Grand Canyon 2023
Grand Canyon 2023
- Training Suggestions
- Pre-Trip Itinerary & Packing List
- Pre-Trip Gear Checklist
- All Lodging (5 nights)
- All Meals except 1 b'fast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- 2 Fit 4 Adventure Guides
- National Park Entrance Fees
- Private Van & Fuel
TRIP DATES: March 18-23, 2023
TRIP PRICE: $2,399 per person
(Not Included: Airfare to/from PHX, Private Rooms, meals not on Itinerary, tips for F4A guides, Sedona Sightseeing or Spa treatments, personal expenses- souvenirs, alcohol, etc.)
This is our classic rim-to-river-to-rim hiking adventure. We start on the South Rim, hike down to the canyon floor and spend two nights at the historic Phantom Ranch (including comfortable lodging amenities and full-service dining), then return to the South Rim before finishing the trip with a Free Day in Sedona. It is an incredible adventure, and Phantom Ranch is a magical place. Reservations at Phantom Ranch are only available through a lottery system- we've been lucky enough to have won a spot in March, 2023!
How do you visit one of our most popular national parks and avoid the crowds? By going in deep. The Grand Canyon is a stunning scene from the rim and people flock from around the world to see it. Among the millions of annual visitors, very few hike in beyond a half mile.
On our Grand Canyon adventure, we will be exploring the depths, all the way down to the great Colorado River. We’ll also take advantage of “shoulder-season” solitude- and more comfortable hiking conditions- by going in mid-March. This is a great time to visit the Canyon while the masses wait for summer months.
(NOTE: This is a demanding trip which requires good physical condition to be able to participate. Proper pre-trip training will be necessary and expected. Mileage: 18 miles required, optional additional hiking on Free Day at Phantom Ranch. Also- due to NPS trail construction, mule duffel service to Phantom Ranch will be unavailable. Clients will be required to carry all personal items down to Phantom Ranch and back up to the South Rim. What goes down must come up- or something like that... :) Phantom Ranch DOES provide bedding and toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner). We will help you pack with pre-trip Packing Lists and gear requirements.)
You are responsible for booking your own flight to Phoenix (PHX). Plan to arrive on March 18th in time for a 12p airport pick-up. Plan to depart Phoenix on March 23rd around 2:30 in the afternoon (or later).
A $225 deposit (per person) is due at the time of booking. This deposit is non-refundable.
Final payment will be due February 1, 2023. You will receive a reminder email when this payment is due. Once made, all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
By Client: If you need to cancel before the final payment date, the cancellation fee is your initial deposit. Your reservation will automatically cancel if final payment is not received by the due date.
By Fit 4 Adventure: In the event that we must cancel a trip for commercial reasons beyond our control, including if the minimum number of trip participants is not met, you will be able to transfer any amount paid toward any F4A trip in the next 24 months. You may also opt for a full refund.
By Force Majeure: In the event that a trip is cancelled due (but not limited) to natural disasters, pandemics, border restrictions, terrorism, or political instability, F4A will offer you a future trip credit valid for 24 months from the original trip date.
F4A is not responsible for any additional expenses you may incur as result of your booking, including (but not limited to) visas, vaccinations, clothing, equipment, testing, travel insurance, or non-refundable flights.
The cancellation policy will be strictly adhered to. To avoid loss of payments due to unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is highly recommended. Travel insurance can often be purchased along with your flight or you can book though our partner World Nomads.
*We at Fit 4 Adventure take the health and safety of our guests and guides seriously. We will follow all local protocols and CDC-recommended guidelines while on this trip.
If you have any questions about this trip, please feel free to reach out to Kris@Fit4Adventure.com
This incredible itinerary is packed with adventure and takes in the very best of the Grand Canyon. Phantom Ranch is a rustic but welcome outpost nestled in a beautiful side canyon, just off the Colorado River. After our rugged hike from the canyon rim, we'll rest and relax, dipping our feet in the stream next to our private cabin and enjoying the scenery at this world-renowned lodge.
Your canyon excursion is book-ended by a pre-trip stay at the South Rim Village (a historic, activity-filled destination perched on the canyon rim) and a post-trip stay in Sedona (a relaxing, upscale desert retreat nestled in a spectacular red rock amphitheater).
Day 1 - March 18
Fly to Phoenix, AZ (PHX) and ride our private Fit 4 Adventure van to the South Rim of the Canyon. We will stop on the way to pick up any last minute hiking gear in Flagstaff before we continue on to our destination at the South Rim. We will have a Welcome Dinner in the South Rim Village this night to toast to a great trip! Overnight at the Thunderbird Lodge on the South Rim.
Day 2 - March 19
We'll start our descent into the Grand Canyon on the famous Bright Angel Trail- 10.5 miles to the Colorado River. Your guides will provide lunch along the way. Dinner provided at Phantom Ranch Canteen. Overnight at our own private 10-person cabin at Phantom Ranch.
Day 3 - March 20
This is a Free Day at Phantom Ranch, though more often than not we end up hiking and exploring along the North Kaibab Trail. Some may spend the day hiking along the river’s edge and into spectacular side canyons. Breakfast, sack lunch and dinner provided at Phantom Ranch. We'll overnight at our private group bunkhouse.
Day 4 - March 21
We'll eat a hearty breakfast before taking on the hike back to the South Rim on the South Kaibab Trail (7.8 Miles). Breakfast and sack lunch provided by Phantom Ranch. We'll exit the Canyon mid-afternoon and ride theFit 4 Adventure van to Sedona, AZ (2 hours and 15 min drive). Upon arrival, we'll have tome to relax and refresh before exploring Sedona and finding dinner in one of the many restaurants in town (Dinner is DIY). We'll spend the night in Sedona.
Day 5 - March 22
Today you have the entire day to explore Sedona in all its beauty. There are optional pink jeep tours, spa treatments, and the downtown shopping and gallery district are all within walking distance of our accommodation. We can lead a group hike if guests are so inclined and are happy to shuttle people around town as needed. We will have our Finale Dinner tonight to celebrate the adventure and raise a toast to our accomplishment of hiking the Grand Canyon!
Day 6 - March 23
Following breakfast in Sedona, we will ride the Fit 4 Adventure van back to Phoenix for afternoon departures.
This was a fantastic opportunity to hike into the base of the Grand Canyon and stay two nights at Phantom Ranch. Marie and Nick were wonderful in helping our group, especially me, make the 10-mile hike back up out of the canyon. The hike may not be easy, but it is gorgeous, and Fit4Adventure took great care in helping us make the most of every mile.
I have done many guided tour trips and honestly this was the most complete, organized trip I have done. After watching YouYube videos and due to fear to the exposure during this hike we actually called Nick to cancel the trip. Our window for a refund had expired and we were willing to give it up. Understand that Nick could have just said to himself, 'Hey, I don't need this headache' and said 'well, sorry you are not able to join us' and moved on. Yet Nick- who is now part-owner of Fit4Adventure- spent 40 minutes with us on the phone to assure us that we could do it and that he and Marie (the other guide) would be there every step of the way. And they were. I had dreamed of hiking the Grand Canyon and staying at the majestic Phantom Ranch for the past 28 years. We completed the trek and we did it only because of the support and encouragement from Nick and Marie. It was a dream come true. The bonding within our small group of eight adventurists was tremendous and we all enjoyed this epic adventure.
Hiking down and up the Grand Canyon is a very challenging adventure and extraordinary place to be. A once-in-a-lifetime experience that was made even more wonderful with the guidance of Nick and Marie. Our guides Nick and Marie were extraordinary in every way. They are always making sure everyone is taken care of and they accommodated their leadership to the skills and emotional level of each one of us (eight). Nick made sure to advise everyone in advance the amount of training we required to get ready for this strenuous hike. Fit4Adventure has always been great to travel and we will keep them in our minds for our next adventure.
Hiking the Grand Canyon with Fit 4 Adventure was an unforgettable experience. Guides Nick and Marie were awesome; well organized, kind, patient, energetic and oh so helpful. The beauty and immense scale of the canyon is truly awesome. Food- lunches, snacks, dinners at Phantom Ranch and final dinner in Sedona- all great! And the photos, memories and sense of accomplishment from 3 days of hiking with good people- priceless!
This is my first adventure trip with an outfitter and I'll just say that Nick, Marie and Fit 4 Adventure set the bar incredibly high! The pre-trip communication was good, with training and packing tips sent early enough to make an impact. (Even before we signed up, Nick addressed my concerns about my fear of exposure with lots of useful and well-balanced information which turned out to be spot on.) From the time we all arrived at the airport to our departure days later, Nick and Marie had everything well organized and thought out. They handled the unexpected so smoothly you didn't even know they were dealing with issues. I can't emphasize enough what a great team they were and how they worked tirelessly to make everyone's experience the best it could be. They were up early and late to make sure everything was set for the day. If an issue came up, they didn't get flustered or anxious, they just came up with a new plan. The restroom and restaurant stops were timed well. Their support getting us down the South Kaibab Trail and back up the Bright Angel trail was superb. Before the trip, my partner and I had some serious reservations about being able to handle the heights and Nick spent 45 minutes on the phone with us sharing his experience and assuring us that Fit4A would help us through the rough patches--and they were true to their word. On top of that, Nick and Marie clearly love the outdoors and were so fun to spend time with. This was top notch all of the way and I will have such a beautiful memory of this trip for the rest of my life--I'm so grateful to Nick and Marie for that. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime, Nick and Marie!
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