From: April 1 to April 9, 2017

Destination: Phoenix, Arizona

  • Sedona, Havasu, and the Grand Canyon - FULL

    Arizona's canyon country is justly famous. From the colorful chasm known as the Grand Canyon to the high waterfalls, sparkling pools, and blue green stream of Havasu Canyon to the red rocks of Sedona, it is a never ending feast for the eyes. The best way to see it is on foot, and we'll combine lots of hiking with time to relax and absorb the beauty of the area as we explore these three very different areas. If you have been wanting a more intimate view of the area than most people ever get, please join us for seven days of hiking, eating, relaxing and laughing. Maximum group size: 12

    THIS TRIP IS FULL. To get on a waitlist, register for the trip (no deposit required).
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017
    You can arrive anytime today, our hotel has an airport shuttle. The first official meeting as a group isn't until tomorrow morning, but everyone else will be there too. Tonight's stay is at the Sleep Inn - Sky Harbor Airport.

    Sunday, April 2, 2017
    Your guides will meet you at 8 AM in the hotel lobby on Sunday morning. After packing everything into the vehicles, we'll head for the Grand Canyon - truly one of the natural wonders of the world. 10 miles wide and a mile deep, the multicolored rock layers and diverse rock formations are visually compelling. But we are going to do more than just look at it! We'll start our adventure with a warm up hike on the Bright Angel Trail, the best known trail in the Canyon. We'll plan to go the first rest house: 1.5 miles of down with stunning views the entire way, followed by 1.5 miles of up where you can learn the fine points of pacing yourself. Sunset in the Canyon, whether you are on trail or watching from the Rim, is always worth watching. Overnight Maswik Lodge. B, L, D

    Monday, April 3, 2017
    There will be two choices of hikes today. Those wanting a longer hike can hike on the Grandview Trail. One of the non-maintained trails in the Canyon, it was originally a mining trail- although it is hard to believe that mules carrying tons of ore were able to traverse it! But mining was one of the first commercial activities in the Canyon (before the prospectors realized that tourists were the real gold mines) and remnants of mines and an old ruin can still be seen on the mesa. We'll descend part of the way and after a picnic lunch and time to relax, we reverse our steps and climb back up with a 2000 to 2300 feet elevation change. Those wanting a shorter hike can go on the South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge Point or, if you want to spend more time visiting other parts of the Park, to the Mile and a Half Resthouse. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the day on your own, perhaps taking the shuttle to other viewpoints in the park, checking out the Visitor's Center and the Yavapai Marketplace, or visiting some of the Park's historic structures. Whichever you choose we'll reassemble by 3 pm for our drive to Grand Canyon Caverns, an historic motel along Route 66. We'll have an orientation talk about getting ready for Havasu Canyon, have dinner at the restaurant there, and then have time to repack bags before bed. Overnight Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. B, L, D

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    We get up early this morning, leaving after breakfast for an hour drive to Hualapai Hilltop. After handing our duffel bags to the able Havasupai for horse or mule transport, we descend into the canyon. This hike is 10 miles, taking between 5 and 7 hours. Starting with an initially steep descent for the first mile, the trail soon flattens out and winds between canyon walls that loom ever higher over our heads. In 8 miles we reach the village of Supai, home to the Havasupai for 700 years and the only town in the U.S. where mail is still carried in by mules. Two miles further down is the campground that will be home for the next three nights. The campground is located amidst tall green cottonwoods, between towering red rock walls, and beside a stream of the most unusual blue-green color. It's not hard to understand why it's often called Shangri La. After setting up our tents and organizing camp, there will be time to rest and cool your tired and dusty feet in Havasu Creek. The stars overhead are spectacular and sleeping out in this (usually) bug free environment is always an option. Overnight Havasu Campground. B, L, D

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    After two very active days we'll enjoy a more relaxed pace today. This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we'll cross travertine dams to Inner Carbonate Canyon, view an old mine entrance, stop to look at the wildflowers, and hike up to its abrupt end. This is a fairly short but spectacular out and back hike to the end of the canyon with a side visit to the entrance of an old mine. After lunch at Havasu Falls the afternoon is free for more hiking, swimming, or enjoying some downtime. Havasu is the kind of place where you want to make sure you take time just to be. Overnight Havasu Campground. B, L, D

    Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Our hike today is truly adventurous, one with several stream crossings, a little rock scrambling, and walking along ledges. We will descend the Mooney Falls path and then follow Havasu Creek 3 miles towards Beaver Falls. This part of the creek offers a secluded setting with aquamarine pools for swimming. We'll eat lunch with time to explore before heading home. For those with fear of heights or who want a more laid back day, you might choose to hike along the top of Carbonate Canyon, visit the village of Supai, or relax and swim in Havasu Falls. Overnight Havasu Campground. B, L, D

    Friday, April 7, 2017
    This morning we retrace our steps back up the canyon. Although you may have wondered if you would ever make it back up, most women are surprised to find that it is easier than they thought it would be (not easy, mind you, just easier than your fantasy). There will be time to rest your legs on our four-hour drive to Sedona. Sedona! Home to some of the most spectacular red rock scenery in the southwest, as well as a center for new age practitioners. Although it definitely has a more touristy feel than Havasu, it is deserving of its reputation as one of the most beautiful towns in America. Overnight Sedona. B, L, D

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    The hike we choose today will depend on our energy, interests and weather. Perhaps we will hike the Brins Mesa Trail. This 5.5-mile loop hike introduces us to classic Sedona geology, views, and plant-life. Another possibility is the Doe Mountain trail, a moderate hike that climbs switchbacks to the top of Doe mountain with 360-degree views. With so many great hikes to choose from the hardest part will be narrowing it down! Alternatively, this is a great day for something else Sedona is known for: a spa treatment. How about a hot stone massage to sooth those well-used hiking muscles? Sedona is known for the variety of spa treatments on offer and that plus some shopping might be just the way to relax after all the hiking you've done. Or maybe you can't decide and you want to do both a hike and have a massage? This is the day for that, too. Whatever you choose, we will meet for a delicious final dinner together. Overnight Sedona. B, D

    Sunday, April 9, 2017
    After breakfast we sadly bid good-bye to canyon country as we drive back to Phoenix. The drive back to Phoenix is about a million miles and 2.5 hours away, and we will have you to the airport by 12pm. If you can tear yourself away, you can fly out any time after 1:30pm. B
  • $2350 (see this page for discounts)  $300 deposit. Two single supplements (including tents in the Canyon) are available for an additional $450 (only necessary if you want to be assured of your own room)

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced guides
    • Five nights double occupancy indoor lodging and three nights camping
    • All meals from lunch Sunday to breakfast the following Sunday, except one lunch
    • Transportation during the trip, starting in Phoenix
    • Packhorses for carrying up to 25 pounds of personal gear
    • All entry fees and permits
    • Group camping and cooking equipment
    Not included: airfare to Phoenix, alcoholic beverages, one lunch, guide gratuities
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Gazing at Havasu Canyon's red sandstone cliffs juxtaposed with the blue-green color of the water
  • Hiking on a variety of spectacular trails
  • Learning about the geology of Arizona's canyon country
  • Swimming in pools by Havasu and Mooney Falls in warm weather
  • Exploring Sedona's red rock canyon country
  • Hike, eat, relax, repeat

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