Visiting the Grand Canyon is a dream shared by millions of people around the world. Every year travelers come from far and wide to stand on the edge of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, but relatively few of them climb over the rim and explore the canyon’s inner reaches. Embark on a guided backpacking trip and the adventure of a lifetime and join the elite group of individuals who have experienced the intricate wonders of the Grand Canyon.
This exciting backpacking expedition descends into the canyon from the South Rim and winds down the famous Bright Angel Trail to the ages-old campground at Indian Garden. The second day of our backpacking trip is the perfect time to feed your inner curiosity about the diverse ecosystem within the canyon walls. Options for the day include a shorter hike out the Plateau Point Trail to sweeping views of the river rushing along 1300 ft below or for more of a challenge some may prefer to push on down the Bright Angel trail to the Colorado River itself. The return trek up the Bright Angel Trail takes a good deal longer than the descent. Gaining over three thousand feet of elevation, it affords an entirely different perspective from the views you experienced on the way into the canyon. Your guide will give you plenty of opportunity to rest along the way. Your group will reach the South Rim by early afternoon and where your lunch in Grand Canyon village will be well-deserved after the morning’s hard work. There will be some time to rest at the Rim and shop for souvenirs before boarding the van for the return.
Duration: 3 days/2nights
Departs: Old Town Scottsdale (DATES)
Includes: Round-trip transportation from Scottsdale, all permits & entry fees, skilled guide(s), all meals (lunch day 1 thru lunch day 3), kitchen & group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage, dish washing necessities), personal mess-kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon).
Not-Included: Personal insurance and expenses; Pre- or post-trip lodging; Airfare to and from Scottsdale, AZ; Airport transfers; Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3; Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Backpack, Tent (rentals available); Trekking poles (complimentary upon request).
Cost: $795/person + $21/person permit fees*
Price is based on shared occupancy. Solo occupancy upgrade available for an additional $25/person +tax; A $500.00 per person deposit is required to hold your reservation on any trip. The balance is due 60 days prior to your trip departure date. *$21/person permit fees in 2018; $35/person permit fees in 2019; Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.
Skill level: Advanced
Notes: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. All Grand Canyon tours are group tours; minimum 2 guests. Please inquire for available dates. Private backpacking tours are available for an additional fee.
All cancellations must be made in writing via email or fax. Cancellation fees abide by the following schedule:
-91 or more days prior: Full refund for all trips
-61 to 90 days prior: Forfeit of deposit (30%)
-31 to 60 days prior: 50% of trip cost
-0 to 30 days prior: 100% of trip cost (no refund)