Private Backpacking Tours
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For hikers who are looking for a customized private backpacking tour exclusively for their family and friends, All-Star Grand Canyon Tours offers private tours in all permitted areas of Grand Canyon National Park and Havasupai. Hiking and backpacking with All-Star on a private basis offers a unique experience. Our backpacking and private tour specialists create customized itineraries to accommodate and cater to specific preferences.
Our backpacking and private tour specialists can create a customized itinerary for your Grand Canyon backpacking tour, created exclusively for your group, and accommodating your specific preferences and expectations.
Private backpacking may include the following custom options:
- Dates, destinations, and itineraries
- Remote destinations and trails
- Menu items and dietary preferences
- Lodging arrangements (Phantom Ranch, Supai Lodge)
- Mule duffle services (Phantom Ranch/Bright Angel campground and Havasu Falls/ Havasupai only)
- Specialty activities (rafting, team-building, canyoneering)
Our owners and guides are experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate professionals who specialize in crafting and leading unforgettable Grand Canyon backpacking tours. All planning and permitting, cuisine and gear is included and prepared for guests ahead of time.
What to Expect
All-Star Grand Canyon Tours' top priority is providing the best guides for hikers backpacking trips. We provide high quality clean gear, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and pads, trekking poles, and water bottles. Backpacks are selected according to gender and size of the hiker. Our tents are available in 1, 2 and 3 person sizes. We provide sleeping pads and bags with appropriate temperature ratings, according to the season. In addition to the gear, we also take care of all kitchen equipment and utensils, water filtration and purification, and backcountry first aid kits. Most importantly, All-Star Grand Canyon Tours prepares and serves the finest backcountry cuisine available at Grand Canyon, customized for your preferences, as well as abundant energy-sustaining snacks for trail travel and between meals.
What you Provide
While we provide all meals and gear for an enjoyable trip, we do ask hikers to provide their own clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellant, personal toiletries, and sturdy, comfortable footwear. (NOTE: If you purchase a new pair of boots for a backpacking trip, you must allow for several months of break-in time.)
More importantly, we ask all of our backpacking guests to invest time and energy in preparing physically for their Grand Canyon backpacking trip. Hikers can expect to carry a backpack that weighs between 25 and 60 pounds. All-Star Grand Canyon Tours offers the option of hiring a "porter" or "sherpa", for an additional fee. A porter is an additional staff member who is hired on a tour for the sole purpose of carrying extra weight.
We provide all meals for private backpacking trips, from an early continental or local restaurant breakfast on the first day, to lunch at the end of the trip on the last day. We also pack a variety of energy-sustaining snacks for trail travel and between meals. Our meals are second to none, using fresh, organic, and local ingredients as often as possible. Our menus have been developed and perfected to provide the finest backcountry cuisine that is fully customizable according to our guests' preferences and dietary needs. Special food requests such as Kosher and gluten-free can be accommodated for.
How it all Works
Please begin by browsing our website for information about trails, camping areas, and trip descriptions. Then submit a reservation inquiry through our Custom Tour Planner. Our backpacking specialists will respond via e-mail or telephone to learn some additional information, such as hikers' expectations and preferences, contact information, and fitness levels. All-Star maintains contact throughout the planning process to answer questions and to help ensure that hikers are well prepared for their Grand Canyon backpacking trip.
Planning for a backpacking trip requires a backcountry (camping) permit application that must be submitted to the proper authorities several months in advance to ensure the best chances of securing the correct permits. Please start planning your vacation and contact us as far in advance as possible.
Payment and Cancellation Policies
All-Star Grand Canyon Tours has a three-step payment policy. 1) A $500 per group deposit reserves space on the desired tour. (This deposit is fully refundable if All-Star Grand Canyon Tours cannot secure the backcountry permits for the desired tour.) 2) 50% of the total trip cost is due at the time we secure a permit. 3) The balance of the trip cost is due 30 days prior to the trip launch date.
Should backpackers need to postpone or cancel a trip, they may transfer to another available date that is within twelve months of the original trip, with the understanding that this transfer may again be subject to the applicable permitting processes.
Hikers who cancel at least 30 days prior to trip departure will receive a full refund, minus the $500 per group deposit. Guests who cancel within 30 days will receive a 50% refund of the total trip cost.
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