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Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona 2023

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

21 October - 29 October 2023 On Sale
Duration 9 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $598
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona 2023

Are you ready for an all-American adventure challenge exploring the canyons of Arizona? Get a taste of the United States on a jaw-dropping trek in the Zion National Park, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon.

This sounds like a Dream come true and it is! We’ll hike for five amazing days under the sun and spot shooting stars as we camp in the desert, finishing with an unforgettable celebration dinner in Las Vegas.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Your itinerary

Day 1
UK – Las Vegas, USA

We begin our adventure at the airport in London, where we catch our flight to the USA's City of Light, aka Las Vegas. Touching down in Vegas in the evening, we transfer to our hotel for a delicious Welcome Dinner and a great night's sleep.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 2
Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Coconico Overlook

After breakfast, we begin our day on a beautiful drive to the Grand Canyon. Then it's time to commence our challenge. Starting on the North Rim, we'll trek through the jaw-dropping landscape to North Kaibab and on to the Coconico Overlook. 

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 3
North Rim - Viewpoint

Get ready to trek further along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and reach the best viewpoint yet. Here, we finish the day with dinner, surrounded by mesmerising desert panoramas.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 4
South Rim - Grandview Trail - Old Navajo Bridge - Desert View Watchtower

Now we've conquered the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we venture to the South. After breakfast, we follow the Grandview trail above deep and sprawling canyons, watching our step on the rocky ground.

Today, we also get the fantastic chance to visit the famous Old Navajo Bridge and stop at the Desert View Watchtower.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Day 5
South Rim Hermit Trailhead

We follow the Hermit Trailhead further along the Grand Canyon's South Rim for more extraordinary views.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 6
South Rim

We've made it to our last day of trekking in the Grand Canyon! We'll take in more incredible scenery trekking further along the South Rim to our finish point.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 7
Grand Canyon - Las Vegas

After conquering the challenge of a lifetime, we rest our legs on a scenic drive out of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas! Here, we celebrate in style, with an exclusive guided tour of the city and a delicious Celebration Dinner.

We'll reveal the full details very soon.

Days 8 & 9
Las Vegas - UK

Day 8 is free for you to spend exploring the famous sites of Las Vegas as you wish, making sure to arrange your own lunch and dinner.

In the evening, we reunite and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK. Arriving in London on Day 9, we say our goodbyes and you make your own way home.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£399) and challenge costs (£2,495) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475).

$3,473

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £399, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £2,495 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £475), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guided tour of Las Vegas, guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa and your airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £475).
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee (£499) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £475), and fundraise £4,990 or more for your chosen charity.

$7,485

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £499, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £4,990 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £2,495 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £475), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guided tour of Las Vegas, guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa and your airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £475).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona 2023

Our charity trek in the USA is not about living in the gym. Loads of people who sign up for our non-competitive charity challenges have low levels of fitness when they register. The point is to train, do your best, and reach your fitness goal while making a big difference for the charity that means the most to you.

That said, we strongly recommend you train for Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona. We'll face long days trekking in the heat, encounter steep climbs and tackle a lot of uneven terrains. Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in America, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training walks.

Our supportive challenge guides and community spirit will help you conquer the trek of a lifetime. You're also likely to improve your mental health and well-being.

Once you register for Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona 2024, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for America. You can also check out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!

Everyone who is 18 years old or over by the departure date is more than welcome to join Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona 2024. We'll have adults of all ages taking part to achieve something awesome for charity — one of the many things that makes this amazing trekking challenge in the USA so special!

If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on our trek, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or bookings@dream-challenges.com, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Our challenges around the world are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for our trek in the USA. Please use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your trekking challenge for charity and we will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination in the USA and the weather we can expect on our trek, the structure of an average trekking day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the trek gets closer.

We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the adventure, with more important details and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the trek, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.

Your non-refundable registration fee of £399 per person is used to administer the challenge.

Your challenge costs of £2,745 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, capped at £475).
  • Meals throughout the challenge in America.
  • Accommodation.
  • All transfers and luggage transportation in America.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first aid trained guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your challenge.
  • Guided tour of Las Vegas.
  • Medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training, who will accompany us throughout the challenge.
  • Your Trek the Grand Canyons of Arizona 2024 medal.

You will need a pair of quality walking boots with ankle support — these are essential for trekking on uneven terrain. Please also bring a 2-litre water bottle.

We'll supply you with a full kit list for your overseas trekking challenge well before we leave for the USA.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£499)and either self-funding your challenge costs (£2,745) or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target (£5,490), you'll need to budget for your:

  • Tourist visa for the United States of America.
  • Your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (capped at £475).
  • Travel to and from the airport in the UK.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Your lunch and dinner on your free day in Las Vegas on Day 8.

Yes of course! If you would like to extend your stay in the USA, please let us know at least 17 weeks before our departure date and we can arrange this for you.

The easiest way to get in touch is by emailing us at bookings@dream-challenges.com or calling us on 01590 646410 (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, but we find that the strongest bonds are formed in smaller groups. We'll travel in a group of around 20-30 people and you're likely to make friends for life! 

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Please arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you sign up to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge.

In your Welcome Pack, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of overseas challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in the USA. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your charity trek.

Visa
You will need to arrange your tourist visa for the USA. We will send you details on how to apply as our overseas challenge gets closer.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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