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Havasupai Premier

Highlights

  •   All-inclusive tour
  •   Turquoise water and plunging falls
  •   Swimming in idyllic pools
  •   Descent below Mooney Falls
  •   South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park
  •   Restaurant dinner near the South Rim
  •   Accommodations near the South Rim
  •   Full hike on a stunning South Rim trail

Description

Do you want to see the best of the Grand Canyon all in one trip? If so, our Havasupai Premier Tour is for you! Combining the magic of Havasu Falls with an experience of Grand Canyon National Park, we hit the top highlights of the Grand Canyon in just four days. This backpacking trip features 2 nights of camping at Havasu Falls, a night of lodging near the South Rim, dinner on the rim, and finally the quintessential views of a day hike down the famous South Kaibab Trail.

The Havasu Falls portion of the trip includes a professional Grand Canyon hiking guide, camping reservations (tribal fees are added separately), hiking and camping gear, roundtrip transportation from Flagstaff, all your meals and more. At Grand Canyon National Park this tour includes transportation from Havasu Falls to the Park, one night of lodging, dinner at the Rim, a guided day hike into the Grand Canyon, and breakfast and lunch the final day.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be operating Havasu Falls tours in 2019. We hope to continue operating tours to Havasu Falls in 2020. In the meantime, we offer award-winning hiking and trekking vacations to other incredible Southwest destinations! Check out more of our Southwest Adventures.

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Backpacking Plus
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Flagstaff, AZ
4 days
26+mi / 42+km
$1365 Per Person
Tribal Fees: +$420/person
$115 Single Supplement

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Trip Dates & Booking

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be offering guided Havasu Falls tours in 2019.

However, we do offer Outfitted Havasupai Packages that make your hike to famous Havasu Falls seamless and convenient. Travel light without having to worry about all the gear and meals for your trip. Just show up and we'll have almost everything ready to go for you! Packages include backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, trekking poles, camp stoves, kitchen gear, breakfasts and dinners.

Day 1
  • 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. 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 turqouise 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.

Day 2
  • 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.

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
  • Shuttle to the South Rim: 3.5-hours
  • Accommodations: Grand Canyon Squire Inn

We begin day 3 with another very early start (getting up around 2 AM and hiking by 4 or 5 AM) to again take advantage of the cool morning air. Watching the sun rise as we hike is an incredibly serene and memorable experience. Hiking back through the Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop we conclude the Havasu portion of our trip. We'll enjoy lunch and cold drinks.

A shuttle driver will be waiting to drive us to Grand Canyon National Park, which is a time for reflection as the next phase of our journey unfolds. We'll check in at a cozy hotel about 10 minutes drive from the South Rim and get cleaned up before driving to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a short evening walk along the Rim Trail as the sun sets. Afterward we'll enjoy dinner in a wonderful South Rim restaurant overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: up to 2,040 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.




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and multi-day backpack
  • Camping in a comfortable basecamp near Havasu Creek
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • One night of lodging near the South Rim and dinner on the Rim (Lodging Details)
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Grand Canyon hiking guide
  • Havasupai camping reservations
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour
  • Transport of most food and gear in and out of the Canyon via a certified, privately contracted pack horse outfitter (not included in 2019, the Havasu Falls portion will be backpacking)
  • 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

  • Havasupai tribal fees (mandatory per-person entrance, environmental, and camping fees) are added separately and collected at time of registration (more info above)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • 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, 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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size for this Havasu Falls Tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. All participants must be a minimum of 12 years old. If you have more questions about group size or age restrictions, please give us a call at 1-800-715-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°
 

Accommodations

Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Grand Canyon Squire Inn

1 night

A short drive from the edge of the Canyon, this modern, appealing hotel puts us right in the action where we can make the most of our Grand Canyon adventure!
(pool, spa)

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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  • 5 HAVASUPAI WATERFALLS: See photos and descriptions of all 5 of the Havasupai Waterfalls.

  • HAVASUPAI RESERVATIONS: Information about how to obtain Havasupai camping permits, required fees, lodge reservations and more.

  • HIKING TO HAVASUPAI: Driving instructions, hiking instructions, information about the helicopter, packing lists and more.