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Grand Canyon Trek

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About the Challenge

The Grand Canyon is an undisputed highlight; at 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and up to one mile deep, this Natural Wonder of the World is a sight on many wish-lists. We spend two days in the Grand Canyon before moving on to Zion National Park, less well-known than its famous neighbour, but packed with breath-taking and challenging landscapes for trekkers.

We finish with a celebration in energetic Las Vegas, which couldn’t contrast more with the natural beauty we have been immersed in!


Grand Canyon Trek

8 DAYS
  • Depart London bound for Phoenix, capital of Arizona. We transfer to our hotel, have dinner and relax! Night hotel.

  • After an early breakfast and a detailed trip briefing we have a scenic drive north (approx 2 hours) through the Sonoran Desert. We arrive in the beautiful area of Sedona, known for its beautiful red sandstone landscapes and dramatic rock formations. We spend the rest of the day walking along the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, often referred to as the Grand Canyon’s small cousin! This is the perfect acclimatisation trek, helping our bodies to get used to the heat and the terrain. We then meet our vehicles and transfer to our hotel, which lies on the historic Route 66. Night hotel.

    Drive approx 2 hours; trek approx 3-4 hours / 5-6 miles; drive approx 2.5 hours

  • We drive to our trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop, where we begin our descent into the Grand Canyon! We are heading towards Supai, the centre of the Havasupai Indian Reservation which will be our home for the next three nights. The only way to reach Supai is by foot, mule or helicopter; it is the most remote village in mainland USA and still uses mule trains to carry out its post. The trail takes us steeply down from the crater rim, following a series of hair-pin bends down into the canyon – the first mile is the day’s toughest part! Having descended roughly 2000ft, we reach a dry streambed and the trail starts to level out. We follow it though cottonwood trees, descending deeper into the red sandstone. Crossing a bridge into Supai, we continue on through the village and out into canyon back-country until we reach Havasu Falls and our
    camp. Night camp.

    Drive approx. 2.5 hours; trek approx 5-6 hours / 10 miles

  • Another adventurous day today, with some spectacular scenery! Leaving Havasu Falls, we head down the trail towards Mooney Falls. Our route descends adjacent to the waterfall using a series of ladders and tunnels to reach the base. The descent is not for the faint-hearted, but it allows us to access the beautiful canyon below the falls. We continue our trek on a rough trail which crosses the creek several times and takes us over boulders and rock outcroppings. A series of limestone ledges takes us to a beautiful pool at the base of Beaver Falls. From here we return to camp, exploring hidden falls and pools on our way. Night camp.


    Trek approx 7-9 hours / 7-8 miles

  • After breakfast we trek up-canyon to a hidden cleft in the cliff wall, where we enter Carbonate Canyon. In the early 19th century there was mineral mining activity in this area of the canyon, and Carbonate Canyon was one of the main sites. We can search for ancient fossils in the dry creek bed here, and explore some of the deep clefts and caverns in the cliff face. We head back to camp for lunch, stopping on the way for a swim in the pool below Havasu Falls. In the afternoon we trek to Rock Falls, where it’s possible to walk along a narrow ledge behind the roaring spray – a real experience. We continue to the many pools and cascades of New Navajo Falls, where there is time to swim and explore before heading back to camp.

    Trek approx 5-7 hours / 6-7 miles

  • After an early breakfast we leave camp, returning to the crater rim the same way we arrived. The first part of the trek climbs gradually back along the streambed, but once we arrive at the hair-pin bends we take our time, ascending steadily up the side of the canyon. This is very demanding, but is the last part of our Grand Canyon challenge! Back at Hualapai Hilltop, we load up the vehicles and drive west, enjoying the wonderful wilderness scenery for the last time. We cross into Nevada and come to Las Vegas, entertainment capital of the world. On arrival we are free to relax and explore – check out the famous sound-and-light fountain shows, fake erupting volcanoes, Elvis impersonators and replicas of everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sphinx! It’s not subtle, but it’s a real contrast to the past week and great fun! We enjoy a slap-up meal to celebrate our achievements of the past week. Night hotel.
    (Dinner not included)


    Trek approx 6-7 hrs / 10 miles; drive approx 5 hours

  • We are free to explore or relax until we transfer to the airport for our international flight home.


    (Lunch not included if not in-flight)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £450 Fundraising target £3,950 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we are often in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the terrain. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices, medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • Clothing

    We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow participants and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

Extension

Explore Las Vegas

Stay on in Las Vegas to enjoy the many sights and sounds of the buzzing Sunset Strip. Renowned for its casinos, shows, spectacular hotels, and of course the famous wedding chapels, there’s plenty to see and do in the city.

There is also a huge variety of excursions on offer – enjoy a bird’s eye view with a flight over the Grand Canyon, go white-water rafting on the Colorado River, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon. Take a tour of Hoover Dam, or a relaxing boat trip on Lake Mead … there’s so much choice!

This extension does not have an organised itinerary. You are free to spend your time as you wish.


Testimonials

Vicky


Being put out of my comfort zone and experiencing an amazing part of the world.

Louise


I had an amazing time on this trek. the scenery was amazing. Camping added to the adventure. Great support from DA crew and all done with a fabulous group of people, I loved every minute of it. Cant wait to do another.....Only trouble is which one to choose as there are
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Trek Training Weekend

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£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

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This trip ramps up the challenge with some tougher terrain and longer days to be expected. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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