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Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

From $ 4,385 AUD

Description

Discover the Grand Canyon in all its glory on a 6-day walking adventure brimming with epic views and unforgettable moments. From the glitzy and glaring Las Vegas, jump into Arizona and get acquainted with one of the wonders of the natural world. Explore the trails of the little-visited but massively beautiful North Rim accompanied by the wild animals that call this place home, then head down to the South Rim for big views and big stories. With two local leaders by your side, you’ll unearth millions of years of history.

Trip Name
Hiking in Grand Canyon
Last Updated
2021-11-26
Days
6
Capacity
14
Highlights
  • Explore the lesser visited but hugely beautiful North Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, tackling the North Kaibab Trail and taking in cinematic views at the Coconino Overlook.
  • Cross the historic Old Navajo bridge and head to the popular South Rim of the canyon where you’ll undertake the spectacular Grandview Trail and Hermit Trail.
  • With two local leaders along for the ride, you’ll gain unmatched knowledge of the landscape and its history, plus have the chance to split up into two groups for hikes if your interests differ.
  • You won’t just be joined by local leaders and fellow travellers on this adventure – prepare to share your hiking trail with all manner of wild animals, including condors, deer and buffalos.
  • With all meals included along the way, you’ll spend less time worrying about where to get your next meal from and more time relishing in magnificent views.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Las Vegas
Welcome to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm at your hotel, where you’ll meet up with your leaders and the other travellers joining you on your adventure. If you arrive with time to spare, you may like to check out some of Vegas’s extravagant attractions. Aside from its famous casinos, the city boasts an interesting mix of cultural anomalies, including the National Atomic Testing Museum, Neon Museum, Mob Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. After your meeting, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group and leaders, then rest up for your first day of hiking tomorrow (or hit the town, we won’t tell!).
Day 2 - Grand Canyon National Park
Leave Las Vegas behind, trading skyscrapers and neon lights for the desert landscapes of Arizona. Travel to the North Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon – this may be one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, but the North Rim of the canyon receives just 10% of the visitors as the South Rim, meaning you’ll often feel like you have the place to yourself. With an altitude of 8000 ft, the North Rim also enjoys a cooler climate that’s ideal for hiking. On arrival, check into your lodge then head into the Grand Canyon National Park. Fuel up over lunch, then hit the spectacular North Kaibab Trail. This challenging but rewarding hike will lead you through a diverse range of ecosystems – your leaders will point out fascinating plant life along the way. The trail leads to the Coconino Overlook, where you’ll come upon a truly remarkable view of the canyon. Return to your lodge post-hike to freshen up and enjoy the evening as you please.
Day 3 - Grand Canyon National Park
Are you ready for a wild day? Today’s hike weaves through forests of pine and aspen high up on the North Rim, and you may be sharing the trail with deer, coyotes, foxes, elk, mountain lions and half-breed wild buffalo. Pass ancient fossil beds as you venture towards the edge of the canyon – the plant life you walk through today is green and lush, in stark comparison to the desert ecosystems you’ll be exploring on the rest of your journey. Reach the edge of the canyon and make your way to an awe-inspiring viewpoint where the group will stop for lunch and take it all in. Make the most of this epic location and continue further along the rim before returning on the same trail. You’re in for a real treat for dinner this evening – your leaders will cook up a tasty meal which you’ll enjoy at an incredible viewpoint so you can chow down while you look around.
Day 4 - Grand Canyon National Park
There’s still so much of the Grand Canyon to explore, so say goodbye to the North Rim and drive on to the South Rim (approximately 4 hours). This beautiful drive crosses the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River near Lee’s ferry, where you can see the Old Navajo Bridge hanging 467 ft above the water. You’ll have the chance to cross the bridge on foot and take some pictures of this scenic spot which marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon. If you’re lucky, you may spot some California Condors hanging out on the rafters beneath the bridge. Jump back in the vehicle and enter Grand Canyon National Park on the east side, stopping off at the famous Desert View Watchtower, built to resemble the Native American tower that once stood in its place centuries ago. The Desert View Drive then provides some jaw-dropping scenes as you make your way to the jumping off point for today’s hike along the Grandview Trail. The trail didn’t get its name by accident – on a clear day you can see for more than 100 miles from the top. First carved out by the native peoples of the Grand Canyon, the trail was expanded upon by miners in the 1890s, and relics of the mining days can still be seen today. Once today’s walk is done and dusted, take some time to put your feet up at your hotel, then head out to dinner at a historic restaurant perched along the canyon’s South Rim.
Day 5 - Grand Canyon National Park
Begin the day by tackling the Hermit Trail, built by the Santa Fe Railroad to access Hermit Camp. Your leaders will point out prehistoric fossil beds within limestone and sandstone formations as you make your way to the striking Waldron Basin. Continue from this high desert valley to the top of the Red Wall, taking in unfathomable views of the canyon which seems to stretch down for miles below. What makes this trail particularly special is the 260-million-year-old reptile prints embossed in sandstone beside the path, complete with a swish of the creature’s tail. Reach your turnaround point at Dripping Springs, a water source that serves as a refuge among the arid landscape. Finish up with a short walk along the rim, then enjoy a downtime in your hotel this evening.
Day 6 - Las Vegas
Rise bright and early for your final day exploring the Grand Canyon, checking out of your accommodation before travelling to the beginning of the South Kaibab Trail. Descend along the spine of the spectacular Cedar Ridge and come upon sweeping panoramic views of the Grand Canyon – perhaps the best in the whole park. Be sure to look up as well as down as California Condors are often spotted around these parts. After your hike, it’s time to return to where it all began, Las Vegas (approximately 4 hours). You can expect to arrive at around 6pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end. They say a little bit of Las Vegas goes a long way, but if you’d like to extend your stay here, just get in touch ahead of time and we can arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
15-05-202220-05-2022AUD $ 3,727-
12-06-202217-06-2022AUD $ 3,727-
29-06-202204-07-2022AUD $ 4,385-
28-08-202202-09-2022AUD $ 4,385-
28-09-202203-10-2022AUD $ 4,385-

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle

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