Grand Canyon 2014

Saturday September 13 to Saturday September 20, 2014.

  • Image of the Grand CanyonTrekking Days: Five
  • Trek Grade: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Hotels and camping
  • Registration Fee: €299
  • Fundraising Target: €3,950

To register for the trek, please submit your non-refundable registration fee of €299. You’ll then be asked to pledge a further €3,950 to support the work of Fighting Blindness. The total cost of the trek is €4,249.

Please contact Tony at tony.ward@fightingblindness.ie or +353 1 6789 004 to express your interest in the Camino Trek or for more information.

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Grand Canyon Trek Summary and Itinerary

Image of the Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s stunning scenery provides a vivid image for most. The mighty Colorado River and it’s tributaries began shaping the Canyon over 17 million years ago which is over 446km long, up to 29km wide and reaches depths of 1,800 metres. Our trek takes us into the Havasu section of the canyon which combines some of the most memorable back country trekking with the culture of a native American tribe that have occupied this area for centuries. This sandstone canyon is truly stunning with majestic waterfalls, turquoise pools, caves and hanging gardens. Our first day is spent hiking to the Colorado River where those brave enough can swim in the chilly waters of the mighty river! We then transfer to a rustic lodge on the famed Route 66 before descending into the Canyon the following morning. The following four days trekking deep in the Canyon include some tough ascents, descents and extreme weather which all add to this amazing challenge.  After trekking for over 70km we spend the day in one of man’s modern day wonders Las Vegas; billed as the Entertainment Capital of the World.

 

 

Day 1; Saturday September 13 – Dublin to Las Vegas:

Depart Dublin in the early morning on a one stop flight which sees us touch down in Las Vegas in the early evening. We transfer to our hotel where we meet the local guides and have dinner. Overnight hotel.

Day 2; Sunday September 14- Colorado River Trek: 4 to 5 hours trekking – 10km.

After an early breakfast we take the short drive to the trail head for the Colorado river trek. As we start walking the canyon grows taller and narrower. After several kilometres we will find ourselves standing on the beaches of the Colorado River. For those who fancy it, a swim in the river is a great way to cool off! After swimming we head back out of the canyon and begin the drive to our rustic lodge on Route 66. Enroute we get the chance to walk across the Hoover dam overpass bridge and enjoy great views of the surrounding mountains. After a hot shower and dinner we have a full brief before heading into the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Overnight lodge.

Day 3; Monday September 15- Havasu Trek: 5 to 6 hours trekking – 16km.

Our first day into the Canyon see’s us walk all the way to our campsite beside Havasu Creek. We start by driving for 90 minutes to reach Hualapai Hilltop, our point of entry into the Canyon. After loading the gear onto the mules we get moving. Our walk today takes us through a picturesque sandstone canyon. We take plenty of breaks for photos and also visit Supai village where the Havasupai people have been living for centuries. Overnight camp.

Day 4; Tuesday September 16- Three Falls Trek: 5 to 6 hours trekking – 14kmImage of Beever Falls

Enjoy a great day exploring the canyon as we visit Beaver Falls, Fern Falls and the majestic Mooney Falls. After an early morning breakfast we collect our packed lunches and get moving. If the weather is hot we will aim to start as early as possible. Today is a really exciting and fun day as we visit various side canyons and wonderful swimming holes. When we return to camp you can enjoy a good rest before dinner under the stars. Overnight camp.

Day 5; Wednesday September 17- Navajo Falls Trek: 5 to 6 hours trekking – 16km.

Another fantastic day in the Canyon as we visit Havasu Falls, Rock Falls and the “new” Navajo Falls. These falls are always changing, the most recent change taking place after a flood in 2008. Throughout the day we cross many small rivers and streams adding greatly to the adventure. We visit a side canyon where miners extracted precious minerals in the early 20th century and swim in Havasu falls before returning to camp in the afternoon. Overnight camp.

Day 6; Thursday September 18- Havasu Creek to Las Vegas: 6 to 7 hours trekking – 16km. 

Our last day of trekking sees us hike back out of the canyon to reach Hualapai Hilltop. After lunch we drive to our hotel in Las Vegas which is located along the main strip. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. In the evening we meet up for our celebration dinner. Overnight hotel.

Day 7; Friday September 19- Depart Las Vegas.

An early start to catch our return flight to Dublin. Overnight flight.

Day 8; Saturday September 20- Arrive in Dublin.

Arrive in Dublin in the early morning. Expedition ends.

 

Download the full Grand Canyon Expedition Information Pack here.

 

Why not take this opportunity to challenge yourself and also help to fund world-leading research into treatments and cures for sight loss? Contact Tony on 01 6789 004 or tony.ward@fightingblindness.ie for more information. This is always an exciting and breathtaking trip. We look forward to meeting you there!