF THE GRAND CANYON

After breakfast, we are guided to hidden Carbonate Canyon, where we hunt for fossils. Next, we explore an abandoned mine, then cool off at the Havasu Falls pool. We refuel with lunch in camp. The afternoon finds us trekking to Rock Falls where we traverse a ledge to get behind the waterfall. Finally, exploring Navajo Falls is the ultimate reward.

LODGING: AOA Havasupai Basecamp

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HIKING: 8 mi

ELEVATION: +/- 600 ft

ASCEND FROM PARADISE

We start early this morning, leaving camp at 5am. We trek back along the same path that brought us to the canyon floor. The trip to the rim is difficult, but reaching it brings us to the end of our challenge and the thrill of conquering one of the most remote areas of the Grand Canyon. We are transferred to Las Vegas for a celebratory dinner.

LODGING: New York New York Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HIKING: 10 mi

ELEVATION: + 2100 ft

FLY HOME

After completing our life-affirming challenge week, we must wave goodbye to newfound friends and the American Southwest. We transfer to Las Vegas-McCarran Airport for our flight home, taking with us memories that will last a lifetime.

LODGING: None

MEALS: Breakfast

HIKING: None

INCLUSIONS

  • Airport transfers
  • Professional safety-certified guides
  • 1 Charity/Challenge Representative TBD
  • 3 nights lodging (double occupancy)
  • Vehicle support where necessary
  • Sedona and Havasupai permits and fees
  • Packhorse service for guest gear (max 15 pounds/pax)
  • Fully equipped basecamp
  • Tents (double occupancy) and sleeping pads
  • All meals per itinerary + snacks, water, drinks
  • Local taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities

Group Size

MIN: 16 pax | MAX: 60 pax