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The Grand Canyon & Zion

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart London

We depart London on our flight to the USA. On arrival, we are met by our local team and transfer to our hotel for the night, where we will have a briefing.

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 2

Grand Canyon Village - 10 km

This morning after a good American breakfast we transfer to Grand Canyon Village on the southern side of the Grand Canyon. Our camp is close to the village. We start with a trek approximately 10-15km out along the south rim trail that without a doubt gives some of the most spectacular views of the Canyon. It’s an incredible place to be and on a clear day, as the sun starts to set and the beautiful colours of the canyon are lit up, there are few other more astonishing views in the US!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Lodge

DAY 3

Choice of trails - Up to 19 km

Group numbers trekking in US National Parks are now limited to 9 people so over the next two days we will be split amongst four of the iconic routes descending into the Canyon. All these trails offer completely different views of the Grand Canyon and are amazing in their own right. We will attempt to ensure that you trek your first choices but this cannot be guaranteed. Everyone will be able to trek on either the South Kaibab or The Bright Angel and Hermits Trail or Grand View Trail.  The descriptions follow: 

 

Grand View Trail 10/11km: We transfer a short distance to Grandview for the easternmost of the four available options. This exciting and rugged trail descends almost 770m in 5km and is probably the trail where we will see fewest trekkers. Our important stops are at Coconino and lunch at Horseshoe Mesa before we return to the trailhead.
South Kaibab Trail 10/11km: We make our way to the trailhead for a tough but stunning trek that should push everyone hard. We descend 633m descent in 5km past the aptly named Ooh-Aah Point, Cedar Point and stop for a well earned lunch at Skeleton Point.

 

Hermits Trail 11km: We transfer west to the trailhead for a tougher day that descends more than 720m over 6km on a trail that alternates between very steep sections and long stretches of rolling terrain. Its perfect for those wanting a challenging hike with different views of the canyon and famously some natural springs. Exposure to sun, cliffs and exposed trails are unavoidable.

 

Bright Angel Trail 18/19km: The toughest of our options starts at 2093m and is a constant day descent to 756m to Indian Garden 1130m where the trail flattens out. The trail is exposed as we descend, the temperatures become increasingly hotter and we have lunch here with views over the Colorado River before our return to our accommodation.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accom: Camping

DAY 4

Choice of trails - Up to 19km

As with yesterday, you wil have a choice of 3 trails to take on today.

 

On our return to the trailhead our transfer vehicle will be waiting to take us to our Springdale camp and Zion National Park. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accom: Camping

DAY 5

Zion National Park - 11 km

Zion National Park has some of the most iconic images in the US and is on most peoples ‘must visit list’. Today we hike past lush hanging gardens along the recessed rock and along the Virgin River. The trail then climbs a series of switchbacks, called Walter's Wiggles. These 21 switchbacks are very tight and you gain elevation rapidly, but this section is short and not oppressive. The Wiggles put you on top of the ridge, at Scout Lookout, where views are amazing. From Scouts Lookout, gaze at the Virgin River and a rock outcropping called the Organ before descending back down towards the Grotto. Impressive rock walls tower above with overhangs that are photo worthy. We return to our camp tonight in the small town of Springdale in the centre of Zion National Park.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accom: Camping

DAY 6

Zion: Canaan Mountain - 14 km

Today we trek from Water Canyon to Canaan Mountain, otherwise known as the “Island in the Sky’’. The route leads us along a mountain path passing waterfalls, canyons and beautiful views of Zion National Park. We will traverse massive slickrock bowls, wander across dunes dotted with ponderosa and see massive white domes, hoodoos and a cornucopia of stepped rock. After lunch we will arrive at Canaan Mountain, an elevated plateau of red Navajo sandstone, heavily fractured and eroded, forming countless pinnacles and small ravines. At the trailhead we transfer back to Springdale and tonight we will mark our achievements with a celebratory dinner! 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner           Accom: Hotel

DAY 7

Free day in Las Vegas

Today we transfer to Las Vegas, and have free time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas!

 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8

Depart Las Vegas

We transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

DAY 9

Arrive in London

Please note: Both Grand Canyon & Zion National Parks are federally managed land. Access to all or part of the parks is subject to the laws & rules of the US Bureau of Land Management. The parks are wilderness areas, and access may be limited as the result of natural occurrences such as flooding or erosion. As such, this itinerary is subject to change and alternative routes & destinations may be offered. 

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