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Suman Ghosh and Arundhatee Sarangi share their experience on what it is like backpacking Havasupai. As a couple they share common interests such as photography and traveling. Get inspired by their real travel story that is full of picturesque sights and all that adventure! See more amazing travel stories on their Instagram accounts (@thesumanghosh and @arundhateesarangi).
Their experience in their words:
When I think of this place “Havasupai” only one thing come to mind always, oh you beauty, when will I hike you next ? Coming straight to how this place is like; around two years ago me and my wife bumped in to group friends who were hiking the Havasupai and they have been doing every year. Wow. Really? Is it worth to go to same place every year? Just out of curiosity my wife tried to search some details why this tiny village is one of the most visited places in the U.S. well, just by seeing pictures of it she was like OMG!!.
So basically, Supai Village is a tribal village located within the Havasu Canyon, Arizona, USA. The name “havasu” means people of blue-green water.This small village is famous for its spectacular waterfalls originated from Havasu creek and their peculiar blue-green color and travertine formations. And yes, “That blue/green color is for real.”
Even in today’s world there exist a tribe who likes to live in their own little world without much interaction with outside world and they are known as American Indian tribe, who have lived in the Grand Canyon for at least the past 800 years or so. Havasupai is their property.
The beauty of this place is it is not accessible via road. You have to get there by foot, pack animal or helicopter. To visit this place, you have to secure permit for your group at-least 6 months in advance. P.S: they get booked even a year advance and very busy during summer. My wife had called them and luckily we got a camp site for two persons for three nights four days. Then begin our epic back packing trip preparation. When backpacking the only shop comes to mind is of course REI. After little bit of research we arranged our, tent, backpacks, food and snacks to carry and other necessary items. This website gives a pretty good idea for planning.
On Day1, we started driving to Hualapai Hilltop around 04:00 AM from Kingman and started hiking with our backpacks, towards the Supai village around 08:30 AM. Note here, if you are travelling from other places, it is always recommended to reach Kingman or any nearest city the day before. And for those, who would like to hike without your backpacks, you can always book mules in advance. Because that was our first ever backpacking trip, and we were carrying around 30 lbs backpack each, we took a little bit more than usual time to reach the Supai village around 02:00 PM. We checked in with the office and got our camping and personal tags. Had little lunch in the Supai caffe and then begin our second phase hiking of around 2 miles towards the camp grounds along the Havasu creek.
At one point me and my wife were so exhausted by walking that we threw our backpacks in the middle of the roads and wished to spend the rest of the day in middle of nowhere. We kept walking walking.. and voila! a spectacular blue/green waterfall could be seen on our way. That’s the beautiful Havasu Falls. Well, now my wife’s complain about her two big blisters from her shoes are gone. We immediately paused to enjoy the view and take pictures.
After reaching our spot, we set up our camp. Our sweet little home for 3 days was ready. Filled our water bags from the natural spring; you can trust the sanity of this water. We used our jet boil to prepare Maggi Noodles before sun sets and by 7 PM went straight to sleep.
Day2: We begin hiking the Mooney and Beaver falls after packing our small back packs with energy bars, fruits, biscuits and enough water for two. Descending the Mooney falls through the Canyon caves was a thrilling experience. P.S : you have to descend the Mooney falls to hike towards Beaver falls and finally to Colarado river.
After hiking around 2 hours and crossing the Havasu creek several times we finally made it to Beaver falls. It was so beautiful and there were many natural pools to chill out and make a food break.
After taking a lot of pictures we bid adieu to Beaver and hike back to Mooney. We climbed Mooney falls again to come to camp sites. Exhausted by the day trip, we cooked our dehydrated chicken rice for dinner and enjoyed the sun set. In the night I did some night photography capturing Milkyway and star trails before going to sleep.
Day3, we begin hiking towards the Havasu falls that we crossed on day1. After spending some time at the Havasu falls, we hiked towards the Little Novajo and Big Novajo falls taking a lot of pictures of falls and Havasu creek.
Day4, we woke up, packed our tent and other stuffs, and start hiking towards the Supai village. We waited in a long queue to book Helicopter ride to come back to Hualapai Hilltop where we parked our car on Day1. We then drove to our real home in Los Angeles thinking of when we would come next!!