To participate in these adventures, strong fitness levels and some hiking experience are required. It’s also important to note that doing these tours between May and September may require hiking in 105+°F (40°C) temperatures.
For the 2-day and 3-day custom backpacking adventure in the Grand Canyon, you have to be comfortable covering up to 9.5 miles (15 km) a day with extreme elevation changes (over 4,000 ft / 1,220 m) on good, maintained trails. Other than that, you’ll be carrying your backpack. Although these tours are generally less strenuous than the longer tour below, it is only because of the shorter duration.
For the Grandview Trek backpacking tour, you will be hiking up to 6-10 hours a day for 5 days, with significant daily elevation changes. Be prepared for periods of steep hiking, all the while carrying your 35-45 lbs (15-20 kg) backpack, with moderate to significant exposure, and at times loose surfaces that require attention and careful footing. This hike isn’t recommended for anyone who dislikes heights and extreme drop-offs.