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US - Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hiking Tour
North Rim to River to South Rim at a holiday pace! Join us for one of the world’s most sought after adventures – hiking rim to rim in the Grand Canyon. This guided Grand Canyon hiking tour was selected by National Geographic as one of the 50 Tours of a Lifetime. A journey through geologic time, it is a must do for all adventurous travelers. Carrying only day-packs, we will traverse the canyon from North to South spending two nights at world famous Phantom Ranch located in the bottom of the canyon. Our lay over day finds us exploring the secrets of the inner canyon and relaxing next to the mighty Colorado River. Awe inspiring adventures below the rim will be book ended by a peaceful night at the North Rim Lodge and a celebration night of our triumph on the South Rim.
+ Itinerary

Day 1:  DRIVE FROM SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX TO THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM LODGE

Day 1: DRIVE FROM SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX TO THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM LODGE

8:00am Today we shuttle from Scottsdale/Phoenix to the Grand Canyon North Rim with some interesting stops along the way. We break at Cameron Indian Trading Post. Established in 1916, it is a famous showplace for fine Native American and Southwestern art, as well as a perfect lunch spot. Then we’ll explore Navajo Bridge, just downstream from Lee’s Ferry which is the launch point for rafting the Grand Canyon’s mighty Colorado River. Days end will find us settling into the quaint cabins of Grand Canyon’s North Rim Lodge before enjoying a sunset stroll and dinner in this spectacular setting.

Hiking: 0‐2 miles

Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included  

Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim

Grand Canyon - North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge - North RimStay at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim, the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you can enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while enjoying comfortable guest rooms and cabins. Accommodations at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim consist of Frontier cabins, Western and larger Pioneer cabins, located close to the rim, as well as some motel rooms, located within an easy walking distance from the canyon rim. The lodge's on-site restaurant doesn't just feature breathtaking views and great food, it has also been certified as a green restaurant since 2009. Feel free to enjoy your meal, take in the scenery, and rest easy knowing that we're doing everything we can to preserve the Grand Canyon Lodge for generations to come.

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Day 2:  HIKE DOWN THE NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL TO PHANTOM RANCH

Day 2: HIKE DOWN THE NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL TO PHANTOM RANCH

Get ready for a challenging trek into the heart of the canyon! Today’s descent is 14 miles and 5,700 feet into the grandest of canyons! On today’s trek we traverse through nearly every biological life zone in the North America and as we drop from the alpine to the desert, each step takes us thousands of years back in geologic time through ancient oceans, deserts, lakes and swamps. With mind-blowing vistas, fascinating trail design and workmanship, 100-foot waterfalls, plus green spring-fed oases, the North Kaibab Trail is a national treasure. At trails end, we find Phantom Ranch nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek just before its confluence with the Colorado River. Phantom Ranch was originally founded in 1903 as a hunting camp and named by Mary Jane Colter after nearby Phantom Creek. This will be our home for the next two nights.

Hiking: 14 miles (trailhead is at 8,200 feet – Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet – TOTAL elevation loss of 5,700 feet)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included  

Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting. Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.

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Day 3:  A DAY TO ENJOY PHANTOM RANCH AND THE PEACEFUL SOLITUDE ONLY FOUND WITHIN THE CANYON WALLS

Day 3: A DAY TO ENJOY PHANTOM RANCH AND THE PEACEFUL SOLITUDE ONLY FOUND WITHIN THE CANYON WALLS

Today we plan to hike the beautiful Clear Creek and River Trails. However, many participants choose to use this day for relaxation, cheering on the rafters, socializing with other adventurers, or stretching out in the shade with a book and a cold beer. All our meals will be at the famous Phantom Ranch Canteen. Enjoy the solitude or mix with other intrepid canyon hikers in the very bottom of Grand Canyon as the steep walls block out the rest of the world, affording a feeling of tremendous peace and tranquility. Photographic and bird watching opportunities abound in this lush riparian habitat. Your guides will be available all day to share with you the secrets of one of the world’s most special places.

Hiking: 3‐5 miles

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting. Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.

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Day 4:  ASCEND THE BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL TO THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM VILLAGE

Day 4: ASCEND THE BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL TO THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM VILLAGE

The rising sun finds us preparing to conquer the canyon. We will ascend the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek! After crossing the Colorado River, the trail snakes its way up out of the inner gorge to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens. Here we will refuel and refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob’s Ladder through the Redwall layer. While always a tremendous challenge, your guides will provide you with helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. With proper preparation, hydration, and diet, the entire group will soon be high‐fiving and hugging on the rim. Tonight we celebrate our shared accomplishments at historic El Tovar before retiring to our nearby rooms for some well-deserved rest. (call to inquire about lodging for your specific departure).

Hiking: 10 miles (Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet – trailhead is at 6,800 feet ‐ TOTAL elevation gain of 4,300 feet)

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included  

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim LodgesEl Tovar Historic Hotel and Thunderbird, Yavapai, Bright Angle, and Maswik lodges. **El Tovar - a celebrated Historic Hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. It cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. **Bright Angel Lodge - designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter, it has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This iconic lodge and its surrounding cabins are rich with cultural history. **Yavapai Lodge - Natural beauty meets the magic of convenience. About a mile walk from the canyon's South Rim and steps from the general store, bank and post office, Yavapai Lodge occupies a prime location in the Park. **Maswik Lodge - The Maswik Lodge today is a 250-room lodging complex nestled within several acres of Ponderosa pine forest. It is located just a short walk or quarter-mile from the canyon’s edge. **Thunderbird Lodge - Built in the late 1960’s the lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon and many guests choose Thunderbird due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

Day 5:  TOUR THE SOUTH RIM AND RETURN TO SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX

Day 5: TOUR THE SOUTH RIM AND RETURN TO SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX

For those who want a fantastic final hike the Rim Trail awaits. Using the shuttle system you can hike one-way along the rim and it is a great way to stretch your legs and get a bird’s‐eye view of the route you traversed in the days prior. Other interesting cultural experiences include Hopi House, condor talks, and the many interpretive centers. Following this relaxing morning we will begin driving back to Scottsdale/Phoenix with a stop for lunch en‐route. We will return between 3:00pm‐5:00pm.

Hiking: 0‐3 miles optional

Meals: breakfast on own, lunch included .  
+ Rates

Prices 2017

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Guided Hiking Tour

2017 5 Night Price Per person based on double occupancy:

US$2395/person*

3 Night Price Per person based on double occupancy:

US$1595/person

Single Supplement - very limited availability; book early:

US$289

Grand Canyon tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 10 to 12 months in advance. *2018 Pricing for 5 days: $2445/person. There are a limited number of single rooms available on each guided trip. An additional charge may apply and will be reflected in the single occupancy price.


+ What's Included?

INCLUSIONS:
Round-trip transportation from Phoenix and rim-to-rim luggage shuttle
Professional, Wilderness First Responder-certified guides
All permit fees and National Park entry fees
1 night lodging at North Rim Lodge – double occupancy
2 nights lodging at Phantom Ranch – dorm rooms
1 night lodging on the South Rim – double occupancy
All Meals (from lunch Day 1 to dinner Day 4; plus lunch Day 5)
Snacks, bottled water and gatorade for drive times
Dining and housekeeping gratuities


Lodging

Sleeping quarters on the rim of the canyon: Your first night and last night’s lodging will be at one of the National Park lodges. These are the finest accommodations available within Grand Canyon National Park, however travelers need to understand that these are historic National Park lodges and the typical amenities of a luxury resort are not available.

Sleeping quarters in‐canyon: We will spend two nights at Phantom Ranch. Phantom Ranch is a comfortable oasis nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is the only lodging facility below the canyon rim. The Ranch can only be reached by mule, by foot, or by rafting the Colorado River and is a popular stop‐over point for hikers and mule riders traveling to the bottom of the canyon via the famous Bright Angel or Kaibab Trails. On most trips all accommodations are shared same‐sex dormitories with ten bunk beds and a restroom with a shower. It is common that there will be other travelers (not in our group) sharing our dorms. Towels and bed linens are also provided. We will occasionally have a cabin reserved, however please keep in mind that this is the ONLY place to stay and options are very limited. Cabins and dormitories are heated in the winter and cooled during the summer months. For the convenience of guests at Phantom Ranch, meals, beverages, and sundries are available at the Phantom Ranch Canteen.

What are bathroom and shower facilities like? Trailside toilet facilities are composting toilets and are located strategically along the trails we hike. Most national park toilets are stocked with toilet paper, but it is always nice to have your own roll in your pack. Ask your guides for helpful hints and etiquette for using these toilets and what to do should you need to go at times when they are unavailable. While at the rim lodges you can expect normal hotel shower accommodations. Phantom Ranch dorms and cabins each have their own ‘in‐room’ hot showers and the provided amenities include soap, towels, washcloths and bed linens. We recommend bringing your own travel‐sized toiletries

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Guided trek through the heart of the Grand Canyon
- Spectacular views
- Includes a stay at the famous Phantom Ranch

Need to Know:
- Only available during summer months, space sells very early!
- Trek out of the canyon requires stamina and training
2017 & 2018 Dates 3 Day Trips please inquire:
2017 Dates 5 Day Trips: Aug 31-Sep 4, 5-9, Sept 28-Oct 2, October 4-8, 9-13, 14-18. 2018: May 17-21, 18-22, 22-26, 27-31, 29-June 2, June 1-5, 5-9, 20-24.
Minimum 4 participants; max varies up to 10.These trips sell out far in advance due to limited space in the Canyon. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 4 the trails are mostly smooth but can be rocky and rough at times. Elevation changes are significant and temperatures change dramatically. Distances are moderate and on some days can be less than planned; or more as you wish.

Before hiking rim to rim in the Grand Canyon you should do significant training to ensure you will have a fun and unforgettable experience. The Grand Traverse is a strenuous trip and is not recommended for novice hikers. On the second day we descend the North Kaibab Trail, losing 5,700 feet in elevation over 14 miles, for those with a history of knee problems this can present a serious challenge. The hike out ascends the Bright Angel Trail, gaining 4,300 feet of elevation over 10 miles.

Options
- Pre/post tour stays and adventures
- Scottsdale add ons
- Custom tours for groups, more

 

Local Coordinator

Our local partners at AOA has been outfitting guided tours in the Grand Canyon for almost two decades. Our guides know the canyon intimately and are passionate and enthusiastic about this beautiful wilderness as well as experienced and certified in wilderness first aid; (WFR). Together with AOA, we promise to exceed your expectations in 5 key areas: Safety, Comfort, Food, Education, and Exceptional Guides. Our guests return to travel with us again and again.

+ Bikes & Gear
 
We included a detailed packing list for each of our guided hiking tours.

Each hiker should be geared up with a hydration pack holding at least 2L, sturdy and worn hiking/trekking shoes/boots; trekking poles, packable rain cover, and other misc items. We send packing list and gear info at least 2 months in advance of your trip date.

Rental Equipment available:

- Day pack rental (30-40L capacity) - $35/pack
- Trekking poles - $20/set
- For Purchase: Camelbak Hydration system bladder, 3L: $35
 
 
 
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US - Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hiking Tour

Tour Type: Guided Hiking Level 4
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Distance: Hiking 2-14 miles/day
Duration: 4 Nights/ 5 Days
Availability: 2016 May-September
Cost: Starting at US$2395





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