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  • This is your chance to traverse the full North-to-South expanse of the Grand Canyon on your own two feet. With incredibly experienced guides by your side and the logistics taken care of, embarking on this ultimate adventure has never been more alluring. Over the course of 5 days, you’ll backpack across 24 miles of the canyon, testing your physical and mental endurance along the way. You can expect very challenging terrain and possibly unpredictable weather, but that’s the price of witnessing all the beauty of the Grand Canyon from up close.

    • Check into your hotel in Kanab after 5 pm. You’ll then have a trip briefing and a gear check with your guide. Meet your trip buddies over a welcome dinner at 7 pm.

      Meals: Dinner
      Accommodation: Hotel in KanabKanab city, Utah

    • Meet your guide and your group at 9 am at the Dreamland Safari Tours office at 406 East 300 South, Kanab, Utah 84741. You can leave cars or extra bags there. Get transferred to the North Rim and start the backpacking trip! After lunch on the trailhead, continue the descent into the canyon. Establish camp for the night.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: CampGrand Canyon hiking, camp

    • Today you’re doing inner canyon explorations. This includes The Box, Bright Angel Creek, and Phantom Ranch. Campsite selection and precise itinerary are dependent on permit allocations.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: CampA hiker posing near a drop-off in the Grand Canyon.

    • On the last day in the Canyon, you’ll be ascending to the South Rim. Expect up to 4,400 ft (1,341 m) of vertical gain. You’ll get picked up at the trailhead and returned to Kanab. Check into your hotel for a well-deserved rest. Meet with your team and your guide one last time for a celebratory dinner.Hikers celebrating a successful climb in the Grand Canyon.

    • After breakfast, it’s time to leave. If you’d like to spend more time in the area, just ask your guides for recommendations!

      Meals: BreakfastSome rocks and vegetation along the Grand Canyon.

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • Experienced, medically-trained, Wilderness First Responder hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 5 days of backpacking through the Grand Canyon
        • Hotel accommodation in Kanab or Tusayan pre and post trip (double occupancy—inquire about single occupancy)
        • Trailhead transport from and to Kanab or Tusayan
        • Lightweight backpacking tents (unless you prefer to bring your own)
        • Team cooking, camping, and first-aid equipment
        • Breakfasts and dinners on the trail (possible to accommodate dietary restrictions)
        • Water purification and/or water resupply
        • Satellite messenger communication in case of emergency
        • Human waste bags (where required)
        • Pre-trip gear & training advice (as desired)
        • Campsite fees and overnight permits
        • Trekking poles

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Arizona
        • Lunches on trail
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • This five-day rim-to-rim traversal might pose a challenge even to avid adventurers. As you’ll be hiking for 8-12 miles (13 to 19 km) per day for several days in a row, you must be in great shape. Keep in mind that you’ll also be carrying a +35 lbs (+15 kg) backpack, doing up to 5,000 ft (1,524 m) of vertical ascent per day. The terrain can be rough and very steep at times, so good physical fitness is paramount. Due to the significant elevation changes, you should also prepare for extreme temperature swings and wildly varying conditions on the trail.

    • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

        • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 55-60L bag)
        • Sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees or warmer)
        • Sleeping pad
        • Personal snacks
        • Personal bowl, cup, and spoon
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (4L capacity)
        • Hiking attire
        • Hiking boots
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Down jacket
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this backpacking tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. The maximum group size is 9 guests.
        • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      This Grand Canyon backpacking tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • A 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 1 month (30 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

        • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety-one (91) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus a $100 fee.
        • For cancellations sixty-one (61) to ninety (90) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of 80 percent (80%) of the full tour price.
        • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of seventy (70%) of the full tour price.
        • For cancellations eight (8) to thirty (30) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of sixty percent (60%) of the full tour price.
        • For cancellations forty-eight (48) hours to seven (7) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of thirty (30%) of the full tour price.
        • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

      Overnight permits for Grand Canyon backpacking adventures become available three months prior to departure and are competitive in nature. Your guides take care of all permitting requirements on your behalf and will reconfirm the details of your departure as soon as they have permits in hand. In the event that they are unsuccessful in obtaining permits for the trip, your guides will provide an alternative or a refund.

    • There are multiple options to reach Kanab, the city where you’ll stay a day prior to and after the backpacking trip. Most people fly into one of these three major airports: Harry Read International Airport (LAS) near Las Vegas, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). From there, the best option would be renting a car—depending on the chosen airport, it will take you anywhere between 3 and 5.5 hours to get to Kanab.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at your hotel at 5 pm.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Grand Canyon please refer to Grand Canyon National Park Operations Update.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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