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Premier Havasu Falls Hiking Company

Wildland Trekking Phone Number

9am to 5pm Everyday

800-715-HIKE

Summer Havasu Falls Tour

Highlights

  • Experience the world-renowned turquoise water and plunging falls of Havasupai!
  • Hike early when it's cooler and relax in the creek during the hottest part of the day
  • Swim in the refreshing and idyllic pools and waterfalls that characterize Havasu Creek
  • Descend below Mooney Falls along Havasu Creek to Beaver Falls
  • Hike with only a light day pack as mules carry the gear and food
  • Hike through the village of Supai, where the Havasupai have summered for 800 years
  • Enjoy Wildland Trekking's fantastic cuisine, comfortable camps and expert guides
  • Let us take care of everything so you can absorb the magic of this amazing place!


Description

The summer version of our hiking tour into Havasu Falls and the remote village of Supai (see a video) operates from May 15 to September 14 (or see our standard tour). We depart Flagstaff very early in the morning (2 or 3 AM) to hike during the cooler morning temperatures. The trip features 2-3 nights of camping at Havasu Falls, fantastic meals, amazing hiking, and the opportunity to cool off in the Southwest's most stunning waterfalls!

Once in the Canyon you'll enjoy our tasty backcountry cooking, a comfortable camp, world-class swimming and a stunning hike down to Beaver Falls on the second day (weather permitting)! On the 4-day itinerary we spend day 3 exploring Fifty Foot Falls, Rock Falls and Carbonite Canyon - all fantastic additions to the trip.

The base rate of $850/$1030 includes a professional Grand Canyon hiking guide, the majority of the gear, transportation from Flagstaff to the trailhead and back, all your meals, and pack mules to carry your gear. Flying in or out on a helicopter is an option on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, costs $85 per person one way, and is paid directly to the helicoper company.


 


Photos of this Trip

(Special thanks to Russ Nordstrand and PJ O'Malley for many of the photos on this website.)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Caravan to Hualapai Hilltop: 1 hour drive from Peach Springs, Arizona
Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Loss: 2,400 feet


We begin our Summer Havasu Falls Tour at Hualapai Hilltop, where you’ll enjoy the luxury of hiking with only a light daypack as we hire pack horses to carry the bulk of our gear. We hike downhill steeply through a series of switchbacks before leveling off in a beautiful red sandstone canyon. After 4.5 miles of hiking this canyon intersects with Cataract Canyon and Havasu Creek, whose enchanting torquoise waters are some of the most inviting in the world. We hike along this creek for 2 miles to the village of Supai before continuing on another 2 miles to the campground. En route to the campground we hike past three of the five major waterfalls, Rock Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, and Havasu Falls. The rest of the day is available for photographing and enjoying Havasu Falls.


Day 2

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


We'll spend day 2 hiking and 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 the waterfalls at 200 feet tall. We'll then continue our hike 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.


Day 3 (4-day Itinerary)

Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles day hiking
Elevation Gain: 300 feet


After sleeping in and enjoying a great 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.


Final Day

Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet


After hiking back through the Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop we conclude our trip. Your drive from there 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 your hotel for the night.


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.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and day pack
  • Pack mules to carry most of the gear and food
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Professional, knowledgeable, certified Grand Canyon hiking guides
  • Havasupai entrance, camping and reservation fees
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you and your family 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 stuffsac for your belongings during mule transport
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% 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 or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research 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 waterbottles per person, a lightweight stuffsac for your belongings that will be going with the mules, 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

Where Do We Meet?

Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group in the lobby of the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Arizona for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. You will then rendezvous with your group the next morning and caravan to the trailhead.

All Wildland Trekking guests receive a 20% discount at the Hualapai Lodge. To make your reservations and receive the discount, please follow these instructions:

  1. Call 888-255-9550 or 928-769-2230
  2. Dial "0" when the message/prompt begins
  3. That will take you to the front desk, where you need to tell the agent you're traveling with The Wildland Trekking Company, and you'll get the 20% discount
Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


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

The standard group size this Havasu Falls Tour is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 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.


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°