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Havasu Falls Heli Backpacking Tour

Highlights

  • Helicopter in/out of Supai and backpack only 2 miles roundtrip to the campground
  • Enjoy day hikes from the campground to Beaver Falls, Carbonite Canyon, Ghost Canyon and more
  • Experience the world-renowned turquoise water and plunging falls of Havasupai!
  • Swim in the refreshing and idyllic pools and waterfalls that characterize Havasu Creek
  • Have 1 or 2 full days to explore and enjoy the area and the 5 major waterfalls
  • Learn about the history of the Grand Canyon and the people who call it home
  • Hike through the village of Supai, where the Havasupai have summered for 800 years
  • Enjoy Wildland Trekking's fantastic cuisine, top-notch gear and expert guides
  • Let us take care of everything so you can absorb the magic of this amazing place!


Description

Our Havasu Falls helicopter backpacking trip into the famous Havasupai waterfalls and the canyon village of Supai (see a video) is a very popular option for enjoying the Grand Canyon and the falls. With our backpacks and gear (nearly all provided by Wildland), we take a helicopter to Supai, then backpack down past multiple waterfalls to the campground. As on all of our Havasu Falls Tours, you'll enjoy our tasty backcountry cooking, top-notch gear, world-class swimming in the Southwest's most famous waterfalls and a stunning hike down to Beaver Falls on the second or third day! The four day itinerary also offers us an extra day to explore Fifty Foot Falls, Rock Falls and Carbonite Canyon - three fantastic additions to your adventure!

The base rates of $1280 (3 days, available 10/15-11/15 & 2/15-3/15) or $1465 (4 days, available 3/16 to 10/14) include the helicopter transports (provided by AirWest), a professional Grand Canyon hiking guide, reservations and entrance fees, nearly all your gear, and all your meals.

Please note: the helicopters exclusively run on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, so this trip must start and end on those days. The helicopter service is provided by a third party, and the timeliness of flights in/out are out of our control. Finally, very occasionally the helicopters are cancelled due to windy or stormy weather, so we recommend scheduling a one day buffer for your return flight and being prepared to potentially hike out of the canyon if necessary.


 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Hualapai Hilltop: 3.5-hour drive from Flagstaff
Hiking Mileage: 2 miles
Elevation Loss: 400 feet


This Havasu Falls backpacking tour begins at Hualapai Hilltop, where we'll await our helicopter ride to Supai (the wait can be hours long and is out of our control). Once in Supai, we'll do a pack fitting/adjustment before beginning our hike downhill along Havasu Creek. En route to the campground we pass three of the five major waterfalls, Rock Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, and Havasu Falls. The hike to the campground is only 2 miles, and we'll take plenty of breaks on the way to swim, take photos, and enjoy the spectacular waterfalls.

We'll set up camp and save the rest of the day for photographing and enjoying Havasu Falls, or walking down to the top of Mooney Falls. Your guide will prepare a fantastic dinner before we turn in a for a great night's sleep.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (optional day hiking)
Elevation Change: 500 feet


Leaving camp set up, we'll spend day 2 exploring the stunning waterfalls that make Havasu a world-renown Grand Canyon destination. We'll hike downstream to Mooney Falls which is perhaps the most magnificent of all of them at 200 feet tall. We'll then continue hiking downstream another 2.5 miles to Beaver Falls, where the canyon becomes increasingly dramatic with small waterfalls cascading under ash and cottonwood trees. Big horn sheep are often an added bonus, as this area provides them with rare, valuable grazing habitat. Beaver Falls makes for a fantastic lunch spot before we hike back to camp and another wonderful dinner.


Day 3 (4-day Itinerary Only)

Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles (optional day hiking)
Elevation Change: 300 feet


After sleeping in and enjoying a hearty breakfast we'll have the rest of the day to hike and explore Rock Falls and Fifty Foot Falls, which are less-visited but equally as stunning as Havasu and Mooney Falls, and make for unforgettable swimming and photography. We'll be back in camp mid afternoon to relax and prepare for the next day's hike out.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 2 miles
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Shuttle to Flagstaff: 3.5-hour drive from Hualapai Hilltop


We'll enjoy a quick breakfast, break camp, and hike back up to the Supai Village, where we'll await our helicopter ride back to Hualapai Hilltop (waiting time is potentially multiple hours long and is out of our control). We'll enjoy lunch and cold drinks at Hilltop before shuttling back to Flagstaff. Our drive back is a time for reflection and will likely pass in a stream of memories as you relax and enjoy the natural scenery of Northern Arizona before arriving at our starting point in Flagstaff.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding. Additionally, the helicopters can sometimes require a significant wait, and occasionally are cancelled due to windy or stormy weather (we recommend building a 1-day buffer for your return flight).

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Roundtrip helicopter transportation from Hilltop to Supai (provided by AirWest)
  • Top-of-the-line backpack, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Grand Canyon backpacking guide
  • Havasupai entrance, camping and reservation fees
  • Roundtrip transportation from Flagstaff to the trailhead and back
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • A lightweight stuff sack for your belongings
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person, a lightweight stuff sack for your clothing and personal items (pack light!), and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff (use this reservation page for a 10-60% discount at Little America) for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're not staying at Little America, but staying at one of our other recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Grand Canyon Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Flagstaff at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 4 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on our Havasu Falls Backpacking Tours is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours
  • 5-9 year olds are required to helicopter out along with at least one adult ($85 per person) and these trips must be scheduled as private trips


Weather in the Grand Canyon

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies tremendously from the rim to the canyon floor, with as much as a 30 degree Fahrenheit difference. For this reason, the Canyon is truly a year-round hiking destination. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures at the South Rim and the Canyon bottom:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
South Rim
Canyon Bottom
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
Dec-Feb
41°
18°
60°
38°
 
 
March
51°
25°
71°
48°
 
 
April
60°
32°
82°
56°
 
 
May
70°
39°
92°
63°
 
 
Jun-Aug
82°
53°
108°
75°
 
 
September
76°
47°
97°
69°
 
 
October
65°
36°
84°
58°
 
 
November
52°
27°
68°
46°