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trek Grand Canyon for NI Hospice

itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Las Vegas

We arrive into Las Vegas and our transferred to our hotel by our local team. This evening we have an orientation meeting, where we will be briefed on the challenge ahead and ensure that everyone is completely prepared.

DAY 2

Hoover Dam & Hot Springs - 9.5 km

From downtown Las Vegas it is a mere 25 miles to the impressive Hoover Dam; a concrete arch-gravity dam built in 1936. After a brief stop at Hoover Dam we will drive 4 miles east for an acclimatisation hike into the Arizona Hot Springs. It is 3 miles through a spectacular volcanic canyon to the Colorado River. The hot springs lie a short distance up a side canyon here we will soak in the luxurious hot springs before hiking the 3 miles back to the vans. It is then on to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn near Peach Springs, AZ and the historic Route 66. Tonight we enjoy a sunset dinner before preparing for the rest of the challenge near Peach Springs, AZ and Route 66.

DAY 3

Supai Village & Havasu Falls - 16 km

An early breakfast at the hotel will precede our departure for the Hualapai Hilltop and the start of our journey. This trail represents the only land access to Supai Village, home to the Havasupai tribe. The hike begins at 1,645 metres and descends, before leveling off in a beautiful red sandstone canyon. After 13 kilometres of hiking and a descent of 600 metres, we arrive at the Supai Village, where the Havasupai Indians have made their home for many centuries. Historically they hunted and gathered on the upper plateau during the winter months before moving into the canyon for the spring and summer, where they tended to their gardens. The Supai village now boasts a small café, post office, school, church, clinic, police station, and a general store. All this without access by vehicle! A further 3 kilometres brings us to Havasu Campground. Amenities include picnic tables, spring water, and port-o-let toilets. A spectacular dinner and exploration of nearby Havasu Falls will round off the day.

DAY 4

Mooney & Beaver Falls - 14 km

Today we will begin our exploration of one of the most beautiful places on the planet! The enchanting turquoise waters of the creek and the breathtaking waterfalls of the canyon are a tropical paradise, and a true anomaly in the Southwest desert. Just upstream from camp are two new waterfalls created in the floods of 2008: Rock Falls and the New Navajo Falls, which we will have passed on the way in. After exploring Havasu Falls near camp, it is downstream we go, past the magnificent Mooney Falls. Continuing down-canyon another 4 kilometres to Beaver Falls, we will have the option of more adventurous activities; swimming and jumping from some of the falls. Once the group has had the chance to appreciate the full grandeur of the canyon we will make our way back to camp for a delicious dinner!

DAY 5

Carbonate Canyon - 14 km

More exploration awaits us to the east of camp in a side canyon called Carbonate Canyon. A century ago the canyon was the destination of miners seeking precious minerals within its depths. It is also rich in fossils leftover from ancient seas that once covered the land. After lunch we will climb to a broad terrace called the Tonto Platform. This feature contours the entire Grand Canyon between the Supai / Tapeats sandstone and Red Wall limestone formations. We will be blessed with incredible views of Havasu and Mooney Falls. For our final evening we will relax in the shade of spreading cottonwoods while enjoying our last back-country dinner.

DAY 6

Las Vegas - 16 km

For the last day of our amazing challenge, we leave the magic scenery of the canyon behind as we have a tough, but exhilarating trek back up to the canyon’s rim. Once at the top, we will be met by our vehicles and transferred back to Las Vegas. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a Vegas-style gala dinner!

DAY 7

Overnight Flight to UK

Today we have the day free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.

DAY 8

Arrive Dublin

On arrival into the UK, we catch our connecting flight to Dublin.

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