Trip Itinerary and Details: Havasupai Premier Tour
Shuttle to Hualapai Hilltop: 3.5-hour drive from Flagstaff
Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Loss: 2,400 feet
The excitement of this Grand Canyon tour begins with our hike into Havasu Falls. We depart from 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 hiking 4.5 miles 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 pass 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.
Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (optional day hiking)
Elevation Change: 500 feet
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 hiking back to camp.
Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Shuttle to the South Rim: 3.5-hours
After hiking back through the Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop we conclude the Havasu portion of our trip. The drive to Grand Canyon National Park is a time for reflection as the next phase of our journey unfolds. We'll check in at the cozy Grand Hotel and get cleaned up before driving 5 minutes to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a short evening walk along the Rim Trail as the sun goes down. Afterward we'll enjoy dinner at Bright Angel Lodge overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon.
Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
Elevation Gain: up to 2,200 feet
Shuttle to Flagstaff: 1.5-hour drive to the Flagstaff, Arizona
We’ll get a fairly relaxed start before spending the day hiking on the South Kaibab Trail. It is a 4 to 6 hour moderate hike with BIG Grand Canyon views, and amazing natural and cultural history. The South Kaibab Trail is one of the most photographed trails in the country because it descends the spine of a long ridge with 360-degree views. Exciting hiking, fascinating geologic history and, with any luck, a California Condor will round out the day on this classic Grand Canyon hiking experience.
What's Not Included
|WHERE DO WE MEET?|
Unless we tell you otherwise, you will meet your guide and group at our office in Flagstaff, Arizona (4025 East Huntington, Suite 150) for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. 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.
|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, energy bars, 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 AND CLOTHING|
What we Provide
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter waterbottles per person 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 (if you don't have a trip packet yet, please contact us and we'll email you one). 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.
|WEATHER AND SAFETY|
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:
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 1-800-715-4453 (HIKE) for more information.
|GUIDES AND GROUP SIZE|
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 About Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard group size on Havasupa trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides. We often run custom trips for organizations with greater numbers of people and guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-4453 and we'll answer all your questions.
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|HOW TO REGISTER|
To register for a hiking tour or guided backpacking trip, please complete our Request a Reservation form or call us at 800-715-4453. We'll email you a detailed trip packet, and once you're ready to register we'll enable your online account, where you can login to pay your $250 per person deposit and complete your registration profile (check out Terms and Conditions for information on our refund policy). The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the trip start date. Feel free to call us with any questions!