Backpacking in the Grand Canyon necessitates carrying your gear and equipment to each of the backcountry campsites. Backpack's can weigh 25-60 lbs. You will be outfitted with a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and hiking poles. While your Lead Guide will carry the majority of the food, you will be asked to carry a portion. This will be decided based on the weight of the person.
What we provide
We will provide you with high quality clean gear. Backpacks are provided according to gender and height. We provide tents (2-person, 3-person & 4-person), sleeping bags with appropriate temperature ratings, a sleeping pad, hiking poles. In addition to the gear you will hike with, we also include all kitchen equipment and utensils, water purification, crampons when the trails dictate use of them, a backcountry first-aid kit, all meals and energy sustaining snacks.
With any trip we have listed, you may obtain a sherpa at an additional cost if you do not wish to carry any of your equipment. A sherpa is essentially a person who is hired for the sole purpose of carrying extra weight. Each sherpa is an additional cost of $150.00 per sherpa per day. Some trips may be able to obtain a mule-assist at an additional cost, please ask your reservation agent when booking about this service and to get a quote on the cost for your requested trip.
What we ask you to provide
While we will provide you with the gear and equipment to make your trip an enjoyable one, we do ask that you provide the following: clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellant, toiletries, and a good sturdy pair of broke-in hiking boots. If you purchase a new pair, please allow a solid amount of time wearing and breaking them in.
We provide all meals for the duration of your hiking trip from an early morning Continental Breakfast on the first day to lunch for the hike out on the last day. Our meals are second to none and epicurean by nature and full of the energy sustaining nutrients needed for the level of physical activity you'll be doing each day. All meals are customized for each trip and take into account dietary needs, restrictions, personal preferences and special requests. During the booking process we will obtain this information from you. Special food requests such as Kosher, gluten-free, etc can be accommodated but may incur a slight additional cost to the guest with the request.
How it all works
Once you've looked over our dates, hikes and descriptions, and you're ready to move forward, please give us a call. At this point we will book your trip and provide you with an email packet of information which includes a registration form to be filled out by each hiker, a hiking waiver to be read and signed as well as a detailed document about what to bring for your trip. Once you've completed these forms, you can fax them to us: 1-928-255-4054 or scan and email them back to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail them to us at the address provided on the forms.
Once we have received your information that will include dietary needs, special requests, etc we will contact you shortly before your trip start date to fine tune the meal, and set up a meeting place and time the day before your hike to meet with your Lead Guide.
Your Lead Guide will meet with you and the group to go over some safety information, help you pack out your backpack and go over the details of your trip.
Payment Information & Cancellation Policy
All-Star Grand Canyon Tours requires a 50% deposit at the time of booking. We will charge the remaining 50% 30 days prior to the first day of your trip.
We understand that life happens and that you may find a need to cancel your trip. If you cancel your trip 30 days prior you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 30 days you will receive a 50% refund of the total cost of your trip. You may reschedule your trip if space is available for your new date once at no charge. If you need to reschedule a second time, there will be a rescheduling fee of $100.00 per person.
For your protection we highly recommend that you consider purchasing at least a basic travel insurance package. Due to the unpredictable nature of adventure travel and the unforeseen circumstances that can occur, this would be a wise course to consider for your medical and financial well being as well as peace of mind while away from home. We recommend InsureMyTrip.com.