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trek Grand Canyon
for St Andrew's Hospice

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart Glasgow

We depart Glasgow on our flight to Las Vegas. On arrival, we are met by our local team and transfer 30 minutes to our Bolder City hotel to enjoy a welcome dinner together. This evening we have an orientation meeting, where we will be briefed on the challenge ahead and ensure that everyone is completely prepared.

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 2

The Colorado River - 10 km

Boulder City lies by the incredible Lake Mead and this morning we drive east for an acclimatisation hike to the Colorado River through beautiful White Rock Canyon. It is a 5km trek through this spectacular volcanic canyon to a lovely beach. The basalt cliffs rise abruptly around you and at times the canyon narrows to less than 10 meters wide. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the river before hiking back to the vans. It is then on to our Inn near Peach Springs just on 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.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Motel

DAY 3

Supai village and 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. 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.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Camping

DAY 4

Havasu Canyon - 11 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. Our Hike today involves creek-crossings, climbing in and out of gorges and plenty of scrambling around. Plenty of Action including 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!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Camping

DAY 5

Rock & Little Navajo falls - 15 km

Today’s challenge takes us up to the village of Supai where we will meet a tribal elder for a special Havasupai Tribal Blessing, an event which very few people outside the tribe have the privilege to witness.

 

After this morning’s unique experience, we have lunch and head on through the heat to the ‘new’ Navajo Falls for a chance to cool off in the waterfall. Here, hidden behind the veil of cascading water is a ledge from which we can leap into the turquoise pool below. After plenty of waterfall fun, we head on, via a side trail to Carbonate Canyon, a narrow side gorge where miners from the early 1900s found precious minerals within the canyon walls. After a long, exhilarating day, we head back to our camp for the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Camping

DAY 6

Las Vegas - 14 km

For the last day of our remarkable challenge, we leave the magic scenery of the canyon behind as we have a tough, but rewarding 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 toast our achievements with a Vegas-style celebration, which will, no doubt, go on well into the night!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 7

Depart Las Vegas

Today we have free time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, before transferring to the airport for our return flight home.

 

Meals: B

DAY 8

Arrive in Glasgow

We arrive back into Glasgow and bid farewell to our newfound friends.

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