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 guided backpacking trip on the Hermit Trail explores a part of the canyon accessible only to a lucky few. The campground at Hermit Creek sits beside one of the rare perennial waterways within the Grand Canyon, located 3,800 ft below the trailhead. Day two is the perfect chance to explore while unencumbered by your pack. The path from camp to the river is at first a quick and well-worn descent and then begins to blend into the terrain as you follow the canyon downstream. The creek opens up to the Colorado River just upstream from Hermit Rapids on a boulder-studded sandy beach; the perfect place to lounge in the afternoon sun and watch for river runners in passing boats. Ascending to the rim caps every Grand Canyon experience with a new and unique perspective.
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)